Australia confirms first coronavirus death in a month
A person has died in the state of Victoria, Australia, in the first coronavirus-related death in more than a month.
The man in his 80s died overnight. Australia’s total death toll from the virus now stands at 103.
South African school confirms 200 infections among pupils and staff
More than 200 pupils and staff who returned to a boarding school in South Africa’s impoverished Eastern Cape province this month tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, officials said.
Eastern Cape accounts for around 15% of South Africa’s 101,590 cases, making it the country’s third worst-affected province, AFP reports.
The province’s health department announced the outbreak at Makaula Senior Secondary School in the rural town of KwaBhaca, where 204 students and staff members were found infected with the virus.
“Initially 24 learners tested positive last week with 180 others, which include hostel assistants, testing positive this week,” the department said in a statement, adding that all had been placed under isolation.
National education department spokesman Elijah Mhlanga said they were among 283 pupils – final-year students – as well as 47 teachers and 42 support staff at the school.
The 12th-grade students, as well as their middle school counterparts in the seventh grade, were the only ones allowed to return to the school because they are to write their final exams this year.
All others have been required to stay home since March when South Africa shuttered schools as part of measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Doctors are tracing and testing contacts in a bid to prevent further infections.
Seven US states see highest-ever hospitalisations
The Washington Post reports that seven US states have seen their highest hospitalisations of coronavirus patients so far in the pandemic.
The states are Arizona, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
According to the Washington post, Tuesday saw the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths nationwide since June 7, with over 800 reported, and:
Texas and California on Tuesday eclipsed 5,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus over a 24-hour span, records in those states. Arizona, Nevada and Missouri also logged new single-day highs. Overall, 33 states and US territories now have a rolling average of new cases that is higher than last week.
The average Briton now spends a quarter of their waking day online, according to new research that shows how internet usage has exploded during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ofcom’s annual Online Nation report reveals that at the height of lockdown the average UK adult was spending a daily average of four hours and two minutes online – up from three-and-a-half hours in September last year.
This is substantially more time than people spend either watching television or listening to the radio, backing up other indicators that the pandemic has acted as a catalyst to speed up existing trends away from traditional media.
“People went to the polls in World War Two,” says Trump, “They can go to the polls in Covid-19”:
“Before the plague came in we had the best of everything,” he says.
Trump is making claim after claim about helping Black Americans before the pandemic. A reminder that during the coronavirus pandemic, they have borne the brunt of the economic and health impacts of the virus:
We have so many kinds of tests, says Trump.
“We’re going to have a vaccine very soon… We unleashed the power of the United States military.” Nobody was denied a ventilator, Trump says. He got ventilators to New York. He built a hospital for New York in the Javitz centre, “they didn’t use it,” he says.
“To rescue the US economy which is happening now we passed 3bn in legislation… To protect jobs for US students like you we took historic action to block foreign entry… we gotta go American.”
The US has to get back to better employment rates “so we can start taking people back in based on merit. Or I should say mostly on merit,” he says, or he’ll get in trouble.
In response to the virus “we took swift and early action to ban travel from China… we saved tens of thousands of lives with that decision. And then we saved lives by banning travel from Europe,” says Trump.
The US has the highest infections and deaths in the world, with 2,338,275 confirmed cases and 121,157 deaths.
Nancy Pelosi wanted to “dance in the streets of China,” he says. This is a claim he has made often, and is not true.
“My administration launched the greatest mobilisation since WW2. We have done such a great job with this with the ventilators and the testing.”
He claims testing is the reason the US has so many cases.
“They use it to make us look bad”. Because of the testing, the US “mortality rate is so low,” he says.
Instead they say “the cases have jumped the cases of jumped”.
Here’s Trump listing racist names for coronavirus:
“I stood up to China like nobody else in decades,” he says.
Earlier in his speech:
Trump is speaking to students at a rally in Arizona, Texas now hosted by conservative non-profit organisation Turning Point.
He is talking about the many names that coronavirus has, including, he says, some call it: “Wuhan” or “Kung flu” or “The Chinese flu”.
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The next few weeks are critical to tamping down a disturbing coronavirus surge, Dr Anthony Fauci told Congress on Tuesday issuing a plea for people to avoid crowds and wear masks just hours before mask-shunning President Donald Trump was set to hold a campaign rally in one hot spot.
Troubling surges worsened Tuesday in several states, with Arizona, Texas and Nevada setting single-day records for new coronavirus cases, and some governors saying theyll consider reinstating restrictions or delaying plans to ease up in order to help slow the spread of the virus.
- Deaths worldwide are nearing 475,0000, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, with known infections standing at 9,178,773.
- Fauci says US will increase Covid-19 testing despite Trump’s claims of slowing down. The US’s top infectious disease expert said the country will be doing more Covid-19 testing, not less, hours after Donald Trump insisted he was serious when he called for testing to slow down.
- European Union countries are prepared to block Americans from entering because the United States has failed to control its epidemic, the New York Times reported. More than 120,000 Americans have died from the outbreak; the world’s worst death toll.
- Novak Djokovic tests positive for Covid-19 amid Adria Tour fiasco. The beleaguered world No 1 tested positive, along with his wife, Jelena, throwing tennis into turmoil as the sport’s official tour prepares to resume.
They join three other leading players and two trainers infected by the disease towards the end of the Serb’s unsanctioned Adria Tour.
- Texas Children’s Hospital admitting adults as coronavirus surges in Houston. The children’s hospital is admitting adult coronavirus patients due to a spike in serious Covid-19 cases in the Houston area, while a dozen other states from Florida to California grapple with a surge in infections.
Texas reported over 5,000 new infections on Monday, a single-day record for the state. It has also seen Covid-19 hospitalisations hit record highs for 11 days in a row.
- French virus tracing app flops with only 14 alerts. The country’s much-heralded new phone app for tracking coronavirus cases has only alerted 14 people that they were at risk of infection since its launch three weeks ago.
- Covid-19 vaccine may not work for at-risk older people, say scientists. A vaccine may not work well in older people who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill and dying from the disease, which may mean immunising others around them, such as children.
- Brazilian judge tells Bolsonaro to behave and wear a face mask. The judge ordered Jair Bolsonaro to rectify his “at best disrespectful” behaviour by wearing a face mask when circulating in the capital, Brasília.
- Virus pushing millions of South Asia children into poverty, says UN. More than 100 million children in the region could slip into poverty as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a UN report said of the long-term impact of the crisis.
- England to reopen pubs, restaurants and hotels on 4 July. Members of two different households will be able to drink or dine together as long as they stick to physical-distancing guidelines, as the prime minister confirmed the 2-metre rule would be dropped in favour of a “1-metre-plus” approach.
- Putin ploughs ahead with Victory Day parade despite coronavirus threat. Russia is holding its postponed Victory Day military parade on Wednesday despite steadily rising coronavirus infections, as Vladimir Putin seeks a popularity boost in the run-up to a referendum on extending his time in office.
- Virus lockdown could fuel radicalisation, according to Europol. Coronavirus lockdowns could radicalise more terror suspects, the EU’s police agency has warned, saying both right and leftwing violence are on the rise.
- Iran reports highest virus deaths since April. The country reported 121 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, its highest daily toll in over two months.