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Coronavirus updates: Virus not showing signs of seasonal pattern, WHO says

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 732,000 people worldwide.

8/11/2020 12:04:00 AM

LATEST: Hospitalizations in California fell by 19.6% and ICU admissions fell by 15.4% in the last two weeks, according to the California Department of Public Health.

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 732,000 people worldwide.

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12:40 p.m.: COVID-19 is not demonstrating a seasonal pattern, WHO saysCOVID-19"has demonstrated no seasonal pattern" so far, World Health Organization (WHO) emergencies chief Dr. Mike Ryan said Monday.Cars line up at a rapid antigen coronavirus testing site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens near Miami, Aug. 5, 2020.

Cars line up at a rapid antigen coronavirus testing site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens near Miami, Aug. 5, 2020.Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images"What it has clearly demonstrated is: you take the pressure off the virus, the virus bounces back," Ryan warned.

MORE: Timeline: How coronavirus got started"You can call that a second wave, you can call that a second spike, you can call it a flare-up, you can call it anything you like," he said."Take the pressure off the virus, the virus will bounce back. And that's what we would say to countries in Europe: keep the pressure on the virus."

Many countries in Europe -- like France, Germany, Spain and Italy -- had major outbreaks but when they took action they were able to suppress it, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.MORE: Why stopping COVID at schools may not be as easy as taking temperatures

"We all want to see schools safely reopened but we also need to ensure that students, staff and faculty are safe. The foundation for this is adequate control of transmission at the community," Tedros said."My message is crystal clear: suppress, suppress, suppress the virus. If we suppress the virus effectively, we can safely open up societies."

12:15 p.m.: DC adds 5 new states to its quarantine listWashington, D.C. has added Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Minnesota to the district's quarantine list.Those traveling to D.C. from these high-risk states must quarantine for two weeks: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

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Workers talk residents through a COVID-19 self-test at a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up on a vacant lot in the Austin neighborhood on June 23, 2020 in Chicago.Workers talk residents through a COVID-19 self-test at a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up on a vacant lot in the Austin neighborhood on June 23, 2020 in Chicago.

Scott Olson/Getty Images, FILEStates are added to the list if their seven-day moving average of daily cases is 10 or more per 100,000 people.Traveling to and from D.C.'s neighboring states, Maryland and Virginia, will not apply to the list.DC Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during an announcement that District of Columbia public schools will be all virtual through Nov. 6, during a news conference, July 30, 2020, in Washington.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during an announcement that District of Columbia public schools will be all virtual through Nov. 6, during a news conference, July 30, 2020, in Washington.Jacquelyn Martin/AP, FILE11 a.m.: 20% of Florida's ICU beds available

In hard-hit Florida, 20.79% of the state's ICU beds were available as of Monday morning, the state's Agency for Healthcare Administration reported.A healthcare worker gives a thumbs up to a driver as he stops his car, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

A healthcare worker gives a thumbs up to a driver as he stops his car, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.Wilfredo Lee/APThirty-eight hospitals had no available ICU beds Monday while 22 hospitals in the state had just one available bed, the agency said.

These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.Florida has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. behind California.A healthcare worker performs an antigen test, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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A healthcare worker performs an antigen test, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.Wilfredo Lee/APFlorida has over 536,900 diagnosed cases and at least 8,406 fatalities, according to the state's Department of Health.

9:40 a.m.: TSA screens over 800K people for 1st time since MarchThe TSA screened 831,789 people on Sunday, marking the first time over 800,000 people traveled in one day since March 17.Passengers wear masks as they walk through LAX airport, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Los Angeles.

Passengers wear masks as they walk through LAX airport, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Los Angeles.Lucy Nicholson/Reuters, FILEThis is still down about 70% compared to the same day last year when the TSA screened 2,647,897 travelers.

Major U.S. airlines don't expect recovery to be linear as infection rates and state quarantine rules change over time in different parts of the country.A sign informs travelers arriving at Logan Airport about the restrictions imposed by a Massachusetts Travel Order amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Boston, Aug. 3, 2020.

A sign informs travelers arriving at Logan Airport about the restrictions imposed by a Massachusetts Travel Order amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Boston, Aug. 3, 2020.Brian Snyder/Reuters, FILE9:10 a.m.: Cases rising in Lebanon after explosion

Coronavirus cases are rising in Lebanon after the explosion in Beirut last week that killed at least 160 people.A crater and damaged grain silo are seen from above, Aug. 9, 2020, after an explosion in Beirut's harbor.A crater and damaged grain silo are seen from above, Aug. 9, 2020, after an explosion in Beirut's harbor.

AFP via Getty ImagesLebanon reported 294 new cases on Sunday, according to Health Ministry data. Seven days earlier, the daily number of new cases was 155, according to the data.Lebanon now has a total of 6,517 diagnosed cases and at least 76 COVID-19 fatalities.

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Since January, Clorox has made 100 million more disinfecting products than before -- a 50% increase, Rendle said.Clorox is now making nearly 1 million packages of disinfectant wipes every day, Rendle said.7:25 a.m.: UK has 'moral duty' to fully reopen schools next month, PM says

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated Monday that he's"very keen" for all schools to fully reopen in England next month."It’s not right that kids should spend more time out of school," Johnson told reporters while visiting a school in East London."It’s much, much better for their health and mental wellbeing, obviously their educational prospects, if everybody comes back to school full-time in September."

"It's our moral duty as a country to make sure that happens," he added.U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) talks with head teacher Bernadette Matthews as he visits St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Upminster, East London, on Aug. 10, 2020, to see preparedness plans implemented ahead of the start of the new school year as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) talks with head teacher Bernadette Matthews as he visits St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Upminster, East London, on Aug. 10, 2020, to see preparedness plans implemented ahead of the start of the new school year as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lucy Young/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesJohnson said he's been"impressed" by the work administrators and teachers have done to make sure schools are safe.Last month, the U.K. government outlined a plan for the"mandatory" return to classrooms across England in September, with students being restricted to"class or year sized bubbles" and teachers being told to"address gaps in knowledge."

Schools across the United Kingdom shuttered in mid-March at the start of the pandemic. Some pupils returned to classrooms in England in June.Meanwhile, Scotland is set to fully reopen its schools on Tuesday.6:49 a.m.: India's former president tests positive for COVID-19

India's former president, Pranab Mukherjee, has tested positive for COVID-19."On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 today," Mukherjee, who served as president of India from 2012 to 2017, announced

via Twitteron Monday."I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for Covid-19."With more than 2.2 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19, India has the third-highest tally in the world, behind the U.S. and Brazil.

5:36 a.m.: Coronavirus testing site opening along US-Mexico borderA coronavirus testing site will open soon near the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California's San Diego County, according to a report bySan Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.The appointment-free, walk-up testing site will be located at the San Ysidro Port of Entry’s PedWest crossing, one of the world's busiest pedestrian international border crossings. The site, among more than two dozen others across San Diego County, will be the closest one to the border with Mexico so far for the region.

The United States and Mexico are two of the worst-affected nations in the coronavirus pandemic.An aerial view of Mexico's old customs facilities (above), next to the construction site of an expansion of the crossing lanes at San Ysidro Port of Entry on the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on July 27, 2020.

An aerial view of Mexico's old customs facilities (above), next to the construction site of an expansion of the crossing lanes at San Ysidro Port of Entry on the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on July 27, 2020.Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images

The Hispanic community makes up just 34% of San Diego's population and yet, as of Sunday, they accounted for 62% of the city's COVID-19 cases, according to KGTV. That figure will likely rise after the new testing site opens up within the next couple weeks, since the area is dominated by Spanish speakers.

However, Chicano Federation Chief Strategy Officer Roberto Alcantar said many in the Latino community are still afraid of getting tested."Our community is nervous about losing their jobs, not being able to go to work, the real economic impact that comes from being positive and feeling that that might hinder them in a way," Alcantar told KGTV.

4:21 a.m.: Australia sees record rise in virus-related deathsAn additional 19 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in the Australian state of Victoria on Sunday -- the highest single-day increase in fatalities that the country has seen since the start of the pandemic,

"This news is devastating no matter what age COVID affects people, and we just want to reaffirm again our support through every channel we can provide it," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Monday.Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services also reported 322 new cases of COVID-19 -- the lowest daily count recorded in the state since July 29.

People exercise alongside Albert Park Lake in Melbourne, Australia, on Aug. 10, 2020, as the city struggles to cope with an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.People exercise alongside Albert Park Lake in Melbourne, Australia, on Aug. 10, 2020, as the city struggles to cope with an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

William West/AFP via Getty Images"We are seeing some stability. That's a good thing. But that's not enough," Victoria's state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne."And that's the product of masks and Stage 3. That's what the experts tell us. The next stage, though, is all about these restrictions that we've had to painfully impose."

Andrews declared a state of disaster in Victoria on Aug. 2, giving authorities additional powers to ensure people are complying with public health directions. Victoria is home to Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, which has become a hotspot in the country's novel coronavirus outbreak.

In total, Australia has reported more than 21,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 313 deaths.3:45 a.m.: US records under 50,000 new cases for 1st time in 6 daysThere were 46,395 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Sunday, bringing the nationwide total soaring past 5 million, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

It's the first time in six days that the nation has recorded under 50,000 new cases. An additional 516 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported.Sunday's caseload is well below the record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.

A health worker takes a patient's temperature before sending them to a tent to be tested at a COVID-19 testing site at St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles, California, on July 24, 2020.A health worker takes a patient's temperature before sending them to a tent to be tested at a COVID-19 testing site at St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles, California, on July 24, 2020.

Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty ImagesA total of 5,045,564 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 162,938 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country's cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.

Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some -- including Arizona, California and Florida -- reporting daily records. However, new data published last week in an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests that the national surge in cases could be leveling off.

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