- Spain announced 1,000-plus coronavirus infections on the second day, the highest value when the nation lifted the blockade in June.
- The UN-recognized Libyan government, recognized in Tripoli, has announced that, following an increase in COVID-19 cases, it will introduce a total blockade in areas of the country it controls.
- More than 17.2 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 10 million patients recovered and at least 671,000 patients died.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday, July 31
01:53 GMT – US Epicenter moves toward Midwestern states
Coronavirus infections appear to be accumulating in the Midwestern United States, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator said, as Ohio State reported a record day of cases and the governor of Wisconsin ordered the use of masks.
The coronavirus outbreak is “moving” to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska from the south “for vacation and other travel reasons,” Deborah Birx told Fox News.
01:19 GMT – Iranian prison officials ask for help with ‘ignored’ virus
According to Amnesty International, the Iranian government has ignored repeated requests from senior prison officials for assistance in detaining coronavirus in overcrowded prisons in the country.
The Rights Group said it had examined copies of four letters from the Ministry of Health signed by representatives of the Iranian prison organization, which “point to a serious lack of protective equipment, disinfectants and basic medical devices.”
The ministry “did not respond and Iranian prisons remain catastrophically unsuitable for an outbreak,” Amnesty said.
The leaked official documents obtained by Amnesty International reveal the Iranian government, which ignored repeated requests from senior officials responsible for the management of Iranian prisons for additional resources to control 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
The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has announced 45 new coronavirus infections associated with the recent outbreak in the central city of Da Nang, the highest daily increase since the country’s first cases in late January.
New patients between the ages of 27 and 87 are connected to four hospitals and a hotel in Da Nang. The total number of infections since the re-emergence of the virus has reached 93, the ministry said.
A total of 509 deaths of the virus were reported without death. Prior to the re-emergence of the virus, the country recorded 100 days without a locally sent case.
COVID-19 spreads in Vietnam after an outbreak at a tourist site (1:59)
12:42 AM GMT – Brazilian Bolsonaro says he has mold in his lungs
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was taking antibiotics for an infection that made him feel faint when he chuckled in an online video about mold in his lungs as he spent weeks in solitary confinement after catching a new coronavirus.
“I just did a blood test. I felt a little weak yesterday. They also found some infection. I’m on antibiotics now, “Bolsonaro said in a live video without going into more detail about the infection.
“After 20 days in the interior, I have other problems. I have mold in my lungs,” he said, referring to the nearly three weeks he spent in the official presidential house.
The coronavirus was positive on July 7 and negative last Saturday.
Latin America: Millions at risk of famine due to surge of COVID-19 cases (2:34)
00:05 GMT – Botswana renews capital blockade
The Botswana capital Gaborone has returned to a two-week blockade to halt its latest rise in coronavirus infections.
Under the new rules for the capital and surrounding areas, only substantial workers could leave home for work, while others could leave home to buy food. All meetings will be banned and hotels, restaurants, gyms and schools will be closed.
“Within a week, the disease has become an unprecedented turnaround, which now requires us to shut down a larger Gaborone area so we can stick to our detention measures,” Kereng Masupu, COVID-19 team coordinator, told a television briefing.
Hello, welcome to the continued coverage of the Al Jazeera coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed on the Maldives team.
All key events can be found from yesterday, July 20, here.
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