The French Ministry of Health reported more than 2,500 new coronavirus infections set a new daily high in the past 24 hours after the lockdown for the third day in a row, bringing the country’s cumulative total of cases to 249,611.
An Australian investigation into the virus-infected Ruby Princess Cruise ship said Health officials made a “grave and material mistake” in allowing passengers to disembark from the ship.
According to Johns Hopkins University, worldwide coronavirus cases have exceeded 21 million while more than 13 million people have recovered. More than 763,000 people have died.
Here are the latest updates:
08:12 GMT – Russia reports more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases
Russia reported 5,061 new cases of the novel CoronavirusThis brings the nationwide number to 917,884, the fourth highest number in the world.
Of Russia Coronavirus 119 people have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 15,617, according to the Crisis Response Center. It added that 729,411 people have recovered.
07:14 GMT – Ukraine posted new daily highs
According to official figures, Ukraine has registered 1,847 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. This is a new daily record for infections in the country. After some COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, cases are skyrocketing.
The numbers reported by the National Security and Defense Council surpassed the one-day record of 1,732 reported on Friday.
The total number of cases reached 89,719, including 2,044 deaths.
Infections have risen since June as authorities eased some restrictions so cafes, churches and public transportation can reopen.
06:12 GMT – India cases top 2.5 million with another jump
India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have exceeded 2.5 million, with another largest daily increase of 65,002 in the past 24 hours.
India lags behind the US and Brazil in the number of cases.
The Ministry of Health reported an additional 996 deaths for a total of 49,036 on Saturday.
The average daily reported cases rose from around 15,000 in the first week of July to over 50,000 in early August.
The Department of Health said the increase shows the extent of the 800,000 tests done in a single day. However, experts say India needs to do more testing.
04:55 GMT – New Zealand’s outbreak is growing
New Zealand reported seven new cases of COVID-19 as a lockdown in the country’s largest city, Auckland, was extended in response to the Pacific nation’s first coronavirus outbreak in months.
Six of the seven new cases were linked to the cluster responsible for all previous cases in the community while one case was being investigated, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said at a press conference in Wellington.
The new cases bring New Zealand’s total infections to 1258 since the start of the year, while the number of currently active cases is 56. So far 22 people have died.
04:21 GMT – Latin America’s case count exceeds 6 million
Coronavirus cases in Latin America have exceeded 6 million and continue to accelerate as most of its countries begin to ease lockdown measures, according to a Reuters tally.
The region had reached 6,000,005 confirmed cases and 237,360 deaths by Friday night. This accounts for nearly a third of the global case load and a similar proportion of reported deaths due to the pandemic.
The rise from 5 million to 6 million cases took 11 days, one day less than the previous million.
Latin America is the most affected region in the world by the pandemic. The past seven days saw an average of more than 86,000 infections per day and more than 2,600 deaths.
03:47 GMT – China reports 22 new cases
Health officials in China reported 22 new coronavirus cases in the mainland on Aug. 14, compared with 30 cases the day before.
Of the new infections, 14 were imported, and the locally transmitted cases included seven in far west Xinjiang and one in Guangdong Province.
A mall in Shenzhen, a city in Guangdong, was sealed on Friday after a COVID-19 case was confirmed there. The Shenzhen Health Department announced later that day that two positive cases had been found, both of whom had worked in the mall of Alibaba’s own supermarket Freshippo.
Freshippo said in a separate statement that the company has shut down 21 of its Shenzhen branches to perform disinfection work and nucleic acid tests for its employees.
03:13 GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports 303 new cases
The Australian state of Victoria has continued to flatten the curve in its wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths, reporting four more deaths and 303 new cases in the past 24 hours.
After 278 cases on Thursday, it was the second lowest number of the day in Victoria that month.
Victoria daily numbers are gradually falling, with the seven-day average falling to 344 from 521 a week ago. However, authorities warn that further progress is needed before lockdown restrictions in the city of Melbourne can be relaxed.
“We couldn’t envision opening 200 cases a day. We couldn’t do 100 cases a day. We need to head for the lowest possible number,” said Brett Sutton, chief health officer.
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02:45 GMT – South Korea’s cases jump again
South Korea reported 166 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the highest daily jump in five months, amid fears that broadcasts could get out of hand in the metropolitan area.
The numbers released by the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) brought the national case number to 15,039, including 305 deaths.
155 of the new infections were transmitted locally, mainly from the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul, where authorities rushed to close thousands of churches that have been found to be the leading cause of COVID-19 cases, according to the KCDC. Many of them had failed to properly enforce preventive measures so that worshipers could take off their masks, sing in choirs, or eat together in restaurants.
Other clusters are linked to nursing homes, schools, restaurants, outdoor markets, and door-to-door vendors.
02:29 GMT – Top official says coronavirus has peaked in Mexico
Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Mexico’s leading man on the coronavirus pandemic, said he believed the country had peaked in infections in the past three weeks.
“We now had a maximum point in the curve,” said the deputy health minister, while predicting that the second wave of infections worldwide would continue for some time.
“This is a phenomenon that will be with us around the world for a few more years,” he said.
Lopez-Gatell had previously mistakenly predicted that the infections would peak in May and June.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico rose by 5,618 to 511,369 on Friday. The health department reported 615 newly confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 55,908.
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01:37 GMT – Paris expands mask requirements for pedestrians
The French capital Paris is expanding the districts in which pedestrians have to wear masks from Saturday morning.
Champs-Elysees Avenue and the area around the Louvre Museum are among the areas where masks are mandatory and police checks to ensure that masks are respected in certain areas must be reinforced.
Bars and restaurants could be closed if distance and other obstacles to virus transmission are ignored.
00:20 GMT – California tops 600,000 cases, most in the US
California became the first state in the United States to surpass 600,000 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, despite Governor Gavin Newsom saying he was encouraged to see hospital admissions and admissions have fallen by 20 percent in the past two weeks in intensive care units fell by 14 percent over the same period.
“The number that we really care about is that positivity rate,” he said when asked about the state’s case size. The positivity rate – the number of confirmed infections as a percentage of tests performed – has dropped from 7 percent to 6 percent nationwide in the past 14 days, Newsom said.
“I’m not going to withdraw anymore because I’m scared [more cases],” he said.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives.
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