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)
MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President (OVP) will be providing free shuttle service for frontliners and healthcare workers in Cebu City, a statement released on Sunday (July 5) said.
The statement read that the OVP Free Shuttle Service for Cebu health workers and frontliners will start Monday, July 6, as part of #BayanihanSugbuanon — the Vice President’s COVID-19 Response Operations in Cebu.
“Our pilot run will have initial three routes, with two trips each for morning and afternoon. Kindly refer to the individual cards for the full schedule for AM, AM reverse, PM, and PM reverse trips,” the statement further read.
“We are grateful to our partners, UBE Express, Seaoil, and Genergex Petroleum, whose support made this initiative possible,” it added.
The schedules and routes may be subject to adjustments, based on the needs that will be seen during the pilot run.
Meanwhile, the OVP and its partners will also start opening free dormitories for Cebu frontliners.
The first dormitory is located at Brgy. Banilad, Cebu City, near the North General Hospital.
The statement said that the dorm is open for health workers, medical practitioners, and other frontliners involved in offering essential services amid the COVID-19 crisis on a first come, first served basis. —/mbmf
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.
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