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COVID-19 Infections and deaths get worse across the World, "State of Disaster" declared in Australia's Victoria

  • The confirmed COVID-19 infection cases across the world have surpassed 17.8 million along with over 685,000 deaths. On Sunday, the premier of Australia's second-largest state, Victoria, has announced a “state of disaster” after it recorded 671 new infections in a single day. Victoria's state premier Daniel Andrews said at a news conference that more needs to be done to contain the spread of the COVID-19 infection. He announced even stricter lockdown measures, nightly curfew (from 8 pm to 5 am) starting on Sunday evening, and ban on all trips outdoors. These measures will continue for the coming 6-weeks (until September 13, 2020). Stage four lockdown measures have been initiated in Metropolitan Melbourne. South African Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize has announced on Saturday night that 10,107 new COVID-19 cases have been found in the country, taking the cumulative total cases of infection to 503,290, which includes 8,153 deaths. This tally has put South Africa at the 5th position in the list of countries having the highest number of COVID-19 infection cases, behind only to the United States, Brazil, Russia, and India. The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said that he is hopeful because the rapid growth of cases has stabilized and it is a promising sign that the country’s strained health system is managing to cope with it. The death toll from COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Latin America has surpassed 200,000 on Saturday night. India's Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah has tweeted on Sunday that he has been tested positive for COVID-19. He has been admitted to a Delhi hospital as per doctor’s advice. India's Bollywood star, Amitabh Bachchan, who was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mumbai (India) for COVID-19 has been released after testing negative of coronavirus. NHS England has said that the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in hospitals in England has reached 29,347. In Wales, the death toll has reached 1,565, and confirmed infection cases have reached 17,279. Scotland has recorded 18,676 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2,491 fatalities. British PM Boris Johnson has asked UK officials to draw up a plan so that a second national lockdown can be avoided.