Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike declared victory in an election for a second term, as the city tries to keep a fresh surge of COVID-19 in check and maintain hopes of hosting the Olympics in 2021.
Koike, the first woman elected to govern the 14 million-strong city, prevailed over 21 challengers on Sunday to win another four-year term, national public broadcaster NHK and other local media projected, based on exit polling. She had gained support over the past few months for her management of the disease, which bolstered her popularity ahead of the election.
Cases in the Philippines rose by a record on Sunday, which the Health Department attributed to increased contact among the population amid an easing of community quarantine measures.
The Southeast Asian nation reported 2,434 new infections, bringing total cases to 44,254. The previous daily record was 1,531 cases on July 3, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The Health Department said the numbers are subject to change. More than 1,200 people have died.
In Iran, the number of fatalities rose to 163 on Sunday, one more than the previous highest daily toll set a week ago. The death count reached 11,571 from a total of 240,438 known infections, with 2,560 new cases reported overnight.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo will isolate for 14 days starting July 4 after being exposed to a COVID-19 case, the Information Ministry said in a statement late Saturday. He tested negative on that day, it added.
Ghana has reported 20,085 cases, including 14,870 recoveries and 122 deaths, according to the West African nation’s health service.
Israel is in a state of emergency due to a resurgent coronavirus outbreak, and additional steps are needed to stem the spread, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
The cabinet will reconvene within the coming day to decide on new restrictions and will present a plan within the next few days to address the economic challenges the pandemic is posing, he said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting.
Parliament “cannot behave as though it’s business as usual,” Netanyahu said.
Indonesia reported 82 deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, the highest single-day spike in fatalities, taking the total to 3,171, the health ministry said. The country with the most infections in Southeast Asia also reported 1,607 news cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 63,749.
If confirmed, the two suspected cases would end Hong Kong’s three-week stretch of no new local infections.
Hong Kong further relaxed social-distancing measures in mid-June, allowing public gatherings of up to 50 people. The city’s government is in talks with Guangdong provincial authorities for a plan to ease cross-border travel restrictions, including lifting the 14-day mandatory quarantine for qualified people.
About 3,000 people quarantined in public-housing tower blocks in Melbourne will get hardship payments and their rent will be suspended, Victorian State Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday. Residents of the buildings who have jobs but are unable to work because of the lockdown will receive a hardship payment of A$1,500 ($1,040) per household, while families with no one employed will get a A$750 check, Andrews said at a press conference.
The state government’s announcement Saturday marked the toughest coronavirus control measures in Australia to date, with police moving in overnight to cordon off nine public-housing towers for at least five days in an effort to test every resident following a week of surging case counts.
The number of confirmed cases in the coronavirus outbreak in India has risen 7.2% from Saturday to 648,315, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.
Deaths in the North American country reached 30,366, overtaking 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.
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. US 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.”
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 US 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 US 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