July 30 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Adam Renton, Emma Reynolds, Ed Upright, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, July 31, 2020
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3:32 a.m. ET, July 30, 2020

First dog to test positive for Covid-19 in the US has died

From CNN’s Shelby Lin Erdman

Buddy, a 7-year-old German shepherd from Staten Island, New York, who was the first dog to test positive for the coronavirus in the United States, died on July 11 after a three-month illness, according to National Geographic.

It’s unclear whether Buddy died from complication of the coronavirus, which he most likely caught from his owner Robert Mahoney -- who tested positive this spring -- or if he died from lymphoma. 

Two veterinarians who were not part of his treatment, but who reviewed Buddy’s medical records for National Geographic, told the publication that the dog probably had cancer. 

Contracting the virus: The dog got sick in April and Mahoney suspected he had the virus, but it wasn’t until mid-May that the family finally found a vet who would test him and who confirmed Buddy was infected.

“You tell people that your dog was positive, and they look at you [as if you have] ten heads,” owner and Robert Mahoney’s wife, Allison, told the magazine.

By June 2, the US Department of Agriculture confirmed Buddy was the first dog to test positive for the coronavirus in the US.

Some context: Fewer than 25 dogs and cats are confirmed to be infected with coronavirus in the US, according to the USDA.

There is no mandatory testing requirement for animals living in homes with Covid-19 positive people so it’s unknown how many pets in the US may be infected and whether those with underlying health conditions, similar to humans, may be at higher risk.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does offer guidance for caring for a pet with Covid-19, but it doesn’t include information about testing or information collection for veterinarians, as there’s still no solid data on how the virus affects pets.

3:00 a.m. ET, July 30, 2020

UCLA confirms more than 150 Covid-19 cases among campus community

From CNN's Sarah Moon

The UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California.
The UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California. Kirby Lee/AP

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) confirmed 153 cases of the coronavirus among its campus community, the university said in a news release on Wednesday.

“Consistent with the protocols for infectious disease response, anyone identified within our campus community as being at risk of exposure from these individuals will be notified if they need to be isolated or tested,” UCLA said in the release with a list of details on the confirmed cases. 

UCLA announced last month that most classes for the 2020-2021 academic year will be online and only 15%-20% of courses will be offered on site.

2:30 a.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Trump and his allies respond with pseudo-science as US death toll hits 150,000

Analysis from CNN's Stephen Collinson

On the day the US surpassed another tragic milestone -- 150,000 coronavirus deaths -- it became ever clearer that pseudo-science, ideological posturing and mocking the idea of a national strategy are no way to fight a deadly pandemic.

Yet President Donald Trump, his friends in Congress, members of his Cabinet, senior staff and supporters are still setting out to undermine the fact-based approaches that might get the virus under control and restore normal life.

Trump headed to Texas, currently a massive coronavirus hotspot, on a distraction mission, enjoying a photo op at an oil rig after another episode of his traveling medicine show promoting hydroxychloroquine.

"All I want to do is save lives," Trump said of a drug that his own government regulators say is not an effective cure for Covid-19.

But he was not accompanied on his trip by Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, who discovered before getting aboard Air Force One that he had Covid-19. The congressman tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday morning during a pre-flight screening at the White House.

Gohmert has ostentatiously avoided wearing a mask. And he used his diagnosis -- thanks to that White House test -- to further trash science and undermine government medical advice by misleadingly suggesting his recent use of a face covering may have gotten him sick.

Powerful skeptics: Criticism of those who are brazenly dismissing science, playing down the impact of the virus and calling for an end to lockdowns come what may is not partisan, although most taking such positions tend to be Republicans and close to Trump's orbit.

Rather it is rooted in the fact that months into the pandemic, skeptics, including those with ultimate power, are still ignoring or undercutting the few proven tools, such as mask wearing and social distancing, that could help to quell it.

Read the full analysis:

2:11 a.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Coronavirus cases surpass 17 million globally

From CNN's Jonny Hallam

The number of global coronavirus cases surpassed 17 million on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases.

Some 17,031,281 cases and 667,060 deaths have been confirmed around the world, according to JHU data.

More than a quarter of cases have been recorded in the United States, where there have been more than 150,000 coronavirus-related deaths. 

These five countries have recorded the most cases, according to JHU:

  1. United States: 4,426,982 cases (150,713 deaths)
  2. Brazil: 2,552,265 cases (90,134 deaths)
  3. India: 1,581,963 cases (34,955 deaths)
  4. Russia: 827,509 (13,650 deaths)
  5. South Africa: 471,123 cases (7,497 deaths)

CNN is tracking worldwide coronavirus cases here:

8:18 a.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Covid-19 cases in African countries much higher than official numbers suggest, NGO warns 

From CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq in Atlanta 

A caretaker ties ribbons onto a fence to represent South Africans who died from Covid-19, at St James Presbyterian church in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, July 29.
A caretaker ties ribbons onto a fence to represent South Africans who died from Covid-19, at St James Presbyterian church in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, July 29. Themba Hadebe/AP

Coronavirus cases in African countries are much higher than official numbers suggest because of "lack of data due to a variety of factors," the International Rescue Committee (IRC) warned Thursday.

"Confirmed COVID cases across African countries (have) risen by 500% in the past two months and more than doubled in July, amidst dire testing shortfalls and poor access to data on the actual extent of the pandemic in crisis-affected countries on the continent," IRC said in its report.

Inadequate data: The global humanitarian aid organization said the lack of data -- due to several factors including testing capacity, health infrastructure devastated by conflict, and stigma -- is "seriously impacting the ability to plan and execute an effective COVID response."

"Where testing is insufficient, we are fighting this disease in the dark. The doubling of confirmed COVID cases in July across African countries is alarming, but we are worried that this could be the tip of the iceberg," said Stacey Mearns, senior technical advisor of emergency health at the IRC.

"For all the countries where we work in the region, testing rates fall far below WHO guidelines. Without testing, there are indeed 'no cases' -- but this does not mean the virus is not spreading unchecked," Mearns added.

8:19 a.m. ET, July 30, 2020

US reports more than 70,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Joe Sutton

A total of 70,776 new coronavirus cases and 1,403 deaths were recorded across the United States on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

The national total of confirmed cases now stands at 4,426,982, including at least 150,713 virus-related fatalities.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

CNN is tracking US coronavirus cases here:

1:52 a.m. ET, July 30, 2020

India records more than 52,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Swati Gupta in New Delhi

Health workers wearing PPE collect swab samples of people from inside a new Covid-19 testing kiosk in a hospital.
Health workers wearing PPE collect swab samples of people from inside a new Covid-19 testing kiosk in a hospital. Jit Chattopadhyay/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images

India recorded more than 52,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

As of Thursday, India has reported a total of 1.58 million cases, the third highest in the world after the United States and Brazil.

According to the Health Ministry, some 1.02 million people have recovered from the virus.

In India, patients with mild and moderate symptoms are considered no longer active after 10 days of symptom onset if they meet certain conditions. A test to confirm that they no longer have the virus is not required. Severe cases can only be discharged after one negative coronavirus test.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total of 18.19 million tests have been conducted across the country, with more than 446,000 samples tested in the past 24 hours.

3:18 a.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Bolivia reports highest spike in new coronavirus deaths 

From CNN's Thornton Chandler

A mourner writes the names of the deceased on the fresh cement at Mercedario Cemetery on July 29, in El Alto, Bolivia. 
A mourner writes the names of the deceased on the fresh cement at Mercedario Cemetery on July 29, in El Alto, Bolivia.  Gaston Brito Miserocchi/Getty Images

Bolivia saw its highest daily increase in coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday, according to numbers released from the country's Health Ministry.

The ministry reported 88 new deaths -- the highest daily count since the outbreak began. Its previous daily high was reported on July 23, with 79 new deaths. The country's total death toll now stands at 2,808.

Bolivia also reported 1,207 newly confirmed cases Wednesday, bringing its total number of cases to 73,534.

12:36 a.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Japan reports highest daily spike in Covid-19 cases since pandemic began

From CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo and Isaac Yee in Hong Kong

People wearing face masks cross a street on May 25, in Tokyo, Japan.
People wearing face masks cross a street on May 25, in Tokyo, Japan. Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Japan recorded 1,264 new coronavirus cases and three virus-related deaths on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday.

This is the largest single-day increase in infections Japan has seen since the pandemic began. It also marks the first time the country has recorded more than 1,000 new cases in a single day, eclipsing the previous daily high of 981 cases set on Tuesday.

Tokyo recorded 250 cases on Wednesday, while Osaka confirmed 221 infections, a new daily high. The central prefecture of Aichi also saw its own single-day high of 167 new cases, with its governor Hideaki Ohmura raising the region's alert level to “heavy alert."

The total number of confirmed cases in Japan now stands at 33,761, including 1,017 deaths.