This is your August 3, 2020, Daily Update. The big things happening today you need to pay attention to. Follow the daily updates here.

US Pandemic

Deborah Birx, the President’s coronavirus coordinator, recommended people living with vulnerable family members consider wearing facemasks at home to prevent the spread of the virus.

Alaska, Hawaii, Missouri, Montana, and Oklahoma are among the states reporting the most significant outbreaks over the last week in the US.

US July cases more than doubled the reports of any prior month.

A summer camp in Georgia reported an outbreak that spread to at least 600 campers. The camp outbreak is significant because it is one of the few outbreaks centered around youth.

Global Pandemic  

As the month of August opens, the world has more than 18.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 700,000 deaths.

August 3, 2020, Daily Update

Mexico rose to the #3 spot for nations with the most coronavirus deaths in the world. The country has more than 47,000 coronavirus deaths.

South Africa surpassed half a million reported cases in the country over the weekend.

Australia declared a state of disaster in Victoria. The declaration includes new and tighter restrictions in place across the state until September 13.

A report by the BBC revealed nearly three times more Iranian coronavirus deaths than what Iran’s government has reported. Officially the government has reported approximately 17,000 deaths in the pandemic. The study from the BBC suggests the number is closer to 42,000. Iran, like many other parts of the world, has experienced a second wave of new cases since July 1.

In Manila, the capital of the Philippines, the city reported more than 10,000 new cases over the weekend. This surge resulted in a return to lockdown status for at least the next two weeks. The total cases in the country are now above 100,000.

An estimated 17,000 protesters marched in opposition to Germany’s restrictions meant to limit the spread of the virus.


Anti-Putin protests in eastern Russia drew thousands for the fourth weekend in a row. The protesters are marching in Khabarovsk, Russia, in opposition to Putin’s handling of a local political crisis.

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) became the first Arab state to launch a nuclear power facility over the weekend. Israel and Iran also possess nuclear power plants in the region. 

Chinese Seeds

Residents in at least 22 American states reported receiving packages of unordered seeds from China in the mail. The government issued warnings throughout the country to not plant any unordered seeds received from China.


An ISIS attack on a prison Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 21 people and resulted in the escape of hundreds of ISIS prisoners.

Earlier in the weekend, an unrelated outbreak of violence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border resulted in the deaths of at least 15 Afghan civilians.

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