Records of daily spikes of coronavirus cases have been reported in several countries after social exclusion measures have eased, days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a clear projection that the US death toll could rise to 180,000 Americans by the end of this month.
In Japan, the number of new coronavirus cases has exceeded 1,500 for the first time since the pandemic began in February. The capital Tokyo reported an increase of 472 cases on Saturday, according to a new record, the country’s health officials said.
The Philippines also experienced the biggest one-day jump recorded with 4,963 new infections recorded. It has brought the total number of reported cases in the country to over 98,000, making the Philippines second only to Indonesia in terms of deaths and coronavirus cases in Asia.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday ordered his coronavirus task force to address the concerns of over a million doctors and nurses who have asked to reactivate strict blocking measures after a third day of record-breaking infections.
Meanwhile, health workers said they were losing the fight against COVID-1
The Vietnam health ministry also warned Saturday that up to 800,000 visitors to the tourist hot spot Danang had left for other parts of the country on July 1, raising concerns about the spread of the disease. Last week, the country detected its first COVID-19 cases transmitted locally in more than three months on the city’s east coast.
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Meanwhile, in Europe, Poland reported the highest number of new cases for a third consecutive day on Saturday with 658 new cases. The country’s ministry of health said wedding parties are partly responsible for growth and the prime minister did not rule out restrictive restrictions this week if the situation worsened.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday postponed an expected easing of blockade measures in England after an increase in infections has heightened fears of a second deadly wave.
A few hours after Britain imposed stricter measures on areas of northern England, Johnson announced that casinos, bowling alleys and ice rinks would be closed for at least two more due to the reopening on Saturday. weeks.
“We are now seeing a spy on the dashboard,” Johnson said at an online press conference. “Our assessment is that we should now press that brake pedal to keep the virus in check.”
The abrupt halt to the unfolding was the biggest turnaround to date on the England route out of the block.
Cases in Germany and Russia also increased on Friday.
In the United States, the death toll has risen to 154,391 as of Friday, according to a NBC News count. While Florida, California and Texas all saw big hikes in July.
Despite sombre numbers, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that he was “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine in the United States could prove effective “late autumn or early winter.”
Glimmers of hope have surfaced elsewhere, with Egypt reporting the lowest number of new cases since May Friday.
Egypt reopened appeals to foreign tourists on 1 July but, like the United States, has not yet reached a “safe list” of countries for resuming non-essential travel to the European Union.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Mai Nishiyama contributed.