July 23 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Brad Lendon, Ed Upright, Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 12:09 a.m. ET, July 24, 2020
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8:45 a.m. ET, July 23, 2020

US records almost 1,200 deaths in a single day, more than 71,000 new infections

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally, 71,695 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the United States on Wednesday.

For the second day in a row, the US recorded more than 1,000 deaths in 24 hours, with authorities reporting 1,195 new deaths on Wednesday.

In total, there have been at least 3,970,906 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, while at least 143,190 people have died in the US from the virus. 

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

For regular updates follow CNN’s map, which is refreshed every 15 mins: 

8:45 a.m. ET, July 23, 2020

Japan suffers a record increase in new Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Junko Ogura in Tokyo and Angus Watson in Sydney

Japan has again broken its record for new Covid-19 cases detected on a single day with 796 new cases found on Wednesday, according to its Health Ministry.

Hard-hit Tokyo confirmed 238 cases on Wednesday.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Japan is now 27,741, including 712 cases diagnosed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

One further death was recorded in Japan on Wednesday, bringing the country’s death toll to 1,003.

1:52 a.m. ET, July 23, 2020

Don't be fooled: There is no 'new' Trump on coronavirus

Analysis by CNN's Chris Cilizza

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images
Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump, in his first coronavirus briefing in several months, delivered a sober assessment of the fight against Covid-19 -- acknowledging that "it will probably unfortunately get worse before it gets better" and even offering a sort-of endorsement for mask-wearing.

At just over 30 minutes, the briefing was far shorter than the rollicking (and rambling) updates Trump was providing on the virus earlier in the year. And Trump himself was significantly more disciplined, largely sticking to prepared remarks and avoiding long asides in which he cast blame on everyone but himself for the current coronavirus state of affairs.

"Trump's press conference today marks a change in tone and a more disciplined and realistic approach," tweeted Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. "It will be a good message for the public and he will benefit from it politically. Welcome news."

Um, no.

If there is anything we have learned -- or should have learned -- about Donald Trump over these past five-ish years, it's that that there is no "new" Trump, no version 2.0, no new leaf to turn over. There is just Trump. He has been this same person -- bullying, blaming, convinced of his own brilliance, willing to bend and break facts for his own purposes -- his entire adult life. He may be able to subsume those natural characteristics for a day or even a week. But they will come back out -- sooner rather than later. They always, always do.

We've been down this road before. Like, a lot of times.

Read more here:

8:46 a.m. ET, July 23, 2020

Coronavirus shrinks Australian economy by close to 5% of GDP

By Angus Watson in Sydney

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg during a press conference in the Main Committee Room at Parliament House on July 23, in Canberra, Australia.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg during a press conference in the Main Committee Room at Parliament House on July 23, in Canberra, Australia. Sam Mooy/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic will cause Australia’s GDP to fall by 4.75% in the fiscal year 2020-1, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said today.

Inflated welfare programs and plummeting tax receipts are the cause of the dip in the country’s GDP, according to Treasury, with the country’s official unemployment rate forecast to rise to 9.25%, Frydenberg said.

The Australian government says it has spent $117 billion (AUD $164 billion) on welfare, wage support, and economic stimulus measures since the pandemic began. Frydenberg on Thursday said that spending has prevented the loss of around 700,000 jobs.

Australia’s gross debt will rise to $608 billion (AUD $851.9 billion), over a third of the country's GDP, according to Treasury. The 2020-1 budget will fall $131 billion (AUD$184.5 billion) into deficit, despite a pre-Covid projection of a AUD $5 billion budget surplus for the fiscal year. 

“These are harsh numbers,” Frydenberg said on Thursday. This year’s budget deficit as a portion of GDP is the highest since World War II.

1:46 a.m. ET, July 23, 2020

Trump administration sends another $5 billion to nursing homes to fight coronavirus

From CNN’s Tami Luhby

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it is sending $5 billion to nursing homes and state veterans’ homes to fight the growing coronavirus epidemic.

The money can be used to hire additional staff, implement infection control, increase testing and provide additional services, such as technology to allow residents to connect with their families.

The infusion comes from the provider relief fund contained in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that the US Congress passed in late March. It’s in addition to the $4.9 billion nursing homes are receiving to offset revenue losses and to respond to the pandemic.

Nursing home staff must complete an online training program for a facility to receive the new funds.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will also start requiring nursing homes in states with a 5% or greater coronavirus positivity rate to test all staff each week. This was previously a recommendation.

The administration announced last week that it is distributing rapid testing devices to nursing homes, which had complained that they don’t have the money to conduct so many tests. More than 15,000 devices will be deployed in coming months, with more than 600 shipping this week.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) said Wednesday that the increased funds are “a significant step forward,” but more is needed, especially in light of the surge of cases around the country. 

“It is equally important for Congress to provide an additional $100 billion for the HHS Provider Relief Fund, which is accessible to all health care providers impacted by COVID-19,” said CEO Mark Parkinson.

8:45 a.m. ET, July 23, 2020

Argentina reports record number of new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row

From CNN's Stefano Pozzebon in Bogota, Colombia

Dr. Adriana Coronel attends to a Covid-19 patient at the Eurnekian Ezeiza Hospital on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Tuesday, July 14.
Dr. Adriana Coronel attends to a Covid-19 patient at the Eurnekian Ezeiza Hospital on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Tuesday, July 14. Natacha Pisarenko/AP

Argentina saw another record daily increase of new coronavirus cases Wednesday, according to its Health Ministry.

The ministry reported 5,782 newly confirmed cases, topping Tuesday's record of 5,344 new cases. Argentina's total confirmed cases stands at 141,900.

The ministry also reported 98 new deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 2,588.

8:23 a.m. ET, July 23, 2020

Brazilian Health Ministry says the coronavirus situation seems "under control" 

From journalist Marcia Reverdosa in Sao Paulo and Fernanda Wenzel in Porto Alegre

Brazil's interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello on July 15 in Brasilia.
Brazil's interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello on July 15 in Brasilia. Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazil's interim health minister said Wednesday the coronavirus situation seems "under control," despite the country reporting a record number of new cases Wednesday.

In a press conference before the country's official daily Covid-19 numbers were released, interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said, "The scenario seems to me to be under control," but recognized there are still "increasing cases" and claimed the increase was because of the weather.

"It is partly due to winter, of the social change in winter, and this causes the contamination to increase," he said.

There has previously been speculation that warmer weather would lessen the spread, specifically from US President Donald Trump early in the pandemic. However, health experts have said warmer weather is unlikely to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“Climate only would become an important seasonal factor in controlling COVID-19 once a large proportion of people within a given community are immune or resistant to infection,” Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, said in a blog post in early June, citing experts in infectious disease transmission and climate modeling.

Pazuello also said he was hopeful about the health system's capacity now that they have learned more from the outbreak.

"We have a real learning curve, we understand how to do it. Collapse situations have already occurred in the north and northeast, and today, the south and southeast of the country have an organized medical structure. We are in a position to give a more effective response and to not let the system collapse," he said.

The Health Ministry released Brazil's daily coronavirus numbers shortly after the press conference, reporting 67,860 newly confirmed cases, the country's highest daily toll since the outbreak began. The ministry also added 1,284 new deaths. 

Brazil's total number of Covid-19 cases is 2,227,514 and 82,771 total deaths.

12:12 a.m. ET, July 23, 2020

White House cafeteria staffer tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

Administration officials were alerted tonight that a cafeteria employee on the White House grounds has tested positive for coronavirus, according to an email viewed by CNN. 

Ike’s Eatery -- located in the Executive Office building -- and the cafeteria in the New Executive Office Building have both been temporarily closed, though the email cautioned that risk of transmission is low due to precautions like gloves and masks.

Those facilities are separate from the West Wing mess, but dozens of West Wing staffers walk to Ike’s for meals. 

“There is no reason for panic or alarm,” the email reads. 

 The email says they conducted contact tracing and claim no executive office staff need to quarantine due to exposure. 

1:41 a.m. ET, July 23, 2020

Mexico reports another 6,000 new coronavirus cases, nearly 800 new deaths

From journalist Karol Suarez in Mexico City

A laboratory worker takes a sample of a person at a Covid-19 drive-thru test center in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on July 21.
A laboratory worker takes a sample of a person at a Covid-19 drive-thru test center in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on July 21. Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

Mexico's Health Ministry reported 6,019 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the country's total to 362,274.

Mexico has consistently reported 5,000 cases or more every day for the past eight days. 

The ministry also reported 790 new deaths from the virus, bringing its death toll to 41,190.

Mexico holds the fourth highest death toll from the virus worldwide, trailing the UK where the death toll is 45,586, according to Johns Hopkins University.