Kuwait bans flights to ‘excessive danger’ nations: Coronavirus updates

  • Kuwait has banned business flights to a number of nations it mentioned it regards as excessive danger as a result of unfold of the coronavirus

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

  • US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by at the least 1,453, the largest one-day improve since May 27.

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

Here are the most recent updates:

Saturday, August 1

11:35 GMT – Kuwait bans flights to ‘excessive danger’ nations

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

The nations embrace India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka – all nations with massive 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 mentioned 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 instances in additional than three months in Danang, a tourism scorching 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 3 on Saturday [Linh Pham/Getty]

The whole variety of infections within the nation has since risen to 558 from 413, with a lot of the new instances linked to 3 hospitals in Danang.

More than 41,000 folks have visited the three hospitals since July 1, the ministry mentioned in an announcement.

10:45 GMT – Philippines confirms nearly 5,000 instances, largest single-day improve

The Philippines on Saturday reported 4,963 further coronavirus infections, the most important single-day bounce on document.

In a bulletin, the well being ministry mentioned whole 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 instances [Aaron Favila/AP]

09:50 GMT – Poland stories document rise in virus instances for third day

Poland reported its highest variety of new every day coronavirus instances for the reason that international pandemic began for the third day in a row on Saturday, with 658 new infections, the Health Ministry mentioned.

More than 200 instances 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 instances and 1,721 deaths [Reuters]

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

Indonesia reported 1,560 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing the overall within the Southeast Asian nation to 109,936, information from the nation’s COVID-19 activity drive confirmed.

It additionally reported 62 COVID-19 associated deaths, taking the dying toll to five,193.

08:50 GMT – Australia’s Victoria stories 397 coronavirus instances, three deaths 

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

The deaths take the state’s COVID-19 fatalities to 116 and Australia’s tally to 201.

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

Russia is making ready to begin a mass vaccination marketing campaign in opposition to coronavirus in October, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko mentioned on Saturday, RIA information company reported.

The minister, who didn’t give particulars concerning the vaccine for use, mentioned medical doctors and academics can 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 at the least 14,000 deaths [AFP]

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

US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by at the least 1,453 on Friday, the largest one-day improve since May 27, to reach a complete of 153,882, in keeping 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 largest one-day improve since fatalities rose by 1,484 on May 27.

US instances 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 data highest every day bounce 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 mentioned Friday that India achieved greater than 1 million recoveries with lively instances solely one-third of the overall. India is now conducting greater than 640,000 assessments in 24 hours, taking cumulative assessments throughout the nation to nearly 1.9 million, he mentioned.

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

Okinawa reported 71 new coronavirus instances Friday, bringing its whole 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 fees 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 whole instances.

Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with different sect leaders to withhold info 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, mentioned the church will do its greatest 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 mentioned public well being authorities in 16 nations and areas exterior 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 expertise allows app customers to trace encounters with different folks via Bluetooth indicators and anonymously notify contacts in the event that they later grow to be contaminated with the virus.

Google mentioned the primary of the US apps can 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 latest outbreak within the vacationer hotspot of Danang, taking whole 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 mentioned 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 optimistic after coming 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 coming back from Danang.


Residents wait to be examined at a makeshift fast 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,” mentioned 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 optimistic 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 stop folks from leaving or coming into the 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 keeping 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 improve in deaths on Friday.

Overall within the US, deaths have elevated by greater than 25,000 in July to 153,000 whole 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 people who refuse to put on one shall be arrested, Vazquez mentioned.

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

01:22 GMT – Fitch revises US outlook to detrimental

Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook on the US’s AAA ranking to detrimental 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 mentioned the longer term route of US fiscal coverage relies upon partially on the November election for president and the ensuing make-up of Congress, cautioning there’s a danger coverage gridlock may proceed.

00:56 GMT – Mexico overtakes UK to submit third-highest dying 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 dying toll.

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

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

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

Costa Rican medical doctors have began giving free coronavirus assessments 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 detrimental take a look at 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,” mentioned one migrant, who declined to present their title.


Nicaragua has prevented the entry of lots 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 as a consequence of a rise in new instances and fears the well being system may grow to be overwhelmed.

“We will keep things as they are until August 16,” mentioned 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 thus far, figures effectively beneath 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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