Coronavirus: India has world’s highest daily deaths and cases

India records the world’s highest daily coronavirus deaths and cases with more than 800new fatalities and 50,000 new infections

  • India overtook the US and Brazil as having the highest daily covid-19 figures 
  • It was also the seventh day that India recorded over 50,000 new infections 
  •  52,972 new confirmed cases and 803 fatalities took India, the world’s second most populous country, past both the US and Brazil 

India today confirmed the world’s highest daily cases and deaths from coronavirus with over 800 new fatalities and more than 50,000 confirmed infections. 

The 52,972 new confirmed cases and 803 fatalities took India, the world’s second most populous country, past both the US and Brazil, the first and second in the world for both deaths and registered infections. 

The US today recorded 41,963 cases and 505 deaths while Brazil reported 16,641 infections and 561 fatalities.  

It was also the seventh straight day that India recorded over 50,000 new infections, taking the national total to 1,855,745, according to the Health Ministry database, which also showed the total number of fatalities is now 38,938.  

Though the figures seem to show India catching up with Brazil and the US, they do not take into account the context of the population. 

India’s coronavirus death rate is around 2.9 per 100,000 people, whereas the US and Brazil have a rate of 47.5 and 45.2 respectively. 

The Indian Ministry of Health has said half the deaths from the coronavirus in India are people below the age of 60. 

It said 37 per cent of the deaths were between 45-60. Global research indicates the disease is particularly fatal for the elderly. 

Health experts in India say this anomaly could be because deaths among the elderly in India weren’t detected or they weren’t tested. 

In India, several political leaders have either tested positive for the coronavirus or gone into quarantine over the last few days. 

Since Sunday, India’s powerful home minister Amit Shah and the chiefs of two big states have been hospitalized with COVID-19. 

On Monday, Tripura state’s chief minister and India’s law and justice minister also went into isolation.      

More than 18.35 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 693,958 have died, according to a Reuters tally. 

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. 

Pensioner burns down 673 hectares of Brazilian rainforest by setting car alight in insurance scam

A pensioner’s car insurance scam backfired, causing a disastrous blaze burning huge swathes of land, when his car exploded in a protected rainforest in Brazil.  

Heli Barroso Martins, 66, burned down 673 hectares of vegetation in the the Araras Biological Reserve, in Petrópolis in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro.

The fire, which destroyed the equivalent of 1,257 football fields of environmentally protected land, was caused by a staged car-jacking that backfired. 

Heli Barroso Martins, 66, pictured, burned down 673 hectares of vegetation in the the Araras Biological Reserve, in Petrópolis in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro

The fire, pictured, destroyed the equivalent of 1,257 football fields of environmentally protected land as a staged car-jacking that backfired

The fire, pictured, destroyed the equivalent of 1,257 football fields of environmentally protected land as a staged car-jacking that backfired

The pensioner claimed he was mugged at gunpoint by two men on a motorbike who set fire to his vehicle, pictured, after they were unable to start the car

The pensioner claimed he was mugged at gunpoint by two men on a motorbike who set fire to his vehicle, pictured, after they were unable to start the car

The pensioner claimed that while he was driving home on July 27 on a remote road in the region, he was mugged at gunpoint by two men on a motorbike.

He said the gunmen set fire to his vehicle after they were unable to start the car due to ignition problems. 

Martins said he was afraid of being killed and ran into the forest before calling friends for help. 

But Police became suspicious of his version of events after firefighters reported that the source of the blaze was an abandoned car that had been ‘intentionally’ doused in gasoline.

Officers were also surprised the attackers failed to rob the accused’s phone and that he appeared unruffled by the episode when reporting the crime.

Two friends who picked up the stranded pensioner after the alleged robbery testified that he was calm, unharmed and his clothes were dry and clean.

Firefighters reported that the source of the blaze was an abandoned car that had been 'intentionally' doused in gasoline

Firefighters reported that the source of the blaze was an abandoned car that had been ‘intentionally’ doused in gasoline

Officers visited around 20 petrol stations and found images of Martins buying a gallon of petrol the day before the incident

Officers visited around 20 petrol stations and found images of Martins buying a gallon of petrol the day before the incident

Police confirmed on July 31 that the suspect has been detained without bail. 

They believe he planned the insurance scam and had hoped to collect 25,000 Reais, approximately £3,600 ($4,700) for the burnt out wreck.

Chief inspector Joao Valentim said the damage done to the Atlantic Forest was ‘catastrophic’. 

He said forensic experts reported the fire was caused by an ‘explosion which set fire to dry vegetation and strong winds propelled the flames’ causing it to spread.

Officers visited around 20 petrol stations in surrounding cities and discovered images of Martins buying a gallon of petrol in nearby Três Rios, the day before the incident.

The fire was the largest amount of environmental damage since the area became protected 43 years ago

The fire was the largest amount of environmental damage since the area became protected 43 years ago

Footage shows Martins paying petrol and putting it in his car. He told investigators the gallon of fuel was for a friend but couldn't remember the friend's name

Footage shows Martins paying petrol and putting it in his car. He told investigators the gallon of fuel was for a friend but couldn’t remember the friend’s name

Footage shows a petrol station attendant filling up the container and Martins paying for it then putting the canister into a carrier bag and in the back of his car. 

He reportedly told investigators the gallon of fuel was for a friend but couldn’t remember the friend’s name.

The fire spread rapidly over very steep and difficult to access terrain and took firefighters three days to battle.

A joint task force of 72 fire fighters and environmental agents fought the flames using around 17 vehicles.

It took a joint task force of 72 firefighters and environmental agents three days to battle the blaze using around 17 vehicles

It took a joint task force of 72 firefighters and environmental agents three days to battle the blaze using around 17 vehicles

Two helicopters transported teams to the hard to reach regions and water was also dropped by air onto burning areas.

Isabela Bernardes, head of the environmental reserve, said: ‘It’s our biggest environmental damage since the area was protected 43 years ago. It will take decades for nature to recover.’

She added that they will be calculating the wildlife loss of the fire for years as they believe hundreds of animals may have died in the disaster.

‘Fire fighting teams saw animals fleeing and seeking shelter from the flames.’

Police believe Martins planned the insurance scam and had hoped to collect 25,000 Reais, approximately £3,600 ($4,700) for the burnt out wreck

Police believe Martins planned the insurance scam and had hoped to collect 25,000 Reais, approximately £3,600 ($4,700) for the burnt out wreck

The suspect faces charges of attempted fraud and of causing a fire in protected area under environmental laws.

The maximum penalty, if found guilty, is 15 years imprisonment.

This comes as fires in the Amazon rainforest increased 28 per cent in July from a year ago.

There were 6,803 fires in the Amazon last month, compared to 5,318 in the same month of 2019, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported.  

Isabela Bernardes, head of the environmental reserve, said it will 'take decades for nature to recover' after the fire

Isabela Bernardes, head of the environmental reserve, said it will ‘take decades for nature to recover’ after the fire 

90 Day Fiance’s Karine Martins reveals she fled home of husband Paul Staehle with their toddler

‘I feared for my life’: 90 Day Fiance’s Karine Martins reveals she fled home of husband Paul Staehle with their toddler after calling police and now has a restraining order against him

  • Pair had been seen on 2017’s 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days and last year’s 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way 
  • She said some relationships ‘just can’t be fixed anymore’ 
  • Staehle said Martins filed for restraining order ordering him to stay a 500 feet away from her and their son 

90 Day Fiance’s Karine Martins says she and her one-year-old son Pierre are alright after she left the home of husband Paul Staehle and was granted an emergency protective order against him.

‘I want you all to know that me and Pierre are doing well now,’ Martins, 23, said in an Instagram Stories post Sunday. ‘All this past days I had a lot going on.

‘I had issues where the police was called because I feared for my life and my son’s life which led me to ask for help and ultimately be rescued from an environment that no longer was healthy for none of us involved in the situation.’

Tough time: On Friday,Paul said on Instagram Stories that Karine and Pierre were missing and that he was 'worried for her safety. He was seen earlier this year with Pierre

The latest: 90 Day Fiance’s Karine Martins, 23, says she and her one-year-old son Pierre are alright after she left the home of husband Paul Staehle, 37, and was granted an emergency protective order against him 

Martins said she was ‘getting the best help [she] could ever get and [was] really thankful for all the people’ coming to her aid, as it has been a ‘big part’ of her ‘recovery.’

The Brazilian reality star took to social media a day after Staehle, 37, said on Instagram Stories that he was ‘really upset’ after a neighbor told him that Martins had taken the child and fled in a man’s vehicle, US reported.

Staehle displayed a restraining order Martins filed for ordering him to stay a minimum of 500 feet away from her and their son.

Martins departed the family’s house after a clash Thursday – that required police intervention – which Staehle said erupted when he witnessed her speaking ‘to a Brazilian lawyer about child support and divorce,’ US reported.

Where things stand: Martins said in an Instagram Stories post that she and her son were safe

Where things stand: Martins said in an Instagram Stories post that she and her son were safe

Happier days: The one-time couple had been seen on 2017's 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days and last year's 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way

Happier days: The one-time couple had been seen on 2017’s 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days and last year’s 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way

On Friday, he said on Instagram Stories that Karine and Pierre were missing and that he was ‘worried for her safety.

‘Karine took off with Pierre and I don’t know where they are,’ he said. 

Martins said in court docs that he had sexually assaulted her, prevented her from obtaining birth control and was trying to leverage her by keeping her Green Card on his person, the outlet reported.

Bundle of joy: The couple welcomed son named Pierre Martins Staehle last year

Bundle of joy: The couple welcomed son named Pierre Martins Staehle last year 

Better times: Paul and Karine got married in November 2017

Better times: Paul and Karine got married in November 2017

She said in the court papers that Staehle was ‘armed and dangerous’ and told her that he would take Pierre should she ever leave the marriage.

In her post on the social media site, Martins implied that the marriage – the couple have been wed since 2017 – is likely finished.

‘Relationships are hard and sometimes it just can’t be fixed anymore. I need this time to organize my thoughts, work on myself and care for my son after everything we have been through in the last year and half.

‘I also would like to state that I’m not missing. The police knows where to find me if they need me.’

Martins noted that she was asking for prayers for herself and her son and had not started a GoFundMe fundraiser.

Staehle has past had legal problems in relationships as he said on the show that he’d ‘got locked back up’ after he broke the terms of a restraining order an ex had on him. In 2014, he was convicted of second-degree arson and was on probation because of it, according to US.    

Global coronavirus cases top 17million – a rise of one million in just four days

Global coronavirus cases have surged past 17million after a rise of one million in the space of just four days.

The hard-hit trio of India, Brazil and the United States are leading the relentless advance with more than 100,000 new cases per day between them. 

Brazil and India both set new records today while the South American country is moving ever closer to the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths.  

Global daily cases are nearing 300,000 with cases also surging in South Africa and countries such as Spain and Australia facing a second wave of the disease.    

Global daily cases are nearing 300,000 with cases also surging in South Africa and countries such as Spain and Australia facing a second wave of the disease

A woman wearing a mask is transferred from a care home in Melbourne as Australia battles a second spike in coronavirus cases in the state of Victoria

A woman wearing a mask is transferred from a care home in Melbourne as Australia battles a second spike in coronavirus cases in the state of Victoria 

The Johns Hopkins University tally showed a total of 17,039,160 cases on Thursday morning along with 667,218 deaths. 

According to the Hopkins figures, the 17million mark was reached last night just four days after the 16million threshold was crossed on June 25. 

The previous million cases also took just four days, as the pandemic continues to accelerate around the world.  

It was May 20 when the five-million mark was reached, nearly five months after the virus was first detected, but the next five million cases took only 39 more days. 

The jump from 10million to 15million took only another 24 days, and the figure has now leaped to 17million in barely a week. 

The Hopkins tally recorded nearly 290,000 new cases yesterday, of which India, Brazil and the United States contributed more than half between them. 

India today saw more than 50,000 new cases in a day for the first time, bringing the total to nearly 1.6million in a country that has seen nearly 35,000 deaths. 

Elsewhere, the Australian state of Victoria saw a record 723 new cases on Thursday despite a second lockdown in Melbourne.   

Europe is also bracing for a second wave, with Spain facing new travel restrictions after a sharp increase in cases. 

German officials have voiced fears of a second wave after a ‘concerning’ rise in cases, while France has also seen a week-on-week increase in new infections. 

‘Clusters are emerging, we have warning signs from certain hospitals that have seen a trend of increasing admission,’ French health minister Olivier Veran said, adding: ‘We are testing a lot more.’ 

A healthcare worker tends to a patient wearing a mask in the Covid Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas

A healthcare worker tends to a patient wearing a mask in the Covid Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas 

The EU is due today to update its list of countries approved for travel to the European bloc, which it reviews every two weeks. 

The United States was not on the list and is not expected to be included as cases continue to spiral out of control. 

States in the South and West are being particularly hard-hit – especially Florida, where more than 6,300 people have died.

The EU’s safe list does include Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

The bloc is expected to announce that Algeria is being removed from the list after a resurgence of coronavirus in the North African nation. 

At the other end of the continent, South Africa is now frequently recording more than 10,000 cases per day with a total case load of 471,123.  

Brazil also wants visitors back, and on Wednesday reopened travel to foreigners arriving by plane, hoping to revive its ravaged tourism industry.

The South American nation last night announced a record 69,074 new cases, taking its total past 2.5million in the largest outbreak after the United States. 

The death toll is now above 90,000 after another 1,595 fatalities were added to the tally on Wednesday night.  

Brazil closed its air borders to non-residents on March 30, at a time when the virus was just taking hold in South America.

A woman is moved to an ambulance outside the Hospital Regional da Asa Norta-HRAN in Brazil, where deaths from coronavirus are nearing 100,000

A woman is moved to an ambulance outside the Hospital Regional da Asa Norta-HRAN in Brazil, where deaths from coronavirus are nearing 100,000 

As a whole, Latin America’s biggest economy is facing a record contraction of 9.1 per cent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. 

The blizzard of alarming data continued too in east Asia, with China seeing a three-month high of 101 new virus cases on Wednesday because of a localized outbreak in the northern port city of Dalian.

Officials blamed contaminated packaging on imported seafood – similar reasons to the ones that have been offered to explain previous Chinese outbreaks.

Further south, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam warned the financial hub was facing a ‘large-scale community outbreak’ that could lead to a ‘collapse of our hospital system’.

All residents in the densely packed city of 7.5million are under orders to wear masks outdoors and restaurants can only serve takeaway meals, in a blow for diners during the city’s hot and humid summer.

‘It’s so hot outside now, 10 minutes after I start work, my shirt is all sweaty,’ a construction worker said.

While some labour in the heat to make a living, others have been inspired to take action for their communities.

One Indian businessman has converted his office into an 85-bed facility to provide free treatment for the poor.

Kadar Shaikh spent 20 days in a private clinic being treated for the virus last month and was horrified by the bill.

‘How could poor people afford such treatment?’ the property developer told AFP. ‘So I decided to do something and contribute in the fight against the deadly virus.’ 

Playboy model had 8-hour daily workouts and ate egg whites


A model has revealed that she exercised for eight hours a day and ate only egg whites to prepare for her sizzling shoot for Playboy Portugal. 

Vanusa Freitas, 28, from Brazil, detailed her grueling fitness regime after dressing up as a bunny in fishnet stockings for her spread featured in the August issue of the magazine, which also saw her posing in nothing but gold body paint and a matching pair of ears.

The brunette beauty said she was inspired by reality star Kim Kardashian — who is known for her impossibly small waist and hourglass figure — when she was getting ready for the shoot.

Dedicated: Vanusa Freitas, 28, from Brazil, worked out for eight hours a day and only ate egg whites to prepare for her spread featured in the August issue of Playboy Portugal

Celebrity diet: The model said she was inspired by Kim Kardashian to 'eat little carbohydrates' and 'drink a lot of water' ahead of the shoot

Celebrity diet: The model said she was inspired by Kim Kardashian to ‘eat little carbohydrates’ and ‘drink a lot of water’ ahead of the shoot 

'Victory': Vanusa shed a total of 13 pounds while following the intense diet and exercise plan

‘Victory’: Vanusa shed a total of 13 pounds while following the intense diet and exercise plan

No regrets: Vanusa insisted that her egg white diet works, saying, 'People think it's crazy, but it's a sacrifice that I make for my body'

No regrets: Vanusa insisted that her egg white diet works, saying, ‘People think it’s crazy, but it’s a sacrifice that I make for my body’

‘The idea is to eat little carbohydrates, drink a lot of water, and have your calories controlled, as Kim Kardashian did,’ she said.  

Kim, 39, followed the low-carb Atkins diet and ate plenty of egg whites to lose weight after the birth of her son Saint in 2016, though she is now eating mostly ‘mostly plant-based’ meals.   

Vanusa admitted to following several celebrity diets in the past, which included drinking apple cider vinegar and water with lemon. 

Apple cider vinegar is another healthy lifestyle trend that has been tried and tested by the Kardashian family, with both Kim and Kourtney previously praising its benefits — as well as Scarlett Johansson and Katy Perry. 

Vanusa has always followed a rigorous workout and diet plan, and regularly flaunts her bikini body on Instagram, where she has amassed a legion of followers thanks to her risque posts. 

In addition to her swimsuit shots, the model also shares regular images of herself at the gym, posting selfies that show her posing in workout gear, although she gives little away about what exercises she relies on.

However, when it came to preparing for her Playboy shoot, the model went to extreme lengths in order to ensure she was in the best shape possible. 

Vanusa said she underwent an intense diet and exercise regimen to shrink her stomach and tone up for her latest shoot. She posed for several bunny-themed shots, including one that shows her donning nothing but gold body paint and a pair of matching ears. 

Behind the scenes: The model, who shared a backstage snap from her Playboy shoot, wanted to shrink her stomach before posing for the magazine

Behind the scenes: The model, who shared a backstage snap from her Playboy shoot, wanted to shrink her stomach before posing for the magazine 

Consistent: Venusa regularly shows off her bikini body on Instagram, where she has amassed nearly 100,000 followers

Consistent: Venusa regularly shows off her bikini body on Instagram, where she has amassed nearly 100,000 followers

Consistent: Venusa regularly shows off her bikini body on Instagram, where she has amassed nearly 100,000 followers 

Go easy: According to Livestrong, consuming an egg white-heavy diet is an effective way to lose weight and gain muscle - however experts warn that they should be eaten with other food

Go easy: According to Livestrong, consuming an egg white-heavy diet is an effective way to lose weight and gain muscle – however experts warn that they should be eaten with other food

She worked out for eight hours at the gym every day and ate nothing but egg whites every three hours. 

Vanusa lost a total of 13 pounds following the incredibly restrictive plan, which she hailed a ‘victory.’   

‘People think it’s crazy, but it’s a sacrifice that I make for my body. The diet with eggs work,’ she said. 

According to Livestrong, consuming an egg white-heavy diet is an effective way to lose weight and gain muscle; however, experts warn that they should be consumed with ‘good fats and carbs’ as part of a healthy diet, and not eaten alone. 

‘Egg whites are a great way to get high-quality, zero-fat protein to support muscle building,’ the website states. 

‘Egg-white protein is a solid protein source, but all exercisers need to combine protein with adequate carbohydrate and fat calories. 

‘Optimal ratios of protein vary, but most nutritionists recommend a ratio of three or four carbohydrates to one protein. Fats should be only 20 to 25 percent of daily calorie intake.’

Playboy model had 8-hour daily workouts and ate egg whites


A model has revealed that she exercised for eight hours a day and ate only egg whites to prepare for her sizzling shoot for Playboy Portugal. 

Vanusa Freitas, 28, from Brazil, detailed her grueling fitness regime after dressing up as a bunny in fishnet stockings for her spread featured in the August issue of the magazine, which also saw her posing in nothing but gold body paint and a matching pair of ears.

The brunette beauty said she was inspired by reality star Kim Kardashian — who is known for her impossibly small waist and hourglass figure — when she was getting ready for the shoot.

Dedicated: Vanusa Freitas, 28, from Brazil, worked out for eight hours a day and only ate egg whites to prepare for her spread featured in the August issue of Playboy Portugal

Celebrity diet: The model said she was inspired by Kim Kardashian to 'eat little carbohydrates' and 'drink a lot of water' ahead of the shoot

Celebrity diet: The model said she was inspired by Kim Kardashian to ‘eat little carbohydrates’ and ‘drink a lot of water’ ahead of the shoot 

'Victory': Vanusa shed a total of 13 pounds while following the intense diet and exercise plan

‘Victory’: Vanusa shed a total of 13 pounds while following the intense diet and exercise plan

No regrets: Vanusa insisted that her egg white diet works, saying, 'People think it's crazy, but it's a sacrifice that I make for my body'

No regrets: Vanusa insisted that her egg white diet works, saying, ‘People think it’s crazy, but it’s a sacrifice that I make for my body’

‘The idea is to eat little carbohydrates, drink a lot of water, and have your calories controlled, as Kim Kardashian did,’ she said.  

Kim, 39, followed the low-carb Atkins diet and ate plenty of egg whites to lose weight after the birth of her son Saint in 2016, though she is now eating mostly ‘mostly plant-based’ meals.   

Vanusa admitted to following several celebrity diets in the past, which included drinking apple cider vinegar and water with lemon. 

Apple cider vinegar is another healthy lifestyle trend that has been tried and tested by the Kardashian family, with both Kim and Kourtney previously praising its benefits — as well as Scarlett Johansson and Katy Perry. 

Vanusa has always followed a rigorous workout and diet plan, and regularly flaunts her bikini body on Instagram, where she has amassed a legion of followers thanks to her risque posts. 

In addition to her swimsuit shots, the model also shares regular images of herself at the gym, posting selfies that show her posing in workout gear, although she gives little away about what exercises she relies on.

However, when it came to preparing for her Playboy shoot, the model went to extreme lengths in order to ensure she was in the best shape possible. 

Vanusa said she underwent an intense diet and exercise regimen to shrink her stomach and tone up for her latest shoot. She posed for several bunny-themed shots, including one that shows her donning nothing but gold body paint and a pair of matching ears. 

Behind the scenes: The model, who shared a backstage snap from her Playboy shoot, wanted to shrink her stomach before posing for the magazine

Behind the scenes: The model, who shared a backstage snap from her Playboy shoot, wanted to shrink her stomach before posing for the magazine 

Consistent: Venusa regularly shows off her bikini body on Instagram, where she has amassed nearly 100,000 followers

Consistent: Venusa regularly shows off her bikini body on Instagram, where she has amassed nearly 100,000 followers

Consistent: Venusa regularly shows off her bikini body on Instagram, where she has amassed nearly 100,000 followers 

Go easy: According to Livestrong, consuming an egg white-heavy diet is an effective way to lose weight and gain muscle - however experts warn that they should be eaten with other food

Go easy: According to Livestrong, consuming an egg white-heavy diet is an effective way to lose weight and gain muscle – however experts warn that they should be eaten with other food

She worked out for eight hours at the gym every day and ate nothing but egg whites every three hours. 

Vanusa lost a total of 13 pounds following the incredibly restrictive plan, which she hailed a ‘victory.’   

‘People think it’s crazy, but it’s a sacrifice that I make for my body. The diet with eggs work,’ she said. 

According to Livestrong, consuming an egg white-heavy diet is an effective way to lose weight and gain muscle; however, experts warn that they should be consumed with ‘good fats and carbs’ as part of a healthy diet, and not eaten alone. 

‘Egg whites are a great way to get high-quality, zero-fat protein to support muscle building,’ the website states. 

‘Egg-white protein is a solid protein source, but all exercisers need to combine protein with adequate carbohydrate and fat calories. 

‘Optimal ratios of protein vary, but most nutritionists recommend a ratio of three or four carbohydrates to one protein. Fats should be only 20 to 25 percent of daily calorie intake.’

Covid-19 is ‘the most severe’ emergency WHO has declared


The coronavirus pandemic is ‘easily the most severe’ emergency that the WHO has ever declared, the agency said today as global cases surged past 16million. 

The global tally has risen by a million in just four days, led by massive outbreaks in the United States, India and Brazil which are each piling up tens of thousands of new cases per day.  

South Africa is also seeing more than 10,000 new cases a day while places such as Spain, Belgium and Hong Kong are facing second waves of the disease.  

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases had doubled in just six weeks as he warned today that ‘the pandemic continues to accelerate’.    

However, while cases have been surging at record levels, global deaths have remained stagnant at around 30,000 to 40,000 per week. 

The global tally of coronavirus cases has reached 16million after rising by one million in just four days, led by massive outbreaks in the United States, India and Brazil

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured) warned today that the global number of coronavirus cases had doubled in just six weeks

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured) warned today that the global number of coronavirus cases had doubled in just six weeks

Speaking nearly six months after the WHO first declared a global health emergency, Tedros said scientists were ‘still learning’ about how to tackle the virus. 

‘This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the International Health Regulations, but it is easily the most severe,’ he said.

‘Almost 16million cases have now been reported to WHO, and more than 640,000 deaths,’ he said before cases did cross the 16million threshold. 

‘And the pandemic continues to accelerate. In the past six weeks, the total number of cases has roughly doubled.’

When the health emergency was declared on January 30 there were fewer than 100 cases outside China, Tedros said. 

According to WHO figures, the world passed one million confirmed cases on April 4, by which time much of the West was in lockdown. 

The world reached five million cases on May 23 – 114 days after the declaration of the health emergency – but the next five million took only 36 days until June 28. 

The jump from 10million to 15million took only 26 days until July 23, and the latest million cases have been recorded in the space of only four days. 

The United States, India and Brazil – the three countries with more than a million confirmed cases by themselves – are taking the brunt of the latest surge.  

India today set a new record of 49,931 cases in 24 hours, while Brazil has averaged nearly 46,000 cases per day over the last week. 

Elsewhere in Latin America, countries including Mexico, Colombia and Argentina are all piling up thousands of new cases per day, with Mexico’s death toll now nearly as high as Britain’s.  

Hong Kong is among the places suffering a second wave of coronavirus cases (pictured, an elderly person is transferred from a nursing home in the Chinese-controlled city on Friday)

Hong Kong is among the places suffering a second wave of coronavirus cases (pictured, an elderly person is transferred from a nursing home in the Chinese-controlled city on Friday) 

Some European countries have seen a rise in cases in recent days, including Spain which has seen Britain, France and Norway impose new travel restrictions towards it

Some European countries have seen a rise in cases in recent days, including Spain which has seen Britain, France and Norway impose new travel restrictions towards it 

Tedros praised countries such as Germany and South Korea for keeping their outbreaks under control because social distancing measures were followed – but warned that ‘where they are not, cases go up’. 

He added: ‘Covid-19 has changed our world. It has brought people, communities and nations together, and driven them apart.

‘It has shown what humans are capable of – both positively and negatively. We have learned an enormous amount, and we’re still learning.

‘But although our world has changed, the fundamental pillars of the response have not: political leadership, and informing, engaging and listening to communities.

‘And nor have the basic measures needed to suppress transmission and save lives: find, isolate, test and care for cases; and trace and quarantine their contacts.

‘Keep your distance from others, clean your hands, avoid crowded and enclosed areas, and wear a mask where recommended.

‘Where these measures are followed, cases go down. Where they’re not, cases go up.’

Among the places suffering a new wave of coronavirus cases is Hong Kong, with more than 1,000 new infections since early July. 

New cases been above 100 for the last five days and the city of 7.5million now has more than 2,700 infections with 20 fatalities, threatening to overwhelm hospitals. 

Tough new measures include mandatory masks, a ban on more than two people gathering in public and restaurants only being allowed to serve takeaway meals. 

The government has already shut a number of businesses including bars, nightclubs and gyms, and rules have been tightened for freight vessels and air crews. 

In Europe, Spain, France and Germany have all seen week-on-week increases in their numbers of new cases.

Belgium (where a healthcare worker is pictured administering a coronavirus test in Brussels today) is among the countries facing a second wave of virus cases

Belgium (where a healthcare worker is pictured administering a coronavirus test in Brussels today) is among the countries facing a second wave of virus cases

Spain has seen Britain, France and Norway impose new travel restrictions after adding 12,166 new cases to its tally last week, up from 6,347 the week before. 

In Germany, which has been widely praised for its handling of the crisis, officials say the rising numbers are ‘very concerning’. 

Last Friday’s 815 new cases were the highest since May 15, and the Robert Koch diseases institute (RKI) says cases are growing in several of Germany’s 16 states. 

‘A further worsening of the situation must be avoided at all costs. This will only succeed if the entire population continues to be committed,’ the RKI said. 

Belgium is also seeing a ‘worrying’ rise, health authorities warned today, with almost half of the new infections recorded around the port city of Antwerp.

There have been 1,952 new cases around Belgium over the past week, up more than 70 per cent on the previous week, officials announced.  

‘The rapid growth in the number of cases is worrying,’ said Frederique Jacobs, professor of infectious diseases and a spokeswoman for Belgium’s virus taskforce. 

Local measures have been taken to try to contain the spike in Antwerp, but Jacobs warned that ‘the number of infections is also rising considerably in the rest of the country’. 

‘Most infections are still coming among the active population, that is to say people aged between 20 and 59,’ Jacobs said.

Belgium was one of the countries with the highest per capita rates of infection at the height of the crisis in Europe.

A three-year-old girl with severe pre-existing health problems became Belgium’s youngest known coronavirus victim last week.

Tougher rules on wearing masks came into force on Saturday amid growing fears of a second wave of the pandemic. 

Nearly 40 nations report record single-day rises in Covid cases as public lose faith in governments


Almost 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections, as the World Health Organisation warns there is no return to the ‘old normal’.

The rate of cases has been rapidly increasing in the United States, Brazil, India, Japan and Australia, among others. 

Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan and Ethiopia have also seen rises in cases, according to a Reuters tally. 

The data, compiled from official reports, shows a steady rise in the number of countries reporting record daily increases in coronavirus cases across the past month. 

Almost 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections this month. Pictured: Total confirmed coronavirus cases in countries with rapidly increasing infection rates

Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel have also seen record single-day rises across the past month, according to Reuters.

Three weeks ago, at least seven countries had reported record increases, which rose to at least 13 countries two weeks ago. 

After rising to at least 20 countries last week, the number of countries that have reported record daily increases has now reached 37. 

A new daily record figure has been recorded in Spain, which is said to be likely to deter tourists from visiting one of the continent’s most popular destinations.

A separate survey has also shown that the world has set a new record for the highest daily increase in coronavirus infections.

More than 280,000 new cases were recorded globally on both Thursday and Friday, the highest daily rises since the virus emerged, according to an AFP count based on official sources. 

India is among countries who have reported rapid increases in coronavirus cases this month, as more than 280,000 new cases were recorded globally on both Thursday and Friday

India is among countries who have reported rapid increases in coronavirus cases this month, as more than 280,000 new cases were recorded globally on both Thursday and Friday

The data, compiled from official reports, shows a steady rise in the number of countries reporting record daily increases in coronavirus cases across the past month, including Brazil

The data, compiled from official reports, shows a steady rise in the number of countries reporting record daily increases in coronavirus cases across the past month, including Brazil

Friday’s tally of 282,042 was marginally down on Thursday’s single-day record 284,661 but still shows an alarming uptick in the spread of the virus. 

This comes after the WHO has warned everyone to treat their behaviour amid the coronavirus pandemic as ‘life-and-death decisions’.

‘We will not be going back to the ‘old normal’. The pandemic has already changed the way we live our lives,’ World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this week. 

‘We’re asking everyone to treat the decisions about where they go, what they do and who they meet with as life-and-death decisions – because they are.’ 

A separate report has also showed that governments are quickly losing support for their handling of the pandemic.

A survey, released on Saturday, showed that faith in authorities in dwindling across six nations, as governments worldwide have struggled to contain the virus. 

People widely believe that death and infection figures are higher than recorded in France, Germany, Britain, Japan, Sweden and the US widely believed death and infection figures to be higher than recorded, according to a study which polled 1,000 people in each nation.

‘In most countries this month, support for national governments is falling,’ the report by the Kekst CNC communications consulting group said.

A new daily record figure has been recorded in Spain, which is likely to deter tourists from visiting one of the continent's most popular destinations. Pictured, Barcelona on July 19

A new daily record figure has been recorded in Spain, which is likely to deter tourists from visiting one of the continent’s most popular destinations. Pictured, Barcelona on July 19 

Spain was among 37 countries to record a new daily record figure in coronavirus cases this month, according to a Reuters tally

Spain was among 37 countries to record a new daily record figure in coronavirus cases this month, according to a Reuters tally

The United States has this week passed more than 4 million cases and recorded more than 1,000 deaths for four consecutive days. 

Brazil and India, which epidemiologists say is still likely months away from hitting its peak, have also exceeded one million cases. 

In Australia, officials enforced a six-week partial lockdown and made face masks mandatory for residents in the country’s second-largest city, Melbourne, after a fresh outbreak. 

After Mexico posted a daily record this week, officials warned that a downward trend in case numbers that began in mid-June could reverse.   

Based on the rate of hospital admissions over the past week, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said hospitalisation levels by October could exceed those registered in June.

She said: ‘It is important to recognise that if we do not change the trend, there could be exponential growth.’ 

Kenya recorded a high daily case number less than two weeks after reopening domestic passenger flights.   

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who had announced international flights would resume on August 1, has called officials to an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the surge in cases.   

Authorities in China announced that they would introduce a new wave of testing in the city of Dalian (pictured), after fresh infections were detected there

Authorities in China announced that they would introduce a new wave of testing in the city of Dalian (pictured), after fresh infections were detected there

On Saturday, South Korea reported its highest infections figure in nearly four months, and in Vietnam the first locally-transmitted case in nearly 100 days was detected. 

This comes after authorities in China said, on Friday, that they would introduce a new wave of testing in the port city of Dalian, home to about six million people, after fresh infections were detected there. 

The local government’s health commission said the city must ‘enter wartime mode’ to prevent further any spread. 

It also announced on-the-spot nucleic acid tests for people using the subway system and will impose new lockdowns for some communities. 

The WHO’s European chapter has expressed concern about the rise in cases on the continent in the past two weeks and warned tighter restrictions may be needed. 

‘The recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases in some countries following the easing of physical distancing measures is certainly cause for concern,’ a WHO Europe spokeswoman told AFP.

‘If the situation demands, reintroduction of stricter, targeted measures with the full engagement of communities may be needed.’ 

Nearly a third of the world’s 15.8 million infections have been registered since July 1, while the total death toll nears 640,000. 

Brazil’s coronavirus death toll passes 80,000  


Brazil’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 80,000 on Monday, according to health ministry figures, as the country hit second-hardest in the world continued struggling to control the pandemic.

The figure, second only to the death toll in the United States, quadrupled in two months. Brazil passed the mark of 20,000 COVID-19 deaths on May 21.

Recently, the Latin American country of 212 million people has regularly registered more than 1,000 new deaths a day – though the figure for Monday was lower, at 632, bringing its overall death toll to 80,120.

The country has confirmed 2.1 million total infections.

Brazil’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 80,000 on Monday, according to health ministry figures, as the country hit second-hardest in the world continued struggling to control the pandemic. Above, hundreds of grave plots at the Vila Formosa Cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 20

Brazil's death toll, second only to the death toll in the United States, quadrupled in two months

Brazil’s death toll, second only to the death toll in the United States, quadrupled in two months

The country has confirmed 2.1 million total infections. Experts say under-testing means the real numbers are probably much higher

The country has confirmed 2.1 million total infections. Experts say under-testing means the real numbers are probably much higher

President Jair Bolsonaro, who is infected himself, faces criticism for downplaying the virus and urging state governors to reopen their economies despite health officials' recommendations. Above, Bolsonaro attends a ceremony of lowering the flag, at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia on July 20

President Jair Bolsonaro, who is infected himself, faces criticism for downplaying the virus and urging state governors to reopen their economies despite health officials’ recommendations. Above, Bolsonaro attends a ceremony of lowering the flag, at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia on July 20

Experts say under-testing means the real numbers are probably much higher.

Mass graves have been prepared to accommodate the growing number of victims of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, including at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, the largest in Latin America. 

President Jair Bolsonaro, who is infected himself, faces criticism for downplaying the virus and urging state governors to reopen their economies despite health officials’ recommendations.

The far-right leader is currently in quarantine, along with several infected members of his cabinet. But he previously defied state authorities’ stay-at-home measures, whose economic impact he argues could be more damaging than the virus itself.

Bolsonaro, who famously compared the virus to a ‘little flu,’ regularly hit the streets with no face mask until he got infected, shaking hands and taking pictures with supporters at rallies.

Graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on July 2. Mass graves have been prepared to accommodate the growing number of victims of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, including at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, the largest in Latin America

Graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on July 2. Mass graves have been prepared to accommodate the growing number of victims of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, including at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, the largest in Latin America

The far-right leader is currently in quarantine, along with several infected members of his cabinet. But he previously defied state authorities' stay-at-home measures, whose economic impact he argues could be more damaging than the virus itself. Above, graves at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery

The far-right leader is currently in quarantine, along with several infected members of his cabinet. But he previously defied state authorities’ stay-at-home measures, whose economic impact he argues could be more damaging than the virus itself. Above, graves at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery 

Graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus. Brazil raised its record number of coronavirus deaths over to 80.000, as the pandemic that has swept across the world hit Brazil with its full force

Graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus. Brazil raised its record number of coronavirus deaths over to 80.000, as the pandemic that has swept across the world hit Brazil with its full force

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro who is infected with COVID-19, wears a protective face mask as he makes a heart sign to supporters during a Brazilian flag retreat ceremony outside his official residence the Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, on Monday

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro who is infected with COVID-19, wears a protective face mask as he makes a heart sign to supporters during a Brazilian flag retreat ceremony outside his official residence the Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, on Monday 

Like US President Donald Trump, whom he admires, Bolsonaro, 65, touts the anti-malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as promising treatments, and is taking the latter himself, despite a lack of evidence of their effectiveness against COVID-19.

The World Health Organization said Friday the outbreak in Brazil appears to have finally reached a plateau.

There is ‘an opportunity here now for Brazil… to suppress the transmission of the virus,’ said WHO health emergencies chief Michael Ryan, urging the country to ‘take control.’

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, right, who is infected with COVID-19, wears a protective face mask as he waves to supporters during a Brazilian flag retreat ceremony outside his official residence the Alvorada Palace

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, right, who is infected with COVID-19, wears a protective face mask as he waves to supporters during a Brazilian flag retreat ceremony outside his official residence the Alvorada Palace

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro who is infected with COVID-19 and wears a protective face mask walks to attend a Brazilian flag retreat ceremony outside his official residence the Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, July 20

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro who is infected with COVID-19 and wears a protective face mask walks to attend a Brazilian flag retreat ceremony outside his official residence the Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, July 20

Aerial view showing graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus on July 20. On average, Brazil has registered more than 1,040 new deaths and 33,000 new infections a day over the past week

Aerial view showing graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus on July 20. On average, Brazil has registered more than 1,040 new deaths and 33,000 new infections a day over the past week

But though the level of daily deaths and infections has stabilized, it remains high.

On average, Brazil has registered more than 1,040 new deaths and 33,000 new infections a day over the past week.

‘The WHO talks about a plateau… but the problem is, the level remains very high, and it looks set to stay that way for quite some time,’ said Mauro Sanchez, an epidemiologist at the University of Brasilia.

Gaining control ‘will depend on what we do in terms of public policy, and on whether people follow it,’ he told AFP.

Only the United States has more infections and deaths than Brazil in the pandemic, with 3.8 million and 140,811, respectively.

Jair Bolsonaro holds up hydroxychloroquine drug in Brazil


Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro held his hydroxychloroquine pills aloft like a trophy last night as he rallied with a crowd of supporters despite his coronavirus infection. 

Bolsonaro greeted his fans outside the presidential palace in Brasilia where he has been in quarantine since announcing his positive test result on July 7. 

Supporters cheered as Bolsonaro showed off the unproven anti-malaria drug which he claims is making him better, before removing his mask to tell the crowd that ‘the pandemic was unfortunate, but we will overcome it’. 

While Bolsonaro kept his distance from across a stream, his supporters were packed on the waterside in spite of social distancing rules which he has repeatedly scorned. 

The 65-year-old former army captain has raged against lockdowns despite the country’s enormous death toll, after dismissing the virus as a ‘little flu’.   

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro shows his hydroxychloroquine pills to a cheering crowd who gathered to greet him outside the presidential palace in Brasilia last night  

Bolsonaro held up the drug which he claims is making him better, but which is not proven effective against Covid-19 despite its list of prominent backers including Donald Trump

Bolsonaro held up the drug which he claims is making him better, but which is not proven effective against Covid-19 despite its list of prominent backers including Donald Trump 

Bolsonaro announced on Wednesday that he was still positive for the virus, but says he is not experiencing symptoms and credits his good health to hydroxychloroquine.

‘I am not recommending anything. I recommend that you talk to your doctor. In my case, a military doctor recommended hydroxychloroquine, and it worked,’ he said. 

Like Donald Trump, Bolsonaro has touted hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 but its effectiveness against the disease has not been proven. 

‘We know that there is no scientific evidence, but it worked with me,’ Bolsonaro said on Wednesday. 

‘The future will say whether that remedy is effective or not. It was for me. I believe in it. If it was, a lot of people were wrong. People with responsibility.’

Bolsonaro previously told critics of the drug that ‘I regret to inform you I’m very well and will live for a long time’.  

Besides hydroxychloroquine, Bolsonaro says he is also taking an anti-parasite drug to fight coronavirus. 

Bolsonaro took off his mask as he spoke to supporters in Brasilia last night, telling them that 'the pandemic is unfortunate but we will overcome it'

Bolsonaro took off his mask as he spoke to supporters in Brasilia last night, telling them that ‘the pandemic is unfortunate but we will overcome it’

While Bolsonaro kept his distance from across a stream, his supporters were packed on the waterside in spite of social distancing rules

While Bolsonaro kept his distance from across a stream, his supporters were packed on the waterside in spite of social distancing rules

Brazil is adding tens of thousands of new cases per day, as shown on this graph. Last week it became the second country to pile up two million confirmed infections

Brazil is adding tens of thousands of new cases per day, as shown on this graph. Last week it became the second country to pile up two million confirmed infections 

Brazil's daily death toll has been consistently in the hundreds since April and is frequently over 1,000 per day. The total death toll is currently 79,488

Brazil’s daily death toll has been consistently in the hundreds since April and is frequently over 1,000 per day. The total death toll is currently 79,488 

Bolsonaro’s administration has now gone two months without a full-time health minister after losing two of them during the pandemic. 

Interim minister Eduardo Pazuello, a military general who had no experience in the field before April, is already facing pressure to leave the job. 

He took over after his predecessor Nelson Teich, a doctor and health care consultant, quit in protest over Bolsonaro’s support for the use of hydroxychloroquine. 

The president’s office says Bolsonaro is still working by video conference at his official Alvorada Palace residence in the capital.  

He told CNN on Monday that he ‘can’t stand this routine of staying at home’ and said he was waiting ‘anxiously’ to be given the all-clear to leave the house.

He also told the network that he had not suffered had any symptoms such as a fever or respiratory difficulties since July 6.  

Bolsonaro has also been seen feeding rheas, a bird species native to South America that is related to the ostrich and emu. One of them even pecked him.  

Before his positive test result, Bolsonaro frequently mingled with crowds in defiance of social distancing rules and sometimes refused to wear a mask. 

Speaking on Saturday, Bolsonaro declared that ‘lockdown kills’ and added that curfew measures had ‘suffocated’ the country’s economy. 

‘Without salaries and jobs, people die,’ he said referring to restrictions imposed against his will by some regional leaders in Brazil. 

Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro holds up a dose of hydroxychloroquine in his office earlier this month after revealing he was taking the drug

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro holds up a dose of hydroxychloroquine in his office earlier this month after revealing he was taking the drug

Bolsonaro revealed his positive test result on July 7 in a televised interview, after which he took his mask off and declared he was perfectly well

'I'm well, normal. I even want to take a walk around here, but I can't due to medical recommendations,' said Bolsonaro, 65.

Bolsonaro revealed his positive test result on July 7 in a televised interview, after which he took his mask off and declared he was perfectly well  

Asked on a previous occasion about the high death toll, Bolsonaro said: ‘So what? I’m sorry, but what do you want me to do?’ 

More recently, Bolsonaro has watered down a law that would require citizens to wear face masks in public. 

Earlier this month he vetoed several articles of the bill such as those requiring employers to supply masks for their staff and another mandating that authorities should provide masks for ‘economically vulnerable people’.  

Later, he also vetoed sections requiring masks be worn in prisons and another obliging businesses to provide information on how to wear masks properly.

Some states have already made the wearing of face-coverings mandatory, but this was the first such law on a national level.

Brazil has piled up 2,098,389 infections and 79,488 deaths during the pandemic, the second-worst totals in the world after the United States.  

Infections passed the two million mark on Thursday when Brazil recorded more than 45,000 new cases in the space of 24 hours. 

The state of Sao Paulo accounts for more than 400,000 infections alone, while the Rio de Janeiro region has seen more than 130,000. 

It is also feared that the true toll is far higher because of a lack of widespread testing in Latin America’s largest country. 

Bolsonaro has previously referred to the coronavirus as a 'little flu' and railed against the WHO's advice

Bolsonaro has previously referred to the coronavirus as a ‘little flu’ and railed against the WHO’s advice

Bolsonaro has frequently made light of the virus and ignored social distancing etiquette (pictured: on horseback during a rally on May 31)

Bolsonaro has frequently made light of the virus and ignored social distancing etiquette (pictured: on horseback during a rally on May 31)

Brazil, however, is the sixth most populous country in the world and its per capita deaths are not as high as in some European countries.

Bolsonaro’s government at one stage tried to remove the majority of virus statistics from its official website, before a judge ordered him to reinstate them. 

Meanwhile, indigenous leader Raoni Metukire, who has clashed with Bolsonaro over the preservation of the Amazon rainforest, is ‘stable’ in hospital after having a blood transfusion but testing negative for coronavirus.  

Raoni, a chief of the Kayapo people in northern Brazil, has been hospitalized since Thursday for weakness, shortness of breath, poor appetite and diarrhea.

‘The chief has a stable condition after receiving a blood transfusion,’ the Raoni Institute said. 

Raoni, now in his 90s, then was transferred to Dois Pinheiros Hospital in the city of Sinop on Saturday due to weakness and a worsening condition.  

He has been an outspoken critic of Bolsonaro and visited European leaders last year to denounce his calls for developing indigenous lands in the rainforest. 

Bolsonaro rejected a call by French president Emmanuel Macron to meet with Raoni.