Mexico now has the third most COVID-19 deaths on this planet, behind the US and Brazil, whereas former success story Vietnam is struggling to regulate an outbreak spreading in its most well-known seashore resort.

China reported a greater than 50% drop in newly confirmed instances in a doable signal that its newest main outbreak within the northwestern area of Xinjiang could have run its course.

Nevertheless, in Hong Kong, infections proceed to surge, with greater than 100 new instances reported as of Saturday among the many inhabitants of seven.5 million. Officers have reimposed eating restrictions and masks necessities.

South Korean prosecutors arrested the aged chief of a secretive spiritual sect linked to greater than 5,200 of the nation’s 14,336 confirmed instances. He has denied costs of hiding members and underreporting gatherings to keep away from broader quarantines.

Mexican well being officers on Friday reported 688 new deaths, pushing the nation’s complete to 46,688. That put Mexico simply forward of the UK, which has 46,119, in line with the tally by Johns Hopkins College.

In Vietnam, a 3rd individual died of coronavirus problems, officers mentioned Saturday, a day after it recorded its first-ever loss of life because it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no native instances.

All three died in a hospital in Da Nang, a sizzling spot with greater than 100 instances prior to now week. 1000’s of tourists had been within the metropolis for summer season trip and at the moment are being examined in Hanoi and elsewhere.

Twelve extra instances had been confirmed on Saturday, all linked to Da Nang Hospital. The town has tightened safety and arrange extra checkpoints to forestall individuals from leaving or getting into town, which has been in lockdown since Tuesday.

A makeshift hospital was arrange in a sports activities auditorium and docs have been mobilized from different cities to assist.

“I wish to be examined so I can cease worrying if I’ve the virus or not,” mentioned Pham Thuy Hoa, a banking official who returned to the capital from Da Nang. “We have to be chargeable for your complete group.”

India recorded its steepest spike of 57,118 new instances prior to now 24 hours, taking its coronavirus caseload near 1.7 million, with July alone accounting for practically 1.1 million infections.

The nation’s Civil Aviation Ministry delayed resumption of worldwide flights by one other month till Aug. 31. However it is going to proceed to permit a number of worldwide carriers from the US, Europe and the Center East to function particular flights to evacuate stranded nationals.

The worldwide pandemic has impacted practically each facet of this yr’s Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, with as few as 1,000 pilgrims already residing in Saudi Arabia participating, down from 2.5 million final yr.

Poverty introduced on by the pandemic is making it tougher for a lot of to hitch within the four-day Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” during which Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.

“I may hardly purchase meals for my household,” Somali civil servant Abdishakur Dahir mentioned. “We’re simply surviving for now. Life is getting more durable by the day.”

The Saudi Well being Ministry mentioned there have been no instances of COVID-19 amongst this yr’s pilgrims. All had been examined, their actions monitored with digital wristbands and required to be quarantined earlier than and after.

Within the U.S., Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival compelled the closure of some outside testing websites whilst Florida reached a brand new day by day excessive in deaths.

“We needed to put security first,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez mentioned at a web-based information convention Friday.

In Utah, the Salt Lake Metropolis Faculty District Board of Training introduced that its faculties will begin the yr with all online-only courses in response to an growing variety of confirmed instances within the metropolis. Simply days after public faculties round Indiana reopened their doorways, at the least one scholar and one college employees member in districts round Indianapolis have examined constructive for the virus.

The talk over college openings got here as Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed a tweet by President Donald Trump claiming the U.S. international lead in coronavirus instances is due to elevated testing.

Fauci mentioned the dimensions of the U.S. outbreak is the results of a number of elements, together with some states opening up too rapidly and disregarding federal tips.

On Friday, the top of the World Well being Group predicted the results of the pandemic will probably be felt for “many years to return.”

“A lot of the world’s individuals stay prone to this virus, even in areas which have skilled extreme outbreaks,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned in London. “Though vaccine improvement is going on at file velocity, we should study to stay with this virus and we should struggle it with the instruments that we’ve.”


Leicester reported from Le Pecq, France and McGuirk from Canberra, Australia. AP journalists world wide contributed to this report.