ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister says the country has started producing locally designed fans, as authorities reported 83 more coronavirus deaths.
In a tweet, Fawad Chaudhry said that the first homemade fans will soon be handed over to the national emergency response service. The announcement comes days after Pakistan said it was racing counterclockwise to arrange an additional 1,500 fans as part of an emergency plan.
Currently, 1,503 fans are available from government hospitals that treat COVID-19 patients.
Pakistan reported 4,072 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total to 202,955 with 4,118 deaths.
Pakistan has witnessed a spike in new infections since last month, when Prime Minister Imran Khan lifted the block and said it was necessary to save the economy.
HERE YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
– China virus cases stabilize as Italy declines in deaths
– What to Wear: Mixed messages from Feds on masks are causing confusion
– Nurses, doctors feel tension when the virus rushes through Arizona
Vice President Mike Pence has canceled campaign events in Florida and Arizona over the next week as states experience a wave of new cases of coronavirus. The White House says Pence will still travel to those states to meet their governors and health teams.
– European Union envoys are almost ready to finalize a list of countries whose citizens will be re-admitted to Europe as soon as it begins to lift coronavirus-related restrictions. The United States almost certainly does not seem to make the list, as new infections are on the rise and President Donald Trump has banned European travelers.
– New Delhi’s acting health minister says the Indian capital is facing a shortage of “trained and experienced” health workers.
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THERE’S WHAT ELSE HAPPENS:
BEIJING – China reports 17 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, all but three from domestic broadcasts in Beijing, which have seen a recent spike in coronavirus infections.
But authorities in the Chinese capital say a campaign to test workers at hair and beauty salons across the city has so far found no positive cases, a further sign that the recent outbreak has been largely brought under control.
No new deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving China’s reported total at 4,634 out of 83,500 confirmed cases.
Tens of millions of Chinese traveled during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival that ended Saturday, but anti-crowding measures were in place across the country. Tourist sites had to limit visitor numbers to 30% of the capacity.
HONOLULU – The city of Honolulu has announced that campsites will reopen for the first time in three months with limited permits to ensure social distance amid the corona virus pandemic.
Hawaii News Now reported that the city will issue permits to just over 100 campgrounds in Oahu.
Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Nathan Serota says campgrounds were limited to physical distance. The regular camp rules still apply.
The Bellows Beach campground northeast of Honolulu will remain closed until Sept. 4 due to turtle nesting. All other campsites have been reopened.
ANAHEIM, California – Data shows hundreds of new infections in densely populated neighborhoods likely to be home to low-income residents in one county in California.
Orange County health officials say residents of certain parts of Anaheim and Santa Ana are more likely to live in multi-generational households or families, and many of them have jobs in shops and restaurants.
The number of cases and hospital admissions in the county has grown significantly in recent weeks, reflecting a statewide trend that led Governor Gavin Newsom to ring new alarm bells this week. He urged Imperial County to reintroduce a home stay confirmation to treat many positive cases and hospitalizations.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas reported 570 more cases of the coronavirus and 10 more deaths on Saturday.
The Arkansas Department of Health said there are now 19,310 cases reported in the state.
The total number of deaths from the state from COVID-19, the disease causing the coronavirus, is now 259.
OLYMPIA, Wash. Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he is pausing moving counties to the fourth stage of his reopening plan as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
Inslee made the announcement Saturday with Secretary of Health John Weisman.
Inslee says that the increasing number of COVID-19 cases across the state is making it impossible to move to phase four, which in fact wouldn’t mean any restrictions.
A note from Johns Hopkins University shows that on Saturday, Washington had more than 30,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 480 new cases were reported on Friday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tyson Foods has announced that 371 workers at its chicken processing plant in the extreme southwest of Missouri tested positive for COVID-19.
The company said in a press release on Friday that it tested 1,142 workers at its Noel plant from June 17 to June 19, and 291 tested positive for COVID-19. Of those 291, Tyson said 249, or 85%, were asymptomatic. Tyson said another 80 Noel employees tested positive for COVID-19 in separate tests conducted by their health care providers or the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services.
The announcement confirms the suspicion that the major spike in McDonald County’s reported COVID-19 figures that started last weekend was the result of large-scale testing in the factory, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
BRASILIA, Brazil – The Brazilian government announced on Saturday an agreement with Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to produce a promising coronavirus vaccine under test.
Brazilian Ministry of Health authorities said at a news conference that the country will pay $ 127 million and receive material to produce 30.4 million doses in two batches in December and January, allowing it to quickly start vaccination efforts like the vaccine is certified as safe and effective.
The total deal is for 100 million vaccines for a country with about 210 million inhabitants. It is produced by the local vaccine manufacturer Fiocruz.
British researchers started testing the experimental shot in May to immunize more than 10,000 people, including the elderly and children. The vaccine is one of about a dozen in the early stages of testing on humans.
Brazil, where the number of coronavirus infections continues to rise, there are over 1 million confirmed cases and over 55,900 fatalities.
WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence calls a planned Florida bus tour in favor of his and President Donald Trump’s re-election as the state experiences a surge of confirmed coronavirus cases.
Pence is still traveling to the state, confirmed the White House, and said he will meet Governor Ron DeSantis and his health care teams.
Pence said on Friday during a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force that he would visit Florida, Texas and Arizona this week to receive a “ground report” on cases of COVD-19 on the solar belt.
Pence would appear in Lake Wales at an event hosted by the pro-Trump group America First Policies, billed as the “Great American Comeback Tour.” The group announced, “With great caution at the moment, we are postponing the Great American Comeback tour stop in Florida. We look forward to resisting soon. ‘
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