Juan Orlando Hernandez said he had mild symptoms.
(Reuters: Jorge Cabrera)
“They have recommended rest but I will continue working remotely and through my aides.”
Mr Hernandez said he had mild symptoms, started receiving treatment and is feeling better.
He will stay in isolation under observation to decide where treatment will continue, as recommended by his doctors, the Government said in a statement.
He is using microdacyn, azithromycin, ivermectin and zinc to treat the virus.
His wife and two aides, also diagnosed with coronavirus, are all being treated.
First lady Ana Garcia de Hernandez is asymptomatic and will self-quarantine at home, the Government added.
Honduras has reported 9,656 virus infections and 330 deaths.
6.5 million download German coronavirus app in just over a day
The German Government is celebrating a successful start for its coronavirus tracing app, which it says has been downloaded 6.5 million times in just over 24 hours.
It has been just over a month since Australia’s coronavirus app was launched.
it has been downloaded over 6 million times.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that it was a “strong start” and “should motivate even more citizens to join in”.
He added that, “containing corona is a team game” and everyone who uses the app makes a difference.
Use of Germany’s app is voluntary and it is designed to store data only on people’s phones rather than centralised servers.
The app was launched with great fanfare on Tuesday.
‘No excuses’ for quarantine failure: Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a
breakdown in COVID-19 controls led to two travellers testing positive to the disease after leaving quarantine.
The country had not seen a new coronavirus case in three weeks before two women who had recently arrived from London, via Brisbane, tested positive yesterday.
Ms Ardern said protocol required the women to be tested twice — on day three and day 12 — before leaving quarantine.
“That should have happened in the cases we learned about yesterday. It did not and there are no excuses,” she said.
Ms Ardern said the women, who had flown to New Zealand to visit a dying parent, were not at fault.
“It is not their fault that the system failed, and from all accounts they have followed the health protocols required of them,” she said.
The women drove halfway across the country before they were tested and found to be positive.
The re-emergence of the virus in the country once praised for how it handled infections raised the spectre that international air travel could trigger a fresh wave of contagion just as countries reopen airports to stimulate tourism.
Ms Ardern has appointed the Assistant Chief of Defence, Air Commodore Digby Webb, to oversee all quarantine and managed isolation facilities in the country.
She said Air Commodore Webb would “undertake a start-to-finish audit” of exiting procedures at the facilities.
Spain to honour 27,000 dead
Pedro Sanchez (right) announced King Felipe VI (left) would preside over the state ceremony.
(Supplied: House of HM the King)
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says a state ceremony will be held on July 16 to honour more than 27,000 people who have died a coronavirus-related death in Spain.
Speaking to politicians, Mr Sanchez announced on Wednesday that the ceremony would be presided over by King Felipe VI, Spain’s head of state, and attended by top officials from the European Union and the World Health Organization.
Spain has had more than 244,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
Although daily deaths are believed to have dropped to a single digit, the Government has kept the death toll at 27,136 for two weeks as it revises inconsistencies on reporting from different regional authorities.
US death toll now tops fatalities from World War I
Arizona was one of six states to report a record increase in infections.
(AP: Ross D Franklin)
The US death toll from COVID-19 now exceeds the number of American soldiers who died in World War I.
New coronavirus infections hit record highs in six states on Tuesday (local time), marking a rising tide of cases for a second consecutive week, as most states move forward with reopening their economies.
Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas all reported record increases in new cases after recording all-time highs last week.
Nevada also reported its highest single-day tally of new cases, up from a previous high on May 23.
Johns Hopkins University figures put the US death toll at 116,526, more than the country’s World War I death toll.
Historians and the Congressional Research Service believe 116,516 is the best figure for American battlefield deaths in that conflict.
Florida hit another record high as the state moves to open up its economy.
(AP: Lynne Sladky)
But both figures are far from precise, due to a lack of testing during the pandemic and the challenges of counting the dead in the trenches a century ago.
In Oregon, health officials are trying to contain an outbreak of over 200 new cases in linked to a Pentecostal church.
The Oregonian newspaper reported that a video on the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church Facebook page on May 24 showed hundreds of people standing close together, singing.
Large gatherings were banned in the state at that time.
The paper said the video had since been deleted.
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott said the record number of new cases was due to more testing.
Hospitalisations — a metric not linked to increased testing — also hit a record high. But the state had nearly 15,000 hospital beds available, Mr Abbott said.
Beijing closes another neighbourhood amid fresh outbreak
The virus was discovered on chopping boards used for imported salmon at Beijing’s Xinfadi market.
(AP: Andy Wong)
Chinese authorities have locked down a third neighbourhood in Beijing — where the emergency level has been raised from the third to the second level — to contain an outbreak that has infected more than 100 people.
The measures fall short of a lockdown, with roads and highways still open and Beijing’s two airports in operation, though many flights have been cancelled. There is also no blanket curb on residential compounds.
The latest increase in infections in the Chinese capital was first reported on June 11 after a 52-year-old man tested positive.
Dozens more cases have since been confirmed, most of them linked to the Xinfadi wholesale market in Beijing’s Fengtai District.
About 9,000 workers at the market have been tested.
“The situation of the outbreak has become extremely severe, therefore, under the guidance of the expert team from the National Health Commission, we have recently organised experts to assess the development of the outbreak,” said Chen Bei, the deputy secretary-general of the Beijing Municipal Government.
Beijing health authorities reported 27 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the city’s tally to 106.
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Pang Xinghuo, a senior official for the Beijing disease control authority, later said Beijing could not rule out the possibility that the number of COVID-19 cases in the city would stay at current levels for some time.
Imported seafood products like salmon have been removed from markets after reports coronavirus was found on a chopping board in the Xinfadi market.
Pence acknowledges health risks of Trump rally
The Trump campaign said it had received more than a million ticket requests for the rally.
(Reuters: Joshua Roberts)
US Vice-President Mike Pence says the Trump campaign is considering a bigger venue for Donald Trump’s Tulsa, Oklahoma campaign rally — his first since the coronavirus shutdown.
Virus cases are continuing to climb in Oklahoma and other states, and Mr Pence acknowledged the health risks involved in bringing so many people together.
The Trump campaign said it had received more than 1 million ticket requests for the rally, leading Mr Pence to raise the potential of another venue.
“It’s all a work in progress. We’ve had such an overwhelming response that we’re also looking at another venue,” Mr Pence told Fox News.
He said attendees would have their temperatures screened, and hand sanitiser and face masks would be provided.
The chief health officer in Tulsa said over the weekend he was worried about holding such a large indoor event while coronavirus cases are rising in the area, and wished the rally could be postponed.
The rally will be Mr Trump’s first since early March.
Racism in the UK means minorities are harder hit by virus
The report said it was clear the pandemic “exposed and exacerbated longstanding inequalities” in the UK.
(Reuters: Toby Melville)
A new study by Public Health England has confirmed that historic racism and social inequalities are contributing factors that increase the risk of black, Asian and minority communities contracting and dying from the coronavirus in the UK.
The British Government has been under heavy pressure to do more to directly address the issue, after data consistently showed that coronavirus death rates were significantly higher for black people and ethnic minorities compared to white people.
The report did not look at genetic factors, but said it was clear that the pandemic “exposed and exacerbated longstanding inequalities” in the country.
Queen Elizabeth to miss Royal Ascot for first time
The Queen, who has several horses running over the coming days, will have to watch the races on television.
(AP: Alastair Grant, file)
Nothing has kept Queen Elizabeth II away from the Royal Ascot race meeting during her 68-year reign — not pregnancy, a speech to Parliament or even an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
But this year, the 94-year-old will not be attending.
Royal Ascot is one of the country’s most high-profile horse racing events and one that effectively launches a British summer of sport that also includes Wimbledon and golf’s Open Championship.
Unlike Wimbledon and the British Open, Royal Ascot has not been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though spectators will be absent.
More than 300,000 guests, more often than not dressed to the nines, would have been expected to attend the five-day meeting.
The Queen has not missed the Royal Ascot meeting once during her 68-year reign.
(AP: Eddie Worth, file)
The Queen has several horses running over the coming days, including First Receiver, ridden by Frankie Dettori in the Queen’s racing colours.
As an owner, the Queen will have access to a virtual Royal Ascot parade ring while viewing her horses from the safety of Windsor Castle.
She has won around 7 million pounds ($12.84 million) in prize money from horse racing over the past three decades.
The Queen has been isolating at Windsor Castle, west of London, with her 99-year-old husband the Duke of Edinburgh, over the past three months.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles has revealed his March bout of COVID-19 continues to affect his senses of smell and taste.
During a visit to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, he told staff he had ongoing symptoms of the virus, according to the BBC.
“He did speak of his personal experience … his loss of smell and taste and, sort of, still felt he’s still got it now,” healthcare assistant Jeff Mills said.
500 train carriages converted to treat COVID-19 patients
Workers wearing protective suits disinfect the exterior of a passenger train after it was converted into an isolation facility.
(Reuters: Rupak De Chowdhuri)
Indian authorities have been converting train coaches for use as makeshift coronavirus care centres in New Delhi as the city struggles to contain a spike in cases.
The chairman of the Indian Railway Board, Vinod Kumar Yada, said 500 coaches had been converted, and 40 had already been deployed in New Delhi.
New Delhi is a growing area of concern with rising infections swamping its health services, and the national government criticising its contact tracing and hospital capacity.
The capital has about 10,000 beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients, half of which are already occupied.
India’s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 10,667 new infections nationwide, taking the total number of recorded infections to 343,091, the fourth highest in the world behind the US, Brazil and Russia.
Maharashtra, the western state that is home to Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, continues to have the highest state toll.
The actual numbers, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher due to a number of reasons such as limited testing.
There have been 9,900 recorded deaths in the nation from the disease.
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