US tops coronavirus infection tally with nearly 85,000 cases in one day, but hospitalizations remain below peak — RT USA News

The US has again smashed its record for daily coronavirus infections, reporting just shy of 85,000 new patients over the last 24-hour period as much of the country sees a significant surge in cases.

The record-breaking single-day spike saw 84,218 new cases reported on Friday, according to data collected by Reuters, easily shattering the previous record of 77,299 infections tallied on July 16.

Though the US has also experienced a jump in hospitalizations in recent weeks – with increasing numbers reported across 39 states – it remains below the level reached in July, when more than 47,000 patients were hospitalized for Covid-19. Today, that number stands at 41,000, with some 800 coronavirus-related deaths per day, compared to July’s 1,200.

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In addition to the unprecedented nationwide daily case count, 16 states also marked record infection numbers on Friday, while 11 reported record hospitalizations.

While it’s unclear what’s driving the spike, health experts have warned that colder temperatures could contribute to spreading the virus as it forces people into closer quarters indoors. Students returning to school may also play a role, as well as relaxed precautions as a result of fatigue with government-imposed restrictions.

To date, the US has confirmed a total of nearly 8.5 million coronavirus infections since the outbreak was first observed in Wuhan, China late last year, as well as more than 223,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The virus has afflicted in excess of 42 million people worldwide, killing some 1.1 million.

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Nation’s COVID-19 tally passes 4.6 million, worst-hit country other than United States

India’s confirmed coronavirus tally has crossed 4.6 million after a record surge of 97,570 new cases in 24 hours.

India on Saturday also reported another 1,201 deaths, taking total fatalities to 77,472.
Infections are growing faster in India than anywhere else in the world and it is the second worst-hit country behind the United States.

Experts say India’s limited and restrictive testing has masked the actual toll even as daily tests have been ramped up to more than 1 million.

Passengers wearing face mask to prevent spreading coronavirus traveling in a car shows a hospital prescription to police at a checkpoint during second complete lockdown in a month in Kolkata, India, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. India passes Brazil to become the second worst-hit country by the pandemic with more than 4.2 million people infected. (AP Photo/Bikas Das) (AP)
Policemen check credentials of the passenger of a car during second complete lockdown to prevent spreading coronavirus in a month in Kolkata, India, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. India passes Brazil to become the second worst-hit country by the pandemic with more than 4.2 million people infected. (AP Photo/Bikas Das) (AP)

The Health Ministry said that over three-fourth of reported COVID-19 cases had either recovered or been discharged. The country’s recovery rate was at 77.7 per cent.

“The gap between the percentage of recovered cases and active cases is progressively growing wide,” the ministry said.

Meanwhile, cases in the western state of Maharashtra, home to financial capital Mumbai, have passed 1 million as the virus continues to surge unabated through its rural and urban areas.

Maharashtra is the worst affected state with more than 28,000 COVID-19 fatalities. Nowhere has been the virus more deadly than in Maharashtra, where it has killed 2.8 per cent of those with confirmed infections, well above the national mortality rate of nearly 1.7 per cent.

The pandemic has been economically devastating for India. Its economy contracted nearly 24 per cent in the second quarter, the worst among the world’s top economies.

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Melbourne’s usually packed streets remain silent as curfew drags on

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India records world’s second-highest coronavirus tally, passing Brazil

India has now reported 4.2 million coronavirus infections and overtaken Brazil as the country with the second-highest number of cases of the virus in the world.

The 90,802 new cases reported on Monday pushed India’s total to 4,204,614, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, passing Brazil which has an estimated 4.1 million. India has a population of about 1.3 billion while Brazil’s is about 210 million.

The increase was the third straight daily record in India.

Meanwhile, more than 6.2 million people in the United States (population about 330 million) have been infected.

India’s Health Ministry on Monday also reported 1,016 deaths from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, taking fatalities to 71,642, the third-highest national death toll.

Nearly 193,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States and while 126,000 have died in Brazil.

Amid a surge in cases, India continues to reopen, except in high-risk areas, to heal the battered economy which is still reeling from the effects of a prolonged lockdown.

Experts say there is no sign of a peak as cases surge in the world’s second-most-populous country, both in major cities such as New Delhi and the financial hub of Mumbai and rural areas that have limited access to health services.

“It’s becoming a double burden now,” Rajib Dasgupta, a professor of community health at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in the capital, told Reuters.

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India’s health authorities say the increase in reported cases partially reflects an increase in testing.(AP Photo: Rafiq Maqbool)

The Delhi Metro transit system that serves India’s sprawling capital New Delhi and adjoining areas resumed operations on Monday after five months. Masks, social distancing and temperature checks were mandatory.

Bars will open from Wednesday in the capital.

Partial metro train services also opened in the western city of Ahmedabad, the northern city of Lucknow and several other places, after nearly six months of suspension over the pandemic.

Pressure is growing for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pull the economy out of a deep freeze after a severe lockdown in March shuttered businesses, leaving millions without jobs, bringing a 24 per cent contraction in June-quarter GDP.

India has been recording the world’s largest daily coronavirus caseload for almost a month even as the Government pushes to open businesses to revive a contracting economy.

Health authorities say the rising infections also reflect higher rates of testing nationwide, adding that high recovery rates show its strategy of testing, tracing and treatment is working and the situation is under control in a country of its size.

However, the virus is reaching cities and towns previously spared, offsetting marginal declines in some states. 


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Victoria records 41 new coronavirus cases, the lowest daily tally in more than two months

Victoria has recorded 41 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest daily tally in more than two months, and nine more deaths.

Monday’s tally marks a significant decrease in daily case numbers after 63 new infections were reported on Sunday.

Australia’s coronavirus death toll is now 762, including 675 people in Victoria.

The new figures come a day after Premier Daniel Andrews announced Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne would be extended by at least two weeks as he delivered a roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions.

Under the plan, Melburnians will be forced to remain in their home until at least the end of September, with most restrictions, including the nightly curfew, to remain in place until at least 26 October.

Business leaders and owners have criticised the ongoing restrictions, warning the plan will result in further job losses. 

“Today’s so-called Victorian roadmap to recovery is a document of despair for industry and their employees,” said Innes Willox on Sunday, the chief executive of the Australian Industry Group, the peak body for employers.

“Rather than providing the hope and optimism required, along with clear and measurable steps for businesses to open up, today’s announcement will only prolong the economic and social pain that all Victorians are feeling.”

While Stage 4 restrictions will remain for an additional two weeks, Mr Andrews announced some changes to take effect from 14 September. These include the curfew being pushed back to 9pm-5am, a doubling of the permitted exercise time to two hours, and a “social bubble” system for people who live alone to nominate one permitted visitor.

“We can’t run out of lockdown … I want a Christmas that is as close to normal as possible and this is the only way,” he said on Sunday.

“Pretending it’s over because we want it to be, that is not something I will do.”

Victorian deputy premier James Merlino said the government is doing all it can to have the economy moving again in a COVID-safe way.

Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said owners are struggling under the weight of costs, including rent, equipment leases, loans and an accumulation of worker entitlements.

“What small businesses are telling us is that they are giving up,” she told Nine’s Today program on Monday.

“For many of them, they are not going to be open until the end of November.”

Mr Merlino said the worst thing the government could do for business was open up and then a few weeks later reimpose restrictions because of a third wave.

“You’ve got to get the (infection) numbers down … and once we do that then we can have a much broader reopening of our economy,” he told ABC radio.

Mr Merlino believes the state’s voters are behind the government’s suppression strategy.

“People are with us and they don’t want to be put at risk,” he said.

“People understand that we need to ease restrictions safely and steadily.”

Metropolitan Melbourne residents are subject to Stage 4 restrictions and must comply with a curfew between the hours of 8pm and 5am. During the curfew, people in Melbourne can only leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons. 

Between 5am and 8pm, people in Melbourne can leave the home for exercise, to shop for necessary goods and services, for work, for health care, or to care for a sick or elderly relative. The full list of restrictions can be found here.

All Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at

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Russia’s coronavirus case tally nears 950,000

August 21, 2020

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia reported 4,870 new coronavirus cases on Friday, pushing its confirmed national tally to 946,976, the fourth largest in the world.

Authorities said 90 people had died over the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 16,189.

(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov and Andrey Kuzmin; writing by Tom Balmforth)

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Latin America exceeds 5 million COVID-19 cases, Reuters tally shows

FILE PHOTO: People run at Ibirapuera Park after it was reopened as the city eases the restrictions imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sao Paulo, Brazil July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

August 4, 2020

ASUNCION (Reuters) – Latin America broke through 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a Reuters tally showed, underscoring that the region is the area of the world hardest hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus was initially slower to reach Latin America – home to about 640 million people – than much of the world. But health experts say it has been hard to control the virus due to the region’s poverty and densely packed cities.

The more than 10,000 new cases reported by Colombia’s health ministry on Monday pushed the region past the 5 million mark, a day after the Andean nation reported a record 11,470 cases.

Latin America has now topped 200,000 deaths. Brazil’s total approached 96,000 on Monday and Mexico surpassed 48,000. The two countries have the world’s second and third highest death tolls, after the United States.

North America is the region with the second highest number of cases, with 4.8 million infections, according to a Reuters tally, followed by Europe and Asia, which have around 3 million infections each.

Latin America is particularly vulnerable to the virus due to high levels of poverty, urbanization and labor informality, according to a July 30 report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Pan American Health Organization.

More than 100 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean live in slums, according to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. Many have jobs in the informal sector with little in the way of a social safety net and have continued to work throughout the pandemic.

“The pandemic has become an precedented economic and social crisis and, if urgent measures are not taken, it could transform into a food, humanitarian, and political crisis,” the report warned.

Latin America has also a high death rate from the virus, likely due to a number of factors, including high levels of underlying conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

(Reporting by Daniela Desantis in Asuncion and Oliver Griffin in Bogota; Writing by Adam Jourdan and Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Leslie Adler)

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Coronavirus live updates: With 738 new cases, Jharkhand’s Covid-19 tally over 12,000 : Mexico registers record 9,556 new daily coronavirus cases: Reuters

South Africa surpasses 500,000 Covid-19 cases: AP

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa’s 54 countries. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases Saturday night, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 503,290, including 8,153 deaths. South Africa, with a population of about 58 million, has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world, behind the U.S., Brazil, Russia and India, all countries with significantly higher populations.

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Coronavirus live updates: One-day peak of 46,000 cases takes tally past 12-lakh mark : Latin America and Caribbean top four million coronavirus cases: AFP

India recorded 1,131 casualties, of which 444 had taken place earlier but added by Tamil Nadu to its count only on Wednesday

Minus the backdated deaths, India’s 687 casualties on Wednesday is the highest that the country has reported in a day, taking the cumulative toll to 29,854. While Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state, the pandemic has reached alarming proportions in the south with the five southern states alone accounting for nearly 42% of the country’s total fresh cases on Wednesday which stood at 46,221.

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Coronavirus live updates: Shops will remain open between 5am to noon during Bengaluru lockdown : Chennai’s numbers fell again to 1,141 of the 4,328 new infections. The city now has 16,601 active cases. However, the tally of its three neighbours continued to rise, recording 908 cases on Monday — 219 in Chengalpet, 352 in Kancheepuram and 337 in Tiruvallur.

The count of fresh infections was slightly below Sunday’s record number of 29,271, in keeping with the general trend of a dip in cases every Monday. Yet, at least six states reported their highest single-day surge in cases, with Andhra Pradesh detecting 1,935 infections, Uttar Pradesh 1,664, Gujarat 902, Madhya Pradesh 575, Punjab 357 and Chhattisgarh 184 (tied with Sunday’s peak).

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