The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported a document improve in world coronavirus instances, with the entire rising by 284,196 in 24 hours.
France suggested its residents to not travel to the Spanish area of Catalonia with the intention to assist include the unfold of COVID-19, stated French Prime Minister Jean Castex.
India reported greater than 49,000 contemporary instances of the coronavirus with 740 new deaths, marking the most important every day surge in infections.
Here are the updates:
Friday, July 24
20:34 GMT – US National Zoo reopens, regardless of expanded COVID-19 measures
The National Zoo in Washington has partially reopened to guests for the primary time in additional than 4 months, regardless of the capital’s mayor increasing public well being measures to battle the coronavirus this week.
The zoo requires guests to order a ticket in advance, to maintain the numbers down, and insists on mask-wearing for each the general public and zoo employees.
COVID-19, the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus, is a zoonotic illness that may transmit forwards and backwards between people and animals, stated the zoo’s deputy director, Brandie Smith.
20:05 GMT – DC mayor says guests from coronavirus sizzling spots should quarantine
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has stated anybody coming into the District of Columbia from a coronavirus sizzling spot who isn’t travelling for important actions will likely be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The order excludes neighbouring Maryland and Virginia, Bowser stated on Twitter.
Beginning Monday, July 27, anybody coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk space who was not touring for important actions will likely be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The order excludes Maryland and Virginia.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) July 24, 2020
19:37 GMT – WHO studies document every day improve in world coronavirus instances
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a document improve in world coronavirus instances, with the entire rising by 284,196 in 24 hours.
The greatest will increase have been from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, in line with a every day report. Deaths rose by 9,753, the most important one-day improve since a document excessive of 9,797 deaths in April 30.
The earlier WHO document for brand spanking new instances was 259,848 on July 18. Deaths have been averaging 5,000 a day in July, up from a median of 4,600 a day in June.
19:15 GMT – White House says youngsters ought to return to highschool
Children nonetheless ought to return to highschool even when future research discover they’re transmitting the lethal novel coronavirus that has killed greater than 140,000 within the US as a result of they’re much less prone to turn out to be severely unwell, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has stated.
President Donald Trump is pushing to reopen US faculties that abruptly shuttered this spring when the coronavirus first started spreading throughout the nation, regardless of academics’ and households’ considerations that youngsters might contract or transmit the illness ought to they return to the classroom.
19:01 GMT – Chilean well being minister publicizes gradual lifting of Santiago lockdown
The Chilean well being minister, Enrique Paris, has introduced the gradual lifting of lockdowns for components of the capital Santiago from Tuesday, July 28.
Paris stated any more individuals living within the much less populous and wealthier jap suburbs of the capital could be allowed to assemble in small teams and go away their properties with out the police permissions beforehand required throughout weekdays and outdoors nighttime curfew hours.
18:44 GMT – US House Speaker opposes short-term extension to enhanced unemployment advantages
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated she isn’t contemplating a short lived extension to enhanced unemployment advantages, which expire on July 31, whereas Congress continues work on a brand new coronavirus reduction invoice.
“I would be very much averse to separating this (unemployment benefits) out and losing all leverage” on Republicans as lawmakers negotiate one other coronavirus assist invoice, Pelosi, a Democrat, informed reporters.
18:20 GMT – France data 1,130 new COVID-19 instances in 24 hours
France has recorded 1,130 new COVID-19 instances prior to now 24 hours, the well being ministry stated, in a contemporary signal that the speed of an infection is accelerating once more after the federal government eased lockdown restrictions.
It was the second consecutive day that the every day variety of new instances exceeded 1,000.
The ministry, in an announcement, stated the figures confirmed the necessity for individuals to point out self-discipline by limiting pointless publicity and respecting hygiene rules.
18:01 GMT – Senegal strengthens coronavirus testing for travellers
Senegal is strengthening its coronavirus testing capability to allow travellers to get examined earlier than leaving the nation, and testing these arriving within the West African state.
The well being ministry has accredited 4 testing centres within the capital Dakar, from just one on the onset of the outbreak, to check travellers. It plans to increase testing in different main cities.
Senegal, which is dependent upon tourism for round 4 p.c of GDP, has reported 9,422 instances for the reason that outbreak, with 182 deaths.
17:36 GMT – US CDC studies 4,024,492 coronavirus instances
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 4,024,492 instances of the coronavirus, a rise of 72,219 instances from its earlier rely, and has stated the variety of deaths had risen by 1,113 to 143,868.
The CDC reported its tally COVID-19 as of 4pm ET (8pm GMT) on July 23 versus its earlier report a day earlier.
17:10 GMT – Nicaraguans caught at Costa Rica border after Managua bars re-entry on virus fears
Hundreds of Nicaraguans are caught in limbo between Costa Rica and Nicaragua after their homeland refused to permit them again with out proof that they aren’t contaminated with the coronavirus, authorities have stated.
Nicaraguans have been exiting Costa Rica since Wednesday by means of the border publish of Penas Blancas however about 300 are actually stranded, having been barred from getting into Nicaragua by its authorities, Costa Rica’s immigration division stated.
Managua is demanding that the Nicaraguans, who’re ready for the deadlock to finish by the facet of a street, present proof that they’ve taken a coronavirus check within the final 72 hours.
16:35 GMT – UK PM Johnson says ‘open questions’ on whether or not lockdown got here too late
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated there have been open questions as as to if lockdown was launched too late, as COVID-19 was poorly understood in its early levels.
Asked by the BBC whether or not lockdown got here too late, Johnson stated: “When you hearken to the scientists, the questions that you’ve got simply requested are literally very open questions so far as they’re involved.
“This was something that was new, that we didn’t understand in the way that we would have liked in the first few weeks and months, and … the single thing that we didn’t see at the beginning was the extent to which it was being transmitted asymptomatically from person to person.”
16:15 GMT – Human trials of second Russian COVID-19 vaccine to begin July 27
Human trials of Russia’s second potential coronavirus vaccine, developed by the Siberian Vector institute, will start on July 27, the TASS information company cited Russia’s shopper security watchdog as saying.
An early-stage human trial of a separate vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya institute in Moscow, was accomplished this month, with scientists hailing the outcomes and authorities planning to move to mass manufacturing within the autumn.
15:42 GMT – Spain’s complete coronavirus instances rise by 2,255
Spain has reported a cumulative complete of 272,421 coronavirus instances, up 2,255 from the day earlier than, well being ministry knowledge confirmed, with the determine together with individuals who have recovered from the illness however whose antibody assessments have been taken now.
In the previous 24 hours, some 922 new infections have been recognized, the ministry stated, in contrast with 971 the day past.
Since lifting a nationwide lockdown a month in the past Spain has struggled to include an increase in new infections.
15:10 GMT – Italy imposes quarantine on travellers from Romania, Bulgaria
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza stated he has signed a quarantine order for individuals who have been in Romania and Bulgaria within the final 14 days, in a move aimed toward stopping the importation of COVID-19 instances from exterior the nation.
“The virus is not defeated and continues to circulate. For this reason we still need to be careful,” Speranza wrote on Facebook.
Italy, one of many European international locations worst-affected by the novel coronavirus, had already banned entry to individuals coming from 16 international locations, together with hard-hit Brazil.
14:43 GMT – France advises residents to not travel to Catalonia
France is advising its residents to not travel to the Spanish area of Catalonia with the intention to assist include the unfold of COVID-19, the sickness attributable to the brand new coronavirus, French Prime Minister Jean Castex stated.
Castex additionally stated the federal government will reinforce controls at France’s borders within the hope of higher containing the pandemic, with individuals arriving from some international locations being topic to obligatory testing.
Castex was talking on the sidelines of a go to to Charles-de-Gaulle worldwide airport, north of Paris.
14:20 GMT – Norway to limit travel from Spain, open extra for Sweden
Norway will reimpose a 10-day quarantine requirement for individuals arriving from Spain from Saturday after a surge in COVID-19 instances there, whereas it is going to ease restrictions on individuals coming from extra counties of Sweden, the federal government stated.
Residents of the European Union, European Economic Area or Schengen international locations with fewer than 20 confirmed instances per 100,000 inhabitants during the last two weeks are capable of enter Norway with out being required to enter self-quarantine.
The newest knowledge from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) confirmed COVID-19 infections in Spain had risen to 30.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.
14:00 GMT – Portugal criticises UK choice to maintain it off protected travel record
The UK’s choice to proceed to keep up a quarantine regime for travellers coming from Portugal is “not backed by facts”, Portugal’s international minister Augusto Santos Silva has stated in a tweet.
13:35 GMT – Germany to check individuals coming back from high-risk international locations for coronavirus
Health ministers from Germany’s states have agreed to require individuals coming back from high-risk international locations to take a coronavirus check on the airport or face two weeks’ quarantine as a part of efforts to forestall a brand new wave of infections.
Anyone who can not present a detrimental check end result will likely be required to enter quarantine for 14 days, Berlin’s Health Minister Dilek Kalyci informed reporters following a gathering of the state ministers.
Hello, that is Arwa Ibrahim taking up from my colleague Farah Najjar.
11:56 GMT – Drop in UK COVID-19 infections has levelled off, statisticians say
The variety of individuals within the UK contaminated with COVID-19 has stopped falling, and now stands at round one in 2,000 people who find themselves not in hospitals or care properties, the Office for National Statistics stated.
“Despite decreases in the level of COVID-19 infection from mid-May to mid-June this has slowed in recent weeks and has now levelled off. As the Government relaxes lockdown measures, we are closely monitoring these results for any changes,” ONS statistician Heather Bovill stated.
The knowledge is based totally on 114,674 swab assessments performed within the six weeks operating as much as July 19.
09:56 GMT – Three-year-old dies as Belgian virus instances develop
A 3-year-old woman was among the many newest sequence of deaths from the coronavirus epidemic in Belgium, officers have stated, because the nation confronts a worrying progress in new infections.
Health spokesman Boudewijn Catry saidthree individuals die every day in Belgium from COVID-19, together with not too long ago the toddler and an 18-year-old.
“It’s true that it’s rare that a young person dies of COVID-19, but it’s clear that no-one is immune,” he warned, after the variety of new infections per week in Belgium jumped by 89 p.c.
09:55 GMT – Bulgarian PM Borissov remoted, awaits COVID-19 check outcomes
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has gone into quarantine after the top of his political workplace examined optimistic for the brand new coronavirus late on Thursday, the federal government press workplace stated in an announcement.
Borissov, 61, whose first check for coronavirus got here out detrimental, will keep in self-isolation till the outcomes of a second check taken early on Friday come out, a authorities spokeswoman stated.
Bulgaria has registered a spike in coronavirus infections prior to now month. On Friday, the Balkan nation had 268 new instances, bringing the entire to 9,853 together with 329 deaths.
09:13 GMT – India sees document 49,000 new instances, drug shortages in locations
India has reported greater than 49,000 contemporary instances of the coronavirus with 740 new deaths, marking the most important every day surge in instances whilst officers in some states complained of shortages of significant medicine for these hospitalised.
As the variety of instances neared 1.three million in India, native authorities scrambled to obtain generic variations of remdesivir, the drug that has proven promise in scientific trials in treating severely unwell sufferers.
“Demand is huge as cases are rising rapidly in the state,” stated a senior drug regulatory official within the western state of Maharashtra. “Supplies of the drug are limited, but companies have assured us they will provide more in a week.”
09:10 GMT – WHO scientist sees regulators cooperating to hurry vaccine approval
Regulators that usually work inside their very own international locations or areas will doubtless harmonise efforts on potential COVID-19 vaccines to hurry up their approvals as soon as they turn out to be obtainable, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan stated.
Swaminathan, answering questions on social media platforms, additionally stated testing vaccines for security and efficacy – normally a years-long course of – could possibly be accelerated to simply six months within the midst of the pandemic, if knowledge happy regulators that they’ve sufficient info to situation approvals.
Still, she stated, security could be paramount. “Whilst speed is important, it cannot be at the cost of compromising on the safety or the efficacy standards that one is setting for oneself,” she stated.
“It’s not the case that the first vaccine is going to be rushed through into injecting millions of people without having established the fact whether it’s really protecting you and whether it’s safe enough for use in large populations.”
09:07 GMT – UK PM Johnson: We will likely be previous coronavirus by mid-2021
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated he thought the nation could be by means of the coronavirus disaster by mid-2021 however his fear is that there could be a second spike.
“Whether it came from … a bat, a pangolin or however it emerged, it was a very, very nasty thing for the human race. And I think by the middle of next year we will be well on the way past it,” he informed reporters.
Speaking a yr since he turned prime minister, Johnson stated his expertise was that authorities wanted “to move faster and be more responsive to the needs of the people”.
He talked about that folks have been unable to get their passports in time and a backlog of court docket instances.
“Sometimes government can be slow,” Johnson informed reporters
08:59 GMT – Hong Kong studies 123 new instances as native transmissions keep excessive
Hong Kong has reported 123 new instances, together with 115 that have been regionally transmitted, a brand new every day document, as authorities warn town faces a important interval in containing the virus.
The world monetary hub reported 118 new instances on Thursday after it prolonged strict social distancing measures this week.
Since late January, greater than 2,000 individuals have been contaminated in Hong Kong, 16 of whom have died.
08:55 GMT – Philippines studies 15 new deaths, 2,103 infections
The Philippines’ well being ministry has reported 15 extra deaths from the coronavirus and a pair of,103 further infections.
In a bulletin, the ministry stated complete deaths had elevated to 1,879, whereas confirmed infections have reached 76,444.
08:38 GMT – China’s every day passenger flights rebound to 80 p.c of pre-COVID ranges
China’s aviation regulator has stated the variety of every day passenger flights rebounded to about 80 p.c of pre-COVID ranges, suggesting additional enchancment within the aviation business.
Daily transported air passenger numbers have recovered to nearly 70 p.c of the degrees seen final yr, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) stated
08:34 GMT – Indonesia studies 1,761 new coronavirus instances, 89 deaths
Indonesia has reported 1,761 new infections, bringing the entire tally to 95,418, knowledge from the nation’s Health Ministry web site confirmed.
The variety of deaths within the Southeast Asian nation associated to COVID-19 rose by 89, to carry the entire to 4,665, the info confirmed.
07:33 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus case tally passes 800,000
The complete variety of instances in Russia has handed 800,000, because the nation studies 5,811 new infections prior to now 24 hours.
The nation’s coronavirus disaster response centre stated 154 individuals had died from the virus in a single day, taking the official dying toll to 13,046.
Total infections stand at 800,849. Russia says 588,774 individuals have recovered.
07:17 GMT – South Korea says every day instances could prime 100, pushed by imported infections
South Korean well being authorities have stated coronavirus infections amongst individuals arriving from overseas might drive the variety of new instances to greater than 100, the primary time for the reason that starting of April that every day instances hit triple digits.
The numbers for Friday is not going to be introduced till Saturday, however Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) deputy director Kwon Jun-wook informed a briefing numerous crew members on a Russian ship had examined optimistic, as had plenty of South Korean employees introduced home on navy flights from Iraq.
So far, 32 members of the ship’s crew, together with 5 individuals who had been involved with them, had examined optimistic, Kwon stated.
Meanwhile, two South Korean navy plane arrived from Iraq on Friday, carrying 293 employees who have been evacuated as instances swelled in that nation. At least 89 of the employees have been displaying signs, Kwon stated.
06:22 GMT – Israeli agency creating breathalyser check, offers leads to 30 seconds
An Israeli firm is creating a coronavirus breathalyser check that provides leads to 30 seconds, billing it as a “front line” software that may assist restore a way of normality in the course of the pandemic.
NanoScent, the agency making the check kits, stated an intensive trial in Israel for the presence of dwell virus delivered outcomes with 85 p.c accuracy, and the product might obtain regulatory approval inside months.
Chief govt officer Oren Gavriely informed AFP information company the breathalyser wouldn’t change lab assessments, however was a mass screening software that would assist individuals achieve “the confidence to go back and act as normal”.
06:12 GMT – China steps up testing after virus cluster in main port metropolis
The port metropolis of Dalian in Liaoning province, home to nearly six million individuals, will introduce a wave of coronavirus testing to stamp out a small cluster of instances, authorities stated, with state media reporting communities will likely be locked down.
The metropolis has reported three instances in latest days after going nearly 4 months with none.
The contemporary outbreak has been linked to a seafood processing firm that offers with imported merchandise.
The Dalian well being fee stated town needed to “quickly enter wartime mode, go all-out, mobilise all people and resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic”.
It introduced strict new measures, together with on-the-spot nucleic acid assessments for everybody taking the subway line that passes the affected seafood firm.
Hello, that is Farah Najjar taking up from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed.
04:32 GMT – US: Man arrested for pulling gun when requested to put on masks
A person was arrested within the United States for pointing a gun at a fellow shopper who requested him to put on a masks due to the coronavirus pandemic at a Walmart retailer within the state of Florida, in line with the police.
Vincent Scavetta, 28, was arrested on the cost of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm, the Palm Beach sheriff’s workplace stated.
“Welcome to PBC Jail, son. Let this be a lesson. It could have ended badly,” the workplace wrote on Twitter.
The man who pulled a gun throughout a verbal altercation in @Walmart Royal Palm Beach has been arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Improper Exhibition of a Firearm.
Welcome to PBC Jail, son. Let this be a lesson. It might have ended badly. pic.twitter.com/Sx13OZ9i4j
— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) July 23, 2020
03:47 GMT – Costa Rica will get $300m mortgage
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration has authorised a $300m mortgage to Costa Rica to assist stabilise the native financial system, which has been hit onerous by restrictions aimed toward containing the brand new coronavirus.
Street protests sparked by the financial affect of the virus erupted this week within the Latin American nation, the place the virus has killed 80 individuals and contaminated 13,129.
03:18 GMT – China studies 21 new instances, together with 13 in Xinjiang
China has reported 21 new coronavirus instances within the mainland for July 23, down from 22 instances a day earlier.
Of the brand new infections, the National Health Commission stated 13 have been within the far western area of Xinjiang and two have been in Dalian metropolis within the northeastern province of Liaoning. The remaining six have been imported instances.
02:53 GMT – Disney postpones Mulan debut, delays Avatar and Star Wars
Walt Disney Co postponed the debut of its film Mulan indefinitely and delayed the following movie instalments from two of its greatest franchises, Avatar and Star Wars, by one yr.
Mulan was scheduled to reach theatres in March however its launch has been postponed a number of instances as many cinemas stay closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The movie had most not too long ago been set to debut on August 21 and theatre operators had hoped it will assist immediate a late-summer rebound for movie-going.
Avatar and Star Wars sequels, which have been delayed because of disruption to manufacturing, are actually set to debut in theatres in December 2022 and December 2023, respectively.
02:27 GMT – Australia’s Victoria posts highest every day dying toll
Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria stated six individuals died from the coronavirus within the final 24 hours, the best every day toll for the reason that pandemic started.
Victoria had reported 5 deaths a day earlier. The state recorded 300 new infections on Friday in contrast with 403 instances a day earlier.
02:00 GMT – S Africa closes faculties amid ‘coronavirus storm’
Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, stated all public faculties within the nation could be taking a “short break” for 4 weeks amid the arrival of a “coronavirus storm”.
“This means that schools will be closed from 27 July and will reopen on 24 August,” he stated throughout a briefing in Pretoria. There have been some exceptions to the sudden faculty closures with Grade 12 academics and learners set to return after per week of nearer and Grade 7 after simply two weeks, he stated.
South Africa now has the fifth-highest variety of coronavirus instances on the planet. The complete caseload surpassed 400,000 on Thursday.
01:47 GMT – Turkish parliament offers Erdogan authority to increase layoff ban
Turkey’s parliament authorised a legislation permitting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to increase a layoff ban imposed to fight the financial affect of the coronavirus pandemic.
The layoff ban was first imposed in April for 3 months. With the brand new legislation, Erdogan will likely be allowed to increase the ban by three months every time till June 30, 2021.
Another part of the legislation authorises Erdogan to resolve for every sector whether or not to increase the brief labour pay profit, a system that gives further wages to staff whose hours are reduce brief.
01:08 GMT – US deaths prime 1,000 for third day in a row
The US recorded greater than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, marking the third straight day the nation handed that grim milestone because the pandemic escalates in southern and western states.
Nationwide 1,014 deaths have been recorded, with not all states reporting. There have been 1,135 deaths on Wednesday and 1,141 on Tuesday.
Even although deaths are rising for a second week in a row, they continue to be effectively under ranges seen in April, when 2,000 individuals a day on common died from the virus.
00:30 GMT – Trump cancels Republican conference in Florida
US President Donald Trump scrapped plans for a four-night Republican National Convention celebration in Jacksonville, Florida, that had been set to attract greater than 10,000 individuals to a pandemic hotspot to mark his renomination.
“The timing for this event is not right,” Trump stated at a White House information briefing. “It’s just not right with what’s happened recently, the flare-up in Florida. To have a big convention, it’s not the right time.”
He stated he ordered his aides to cancel the occasion “to protect the American people”.
Republican delegates would nonetheless be assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina, the unique venue for the conference, on the week starting August 24, Trump stated.
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00:11 GMT – US watchdog finds flawed virus response at California jail
A federal jail complicated within the US state of California struggled to include the unfold of the coronavirus due to employees shortages, restricted use of home confinement and ineffective screening, in line with a watchdog.
In a brand new report, the Office of the Inspector General on the Department of Justice stated that two employees members on the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facility in Lompoc, California, got here to work in late March regardless of experiencing coronavirus signs, although these signs weren’t detected throughout screening.
Officials in March additionally failed to check or isolate an inmate who reported that he had begun having signs two days earlier. The inmate later examined optimistic at a hospital. As of mid-July, 4 inmates had died and greater than 1,000 had examined optimistic.
Lompoc, which has 4 amenities, homes about 2,700 low-, minimum- and medium-security inmates.
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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