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Italy Suffers Most New COVID-19 Cases Since May; Merkel Says Europe Hopes To Avoid ‘National Lockdowns’: Live Updates

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Summary:

  • Italy reported 845 new cases
  • Merkel says Europe wants to avoid lockdowns
  • Arizona, Florida see cases continue to fall
  • Macron rejects nationwide lockdown, prefers "localized" efforts
  • Germany sees most new cases since April
  • Chinese media defends Wuhan "pool partiers"
  • Brazil says outbreak finally past its peak

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Update (1220ET): Italy reported 845 new cases on Thursday, the biggest one-day jump yet, compared with 642 yesterday. ICU numbers, meanwhile, are up from 66 to 68.  The 845 number is the biggest number since May 16, when 875 cases were reported. Italy left its lockdown on May 18, when 'Phase 2' officially began. Of the new cases, 59 were reported in the Tuscan region. 17 were reportedly tied to travel. The average age of the new cases is 34.

Deaths, meanwhile, increased by 6, down from 7 the prior day.

Italy's tally continues the European trend, however, at least Spain saw cases decline DoD on Thursday. More than 77,000 tests were administered. Total cases equaled 256,118, while total deaths equaled 35,418.

The country only has roughly 16,000 currently active cases.

Source: Il Sole 24 Ore

Elsewhere in Europe, Angela Merkel reiterated on Thursday that Europe is hoping to avoid any new lockdowns, just days after proclaiming that Germany wouldn't revert to a lockdown, though she did pause the reopening process.

Florida reported 588,602 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, up 0.8% from a day earlier, in line with the average increase in the previous seven days, as the new daily rate of people testing positive continues to slow. The state's positivity rate fell to 6.8% on Wednesday, the lowest since June 14. The state has reported 31,465 new cases in the past seven days, the fewest in a week since late June.

Arizona on Thursday reported 723 new virus cases, a 0.4% increase to 196,280, which matched the average over the prior week, and Arizona's Department of Health Services also reported 50 new deaths from the virus, down from 105 the day before, bringing the total to 4,684.

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Coronavirus news out of Europe and Asia on Thursday further cemented the narrative that while outbreaks in the US, India and Brazil appear to have finally reached their peaks in terms of both infections, and deaths, the virus is making a comeback elsewhere. As the worst-hit countries finally see some relief, clusters reported across Europe and Asia have continued to fester, while more continue to be discovered.

On Thursday, Germany once again reported its largest single-day COVID-19 case total since the Spring, with 1,707 new cases in the past 24 hours.

According to the Robert Koch Institute data, Thursday's numbers brought the total number of infections to 228,621.

While the uptick in cases seen since Germany started reopening schools and its economy have alarmed elected officials, cases remain well below daily records seen in early April, when Germany reported just over 6,000 cases in a day. Ten new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 9,253.

Germany isn't alone. Spain, France, the UK, Greece and a handful of other European states have seen a rise in cases recently. After France reported its highest single-day case tally in months, President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview published by Paris Match last night that French people don't need to fear another national lockdown, though he left the door open for local lockdowns, like those that have been re-imposed in Paris and Toulouse.

"We can not put the country at a standstill, because the collateral damage of confinement is considerable," Macron said. "Zero risk never exists in a company. We must respond to this anxiety without falling into the doctrine of zero risk."

However, a "targeted re-containment" of certain areas should not be ruled out "if the situation requires it," Macron said, insisting that he would prefer "very localized strategies."

Over in Latin America, Brazilian public health officials proclaimed on Thursday that the outbreak might finally be slowing, as data collected since the end of July shows that a peak in both deaths and cases occurred in late July, according to Brazil's Health Ministry.

The number of cases confirmed last week declined to 304,684 compared with a peak of 319,653 in the week ending July 25.

The number of deaths reported on a weekly basis has also fallen to 6,755 from a peak of 7,677 reported during the last week in July.

What's more, an analysis of the data by Imperial College London shows Brazil's transmission rate has fallen below one, a definitive sign that the outbreak is in fact slowing, as each infected patient is now expected to pass the virus to less than one person.

Finally, in China, state media are coming to the defence of a theme park in Wuhan which hosted a massive music festival and pool party over the weekend, raising concerns about potential COVID-19 transmission as the photos zinged across the global internet.

While Beijing defends partiers, officials in the state of Connecticut are punishing several students who attended a "packed dorm party", photos of which incensed the Internet, according to the Hartford Courant.


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