Update: COVID-19 watch, July 20

Update: COVID-19 watch, July 20

Staff members disinfect the handrails at a movie theater in Zunhua, north China’s Hebei Province, July 19, 2020. (Photo by Liu Mancang/Xinhua)

– Peru’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 13,000

– New research finds older children can transmit COVID-19 just as much as adults

– EU leaders’ negotiation over recovery plan enters 3rd day with no breakthrough

– COVID-19 test delays “too long” in U.S., says NIH director

– UK PM rules out second national lockdown amid COVID-19 pandemic

BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) — The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A woman wearing a mask and protective face shield walks on a street in Surquillo district, Lima, Peru, on July 15, 2020. (Xinhua / Mariana Bazo)

LIMA — Peru’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 13,187 after 189 more patients died of the disease in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

Also in the 24-hour period, tests detected 4,090 new cases of infection.

The healthcare system has to date processed some 2,063,240 tests, with 353,590 positive results, the ministry said in its daily report.

People ride scooters on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the United States, July 15, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

WASHINGTON — Children between the ages of 10 and 19 can transmit COVID-19 within a household just as much as adults, according to new research published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Researchers from the South Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed reports for 59,073 contacts of 5,706 COVID-19 index patients reported in South Korea from January 20 to March 27.

President of the European Council Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen greet each other by touching elbows at the EU headquarters in Brussels, July 18, 2020. (European Union/Handout via Xinhua)

BRUSSELS — The European Union (EU) special summit which aims to decide on the next seven-year budget and a massive recovery fund has dragged on for the third day with no major breakthrough seen until late on Sunday.

The summit, the first physical meeting of the heads of state and government of the EU member states since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe, is supposed to seek consensus on the landmark 750 billion-euro (857-billion-U.S.-dollar) recovery package embedded in the over 1 trillion euros 2021-2027 budget.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (L) demonstrates how to get a COVID-19 test during a daily COVID-19 press briefing in Albany of New York State, the United States, on May 17, 2020. (Darren McGee/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo/Handout via Xinhua)

WASHINGTON — Long delays in getting COVID-19 test results across the United States is undercutting their usefulness, said Director of the U.S. National Institutes for Health Francis Collins on Sunday.

“The average test delay is too long,” Collins said in an interview with NBC. “And that really undercuts the value of the testing, because you do the testing to find out who’s carrying the virus and then quickly get them isolated so they don’t spread it around.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Commons in London, Britain, on July 8, 2020. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)

LONDON– Marking one year in office, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Sunday effectively ruled out another nationwide lockdown, calling the option is now akin to a “nuclear deterrent”.

“It’s not just that we’re getting much better at spotting the disease and isolating it locally, but we understand far more which groups it affects, how it works, how it’s transmitted, so the possibility of different types of segmentation, of enhanced shielding for particular groups, is now there,” he told The Sunday Telegraph in an exclusive interview.■

Published at Mon, 20 Jul 2020 02:59:12 +0000