Live Update: 5 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Good morning! Here are summary of coronavirus news across the World.

Overall cases across the World 15,077,182 cases have been detected worldwide, with 620,257 deaths and 8,557,991 people recovered.

South Africa: 394,948 cases / 5,940 deaths

Egypt: 89,078 cases / 4,399

Nigeria: 37,801 cases / 805 deaths

Brief News

New Guinea calls for WHO help over outbreak

Papua New Guinea has called on the WHO for help citing a “high likelihood of expanded community transmission”. It has asked the WHO to deploy Emergency Medical Teams for an initial period of one month.

PNG is one of the poorest countries in the Pacific and has limited medical resources. It currently has 30 cases of COVID-19, compared with 11 on Sunday. Most of those affected are medical workers.

Excess deaths show picture in SA

In the past weeks, the numbers have shown a relentless increase – by the second week of July, there were 59% more deaths from natural causes than would have been expected based on historical data. It also means that reported deaths have shown a pattern that is completely different to those indicated by historical trends.

According to Prof Debbie Bradshaw, Chief Specialist Scientist and a co-author of the Report, the timing and geographic pattern leaves no room to question whether this is associated with the Covid-19 epidemic. “However, the weekly death reports have revealed a huge discrepancy between the country’s confirmed Covid-19 deaths and number of excess natural deaths,” said Bradshaw.

China reports 22 new cases – most in Xinjiang

China’s National Health Commission has reported 22 new cases of coronavirus on the mainland, most of them in the far western region of Xinjiang where mass testing is under way.

Bisi Fayemi’s wife, exco members and aides tested

A few hours after Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti tested positive for coronavirus, his wife, Bisi, and top government functionaries have undergone tests to determine their status.

According to Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, Mrs Fayemi, being the closest person to the governor and other members of the State Executive Council, including himself and other personal aides of the governor have submitted themselves for Covid-19 tests.

Samples have been taken and we are now expecting the results. But none of us is symptomatic as of now; so no cause for alarm,” he said.

Australia warns of record decline in economy

Australia says its economy is likely to shrink at its fastest pace in history in the second quarter.

Officials expect the gross domestic product (GDP) to shrink by 7 percent in the three months ended June leaving Australia in its first recession in 30 years. The economy shrank 0.3 percent in the first quarter.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is also forecasting a record budget deficit as the government steps up spending to keep the economy going and people in work.

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