COVID-19 latest updates from CME

Last updated – 12.08 PM, Friday 24th July

Australian Update

There have been 13,590 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, with 4197 active cases and 139 deaths.

Victoria: There are 7,405 cases of coronavirus in Victoria, that is 300 new cases since yesterday. 51 of those are connected to known and contained outbreaks, 249 of those are under investigation by a public health team. There are 206 Victorians in hospital, 41 of those are receiving intensive care. There have been a further six deaths.

NSW: NSW Health says a record 36,169 coronavirus tests were completed in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday. They identified seven new infections, six of which were linked to the Thai Rock restaurant cluster. The source of the other case has not been identified.

Queensland: Two new cases in Queensland, both in hotel quarantine.

National Cabinet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly provided an update post-Cabinet. Here are the key points:

  • In light of today’s figures reported so far (NSW and Victoria), the PM says it is far too early to be confident or complacent. He says that the rest of the country needs to remain on high alert too.
  • Scott Morrison said National Cabinet had reaffirmed its commitment to a suppression strategy, the goal of which is little or no community transmission.
  • National Cabinet agreed on a more robust set of data to track and document the virus. They will now be looking at data including how quickly cases are being identified, contacts are made, people have isolated, tracing is done for known contacts.
  • The PM said 15 ‘major infrastructure projects’ will be fast-tracked. These are the same projects he announced a few weeks ago.
  • The PM also said he was “confident” countries would come together with a vaccine.

National Press Club

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has just provided his National Press Club address. Here are the key points:

  • In Australia, as of today, there are 175 active cases for every million people. In the United Kingdom, it’s 3,774. And 7,998 in the United States
  • The Morrison Government has invested $333 million to support clinical trials for vaccines
  • The official unemployment rate is expected to peak in the December quarter at 9.25 per cent
  • Since February of this year, the economic impact of COVID-19 has cost us 3.5 years worth of accumulated GDP growth and around three years of hard-won employment growth.
    The shock we are seeing from the coronavirus is considerably sharper than what Australia experienced during the recessions of the 1980s and 1990s.
  • The falls in GDP and employment are around twice as big and occurred over a matter of months, not years. In those earlier recessions, the impacts were felt more acutely by working aged men in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. This time around, women have experienced higher job losses than men. Young people have also been badly affected making up more than one third of the jobs lost. The youth unemployment rate has jumped to its highest rate in 20 years.
  • JobKeeper has acted as a lifeline for over 3.5 million people and nearly one million Australian businesses. So far, the program has provided payments totalling over $30 billion and saved 700,000 jobs.
  • The $750 economic support payment in April provided $5.6 billion to over seven million people and the July payment is providing another $3.8 billion to around five million people.
  • Due to lower net overseas migration, annual population growth is assumed to slow to just 0.6% in 2021 – the lowest rate since 1916-1917.

WA Update

Total confirmed cases: 654*
Active cases: 14
Increase in cases from previous day: 3
Patients recovered: 631
Deaths: 9
Total number of people tested: 232,977

*these figures are current as of yesterday. The three new cases were historical.

International Update

Total global confirmed cases: 15,445,043
Total global confirmed recoveries: 8,763,516
Total global confirmed deaths: 632,173

**Current as at 11am.

US

The US surpassed 4 million coronavirus cases yesterday, after more than 1,100 new Covid-19-related deaths were reported in a single day on Wednesday for the first time since late May.

More than 915,000 new cases have been confirmed in just the past two weeks, totaling more than the entire month of June. The US has now exceeded 140,000 deaths, with Texas alone reporting a state record 197 new fatalities on Wednesday.

Spain

Signs of a second wave of coronavirus in Spain have again risen, with the country recording more than 2,500 infections in a day. The high number comes just days after 4,600 cases were recorded across the country. Health ministry data showed 2,615 new cases across Spain yesterday, compared with a daily average of just 132 in June.

The rises in cases has seen regional authorities across Spain introduce fresh coronavirus restrictions aimed at stamping out a surge in infections that continues to defy efforts at containment and is damaging tourism. New cases had slowed to a trickle in June, before a nationwide lockdown was lifted, but since then more than 280 clusters have been detected, with Catalonia the area worst affected, leaving hotels largely empty and bars shutting down.

Tokyo

Tokyo has recorded its largest single-day spike of coronavirus infections, exactly a year from when the city is scheduled to host the Olympics. Japan’s capital city recorded 366 new infections in 24 hours. This was Tokyo’s largest single-day spike, beating the previous record of 293 infections. The city has now recorded more than 10,000 infections since the pandemic began.

Iraq

Iraq’s total number of coronavirus infections has passed 100,000, with the health ministry saying 102,226 cases have been recorded. At least 4,122 people have died from COVID-19 in Iraq. Iraq has often recorded more than 2,000 new cases a day in recent weeks as the spread of the virus has accelerated.

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