Coronavirus updates: Florida reports new daily death toll record

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 655,000 people worldwide.

Over 16.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 148,295 deaths.

Latest headlines:

  • Florida reports new daily death toll record
  • Hospitals overwhelmed in Florida, Texas
  • Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.

    11 a.m.: Florida reports new daily death toll record

    In Florida, a record 186 new fatalities were reported in one day, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health Tuesday morning.

    The previous one-day record was 173 fatalities, reported on July 23.

    Coronavirus cases in the state have jumped by 9,230, bringing the total to over 441,900, according to the Department of Health.

    Florida has the second-most COVID-19 cases, behind California.

    Of those tested in Miami-Dade County on Monday, 17.5% were positive, officials said.

    Throughout Florida, 16.86% of the state’s adult ICU beds are available, according to Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.

    Two counties — Monroe and Putnam — had no ICU beds, the agency said.

    These numbers will fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.

    9:30 a.m.: Hospitals overwhelmed in Florida, Texas

    An internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News has detailed the latest on overwhelmed hospitals in Florida and Texas, and the strain on EMS systems in Georgia.

    In Florida, hospitalizations statewide have increased 79% since July 4, with 8,974 current COVID-19 patients, the memo said.

    In hard-hit Miami-Dade County, ICU beds were at 146% capacity, the memo said.

    In Georgia, where the test-positivity has reached 15.6%, the EMS systems are under strain with staff out sick, according to FEMA.

    And in Texas, as of July 22, five ICU beds were available in Laredo and none were available in Galveston, the memo said.

    4:58 a.m.: Russia coronavirus cases pass 820,000

    Russia reported 5,395 new COVID-19 cases and 150 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the coronavirus response headquarters statement on Tuesday.

    “Over the past day, 5,395 cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus infections were confirmed in 84 regions of Russia, including 1,620 active asymptomatic cases (30.0%),” the headquarters said.

    Russia’s total case count currently stands at 823,515 and 13,504 coronavirus patients died.

    Moscow on Tuesday reported 674 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths.

    3:35 a.m.: COVID-19 linked hunger killing 10,000 children per month, says UN

    COVID-19 and its ramifications are pushing children who already live in hunger to beyond breaking point, killing an estimated 10,000 more youngsters a month as meager farms have no way of delivering produce to markets while villages are isolated from food and medical supplies, the United Nations has warned.

    Furthermore, more than 550,000 additional children each month are being struck by what is called wasting, which manifests in spindly limbs and distended bellies, according to the UN.

    In the call to action shared with The Associated Press prior to its release, four UN bodies said that increasing malnutrition would have long-term consequences, with individual tragedies likely to turn into a generational catastrophe.

    “The food security effects of the COVID crisis are going to reflect many years from now,” said Francesco Branca, the World Health Organization’s head of nutrition. “There is going to be a societal effect.”

    What to know about coronavirus:

  • How it started and how to protect yourself: Coronavirus explained
  • What to do if you have symptoms: Coronavirus symptoms
  • Tracking the spread in the U.S. and worldwide: Coronavirus map
  • 3:16 a.m.: Trump Jr. shares video of doctor claiming hydroxychloroquine is a cure for COVID-19

    Donald Trump Jr. shared a bizarre video on Twitter featuring what appears to be doctor that blasts the science and medical health experts recommendations about wearing masks and saying there are cures for COVID-19, including hydroxychloroquine.

    Trump Jr. says “This is a much watch!!! So different from the narrative that everyone is running with.”

    The doctor calls the science and studies against hydroxychloroquine fake studies and says they’re sponsored by big pharmaceutical companies.

    ABC News’ Dragana Jovanovic, Alina Lobzina, Josh Margolin, Terrance Smith and Scott Withers contributed to this report.

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