Aug. 1 (EIRNS)—As of 4 p.m. Eastern Time, July 31, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States stood at 4,473,974, with a death toll of 151,499, according to figures posted by the CDC. Those numbers represented an increase of 68,042 new cases and 1,216 new deaths from the day before. The seven-day moving average of new cases is 64,212 per day. According to the CDC’s weekly summary for the week ending July 25, the positivity rate for the SARS-CoV-2 virus tests across the country was 8.7%, which was the same as the week before. Death certificate data for deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 increased during the period from June 27 to July 11 for the first time since April. The percentage for the week ending July 18 was 12%. The percentage for the week ending July 25 was 8.6%, but that figure is expected to rise as more death certificates are processed.
Globally, the total number of COVID-19 cases stood at 17,752,874 on July 31, an increase of 289,315 from the day before. The total number of deaths was 682,393, an increase of 6,429, as reported by Worldometers statistic website.
In Japan, which was thought to have the virus under control, the number of new cases topped 1,500 for the first time since the pandemic began in February. Tokyo reported an increase of 472 cases on Aug. 1, a new record, health officials in the country said.
The Philippines also reported its largest single-day jump, with 4,963 new infections recorded. It brought the total number of cases reported in the country to over 98,000, making the Philippines second only to Indonesia in coronavirus cases and deaths in Asia.
Poland reported its highest number of new cases for a third day in a row today with 658 new cases. In the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson on July 31 postponed a planned easing of lockdown measures in England after a rise in infections. Cases in Germany and Russia also rose on July 31.
India reported its biggest one-day rise of 57,118 cases and 764 deaths in the last 24 hours, which pushed the total cases to nearly 1.7 million with 36,511 deaths, as of Saturday morning, Aug. 1.