Coronavirus pandemic more likely to be ‘prolonged’, WHO warns: Live

  • Coronavirus deaths in Florida surged previous 7,000 because the country-wide complete is now over 153,000. 

  • India confirmed the steepest spike of 57,118 new circumstances up to now 24 hours, taking its coronavirus caseload to shut to 1.7 million.

  • Protests erupt in Berlin as demonstrators name an finish to coronavirus-related restrictions.

  • More than 17.6 million folks all over the world have been identified with the brand new coronavirus. Almost 10.Three million sufferers have recovered and at the least 680,900 have died, in response to information from Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the most recent updates:

Saturday, August 1

18:15 GMT – Arizona congressman checks constructive for virus; 2nd this week

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee stated Saturday he examined constructive for the coronavirus days after he sat shut to a different member of the panel, Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert, who additionally examined constructive.

Democrat Representative Raul Grijalva, stated in a press release that he has the virus however, like Gohmert, has no signs. He is at the least the 11th member of Congress recognized to have examined constructive for the coronavirus.

17:40 GMT – Ireland’s chief physician says rise in COVID-19 infections regarding

Ireland’s chief medical officer on Saturday described a current spike in COVID-19 infections as “concerning”, as the typical variety of circumstances per day doubled from round 20 in current weeks to over 40 over the previous 5 days.

Ireland, which nonetheless has decrease an infection charges than a lot of Europe, reported 45 new circumstances of COVID-19, down from a two-month excessive of 85 circumstances on Thursday.

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dublin

Ireland has reported over 26,000 infections and 1,763 deaths [File: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters]

17:12 GMT – WHO expects ‘prolonged’ coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization warned the coronavirus pandemic was more likely to be “lengthy” because it met to guage the state of affairs, six months after sounding the worldwide alarm.

The WHO emergency committee “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic” when it met on Friday, WHO stated in a press release, warning of “the risk of response fatigue in the context of socio-economic pressures”.

16:40 GMT – Florida reaches 7,000 deaths from coronavirus

Florida well being officers have reported 179 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the state’s complete to greater than 7,000.

The newest numbers got here as Hurricane Isaias threatened Florida’s jap coast, however no evacuations have been instantly introduced. The National Hurricane Center’s newest prediction had the storm scraping previous Florida however not making landfall.

US information a coronavirus loss of life each minute as toll tops 150,000

16:15 GMT – Maduro goes forward with election plans amid fears of virus

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and his allies are going ahead with their plans to carry legislative elections in December within the midst of the brand new coronavirus pandemic and marked by the mistrust of presidency opponents within the electoral authority.

This authority was chosen with out the assist of the Legislature – consisting of an opposition majority – and made up of administrators seen as allies of the federal government.

Ahead of the vote scheduled for December 6, residents began registering to vote or replace their private particulars.

15:50 GMT – Record spikes in Asia as WHO points grim virus warning

Asian nations reported report rises of latest coronavirus circumstances because the WHO warned the results of the pandemic could be felt for many years and the scramble for a vaccine heated up.

India and the Philippines reported report will increase in new day by day infections at 57,000 and 5,000 respectively, regardless of tightened restrictions.   

The World Health Organization has stated the pandemic was a “once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come”.

Outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad

India has the third-highest circumstances on this planet, and probably the most in Asia, with over 1.5 million peopl contaminated [File: Amit Dave/Reuters]

15:25 GMT – Russian film theatres reopen after virus shutdown

Movie theatres reopened in Moscow after greater than 4 months of being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Film lovers rushed to the primary screening at midnight at Moscow’s iconic Soviet-era Oktyabrsky cinema.

Strict social distancing measures have been in place as cinemagoers watched their movie – with patrons having their temperatures taken and have been required to put on masks earlier than getting into the film theatre.

15:00 GMT – Police move to interrupt up Berlin rally towards virus restrictions

Police officers in Berlin plan to interrupt up a big demonstration towards restrictions imposed to include the novel coronavirus, held regardless of Germany’s rising an infection numbers.

The organisers of the rally usually are not in a position to make sure well being and security rules are being adopted, a police spokesman informed DPA information company.

Officers at the moment are getting ready to disperse the rally, attended by some 15,000 folks, in response to police estimates.

Protest against Covid-19 restrictions in Germany

People stage a protest, which was organised by ‘Querdenken 711’, towards coronavirus restrictions in Berlin, Germany [Anadolu]

14:35 GMT – 62 confirmed virus circumstances at Danish slaughterhouse

The coronavirus has been detected in 62 workers at a slaughterhouse belonging to the Danish meat processor Danish Crown.

On Saturday, there have been 18 extra constructive circumstances among the many workers of the corporate in Ringsted, Denmark, an organization spokesman confirmed to dpa.

So far, almost 600 of the 900 workers have been examined. The remaining 300 must be examined on Monday if they don’t seem to be on trip.

14:10 GMT – Vietnam’s Danang to check whole inhabitants as outbreak spreads past metropolis

Vietnam’s coastal metropolis of Danang plans to check its whole inhabitants of 1.1 million folks for coronavirus an infection, the governing authorities stated, as 40 new circumstances linked to the vacationer sizzling spot have been reported throughout the nation, taking complete infections to 586, with three deaths.

Most of the brand new circumstances are linked to hospitals in Danang metropolis, the place the primary domestically transmitted an infection in additional than three months was detected final week.

13:45 GMT – Kenya Airways resumes worldwide flights after virus curbs lifted

Kenya Airways resumed worldwide flights on Saturday, heading to about 30 locations for the primary time for the reason that routes have been suspended in March because of the coronavirus.

The service, by which Air France KLM holds a small stake, resumed home flights in mid-July after the federal government cleared native air travel.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Nairobi

Passengers queue on the check-in counter because the Jomo Kenyatta worldwide airport reopens after flights have been suspended following the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak in Nairobi, Kenya [Njeri Mwangi/Reuters]

13:22 GMT – More than 30 crew check constructive for COVID-19 on Norwegian cruise ship

At least 33 crew members confined on a Norwegian cruise ship have examined constructive for the brand new coronavirus, the corporate Hurtigruten stated.

Arriving on the northern Norwegian port of Tromso from the archipelago of Svalbard, the crew of the MS Roald Amundsen was quarantined on board the ship on Friday after 4 workers members examined constructive for the virus and have been hospitalised.

Of the 158 crew members on board, “33 tested positive for COVID-19, while 120 tested negative,” Hurtigruten stated in a press release. Five folks might be retested.

Hello, that is Usaid Siddiqui in Doha taking on from my colleague Hamza Mohamed.

12:50 GMT – Qatar studies greater than 200 new circumstances

Qatar confirmed 216 new coronavirus circumstances within the final 24 hours, pushing the whole within the Middle Eastern nation to 110,911.

The Ministry of Public Health stated 201 folks have recovered from the virus, taking the whole to 107,578.

outside image - qatar and bahrain

 Qatar has reported a complete of 174 coronavirus deaths [Noushad Thekkayil/EPA]

12:25 GMT – Thousands protest in Berlin towards coronavirus restrictions

Thousands of protesters towards German coronavirus restrictions have converged in Berlin for an illustration proclaiming “the end of the pandemic” has arrived simply as authorities voice growing issues about an upturn in new infections.

A crowd of individuals whistling and cheering, with few masks in sight, marched by means of downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate forward of a rally on a large boulevard that runs by means of town’s Tiergarten park.

Protesters held up home-made placards that includes slogans that included: “Corona, false alarm,” “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defence instead of vaccination” and “End the corona panic – bring fundamental rights back.”

Germany’s administration of the pandemic has been considered as comparatively profitable. The nation’s loss of life toll – simply over 9,150 out of greater than 210,670 confirmed virus circumstances as of Saturday – is decrease than in comparable nations. 

11:35 GMT – Kuwait bans flights to ‘high-risk’ nations

Kuwait has banned business flights to a number of nations it stated it regards as excessive danger because of the unfold of the novel coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation stated on Saturday.

The nations embrace India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka – all nations with giant populations in Kuwait. The listing additionally contains China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Iraq.

11:15 GMT – Vietnam says as much as 800,000 have left virus epicentre Danang

Vietnam’s well being ministry says as much as 800,000 guests to Danang metropolis, the nation’s coronavirus epicentre, have left for different components of the nation since July 1.

Vietnam final week detected its first domestically transmitted COVID-19 circumstances in additional than three months in Danang, a tourism sizzling spot.

Vietnam Imposes Restrictions As Coronavirus Cases Rise

The Southeast Asian nation reported its first two COVID-19 deaths on Friday, and the toll rose to a few on Saturday [Linh Pham/Getty]

The complete variety of infections within the nation has since risen to 558 from 413, with a lot of the new circumstances linked to a few hospitals in Danang.

More than 41,000 folks have visited the three hospitals since July 1, the ministry stated in a press release.

10:45 GMT – Philippines confirms nearly 5,000 circumstances, largest single-day enhance

The Philippines has reported 4,963 further coronavirus infections, the biggest single-day soar on report.

In a bulletin on Saturday, the well being ministry stated complete infections have reached 98,232, whereas deaths elevated by 17 to 2,039.

Coronavirus - Manila

In the area, the Philippines is second solely to Indonesia in coronavirus deaths and circumstances [Aaron Favila/AP]

09:50 GMT – Poland studies report rise in virus circumstances for third day

Poland has reported its highest variety of new day by day coronavirus circumstances for the reason that world pandemic began for the third day in a row on Saturday, with 658 new infections, the well being ministry stated.

More than 200 circumstances have been reported within the Silesia mining area in southern Poland, which has been grappling with an outbreak amongst miners.

The ministry additionally reported 5 new deaths.

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ruda Slaska

Poland has now reported a complete of 46,346 coronavirus circumstances and 1,721 deaths [Reuters]

09:15 GMT – Indonesia confirms extra than1,550 new infections

Indonesia has reported 1,560 new coronavirus infections, bringing the whole within the Southeast Asian nation to 109,936, information from the nation’s COVID-19 job drive confirmed.

It additionally reported 62 COVID-19 associated deaths on Saturday, taking the loss of life toll to five,193.

08:50 GMT – Australia’s Victoria studies 397 coronavirus circumstances, three deaths 

Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, has reported 397 circumstances of the novel coronavirus within the final 24 hours and three associated deaths, in contrast with 627 circumstances and eight deaths a day earlier.

The deaths take the state’s COVID-19 loss of life toll to 116 and Australia’s to 201.

08:10 GMT – Russia plans mass vaccinations towards coronavirus from October

Russia is getting ready to begin a mass vaccination marketing campaign towards the coronavirus in October, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko stated on Saturday, RIA information company reported.

The minister, who didn’t give particulars in regards to the vaccine for use, stated medical doctors and lecturers could be the primary to be vaccinated.

A supply informed the Reuters information company this week that Russia’s first potential COVID-19 vaccine, developed by a state analysis facility, would safe native regulatory approval in August and be administered to well being staff quickly after that.

A medical worker wearing protective equipment takes a swab from a woman at a medical facility in Moscow on July 16, 2020, on the first day the Russian capital started providing free testing for the co

Russia has reported greater than 838,400 circumstances and at the least 14,000 deaths [AFP]

07:45 GMT – US information greatest single-day deaths since May

US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by at the least 1,453 on Friday, the largest one-day enhance since May 27, to reach a complete of 153,882, in response to a Reuters tally.


For July, US circumstances rose by 1.87 million, or 69 p.c, and deaths rose by 25,770, or 20 p.c [Marco Bello/Reuters] 

The rise in deaths was the largest one-day enhance for the reason that variety of deaths rose by 1,484 on May 27.

US circumstances rose by at the least 66,986 to a complete of 4.58 million with some native governments but to report.

06:50 GMT – India information highest day by day soar in coronavirus circumstances

India has recorded the largest soar of 57,118 new circumstances up to now 24 hours, taking its coronavirus caseload near 1.7 million, with July alone accounting for nearly 1.1 million infections.

The well being ministry on Saturday additionally reported 764 further deaths for a complete of 36,511.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in New Delhi

Only the US and Brazil have reported extra circumstances than India [Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan stated on Friday that India achieved a couple of million recoveries with energetic circumstances solely one-third of the whole. India is now conducting greater than 640,000 checks in 24 hours, taking cumulative checks throughout the nation to nearly 1.9 million, he stated.

06:15 GMT – 

Hello, that is Hamza Mohamed in Doha taking on from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed.

04:58 GMT – Japan’s Okinawa declares state of emergency

Japan’s Okinawa area has declared a state of emergency and requested folks to remain home for 2 weeks amid an “explosive spread” of coronavirus circumstances.

Governor Denny Tamaki stated hospitals have been being overwhelmed by the surge and informed residents to keep away from non-essential outings by means of the emergency, which is ready to finish on August 15.

Okinawa reported 71 new coronavirus circumstances Friday, bringing its complete to 395. US forces primarily based on the island account for 248 of these circumstances.

04:21 GMT – S Korea arrests Christian chief over church cluster

Authorities in South Korea have arrested the founding father of a secretive Christian sect on the centre of the nation’s largest outbreak on prices of obstructing the federal government anti-virus efforts.

Lee Man-hee is the highly effective head of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus which is linked to greater than 5,200 coronavirus infections, or 36 p.c of South Korea’s complete circumstances.

Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with different sect leaders to withhold data from authorities, together with assembly locations and the variety of contributors on the sect’s gatherings as authorities tried to hint an infection routes in February.

Lee and his church have steadfastly denied the accusations, saying they’re cooperating with well being authorities. Its spokesperson, Kim Young-eun, stated the church will do its finest in order that “the truth is clearly proved in court”.

FILE PHOTO: People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on a news conference held by Lee Man-hee, founder of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, in Seoul

People watch a TV broadcasting a information report on a information convention held by Lee Man-hee, founding father of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, in Seoul, South Korea, March 2, 2020 [File: Heo Ran/Reuters]

03:47 GMT – Google says 20 US states, territories ‘exploring’ contact tracing apps

Alphabet Inc’s Google says 20 US states and territories, representing about 45 p.c of the nation’s inhabitants, are “exploring” contact tracing apps utilizing a instrument it developed with Apple Inc.

In addition, the corporate stated public well being authorities in 16 nations and areas outdoors the US had launched apps utilizing the Apple-Google instrument, up from 12 beforehand. They embrace Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Northern Ireland, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Uruguay.

The know-how permits app customers to trace encounters with different folks by means of Bluetooth indicators and anonymously notify contacts in the event that they later change into contaminated with the virus.

Google stated the primary of the US apps could be launched within the “coming weeks”, however declined to call the states. It added that its system with Apple now permits apps launched by totally different nations to speak to one another, permitting contact-logging to proceed even when customers cross borders.

03:26 GMT – Sharp drop in new circumstances in China

China has reported a pointy drop in newly confirmed infections within the mainland, logging 45 further circumstances in a attainable signal that its newest outbreak in Xinjiang might have run its course.

Thirty-one of the circumstances have been in far western Xinjiang, eight have been in northeastern Liaoning and the remaining six have been imported circumstances. The figures are down from 127 circumstances reported nationally on Friday.

03:15 GMT – Vietnam logs 12 new circumstances, ramps up testing

Vietnam’s well being ministry has reported 12 new native coronavirus circumstances linked to the current outbreak within the vacationer hotspot of Danang, taking complete infections to 116 for the reason that virus resurfaced final week.

The new sufferers, with ages starting from two to 78, are linked to Danang hospital, the ministry stated in a press release. 

Vietnam has registered a complete of 558 coronavirus circumstances for the reason that pandemic started. After months of profitable curbs, it reported its first two deaths on Friday. 

In Hanoi, the place two folks have examined constructive after coming back from Danang, greater than 100 clinics have been arrange with check kits to detect the virus. Hanoi has examined a 3rd of the 54,000 folks coming back from Danang.


Residents wait to be examined at a makeshift speedy testing centre as Vietnam information an increase in circumstances of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Hanoi on July 31, 2020 [Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP]

“I want to be tested so I can stop worrying if I have the virus or not. It is for me and for the community,” stated Pham Thuy Hoa, a banking official who lately went to Danang for a household trip.

“Since coming back, my family and I have quarantined ourselves at home. I did not go to work or see others. We must be responsible for the entire community.”

In Ho Chi Minh City, the nation’s southern hub, 5 individuals who returned from Danang have examined constructive for the virus. The metropolis is testing some 20,000 different returnees.

As the variety of circumstances continues to extend, Danang has tightened safety and arrange extra checkpoints to stop folks from leaving or getting into town, which has been in lockdown since Tuesday.

02:48 GMT – California, Florida report report rise in deaths

California and Florida, two of probably the most populous US states, have reported report will increase in COVID-19 deaths, in response to a Reuters tally.

Florida reported 257 deaths and California, 208 on Friday.

For Florida, that is the fourth day in a row with a report rise in deaths and for California the second this week. Mississippi, Montana and Nevada additionally had a one-day report enhance in deaths on Friday.

Overall within the US, deaths have elevated by greater than 25,000 in July to 153,000 complete lives misplaced for the reason that pandemic began.

01:41 GMT – Puerto Rico extends restrictions

Wanda Vazquez, the governor of Puerto Rico, has prolonged measures geared toward curbing the unfold of the coronavirus for 2 extra weeks.

That means bars, gyms, marinas and film theatres throughout the US territory will keep shuttered till at the least August 15. Beaches stay closed on Sundays, and are open the remainder of the week solely to folks doing train, together with surfers, swimmers and runners.

Face masks proceed to be necessary, and those that refuse to put on one might be arrested, Vazquez stated.

A curfew from 10pm to 5am will stay in place, and no events or gatherings might be allowed in short-term rental amenities.

01:22 GMT – Fitch revises US outlook to destructive

Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook on the US’s AAA score to destructive from secure, citing eroding credit score energy, together with a rising deficit to fiscal stimulus to fight the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The credit standing company additionally stated the long run route of US fiscal coverage relies upon partly on the November election for president and the ensuing make-up of Congress, cautioning there’s a danger coverage gridlock might proceed.

00:56 GMT – Mexico overtakes UK to publish third-highest loss of life toll

The variety of coronavirus deaths in Mexico rose to 46,688 on Friday, with the Latin American nation overtaking the United Kingdom for the world’s third-highest COVID-19 loss of life toll.

The well being ministry registered 8,458 new circumstances, a report for a single day, in addition to 688 further deaths, bringing the whole to 424,637 circumstances and 46,688 deaths.

The authorities has stated the true variety of contaminated folks is probably going considerably increased than the confirmed circumstances.

00:36 GMT – Free checks for migrants caught at Costa Rica-Nicaragua border

Costa Rican medical doctors have began giving free coronavirus checks to about 200 Nicaraguan migrants who’ve been stranded on the two nations’ border for greater than per week as a result of the Nicaraguan authorities has demanded destructive check outcomes.

Clinica Biblica Hospital within the capital of San Jose despatched a cellular lab to the Penas Blancas border crossing.

“I thank God that finally we are going to be able to return to our country,” stated one migrant, who declined to provide their title.


Nicaragua has prevented the entry of tons of of its residents from Costa Rica citing COVID-19 issues [File: Wendy Quintero/ AFP]

00:18 GMT – Argentina halts plans to ease lockdown

Argentina President Alberto Fernandez has introduced a halt on the easing of lockdown measures attributable to a rise in new circumstances and fears the well being system might change into overwhelmed.

“We will keep things as they are until August 16,” stated Fernandez.

“In the last few days the virus has been spreading more, and we’ve seen a larger increase in infections. All this generates hospital admissions and unfortunately, deaths.”

In Argentina, greater than 185,000 infections and nearly 3,500 deaths have been registered up to now, figures properly under these of different nations within the area.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

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