The United States recorded its worst single-day jump in cases since April, while Brazil logged over 42,000 new cases.
00:50 Australia’s military will send 1,000 troops to Melbourne in an unprecedented move to contain the country’s only major coronavirus outbreak.
Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said that the troops would be sent “in the coming days” to the state of Victoria where Melbourne is located. Some 850 troops will help monitor international travelers being held in quarantine at hotels. Another 200 will provide medical and logistical support to COVID-19 testing facilities
The state recorded nearly 150 new coronavirus cases in the past week, with clusters emerging in Melbourne. The case numbers are low compared to other countries, but Australian officials are keen to avoid a second wave.
As the pandemic continues to hammer the global airline industry, Australian airline Qantas Airways announced it will cut at least 6,000 jobs out of its 29,000 employees. Another 15,000 staff will continue to be temporarily on hold until more flights resume.
0:05 The United States recorded over 34,700 new COVID-19 cases, making it the country’s worst single-day jump in cases since April.
The US, currently the world’s worst-hit country, saw new cases peak in late April with some 36,400 in one day.
Cases are spiking in the states of Florida, Arizona, California, and Texas. The situation is particularly fraught in Florida, which broke its own record for new daily cases on Wednesday, logging over 5,500 new infections.
Hospital administrators and health care experts warned that hospitals in certain areas could soon be overwhelmed by the surge in cases. In the Texan city of Houston, intensive care unit beds are almost full.