COVID-19 Updates: US Cases Top 2.6 Mil, Possibly Up To 100,000 Per Day


BEIJING, July 1 — The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Xinhua news agency.

NEW YORK — The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 2.6 million on Tuesday, reaching 2,606,211 as of 12.33 pm (1633 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the national death toll reached 126,360, according to the tally.

WASHINGTON — Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top infectious-diseases expert, said on Tuesday the country is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic, giving a dire warning that COVID-19 cases in the United States could go up to 100,000 per day if the current trend “does not turn around.”

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told senators in a hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee that the country is “going in the wrong direction” as the number of COVID-19 cases increases across the nation.

“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I am very concerned,” he said.

OTTAWA — Canada has extended the current ban on international travelers until July 31, according to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Tuesday.

“The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada,” said the CBSA in a news release.

WARSAW — The Polish government has published a list on Tuesday evening of 8 non-EU countries with which international passenger flights to and from Poland will be resumed.

Starting July 1, airlines can resume their connections with Japan, South Korea, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Montenegro, Georgia, Canada, and Albania.

Poland suspended all regular air passenger services in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic but has gradually opened its airspace again for air travel.

SANTIAGO — Chile on Tuesday raised the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country to 279,393, with 5,688 deaths.

According to the Ministry of Health, 3,394 new cases and 113 new deaths were registered in the last 24 hours.

“We have 16 percent fewer new cases now compared to the last 14 days,”  Minister of Health Enrique Paris told a press conference.

CAIRO — Egypt confirmed on Tuesday 1,557 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total cases in the country to 68,311, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.

Khaled Megahed, the ministry’s spokesman, said that 81 patients died from the novel coronavirus, raising the death toll to 2,953.

On Saturday, Egypt lifted a partial nighttime curfew imposed in the past three months, according to a plan to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.

TUNIS — Tunisian Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of the infected in the country to 1,174.

A total of 1,031 patients have recovered in Tunisia while 50 deaths were reported, the ministry said.

JERUSALEM — Israel on Tuesday registered 803 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day surge so far, raising the tally to 25,244, the state’s Ministry of Health said.

The death toll from the virus rose from 319 to 320, while the number of patients in serious condition increased to 52 from 43, out of 232 patients currently hospitalized, the ministry said.

The number of recoveries rose to 17,341, with 123 new recoveries, while the number of active cases rose to 7,583, the highest since April 28.

Sources: BERNAMA

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