The new coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 673,000 people worldwide.
According to data collected by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, more than 17.3 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, a disease caused by a new respiratory virus. Actual numbers are considered to be much higher due to test deficiencies, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the extent of the outbreak of their nations.
Since the first cases were detected in China, the United States has become the most affected countries with nearly 4.5 million cases diagnosed and at least 152,075 deaths.
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10:36: Florida announces fourth day of record deaths, DeSantis announces new initiative to fight COVID
The Florida Department of Health recorded 257 deaths in the last 24 hours on the fourth day in a row.
According to the health agency, there are currently 6,966 deaths and the number of confirmed cases has reached 470,386, an increase of 9,007 in the last 24 hours.
The increase in deaths and cases comes the same day Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new initiative to stop the spread of the virus.
DeSantis’ initiative, called One Goal One Florida, encourages the public to follow four guidelines: Protect the vulnerable, practice proper hygiene, practice social graduation, and mask when in close contact with another person.
“COVID-19 has been a major challenge for all Floridians, but I am 100% convinced that we can and will overcome this challenge,” DeSantis said in a statement. “To this end, I ask all Floridians to join me in this important effort.”
DeSantis previously encouraged people to wear masks when they could not maintain social distance; However, the initiative is considered to be the first formal plan submitted by the state.
10:13: The Game of the Cardinals in. Brewers has been canceled
Louis Cardinals postponed their game against Milwaukee Brewers on Friday after several positive tests for coronaviruses were reported, an ESPN source said.
It is not clear how many positive tests have been reported.
The two teams were expected to play in Milwaukee at 2:10 p.m. local time.
Six of the 30 Major League Baseball teams will not play on Friday due to coronavirus cases. That’s 20% of the league.
7:25:45 members of the fraternity at the University of Southern California test positive
At least 45 members of the fraternity at the University of Southern California tested positive for COVID-19.
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health confirmed the cases while investigating a coronavirus outbreak on three fraternities associated with a private university in Los Angeles. The names of the fraternities concerned were not published.
“The outbreak may be related to a major social gathering on July 4,” the Los Angeles County Department of Health said in a statement Thursday night. “We remind you that according to the regulation of medical staff, the gathering of people from different households is prohibited. These are high-risk situations in which COVID-19 can spread rapidly to many people. These people, although asymptomatic, can spread to their home, which may include someone who becomes seriously ill or may die. ‘ ”
ABC News addressed the University of Southern California for comment.
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6:32 a.m .: The Hong Kong government is delaying the election and is referring to coronaviruses
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Friday that the highly anticipated parliamentary elections scheduled for September had been postponed, citing a coronavirus outbreak in a partially autonomous Chinese city.
Lam told a news conference that her government had China’s support in deciding to postpone local elections for one year – a move that would surely infuriate pro-democracy lawmakers and supporters.
Lam said it was “the most difficult decision I have made in the last seven months” but “necessary” to “protect public health, human lives and ensure the fairness of the elections.”
Coronavirus infections have increased in recent weeks in Hong Kong. According to the latest figures from the Hong Kong Ministry of Health, the total number of diagnosed cases is 3,273, including at least 27 deaths.
6:14: Dr. Anthony Fauci testify on Top of the Capitol
Anthony Fauci, one of the country’s best health experts on the coronavirus pandemic, will testify at the Capitol Hill on Friday.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health and a key member of the White House Coronavirus Working Group, last testified before Congress on June 30. His latest appearance comes amid growing US COVID-19 cases and a challenging oversight of his strained relationship with President Donald Trump.
During the hybrid personal / remote hearing, two other leaders of the working group will join Fauc: Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield and Assistant Professor of Health at the Department of Health and Human Resources. Services, Adm. Brett Giroir.
5:39 a.m .: South Africa reports more than 11,000 new cases overnight
The South African Ministry of Health said 11,046 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country on Thursday.
According to data released by the National Ministry of Health in South Africa, this resulted in a total national number of 482,169 people, including 7,812 deaths, according to data released early Friday morning.
The latest daily workload is just below the July 9 record, when almost 13,500 new cases were identified in the 24-hour reporting period.
According to Johns Hopkins University, South Africa has the fifth highest number of diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the world. The country also accounts for more than half of the total number of cases in Africa.
4:27 am: The US will record more than 67,000 new cases in one day
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 67,600 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Thursday.
According to country records, the latest daily workload is on 16 July, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in the 24-hour reporting period.
A total of 4,494,601 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, and at least 152,055 have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 states, Washington, DC and other US territories, as well as repatriated citizens.
By May 20, all U.S. states began lifting home residence orders and other restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The daily increase in the number of cases in the country was then around 20,000 for a few weeks, then they were shot for the first time in mid-July and exceeded 70,000.
Many states have seen an increase in infections in recent weeks, with some – including Arizona, California and Florida – reporting daily records.
Kirit Radio, Rachel Katz, Scott Withers and Brian Hartman contributed to this report.