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09 August 2020 10:31

PHOENIX — Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 1,054 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 56 more deaths.

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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.

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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.

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Trump also signed executive orders holding off student loan payments and extending the freeze on evictions. JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's number of confirmed coronavirus deaths has surpassed 10,000. The health ministry says the country with the world's fifth-largest caseload now has 553,188 cases and 10,210 deaths. South Africa makes up more than half the infections on the African continent, where the total number of cases this past week surpassed 1 million. Experts say the actual number of cases is several times that amount, given the shortage of testing materials and people can have the virus without symptoms.

PHOENIX — Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 1,054 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 56 more deaths. The figures from the Department of Health Services increased the state's total confirmed COVID-19 cases to nearly 186,000 and the reported death toll to 4,137. RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is approaching the grim milestone of 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19. That comes five months after the first reported case in a nation of 210 million, which has not shown signs of slowing the disease. Brazil has reported an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May. SUBSCRIBE Invalid email Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. Officials confirmed both countries had bowed out of meetings, with one source saying it was not acceptable for the United States to take charge of the overhaul process as it is leaving the WHO. President Trump has been fiercely critical of the United Nations agency over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and in July announced the US would be pulling out of the WHO. Mr Trump had claimed the WHO had leaned too close to China, where the novel coronavirus was first detected late last year. Merkel and Macron have quit WHO reform talks over Trump's demands The departure of Paris and Berlin from the negotiating tables is a major setback for Mr Trump just three months before Americans head to the polls for the November 3 election. A senior European official involved in the talks said the US should not lead the meetings if it did not want to remain a member. They said: "Nobody wants to be dragged into a reform process and getting an outline for it from a country which itself just left the WHO." READ MORE: WW3 fears: Nuclear war more likely today than any time since Hiroshima Donald Trump announced earlier this year he was pulling the US out of the WHO American officials have not said what reforms Washington has sought but an initial reform roadmap proposed by Washington was seen by many of its allies as too critical, with one European official involved in the negotiations describing it as "rude". But France's health ministry said in a statement that it was not the US team's place to "take the lead". Trump would be 'dragged out of White House' if he ignored election [VIDEO] Trump speaks to reporters The ministry said: "The US should not take the lead in the WHO reform process after announcing their intention to leave the organisation." Asked about the position of France and Germany, a senior Trump administration official said the decision of both countries to quit was regrettable. The official said: "All members of the G7 explicitly supported the substance of the WHO reform ideas. Coronavirus cases around the world "Notwithstanding, it is regrettable that Germany and France ultimately chose not to join the group in endorsing the roadmap." The talks on WHO reform began about four months ago. There have been nearly 20 teleconferences between health ministers from the Group of Seven industrialised nations, and dozens of meetings of diplomats and other officials. Accept the updated privacy & cookie policy ET HealthWorld privacy and cookie policy has been updated to align with the new data regulations in European Union.

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