Mexico Deaths Overtake France; Trump Vows Vaccine: Virus Update

Mexico surpassed France in the number of fatalities from the coronavirus outbreak, with 30,366 deaths. U.S. President Donald Trump said a vaccine remedy will be ready by the end of the year.

The World Health Organization reported a one-day high for global coronavirus cases, led by the Americas, as U.S. cases rose 1.7%. Florida and Texas recorded new virus records.

In India, the number of confirmed cases climbed 7.2% to 648,315 from yesterday. A sports agent said he’s confident U.S. baseball can resume, citing success in three Asia nations.

Key Developments:

  • Global Tracker: Cases top 11.1 million; Deaths exceed 528,000
  • Cheers? English pubs shake off lockdown into uncertain world
  • Americans aren’t much interested in going out and spending
  • Japan insists this time is different even as cases surge
  • Low-income U.S. households suffer inflation shock from virus
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India Cases Rise 7.2% (10 a.m. HK)

India's ASHA Workers Conduct Door-to-door Virus Survey
Accredited Social Health Activist workers cconduct a door-to-door survey in New Delhi on July 2. Photographer T. Narayan/Bloomberg

The number of confirmed cases in the coronavirus outbreak in India has risen 7.2% from yesterday to 648,315, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.

Mexico Is Now Fifth in Covid-19 Deaths (8:06 a.m. HK)

Mexico City Begins To Reopen Despite High Infection Rates
Pedestrians are reflected in a bus window in Mexico City on July 1.Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg

Deaths in the North American country overtook France, while the number of infections rose by a daily record 6,914 to 252,165, according to data released by the Health Ministry Saturday night. Mexico also overtook Spain this week as the pandemic’s toll on the country continued to mount.

Like in other Latin American countries, Mexican officials have had to balance their response to the virus with consideration for significant groups of people who must work to meet basic daily needs. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has largely focused on reactivating the economy over imposing strict lockdowns.

Trump Vows Vaccine, Therapeutic By Year-End (7:15 a.m. HK)

President Donald Trump said a “therapeutic or vaccine solution” for the coronavirus will be ready before the end of the year, without offering any details.

“We are now doing unbelievably well” on remedies, and “deep testing” on vaccines is under way, Trump said at a July 4 event at the White House. U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has said a vaccine could be ready by early next year.

“We’ve made a lot of progress, our strategy has moved along well,” Trump said of the response. “We’ve learned how to put out the flame.”

Brazil Cases Rise 2.5% (6:40 a.m. HK)

Brazil reported 37,923 new cases on Saturday, a 2.5% increase, for a total of 1.58 million, with 1,091 deaths, a 1.7% rise, to 64,265, according to the Health Ministry’s website.

Man in 9/11 Photo Dies of Covid-19 (5:15 p.m. NY)

A New York electrical engineer photographed in a crowd fleeing the smoking World Trade Center in 2001 died of the coronavirus, the Palm Beach Post reported, citing his family. Stephen Cooper, 78, died March 28 in Delray Beach, Florida, where he lived part-time. The photograph was widely published and is part of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York.

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People run from the collapse of one of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center in this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo. Stephen Cooper, who died of Covid-19, is on the left holding a manila folder. (AP Photo/FILE/Suzanne Plunkett)Photographer: SUZANNE PLUNKETT/AP

Texas Records Record Rise (4:38 p.m. NY)

Texas reported a record 8,258 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the state’s total to 191,790 as of July 4. It marked a 4.4% rise, above the seven-day average of 4.2%. The number of deaths rose by 33 to 2,608, the Department of State Health Services said on its website.

U.S. Cases Rise in Line With Week’s Average (4 p.m. NY)

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased by more than 46,000 from the same time on Friday, to 2.82 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The 1.7% increase was below the average daily increase of 1.8% over the past week. Fatalities rose 0.3% to 129,601.

  • Florida reported another record jump in Covid-19 cases, rising by 11,458 cases, or 6.4%. That’s compared with the seven-day average of 5.5%, for a total of 190,052 cases. Another 18 people died, the fewest since June 22, for a total of 3,702.
  • New York, once the nation’s epicenter for the outbreak, reported a 0.2% rise in cases, in line with the past 7 days, or 726 cases. The state’s total is now 396,598. Eleven more people died, for a total of 24,896.
  • California reported 6,510 new cases, and increase of 2.6%. In total, 254,745 people have tested positive. The number of deaths rose by 50 to 6,313. The state website warned some data might be delayed from Los Angeles County.
  • Arizona reported 2,695 new cases, a 2.9% rise from a day earlier. It was the slowest rate of increase in five days, and below the record for daily cases set on Wednesday. Cases in the state have been rising at a 4.4% rate over the past seven days and now stand at 94,553.
  • New Jersey reported 303 new cases, for a total of 173,033. That is a slight drop from 386 reported the day before. The state had 25 deaths, down from 58 the day before, for a total of 13,333.

Trump Again Blames Testing for Case Rise (3:04 p.m. NY)

President Donald Trump again blamed the amount of testing for the record rise in U.S. Covid-19 cases. “Cases, Cases, Cases! If we didn’t test so much and so successfully, we would have very few cases,” he tweeted.

But many health experts point out the percentage of those testing positive is also rising. In Florida, his home state, 14% of tests on Friday came back positive — a daily rate that has topped 10% since June 25 — compared with his former home of New York, which had a positive rate of 1.2% on Friday.

WHO Ends One Malaria Drug Trial (2:30 p.m. NY)

The World Health Organization halted one of the clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Donald Trump for Covid-19, and lopinavir/ritonavir, accepting a steering committee recommendation.

WHO set up the so-called Solidarity Trial to find a treatment for patients in hospitals, but interim results showed the two drugs did little to reduce mortality rates while not adding to the risk of death.

This decision doesn’t affect possible evaluation in other studies of the two drugs in non-hospitalized patients or as pre- or post-exposure protection for Covid-19, the agency said in a statement. Trump took hydroxychloroquine in May.

California Cases Rise 2.6% (2:15 p.m. NY)

California reported 6,510 new Covid-19 cases, and increase of 2.6%. In total, 254,745 people in the state have tested positive. Deaths rose by 50 to 6,313. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as the reporting of test results can be delayed, according to the website.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is making improvements to its data processing systems beginning Saturday. As a result, testing data from the county won’t be included in statewide totals for the next few days. The county will continue to collect data during this time and it will be reported by the state early next week.

Johnson Dad Defends Trip Despite Guidance (2 p.m. NY)

The father of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his trip to Greece this weekend made after the government advised British citizens to avoid all but essential international travel, including to Greece.

Stanley Johnson, 79, said his visit was “essential business” because he needed to “Covid-proof my property” ahead of the rental season, the Press Association reported. The elder Johnson, who owns a villa in Greece, earlier posted a picture on social media as he arrived wearing a face mask: “I didn’t put them up… in a spirit of defiance, or anything like that,” he told reporters, the PA said.

Boris Johnson refused to condemn his father for the apparent breach of travel guidance during a radio call-in program on a London sation.

WHO Reports Most New Cases for a Day (12:25 p.m. NY)

The World Health Organization reported a record 212,326 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours ended early Saturday, the first infection total to top 200,000. The WHO has reported more than 163,000 new cases every day for the past week, led by a rise in the Americas.

The Americas region — chiefly the U.S. and Brazil — account for 61% of all new cases, followed by Southeast Asia, which made up 12% of the daily infections. Europe, once an epicenter for the outbreak, represented 9.3%, the WHO daily report showed. Cases in the U.S. and Brazil were 48% of the global total.

The Americas make up 51% of all cases, or 5.58 million of 10.92 million, followed by Europe with 25% and the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Middle East, with 10%. The WHO total often lags behind tallies from John Hopkins University, which showed 11.13 million cases as of midday Saturday.