- Czech Republic sees another daily record
- Austria sees most new cases since March
- India reports another nearly 95k new cases
- Florida sees just 8 deaths, lowest since June 15
- South Korea suspends
- Italy cases climb for 6th week
- Wuhan domestic air traffic back to pre-pandemic levels
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During our coverage of the resurgent coronavirus outbreak that's spreading across the EU, and outside it as well, we warned yesterday that Central and Eastern Europe have seen record numbers emerge in a handful of countries in the area, including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria and elsewhere.
That trend became even more pronounced on Sunday, as the Czech Republic reported its latest in a series of record increases. Local health officials reported 1,541 new cases, bringing the country's tally to a new total for a third-straight day. It was also the fifth day in a row with new infections above 1,000 for the country of 10.7 million, which is experiencing one of the fastest rates of infection in the entire EU.
Nearby Austria is also experiencing the start of a second wave of coronavirus infections, as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has warned, and on Sunday, officials reported 869 new cases, the highest daily tally since March. Kurz has warned that tough months may lie ahead as Europe battles its latest surge.
India, meanwhile, just registered a single-day spike of 94,372 new confirmed coronavirus cases, driving the country's overall tally to 4.75 million. Indian Ministry of Health officials counted 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the country's death toll to 78,586. While India continues to lead the world in the pace of new infections, Al Jazeera points out that the country has also seen a surge in recoveries.
Circling back to Europe, Italy's health ministry reported 1,501 new coronavirus cases and six more deaths, bringing the total number of cases to more than 286,000 and at least 35,603 deaths, as of Sunday. Infections have been climbing steadily for the past six weeks, with traveling Italians returning home being once again blamed for the outbreak. According to the ministry, the number of patients in intensive care is also rising, with the total rising to 182 from 121.
According to the ministry data, infections have been steadily increasing for the past six weeks, mostly among Italians returning from vacation. The number of people in intensive care has also increased from 121 to 182 in recent weeks, as Italy has seen the number of new cases being reported steadily climb over the last 6 weeks.
In Asia, Chinese officials celebrated as Wuhan - the global epicenter of the virus - reportedly has seen domestic air travel return to its pre-pandemic levels. In South Korea, officials relaxed social-distancing rules in the Seoul area amid a drop in cases. Thailand, meanwhile, has tightened border controls to stop the virus spreading from other countries.
Finally, in the US, the CEO of Pfizer said in an interview that a vaccine should be ready by the end of the year, while Florida reported eight new resident deaths, its lowest tally since June 15. That compares with 98 deaths among residents the prior day and a daily average of 107 for the seven preceding days. The state also reported 2,423 new cases, a 0.4% increase, bringing its total to 663,994, in line with its recent average.
As of Sunday, more than 4.93 million Floridians have been tested for COVID-19 statewide for an overall positivity rate of 13.47%, state data show. Fewer than 3,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, with 2,635 the exact total.