The world has recorded 11,942 million cases with 208,087 new cases. The highest numbers recorded were from the United States, Brazil and India.
The Trump administration has notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organisation. At least two dozen US states have paused or rolled back reopening plans as the country nears 3 million officially reported cases. The US averaged just under 50,000 new cases daily over the last week.
Latin American and Caribbean countries have recorded more than 3 million Covid-19 cases combined as of Tuesday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University. The following 33 countries are included in this region: Brazil; Peru; Chile; Mexico; Ecuador; Colombia; Argentina–Dominican Republic; Panama; Bolivia; Guatemala; Honduras; Haiti; El Salvador; Venezuela; Cuba; Nicaragua-; Costa Rica; Paraguay; Uruguay; Jamaica; Guyana; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; The Bahamas; Barbados; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Antigua and Barbuda’; Grenada; Belize; Saint Lucia; Dominica; and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The combined total stands at 3,010,954 confirmed cases, according to JHU’s tally.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the pandemic. Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in the capital Brasilia, and said he is already taking hydroxychloroquine – an anti-malarial drug unproven to effectively treat COVID-19. Brazil now has a total number of 1,674,655 confirmed cases with 48,584 new cases.
Africa also recorded a record increase of 17,460 new cases to bring the total number of cases to 511,170; the death toll increased by 366 to bring the total number of deaths to 12,015.
South Africa has the continent’s highest Covid-19 cases with 215,855 total number of cases, 10 134 new Covid-19 cases and 192 deaths. As of today a cumulative total of 215 855 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been reported. 192 new Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded, 15 from Limpopo, 22 from KwaZulu Natal, 36 from Eastern Cape, 44 from Western Cape and 75 from Gauteng. This brings the total deaths to 3 502. The number of recoveries is 102 299.
Nigeria recorded 29,789 confirmed cases and 503 new cases. It has the third highest number of cases in Africa. 15 new deaths were recorded to bring the total death toll to 669.
53 new cases were recorded in Zimbabwe to bring the total number of cases to 787 and 9 deaths to date. A total of 201 cases have recovered whilst there are 577 active cases.
Trump calls for reopening US schools amid COVID-19 pandemic
President Donald Trump downplayed the continuing risk of the coronavirus in the United States and pressed his case for reopening schools on Tuesday.
“What we want to do is get our schools open,” Trump said at a White House event attended by First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and education and public health leaders. We are very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools to get them open,” Trump said.
Trump cited advances in therapies for COVID-19 and asserted deaths from the virus are declining even as the numbers of confirmed cases have surged across the southern US from Florida to California. (CNN)
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