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11:10 a.m. ET, July 13, 2020

Two countries accounted for 50% of new cases worldwide yesterday, WHO says

From CNN's Amanda Watts

On Sunday, two countries accounted for half of all new cases added worldwide, World Health Director Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday.

“Yesterday, 230,000 cases of Covid-19 were reported to WHO. Almost 80% of those cases were reported from just 10 countries, and 50% come from just two countries,” he said.

Tedros did not name the countries, but according to a Johns Hopkins university tally of cases, the United States, India and Brazil accounted for more than 112,000 cases on Sunday.

“Let me be blunt: Too many countries are headed in the wrong direction,” Tedros said.

“The virus remains public enemy number one,” Tedros said. “But the actions of many governments and people do not reflect of this. "

Here's a look at the total number of confirmed cases by country:

Tedros added that “mixed messages from leaders are undermining the most critical ingredients of any response: trust."

“If governments do not clearly communicate with their citizens and roll out a comprehensive strategy focused on suppressing transmission and saving lives. If populations do not follow the basic principles of physical distancing, hand washing, wearing masks,” Tedros warned, “there is only one way this is going to go. It's going to get worse and worse and worse.”

“But, it does not have to be this way,” he said. 

“It's never too late to bring the virus under control, even if there has been explosive transmission,” Tedros said. “WHO is committed to working with all countries.”

11:22 a.m. ET, July 13, 2020

Argentina records more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Claudia Dominguez in Atlanta

Paramedics work in Buenos Aires on July 2.
Paramedics work in Buenos Aires on July 2. Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

Argentina reached 100,166 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to a report published by Argentina's Health Ministry on Sunday.

The report confirmed 2,657 new cases and 27 deaths. Argentina has reported at least 1,845 deaths to date due to Covid-19 as of Sunday night.

Argentina's president Alberto Fernandez made a call for unity on Sunday via Twitter, asking Argentines to "come together" to overcome the virus.

On Monday morning, the governor of Buenos Aires, former Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, and Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta met to discuss whether the lockdown in the capital and surrounding cities should be extended, and what measure could be lifted, according to Argentina's official news agency Telam. The current restrictions will continue in place until next Friday. 

The Argentine government had imposed a very strict lockdown that began on March 20, but hopes of controlling the pandemic was not met as cases continually rise. Currently, Buenos Aires and the surrounding cities, and at least four other provinces continue under phase one, the most restrictive phase of lockdown in the country. 

10:52 a.m. ET, July 13, 2020

"There will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future," WHO director-general says

From CNN Health’s Naomi Thomas

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, attends a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 3.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, attends a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 3. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Monday “There will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future."

Speaking at a media briefing in Geneva, he added, “But there is a roadmap to a situation where we can control the disease and get on with our lives.”

“We need to reach a sustainable situation where we do have adequate control of this virus without shutting down our lives entirely or lurching from lockdown to lockdown,” he said.

In order to get to this place, Tedros said that three things would be required. These are a focus on reducing mortality and suppressing transmission; an “empowered, engaged community” that takes individual measures to protect the whole community; and strong government leadership and communication.

“It can be done. It must be done,” Tedros said.

Tedros said that there are no shortcuts out of this pandemic, and that while we hope for an effective vaccine, there must be a focus on using the tools that are available now to suppress transmission and save lives.

10:54 a.m. ET, July 13, 2020

More than 8,000 patients are hospitalized with Covid-19 in Florida

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian and Christina Maxouris

There are a total of 8,038 patients hospitalized across the state of Florida with the primary diagnosis of coronavirus as of Monday morning, according to new numbers released by the Agency for Health Care Administration. 

The three most populous counties: Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County, are experiencing the highest numbers of coronavirus related hospitalizations.

Florida continues to record alarming rates of cases. Health officials reported Sunday a staggering record of new cases in a single day: 15,300.

If Florida were a country, it would be the fourth-highest in the world in reporting new cases. The state would rank 10th in terms of having the most cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

10:52 a.m. ET, July 13, 2020

Some Detroit students are heading to summer school in-person today

From CNN's Meridith Edwards

Detroit Public Schools began summer classes today — the first time schools welcomed back some students for face-to-face instruction since the district closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

On top of in-person classes at some schools, the school district is also providing a distance learning summer program, according to the district's website.

The summer school program is voluntary: About 4,000 parents signed their children up for the classes, with more than half choosing face-to-face instruction. About 300 teachers signed up for 180 spots to teach in person.

What it's like in the classroom now: On Monday morning students and staff members will answer questions on a health form and have their temperature checked. They will be required to wear masks, and social distancing will be a priority.

Detroit schools are also disinfecting classes and buses daily and accepting fewer students per class.

10:35 a.m. ET, July 13, 2020

As Brazil nears 2 million Covid-19 cases, the pandemic continues to devastate indigenous tribes

From CNN's Rodrigo Pedroso and Zamira Rahim

Brazil's indigenous citizens have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Indigenous people in Brazil often live in communities which are far from hospitals, in areas which often lack basic infrastructure. Those who move to towns or cities can end up in precarious living conditions with few public services, increasing their vulnerability to health issues.

According to the country's Special Indigenous Health Service (SESAI), more than 8,000 Brazilian indigenous people have so far contracted the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. The service only counts people living in indigenous territories, urban centers.

The President of Mato Grosso Indigenous Federation told CNN that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government has failed to adequately prepare for the pandemic.

“The doctors have to prescribe, not the president. The government did not take prevention seriously,” the President of Mato Grosso Indigenous Federation said.

Brazil is nearing 1.9 million cases of the novel coronavirus after its health ministry reported 24,831 new cases Sunday. It has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, behind only the US.

Bolsonaro, who tested positive for the virus last week, vetoed several points of a law aimed at protecting indigenous communities against Covid-19 last Wednesday, according to the government's official journal. The proposed legislation establishes an emergency plan to combat the pandemic in indigenous territories and classifies indigenous people and other traditional communities as "groups in situations of extreme vulnerability."

But the vetoes are not final. The law's text, which has already been approved by the country's Congress and Senate, must now be voted upon again. If a majority in both houses vote against the President's vetoes, the law will be approved in its entirety. Otherwise, the law will move forward without the vetoed parts.

The president has repeatedly dismissed the threat of the disease, and has a historically antagonistic relationship with indigenous Brazilians. 

Watch CNN's latest reporting on the ground in Brazil:

10:34 a.m. ET, July 13, 2020

Hong Kong tightens social distancing measures as coronavirus cases rise 

From CNN’s Jadyn Sham in Hong Kong and Sophie Jeong in Seoul. 

Hong Kong will tighten travel and social distancing measures, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Monday, as the city reported 52 new cases of Covid-19 in Hong Kong’s “third wave” of infections.

The measures will take effect starting midnight local time on Wednesday.

Here are details on the guidelines:

  • Any travelers coming into Hong Kong by cars, planes or ferries, who have been in or transited through high-risk areas in the last 14 days, must show proof that they have been tested negative before boarding. If they fail to do so, airlines will be penalized, Lam said. No further details on this measure were provided. 
  • Public gatherings of more than 4 people, including religious events and weddings, will be banned, while no more than 4 customers will be allowed to sit together at a table in restaurants.
  • Additionally, restaurants will have to stop their dine-in services from 6pm to 5am the next day.
  • Amusement game centers, bathhouses, fitness centers, places of amusement, places of public entertainment and party rooms will be closed for 7 days from Wednesday, while exhibitions and public events will either be canceled or postponed.
  • Masks will be mandatory on all public transport – though the majority of Hong Kong citizens have been regularly wearing them in public since the outbreak.
  • Lam also said Hong Kong Disneyland and the amusement park "Ocean Park" will need to be closed from Wednesday. 

The Hospital Authority reported the eighth coronavirus death after a 95-year-old woman died Monday night. There are 1,521 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong. 

8:15 p.m. ET, July 13, 2020

UN says more than 130 million people worldwide may go hungry in 2020 due to Covid-19 

From CNN’s Ingrid Formanek and Hira Humayun

A UN report released Monday predicts the Covid-19 pandemic could send more than 130 million people around the world into chronic hunger by the end to 2020.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published its latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, which says the pandemic is “intensifying the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of global food systems.”

The report estimates “at a minimum, another 83 million people, and possibly as many as 132 million, may go hungry in 2020 as a result of the economic recession triggered by COVID-19.”

The report also estimates around 690 million people went hungry in 2019 – up by 10 million from the previous year.

Africa is the hardest hit region in terms of percentages, with 19.1% of its people undernourished, according to the report, followed by Asia at 8.3%, and Latin America and the Caribbean at 7.4%.  

With the toll the pandemic is taking on food security, the report says achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030 is in question.

10:20 a.m. ET, July 13, 2020

"Failure at the statewide level" is the reason for Texas' coronavirus situation, Austin mayor says

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Texas, Austin Mayor Steve Adler on "CNN Newsroom" on July 13.
Texas, Austin Mayor Steve Adler on "CNN Newsroom" on July 13. CNN

As coronavirus cases continue to increase in Texas, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said that it was failure at the statewide level that has brought Texas to its current coronavirus stage.

“I think the lesson to be learned in Texas is you cannot open up the economy in ways that looked like the economy was opened before,” he told CNN on Monday. “I do believe that the failure at the statewide level to have a mandate on masking, [reopening] the economy is one of the chief reasons where we are today.”

Texas' mask mandate went into effect on July 3, weeks after other states issued theirs. Many other states still do not have statewide mandates and there are no federal orders to wear masks.

The mayor said that a mask mandate sends a “clear message” when the message coming out of Washington is “harmful.”

“The message coming out of Washington is harmful, and it's dangerous and causing problems right now across the country. There needs to be a very clear message that masks are mandatory and have to be worn.”

Mayor Adler added that the city of Austin's mask mandate "bought some more time" — but it’s still on the edge.

“We've bought some more time, but if anybody's listening now from Austin, now is not the time to take the foot off the break. We are on the edge,” he said. “We had 17 more people admitted into our ICUs last night. That's a 10% increase. So we're still in a rough place.”

He added that he’s hearing from other hospitals near Austin, asking about ICU availability, and he’s expecting the demand to come from all over the state.

“What happens around the state impacts us,” he said. “We have been calculating our need based on our need and now we realize that it's going to be coming from all over the state. This needs a statewide and a [national] response.”

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