09 August 2020 10:31
RIO DE JANEIRO--Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May, and 905 were recorded in the latest 24-hour period to put Brazil above 100,000. The Health Ministry also said there have been been a total of 3,012,412 confirmed infections. — Brazil nears 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 — South Africa reaches 10,000 virus deaths; half of total in Africa — Arizona reports 1,054 new virus cases, 56 deaths In a news release, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state had a total of 34,578 cases of the illness caused by the new coronavirus and 772 deaths, including an incease of eight fatalities reported Saturday.
Deaths reported Saturday include residents of Fulton, Kenton, Bell, Christian County, Pulaski County, Clinton and Muhlenberg counties. — President Donald Trump has signed executive orders bypassing Congress to defer payroll taxes for some Americans and extend unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump accused Democrats of loading up their rescue bill with priorities unrelated to the coronavirus. "We've had it," he said Saturday at a news conference at his country club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump said the payroll tax cut would apply to those earning less than $100,000 a year.