- Spain reported a second day of coronavirus infections with 1000 plus, the highest since the nation lifted its blockade in June.
- The well-known United Nations government in Libya in Tripoli announced that it would impose a complete blockade on the areas of the country it controls, following an increase in COVID-19 cases.
- Over 17.2 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. More than 10 million patients have recovered, and at least 671,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday, July 31st
01:53 GMT – The US epicenter shifts to the Midwestern states
Coronavirus infections appear to be taking hold in the Midwestern United States, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator said after the state of Ohio reported a record day of cases and the governor of Wisconsin ordered the use of masks.
The coronavirus outbreak is “going up” in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska from the south “because of vacations and other travel reasons,” Deborah Birx told Fox News.
01:19 GMT – Iranian prison officials’ requests for help from viruses’ ignored ‘
The Iranian government ignored repeated requests from senior prison officials for help in controlling the coronavirus in the country’s overcrowded prisons, according to Amnesty International.
The rights group said it reviewed copies of four letters to the health ministry signed by officials at the Iran Prisons Organization, “raising the alarm over serious shortages of protective equipment, disinfectant products and essential medical equipment.”
The ministry “failed to respond, and Iran’s prisons remain catastrophically unequipped for explosions,” Amnesty said.
Leaked official documents obtained by Amnesty International reveal that the Iranian government ignored repeated pleas from senior officials in charge of Iran’s prison administration for additional resources to control # COVID19 the spread and treatment of infected prisoners. https://t.co/7GF6ajrfT7
– Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) July 30, 2020
00:50 GMT – Vietnam reports 45 new cases
Vietnam’s health ministry reported 45 new coronavirus infections linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Da Nang, marking the highest daily increase since the first cases appeared in the country in late January.
The young patients, aged 27 to 87, are connected to four hospitals and a hotel in Da Nang. The total infections since the virus reappeared have reached 93, the ministry said in a statement.
Vietnam has registered 509 cases of the virus in total, without death. The site had registered 100 days without any locally transmitted cases before the virus reappeared.
COVID-19 spreads in Vietnam after explosion in resort (1:59)
00:42 GMT – Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he has mold in his lungs
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak, laughing in an online video for “mold” in his lungs after spending weeks in isolation after catching the new coronavirus.
“I just did a blood test. I was feeling a kind of weakness yesterday. They also found an infection as well. Now I’m on antibiotics,” Bolsonaro said in a live video, without explaining the infection.
“After 20 days indoors, I have other problems. I have mold in my lungs,” he said, referring to the nearly three weeks he spent at the official presidential residence.
He tested positive for coronavirus on July 7 and then negative last Saturday.
Latin America: Millions at Risk of Hunger as Cases of COVID-19 (2:34)
00:05 GMT – Botswana restores capital blockade
The capital of Botswana Gaborone has reverted to a two-week blockade to prevent its recent rise in coronavirus infections.
Under the new rules for the capital and surrounding areas, only essential workers would be able to leave home for work, with others only able to leave home to buy groceries. All gatherings will be banned and hotels, restaurants, gyms and schools will be closed.
“Over the course of the week the disease has taken an unprecedented turn, which now required us to put the largest region of Gaborone under closure to enable our control measures to be taken,” said Kereng Masupu, team coordinator. COVID-19 workforce. at a television conference.
Greetings and welcome for Al Jazeera’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives.
You can find all the main developments from yesterday, July 20, here.
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