COVID-19 global update: 13 August

13 August 2020

Written by: Gladys Barreta

Global death toll is at 750,000 with Australia recording 21 deaths in the last 24 hours.


NSW records its first COVID-19 death in 12 days.

An elderly woman in her 80s has become the 53rd person to die from COVID-19 in NSW last night.

Previously the last COVID-19 death in NSW was on August 1, an 83-year-old man who was linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster in Casula.

“Every death is a tragedy and these are real people not statistics,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd told ABC News.

The latest death has health authorities investigating the COVID-19 outbreak linked to private school Tangara School for Girls in Sydney’s north-west.

NSW chief medical officer Kerry Chant confirmed that the outbreak had grown to 19 confirmed cases.

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Victorian COVID-19 cases dropped to 278 with a death toll of eight overnight representing the lowest daily death toll since August 6. The state’s daily number of new cases has not been lower than 300 since July 20 when it reported 275 cases.

Premier Dan Andrews has said in recent days that it was too early to determine the effects of stage four restrictions.

“Our experts remain firm in the view that this will drive the number down,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

With stage four restrictions being introduced just 10 days ago, Victoria has seen most students returning to home-learning, strict night time curfews and peoples’ travel restrictions limited to within a 5km radius of their home.

Andrews is expected to provide more details on latest figures at a press conference later today.

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More news

  • Victorians living on the border will no longer be allowed to enter South Australia as of August 21 with SA Government introducing harsher restrictions.
  • Monash University’s BehaviourWorks research unit has been tracking a national survey of behavioural changes throughout the pandemic finding that only 38 percent of Western Australia residents always practice physical distancing. Officials warn virus threat has not been eliminated in WA with Premier Mark McGowan saying people need to continue practicing physical hygiene.
  • Currently Australia’s new COVID-19 cases is at 414 with the death toll at 21.



COVID-19 cases surge as France doubles their numbers in recent weeks.

Prime Minister Jean Castex warned that the country had been going “the wrong way” with the health ministry reporting 2,524 new COVID-19 infections as of August 12 and 17 new deaths.

Read more HERE.


Brazil’s COVID-19 total death toll passes 104,000 with more than 1,000 deaths confirmed just in the last 24 hours.

As of August 12 Brazil has recorded 58,081 new cases and 1,164 new deaths.

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United States

As of August 12 United States has recorded 54,345 new cases and 1,386 new deaths.

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President Donald Trump said the US is continuing their work with other countries to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

“We’re working with Europe on the difficulties and we are going to help them all the way, we’re doing very well as you know in the vaccines and therapeutics,” he said.

Read more HERE

Photo: Protective masks, normally used for surgery, are now in use to fight the Corona Virus SARS-nCov-19 by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash available HERE and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified.