The leader of the British Opposition said there would be “search questions” about the response to the pandemic. (Reuters: Hannah McKay)
Donald Trump said he would announce plans to reopen the US economy, the Leader of the British Opposition said Britain was too slow to act, and the number of confirmed cases worldwide had reached 2 million.
In Australia, the National Cabinet met today to determine the future of the school, while five more people have been infected in Sydney’s elderly care home where an employee works six shifts despite mild symptoms.
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More than 2 million cases have been confirmed worldwide
The US now accounts for about one third of COVID-19 cases worldwide. (Reuters: Lucas Jackson)
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide exceeded 2 million overnight, according to the Johns Hopkins database.
It took 83 days to reach the first million cases worldwide, and only 14 days for the second million.
The global death toll now stands at more than 134,000, but experts warn that this virus may have infected more people, because it can be present in people who show mild symptoms or even without symptoms and are not necessarily tested.
The largest cluster of cases has now moved from China, where a new coronavirus first appeared in December, to the United States, which now has more than 630,000 confirmed cases and highest death toll more than 30,000 (according to separate Reuters calculations).
Four other countries have more than 100,000 confirmed cases: Spanish (more than 180,000), Italy (more than 165,000), German (more than 134,000) and France (more 134,000).
This virus has reached all continents except Antarctica.
Only 11 new cases were confirmed in NSW and five more in Queensland
New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the fact that only 11 new coronavirus infections had been confirmed in the entire state, although more than 3,000 tests were being carried out, were “very positive results”.
However, five more people has been infected in a nursing home in West Sydney, where an employee works six shifts despite having mild coronavirus symptoms.
A total of 15 people – nine residents and six staff – has now contracted COVID-19 at Anglicare Newmarch House at Caddens.
Yesterday, NSW Head of Health Service Kerry Chant said the staff members involved were “very shy“.
In Queensland, five new cases of corona virus were recorded. Some positive tests have been previously revised, which means the total state now stands 1,001.
Queensland Health Service chief Jeannette Young said it was a positive result, but the state did “does not exceed the worst”.
“We know that in the end we will see a greater number of cases, but because of the work that has been done today, our health system here in Queensland will be able to handle a greater number of cases,” he said.
Education was the focus of the National Cabinet meeting
Divisions between the Federal Government and states and territories over school closures will be the focus of today’s National Cabinet meeting, when they try to find a coordinated approach.
Political reporter Jade Macmillan told ABC News Breakfast that although Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted that the schools were safe to open, it really would to states and territories to decide how they manage it:
“There are different opinions about how and when most students should return to school.
“The second period has begun again in Victoria, where parents are told look after their children at home for distance learning if they can. There was a message similar to parents in Queensland, when the school returned there.
“In New South Wales, the Prime Minister said that he wanted to see more face-to-face learning, but the details for term two are still being worked on. “
Leaders will also discuss ways to protect the health of staff and students.
Ahead of the meeting, Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said steps could include extra hand sanitizing, extra hand washing, and a surprising lunch break so there were no crowds of students at one time.
The US death toll reaches 30,000, modeling shows that the number could more than double
The death toll for US coronavirus – the highest in the world – has risen more than 30,000 after doubling in a week.
The University of Washington model, which is frequently cited by the White House, this week predicted total US deaths in a pandemic can reach around 68,800 in early August.
That shows the United States haven’t reached the midpoint possible death. In New York, the hardest hit country, 752 people died on the last day, even though hospitalization has declined.
However, US President Donald Trump said data showed the country had passed the peak of a new corona virus infection.
He said he would announce “new guidelines” to reopen the economy on Thursday (local time), adding to that “this is very interesting”.
“While we must remain vigilant, it’s clear our aggressive strategy was successful and very powerful work, I might add, “he said.
Trump said that some countries would open “sooner than others”.
The US president has pushed to reopen business and end orders that Americans stay at home. During the closure, millions of Americans lost their jobs and thousands of businesses were forced to close their doors.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would oppose Trump’s order to reopen the country if it would endanger citizens.
On Wednesday, Mr. Cuomo ordered 19 million New Yorkers to wearing a mask or substitute when in any public situation that does not allow them to be at least 1.8 feet from others.
Bill Gates said cutting WHO funds was “as dangerous as it sounds”
World leaders, doctors and diplomats have all criticized US President Donald Trump’s decision to do so postpone his country’s funding for the World Health Organization (WHO).
The US is the largest donor to WHO, providing more than $ US400 million ($ 631 million) in 2019, approximately 15 percent of the budget.
Bill Gates, whose foundation recently second largest donor, contributing more than $ US530 million ($ 836 million) in 2018 and 2019, writes that the cessation of funding for WHO during the world health crisis is “as dangerous as it sounds”.
Bill Gates tweeted: “Stopping funding for the World Health Organization during the world health crisis is as dangerous as their work. Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if the work is stopped there is no other organization that can replace it. The world needs @ WHO now more than ever before. “
The European Union said Trump had done it “no reason” to freeze WHO funds at this critical stage.
Trudie Lang, a professor of global health research at Oxford University, said it was due to WHO’s role as a “neutral intermediary” so that the world “make fast progress on diagnostics, vaccines and drugs “.
Trump said the WHO failed to do enough to stop the spread of the corona virus.
Employers are told to pay JobKeeper subsidies immediately
Small business is struggling to cover wage costs as they await Federal Government assistance under the $ 130 billion JobKeeper scheme.
The support package means workers, including long-term victims, will be paid $ 1,500 every two weeks for six months.
Entrepreneurs are told to start pay subsidies immediately and then claim the money back from the tax office in May.
But Peter Strong of the Board of Small Business Organizations told ABC Radio Melbourne that there are many employers no money to cover wages until they meet the requirements for government support.
He gave the example of a business that employs six ordinary people.
“Suddenly they will have a wage bill of say $ 5,000 or $ 6,000 per week, and they have to get it money they don’t have from somewhere, “he said.
The Federal Government says any business that is worried about cash flow can take direct trouble with their banks.
Opposition leaders accuse Britain of being too slow to act
Opposition leader Keir Starmer said the government should take action faster. (AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth)
As a death toll in the United Kingdom up again 761, so the total number of victims there was at least 12,868, the Leader of the Opposition accused the Government of being too slow to impose closure.
“I am afraid that we will likely have a higher death rate than other countries in Europe and there will obviously be questions looking for why that happened,” Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said.
He added: “I think the government is going too slowly.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who himself must be treated in intensive care, at first refrained from agreeing to the strict controls imposed by other European leaders.
He then closed the country when projections showed a quarter of a million people could die in Britain.
Prime Minister’s main medical adviser, Chris Whitty, said the British corona virus is now outbreak might peak but it is too soon to start limiting relaxation.
Total of 313,769 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the UK, among them 98,476 have been tested positive.
The number of official British deaths is fifth highest globally after the United States, Italy, Spain and France. There has been an outbreak of COVID-19 in 2,000 British nursing homes, but deaths there are not included in the daily count.
Hundreds were infected after the French aircraft carrier outbreak
The French Ministry of Defense said 668 members from the crew of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, and the accompanying ships, have tested positive for COVID-19.
Charles de Gaulle returned to his base in the southern port of Toulon on Sunday after the plague. A total of 1,767 Navy troops were tested.
Meanwhile, France has reported a decrease in the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began.
The head of national health agency Jerome Salomon said there were around 500 fewer people infected with the virus in the hospital than the day before, and that the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care had also down for the seventh day in a row.
The total number of deaths from diseases in France rose to 17.167, including 10,643 deaths in hospitals and 6,524 in nursing homes.
Canadians warn that they have another “locked week”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the lockdown would take “a few more weeks”.
He warned Canadians that if the economy reopened too quickly, all the sacrifices they are making now can be in vain because the country can see another peak in the case of coronavirus.
Mr Trudeau said once there was some reopening, there would be a need for rapid testing on a broad scale extensive contact tracking for those who test positive.
His statement was the strongest but opposed to easing economic restrictions too quickly. Canada has 27,557 confirmed cases including 954 deaths.
Check US assistance to carry the name Trump
Paper checks will be issued at a rate of around 5 million per week, which means it can take up to 20 weeks for all payment recipients who are eligible to receive it. (Reuters: Tom Brenner)
President Donald Trump’s name will be printed on a stimulus check that will be sent to tens of millions of Americans in the year a step that has never happened before completed this week.
“President Donald J. Trump” will appear on the left side in the paper check memo section, officials said.
This will be the first time a president’s name has appeared on a stimulus check distributed by the US Government.
The check is signed by civil servants to ensure government payments are non-partisan. A president is not an official signatory for money sent by the US Treasury.
Payment is part of A rescue package of US $ 2.2 trillion signed a law at the end of last month aimed at combating economic collapse caused by the closure order in the coronavirus pandemic.
Take the Tour de France
The Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, who led most of the 2019 Tour de France was pleased that the race was still running. (AP: Christophe Ena)
The Tour de France has a new date, and it will be followed by two other big races.
Due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, the iconic race in France will now begin on August 29 and finish on September 20. Giro d’Italia and Spanish Vuelta, cycling the other two Grand Tours, will take place after Le Tour.
The International Cycling Union announced the tour’s new date on Wednesday after consulting the organizers of the Amaury Sports Organization competition.
The race was originally scheduled to start on June 27 in Nice. But delaying the date of the initial tour became unavoidable when French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday that all public events with a large crowd would canceled until at least mid-July.
However, it is unclear whether a two-month delay is enough. Borders must be open so drivers like last year’s winner – Colombian Egan Bernal – can travel to France.
Questions raised about the number of Iranian deaths
Medical team members spray disinfectants to clean the shrine of Imam Reza’s shrine, after a coronavirus outbreak, in Mashhad, Iran. (Reuters / WANA)
The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be almost double that of officially reported figures, because of poor counts and because not all people with respiratory problems have been tested for the virus, a parliamentary report said.
Iranian health officials did not comment on the report, which represents the highest level of claims but the figures were questioned, something that has long been suspected by international experts.
Iran on Wednesday put its death toll on 4,777, from 76,389 confirmed case of the virus – still making it the worst outbreak in the Middle East so far.
The report comes as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continues to push for a slow reopening of the country’s economy, which remains a target of US sanctions.
Finland began to lift locks around Helsinki
Barriers around Helsinki are being dismantled in the first step towards locking in Finland. ((Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva via AP)
Finland will lift roadblocks in the area around its capital, Helsinki, in the first step towards reduce restrictions related to coronavirus.
Travel restrictions to and from the area began on March 28 to prevent people from spreading the virus to other parts of the country.
“This is no longer an act of limitation that is absolutely necessary in the manner required by the Emergency Power Act,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin said.
However, the Government still recommends people avoid all unnecessary trips.
Zimbabwean police burn food
In a dawn attack in Zimbabwe that was short of food, police who enforced the locking of the coronavirus were confiscated and destroyed 3 tons Fresh fruits and vegetables by burning it.
Holding a stick, they spread a group of rural farmers who had traveled overnight, violating restrictions on movement to bring valuable produce to one of the busiest markets in the country.
Food burns when farmers return empty-handed, in the country where food is located very short supply.
That is an extreme example of how a lock to slow the spread of coronavirus might strangle the already vulnerable African food supply.
Locked in at least 33 of 54 African countries farmers who are blocked from getting food to markets and threatening the delivery of food aid to rural populations.
About one out of every five people in Africa, nearly 250 million, did not have enough food before the virus outbreak, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.
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