Washington: The US recorded more than 47,000 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday – the biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began.Some 1,199 people also died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the first time the death toll has exceeded 1,000 since June 10.
Alarming data from the US shows that coronavirus cases in 14 states in the US more than doubled in June with Arizona reporting a 294 percent increase.
Arizona also has the highest rate of people testing positive for the virus – at 24 percent during the past week. The WHO considers positive testing rates of above 5 percent a concern.
South Korea begins using remdesivir treatment for COVID-19
South Korea has started using remdesivir, an experimental drug that was originally developed for Ebola, to treat its most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
Yonhap news agency says the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed an agreement with Gilead Sciences, which holds a patent for the drug. It did not disclose the amount of remdesivir it would buy or the price.
North Korea has tested 922 people for coronavirus
The WHO has told NK News that North Korea has tested just 922 people for COVID-19.
It’s the first update on the coronavirus situation in North Korea for two months.
As per the update received on June 19, 922 people have been tested for COVID-19 and all tested negative,” WHO Representative to the DPRK Edwin Salvador told the publication.
He added that 443 people had been quarantined since May 7 and that as many as 255 remain under quarantine. All are reportedly North Korean nationals.
Brazil coronavirus deaths reach nearly 60,000
Brazil has reported 1,271 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 59,656.
The country is the worst affected in the world after the US and has now confirmed more than 1.4 million cases of the virus.