Coronavirus pandemic worsening globally, WHO says: Live updates

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  • The pandemic is subsiding in Europe, however getting worse globally with the variety of infections anticipated to reach 10 million subsequent week, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO has mentioned.
  • COVID-19 instances within the Gulf area have surpassed 400,000, in response to John Hopkins University, as nations within the area begin to carry restrictions.
  • Coronavirus hospitalisations and caseloads have reached new highs in additional than half a dozen states within the US, with newly confirmed instances nationwide again near their peak stage of two months in the past.
  • More than 9.Four million individuals around the globe have been identified with COVID-19, greater than 4.7 million have recovered, and nearly 483,000 have died, in response to John Hopkins University.

Here are the most recent updates:

Thursday, June 25

16:38 GMT – Portugal brings again some lockdown measures in Lisbon

Portugal will convey again the keep at home rule in a number of areas of Greater Lisbon to combat a worrying wave of coronavirus instances on the town’s outskirts, the federal government has introduced.

Those living within the affected areas – a complete of 19 civil parishes that don’t embrace downtown Lisbon – can solely go away their houses to purchase important items, equivalent to meals or medicine, and to travel to and from work.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Lisbon

Members of the Portuguese Navy distribute meals to individuals in want amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Lisbon, Portugal [Rafael Marchante/Reuters]

16:30 GMT – Texas briefly halts phased reopening as infections surge

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has mentioned that he’s briefly halting the state’s phased financial reopening in response to a leap in COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations.

“This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business,” Abbott mentioned in a press release.

16:18 GMT – Vaccine not sure, possibly in a yr: WHO

It shouldn’t be sure that scientists will be capable to create an efficient vaccine towards the coronavirus that has brought about the COVID-19 pandemic, nevertheless it may take a yr earlier than one have been to be invented, the pinnacle of the WHO has mentioned.

Speaking by video-conference to deputies from the European Parliament’s well being committee, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned that if such a vaccine turned a actuality, it ought to change into a public good obtainable to all.

He mentioned the WHO had already greater than a 100 candidates for a vaccine of which one was at a sophisticated stage of improvement.

“Hoping that there will be a vaccine, the estimate is we may have a vaccine within one year. If accelerated, it could be even less than that, but by a couple of months. That’s what scientists are saying,” he mentioned.

15:35 GMT – Pandemic getting worse globally: WHO head Tedros

The pandemic is subsiding in Europe, however getting worse globally with the variety of infections anticipated to reach 10 million subsequent week and the variety of deaths 500,000, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO has mentioned.

Speaking by way of video-conference with members of the European Parliament’s well being committee, Tedros mentioned that after the pandemic was over, the world mustn’t return to its earlier state, however construct a “new normal” that might be fairer, greener and assist stop local weather change.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a information convention in Geneva, Switzerland [Denis Balibouse/Reuters]

15:24 GMT – Macy’s cuts company headcount by 3,900

Macy’s has mentioned it is shedding 3,900 individuals company staffers, roughly three % of its total workforce.

The firm mentioned in a launch that the headcount discount will save the corporate $630m per yr.

15:10 GMT – US urges Russia, China to provide extra assist to Venezuela in COVID combat

US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abram has referred to as on Russia and China to supply extra humanitarian assist assist to their ally Venezuela.

“We would like to see them contribute more on the humanitarian side. There have been, I believe, some contribution of goods with respect to COVID-19 by Russia and China,” Abram informed a diplomatic occasion organised by the US mission to the UN in Geneva.

“But the scale, the dollar amount of this aid, is really quite low in comparison to the needs.”

15:04 GMT – Spain to increase furlough schemes by three months

Spain is about to increase till September 30 nationwide furlough schemes aimed toward mitigating the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, below a authorities settlement with labour unions and the primary employers’ association, the labour ministry has mentioned.

Hard-hit sectors like hospitality will obtain probably the most help, although different industries not but in a position to return to regular exercise can even be included.

14:55 GMT – Peruvian authorities strikes settlement with non-public clinics

The Peruvian authorities has mentioned it has struck an settlement with the nation’s non-public well being clinics on the price of COVID-19 care after President Martin Vizcarra warned on Wednesday they might be expropriated inside 48 hours if negotiations didn’t progress.

The clinics had for 3 weeks wrangled with Vizcarra’s authorities over a good price for care. The haggling started amid reviews of overcharging for the sickest sufferers, who require mechanical ventilators and intensive care.

The well being minister, Victor Zamora, mentioned the settlement was finalised on Wednesday night after a gathering with representatives of the Association of Private Clinics of Peru.

Peru COVID-19 outbreak: Health staff demand extra safety

14:37 GMT – Egypt’s nationwide provider to renew flights from July

Egypt’s nationwide provider EgyptAir Airlines has mentioned that it’s going to resume flights to 24 locations from the primary week of July and can add extra within the following weeks.

The provider will function flights to 13 locations in Europe, three in Africa, 4 within the Middle East, three in North America and one in China, it mentioned in a press release on Thursday, in addition to home flights to the vacationer hotspots of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada alongside the Red Sea and Luxor and Aswan alongside the Nile River.

14:03 GMT – UK loss of life toll rises by 149 to 43,230

The UK’s official loss of life toll from confirmed instances of coronavirus rose by 149 to 43,230, the Department of Health has mentioned.

13:58 GMT – Kazakh well being minister resigns

Kazakhstan’s well being minister has resigned, saying COVID-19 problems prevented him from main efforts towards the coronavirus outbreak as its surges as soon as extra.

Yelzhan Birtanov, who had held the publish since early 2017 and caught the virus in mid-June, wrote on social media that he had developed pneumonia which required extra therapy.

13:50 GMT – Norway to carry travel curbs on European international locations, with circumstances: media reviews

Norway will carry travel restrictions to and from European international locations that respect sure standards relating to their coronavirus scenario from July 15, public broadcaster NRK and each day Dagens Naeringsliv has reported.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is because of maintain a information convention about “the coronavirus situation and travelling” at 14:00 GMT.

Norway at the moment permits travel to and from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and the Swedish island of Gotland since June 15, however maintains travel restrictions on mainland Sweden because of its increased stage of coronavirus instances.

13:19 GMT – Kudlow says he expects some US shutdowns in sure areas

Jumps in coronavirus instances in elements of the US will seemingly set off closures in sure areas, however there won’t be a nationwide shutdown, White House financial adviser Larry Kudlow has mentioned.

Kudlow, in an interview on Fox Business Network, mentioned he nonetheless expects to see a “strong v” formed financial restoration and anticipated a 20 % development “snapback” within the third and fourth quarters of 2020.

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13:15 GMT

Hello, that is Mersiha Gadžo in Doha taking up the dwell updates from my colleague Usaid Siddiqui.

12:50 GMT – Market ‘disconnect’ may worsen virus downturn: IMF

Recent positive aspects in international monetary markets regardless of the coronavirus downturn’s “huge” financial uncertainties are a possible risk to the restoration if buyers abruptly change their minds, the IMF cautioned Thursday.

Markets have been cheered by the large help supplied by governments and central banks, and appear to anticipate a fast restoration though forecasts and client confidence are extra pessimistic, the IMF mentioned in its newest Global Financial Stability Report.

But the paper warns of the risks lurking sooner or later from the flood of “unconventional” insurance policies which have left the worldwide economic system awash in simple cash.

12:30 GMT – New coronavirus cluster at Italy courier warehouse: report

A cluster of latest coronavirus instances has emerged at a warehouse within the Italian metropolis of Bologna utilized by categorical courier Bartolini, an area newspaper reported.

The firm uncovered 44 asymptomatic instances – together with two drivers – after testing all staff on the warehouse in central-northern Italy following the invention of two members of employees with the virus, the Resto del Carlino each day mentioned.

Shops, cafes reopen as Italy lifts coronavirus restrictions

12:10 GMT – Pandemic may result in extra narcotic use: UN

The coronavirus pandemic may see an increase within the use and trafficking of narcotics in addition to elevated dangers for customers, the UN medicine and crime company (UNODC) mentioned.

The virus may result in an total enhance in drug use with a shift in the direction of cheaper merchandise and injecting, each of which may imply larger hazard for customers, the company mentioned in its 2020 World Drug Report.

11:40 GMT – Romania reviews report excessive coronavirus an infection numbers

Romania reported its highest variety of each day infections with the brand new coronavirus in two months, because it prepares to evaluate a brand new part of leisure subsequent week.

President Klaus Iohannis ordered a strict lockdown in early March to assist rein within the outbreak and changed the state of emergency with a softer state of alert in May, that’s set to run till mid-July.

Romanian workers

One third of Romania’s instances are concentrated in three cities: the capital Bucharest, the northern city of Suceava and in Transylvania’s medieval metropolis of Brasov [File: Octav Ganea/Reuters]

11:15 GMT – Germany, France shore up political, monetary assist to beleaguered WHO

France and Germany expressed political and monetary backing for the World Health Organization (WHO) in its combat towards the coronavirus, with Berlin saying it might contribute a report half billion euros in funding this yr.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, talking at a information convention in Geneva, mentioned the company, criticised by the United States for being sluggish off the mark in tackling the pandemic, was getting the monetary and political help it wanted.

10:35 GMT – Coronavirus cuts pressure Indonesia to reduce forest safety

Indonesia has scaled again safety for among the world’s most essential tropical forests forward of the worst season for fires due to funds cuts because of the coronavirus, the setting ministry mentioned.

At threat are forests larger than any exterior the Amazon and Congo and that are home to greater than one-tenth of the world’s mammal species – together with the uncommon orangutan – and nearly a fifth of its birds.

10:13 GMT – Coronavirus instances previous 33,000 in Philippines

The Philippines is witnessing a continuing rise in new coronavirus instances, with 778 extra reported.

The nation’s Department of Health mentioned in a press release the brand new instances pushed the nationwide complete to 33,069 whereas the loss of life toll rose to 1,212 after eight extra sufferers died between June 1 and 21.

09:45 GMT – England COVID-19 take a look at and hint system fails to reach 1 / 4 of optimistic instances

England’s COVID-19 test-and-trace system couldn’t reach 1 / 4 of people that had their instances transferred to the system after a optimistic take a look at for the brand new coronavirus, UK’s Department of Health mentioned.

Of 6,923 individuals who had their case transferred to the contact tracing system in its third week of operation, 1,791, or 25.9 %, couldn’t be reached.

A triage nurse waits for patients to arrive in the Emergency Department at Frimley Park Hospital Frimley Park Hospital, in Camberley, England, May 22, 2020. The hospital is part of a group saying that

A triage nurse waits for sufferers to arrive within the Emergency Department at Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, England [Steve Parsons/Pool/AP]

09:20 GMT – Eiffel tower in France reopens

The Eiffel Tower on Thursday welcomed again guests after the coronavirus outbreak pressured the Paris landmark into its longest interval out of motion since World War II.

Strict hygiene and security measures are in place for the re-opening.

09:00 GMT – Indonesia’s passes 50,000 instances as enterprise resumes

The variety of coronavirus infections in Indonesia has surpassed 50,000 as the federal government permits companies to reopen amid rising financial stress.

A authorities process pressure says the spiking case numbers align with the nation’s rising testing capability. But testing remains to be decrease than really useful for a rustic that has 270 million individuals.

Indonesia began reopening companies this month and can progressively reopen extra via July.

08:40 GMT – India to survey 29 million New Delhi residents

India says it is going to perform an enormous survey for the coronavirus, concentrating on New Delhi’s whole inhabitants of 29 million.

Officials will go every family to report every resident’s well being particulars and administer a take a look at to those that present or report signs.

Read extra right here.

Delhi corona testing

The survey train shall be accomplished by July 6, in response to a plan issued by the federal government of New Delhi, the worst-hit metropolis within the nation with 70,390 confirmed instances [Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters]

08:16 GMT – Gulf coronavirus infections surpass 400,000: John Hopkins University

The variety of novel coronavirus instances within the six Gulf states has doubled in a month to over 400,000, because the area’s two greatest economies this week totally lifted curfews imposed to fight the an infection.

Regional enterprise hub the United Arab Emirates introduced late on Wednesday the lifting of a nightly curfew in place since mid-March because the each day variety of infections fell from a peak of some 900 in late May to common between 300 and 400 in current weeks.

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which has the best regional rely at greater than 167,200 infections and over 1,380 deaths, totally eliminated its three-month curfew on Sunday.

07:50 GMT – Russia reviews greater than 7,000 new coronavirus instances

Russia confirmed 7,113 new instances of the novel coronavirus, pushing its tally to 613,994.

Officials mentioned 92 individuals had died within the final 24 hours, bringing the official loss of life toll to eight,605.

07:25 GMT – Afghanistan makes use of inexperienced stimulus to rent lockdown jobless, enhance Kabul’s water provide

Zaker Hussain Zaheri was a cook dinner in Afghanistan’s capital who misplaced his job in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, he digs trenches to seize rainwater and snowmelt on a mountain on the outskirts of Kabul, as the town grapples with each a water and well being disaster.

Lockdown measures to curb the unfold of the illness have taken their toll on Afghanistan’s economic system, so the federal government is using greater than 40,000 jobless staff to rehabilitate groundwater provides for its fast-growing capital.

07:05 GMT- US data largest each day rise in coronavirus instances at nearly 39,000

The US has seen a significant surge in coronavirus instances, weeks after many areas reopened their economies.

Seven states, primarily within the south and west, and together with Texas, California and Arizona, reported report will increase on Wednesday, the nationwide tally rising by greater than 38,600.

Texas, Florida and California all reported report will increase, with 7,100, 5,550 and 5,510 new instances, respectively, over the previous 24 hours.

Coronavirus - Florida

People anticipate a well being evaluation check-in earlier than coming into Jackson Memorial Hospital, as Miami-Dade County eases some lockdown measures, in Miami, Florida [Marco Bello/Reuters]

06:40 GMT – Senegal president self-quarantines after contact with COVID-19 case

Senegalese President Macky Sall is quarantining for 2 weeks after coming into contact with somebody who has since examined optimistic for the coronavirus, state tv mentioned.

The measure is precautionary as an preliminary COVID-19 take a look at of Sall has come again detrimental, it mentioned.

06:15 GMT – Lufthansa shares soar after main shareholder backs bailout plan

Lufthansa shares jumped greater than 27 % in early commerce after billionaire investor Heinz Hermann Thiele endorsed a nine-billion-euro ($10.12 billion) authorities bailout to rescue the provider hit arduous by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I will vote for the proposal,” Thiele, who owns a 15.5 % stake in Lufthansa, informed Frankfurter Allgemeine each day on Wednesday.

His endorsement amounted to a respite for the airline after fears had swirled that he may veto the proposed bundle, which might see Germany purchase 20 % of the corporate.

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05:34 GMT – Cases in Pakistan proceed to say no

Coronavirus testing numbers in Pakistan – which has one of many highest charges of an infection unfold – are persevering with to drop, with simply 21,835 assessments carried out on Wednesday.

Of these, 4,044 sufferers examined optimistic, in response to authorities knowledge, a test-positive price of 18.5 %. Countrywide instances rose on Wednesday to 192,970, in response to the info. The nation additionally recorded its second-highest variety of deaths in a single day on Wednesday, with 148 sufferers dying, taking the general loss of life toll to three,978.

The drop in testing is led by vital decreases in each day testing in Sindh and Punjab provinces, the nation’s two most populous areas. In Sindh, officers informed Al Jazeera the drop in testing was because of a “shortage of staff” at labs inflicting a backlog.


Hello, that is Usaid Siddiqui in Doha taking up from my colleague Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.


04:45 GMT – Hong Kong publicizes coronavirus loss of life

A 55-year-old male coronavirus affected person (confirmed case No 1180) admitted to hospital in Hong Kong in late May has died early on Thursday morning, a spokesman for the Princess Margaret Hospital mentioned

The hospital mentioned the person had suffered a stroke within the Philippines and was airlifted again to Hong Kong.

Seven individuals have now died from COVID-19 within the territory.

03:50 GMT – ‘We can’t overstate the disgrace’: ASEAN MPs on boat pushbacks

A gaggle of MPs from Southeast Asia are calling on leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to do extra to assist refugees and migrants, significantly Rohingya, taking boats throughout the Indian Ocean.

The open letter signed by Charles Santiago, chairman of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), urged ASEAN leaders to respect weak communities and curb hateful rhetoric directed at refugees and migrants throughout the coronavirus epidemic.

Malaysia detained 269 Rohingya on a broken boat earlier this month, and media reported this week {that a} boat carrying 300 individuals had been turned away. APHR mentioned ASEAN international locations wanted to work with Myanmar to finish the Rohingya disaster and “organise pressing collective search and rescue operations for boats carrying Rohingya refugees and to organise for his or her correct disembarkation.

“We cannot overstate the shame that falls upon us collectively when our governments choose to push people back to die at sea.”

03:20 GMT – More Qantas employees to lose jobs because of coronavirus

Australian airline Qantas is firing at the very least 6,000 individuals – 20 % of its workforce – as a part of a sequence of drastic measures to cope with the influence of the coronavirus,

Qantas additionally plans to floor 100 plane for so long as 12 months, and a few for longer, in addition to retire its six remaining Boeing 747 planes instantly, six months forward of schedule.

You can learn extra on that story from our enterprise group right here.

Qantas passenger

Airlines have been significantly hard-hit by the pandemic as borders closed and travel all however floor to a halt [File: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg]

03:05 GMT – Beijing will increase testing capability to maintain on prime of instances

Beijing has elevated each day nucleic acid testing capability to greater than 300,000 samples a day, in contrast with about 40,000 beforehand, in response to state media.

Authorities within the Chinese capital stepped up testing after a spike in instances linked to the primary wholesale meals market.

Mainland China on Thursday confirmed 19 new instances of COVID-19, 13 of them in Beijing.

03:00 GMT – Disneyland delays reopening after California instances surge

Disneyland within the US state of California, which has been closed for the reason that center of March, has delayed plans to reopen.

The resort was because of open once more on July 17, however Disney officers say they won’t have time to arrange for the reason that state authorities will solely launch working pointers on July 4.

Disneyland is the world’s second-most-popular theme park. 

02:10 GMT – Australia posts greatest one-day rise in instances in two months

More on the scenario in Australia following the announcement that troops shall be despatched to Melbourne, the nation’s second-biggest metropolis and the capital of Victoria state.

The state reported 33 individuals examined optimistic for the virus previously 24 hours, the ninth day of double-digit will increase.

The nation as an entire has recorded greater than 7,500 instances of the illness however, with the outbreak seemingly below management, it had eased most restrictions. It has recorded 104 deaths, the most recent an 85-year-old man who died in April however has now been confirmed to have had the illness.

02:05 GMT – South Korea instances ease

South Korea’s newest coronavirus knowledge suggests it’s getting a grip on the clusters which have emerged in Seoul in current weeks.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) mentioned this morning the nation had recorded 28 new instances, 23 of them native infections. That is a lower from Wednesday’s 51 instances and Tuesday’s 46.

Most clusters are linked to supply corporations and small church buildings.

00:30 GMT – Australian troops head to Victoria to deal with outbreak spike

Australia’s navy is to ship 1,000 troops to Melbourne to deal with new coronavirus clusters which have emerged within the capital of Victoria state, which has recorded almost 150 new infections throughout the previous week.

Up to 850 Australian Defence Force personnel will assist monitor returned worldwide travellers in resort quarantine whereas about 200 others will present logistical and medical help to COVID-19 testing services, she mentioned.

Separately, Victoria premier Dan Andrews mentioned the state was launching a “suburban testing blitz” concentrating on areas recognized as hotspots to get on prime of the outbreak.

00:15 GMT – Japan’s izakaya pub tradition suffers throughout COVID

Japanese are being extra cautious about going out for after-dinner drinks, and that’s harming the pubs, referred to as “izakayas” and recognized for reasonable drinks, tasty meals, and a comfortable environment. Some are tiny, with just a few seats.

Reuters says izakayas are actually going through an “existential crisis” as individuals work from home and keep away from indoor venues.

“If drinking out isn’t considered welcome, izakayas will go under,” Hitoshi Yaosaka, who owns 10 pubs in Tokyo and has seen enterprise return to solely a 3rd of pre-COVID ranges. “There’s a pretty good chance Japan’s izakaya culture will die down.”

00:00 GMT – States in northeastern US impose quarantines on travellers from eight states

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered travellers from eight different states to quarantine for 14 days on arrival because the epidemic within the US gathers momentum.

The order was “the smart thing to do”, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy informed the media.

The quarantine applies to individuals arriving from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah, together with northeastern residents coming back from these areas. It shall be enforced with fines that can rise for repeat offenders.

Pedestrians pass customers dining outside Casa Mezcal, Monday, June 22, 2020, in New York. New York City ventured into a crucial stage of reopening as stores let people in Monday, offices brought work

New York is opening up once more after being badly hit within the first coronavirus wave within the US. Now it’s imposing quarantines on travellers from various states the place caseloads and hospitalisations have surged [John Minchillo/AP Photo]

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

Read all of the updates from yesterday (June 24) right here.