A coronavirus novel pandemic has now killed more than 731,000 people worldwide.
Over 19 million people around the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, a disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to lack of testing, many reported cases, and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or minimizing the scope of their outbreaks.
Since the first cases were discovered in China in December, the United States has become the country with the worst touch, with more than 5 million cases diagnosed and at least 162,938 deaths.
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10:36 am: Opening of the Coronavirus test site along the US-Mexico border
A coronavirus testing site will soon open near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego County, Southern California, according to a report by San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.
The non-stop test site for meetings will be located at the PedWest crossing in the Port of San Ysidro, one of the busiest international pedestrian crossings in the world. The area, among more than two dozen others across the San Diego County, will be closest to the border with Mexico so far for the region.
The United States and Mexico are two of the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hispanic community makes up only 34% of San Diego’s population and yet, as of Sunday, they accounted for 62% of the city’s COVID-19 cases, according to KGTV. That figure is likely to rise after the new test site opens within the next two weeks, as the area is dominated by Spanish speakers.
However, Chicano Federation Chief Strategy Officer Roberto Alcantar said many in the Latino community are still afraid of testing.
“Our community is nervous about losing jobs, not being able to go to work, the real economic impact that comes from being positive and the feeling that it can deter them in some way,” Alcantar told KGTV.
4:21 am: Australia sees record increase in virus-related deaths
Another 19 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in the Australian state of Victoria on Sunday – the highest one-day rise in fatalities the country has seen since the pandemic began.
“This news is devastating, no matter at what age COVID affects people, and we just want to reaffirm our support through every channel we can provide,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Monday.
The Victoria Department of Health and Human Services also reported 322 new cases of COVID-19 – the lowest daily count recorded in the state since July 29.
“We are seeing some stability. That is a good thing. But that is not enough,” Victoria State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne. “And this is the product of masks and Stage 3. This is what the experts tell us. The next stage, however, has to do with these restrictions that we have wanted to impose with pain.”
Andrews declared a state of disaster in Victoria on August 2, giving authorities additional powers to ensure people comply with public health guidelines. Victoria is home to Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, which has become a hotspot in the country’s novel coronavirus outbreak.
In total, Australia has reported more than 21,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 313 deaths.
3:45 am: US registers under 50,000 new cases for the first time in 6 days
There were 46,395 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Sunday, bringing the nation’s top 5 million nationwide, according to a estimate held by Johns Hopkins University.
It is the first time in six days that the nation has registered under 50,000 new cases. An additional 516 coronavirus-related deaths have also been reported.
Sunday’s case cases are well below the record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.
A total of 5,044,864 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, and at least 162,938 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases involve people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, DC and other U.S. territories, as well as repatriated citizens.
By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting home stay orders and other restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The daily increase in country affairs then rose to about 20,000 for two weeks before shooting again and surpassing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.
Many states have seen an increase in infections in recent weeks, with some – including Arizona, California and Florida – reporting daily data. However, new data published last week in an internal memorandum by the Federal Emergency Management Agency suggest that national growth in cases may be high.
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