More than 17.3 million coronavirus cases have been recorded worldwide, including at least 673,800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The US is seeing a resurgence of Covid-19 infections after states began reopening their economies, with the case count now at more than 4.4 million and the death toll at 152,075, according to JHU data.

Without a national effort to adhere to preventative measures, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor has said it will be impossible to predict how much longer the pandemic will last in the US.

“The thing we need to do is we need to pull out all the stops to get it down to baseline and to keep it there by doing the things that we’ve been talking about — that I’ve been talking about — consistently,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday during CNN’s coronavirus town hall.

Here’s the latest on the pandemic:

Hong Kong postpones elections: Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that the city’s Legislative Council elections slated for September 6 have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in the city.

Europe suffers record GDP slump: Europe’s economy shrank by 11.9% in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic plunged the region into a deep recession.

The quarter-on-quarter fall in EU GDP — the worst on record — comes as European countries took a battering. France, Italy and Spain, recorded second quarter falls of 13.8%, 12.4%, and 18.5%, respectively. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, suffered less, reporting a 10.1% hit to GDP.

German disease prevention center lists Spanish regions as “high-risk”: Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has designated the Spanish regions of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarre as “high-risk areas,” according to its most recent update to its list of places believed to be hotbeds of the novel coronavirus.

Bolsonaro says he has “mold” in lungs as his wife tests positive: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he felt weak and might have “mold in the lung” having spent weeks in isolation after catching Covid-19. His wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, has also tested positive for coronavirus, according to the President’s press office.

England will slow re-opening: England will “squeeze the brake pedal” on the next phase of re-opening in a bid to slow down the rising rates of coronavirus infection, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday.New restrictions in northwest England were announced Thursday in response to an increase in cases in the area. 

Belgium records weekly rise in infections: Belgium’s weekly average of new infections rose by 62% compared to the previous week — with 566 cases recorded this past Monday, health authorities announced Friday. Several countries has imposed travel restrictions on travelers arriving from the country.

Source : CNN

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