California surpasses 600,000 coronavirus instances, most in US – Live

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The French well being ministry has reported greater than 2,500 new coronavirus infections over the previous 24 hours, setting a brand new post-lockdown each day excessive for the third day in a row, and taking the nation’s cumulative complete of instances to 249,611.  An inquiry report into the virus-infected Ruby Princess cruise ship allowed to disembark in Sydney discovered Australian well being officers made a “serious and material error”. Worldwide coronavirus instances have surpassed 21 million, in keeping with Johns Hopkins University. More than 13 million folks have recovered, and greater than 762,000 have died. Here are the most recent updates:
Saturday, August 15
02:29 GMT – Top official says coronavirus has peaked in Mexico
Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Mexico’s level man for the coronavirus pandemic, mentioned he thinks the nation reached its peak of infections over the past three weeks. “We have now had a maximum point in the curve,” the assistant well being secretary mentioned, whereas additionally predicting that second waves of infections would proceed occurring world wide for a while. “This is a phenomenon that is going to be with us in the whole world for several years,” he mentioned.
Lopez-Gatell had had beforehand wrongly predicted that infections would peak in May and June.
Meanwhile, the variety of confirmed coronavirus instances in Mexico rose by 5,618 on Friday to reach 511,369. The Health Department reported 615 newly confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing the nation’s complete deaths to 55,908. COVID-19 vaccine: Safety issues as international locations rush for remedy (1:57) 01:37 GMT – Paris expands masks necessities for pedestrians
France’s capital, Paris, is increasing the areas of town the place pedestrians can be obliged to put on masks beginning on Saturday morning.
The Champs-Elysees Avenue and the realm across the Louvre museum are amongst zones the place masks can be obligatory, and police checks guaranteeing respect for masks sporting in designated areas are to be bolstered.
Bars and eating places could possibly be ordered closed if distancing and different boundaries to virus transmission are usually not revered, well being officers mentioned. 
00:20 GMT – California surpasses 600,000 instances, most in US
California grew to become the primary US state to surpass 600,000 instances of COVID-19 on Friday, though Governor Gavin Newsom mentioned he was inspired to see that hospitalisations have declined 20 % over the previous two weeks and admissions to ICU wards have been down 14 % in the identical interval. “The number that really matters to us is that positivity rate,” he mentioned when requested in regards to the state’s case-load. The positivity fee – the variety of confirmed infections as a share of exams carried out – has declined from 7 % to six % statewide over the previous 14 days, Newsom mentioned. “I’m not going to back off on more tests because I fear (more cases),” he mentioned. Karla Funderburk, Artist and Owner Matter Studio gallery stands amongst a number of the hundreds of origami cranes hanging throughout an exhibit honoring the victims of Covid-19 in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 [Richard Vogel/ AP] Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 
For all the important thing developments from yesterday, August 14, go right here.  SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information companies

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