Brazil registered another record number of coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday evening, as the pandemic in Latin America’s largest country shows no signs of slowing down.
The nation registered 28,936 additional cases, the ministry said, and 1,262 deaths. There are now 555,383 total confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil and 31,199 deaths.
The fresh record comes as some Brazilian leaders, including right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, continue to belittle the virus, warning that the economic fallout from quarantine measures will be worse than the virus itself.
“We lament all deaths, but it’s everyone’s destiny,” Bolsonaro said in front of the presidential residence in Brasilia earlier on Tuesday.
Even in states and cities where leaders had previously instituted lockdown orders, authorities have been rapidly loosening restrictions in recent days, despite the number of daily new cases continuing to grow in most regions.
The coronavirus has infected more than 6.3 million people worldwide, and there have been more than 378,000 recorded deaths, according to a case tracking tool maintained by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. The U.S. accounts for more than 1.8 million of the recorded cases, and more than 106,000 deaths.
As of 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Canada had 92,410 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases, with 50,357 of those listed by provinces as recovered or resolved. A tally of deaths maintained by CBC News based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 7,458.
Here’s a look at what’s happening with COVID-19 in Canada on Tuesday:
COVID-19, the illness caused by a novel coronavirus that was first reported in China, causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
The pandemic prompted a range of public health measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, for which there are no proven treatments or cures.
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The World Bank said on Tuesday that it expects the coronavirus and resulting recessions to leave “lasting scars” on developing and emerging market countries, with the worst damage on oil exporters and those suffering financial crises. In analytical chapters of its new Global Economic Prospects report, the bank said that the average emerging market country suffering a financial crisis could see potential output fall by eight per cent over a five-year period, with lost output for developing oil exporters falling 11 per cent.
Read on for a look at what’s happening with the coronavirus around the world.
In the U.S., President Donald Trump said the Republican National Convention set for August in North Carolina would have to be held in another state because of physical distancing restrictions ordered by the state’s Democratic governor.
Trump made the announcement on Twitter hours after Gov. Roy Cooper rejected Republican demands for a full-fledged presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, telling organizers that planning for a scaled-down event was “a necessity” due to the coronavirus.
Cooper “is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised,” Trump said.
Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, <a href=”https://twitter.com/NC_Governor?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@NC_Governor</a> Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena – Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and…
“We are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” Trump said, without indicating which states were under consideration. The convention will nominate Trump to seek a second term in the Nov. 3 election.
Cooper sent his letter to Republican Party leaders a day before the deadline Trump had set for the state to guarantee that convention attendance would not be limited by physical-distancing restrictions.
Russia reported 8,863 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing its nationwide tally to 423,741, the world’s third-highest reported total. The death toll rose to 5,037 after authorities said 182 people had died in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin has instructed his government to take quick steps to repair economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin reported to Putin on Tuesday that the cabinet’s plan contains measures designed to stimulate economic growth, raise incomes and reduce unemployment. It envisages spending five trillion rubles (about $98 billion Cdn) until December 2021.
Putin says Russia is now past the peak of contagion, allowing regional officials to gradually ease the restrictions. However, some experts warned that a daily increase of about 9,000 confirmed cases makes a quick lifting of the lockdown dangerous.
South Africa’s lockdown regulations have been declared invalid by a court following a legal challenge by a civic organization on the basis that they are unconstitutional. The High Court of Gauteng province on Tuesday gave the government 14 days to amend and republish the regulations in a way so they do not infringe on people’s rights.
South Africa’s lockdown began on March 27 and has been gradually relaxed, but it still bans the sale of cigarettes — prohibited for health reasons — and prevents most businesses and factories from operating at full capacity. The regulations also prohibit large public gatherings and restrict funerals to no more than 50 people.
In a statement on Tuesday, the government noted the court’s decision and said it would respond once it has studied the ruling. South Africa currently has the highest number of confirmed virus cases in Africa, with more than 34,000, including 705 deaths.
Spain’s Health Ministry says it recorded no deaths from COVID-19 for a second day in a row. The latest official data reported Tuesday showed an increase in new confirmed cases, however — 137 in the previous 24 hours compared with an increase of 71 cases between Sunday and Monday.
Fernando Simon, head of Spain’s emergency response, called the falling death rate “very encouraging.” Simon said that the number of patients being treated in intensive care units has also been declining, with only nine people admitted to ICUs over the past seven days.
Spain’s official national death toll from the pandemic is 27,127, and the country has almost 240,000 confirmed cases.
In Japan, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike issued a “Tokyo alert” on Tuesday after 34 new cases were confirmed in the city, where confirmed infections had slowed to a few per day in late May. “The alert is to precisely inform the people of the status of infections and to advise caution.”
Lighting on Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge will be changed from rainbow-coloured to red as a sign of alert. However, the alert does not mean restrictions that just got eased will be reimposed immediately.
Under the second phase of a three-part plan for resuming business activity, Tokyo’s theatres, fitness gyms and other commercial facilities reopened. Night clubs, karaoke parlours and other highest-risk establishments are still closed.
Iraq’s Health Ministry is reporting a record-breaking single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus cases that it says resulted from increased testing. At least 519 new cases were confirmed Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 7,387, according to a statement from the Health Ministry. Iraq has reported a total of 235 virus-related deaths.
The number of confirmed cases in Iraq tripled in the last two weeks as more people were tested. Thousands more people are being tested on a daily basis, according to daily government reports. The Health Ministry said at least 3,000 were tested nationwide in the previous 24 hours.
Iraq faces shortages of hospital beds and ventilators. Health professionals have warned that a flareup in cases could be catastrophic for the country’s health system.