South Africa coronavirus cases surpass 500,000: Live updates | Coronavirus pandemic News

  • South Africa has exceeded 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, which is more than 50 percent of all reported coronavirus infections in the 54 African countries. More than 8,000 deaths have also been reported.

  • Mexico has a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections. For the first time, more than 9,000 cases were registered per day and the previous high was exceeded for the second time in a row.

  • Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for dealing with the coronavirus emergency and alleged corruption in his government.

  • The new coronavirus has been diagnosed in more than 17.75 million people worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University, nearly 10.48 million patients have recovered and more than 682,000 have died.

Here are the latest updates:

Sunday August 2nd

02:49 – Manila's Catholic leader orders the cessation of church activities and mass meetings

Quiapo churchThe Philippines reported over 98,000 cases and more than 2,000 deaths on Saturday (file: Aaron Favila / AP)

The head of the Catholic Church in Manila has ordered all public activities and other general assemblies to be suspended for the next ten days to curb the spread of the corona virus in the Philippine capital.

"In response to the call of our medical professionals, all churches and shrines in the Archdiocese of Manila will use the ECQ minutes," said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, head of the Archdiocese of Manila, regarding the previous stringent blocking procedure in Manila.

"We won't be doing any public religious activities from August 3rd to August 14th, but we're continuing our online activities," he added in the statement released late Saturday. Pabillo had previously tested positive for the virus.

The more than 100 million inhabitants of the Philippines are predominantly Catholic. The head of the Manila Church is considered the most influential figure in the country's Catholic hierarchy.

The Philippines reported over 98,000 cases and over 2,000 deaths on Saturday.

02:37 GMT – Brazil reports 45,392 new coronavirus cases, 1,088 deaths in the last 24 hours

Brazil has registered 45,392 other confirmed cases of the novel corona virus and 1,088 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, Reuters reported, citing the country's health ministry.

Brazil has registered more than 2.7 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has increased to 93,563, according to the ministry.

02:05 GMT – Victoria, Australia, sees more than 650 new coronavirus cases

The Australian state of Victoria reported more than 650 infections with the new corona virus on Sunday, compared to 397 cases the previous day.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews will announce the official number of cases later on Sunday, along with a number of new measures to curb the spread of the novel corona virus.

01:40 GMT – Mainland China reports 49 new coronavirus cases, including 30 in Xinjiang

China reported 49 cases of the new mainland corona virus at the end of August, up from 45 cases the previous day, the Reuters news agency said on Sunday, citing the Health Commission.

Of the new infections, 30 were in the far west of Xinjiang, three in the northeastern province of Liaoning, and the remaining 16 were imported, according to the National Health Commission.

China reported 20 new asymptomatic cases, up from 23 the previous day. The Chinese mainland had 84,385 confirmed coronavirus cases by the end of Saturday, the health agency said. The number of COVID-19 fatalities remained at 4,634.

01:30 GMT – Italy's daily COVID-19 infections drop below 300

Italy's daily coronavirus infections have dropped to less than 300 cases for the first time in three days after a recent AP news agency has raised numerous clusters across the country among health professionals.

According to the Ministry of Health, Italy has registered 295 cases in the last 24 hours, for a total of 247,832.

According to the Ministry’s weekly report, there have been 123 infection clusters across Italy in the past seven days.

In the meantime, Minister of Health Roberto Speranza ordered the railways to leave free spaces so that passengers could be at least one meter apart during the summer trip.

With five more deaths, the total number of confirmed deaths in Italy reached more than 35,000 at the end of Saturday.

01:04 GMT – Mexico reports new record of more than 9,500 coronavirus cases

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Mexico is the third country in the world with the most deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic (Jorge Núñez / EPA), with over 47,000 confirmed deaths.

Mexico has recorded a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections, registering more than 9,000 cases per day for the first time and exceeding the previous high for the second time in a row, the Reuters news agency reported on Sunday, citing official data.

The Mexican Ministry of Health reported 9,556 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, surpassing the 8,458 record set on Friday. The ministry also recorded 784 other deaths, bringing the total to 434,193 and 47,472 deaths in the country.

The new record in cases came a day after Mexico overtook Britain as the country with the third highest number of deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mexico has struggled to contain the virus and has been trying to get the economy going again since late May, which shrank more than 17 percent from April to June from the previous quarter.

00:47 GMT – Senior US Congresswoman tests positive for coronavirus

Congressman Raul Grijalva, a high-ranking member of the US Congress from the State of Arizona, has announced that he has the corona virus.

The Democrat says he tested positive for the coronavirus days after sitting near another member, Texas Rep Louie Gohmert, who announced a positive test this week.

Grivalva, 72, is at least the 11th member of Congress who is known to have tested positive for the virus.

Republican Gohmert has questioned the use of masks and has often walked through the Capitol without a mask.

00:30 GMT – Greece confirms 110 new coronavirus cases

According to news agencies AP, there have been 110 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the fourth highest daily number and the highest since April.

According to the authorities, 23 of the cases concerned employees of a meat processing factory in the northern city of Kavala. Tests on all 140 employees have not yet been completed. Another 10 cases concerned people who attended a wedding in the second largest city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece.

Only nine of the cases concerned incoming travelers.

Greece has a total of 4,587 confirmed cases and 206 deaths, with no deaths as reported at the end of Saturday.

00:05 GMT – Vietnam reports four new COVID-19 cases; two are imported

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Vietnam has registered a total of 590 cases and at least three confirmed deaths (Luong Thai Linh / EPA)

According to the Reuters news agency, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health has reported four new coronavirus cases, including two locally transmitted and two imported cases.

The Southeast Asian country has registered a total of 590 cases, of which 144 infections are related to the recent outbreak in the coastal city of Danang. Vietnam has had three deaths, the health ministry said in a statement.

00:01 GMT – Thousands call for Netanyahu to step down as Israeli Prime Minister

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence and crowded the streets of central Jerusalem as protests against the Israeli leader seemed to gain momentum over the course of weeks.

The central Jerusalem demonstration, along with smaller gatherings in Tel Aviv, near Netanyahu's beach house in central Israel, and at dozens of crossroads across the country, was one of the largest turnouts in weeks of protests.

The Israeli media estimates that at least 10,000 people demonstrated near the official residence in Central Jerusalem.

Late Saturday, thousands marched through the streets in a loud but orderly rally. Demonstrators hoisted Israeli flags and blew loud horns as they marched. Many held posters saying "Crime Minister" and "Bibi Go Home" or accused Netanyahu of not being in contact with the public.

For months, thousands of Israelis have been taking to the streets, calling on Netanyahu to resign, protesting his handling of the country's coronavirus crisis, and saying he should not remain in office while on trial for allegations of corruption. Although Netanyahu tried to downplay the protests, the twice-weekly gatherings show no signs of slowing down.


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

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