Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew


Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
An Indian Muslim boy wears a protective mask in the colors of the Indian national flag, leaves after offering Eid al-Adha prayer at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug.1, 2020. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Mexico now has the third most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind the United States and Brazil, while former success story Vietnam is struggling to control an outbreak spreading in its most famous beach resort.

China reported a more than 50% drop in newly confirmed cases in a possible sign that its latest major outbreak in the northwestern region of Xinjiang may have run its course.

However, in Hong Kong, infections continue to surge, with more than 100 new cases reported as of Saturday among the population of 7.5 million. Officials have reimposed dining restrictions and mask requirements.

South Korean prosecutors arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect linked to more than 5,200 of the country’s 14,336 confirmed cases. He has denied charges of hiding members and underreporting gatherings to avoid broader quarantines.

Mexican health officials on Friday reported 688 new deaths, pushing the country’s total to 46,688. That put Mexico just ahead of the United Kingdom, which has 46,119, according to the tally by Johns Hopkins University.

In Vietnam, a third person died of complications, officials said Saturday, a day after it recorded its first-ever death as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases.

Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
Indian Muslims wait as others leave after offering Eid al-Adha prayer at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug.1, 2020. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

All three died in a hospital in Da Nang, a hot spot with more than 100 cases in the past week. Thousands of visitors had been in the city for summer vacation and are now being tested in Hanoi and elsewhere.

Twelve additional cases were confirmed on Saturday, all linked to Da Nang Hospital. The city has tightened security and set up more checkpoints to prevent people from leaving or entering the city, which has been in lockdown since Tuesday.

A makeshift hospital was set up in a sports auditorium and doctors have been mobilized from other cities to help.

“I want to be tested so I can stop worrying if I have the virus or not,” said Pham Thuy Hoa, a banking official who returned to the capital from Da Nang. “We must be responsible for the entire community.”

India recorded its steepest spike of 57,118 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking its coronavirus caseload close to 1.7 million, with July alone accounting for nearly 1.1 million infections.

Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
Indian Muslims leave after offering Eid al-Adha prayer from the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug.1, 2020. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The country’s Civil Aviation Ministry delayed resumption of international flights by another month until Aug. 31. But it will continue to allow several international carriers from the United States, Europe and the Middle East to operate special flights to evacuate stranded nationals.

The global pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of this year’s Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, with as few as 1,000 pilgrims already residing in Saudi Arabia taking part, down from 2.5 million last year.

Poverty brought on by the pandemic is making it harder for many to join in the four-day Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” in which Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.

“I could hardly buy food for my family,” Somali civil servant Abdishakur Dahir said. “We are just surviving for now. Life is getting tougher by the day.”

Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
Indian Muslims take selfie after offering Eid al-Adha prayer at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug.1, 2020. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Saudi Health Ministry said there have been no cases of COVID-19 among this year’s pilgrims. All were tested, their movements monitored with electronic wristbands and required to be quarantined before and after.

In the U.S., Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites even as Florida reached a new daily high in deaths.

“We had to put safety first,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said at an online news conference Friday.

In Utah, the Salt Lake City School District Board of Education announced that its schools will start the year with all online-only classes in response to an increasing number of confirmed cases in the city. Just days after around Indiana reopened their doors, at least one student and one school staff member in districts around Indianapolis have tested positive for the virus.

  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    Fransisco Palomino washes a car as he works at the Lavakar car wash in Mexico City, Friday, July 31, 2020. Workers said the car was closed for three months during the COVID-19 related lockdown, and now after reopening only service about 10 cars a day, compared to 30 before the lockdown. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    Indian Muslims wear face mask as a precaution against coronavirus offer Eid al-Adha prayer at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug.1, 2020. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    Indian Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayer at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug.1, 2020. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    Indian Muslims wear masks as precaution against coronavirus and offer Eid al-Adha prayer at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug.1, 2020. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    A woman wears a mask as she watches a AA American Legion game at Melaleuca Field in Idaho Falls, Idaho on Friday, July 31, 2020. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP)
  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    Employees of the Lavakar car wash pose for a group portrait in Mexico City, Friday, July 31, 2020. The workers said the shop was closed for three months during the COVID-19 related lockdown, and now after reopening only wash about 10 cars a day, compared to 30 before the lockdown. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    A child gets a piggy back ride from her father as the sun begins to set in Cruzeiro Square in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 31, 2020. People gathered outdoors in the late afternoon as authorities eased the restrictions related to the new coronavirus, despite that Brazil’s official COVID-19 death toll is the second highest in the world after the United States. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    Women toast during a sunset at Cruzeiro Square in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 31, 2020. People gathered in the late afternoon as authorities eased the restrictions related to the new coronavirus, despite that Brazil’s official COVID-19 death toll is the second highest in the world after the United States. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    People gather at Cruzeiro Square, backdropped by a monument of city founder Juscelino Kubstchek, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 31, 2020. People gathered outdoors in the late afternoon as authorities eased the restrictions related to the new coronavirus, despite that Brazil’s official COVID-19 death toll is the second highest in the world after the United States. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
  • Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew
    A Ferris wheel is located in the old town on the main market square next to the Sch’ner Brunnen, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Nuremberg, Germany. The Nuremberg city administration and the South German Showmen’s Association have developed an alternative because of the public festivals cancelled by the coronavirus – the “Nuremberg Summer Days.” The decentralized folk festival takes place all over the city area with small attractions. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)

The debate over school openings came as Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed a tweet by President Donald Trump claiming the U.S. global lead in coronavirus cases is because of increased testing.

Fauci said the scale of the U.S. outbreak is the result of multiple factors, including some states opening up too quickly and disregarding federal guidelines.

On Friday, the head of the World Health Organization predicted the effects of the pandemic will be felt for “decades to come.”

“Most of the world’s people remain susceptible to this virus, even in areas that have experienced severe outbreaks,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in London. “Although vaccine development is happening at record speed, we must learn to live with this virus and we must fight it with the tools that we have.”


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