July 18 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Brett McKeehan, Tara John, Alaa Elassar, Veronica Rocha and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 12:27 AM ET, Sun July 19, 2020
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6:14 a.m. ET, July 18, 2020

Dozens of babies test positive for coronavirus in one Texas county

From CNN's Faith Karimi and Raja Razek

Eighty-five infants under the age of 12 months have tested positive for coronavirus in one Texas county. And local officials are imploring residents to help stop its spread as the state becomes one of the newest hotspots.

Since January, health authorities have identified more than 3.6 million Covid-19 cases throughout the United States. Nearly 140,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In Texas' Nueces County, where Corpus Christi is located, the number of new coronavirus cases skyrocketed in July after a flattening trend. The virus has infected dozens of babies and local officials are urging people to wear masks and practice social distancing.

"We currently have 85 babies under the age of one year in Nueces County that have all tested positive for Covid-19," said Annette Rodriguez, director of public health for Corpus Christi Nueces County.

"These babies have not even had their first birthday yet. Please help us stop the spread of this disease."

She did not provide additional details on their conditions.

What's happening: Nueces County has the fastest growth in new cases on the seven-day average than any other metropolitan county in the state," said Peter Zanoni, the Corpus Christi city manager.

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5:10 a.m. ET, July 18, 2020

Two more US military personnel test positive in Japan

From CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo

The US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan in Japan's southern island prefecture of Okinawa.
The US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan in Japan's southern island prefecture of Okinawa.

Two more U.S military personnel based on the Japanese island of Okinawa have tested positive the virus, according to officials in Okinawa prefecture. 

Some 143 of US military personnel and their families in Japan have tested positive for the virus since July 1. 

The latest cases were from Futenma base in Okinawa, while the other cases are spread across six U.S military facilities across Japan.

Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said Friday he had asked the U.S. to test all military-related personnel arriving into the country, regardless of whether they were showing symptoms or not.

More: United States military personnel on the Okinawa are on virtual lockdown after dozens of cases emerged on several US Marine Corps bases there.

The lockdown order, issued last weekend, bans almost all off-base movement by the tens of thousands of US military personnel on the bases unless approved by an officer with the rank of lieutenant colonel or above.

4:08 a.m. ET, July 18, 2020

Hong Kong police apprehend knife-wielding man who allegedly refused to wear a mask

From journalist Isaac Yee in Hong Kong

A man brandishing a 5-inch knife, and accused of refusing to wear a mask, has been arrested by Hong Kong police officers.

According to the police report, a 47-year-old man argued and threatened a bus driver about wearing a mask onboard, leading to police being called.

When officers arrived on the scene, they said the man was holding knife. After officers issued a verbal warning, one police officer drew his gun while another officer deployed pepper spray, according to the police report.

Police said the man was arrested under criminal intimidation and possession of an offensive weapon. The man was not injured but was taken to the Tai Po Nethersole Hospital for an examination. 

Members of the public are required to wear masks while using public transportation, according to a new law implemented Wednesday.

3:49 a.m. ET, July 18, 2020

Australian activewear company fined $28,000 for advertising "antivirus" garments

From CNN's Sandi Sidhu in Hong Kong

An Australian activewear company has been fined $28,000 for advertising their garments as "anti-virus activewear."

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Australian Department of Health, issued three infringement notices to the Brisbane clothing company Lorna Jane.

Lorna Jane "allegedly claimed, on its website, that its 'anti-virus activewear' prevents and protects against infectious diseases, implying it is effective against COVID-19," according to a TGA statement. 

"This kind of advertising could have detrimental consequences for the Australian community, creating a false sense of security and leading people to be less vigilant about hygiene and social distancing," Adj. Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health, said in the TGA statement.

This comes as the country attempts to contain the second wave of coronavirus cases in the state of Victoria. The country has seen 11,441 infections and 118 deaths since the outbreak began, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

3:48 a.m. ET, July 18, 2020

A US army base is requiring all personnel to wear face masks

From CNN’s Janine Mack

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division stand in formation before marching in a homecoming ceremony at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on March 21, 2015.
Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division stand in formation before marching in a homecoming ceremony at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on March 21, 2015. Luke Sharrett/Getty Images

An army base in Fort Campbell on the Kentucky–Tennessee border has ordered all personnel to wear face masks inside its facilities.

"Effective immediately, all personnel will adhere to mandatory mask wear inside all facilities on Fort Campbell. Personnel may temporarily remove their masks to consume food and beverages in Dining Facilities and food courts; while alone in an individual room or workspace; or while conducting physical training in the Physical Fitness Centers. Personnel conducting physical training will have a mask on their person. Personnel not in compliance may be asked to vacate any facility on Fort Campbell,” officials said in a tweet.
3:11 a.m. ET, July 18, 2020

Of 217 new coronavirus cases in the Australian state of Victoria, 206 came from unknown sources

From CNN's Isaac Yee

Food and essentials are distributed at the Alfred Street Public Housing Complex in North Melbourne on July 17, in Melbourne, Australia.
Food and essentials are distributed at the Alfred Street Public Housing Complex in North Melbourne on July 17, in Melbourne, Australia. Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The Australian state of Victoria reported 217 new coronavirus cases over the past day, Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Saturday.

Of the new infections, 206 cases came from unknown sources and are under investigation, he added. Two deaths were also reported.

The Premier said Victorians should continue to stay at home, warning that police are “out in force" to fine those who break social distancing laws.

The new cases bring Victoria’s total number of infections to 5,353 -- of which 2,608 are active. The state's death toll stands at 34.

3:42 a.m. ET, July 18, 2020

Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Swati Gupta

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya Bachchan in Mumbai, India, on November 20, 2019.
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya Bachchan in Mumbai, India, on November 20, 2019. Sujit Jaiswal/AFP/Getty Images

Bollywood actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aradhya were admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital Friday night, according to the city's authorities.

Bachchan, one of India's most famous actresses, and her daughter both tested positive for Covid-19 last week, along with two other family members.

Her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, and father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan, were admitted to the same hospital in Mumbai last week after swab test results came back positive. Both are also famous actors in India.

2:33 a.m. ET, July 18, 2020

Tokyo just reported its highest number of daily infections since the coronavirus outbreak began

From CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki

People walk in front of the JR Osaka Station in Japan on July 17. Osaka Prefecture reported 53 new cases of the novel coronavirus the same day.
People walk in front of the JR Osaka Station in Japan on July 17. Osaka Prefecture reported 53 new cases of the novel coronavirus the same day. Kyodo News/Getty Images

Japan recorded 596 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's health ministry said in a statement.

Of the new cases, 293 were discovered in Tokyo. This is the highest number of daily infections reported in Japan's capital since the outbreak began.

Saitama prefecture, which neighbors Tokyo, announced 51 new cases -- the highest in that area since the country's state of emergency was lifted on May 25, the ministry said.

However Japan reported no coronavirus deaths in the previous 24 hours.

2:16 a.m. ET, July 18, 2020

New forecast projects more than 157,000 US coronavirus deaths by August 8

From CNN’s Ben Tinker

An ensemble forecast published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now projects more than 157,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States by August 8.

This week’s national forecast relies on 24 individual forecasts from outside institutions and researchers. The new projections, published Wednesday, forecast 157,204 deaths by August 8, with a possible range of 149,957 to 168,305 deaths.

"The state-level ensemble forecasts suggest that the number of new deaths over the next four weeks will likely exceed the number reported over the last four weeks in 22 states and 2 territories," the CDC says on its forecasting website.
"The jurisdictions with the greatest likelihood of a larger number of deaths include: Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, the Virgin Islands, and West Virginia."

Unlike some individual models, the CDC’s ensemble forecast only offers projections about a month into the future. The previous ensemble forecast, published last Thursday, projected roughly 147,000 coronavirus deaths by August 1.

At least 139,266 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.