Migrants board the 'MS GNV Azzurra' quarantine ship which has has been sent on the Italian Pelagie Island of Lampedusa on August 4, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo: AFP)
The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 694,715 with the global confirmed cases reaching 18,315,281 as of 8:00 pm BJT on Tuesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 8:00 pm BJT, August 4):
Australia's second-most populous state Victoria said on Tuesday military personnel will be deployed to enforce COVID-19 isolation orders, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing hefty fines as high as 20,000 Australia dollars ($14,250).
Russia registered 5,159 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 861,423, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump said Monday that the coronavirus is "receding" in the United States, one day after his White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator said the country has entered a "new phase" of the pandemic that is increasing outbreaks in both rural and urban areas.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's chief of staff, Army General Walter Souza Braga Netto, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said on Monday, meaning that he has become the seventh Brazilian minister to have contracted the disease.