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Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on July 12

While the United States grapples with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state's largest single-day increase in positive cases.

Florida shatters U.S. record for single-day increase with more than 15,000 new cases

Health workers are seen at a drive-thru COVID-19 tests site in Orlando on Sunday. (John Raoux/The Associated Press)

The latest:

  • WHO reports record increase in global coronavirus cases.
  • South Africa reinstates alcohol ban in bid to free up hospital beds.
  • India, Romania see record new infections.
  • How the pandemic caught Canada with its PPE stockpiles down.
  • Why it may be harder to catch COVID-19 from surfaces than we first thought.

While the United States grapples with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state's largest single-day increase in positive cases.

Deaths from the virus have been rising in the U.S., especially in the South and West, though still well below the heights hit in April, according to a recent Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

"I really do think we could control this, and it's the human element that is so critical. It should be an effort of our country. We should be pulling together when we're in a crisis, and we're definitely not doing it," said University of Florida epidemiologist Dr. Cindy Prins.

Admiral Brett Giroir, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, called mask-wearing in public, which has been met with resistance in some U.S. states, "absolutely essential."

People wear face masks as required to attend the official reopening day of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Saturday. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Giroir, the assistant secretary at the Health and Human Services Department, told ABC's This Week on Sunday that "if we don't have that, we will not get control of the virus."

U.S. President Donald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time Saturday, something Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday showed he has "crossed a bridge."

Pelosi told CNN's State of the Union that she hopes it means the president "will change his attitude, which will be helpful in stopping the spread of the coronavirus."

In hard-hit Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, both Democrats, called for the nation's fourth-largest city to lock back down after a week in which Texas continued to break records for confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths linked to the disease.

The decision over a lockdown, however, rests with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott — who has resisted this step, saying it should be a last resort

In Florida — where parts of Walt Disney World reopened Saturday — 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases, and 45 deaths were recorded, according to state Department of Health statistics. California had the previous record of daily positive cases — 11,694, set on Wednesday.

The new cases come at the end of a record-breaking week as Florida reported 514 fatalities — an average of 73 per day. Three weeks ago, the state was averaging 30 deaths per day.

Researchers expect deaths to rise in the U.S. for at least a matter of weeks, but some think the count probably will not go up as dramatically as it did in the spring because of several factors, including increased testing.

What's happening with coronavirus in Canada

As of 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had 107,590 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 71,467 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC's reporting stood at 8,819.

Ontario reported 129 new cases on Sunday, bringing its total number to 36,723.

In Quebec, there were 114 new cases confirmed on Sunday, for a provincial total of 56,521.

Commuters wear face masks in Montreal on Sunday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press )

Newly released data from the City of Ottawa shows nine hair stylists and barbers received fines for opening during the COVID-19 shutdown. Four restaurants, two landscaping companies and one garden centre were also fined the standard $880, while two people received another $1,130 fine for obstruction of implementing those orders.

Elections Saskatchewan estimates it will need 400,000 face masks and thousands of litres of hand sanitizer and disinfectant to keep people safe at the polls on Oct. 26. The independent body says it's working to source those supplies, at an expected cost of about $425,000.

Saskatchewan is the only province with a general election on the books this year. It's also a province with a low infection rate. On Friday, 43 active cases were reported. But health officials have said there are concerns another wave of infections could arrive with cooler temperatures in the fall.

Calgary's mayor is musing about the possibility of making masks mandatory in certain situations and says he could bring forward a draft bylaw to council on July 20. Naheed Nenshi says mask use indoors in Calgary is too low, particularly on public transit.

Nenshi is just one vote on council, so he can't do anything on his own. He has said he could bring a proposed bylaw before council, who would have to vote for moving forward with it.

Here's what's happening around the world

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours.

The UN health agency said Sunday the U.S. again topped the list among countries, with more than 66,000 cases recorded. The figures don't necessarily account for delays in reporting of cases, and are believed to far underestimate actual case totals.

Globally more than 12.7 million people have been infected by the virus and more than 566,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.


In Europe, Hungarian authorities said they have sorted countries into three categories — red, yellow and green — based on their rates of new coronavirus infections, and they will impose restrictions, including entry bans and mandatory quarantines, depending on which country people are arriving from.

Romania announced a record-high number of infections on Saturday, with 698, while 456 new cases were reported Sunday.

British authorities are locking down 200 workers at a vegetable farm in the English village of Mathon, south of Birmingham, after 73 workers tested positive for the virus.

A police officer wearing a face mask stands at the entrance to a farm that has been locked down in Mathon, U.K., on Sunday. (Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

In Asia-Pacific, Australia's worst-hit Victoria state reported 273 new cases on Sunday, the sixth straight day of triple-digit increases.

South Korea reported 44 new cases, maintaining an uptick in new infections in the greater Seoul area and central cities.

India — which has the most cases after the U.S. and Brazil — saw a record surge of 28,637 cases reported in the past 24 hours. Authorities also announced a week-long lockdown beginning Tuesday in the key southern technology hub of Bangalore, where the offices of top tech companies like Microsoft, Apple and Amazon are located.

A health worker conducts a COVID-19 test in Gauhati, India, on Sunday. (Anupam Nath/The Associated Press)

In the Americas, faithful flocked to religious ceremonies in Haiti on Sunday for the first time since mid-March, when the government imposed restrictions on public gatherings to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

France's new prime minister travelled to French Guiana and promised not to ignore its suffering as cases in the South American territory — which borders Brazil — continue to soar. France has sent in medics and the army has flown patients to the French Caribbean island of Martinique to relieve strapped French Guiana hospitals.

In Brazil — the world's No. 2 coronavirus hot spot after the United States — authorities patrolled the famous Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro to fine those breaking the rule on wearing face masks in a public area.

Deaths in Mexico rose above 35,000 on Sunday, meaning the country has overtaken Italy for the world's fourth-highest death toll, according to Reuters data. It recorded 276 additional fatalities and 4,482 new infections.

A jogger is told to put on a mask by authorities in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. (Leo Correa/The Associated Press)

In Africa, the continent's 54 countries have reported 577,904 cases, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country will immediately return to a ban on the sale of alcohol to reduce the volume of trauma patients so that hospitals have more beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

Confronted by surging hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, South Africa is also reinstating a night curfew to reduce traffic accidents, and made it mandatory for all residents to wear face masks when in public.

With files from CBC News and Reuters

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