India sees highest day by day soar in coronavirus instances: Live updates

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

  • Vietnam recorded its second coronavirus loss of life because the nation battles a brand new outbreak of the virus, which emerged within the metropolis of Danang.

  • Spain reported a second day of 1,000-plus coronavirus infections, the best for the reason that nation lifted its lockdown in June.

Here are the most recent updates:

Saturday, August 1

08:10 GMT – Russia plans mass vaccination in opposition to coronavirus from October

Russia is getting ready to begin a mass vaccination marketing campaign in opposition to 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 docs and academics could be the primary to be vaccinated.

A supply instructed Reuters 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 instances and a minimum of 14,000 deaths [AFP]

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

US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by a minimum of 1,453 on Friday, the most important one-day enhance since May 27, to reach a complete of 153,882, in accordance with a Reuters tally.


For July, US instances rose by 1.87 million, or 69 %, and deaths rose by 25,770, or 20 % [Marco Bello/Reuters] 

The rise in deaths was the most important one-day enhance since fatalities rose by 1,484 on May 27.

US instances rose by a minimum of 66,986 to a complete of 4.58 million with some native governments but to report.

06:50 GMT – India data highest day by day soar in coronavirus instances

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

The Health Ministry on Saturday additionally reported 764 further deaths for a complete of 36,511.

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

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

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan stated Friday that India achieved greater than 1 million recoveries with energetic instances solely one-third of the full. India is now conducting greater than 640,000 exams in 24 hours, taking cumulative exams throughout the nation to nearly 1.9 million, he stated.

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Hello, that is Hamza Mohamed in Doha taking up 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 instances.

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

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

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 costs 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 % of South Korea’s complete instances.

Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with different sect leaders to withhold data from authorities, together with assembly locations and the variety of individuals 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 % of the nation’s inhabitants, are “exploring” contact tracing apps utilizing a device 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 device, 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 allows app customers to trace encounters with different folks by Bluetooth indicators and anonymously notify contacts in the event that they later turn 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 allows 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 instances in China

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

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

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

Vietnam’s well being ministry has reported 12 new native coronavirus instances 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 an announcement. 

Vietnam has registered a complete of 558 coronavirus instances 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 getting back from Danang, greater than 100 clinics have been arrange with take a look at kits to detect the virus. Hanoi has examined a 3rd of the 54,000 folks getting back from Danang.


Residents wait to be examined at a makeshift speedy testing centre as Vietnam data an increase in instances 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 instances continues to extend, Danang has tightened safety and arrange extra checkpoints to forestall folks from leaving or coming into town, which has been in lockdown since Tuesday.

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

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

Florida reported 257 deaths and California, 208 on Friday.

For Florida, that is the fourth day in a row with a document rise in deaths and for California the second this week. Mississippi, Montana and Nevada additionally had a one-day document 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 a minimum of 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 will likely be arrested, Vazquez stated.

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

01:22 GMT – Fitch revises US outlook to damaging

Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook on the US’s AAA ranking to damaging from steady, citing eroding credit score power, 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 threat coverage gridlock may 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 instances, a document for a single day, in addition to 688 further deaths, bringing the full to 424,637 instances and 46,688 deaths.

The authorities has stated the actual variety of contaminated folks is probably going considerably larger than the confirmed instances.

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

Costa Rican docs have began giving free coronavirus exams to about 200 Nicaraguan migrants who’ve been stranded on the two nations’ border for greater than every week as a result of the Nicaraguan authorities has demanded damaging take a look at outcomes.

Clinica Biblica Hospital within the capital of San Jose despatched a cell 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 offer their title.


Nicaragua has prevented the entry of a whole bunch 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 as a consequence of a rise in new instances and fears the well being system may turn 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 to this point, figures nicely 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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