France suffers file GDP plunge: Coronavirus stay updates

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  • Spain reported a second day of 1,000-plus coronavirus infections, the very best for the reason that nation lifted its lockdown in June.
  • Libya’s United Nations-recognised authorities in Tripoli introduced it’s going to impose a full lockdown in areas of the nation it controls, after an increase in COVID-19 instances.

More than 17.2 million individuals world wide have been identified with the brand new coronavirus. More than 10 million sufferers have recovered, and at the least 673,000 have died, in accordance with knowledge from Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the most recent updates:

08:58 GMT – Poland stories file excessive virus instances for second day

Poland reported its highest variety of new each day instances for the reason that pandemic began for the second day in a row, with 657 new instances, in accordance with the Health Ministry.

The ministry reported seven new deaths, with a complete of 45,688 reported coronavirus instances and 1,716 deaths.

Of the brand new instances, 227 had been within the Silesia area, which has been grappling with an outbreak amongst miners. 

08:55 GMT – Philippines information 4,063 new instances

The Philippine well being ministry confirmed 4,063 infections, reporting the very best each day case enhance in Southeast Asia for a second straight day.

In a bulletin, the ministry stated whole confirmed infections have risen to 93,354, whereas deaths elevated by 40 to 2,023.

08:53 GMT – Germany places three virus-hit Spanish areas on high-risk record

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious illnesses put three Spanish areas, together with Catalonia, home to Barcelona, on its record of nations designated high-risk for the coronavirus.

The three areas are Catalonia, Aragon and Navarre in northern Spain, RKI stated.

The summer time vacation season has prompted fears that vacationers getting back from locations experiencing a surge in new instances like Spain may sow the seeds of a second wave.

On Monday, Germany stated it might make coronavirus exams obligatory at airports for all returning holidaymakers from high-risk areas. 

08:52 GMT – Hong Kong stories 121 new instances as native transmissions keep excessive

Hong Kong reported 121 new instances, together with 118 that had been regionally transmitted, as authorities stated the worldwide monetary hub confronted a essential interval to battle a 3rd wave of the virus which has seen a resurgence this month.

The Chinese territory reported a each day file of 149 new instances on Thursday. Since late January, over 3,100 individuals have been contaminated in Hong Kong, 27 of whom have died. 

08:27 GMT – Indonesia stories 2,040 new instances, 73 deaths 

Indonesia reported 2,040 new infections and 73 extra deaths, in accordance with knowledge printed on the nation’s COVID-19 activity pressure web site.

This introduced Indonesia’s whole variety of confirmed infections to 108,376 and deaths to five,131. 

Eid al-Adha prayer amid coronavirus outbreak in Surabaya, Indonesia

People attend Eid al-Adha prayer by implementing social distancing and well being protocol throughout coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) at Al Akbar Mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia [Suryanto/Anadolu]

08:26 GMT – Italy’s GDP plunges 12.Four p.c in second quarter     

Italy’s gross home product (GDP) fell by 12.Four p.c within the second quarter, Italy’s nationwide statistics bureau Istat stated, plunging the nation into recession.     

GDP fell by 17.Three p.c in contrast with the year-ago second quarter, Istat stated, because the coronavirus lockdown took a dramatic toll on the eurozone’s third-largest financial system. 

07:49 GMT – Vietnam information first COVID-19 dying after virus re-emerges 

Vietnam confirmed its first coronavirus fatality, state media reported, after the dying of an aged man who had examined constructive in Danang, town the place the virus re-emerged within the nation final week after 100 days.

Vietnam is battling a brand new outbreak of the virus following months of profitable countermeasures which noticed the nation hold its coronavirus tally to only a few hundred instances.

The man, 70, died early on Friday, state media stated.

Authorities on Friday reported 45 new coronavirus instances, marking the most important each day leap within the nation, bringing the entire instances within the nation to 509.

Vietnam Imposes Restrictions As Coronavirus Cases Rise

Medical specialists in protecting fits gather blood samples for a coronavirus (COVID-19) fast check from individuals who not too long ago returned from Da Nang City on July 31, 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam [Linh Pham/Getty Images]

07:43 GMT – Russia’s case tally nears 840,000

Russia reported 5,482 new instances, pushing its nationwide tally to 839,981, the world’s fourth largest caseload.

Officials stated 161 individuals had died within the final 24 hours, bringing the official dying toll to 13,963. 

07:12 GMT – France sees file 13.eight p.c GDP plunge in second quarter

France’s financial system contracted by a file 13.eight p.c within the second quarter beneath the influence of coronavirus lockdowns, the nationwide statistics institute INSEE stated.     

The seasonally-adjusted quarter-on-quarter drop in gross home product (GDP) was higher than forecast however worse than the efficiency of most of its eurozone friends.     

“GDP’s negative developments in first half of 2020 is linked to the shut-down of ‘non-essential’ activities in the context of the implementation of the lockdown between mid-March and the beginning of May,” INSEE stated in an announcement.

INSEE additionally up to date the determine for the primary quarter to a 5.9 p.c contraction, from the 5.Three p.c it had beforehand estimated.     

The second quarter determine means the French financial system has been shrinking for 3 consecutive quarters and continues to be in recession. 

France requires masks inside public places

People, carrying protecting face masks, stroll in a avenue in Paris as France enforces mask-wearing in enclosed public areas as a part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) throughout the nation [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters]   

07:03 GMT – Germany stories 870 new instances

Germany reported 870 new instances, in accordance with a tally from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious illnesses.

That introduced the entire quantity to 208,698 whereas 9,141 deaths have been recorded. 

06:55 GMT – Fiji information first COVID-19 dying      

Fiji introduced its first coronavirus dying however well being officers assured individuals within the Pacific island nation that it was not the precursor to a serious outbreak.

Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete stated the sufferer was a 66-year-old man who examined constructive after getting back from India, the place he had undergone surgical procedure for a long-standing coronary heart situation.     

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of our health-care professionals, this gentleman passed away yesterday in the isolation ward at Lautoka hospital due to complications from COVID-19,” Waqainabete informed reporters.     

He stated the person was one in all 9 lively instances who had been held in quarantine since they had been repatriated from India on July 1.

Before then, Fiji had loved a spell of 4 weeks virus-free, after the 18 instances it had beforehand recorded all recovered. 

06:40 GMT – UK tightens lockdown in northern England

Britain imposed a more durable lockdown in swathes of northern England after an increase within the price of coronavirus transmission, elevating considerations {that a} second wave of the lethal virus may sow but extra turmoil.

Around Four million individuals had been ordered to not combine with different households in Greater Manchester, the most important metropolis in northern England, components of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, although they will nonetheless go to the pub and to work.

The measures come after Britain reported its highest variety of new infections in additional than a month.

06:15 GMT – KLM says 1,500 new job cuts will deliver whole discount to 20 p.c

KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, stated it might minimize 1,500 extra jobs as a part of a restructuring by which it wants to chop emissions by 50 p.c by 2030 in addition to put together for recovering visitors after the coronavirus outbreak.

Parent firm Air France-KLM on Thursday reported a 1.55bn euro ($1.8bn) working loss for the second quarter, with visitors down 95 p.c from a yr earlier.

KLM stated the brand new cuts would imply its workforce, 33,000 earlier than the pandemic, can be diminished by 20 p.c in all by 2022. It didn’t rule out additional cuts. 

06:04 GMT – India’s instances rise by a each day file of 55,078 

India reported one other file surge in each day infections, taking the entire to 1.64 million, as the federal government additional eases virus curbs in a bid to resuscitate the financial system, whereas additionally making an attempt to extend testing.

Infections jumped by 55,078 up to now 24 hours, whereas the dying toll rose by 779 to 35,747, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated on its web site.

The ministry additionally stated it aimed to lift the nation’s capability to 1 million coronavirus exams per day within the medium time period, from a file 600,000 on Friday.

The federal authorities this week introduced the reopening of yoga institutes and gymnasiums, and eliminated restrictions on the motion of individuals and items.

Hello, that is Farah Najjar taking up from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed.

04:51 GMT – Southeast Asia poverty to surge in ‘socio-economic disaster’

Southeast Asia is on the point of a “socio-economic crisis” attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic that would reverse many years of poverty discount, the United Nations has warned.

“The crisis threatens to destroy the livelihoods of Southeast Asia’s 218 million informal workers,” a UN coverage temporary launched on Thursday stated. “Without alternative income, formal social protection systems or savings to buffer these shocks, workers and their families will be pushed into poverty, reversing decades of poverty reduction.”

The region-wide financial system was anticipated to contract by 0.Four per cent in 2020, it stated, whereas remittances from Southeast Asians working overseas had been more likely to fall by 13 per cent or $10bn.

UN proposes financial lifeline for poor amid pandemic (4:56)

The paper urged nations to repair “fiscal termites”: budget-sapping issues like tax evasion, switch pricing and fossil gas subsidies to allow them to ship massive stimulus packages to assist susceptible populations and enhance their economies.

Current low oil costs offered an excellent alternative to reverse fossil gas subsidies, it added.

04:46 GMT – Bali welcomes guests after four-month lockdown

Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to home vacationers after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the easing that took impact on Friday, Indonesians visiting Bali will face stringent rules at motels, eating places and seashores. Foreign vacationers can be allowed on the island starting September 11.

04:35 GMT – Philippines extends restrictions

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte prolonged quarantine restrictions within the capital Manila, limiting actions of the aged and youngsters, and the operations of companies from eating places to gyms, till mid-August.

“My plea is to endure some more. Many have been infected,” Duterte stated in a televised deal with.

Duterte promised free vaccines in the event that they turned obtainable by late this yr, prioritising first the poor after which the center class, police and navy personnel. The Philippines can be given priority by China in vaccine distribution, he stated.

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People carrying face masks wait to have their coronavirus fast exams at a stadium in Manila, Philippines [Aaron Favila/AP Photo]

04:03 GMT – Australia’s Victoria flags new steps to regulate surge in instances

Australia’s Victoria state recorded its second-highest day of recent coronavirus infections, because the state’s Premier Daniel Andrews flagged the prospect of extra rigorous steps to include the unfold of the illness.

Victoria reported 627 new infections on Friday, down from a file of 723 new infections on Thursday.

“It is clear to all of us that these numbers are still far too high,” Andrews informed reporters. “It may well be the case … that we need to take further steps. The data will tell us, the experts will tell us, what and if any next steps need to be.”

03:20 GMT – Hong Kong logs new excessive of 149 instances

Hong Kong reported a brand new each day file of coronavirus instances, logging 149 extra infections by Thursday finish.

Amid the rise in instances, authorities reversed a ban on indoor eating, alongside eating places to function beneath restricted hours and with restricted capability. Businesses akin to bars, karaoke bars and amusement parks stay briefly closed, and public gatherings are restricted to 2 individuals.

People have lunch at a mall after the government banned dine-in services, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hong Kong

People have lunch at a mall in Hong Kong after the federal government banned dine-in providers [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

03:01 GMT – China tightens travel rules for Xinjiang capital

China tightened travel restrictions in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, requiring individuals arriving within the metropolis from areas deemed to have excessive an infection dangers to bear a two-week quarantine.

Others arriving from much less dangerous areas should present proof of excellent well being. Locals “in principle” should keep within the metropolis or present proof of well being to be allowed to depart.

Since mid-July, the Xinjiang outbreak centred in Urumqi has seen greater than 600 instances of sickness, together with 112 new ones reported on Friday.

2:49 GMT – Brazil first woman exams constructive

Brazil’s first woman Michelle Bolsonaro examined constructive for the brand new coronavirus, the federal government introduced on Thursday, 5 days after her husband Jair Bolsonaro stated he had recovered from his COVID-19 an infection.

The 38-year-old first woman “is in good health and will follow all established protocols”, the president’s workplace stated.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro along with his spouse Michelle Bolsonaro in Brasilia, on March 6, 2020 [File: Adriano Machado/Reuters]

2:42 GMT – China’s manufacturing facility restoration accelerates in July

China’s manufacturing facility exercise expanded in July for the fifth month in a row and at a quicker tempo, beating analyst expectations regardless of disruptions from floods and a resurgence in coronavirus instances world wide.

The official manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) rose to 51.1 in July from June’s 50.9, official knowledge confirmed on Friday, marking the very best studying since March.

Analysts had anticipated it to gradual to 50.7. The 50-point mark separates development from contraction on a month-to-month foundation.

02:14 GMT – More than three million Chileans search to withdraw pensions

Long strains shaped exterior Pension Fund Administrators workplaces in Chile’s capital, Santiago, and the web sites of a number of fund managers collapsed as Chileans sought to make the most of a brand new legislation permitting residents to faucet into retirement financial savings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The emergency measure, which got here into impact on Thursday, permits these with financial savings to withdraw as much as 10 p.c of their pensions.

In an announcement, Chile’s superintendent of pensions stated 3,024,347 individuals had requested to withdraw their share by 5pm native time.

Opinion polls point out nearly 9 out of each 10 Chileans deliberate to faucet their funds, with most saying they’d use the cash to pay for fundamental items and providers.

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People put on face masks whereas queueing to enter a department of the pension funds workplace to start out the process to withdraw as much as 10 p.c of their deposits in Santiago, on July 30, 2020 [Martin Bernetti/AFP]

01:53 GMT – US epicentre of pandemic shifts in the direction of Midwest

Coronavirus infections look like choosing up within the Midwestern United States, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force stated, because the state of Ohio reported a file day of instances and Wisconsin’s governor mandated the usage of masks.

The coronavirus outbreak is “moving up” into Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska from the south “because of vacations and other reasons of travel”, Deborah Birx informed Fox News.

01:19 GMT – Iran jail officers’ pleas for virus assist ‘ignored’  

Iran’s authorities ignored repeated requests from senior jail officers for assist in containing coronavirus within the nation’s overcrowded jails, in accordance with Amnesty International.

The rights group stated it reviewed copies of 4 letters to the well being ministry signed by officers at Iran’s Prisons Organization, “raising the alarm over serious shortages of protective equipment, disinfectant products, and essential medical devices”.

The ministry “failed to respond, and Iran’s prisons remain catastrophically unequipped for outbreaks”, Amnesty stated. 

00:50 GMT – Vietnam stories 45 new instances

Vietnam’s well being ministry reported 45 new coronavirus infections linked to a current outbreak within the central metropolis of Da Nang, marking the very best each day enhance for the reason that first instances emerged within the nation in late January.

The new sufferers, with ages starting from 27 to 87, are linked to 4 hospitals and a lodge in Da Nang. Total infections for the reason that virus resurfaced have reached 93, the ministry stated in an announcement.

Vietnam has registered 509 instances of the virus in whole, with no deaths. The nation had recorded 100 days with out a regionally transmitted case earlier than the re-emergence of the virus.

00:42 GMT – Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he has ‘mould’ in lungs

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stated he was taking antibiotics for an an infection that left him feeling weak, chuckling in a web based video about “mould” in his lungs, having spent weeks in isolation after catching the brand new coronavirus.

“I just did a blood test. I was feeling kind of weak yesterday. They found a bit of infection also. Now I’m on antibiotics,” Bolsonaro stated in a livestream video, with out elaborating on the an infection.

“After 20 days indoors, I have other problems. I have mould in my lungs,” he stated, referring to nearly three weeks he spent on the official presidential residence.

He examined constructive for the coronavirus on July 7 after which unfavorable final Saturday.

00:05 GMT – Botswana reinstates lockdown in capital

Botswana’s capital metropolis Gaborone has returned to a two-week lockdown to stem its newest surge in coronavirus infections.

Under new rules for the capital and surrounding areas, solely important staff would be capable of go away home for work, with others solely in a position to go away the home to purchase groceries. All gatherings can be banned and motels, eating places, gyms and colleges will shut.

“During the course of the week, the disease has taken an unprecedented turn, which now required we place the greater Gaborone region under lockdown to enable our containment measures to take hold,” Kereng Masupu, coordinator of the COVID-19 activity pressure staff, stated in a televised briefing.


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

You can discover all the important thing developments from yesterday, July 30, right here.