Vietnam posts file leap in coronavirus circumstances: Live updates

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  • Spain reported a second day of 1,000-plus coronavirus infections, the best for the reason that nation lifted its lockdown in June.
  • Libya’s United Nations-recognised authorities in Tripoli introduced it is going to impose a full lockdown in areas of the nation it controls, after an increase in COVID-19 circumstances.
  • Over 17.2 million folks all over the world have been recognized with the brand new coronavirus. More than 10 million sufferers have recovered, and at the very least 671,000 have died, in accordance with information from Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the newest updates:

Friday, July 31

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

Long traces fashioned outdoors Pension Fund Administrators places of work 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 a press release, Chile’s Superintendent of Pensions mentioned 3,024,347 folks 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 might use the cash to pay for primary 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 a ten p.c of their deposits in Santiago, on July 30, 2020 [Martin Bernetti/ AFP]

01:53 GMT – US epicentre shifts towards Midwestern states

Coronavirus infections seem like choosing up in mid-western United States, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force mentioned, because the state of Ohio reported a file day of circumstances 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 mentioned 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 mentioned. 

00:50 GMT – Vietnam studies 45 new circumstances

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

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

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

COVID-19 spreads in Vietnam after outbreak at vacationer spot (1:59)

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

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro mentioned 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 mentioned 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 mentioned, referring to nearly three weeks he spent on the official presidential residence.

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

Latin America: Millions vulnerable to famine as COVID-19 circumstances surge (2:34)

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 depart home for work, with others solely in a position to depart the home to purchase groceries. All gatherings will probably be banned and accommodations, eating places, gyms and faculties 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 drive group, mentioned 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 20, right here.