US coronavirus deaths near 130,000 amid July 4 fete: Live updates | News

  • The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States reached almost 130,000, when the country ends its celebrations on Independence Day on July 4. More than 2.8 million people have been infected in the US, with the states of Florida and Texas recording a combined record of almost 20,000 cases in just one day.
  • The World Health Organization said it was discontinuing its tests with the malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the combined HIV drug lopinavir / ritonavir in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 after the drugs failed to reduce mortality.
  • Brazil has passed 1.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with almost 65,000 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health, as cities reopen bars, restaurants and gyms, causing fears that infections will continue to increase.

  • Worldwide cases reached 11.18 million, while 6.03 million patients recovered, according to the latest Johns Hopkins University record. The number of deaths worldwide has reached more than 528,000.

Here are the latest updates.

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Sunday, July 5

01:23 GMT – China reports eight new active cases, seven asymptomatic patients

China registered eight new cases of coronavirus on the continent on July 4, compared with three cases the previous day, the Reuters news agency reported on Sunday citing the health agency.

Six of the new infections were imported cases, according to a statement from the National Health Commission, while the capital Beijing registered two new cases. There were no new deaths.

China reported seven new asymptomatic patients, compared with four the previous day.

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As of Saturday, mainland China had 83,553 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the health authority said. The death toll in China by COVID-19 has remained 4,634, unchanged since mid-May.

00:29 GMT – Number of coronavirus deaths in Mexico exceeds 30,000

Mexico's Ministry of Health recorded an additional 523 deaths from the new coronavirus, bringing the total to 30,366 and 6,014 new infections, bringing the total to 252,165.

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The government had previously said that the actual number of people infected is likely to be significantly greater than the number of confirmed cases.

Citing unpublished figures from the country's civil registry, broadcaster Milenio reported that on June 19, almost twice as many people had died of the coronavirus than those reported by Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell. Reuters news agency was unable to verify the information.

00:05 GMT – The President of Ghana isolates himself after close contact with the infected person

The government did not say whether the 76-year-old president was exposed to a team or family member [File: John MacDougall/Pool via AP]

Ghana's president, Nana Akufo-Addo, will isolate herself for 14 days under the guidance of doctors after a person in her inner circle is positive for the coronavirus, the Reuters news agency reported, citing a government statement.

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"He has negative tests today, but he chose to take this step very carefully," said the statement, adding that the president will continue to work during the period, in accordance with the COVID-19 security protocols.

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The statement did not say whether the person next to him was a team or family member.

Ghana recorded 19,388 cases of coronavirus, one of the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, with 117 deaths.

West African country’s deputy minister for trade and industry, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, resigned on Friday after violating coronavirus self-isolation measures after a positive test for the virus.

00:01 GMT – Brazil registers 37,923 new cases of coronavirus, 1,091 deaths

Brazil recorded 37,923 new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, in addition to 1,091 deaths, reported the Reuters news agency, citing the country's Ministry of Health.

Brazil has recorded more than 1.5 million cases since the beginning of the pandemic, while accumulated deaths total 64,265, according to the ministry.

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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I'm Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

You can find all the latest developments from yesterday, July 4th on here.

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