COVID-19 watch, July 2



People with face masks visit Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas, the United States, June 20, 2020. (Photo by Lie Ma/Xinhua)

-U.S. state of Texas: over 8,000 new COVID-19 cases reported

-Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA): A third mink herd has been found to be infected with COVID-19

-Tokyo, Japan: 67 new COVID-19 infections confirmed

BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

HOUSTON -- U.S. state of Texas reported more than 8,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, breaking the record again as mayors are asking the governor to roll back reopening process in the state.

According to Texas Health and Human Services, as of Wednesday there were 168,062 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, 8,076 more cases than that of Tuesday. The death toll reached 2,481.

JERUSALEM -- A special Israeli ministerial committee on Wednesday declared certain neighborhoods in the central city of Lod and in the coastal city of Ashdod as "restricted areas."

According to a joint statement issued by the Israeli prime minister's office and the health ministry, the declaration came as a result of high morbidity rates in these neighborhoods.

Two men have fun outside a closed Broadway theater in New York, the United States, June 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

WASHINGTON -- Official tallies of deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States underestimated the full increase in deaths associated with the pandemic in many states, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the number of deaths due to any cause increased by approximately 122,000 from March 1 to May 30, which was 28 percent higher than the reported number of COVID-19 deaths.

ANKARA -- Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday that the past week's new COVID-19 cases in Istanbul, the largest metropolis in Turkey, accounted for 54 percent of all the increase across the country.

This remarkable increase is also observed in the capital Ankara, northwestern Bursa, Central Anatolian Konya as well as southeastern Gaziantep and Diyarbakir provinces in the past week, the minister told reporters at a press conference.

A street vendor wearing a face mask sells tomatoes in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, June 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Shengping)

COPENHAGEN -- A third mink herd has been found to be infected with COVID-19, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) said in a press release on Wednesday.

The animals came under scrutiny after people connected to the mink farm, in Hjorring municipality of North Jutland, 356 km northwest of Copenhagen, reported to DVFA that they had become infected with COVID-19.

KATHMANDU -- The Nepali government on Wednesday warned that COVID-19 cases in Nepal are on the rise alarmingly in the country among children as the country has reported nearly 15 percent infections among children aged below 18 years.

"As many as 2,061 children below the age of 18 years have been infected with the novel Coronavirus," Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population said on Wednesday in a regular press briefing.

People wearing face masks walk on a street in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, on June 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday confirmed 67 new COVID-19 infections, marking the sixth straight day new daily cases in the Japanese capital have topped 50 and the highest number since the state of emergency was lifted in late May.

The number is an uptick from 54 cases confirmed a day earlier. ■