- The coronavirus appears to be accelerating in countries around the world and Australia, which reported a record number of daily cases – 723.
- The two worst affected countries in the world – the United States and Brazil – also reported new peaks for deaths and coronavirus deaths. In the United States, the death toll exceeded 150,000, with Florida, California and Texas reporting record deaths among many states.
- Almost 17 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, about 9.9 million patients recovered and more than 666,000 patients died.
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday, July 30
03:30 GMT ̵1; “Today is not a good day”: Australia reports a number of cases
Australia has the highest number of confirmed cases since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
The hardest hit is the state of Victoria, with outbreaks centered around nursing homes and workplaces in Melbourne and its vast suburbs.
Authorities reported 723 new cases and 13 deaths on Thursday.
“Today is not a good day,” said Prime Minister Victoria And Andrews in a statement.
He noted that while most cases in the state were in Melbourne and the suburbs, there was a “significant leap” in cases in regional communities, which required further measures to limit the spread of the disease.
The mandatory mask has stretched across the state since Sunday, and in some areas residents will not be able to go to other people’s homes or have their visitors at home.
Statement by the Prime Minister on changes in regional Victoria.
An available version of this statement will be available soon at https://t.co/l9uPOBKGdq pic.twitter.com/3owwkd6Lx2
– And Andrews (@ DanielielndrewsMP) July 30, 2020
Internal borders have been closed to prevent the virus from spreading outside Victoria. The state of Queensland in the north-east has previously reported three new cases – two people are believed to have been exposed to the virus in Sydney.
03:20 GMT – Coronavirus situation with PNG deterioration
An Australian medical emergency team has been sent to Papua New Guinea where the outbreak has worsened in recent days.
The AFP news agency claims that the pandemic pandemic response center was closed yesterday after a senior advisor was diagnosed with the virus and the health minister was also being tested.
The situation in Papua New Guinea is very difficult. Cases grow, tested + treated close to capacity. Yesterday, the COVID-19 Crisis Response Center was closed after a positive test by a health advisor. About 100 people are currently being tested, including Health Minister Yelta Wong https://t.co/3CYpJ9z2FA
– Andrew Beatty (@Andrew Beatty) July 30, 2020
02:50 GMT – According to a Chinese expert, the virus thrives in colder and humid environments
China’s best epidemiologist spoke to the state media.
Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told local reporters that the virus seemed to like a colder and wetter environment.
He pointed to outbreaks of COVID-19 in the country – from the original source in Wuhan – to Beijing and Dalian, which were monitored in seafood or marine markets.
02:40 GMT – Talks on latest US coronavirus mitigation package stopped as ticks
Talks between the leaders of the United States Congresses and the White House on another round of coronavirus spending appear to have stalled as time has stalled over measures that have banned evictions and encouraged unemployment benefits.
Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin proposed a short-term extension to the programs, but Democrats rejected the idea.
William Roberts of Al Jazeera watched the negotiations. You can read his story here.
02:10 GMT – Pelosi at US Congress: Camouflage!
US spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi says members and staff in the House of Representatives must wear masks as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
The move came after Republican national team member Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask, revealed that he was positive in the COVID-19 test, which at least three of his colleagues said were self-guaranteeing.
Pelosi warned that she had the authority to ask a sergeant of Parliament to remove a member from the floor for violating the decor, and “the president considers the unbearable mask a serious violation of the decree.”
Members will have the opportunity to remove their masks when addressing the Chamber.
More information about Gohmert’s diagnosis can be found here.
01:50 GMT – Guatemala murders dozens of unidentified COVID-19 deaths
Guatemalan hospital officials claim that, according to the AP news agency, they had to bury dozens of COVID-19 victims who were never identified.
According to the agency, workers at one of the largest state hospitals in the country have started photographing patients who come alone and are too ill to provide their personal information. Those who die without being identified are placed in body bags with transparent windows on their faces if relatives come looking for them.
Officials say protocols for the quick burial of the dead during a pandemic only make the situation more difficult.
Guatemala has confirmed more than 47,000 confirmed infections and more than 1,800 deaths nationwide.
1:35 AM GMT – The US records a coronavirus death every minute when the total number exceeds 150,000
One person in the United States died about every minute of COVID-19 because, according to Reuters, national tolls for death exceeded 150,000, the highest in the world.
Deaths from US coronaviruses are rising fastest in two months and have increased by 10,000 in the last 11 days.
01:20 GMT – Mainland China reports 105 new cases of COVID-19, of which 96 in Xinjiang
China has recorded 105 new cases of coronavirus on the mainland, which is 101 cases earlier.
The National Health Commission reports that 96 new cases were confirmed in the far-west Xinjiang region, while five were in the northeastern province of Liaoning, one in Beijing and three imported cases.
12:45 AM GMT – Vietnam’s outbreak, which began in Danang, is still growing
The Vietnamese Ministry of Health reported another nine cases of coronavirus as the epidemic, which began in the popular tourist town of Danang, continues to spread.
According to Reuters, about 81,000 people have been quarantined as a result of the outbreak, which has spread to six cities and provinces in six days.
Reuters: Vietnam Ministry of Health reports another nine local COVID-19 cases involving Danang virus outbreak
– James Pearson (@pearswick) July 30, 2020
Scott Heidler also presented this report to Al Jazeera on developments in Vietnam.
COVID-19 spreads in Vietnam after an outbreak at a tourist site
12:15 AM GMT – The Australian state of Victoria reported more than 700 cases, 13 deaths
Local media in Australia report that the state of Victoria, the epicenter of the new wave of coronavirus in the country, will report more than 700 cases and 13 deaths on Thursday morning.
Sorry you heard similar things
Today’s number # COVID19Vic can be up to 723
With numbers that are high (and 1 in 6 active cases in the elderly care sector), it could be a gloomy day. # Stay safe
– Rafael Epstein (@Raf_Epstein) July 29, 2020
#BREAKING: There are reports that Victoria has reported more than 700 cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours. # 9News pic.twitter.com/nlt2IfPQll
– Nine news items in Melbourne (@ 9NewsMelb), July 29, 2020
00:00 GMT – Brazil reports the number of coronavirus deaths
The Brazilian Ministry of Health has just confirmed a record number of 1,595 coronavirus deaths per day. In terms of weekly incidence (7,677 this week), deaths are highest since the onset of a pandemic.
The authorities also reported a record number of cases per day (69,074), partly due to the processing of pending cases that had not been previously registered.
Despite the accelerating pandemic, President Jair Bolsonar’s government has moved to ease restrictions on boosting the economy, saying Wednesday that the ban on foreign travelers to the country should be lifted.
Hello, welcome to the continued coverage of the Al Jazeera coronavirus pandemic. I am a Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
You can read all the updates from yesterday (July 29) here.