A pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed more than 499,000 people worldwide.
More than 10 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to a paucity of evidence, many unreported cases, and suspicions that some governments are hiding the extent of the outbreaks from their nations.
The United States has become the most affected country, with more than 2.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 125,539 deaths.
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10:50 am: 200 doctors ask for Republican convention to be postponed in Jacksonville, masks ordered
Approximately 200 Florida doctors signed a letter to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry requesting that the Republican National Convention be postponed, calling the decision to organize the event “foreseeably damaging” and “medically disrespectful to citizens of this city”.
Doctors also called for the use of masks in the city, according to the letter obtained by WJXX, an affiliate of ABC Jacksonville.
The letter, which was sent to Curry on Saturday, notes that more than 40,000 people from across the United States are expected to attend the convention.
“It is extremely dangerous and contrary to current public health recommendations to organize a large event in an area where the number of cases is increasing,” the letter states.
On Saturday, the state registered nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19.
Mayor Curry, who has not responded to the letter, announced Saturday that all members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department would be evaluated after 14 employees were positive.
5:57 am: Confirmed global cases of COVID-19 exceed 10 million
A new milestone was reached Sunday morning, with more than 10 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, according to John Hopkins University count.
The current number according to Johns Hopkins University is now 10,001,527.
The United States has been the most affected country, with more than 2.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 125,539 deaths. The United States is followed by Brazil, Russia, India and the United Kingdom as the most affected countries in the world.
2:56 am: San Antonio issues a “stay home” alert when 795 cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday, a daily high
San Antonio officials urged residents to stay home, as the city recorded the highest number of cases in a single day.
An emergency alert was sent just minutes after the city reported 795 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the city’s total number of cases to 9,652. Two new deaths were reported and the number of deaths is now 107.
The wireless emergency alert, similar to an amber alert, urges residents to stay home, wear face shields, practice social distancing, and avoid meeting with people outside their home.
“This action is reserved for emergencies only, and we have clearly reached a state of emergency,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a press release. “We need every person in San Antonio and Bexar County to take this crisis seriously and behave accordingly to stem the exponential growth of the virus.”
In San Antonio, there are currently 984 staffed beds and 449 fans, or 21% of beds and 66% of fans.
1:25 am: 3 states had record numbers of cases on Saturday
Florida, South Carolina and Georgia reached a record number of cases on Saturday with Nevada more than double its highest daily total.
Georgia reported a record in cases of nearly 2,000. The 7-day average for cases has nearly tripled since late May. Hospitalizations have also risen again after falling from May to June.
Meanwhile, South Carolina surpassed its original registration mark for most COVID-19 cases in a single day with nearly 1,599 positive tests on Saturday. Previously, the maximum was 1,293. In addition, there were 15 new confirmed deaths and 2 probable deaths on the COVID-19 related list.
The Florida Department of Health reported a total of 132,545 cases of COVID-19 with 9,636 new positive cases on Saturday. The total of yesterday’s tests was 76,129 with a positivity rate of 12.7%.
Nevada also had not reported more than 500 cases in a day, but on Saturday, the state reported nearly 1,100, although health authorities later said hundreds of those cases could be attributed to a delay in laboratory tests and were not new cases. in the last 24 hours, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Overall in the United States, about 43,000 new cases were reported Saturday, which is close to the record. These numbers are the result of increasing tests that capture the rapid spread of the virus in a large swath of the country.
States also reported 591,000 tests completed on Saturday. The United States never reached 500,000 tests in a day before June and has now exceeded that number in nine of the last 10 days.
12:29 am: St. Patrick’s Cathedral will celebrate the first public mass since March
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City will reopen for its first public mass since March on Sunday morning.
The cathedral said in a statement that they will begin to have a small number of masses during the week at 25% of their capacity.
Those entering the Cathedral must follow the strict CDC guidelines of COVID-19, which include social distancing and wearing a face mask during services.
ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway, Jason Volack, Josh Hoyos, Brian Hartman and Matt Foster contributed to this report.