Mexico overtakes United Kingdom to have world’s third-most Covid-19 deaths

Cheryl Sanders
August 2, 2020

Meanwhile, India recorded its steepest spike of 57,118 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking its coronavirus caseload close to 1.7 million.

With a population of over 211 million, Brazil is seen as the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Latin America.

The pandemic has killed more than 679,000 people worldwide, with almost 17.6 million confirmed cases, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

Friday saw the month end with a new record one-day increase in deaths: at least 1,453, surpassing the previous record set on May 27.

Lopez-Gatell also said on late Friday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 8,458 to 424,637 over the past day.

In Germany, where the government has been praised for its response to COVID-19, thousands hit the streets to protest new coronavirus restrictions, with organizers calling it "the end of the pandemic".

The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world, with 4.6 million, and 154,000 deaths.

The country's Civil Aviation Ministry delayed resumption of worldwide flights by another month until August 31.

Hurricane Isaias' imminent arrival has forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites in the country. Those who test positive as of Saturday must quarantine for 14 days.

Fauci said the scale of the US outbreak is the result of multiple factors, including some states opening up too quickly and disregarding federal guidelines.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11.

Even so, the president maintained the spread of the virus is slowing.

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