International news Covid-19 wrap:
Brazil registers 46 860 additional coronavirus cases, 990 deaths
Brazil registered 46 860 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 990 additional deaths, the Health Ministry said on Friday.
The nation has now registered 1 274 974 total confirmed cases of the virus and 55 961 deaths.
Indonesia reports biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections with 1 385 cases
Indonesia on Saturday reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus infections with 1 385 new cases, taking the total to 52 812, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.
Yurianto also said there had been 37 more coronavirus-related deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 2 720.
Separately, local authorities said that nine people aboard a flight from Indonesia to Cambodia tested positive after reaching Cambodia. Of them, one was Indonesian and eight Cambodians.
Hotels and ashrams repurposed for Delhi coronavirus surge
Staff at the luxury Suryaa hotel used to wear bright saris as they welcomed guests. Now they must don medical suits and handle gurneys as New Delhi desperately prepares for a predicted surge in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks.
The pandemic is still raging in India with more than half a million cases. The capital, home to 25 million people, is the country’s worst-hit city – its hospitals at breaking point and authorities reaching deep to confront the crisis.
The Delhi authorities have even started converting a spiritual centre or ashram into a coronavirus isolation facility and hospital with 10 000 beds, many made of cardboard.
Australia’s Victoria struggles to contain coronavirus
Australia’s state of Victoria recorded 41 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, double the daily rate seen a week ago, struggling to gain control over the pandemic while the rest of the country continues easing social distancing restrictions.
Victoria, the country’s second-most-populated state, has now seen 11 straight days of double-digit new cases, most linked to known outbreaks in Melbourne’s suburbs, health officials said.
Victoria has 204 of Australia’s total of about 270 active cases. “We are very concerned,” deputy chief health officer of Victoria, Annaliese van Diemen, said at a press conference.