A new coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 667,000 people worldwide.
More than 17 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, a disease caused by a new respiratory virus, according to data collected by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Actual numbers are considered much higher due to testing shortcomings, many unreported cases, and suspicions that some governments are hiding or reducing the scale of their nation’s outbreaks.
The United States has become the most affected countries with more than 4.4 million cases diagnosed and at least 150,765 deaths.
This is how the report is evolving today. Always eastern. Check for updates.
11:17: Florida reported a third day of death on record
On the third day in a row, a new record high number of deaths were reported in hard-hit Florida, according to the health ministry.
253 new deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.
On Thursday morning, 16.5% of ICU adult beds in Florida were available, according to the state health administration agency;
Five counties – Jackson, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee and Putnam – had no ICU beds, according to the agency.
These numbers are expected to change throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.
10:40: Herman Cain died after a fight with COVID-19
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died at the age of 74, according to a post on his personal website, almost a month after the coronavirus diagnosis was announced.
A source near the White House also confirmed his death for ABC News.
Cain’s hospitalization was announced on July 2.
A Cain spokesman said Monday that he remained hospitalized and was treated with oxygen for his lungs.
“Doctors say his other organs and systems are strong,” the spokesman added.
Cain, co-chair of the Black Voices for Trump, attended President Donald Trump’s meeting in Tulsa on June 20. Cain was photographed inside the arena without wearing a mask and sitting in close proximity to the others.
The host of corporate and radio discussion campaigns was in the campaign for the Republican nomination in 2012.
10:00: 33% increase in cases among Tennessee children
Tennessee has seen a 33% jump in coronavirus cases in children in the last 10 days, ABC’s Memphis WATN reported.
And in some parts of rural West Tennessee, cases of children have risen by more than 100%, WATN said.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee told a news conference on Tuesday that reopening schools for classroom instruction was “the best option” and that “planned delays should be reserved for the most extreme situations,” Tennesseean said.
9:10: NJ saw a 112% increase in cases, with deaths in the Atlanta area doubling
FEMA’s internal announcement from ABC News highlights the rise in New Jersey and the doubling of casualties in the Atlanta area.
New Jersey has seen 2,066 new cases of coronaviruses in the past week (ending July 27), up 112% from the previous week.
The beach town of Long Beach Island reported 35 cases involving social gatherings among rescuers.
In the neighboring state of Connecticut, 943 new cases were reported in the week ending July 27 – 77.9% more than the previous week.
The memorandum stated that persons under the age of 30 accounted for 40% of these new cases.
Meanwhile, in Georgia, the number of new COVID-19 deaths in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs area has almost doubled in the past week. The week ending July 20 had 71 deaths, while the week ending July 27 had 139 deaths.
In some parts of Georgia, some patients were forced to wait in an ambulance due to overvoltage in COVID-19 patients.
In Alabama, new cases are on the rise, despite a 28.3% reduction in new tests tested.
As of Monday, only 12% of ICU beds in Alabama were available. A record high number of ICU beds were filled, with 496 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.
4:46 a.m .: Dispatchers stop asking callers on 911 about the symptoms of COVID-19, raising firefighters’ concerns.
Callers to 911 in Houston will no longer be asked if they have COVID-like symptoms that change their monthly practice of passing information to the first respondents. Firefighters are now being told to treat every call as if the patient or home had a positive COVID.
Houston Fire Commander Sam Pena said the change is an acknowledgment of the widespread nature of the virus in the city and is not concerned that callers are not always offering truthful information.
For months, Pena has begged the public to provide honest answers to protect firefighters who maintain large numbers of quarantined COVID.
The change was announced the same day the Houston Fire Brigade attended a funeral for Captain Leroy Lucia, Houston’s first fire brigade to die of COVID-19.
Marty Lancton, president of the Professional Firefighters Association in Houston, told ABC13 that he did not understand why the department would require less information for firefighters instead of firefighters.
“Less information for front-line men and women who respond to calls is dangerous for firefighters, rescuers and Houston citizens,” Lancton said.
Chief Pena explained the change to HFD members in a memorandum obtained by 13 investigators. “The prevalence of COVID-19 is high in the Houston area and COVID-19 cannot be ‘ruled out’ in the field or adequately screened by the OEC. In the best interests of the health and well-being of HFD members, all addresses and patients should be considered as possible sites and patients positive for COVID-19. Experiments should not be performed or opinions should be made that any patient should be considered “non-COVID”. ‘ ”
This change is the second in recent weeks to affect the sending of COVID-19 information. In early July, the ministry stopped recording the addresses of COVID-19 positive patients in the nationwide shipping system. Chief Pena says it took too much time for us to enter thousands of cases one by one in the old-fashioned system.
3:23: Globally confirmed cases of COVID-19 exceed 17 million
There are currently more than 17 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide at Johns Hopkins University.
The current number is now 17,031,281, but the actual numbers are considered much higher due to testing shortcomings, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or reducing the scale of their nation’s outbreaks.
The global record exceeded 15 million on July 22 eight days ago. Four days later, on July 26, a mark of 16 million was reached.
2:38 a.m .: Governor DeSantis extends moratorium on evictions and expulsions until September 1
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended the moratorium on eviction and confiscation until September 1.
The ban originally expired on August 1, but was extended for a third time by the governor for the third month after the moratorium began in April.
Attorney Ana Eskamani, D-Orlando, sent a message with the message: “BREAKING – The moratorium on eviction and expulsion has been extended for another month.”
DeSantis issued an execution order without comment.
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2:11 am: Florida suspends COVID testing due to tropical weather
The Florida Crisis Management Division (FDEM) has announced that all state-sponsored COVID-19 test sites and inspections will be temporarily closed at 5:00 PM on Thursday, July 30, in anticipation of the effects of a potential tropical cyclone nine. .
Test sites are closed for reasons of care to ensure that individuals are in operation and come to them. All locations have free-standing structures, including stations and other equipment, that cannot withstand the winds of tropical storms and can cause damage to people and property if not secured.
A potential tropical cyclone nine is expected to have an impact on Florida with heavy rains and strong winds coming to South Florida as early as Friday. The website will remain closed until it can be reopened. All sites are expected to reopen no later than 8 a.m., Wednesday, August 5th.
Free COVID-19 testing is still available through local health departments.
Will Gretsky, Ahmad Hemingway, ABC News, Josh Margolin, Tom Shine and Scott Withers contributed to this report.