Infant born to Covid-19 positive mother not infected (video)

Sunday, 02 August 2020 - 12:28

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The infant born to a Covid-19 positive mother at the Colombo East Base Hospital at Mulleriyawa has tested negative for the virus, says the hospital’s director.

Meanwhile, India's Covid-19 tally crossed the 1.7 million mark today (02), just two days after it went past 1.6 million, with 54,735 cases being reported in a day.

This is the fourth consecutive day that Covid-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000.

The total cases surged to 1,750,723, while the death toll climbed to 37,364 with 853 people succumbing to the disease in a day.

The United States recorded 61,262 fresh cases in the past 24 hours.

The country also reported 1,051 deaths.

In Australia, the state of Victoria has declared a state of disaster and imposed new lockdown measures after a surge in infections.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the restrictions would come into effect today.

Under the new rules, residents of the state capital Melbourne will be subject to a night-time curfew.

The city's stay-at-home order will be enhanced, giving residents fewer exemptions for leaving home.