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Virus Outbreak: News and Analysis From Aug 30


German riot police stand guard outside the Reichstag during protests against coronavirus-related restrictions and government policy on Aug. 29.

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Global coronavirus cases neared the 25-million mark, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. India set the record for the world’s highest single-day rise, Agence-France Presse reported.

More than 300,000 people have already registered for Hong Kong’s free coronavirus tests. The city began a two-week drive seeking to screen a large proportion of its 7 million residents.

Police in Berlin clashed with far-right activists after a day of protests against Germany’s coronavirus restrictions that drew an estimated 38,000 people. The U.S. added 47,860 virus cases in a day, slightly more than the average increase over the previous week.

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India’s Spike

Record daily increase pushes India nearer toward second worst-hit nation

Source: Johns Hopkins University

India Sets Record (1:28 p.m. HK)

India set a single-day record of 78,761 cases, according to data from the health ministry. The U.S. had set the previous highest number of 77,638 on July 17, according to Agence-France Presse.

The total number of cases in India went past the 3.5 million mark and the death toll exceeded 63,000, according to government data.

India is third in the world behind the U.S. and Brazil in terms of infections and fourth for fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Egypt’s Warning (1:15 p.m. HK)

Egypt’s health minister warned that a second coronavirus wave could emerge due to dismissal of precautionary measures, according to Egypt Today.

Schools in the United Arab Emirates are set to reopen Sunday with new precautionary measures set in place, Khaleej Times reported. Some Dubai schools decided to postpone campus reopening after being unable to carry out all required Covid-19 tests.

Hong Kong Registrations (11:35 a.m. HK)

Hong Kong has embarked on the world’s biggest experiment in voluntary testing. Local media Radio Television Hong Kong said that as of 8 a.m. Sunday, 310,000 people had already signed up for the free virus test. The two-week effort aims to reach a high percentage of its 7 million residents. Government ministers on Sunday stepped up their campaign, urging people to sign up as soon as possible, RTHK reported. Officials said more than 40 testing sites had already been fully booked on the launch day of the tests – and authorities will decide whether or not to extend the program depending on the public’s response.

Read: Hong Kong’s Free Virus Tests for All Is an Experiment in Trust

Kosovo Boosts Testing (10:07 a.m. HK)

The Balkan state, where more than half of the 1.8 million population is under the age of 25, has recorded 54.2 fatalities per million people resulting from Covid-19 in the past week — just ahead of second-placed Colombia, according to Bloomberg calculations based on data from Johns Hopkins University.

Johns Hopkins doesn’t update its data for Kosovo as regularly as it does with other countries. Numbers published on the Facebook page of the Kosovo National Institute of Public Health show Kosovo had 37.2 deaths per million people over the 7 days through Aug. 26. That would place it fourth in the world for that period, according to Bloomberg calculations.

South Korea Has Fewer Additions (8:55 a.m. HK)

South Korea added 299 more coronavirus cases in 24 hours vs 323 a day earlier, raising the total tally to 19,699, according to data from Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Yesterday’s numbers included 283 locally infected cases, bulk of that in Seoul. There were two more deaths, taking the total death tally to 323.

Brazil Reports 758 Deaths (8:50 a.m. HK)

Brazil, the country with the world’s second-highest number of infections, reported there were 758 deaths in the past 24 hours. The country also had 41,350 new cases. More than 3.8 million cases have been confirmed in the country while the number…



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