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Live update: Global COVID-19 infections pass 18.8 million
Updated 21:55, 06-Aug-2020


There are now over 18.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases globally, with over 708,000 fatalities and more than 11.3 million recoveries, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.

Here is what we know:

As of Wednesday, the Chinese mainland has recorded 84,528 cases, with 282 asymptomatic patients under medical observation. The death toll stands at 4,684, including 43 from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and seven from the Taiwan region.

The Chinese mainland recorded 37 new cases on Wednesday, including 30 domestically transmitted ones – 27 in northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and three in northeastern Liaoning Province.

The U.S. now has over 4.8 million infections and its death toll exceeds 157,000. Florida on Wednesday reported 5,409 new confirmed cases, making the sunshine state second only to California to top half a million confirmed cases in the country.

Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump in which he says that children are "almost immune" from the coronavirus. The company said the post violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. Later, Twitter also said it temporarily blocked Trump's official campaign account due to a tweet containing misinformation about COVID-19.