Updated: September 12, 2020 1:26:38 pm
Coronavirus Global Updates: Over 23.33 million cases of coronavirus have been reported globally and 910,299 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in over 210 countries since it was first detected in China in December 2019.
Coronavirus cases in the United States rose by at least 47,015 to touch 6.46 million on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally.
The UK government brought in new limits on households meeting up in Birmingham, England’s second biggest city, and some surrounding areas, where Covid-19 cases have been rising significantly.
The confirmed coronavirus death toll in Mexico on Friday surpassed 70,000 after the government reported over 500 new deaths, reported Reuters. Excess mortality data from mid-March through early August indicates that the total number of deaths beyond the official count is likely tens of thousands higher. Mexico’s total coronavirus cases touched 6,58,299, with at least 70,183 deaths. The country has the fourth-highest death toll in the world.
Chile has extended the country’s state of catastrophe due to the coronavirus pandemic for a further 90-day period, Reuters quoted the government as saying.
The Czech Republic reported its highest single-day rise in new coronavirus cases on Saturday, according to Health Ministry data, reported Reuters. The country has witnessed one of the biggest spike in cases among European countries in recent weeks. It tightened mask-wearing restrictions, although it aims to avoid bringing back measures that would hurt businesses,
Canada reports zero Covid-19 deaths for first time since March
Canada reported zero Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 15, according to public health agency data released late on Friday, Reuters reported. Canada’s coronavirus death toll stood at 9,163 as of September 11. With 702 new cases, the country’s total tally rose to 135,626 on September 11.
New infections in Canada have seen an uptick in cases in the recent days, with most provinces easing lockdown restrictions and schools reopening for in-person classes. Authorities have been on high alert to avoid fresh outbreaks, and provinces including British Columbia have imposed new curbs to limit the spread of the virus.
No new nationwide lockdown, says French PM
French Prime Minister Jean Castex Friday said his government was not planning a new nationwide lockdown to contain a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, but would implement a raft of less radical measures, Reuters reported.
France has the seventh-highest Covid-19 death toll in the world, and President Emmanuel Macron’s government is trying to curb the spread of the virus while ensuring that economic and social activities such as school children’s education can continue.
“The virus is with us for several more months and we must manage to live with it without letting ourselves get drawn once again into a narrative of nationwide lockdown,” Castex said in a televised address.
France reported 9,406 new cases of coronavirus on Friday. The country has reported 30,983 casualties so far.
New daily infections fall in Australia
New daily infections in Australia’s largest hotspot continued to fall, even as deaths reached 803 on Saturday, reported Reuters.
Victoria state, the epicentre of the outbreak, reported six new deaths related to coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 716, or more than 90 per cent of all deaths in Australia.
Victoria accounts for about 75 per cent of the country’s more than 26,500 Covid-19 cases and its capital Melbourne, has been under a strict lockdown for weeks.
The lockdown, which was initially to end on Sunday, has been extended for another two weeks.
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