North Korea declares an emergency over coronavirus: Live updates

  • North Korean chief Kim Jong Un positioned town of Kaesong near the border with South Korea underneath whole lockdown over coronavirus issues, and declared a state of emergency to comprise a possible outbreak, North Korea’s state media reported on Sunday.

  • Vietnam was again on excessive alert for the coronavirus after medical officers within the central metropolis of Da Nang detected the nation’s first regionally transmitted case in three months.

  • Thousands of protests hit the streets of Jerusalem to denounce Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to alleged corruption in his authorities.
  • Some 15.9 million individuals all over the world have been identified with COVID-19, whereas greater than 641,000 have died, in response to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 9.18 million individuals have recovered.

Here are the most recent updates:

Sunday, July 26

02:43 GMT – France expands free COVID-19 testing as an infection charges rise

French well being authorities are making COVID-19 assessments accessible freed from cost with out prescription as they intently monitor an uptick in infections after the lifting of lockdown measures, Reuters information company reported on Sunday.

PCR nasal swab assessments, which detect COVID-19 infections brought on by the novel coronavirus, might be freely accessible on demand underneath authorities orders printed on Saturday.

France has recorded 30,192 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, amongst a complete of 180,528 instances of the illness, in response to statistics printed on Friday.

The variety of new every day infections rose above 1,000 for a second day working – round their every day stage when lockdown measures have been eased in May, following two months of confinement.

02:30 GMT – Lebanon studies highest every day depend of COVID-19 instances

Lebanon has reported the best every day depend of coronavirus instances with 175, bringing the overall to greater than 3,500, in response to AP information company.

Lebanese officers warn of a spike in infections following the easing of restrictions after the nation’s solely airport opened on July 1. Government officers have urged individuals to look at social distancing and put on masks.

The nation of about 5 million has 47 confirmed deaths and three,582 reported instances. The authorities is contemplating reintroducing restrictions, together with closing gyms and nightclubs, which reopened for enterprise after the nation relaxed its lockdown.

02:09 GMT – Costa Rica registers file 931 new coronavirus instances and 11 deaths

Costa Rica’s Health Ministry has reported a file 931 new coronavirus instances and 11 deaths, each single-day highs for the small Central American nation the place 72 % of all its confirmed instances have been registered for the reason that starting of this month.

In whole, Costa Rican authorities have reported 14,600 instances and 98 deaths within the nation of 5 million individuals, in response to Reuters information company.

Despite the rise in instances, motels are operational and the federal government has introduced European, British, and Canadian vacationers might be allowed to enter the nation starting August 1. 

01:40 GMT – Mainland China studies 46 new coronavirus instances, together with 22 in Xinjiang

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Beijing partially reopened film theatres on Friday because the risk from the coronavirus continues to recede in China’s capital [Mark Schiefelbein/AP]

China reported 46 instances of the brand new coronavirus within the mainland for July 25, up from 34 instances a day earlier, Reuters reported on Sunday, quoting the nation’s well being fee.

Of the brand new infections, 22 have been within the far western area of Xinjiang, in response to a press release by the National Health Commission. Thirteen have been within the northeastern province of Liaoning, whereas the remaining 11 have been imported instances.

China reported two new asymptomatic instances, down from 74 a day earlier.

As of the tip of Saturday, mainland China had 83,830 confirmed coronavirus instances, the well being authority mentioned. The COVID-19 dying toll remained at 4,634.

01:04 GMT – North Korea’s Kaesong positioned underneath lockdown

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un positioned town of Kaesong near the border with South Korea underneath whole lockdown over coronavirus issues and declared a state of emergency to comprise a possible outbreak, AP information company reported on Sunday quoting North Korea’s state media.

The “maximum emergency system” was carried out after an individual was discovered with suspected COVID-19 signs within the metropolis, the Korean Central News Agency mentioned. It mentioned the particular person is a runaway who had fled to South Korea years in the past earlier than illegally crossing the border into the North early final week.

If that particular person is formally declared a virus affected person, she or he can be the North’s first confirmed coronavirus case. North Korea has steadfastly mentioned it has no single virus case on its territory, a declare questioned by exterior specialists.

01:00 GMT – Mexico studies 6,751 new coronavirus instances, 729 new deaths

Mexico’s Health Ministry has reported 6,751 new confirmed instances of coronavirus an infection and 729 further fatalities, bringing the overall within the nation to 385,036 instances and 43,374 whole deaths.

The authorities has mentioned the true variety of contaminated individuals is probably going considerably larger than the confirmed instances, in response to Reuters information company.

00:29 GMT – Brazil registers 1,211 coronavirus deaths, well being ministry says

Brazil registered a further 1,211 deaths attributable to the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours and one other 51,147 confirmed instances, Reuters information company reported quoting the well being ministry.

The South American nation has now registered 86,449 deaths and a couple of,394,513 whole confirmed instances as of the tip of Saturday.

00:16 GMT – Israelis protest towards Netanyahu’s dealing with of pandemic

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Police use water cannons throughout a protest towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s alleged corruption and his authorities’s dealing with of the coronavirus illness disaster, near his residence in Jerusalem early on Sunday [Ronen Zvulun/Reuters]

Thousands of protesters hit the streets of Jerusalem to denounce Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to alleged corruption in his authorities.

Images from Jerusalem confirmed a few of the protesters clashing with police exterior the residence of Netanyahu on Saturday night time.

The variety of individuals to check optimistic for coronavirus in Israel topped 60,000 on Saturday as the federal government struggled to comprise a resurgence in an infection charges.

With a inhabitants of 9 million, Israel has reported a complete of 455 fatalities from the pandemic.

Israel was one of many first nations to impose a nationwide lockdown and initially was profitable in clamping down on the outbreak, earlier than instances surged anew.

00:01 GMT – US state of Arizona studies over 3,700 new instances

Hurricane Hanna roared ashore on the United States’ Gulf Coast within the state of Texas, bringing winds that lashed the shoreline with rain and storm surge – and even threatening to carry doable tornadoes to part of the nation making an attempt to deal with a spike in coronavirus instances.

The first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall Saturday afternoon at 22:00 GMT. As of Saturday night, it had most sustained winds of 90 mph (145 kph).

Many elements of Texas, together with the realm the place Hanna got here ashore, have been coping with a surge in coronavirus instances in current weeks, however native officers mentioned they have been ready for regardless of the storm may carry.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

You can discover all the important thing developments from yesterday, July 25, right here.