Brazil sees more than 43,000 new COVID-19 cases

MOSCOW / SANTIAGO / WASHINGTON / SANTIAGO / DUBLIN / LUSAKA / LONDON / PARIS / RABAT / ADDIS ABABA / MILAN / SAO PAULO / TRIPOLI – Brazil had 43,033 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 990 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The South American country has now registered 20,151,779, cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 562,752, according to ministry data, in the world's third worst outbreak outside the United States and India and its second-deadliest after the United States.

Africa

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 6,964,194 as of Saturday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stands at 175,878 while 6,082,655 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease.

Brazil

Brazil added 43,033 new cases for a total of 20.2 million cases, according to Health Ministry data.

The country’s death toll rose by 990 to 562,752, the highest globally after the US.

Canada

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, reported 378 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the most since mid-June.

New infections have been on the rebound since Ontario entered Step 3 of its reopening plan, which includes indoor dining and other social gatherings, with some capacity limits.

Nearly 81 percent of Ontario’s eligible population have received at least one dose as Canada is set to welcome fully-vaccinated US travelers on Aug 9.

Chile

Chile continued to register below 1,000 daily cases of COVID-19 after reporting 940 infections in the last 24 hours.

"A total of 940 new cases have been reported, with a positivity of 1.4 percent in the last 24 hours nationwide," Health Minister Enrique Paris told the press on Saturday.

France

Almost 200 demonstrations took place around France on Saturday against the so-called “health pass,” with some 237,000 protesters, according to Le Parisien, which cited Interior Ministry numbers.

 It’s the fourth consecutive Saturday of protests against the vaccination pass, which on Monday will be extended to bars and restaurants, including terraces, as well as hospitals, planes, high-speed trains and some malls.

The protests add pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, who faces re-election next year. Meanwhile, the Delta variant continues its progression, with 32 new hospital deaths in France in the past 24 hours, Le Figaro reported. 

More than 441,000 Covid-19 total vaccine shots were administered in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of people having received both shots in France to more than 37.1 million, according to health authorities.

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Germany

Germany reported 3,127 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, prolonging a trend of rising infections that started about one month ago.

The 7-day incidence rate climbed to 22.6, after falling below 5 early July.

Ireland

Ireland's COVID-19 cases on Saturday set another daily high since the outbreak of the current wave of infections in the country in July.

There were 1,828 new confirmed cases reported in Ireland in the day, according to the Irish Department of Health.

This is the second day in a row that Ireland had reported a record high of cases in the current wave, according to the statistics from the department.

"The 14-day incidence rate in Ireland has increased to 386 per 100,000 population, that's the highest it's been since early February," said Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer with the Department of Health, in a tweet Friday night.

After the daily number of COVID-19 cases in Ireland surpassed the 1,000-level in mid-July for the first time in more than five months, it has remained above that level for 22 days in a row.

In the week ending on July 26, Ireland reported over 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, far more than the highest weekly numbers recorded in the first and second wave of infections in the country, which fell in April and October of last year.

Italy

Italy reported 22 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, compared with 24 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 6,902 from 6,599.

Italy has registered a total of 128,209 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the eighth-highest in the world.

The country has reported 4.39 million cases to date.

Patients in hospital with COVID-19 – not including those in intensive care – stood at 2,533 on Saturday, up from 2,449 a day earlier, the health ministry said.

There were 29 new admissions to intensive care, down from 32 on Friday. The total of intensive care patients increased to 288 from 277.

Some 293,863 tests for COVID-19 were carried out over the past 24 hours, compared with a previous 244,657, the health ministry said.

Libya

Libya has imposed a 24-hour curfew from Saturday to Monday to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The government announced the decision on Thursday. When the curfew ends, the previous prevention measures will continue.

In late June, the government imposed a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (1600-0400 GMT) for two weeks, and ordered that those who violate the restrictions be punished.

The government has recently launched an "exceptional" vaccination campaign to set up temporary vaccination centers, where people above the age of 18, Libyans or foreigners, can get vaccinated.

Morocco

Morocco's COVID-19 tally rose to 687,292 on Saturday as 10,609 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours.

The country's coronavirus death toll rose by 92 to 10,255, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health.

Russia

Russia confirmed 22,320 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 6,424,884, the official monitoring and response center said Saturday.

During this period, the nationwide death toll grew by 793 to 164,094, according to the center.

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United States

New COVID-19 cases in the US have rebounded to more than 100,000 a day on average, returning to the levels of the winter surge six months ago.

Weekly cases on Friday passed 750,000, the most since early February, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. 

Almost 135,000 weekly cases were reported in Florida on Friday, a record for a state that makes up about one in five US cases.

Louisiana said 1 percent of its entire population had been infected in the last two weeks as the delta variant spreads, particularly among the unvaccinated.

Daily average deaths more than doubled in the past month, even while remaining far below the levels of last winter, with health-care experts warning that the pace of new infections could trigger deadlier mutations.

“It clearly has taken a very bad turn,” Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to US President Joe Biden, said in a Bloomberg Quicktake interview earlier this week.

“As long as you have virus freely circulating in society the way it’s doing now with 100,000 cases a day, you give ample opportunity for the virus to mutate.”

UK

The number of fully-vaccinated people in the UK being admitted to hospital with the delta variant is growing as officials warn the shots cannot stop everyone catching COVID-19.

In the last fortnight, nearly 35 percent of those hospitalized were fully vaccinated, compared with 55 percent who were unvaccinated, according to a statement from Public Health England Friday. The delta variant accounts for 99 percent of cases in the UK.

Britain recorded 28,612 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, down from 31,808 a day earlier, and 103 deaths, higher than the 92 reported on Friday, official data showed.

The data also showed that 46,997,495 people have had a first dose of a vaccine and 39,210,356 have had two doses.

Zambia

A batch of China's Sinopharm vaccines arrived in Zambia on Saturday to be part of the southern African nation's basket of COVID-19 vaccines.

A plane of Ethiopian Airlines carrying the vaccines arrived at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Saturday. Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie, Permanent Secretary in charge of Technical Services in the Ministry of Health Kennedy Malama, as well as officials from the United Nations agencies witnessed the arrival of the vaccines.