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South Africa sees record surge in Covid-19 cases – latest updates

The global coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 11.3 million people and claimed over 532,000 lives. Here are updates for July 5:

7/5/2020 3:45:00 AM

South Africa reports 10,000 new cases in record 24-hour surge. More Covid-19 updates: 🇲🇽 Mexico's death toll surpasses 30,000 🇧🇷 Brazil registers 37,923 new cases 🇺🇳 WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs trials For more:

The global coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 11.3 million people and claimed over 532,000 lives. Here are updates for July 5:

Sunday, July 5South Africa reports 10,000 new casesSouth Africa reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily jump on record for the country as it hurtles towards an anticipated spike.Daily tallies released by the health ministry showed 10,853 new confirmed Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative tally since March when the virus first arrived in the country to 187,977.

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The death toll stands at 3,026 after 74 new fatalities were recorded.Health authorities have been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed on March 27.Mexico's death toll surpasses 30,000Mexico's health ministry on Saturday reported 523 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 30,366, and 6,914 of new infections, bringing the total to 252,165.

The government has previously said the actual number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.Citing unpublished figures from the country's civil registry, broadcaster Milenio reported that as of June 19 almost twice as many people h ad died from the virus than reported by Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell.

Brazil registers 37,923 new casesBrazil recorded 37,923 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours as well as 1,091 deaths, the Health Ministry said.Brazil has registered more than 1.5 million cases since the pandemic began, while cumulative deaths total 64,265, according to the ministry.

Street vendors protest lock-down in Mexico CityAbout 200 street vendors briefly blocked several major avenues in downtown Mexico City to demand they be allowed to sell again amid the coronavirus pandemic.The sidewalks of the colonial-era downtown are usually crowded with vendors who lay out their wares on wire racks or blankets. But since March, the city has banned such informal commerce and closed most established businesses in the district to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Protesting vendors carried signs and chanted slogans claiming they could no longer bear the lockdown. Most have no unemployment insurance, and after three months of not selling many are growing desperate.Officials had allowed a partial reopening of downtown this week although virus cases continue to climb, but they reversed course Friday after a lack of sanitary measures were reported at some stores. 

Reopening plans in other parts of the city were not affected by the reversal on the downtown area.WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs trialsThe World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with Covid-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

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The setback came as the WHO also reported more than 200,000 new cases globally of the disease for the first time in a single day. "These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalised Covid-19 patients when compared to standard of care. Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect," the WHO said in a statement, referring to large multicountry trials that the agency is leading.

The UN agency said the decision, taken on the recommendation of the trial's international steering committee, does not affect other studies where those drugs are used for non-hospitalised patients or as a prophylaxis.Another branch of the WHO-led trial is looking at the potential effect of Gilead's antiviral drug remdesivir on Covid-19. The European Commission on Friday gave remdesivir conditional approval for use after being shown to shorten hospital recovery times.

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Sex workers in Africa lack food for taking HIV drugs during COVID-19As the coronavirus spreads in Africa , it threatens those who earn their living on the streets, including sex workers with HIV And this is a concern of ours why? So many things wrong with this headline lol Umm...What?

Smithfield Foods pushes to quash subpoena in investigation of COVID-19 outbreak at South Dakota plantSmithfield put Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the national spotlight this spring when the fast spread of the coronavirus among its employees forced the company to temporarily close the local pork processing plant. Trump tomorrow : “ Tremendous Number Jobs added in the great City of South Dakota. one of my favorite by the way, never seen like it before”. What the heck is wrong with you people always trying to divide the country and spreading negative stories. How about spreading a little love and patriotism for a change!? مجریان عزیز شبکه های ایران عزیز به حرف برخی از مردم حرومزاده و برخی از هنرمندان مادر جنده و خائن گوش ندن و کار خودشون رو انجام بدن.اینها همونایی هستن که فقط حرف میزدن و حرف میزدن و حرف میزدن و در یک جایی دیگه مردان واقعی داشتند شهید میشدند...

Locusts have hit east Africa hardSwarms of locusts could swirl from Somalia to India and Pakistan and across the Sahel to west Africa ZaidZamanHamid Haqeeqat_TV Faisals63208902 MAbdullahGul AmberJehangir peaceforchange OfficialDGISPR At this point in time, we all can survive anything! Bring it on, what next. Meant in all good sarcasm possible. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Climate change led to untimely precipitation and cyclones that provided many breeding grounds for Locusts much before their usual yearly time causing their manifold multiplication.

South Korean city returns to tighter social distancing as coronavirus cases spikeSouth Korea reported 63 new coronavirus cases as of Thursday, most from domestic infections outside Seoul, triggering the return of tighter social distancing curbs in one city as the spectre of a second wave of the disease worried authorities.

South Korean police catch culprit in decades-old serial murder caseSouth Korean police have admitted using violence to extract a false confession from a man who spent 20 years in prison for the rape and murder of a 13-year-old. Shame this won't be a headline for US news. Wow, sounds like America 😭 More cases like this happend in China , but nobody care.