US reports 3.3 million coronavirus cases: Live updates

US president presses schools to reopen amid surge in new cases while COVID-19 infections in Brazil near two million.

  • The US has added more than 56,000 new coronavirus cases, including at least 15,000 in the state of Florida, pushing nationwide total to 3.3 million cases, with more than 135,000 deaths. This as President Donald Trump presses schools to reopen, threatening to cut funds to those that defy the policy.

  • Brazil, the world’s number-two coronavirus hot spot after the United States, has registered 631 new deaths, with a new total of at least 1,864,681 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Experts, however, say the real number of cases could be far higher as testing lags.

  • Companies around the world will take on as much as $1 trillion of new debt in 2020, as they try to shore up their finances against the coronavirus, according to a new study of 900 firms by the asset management group Janus Henderson. Corporate debt will increase by 12 percent to around $9.3 trillion.

  • Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest death toll worldwide. The country’s confirmed cases are nearing 300,000.

  • More than 12.87 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and almost 568,000 have died, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University. Almost 7.1 million patients have recovered.

Here are the latest updates.

Sunday, July 12

03:13 GMT – Honduras extends coronavirus curfew for another week

Honduras will extend its coronavirus curfew for another week in an effort to tame the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters news agency reported quoting the country’s security ministry.

Honduras first imposed a curfew in March but the government has in recent weeks been talking about slowly reopening businesses to help the economy.

02:48 GMT – New coronavirus cases in Australia linked to pub for freight drivers

Australia’s most populous state reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with a growing cluster at a pub used by freight drivers travelling the country adding to fears of a second national wave of the virus, according to Reuters news agency. 

The new cases in New South Wales come after neighbouring Victoria state last week forced about 5 million people back into lockdown after a surge of new coronavirus cases.

Australia has avoided the high COVID-19 casualty numbers of other nations with swift and strict measures, recording fewer than 10,000 coronavirus cases in total, or about a sixth of the daily cases seen in the United States in recent days.

However, authorities are worried about rising cases of community transmission. This accounted for 8 of the 14 new cases in New South Wales in the last 24 hours, while the rest were people who have returned from overseas and are already in hotel quarantine or have returned from Victoria.

02:02: GMT – Philippines reports 162 coronavirus deaths, largest daily increase

The Philippines’ health agency on Monday confirmed 162 new coronavirus deaths, the country’s biggest single-day increase in casualties, as a health ministry official said authorities validated some earlier cases included in the tally.

The Department of Health said total deaths had reached 1,534, while confirmed infections rose 2,124 to 56,259, according to Reuters news agency.

“As part of ongoing data harmonisation, we cannot avoid seeing cases not yet included in our official death count,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a news conference.

Of the 162 casualties, more than half died in June and a third in July, she said, adding that the ministry expects more to be reported because of our data reconciliation efforts.

01:37 GMT – South Korea cases surge to about 60 daily

South Korea’s new virus cases bounced back to above 60 on Monday as imported cases and cluster infections in major cities continued to rise, Yonhap news agency reported.

The country added 62 cases, including 19 local infections, raising the total caseload to 13,479, according to Yonhap quoting the the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The tally marked a sharp rise from 44 new virus cases reported Sunday and 35 cases Saturday. It marked the highest since the number of daily virus cases hit 63 on Wednesday.

There were no additional deaths reported and the death toll remained at 289.

01:10 GMT – China reports eight new active cases, seven asymptomatic individuals

Mainland China reported eight new COVID-19 cases as of the end of July 12, up from seven reported a day earlier, Reuters news agency reported on Monday quoting the Chinese national health authority.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that all of the new cases were imported infection involving travellers from overseas, the same as the seven cases a day earlier. The capital city of Beijing reported no new confirmed cases for the seventh consecutive day.

The Commission also reported six new asymptomatic patients, those who are infected with the coronavirus but have no symptoms, compared with five a day earlier. China does not consider such patients as confirmed cases.

Total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for mainland China now stands at 83,602, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

00:53 GMT – Mexico reports 4,482 new coronavirus cases, 276 more deaths

Mexico’s Health Ministry has reported 4,482 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 276 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 299,750 cases and 35,006 deaths.

The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases, Reuters news agency said on Sunday.

00:35 GMT – Argentina coronavirus cases hit 100,000

Argentina has exceeded 100,000 cases of novel coronavirus infections as it struggles to contain spiraling case rates despite a strict quarantine imposed on the capital Buenos Aires and its surroundings.

The health ministry said on Sunday that 2,657 new cases were confirmed overnight, taking the total to 100,166.

The South American country imposed a strict quarantine in mid-March to stop the pandemic. It relaxed restrictions slightly in May but then reinstated them in late June for Buenos Aires and its surroundings due to a spike in cases.

The death toll in Argentina from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, is 1,845, a far cry from the 71,469 in Brazil by Sunday and the 11,682 in Peru.

00:01 GMT – Brazil coronavirus deaths hit more than 72,000

Brazil, the world’s number-two coronavirus hot spot after the United States, has registered 631 new deaths, with a new total of 1,864,681 confirmed cases, Reuters news agency reported quoting the country’s health ministry.

Brazil now has an official total of 72,100 deaths as of the end of Sunday, the ministry said.

The numbers of deaths and cases are usually lower on the weekend because of patchy reporting. Experts say the true totals are likely far higher due to a lack of testing.


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

You can find all the key developments from yesterday, July 12, here.

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