International Update: Global Covid-19 cases expected to pass 10 million by weekend – US confirms second highest one day total

25th June 2020 (Last Updated June 25th, 2020 10:08)

25 June

Global: Covid-19 cases worldwide passed 9.4 million on Thursday, with the WHO saying it expected global infections to pass ten million by the end of the week. At least 480,000 people have died so far.

The World Health Organization has warned that hospitals are facing a shortage in oxygen concentrators, which are needed to support the breathing of Covid-19 patients suffering from respiratory distress, as one million new cases of coronavirus are confirmed worldwide per week.

Volunteers in the UK, Brazil and South Africa received their first doses of an experimental vaccine as part of a human trial run by Oxford University, as cases continue to rise and concerns grow over potential access to life-saving treatments.

US: Cases continue to surge in the Americas, with the US confirming its second-highest one-day total in the pandemic so far, according to Oxford University data project Our World in Data, with 34,700 new infections. It is the highest since 26 April, when a record 48,529 cases were confirmed in 24 hours.

Seven US states, mainly in the south and west, and including Texas, California and Arizona, reported record increases on Wednesday with the nationwide tally rising by more than 38,600.

Mexico: Mexico confirmed its second-highest daily coronavirus death toll so far, with 947 fatalities on Wednesday. The highest daily toll came on 3 June with 1,092 deaths.

China: China reported 19 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus amid mass testing in Beijing, where a recent outbreak appears to have been brought under control. Of the new cases it reported Thursday, 13 were in Beijing and one in the neighbouring province of Hebei.

Pakistan: Coronavirus testing numbers in Pakistan – one of the countries with the highest rate of spread of the infection currently – are continuing to drop, with just 21,835 tests conducted on Wednesday.

Australia: Australia’s military is to send 1,000 troops to Melbourne to tackle new coronavirus clusters that have emerged in the capital of Victoria state, which has recorded almost 150 new infections during the past week.

Germany: Germany’s coronavirus infection rate fell to the lowest in almost three weeks, while the number of new cases remained well below the level at the height of the outbreak.

South Korea: South Korea reported 28 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 12,563, according to data from Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Five of the new cases are imported and 23 cases are local. There was one additional death for a total at 282.

South Africa: South Africa reported a record 5,688 new cases, bringing the total to 111,796, data released Wednesday by the Health Ministry showed.

Lockdown updates

New Zealand: New Zealand citizens returning home from coronavirus hotspots are facing a backlash from some as people worry that the arrivals will bring a resurgence in cases.

UK: In a letter published in the British Medical Journal, doctors, including the presidents of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians, warned that local flare-ups are likely and a second wave is a real risk in the UK.

US: The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered travellers from eight other states to quarantine for 14 days on arrival as the epidemic in the US gathers momentum.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered everyone in the state to wear face masks in public after a spike in Covid-19 cases followed the reopening of the economy.

Vietnam: Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc says the country will not rush to open its borders to foreigners as it strives to prevent a second wave of the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to a post on the government’s website.

UAE: The United Arab Emirates has lifted a curfew put in place three months ago to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.