Coronavirus pandemic: Updates from around the world

By Nectar Gan, Brett McKeehan, Rob Picheta and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 0010 GMT (0810 HKT) July 12, 2020
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10:26 a.m. ET, July 11, 2020

More than 40 Miami-Dade bus drivers have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past few weeks

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

A Miami-Dade County bus operator, who was last on the job in late June, has died after testing positive for Covid-19, according to a news release from Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW).

"DTPW mourns the loss of one of our very own front-line workers," the release said. 

The bus operator "was working in June before testing positive" for Covid-19, said communications director Ileen Delgado in a correction to the initial release.

"A total of 44 bus operators have tested positive for Covid-19 from June 21 through July 9. All of them are quarantined on paid leave," DTPW spokesperson Luis Espinoza told CNN. 

It is not clear if the bus operator was symptomatic or what route this person drove.

9:55 a.m. ET, July 11, 2020

More than 7,000 people hospitalized with Covid-19 in Florida

From CNN’s Randi Kaye

There are a total of 7,063 patients hospitalized in Florida with coronavirus, according to new data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration on Saturday. 

Miami-Dade County currently has 1,601 patients hospitalized; the most hospitalized patients of any county in the state.

In Orange County, where Disney World reopens on Saturday, 475 patients are hospitalized.

7:53 a.m. ET, July 11, 2020

"Please help us, we are abandoned here." Thousands of Moroccan seasonal workers are stranded in Spain

From CNN's Laura Perez Maestro

More than seven thousand Moroccans, most of them women, are stranded in Spain after their country closed its borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

They arrived in Spain to pick fruit in March, sending their earnings back home to families, and were trapped when the season ended in May. Now, 7,200 people are in limbo in Spain's southern Huelva province with almost no money, according to a statement released earlier this week by a group of Spanish and Moroccan non-governmental human rights organizations, including local Andalusian group Mujeres 24h.

On Thursday, a group of 15 women staged a protest in in Cartaya, Huelva. The women, who work on one of the farms involved marched with banners demanding to be allowed to go back home.

"We are here without a job, we have nothing, the money we had we sent it to our family. We are out of money to eat, we need to go back. We ask [King] Mohammed VI to send someone to help us so that we can return," Fátima, one of the protesters, said, in a video of the protest obtained by CNN.

"Our children are alone in Morocco, they have nobody to take care of them, we need to go back," she said. A video of the protesters discussing their situation was obtained by CNN from an activist group.

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7:35 a.m. ET, July 11, 2020

UN Secretary General says Covid-19 crisis is a "wake-up call"

From CNN's Maija Ehlinger in Atlanta

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said "the Covid-19 crisis is a wake-up call,” and that “economies and societies must be reshaped to be fairer and more inclusive” in the future. 

During his speech at the closing of a virtual Covid-19 conference put on by the International AIDS Society on Saturday, Guterres focused on the parallel lessons learned from the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic and the current coronavirus pandemic:

"Gender inequalities, gender-based violence and the criminalization and marginalization of vulnerable groups continue to drive HIV forward. The HIV movement teaches us that successful pandemic responses require a respect for human rights and gender equality. A commitment to leave no one behind, community-led service delivery, and innovation." 

Guterres went on to talk about the importance of accessibility to viable vaccines as they become available. "Effective treatment to the future vaccine against the coronavirus must be available to everyone everywhere as a global public good -- a people's vaccine."

7:03 a.m. ET, July 11, 2020

Bill Gates warns the pandemic could slow the fight against other diseases

From CNN's Tina Burnside in Atlanta

The Covid-19 pandemic is starting to cause disruptions to global health care supply chains, slowing down the fight against all other diseases, including AIDS, Bill Gates has warned.

Gates, speaking at the International Aids Conference on Saturday, cited projections by the both the United Nations and the Global Fund that these disruptions could prevent hundreds of thousands of people from getting the treatments they need in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. 

The Microsoft co-founder said that because of the advances made by researchers to help identify those infected, along with improved diagnostic tools and progress with vaccinations, he remains optimistic that we will defeat Covid-19 and continue making strides with HIV/AIDS.

The philanthropist cautioned that if drugs and vaccines go out to the highest bidder instead of to the people and places who really need them, we will have a "longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic."

"We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distributing based on equity not just on market-driven factors" Gates said. 

6:29 a.m. ET, July 11, 2020

Tokyo hits record daily number of infections as cases mount in Japan

From CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo and Sophie Jeong in Seoul

Pedestrians wear protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus while walking on Friday, July 10, in Tokyo.
Pedestrians wear protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus while walking on Friday, July 10, in Tokyo. Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Japan recorded 430 new coronavirus cases Friday, its health ministry said -- the first time the country has registered more than 400 daily new infections since April 24, when it was still under a state of emergency over the pandemic. 

The nationwide total includes Tokyo’s 243 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the highest daily jump in new cases in the capital since the outbreak began. 

The total number of people infected by the virus in the country so far stands at 21,841 with 995 deaths.

4:51 p.m. ET, July 11, 2020

India coronavirus cases top 800,000 as country posts highest daily infections for third consecutive day

From CNN's Manveena Suri in New Delhi 

Health workers wearing protective clothing arrive to screen people for Covid-19 symptoms at a slum in Mumbai on Friday.
Health workers wearing protective clothing arrive to screen people for Covid-19 symptoms at a slum in Mumbai on Friday. Rafiq Maqbool/AP

India has registered more than 800,000 Covid-19 cases so far, the country’s health ministry announced Saturday.

It reported a record 27,114 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, bringing the nationwide total to 820,916. 

This is the third consecutive day that the country has recorded its highest single-day jump in new coronavirus cases. 

As Covid-19 cases continue to soar, Indian cities and states are reimposing strict measures to curb the spread.

On Friday, India’s most populous Uttar Pradesh state issued several restrictions in the state for the weekend in a bid to contain the surge, with only essential services operating.

At least 515,000 people have recovered from the virus to date, the ministry said. 

The South Asian nation has so far tested over 11.3 million samples for coronavirus, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research. 

5:20 a.m. ET, July 11, 2020

Los Angeles Apparel factory ordered closed after over 300 coronavirus cases and 4 deaths

From CNN's Sarah Moon and Jon Passantino

A garment manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles with more than 300 employees infected by the coronavirus has been ordered closed after an investigation into the deaths of four workers, county health officials said Friday. 

The Los Angeles Apparel had three deaths in June and one in July, prompting an investigation, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced in a statement. 

"The death of four dedicated garment workers is heartbreaking and tragic," said Dr. Barbara Ferrer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. "Business owners and operators have a corporate, moral and social responsibility to their employees and their families to provide a safe work environment."

Los Angeles Apparel was founded in 2016 by Canadian businessman Dov Charney, who previously founded American Apparel. It was first shut down on June 27 after violating the county's mandatory health orders. The company failed to cooperate with the health department's investigation of a reported coronavirus outbreak, health officials said.

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4:24 a.m. ET, July 11, 2020

68% of patients at a New York clinic have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard and Amir Vera

People lining up at a CityMD clinic on May 20 in Lincoln Center, New York.
People lining up at a CityMD clinic on May 20 in Lincoln Center, New York. John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx/AP

New data suggests that working-class and minority neighborhoods hit hardest by coronavirus in the borough of Queens in New York are now overwhelmingly testing positive for antibodies. 

But that data doesn't mean those who have antibodies are immune.

The data, first reported by The New York Times Thursday, shows that more than 68% of people tested positive for antibodies at a clinic in Corona, Queens, while 56% tested positive at another clinic in Jackson Heights, Queens. CityMD, which operates dozens of walk-in clinics in New York, confirmed the data to the Times and CNN.

While these two working-class neighborhoods saw high numbers for their antibody tests, only 13% of people tested positive for antibodies at a clinic in Cobble Hill, a mostly white and wealthy neighborhood in Brooklyn. The data suggest that while minority and working-class communities were hit hard by the virus, they may be first to build immunity. 

"When you're looking at a large population of people and a large percentage of those people are technically immune to a virus, you could start thinking it'll be almost impossible for the virus to penetrate and for people to get sick," said Dr. Daniel Frogel, senior vice president of medical operations at CityMD.

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