Mexico coronavirus deaths top 70,000, toll likely higher: Live | News

  • Mexico’s death toll passed 70,000 as a new study showed England’s coronavirus case count was doubling every seven to eight days. Canada meanwhile reported zero COVID-19 deaths for the first time since March. 

  • India reported a record jump in daily coronavirus cases for a second straight day, logging 97,570 new cases at the end of Friday.
  • The United States’s budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3 trillion as a result of government spending to cushion the impact of the pandemic-triggered economic downturn.

  • More than 28.3 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and more than 912,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some 19 million people have recovered.

Here are the latest updates:

Saturday, September 12

05:23 GMT – India reports record daily jump for second straight day

India reported a record daily jump in coronavirus cases for a second consecutive day, logging 97,570 new infections, according to data from the federal health ministry.

With total cases of more than 4.65 million, India is the world’s second-worst affected country, trailing only the United States, which has more than 6.4 million cases.

But the growth in infections in India is faster than anywhere else in the world, with cases surging through urban and rural areas of some large, populous states.

04:10 GMT – Australia coronavirus deaths pass 800

Deaths related to the novel coronavirus in Australia reached 803, but new daily infections in the country’s largest hotspot of Victoria continued to fall.

Victoria state reported six new deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 716, or more than 90 percent of all deaths in Australia.

However, new cases in the country’s second-most populous state continued to fall from a peak of more than 700 in a single day in early August. It reported 37 new cases on Saturday, its lowest since late June.

Australia’s economy goes down under with record, virus-led slump (2:24)

03:25 GMT – US budget deficit hits record $3 trillion

The US budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3 trillion for the first 11 months of this budget year, the Treasury Department said, as a result of the government’s massive spending to try to cushion the impact of a coronavirus-fuelled recession.

The deficit from October through August is more than double the previous 11-month record of $1.37 trillion set in 2009. At that time the US government was spending large sums to get out of the Great Recession triggered by the 2008 financial crisis.

With one month to go in the 2020 budget year, which ends on September 30, the deficit could go even higher. The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting the deficit this year will hit a record $3.3 trillion.

02:24 GMT – Canada reports zero COVID-19 deaths for first time since March

Canada reported zero COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 15, according to public health agency data.

Canada’s death toll from the pandemic stood at 9,163 as of September 11, the same as the number of the deaths reported on September 10, government data showed. The number of positive cases rose by 702 to 135,626 on September 11 from the previous day, the data showed.

WHO COVID Debrief on mass gatherings (4:27)

01:37 GMT – US expelled 8,800 migrant children under coronavirus rules

Donald Trump’s administration has expelled about 8,800 unaccompanied migrant children intercepted at the US-Mexico border since March 20 under rules seeking to limit the spread of the new coronavirus in the United States, according to court documents.

The Justice Department filing to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals said the Trump administration had expelled 159,000 migrants overall, and 7,600 family units.

The border rules, implemented on March 21, scrap decades-old practices under laws meant to protect children from human trafficking and offer them a chance to seek asylum in a US immigration court.

01:09 GMT – Mexico tops 70,000 COVID-19 deaths

The confirmed coronavirus death toll in Mexico has surpassed 70,000 after the government reported 534 new deaths in the past 24 hours.

Making matters worse, excess mortality data from mid-March through early August indicates that the total number of deaths beyond the official count is likely tens of thousands higher.

Mexico also reported 5,935 new infections, bring its total caseload to 658,299.

00:35 GMT – UN General Assembly calls for solidarity to overcome pandemic

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on tackling COVID-19, calling for “intensified international cooperation and solidarity to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic”.

The resolution, adopted by a vote of 169-2, also urged member states “to enable all countries to have unhindered timely access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable diagnosis, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines”.

The resolution, which is not legally binding was approved over objections from the United States and Israel, which protested against a successful last-minute Cuban amendment that strongly urges countries to oppose unilateral economic, financial or trade sanctions.

00:01 GMT – England’s coronavirus cases double every week

A study of coronavirus infection in England showed that the epidemic is doubling every seven to eight days, with an increase in positive cases in all age groups below the age of 65.

The finding came in a study of over 150,000 volunteers, who were tested between August 22 and September 7, by Imperial College London and polling firm Ipsos MORI.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the pandemic is “not over, and everyone has a role to play to keep the virus at bay”.

Separately, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, which advises the UK government, said the virus’s reproduction rate is now between 1.0 and 1.2, meaning anyone with the virus is infecting, on average, a little more than one other.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

For all the key developments from yesterday, September 11, go here.