Coronavirus: What’s happening around the world on Aug. 22

The latest:

The world hit a grim coronavirus milestone Saturday with 800,000 confirmed deaths and close to 23 million confirmed cases.

That’s according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Officials believe the true numbers are far higher because of a lack of testing and reporting.

In the United States, the country with the most infections, health officials believe there may be 10 times more cases than the confirmed 5.6 million. The U.S. also leads the world in deaths, with more than 175,000.


What’s happening with coronavirus in Canada

As of 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Canada had 124,589 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 110,878 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 9,106.

Manitoba announced 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, marking the province’s highest single-day increase in new cases of the illness. There are now six people in hospital with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus in Manitoba, including one in intensive care, the province said in a news bulletin.

Starting Monday, people in the Prairie Mountain Health region will have to wear masks in public places and restrict gathering sizes to 10. Those new restrictions come as the province moves the southwestern Manitoba region to the orange, or “restricted,” level in Manitoba’s new colour-coded pandemic response system. Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin made that announcement on Thursday.


Here’s what’s happening around the world

In Europe, the Czech Republic has recorded its biggest single-day increase in cases with 506. The previous high was 377 cases registered on March 27. The announcement Saturday comes a day after neighbouring Slovakia also reported a record daily increase of infected people.

Meanwhile, Germany’s disease control centre reported 2,034 new cases, the first time the daily national increase has topped 2,000 since the end of April.

A worker checks the temperature of a person taking part in a simulated concert to study transmission risk assessment at an arena in Leipzig, Germany, on Saturday. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

In Asia, South Korea is banning large gatherings, shutting nightspots and churches and removing fans from professional sports nationwide in an attempt to slow a resurgence of the virus.

India recorded nearly 70,000 new infections as the disease spreads across the country’s southern states after plateauing in the capital and the financial centre of Mumbai.

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, on Saturday. (Mahesh Kumar A/The Associated Press)

In Africa, South Africa’s confirmed cases have surpassed 600,000, although the number of new cases has been declining since a peak in July.

The World Health Organization says there are more than 1.1 million cases on the African continent, with more than 880,000 recoveries and more than 26,000 deaths.

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In the Americas, the U.S. state of Florida recorded 4,300 new cases and 106 coronavirus deaths on Saturday. The state is registering an average of 156 coronavirus deaths per day this month, which likely makes COVID-19 the state’s No. 1 killer during that period.

Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday said the country’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 60,000. The ministry reported 6,482 new confirmed cases and 644 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 556,216 cases and 60,254 deaths.



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