Live COVID-19 updates: Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 580,000

Rédigé le 16/07/2020

Beijing - The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. - - - - NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 580,000 on Wednesday, reaching 580,038 as of 11:34 a.m. (1534 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, the total COVID-19 cases around the world rose to 13,382,020, according to the CSSE. - - - - HOUSTON -- U.S. Texas schools could be closed for in-person instruction this fall without losing state education funding, a Texas Education Agency (TEA) spokesperson told local media on Wednesday.

The Texas Tribune quoted the official as saying that TEA would continue to fund school districts if local health officials order them to stay closed, as long as they offer virtue instruction for all students. - - - - BRUSSELS -- The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has conducted a research that could explain the relation between human mobility and the spread of coronavirus, as well as the effectiveness of mobility restriction measures to contain the pandemic, according to a press release of the Commission on Wednesday. The study, said to be the first of its kind, was done based on anonymized and aggregated mobile phone location data voluntarily provided by 14 mobile network operators in 19 member states of the European Union (EU) and Norway, said the Commission. - - - - RABAT -- Morocco registered 165 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, raising the tally of infections in the North African country to 16,262, the health ministry said. The death toll from the virus rose to 259 after two more fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, said Hind Ezzine, head of the department of epidemic diseases of the ministry, at a regular press briefing. - - - - JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Ministry of Health reported 1,828 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total cases in the country to 44,188. This is the second biggest daily increase since the coronavirus outbreak in late February, just two days after a record 1,962 daily new cases were registered. - - - - RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Wednesday reported 419 new cases of COVID-19 in the Palestinian territories in the past 24 hours. During a meeting in the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said Palestine is witnessing a worrying spread of the virus that needs different preparations. - - - - CAIRO -- Egypt reported on Wednesday 913 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total cases registered in the country since mid-February to 84,843, said the health ministry. It is the seventh consecutive day for Egypt's daily COVID-19 infections to be below 1,000 since May 28, with a record 1,774 infections seen on June 19.