The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of China has reached 10,566 across 72 countries with 166 deaths, statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) showed Wednesday.
As of 0900 GMT Monday, a total of 90,870 cases were reported globally, with 3,112 deceased.
In the past 24 hours, 1,792 newly confirmed cases have been reported outside of China. Eight new countries — Andorra, Jordan, Latvia, Morocco, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Tunisia — have reported COVID-19 cases.
COVID-19 is continuing to spread worldwide, especially in South Korea, Japan and Iran.
South Korea, the world’s hardest-hit country outside China, confirmed 293 more cases of the COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the total number of infections to 5,621. Two more deaths were reported, lifting the death toll to 33.
Daegu, a metropolis with a 2.5 million population about 300 km southeast of Seoul, became the epicenter of the viral spread as it accounted for almost 90 percent of the total.
The Daegu cluster was closely linked to the church services of a homegrown minor religious sect, called Sincheonji, in Daegu.
Lee Man-hee, the leader of the Shincheonji religious sect in South Korea, made a public apology on Monday, after they were accused of not doing enough to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The number of coronavirus cases in Japan topped 1,000, with over 700 of them stemming from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in the port city of Yokohama.
The country’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga Wednesday said that the country is still preparing to hold the Tokyo Summer Olympics which will take place from July 24 to August 9 this year.
By noon on March 3, the cumulative confirmed cases in Iran was 2,336, with 435 cases recovered and 77 deaths. Twenty-three Iranian lawmakers have been infected with the disease. The head of the country’s emergency medical services has also been infected. Local media reports say he’s in a stable condition.
A majority of EU countries have also reported cases of the novel coronavirus infections, with the total number of confirmed cases standing at around 3,000 on Tuesday, according to the World Health Organization.
Italy’s health authorities said on Tuesday, over 400 new confirmed cases were reported within the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 2,502, with a total of 79 deaths, among which 27 were reported on Tuesday alone.
On the same day, France had a total of 212 confirmed positive cases, with four deaths. Tourism, a pillar of the French economy, has suffered heavily.
The Louvre Museum was shut down on March 1 due to the spreading of the epidemic. It was reopened on Wednesday noon, according to local media. Major events including the Paris Marathon and the Paris Book Fair, one of the World’s largest, have also been canceled. The French Finance Minister Bruno Lemaire said that could lead to a 30 to 40 percent decrease in tourism to the country.
Considering the impact on the global economy, the World Bank Group announced Tuesday that it is making available an initial package of up to 12 billion U.S. dollars in immediate support to assist countries coping with the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed), in a surprise move, lowered the target range for the federal funds rate by 50 basis points on Tuesday, as the COVID-19 outbreak poses “evolving risks” to economic activity. (REUTERS CONNECT)
The global number of confirmed infections of COVID-19 reached 10,922,324 and the disease claimed 523,011 lives as of 14:31 CEST Saturday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO data showed the Americas reported the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world with the number reaching 5,575,482, followed by Europe and Eastern Mediterranean which confirmed 2,757,556 and 1,135,604 cases, respectively.
The United States topped all countries with 2,724,433 cases. The numbers of the confirmed cases in Brazil, Russia and India are also prominent, reaching 1.49 million, 674,515 and 648,315, respectively.
In Russia, the COVID-19 death toll surpassed 10,000 to reach 10,027 on Saturday. Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 680 new cases on the day, taking its tally of infections to 224,210.
Germany has launched fast-track COVID-19 testing in some airports for international travelers as it gradually recovers flights and tourism industry.
The test at an onsite laboratory costs 190 Euros per person. The results will come out in three to four hours.
In the United Kingdom, people welcomed “Super Saturday” as the country reopened barber shops, bars and restaurants.
Early in the morning on Saturday, long queues formed at the door of almost every barber shop as patrons lined up to finally have a haircut after being confined to their homes for more than three months.
Japan confirmed 114 new cases from 00:00 to 15:00 on Sunday, seeing the fourth consecutive day reporting more than 100 new cases in a single day.
The Iranian government has made wearing face mask in public places mandatory from Sunday amid increasing infections and fatalities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It requires all people to wear face masks at public gathering places, indoor public places and in government offices providing public services.
In Turkey, shopping malls are grappling with the slowdown in business as the country faces an economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Bank recently estimated Turkey’s economic growth to be 0.5 percent this year，0.3 percentage point lower than the bank’s prospect before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Egypt is seeing rising unemployment rate due to the pandemic. The rate has increased from 7.7 percent in this year’s first quarter to 9.2 percent in April, recording 2.6 million jobless people.
The bleak employment situation is also happening in South Africa. The country’s youth unemployment rate was close to 60 percent before the COVID-19 hit. The rate now is likely higher as the pandemic affects the country’s economy and creates fewer job opportunities. (Reuters)
TAWI-TAWI, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) reported the first confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in Tawi-Tawi province on Sunday (July 5).
According to the announcement, the patient is a 44-year-old male personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
He is an identified locally stranded individual (LSI) with travel history from COVID-19 infected areas namely San Isidro in Quezon City, Zamboanga City and Basilan. He arrived at Bongao Port in Tawi-Tawi on June 30.
The patient is asymptomatic and currently in isolation.
As of July 3, the total number of PNP personnel infected with COVID-19 is at 815.
MANILA, Philippines – More than 15,000 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) have been released from jail facilities as part of the government’s decongestion program in light of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the DILG said that from March 17 to June 22, a total of 15,322 PDLs were released from jail facilities supervised by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Of this number, 5,910 were from the National Capital Region; 1,557 from CALABARZON; 1,487 from Central Visayas; 1,041 from Central Luzon; 897 from Zamboanga Peninsula; 762 from Northern Mindanao; and the rest are from other regions.
Around 1,312 of these PDLs were released because of the new Supreme Court guidelines issued to decongest the jails.
Majority of these released inmates are elderly and those who committed light or bailable offenses, the DILG said.
“All of these PDLs were released by authority of the courts with some released in accordance with new guidelines issued by the Supreme Court because of the pandemic,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said.
“Ang paglaya ng libo-libong PDLs ay patunay na hindi sila nakakaligtaan at hindi pinapabayaan. Patunay rin itong gumagana ang justice system sa bansa kahit pa man may pandemya,” he added.
Año issued the statement in response to the claim of leftist groups that the government is not doing enough to decongest the jails.
The DILG chief also said that the BJMP established COVID-19 isolation centers with medical staff in the regions despite budgetary and personnel limitations. These isolation facilities were put up with the support from the Department of Health, local government units.
Six Ligtas COVID Centers with 918-bed capacity are established in strategic areas, particularly in Quezon City, San Fernando City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Pagbilao in Quezon province, and Zamboanga City, Año said.
He added that the bureau also intensified its triaging process, provision of more focused medical care to patients, conduct of daily disinfection of jails, targeted and expanded testing, and massive health education campaigns inside jails.
“These are on top of the usual precautionary measures such as wearing of face mask, thermal scanning, use of foot baths, hand washing, and maintaining good hygiene,” he said.
“Kahit pa maraming responsibilidad ang ipinagkakatiwala sa DILG ngayong COVID-19 crisis ay hindi isinasantabi ng Kagawaran at ng BJMP ang PDLs. Tinitiyak namin ang kapakanan at kaligtasan nila,” he added.
The COVID-19 pandemic also affected the country’s jails, with a total of 783 confirmed infections among PDLs and 135 among BJMP personnel.
As of Thursday, July 2, 549 PDLs and 90 bureau personnel have recovered from the viral respiratory disease, Año said.
“Tinututukan po namin ang sitwasyon sa mga BJMP jail sa buong bansa at hindi namin pinapabayaan ang mga COVID-19 positive cases. Sa katunayan, marami na ang gumaling at hindi kami bibitaw hanggang bawat isa sa kanila ay maka-recover na,” he said.
The BJMP also expanded the electronic dalaw (e-Dalaw) program in relation to the temporary suspension of visitation in all jail facilities amid the public health crisis.
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