Despite strict measures, coronavirus has continued to spread in China’s hitherto untouched Xinjiang region.
Authorities in Spain’s Catalonia region have urged more than 96,000 people in three towns to stay at home, as coronavirus cases continue to climb.
Meanwhile, Iranian health officials have played down the President’s estimate that 25 million people have been infected with coronavirus.
This story was last updated at 8:30pm on Monday.
Monday’s key moments:
- Mexico reports 5,311 new cases of coronavirus, 296 more deaths
- Catalonia urges thousands to stay home as cases rise
- Malaysian Government considers making face masks compulsory
- Afghan all-girls robotics team designs low-cost ventilator to treat coronavirus patients
- Global coronavirus death toll passes 600,000
- Hong Kong tightens coronavirus restrictions as cases hit record
- Iranian health officials play down President’s infection numbers
Outbreak in far-west China spreads to second city
China’s latest coronavirus outbreak has spread to a second city in the far western region of Xinjiang, even as numbers remain stable in the capital Beijing.
One of the 17 new cases reported on Monday was in the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, the regional Government said on its official microblog.
The remainder were in the regional capital of Urumqi, where all other cases had been reported since the outbreak emerged earlier this month.
At least 47 people are said to be infected in the area.
Another five new cases reported on Monday by the National Health Commission were imported.
Authorities in Urumqi have tried to prevent the spread by closing off communities and imposing travel restrictions.
Xinjiang is a vast, thinly populated region of mountains and deserts, home to most of China’s Uyghur ethnic minority.
It had seen little impact from the pandemic that emerged from the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
Beijing, meanwhile, has gone 14 days without a case of local transmission.
City authorities on Sunday said they were downgrading the emergency response level from two to three.
The move is largely symbolic, with measures including mandatory social distancing, temperature checks and 14-day quarantines for passengers arriving from abroad remaining in place.
Mexico reports 5,311 new cases of coronavirus, 296 more deaths
Mexico’s Health Ministry has reported 5,311 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 296 additional deaths.
That brings the total number of cases in the country to 344,224 and 39,184 deaths.
The Government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Malaysian Government considers making face masks compulsory
Malaysia is considering making face masks compulsory in public following the emergence of 13 new coronavirus clusters since the Government relaxed broad curbs on movement and businesses last month, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says.
Malaysian health authorities recorded 21 new coronavirus cases on Monday, lifting the total since the outbreak began to 8,800 cases and 123 deaths.
Monday was the second-straight daily double-digit rise in infections, after Malaysia managed to broadly hold daily growth to single digits since the lockdown was eased on June 10.
Mr Muhyiddin said the string of double-digit daily increases, coupled with the new clusters detected in several states across the country, led the Government to think that it may be necessary to make wearing face masks in public compulsory.
Afghan all-girls robotics team designs low-cost ventilator to treat coronavirus patients
The all-female Afghan Robotics Team, which has won international awards for its robots, has designed a low-cost ventilator as the coronavirus pandemic hit the war-torn nation.
It took the team almost four months to finalise the ventilator, which is partly based on a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) design, and they received guidance from experts at Harvard University.
The device is easy to carry, can run on battery power for 10 hours, and costs roughly $US700 ($1,000) to produce, compared with the $US20,000 ($28,600) price of a traditional ventilator.
“We are delighted that we were able to take our first step in the field of medicine and to be able to serve the people in this area as well,” team member Somaya Faruqi told Reuters.
“All members of our team feel happy because, after months of hard work, we were able to achieve this result.”
Although the ventilator still needs to undergo final testing from health authorities before it can be used, officials welcome it in a country with only 800 ventilators to treat the fast-growing number of coronavirus cases.
Catalonia urges thousands to stay home as cases rise
Authorities in Catalonia have called for more than 96,000 people in three towns to stay at home, as coronavirus cases continue to rise in one of Spain’s worst-hit regions.
This is in addition to some four million people in the region — including in its capital Barcelona — that were on Friday (local time) urged to stay at home as regional authorities toughened their response to the crisis.
In a statement on Sunday, authorities urged people living in Figueres and Vilafant, in the province of Girona, and Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona, to stay at home except for essential journeys.
The latest figures from Catalonia’s regional health ministry on Saturday showed a daily increase of 1,226 cases.
The stay-home call stops short of imposing a mandatory lockdown, but is the strongest measure taken to returning people to home confinement since Spain emerged from a nationwide lockdown last month.
New measures include a ban on meetings of over 10 people. Bars and restaurants will be allowed to open, but at 50 per cent capacity inside and with a two-metre distance between tables outside.
Spain, one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries with more than 28,000 COVID-19-related deaths, emerged from a strict national lockdown on June 21.
But since then more than 170 infection clusters have sprung up, prompting regional authorities to impose a patchwork of local restrictions.
Global coronavirus death count passes 600,000
The coronavirus pandemic has found fresh legs around the world, as confirmed deaths pass 600,000 and countries from the US to South Africa to India struggle to contain a surge of new infections.
The World Health Organization said that 259,848 new infections were reported on Saturday, its highest one-day tally yet.
While the US leads global infections, South Africa now ranks as the fifth worst-hit country in the pandemic, with more than 350,000 cases, or around half of all those confirmed on the African continent.
Its struggles are a sign of trouble to come for nations with even fewer health care resources.
India, which has now confirmed more than 1 million infections, on Sunday reported a 24-hour record of 38,902 new cases.
Confirmed global virus deaths have risen to nearly 603,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins. The United States tops the list with over 140,000, followed by more than 78,000 in Brazil. Europe as a continent has seen about 200,000 deaths.
The number of confirmed infections worldwide has passed 14.2 million, with 3.7 million in the United States and more than 2 million in Brazil.
Experts believe the pandemic’s true toll around the world is much higher because of testing shortages and data collection issues.
Hong Kong tightens coronavirus restrictions as cases hit record
Coronavirus restrictions were tightened in Hong Kong on Sunday (local time) as the global financial hub reported a record number of daily cases.
Non-essential civil servants have been told to work from home and amusement parks, gyms and 10 other types of venues will remain closed for another seven days.
Restaurants will only provide takeaway after 6:00pm and face masks will be mandatory in indoor public areas.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told a news conference the city recorded more than 100 cases in the past 24 hours — the most since the pandemic took hold in late January — taking the tally close to 2,000 patients.
So far, 12 people have died.
Meanwhile, police in riot gear halted an event in the northern district of Yuen Long, where pro-democracy politicians planned to mark the anniversary of the attack on demonstrators and bystanders by more than 100 men with pipes and poles on July 21 last year, at which 45 people were injured.
The Yuen Long attack is widely seen as one of the most violent scenes of last year’s pro-democracy protests, which plunged the city into its deepest crisis since it returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
Iranian health officials play down President’s infection numbers
Iranian health officials have played down their President’s estimate that some 25 million people have been infected with coronavirus in the country.
They said the figure was based on serological blood tests that measure exposure to the illness, which cannot be relied on to show the current state of disease.
The 25 million figure put forward by President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday (local time) is nearly a third of the population and massively higher than the official number of COVID-19 cases.
The number of official reported case numbers rose to 273,788 on Sunday, with 14,188 deaths, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.
A Health Ministry statement carried by Iranian news media said the figure given by the President was based on numbers produced by a deputy in the ministry.
Serological tests determine if a person has been exposed to a disease by showing their antibody response.
In the coronavirus pandemic, they have been used by countries to survey samples of the population and estimate overall infection rates — whether or not people have had severe, mild or no symptoms of COVID-19.
“Serological tests only show if people have been exposed to the virus in the past,” the head of the Government’s scientific committee of the coronavirus task force Mostafa Qanei said, as quoted on the IRINN website.
PCR tests of the throat and nose are needed to diagnose COVID-19, he added.
Iran has been the nation hardest hit by the pandemic in the Middle East, with infections and deaths rising sharply since restrictions were eased, beginning in mid-April.
Still, the number given by Mr Rouhani took many Iranians by surprise.
Trump pledges outbreak coming under control as cases surge in Florida
Florida has reported more than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the fifth day in a row, even as President Donald Trump says the virus is coming under control.
The state reported 12,000 new cases on Sunday (local time).
The virus has claimed more than 140,000 US lives since the pandemic started, with Florida, California, Texas and other southern and western states shattering records daily.
Despite record levels of new cases nationwide, the Trump administration is pushing for schools to reopen in a few weeks and is resisting a federal mandate to wear masks in public.
Mr Trump defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
“We have embers and we do have flames. Florida became more flame-like, but it’s — it’s going to be under control,” he said.
On Fox News Sunday, Mr Trump repeated his assertion that the virus would eventually disappear.
“I’ll be right eventually,” he said. “It’s going to disappear and I’ll be right.”
Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned cases and deaths could rise this autumn and winter.
Nearly all 20 forecasting models used by the CDC project rising deaths in the coming weeks.
At least 14 states have reported record coronavirus hospitalisations so far in July, including Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada and Texas.
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