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 because the nation lifted its lockdown in June.
Listed below are the most recent updates:
Saturday, August 1
04:21 GMT – S Korea arrests Christian chief over church cluster
Authorities in South Korea arrested the founding father of a secretive Christian sect on the centre of the nation’s largest outbreak on prices 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 p.c 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 members 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 Younger-eun, mentioned the church will do its greatest in order that “the reality is clearly proved in court docket”.
03:47 GMT – Google says 20 US states, territories ‘exploring’ contact tracing apps
Alphabet Inc’s Google mentioned that 20 US states and territories, representing about 45 p.c of the nation’s inhabitants, are “exploring” contact tracing apps utilizing a software it developed with Apple Inc.
As well as, the corporate mentioned public well being authorities in 16 international locations and areas exterior the US had launched apps utilizing the Apple-Google software, up from 12 beforehand. They embody Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy, Eire, Japan, Latvia, Northern Eire, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Uruguay.
The expertise permits app customers to trace encounters with different folks by way of Bluetooth alerts and anonymously notify contacts in the event that they later turn out to be contaminated with the virus.
Google mentioned 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 permits apps launched by totally different international locations to speak to one another, permitting contact-logging to proceed even when customers cross borders.
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03:26 GMT – Sharp drop in new instances in China
China 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 had been in far western Xinjiang, eight had been in northeastern Liaoning and the remaining six had 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 reported 12 new native coronavirus instances linked to the latest outbreak within the vacationer hotspot of Danang, taking whole infections to 116 because the virus resurfaced final week.
The brand new sufferers, with ages starting from two to 78, are linked to Danang hospital, the ministry mentioned in a press release.
Vietnam has registered a complete of 558 coronavirus instances because the 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 check kits to detect the virus. Hanoi has examined a 3rd of the 54,000 folks coming back from Danang.
“I need to be examined so I can cease worrying if I’ve the virus or not. It’s for me and for the group,” mentioned Pham Thuy Hoa, a banking official who not too long ago went to Danang for a household trip.
“Since coming again, my household and I’ve quarantined ourselves at residence. I didn’t go to work or see others. We should be chargeable for the complete group.”
In Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, the nation’s southern hub, 5 individuals who returned from Danang have examined optimistic for the virus. The town is testing some 20,000 different returnees.
Because the variety of instances continues to extend, Danang has tightened safety and arrange extra checkpoints to stop folks from leaving or coming into town, which has been in lockdown since Tuesday.
02:48 GMT – California, Florida report file rise in deaths
California and Florida, two of probably the most populous US states, reported file will increase in COVID-19 deaths on Friday, in line with a Reuters tally.
Florida reported 257 deaths and California 208 fatalities.
For Florida that is the fourth day in a row with a file rise in deaths and for California the second this week. Mississippi, Montana and Nevada additionally had a one-day file improve in deaths on Friday.
Total within the US, deaths have elevated by over 25,000 in July to 153,000 whole lives misplaced because the pandemic began.
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01:41 GMT – Puerto Rico extends restrictions
Wanda Vazquez, the governor of Puerto Rico, prolonged measures aimed toward curbing the unfold of the coronavirus for 2 extra weeks.
Meaning bars, gyms, marinas and film theatres throughout the US territory will keep shuttered till no less than August 15. Seashores 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 obligatory, and those that refuse to put on one will likely be arrested, Vazquez mentioned.
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 unfavourable
Fitch Rankings revised the outlook on the US’s AAA score to unfavourable from secure, citing eroding credit score energy, together with a rising deficit to finance stimulus to fight fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
The credit standing company additionally mentioned the longer term course of US fiscal coverage relies upon partly on the November election for president and the ensuing make-up of Congress, cautioning there’s a danger coverage gridlock might proceed.
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00:56 GMT – Mexico overtakes UK to put up 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 UK for the world’s third-highest COVID-19 loss of life toll.
The well being ministry registered 8,458 new instances, a file for a single day, in addition to 688 further deaths, bringing the whole to 424,637 instances and 46,688 fatalities.
The federal government has mentioned the true variety of contaminated folks is probably going considerably greater than the confirmed instances.
00:36 GMT – Free exams for migrants caught at Costa Rica-Nicaragua border
Costa Rican docs started giving free coronavirus exams to about 200 Nicaraguan migrants who’ve been stranded on the two international locations’ border for greater than every week as a result of the Nicaraguan authorities has demanded unfavourable check outcomes.
Clinica Biblica Hospital within the capital of San Jose despatched a cellular lab to the Penas Blancas border crossing.
“I thank God that lastly we’re going to have the ability to return to our nation,” mentioned one migrant, who declined to provide their identify.
00:18 GMT – Argentina halts plans to ease lockdown
Argentina President Alberto Fernandez introduced a halt on the easing of lockdown measures attributable to a rise in new instances and fears the well being system might turn out to be overwhelmed.
“We are going to preserve issues as they’re till August 16,” mentioned Fernandez.
“In the previous few days the virus has been spreading extra, and we have seen a bigger improve in infections. All this generates hospital admissions and sadly, deaths.”
In Argentina, greater than 185,000 infections and almost 3,500 deaths have been registered to this point, figures effectively under these of different international locations within the area.
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