- According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 10 million coronavirus cases have occurred worldwide and more than half a million people have died from respiratory diseases. The United States is responsible for about a quarter of all deaths.
- Pakistan’s COVID 19 cases have passed the 200,000 mark after 3,602 new infections were reported on Sunday.
- US Secretary of Health Alex Azar has warned that the window “closes” to take decisive action to contain the virus if the cases increase there.
- The Australian state of Victoria has found 75 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours – the highest daily number in two months. His senior health official says the number is “absolutely worrying”
Source: Al Jazeera
Here are the latest updates:
Monday June 29th
09:25 GMT – Indonesia reports more than 1,082 cases, 51 deaths
Indonesia reported 1,082 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 55,092, Ministry of Health official Achmad Yurianto said.
The Southeast Asian nation had 51 more deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 2,805, the highest in East Asia outside of China.
08:55 GMT – In pictures: Coronavirus cases reached a new high in India
India has posted a new daily record of nearly 20,000 new infections as several Indian states have reintroduced partial or full barriers to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The Indian Ministry of Health recorded 548,318 COVID-19 cases on Monday, an increase of nearly 100,000 cases per week in the fourth largest country in the world after the United States, Brazil and Russia.
The death toll in the South Asian country has reached 16,475, while 321,723 patients have recovered from the disease.
More photos here:
08:25 GMT – PM Johnson says coronavirus has been a disaster for the UK
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the coronavirus crisis was a disaster for the United Kingdom, but it was not the right time to investigate missteps.
“That was a disaster,” Johnson told Times Radio. “Let’s not shred our words, I mean it was an absolute nightmare for the country and the country went through a deep shock.”
However, he said that this is not the right time to conduct an investigation to deal with the crisis.
07:55 GMT – Russia reports the lowest coronavirus infections in two months
Russia reported 6,719 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, the lowest one-day increase since April 29, and increased its nationwide number to 641,156.
The National Coronavirus Task Force said 93 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 9,166.
Only the United States and Brazil reported more cases than Russia.
07:30 GMT – Spain: EU will compile a list of coronavirus-safe countries by Tuesday
The EU will have a list of coronavirus-safe countries available for travel no later than Tuesday, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said.
Officials are preparing a list of 15 countries that are safe for open borders according to epidemiological criteria, she told local radio station Cadena SER as the coronavirus pandemic is waning across much of the continent.
07:05 GMT – Union leader: PM Johnson ‘sleeps at the wheel’
Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said Monday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson slept at the wheel during the coronavirus crisis and was far too slow to make important decisions.
“I think the prime minister was asleep at the wheel, he was slow, the communication, the communication was terrible,” Starmer told ITV. “It started to collapse when Dominic Cummings proposed a ridiculous defense of what he had done in the northeast . “
“They didn’t create the foundation for testing, tracking, and isolation,” said Starmer.
06:45 GMT – The EU restructuring fund must contain substantial grants: IMF
A major part of the European Union’s package of measures to recover the economy from the coronavirus pandemic must consist of grants rather than loans, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund told Spiegel.
“Otherwise, the economic recovery will not be promoted,” Gita Gopinath was quoted on Monday by the German magazine.
EU leaders agreed in April to set up an emergency fund to help the 27-nation bloc recover from the pandemic. However, the final details have yet to be agreed.
06:30 GMT – The Czech Republic has the highest daily cases since April 3rd
The daily number of new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic rose by 305, the highest since April 3, according to data from the Ministry of Health on Monday.
This is the fourth daily increase in a row and brings the total number of cases to 11,603. There were 348 deaths in the country of 10.7 million.
Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on Sunday that the majority of the new cases occurred in a mining region in the east of the country.
06:00 GMT – Pakistani coronavirus cases exceed 200,000
In Pakistan, coronavirus cases topped 200,000 on Sunday. 3,602 new infections were reported, which corresponds to a total of 206,512.
At least 49 deaths have been reported, increasing the total number of victims to 4,245.
On Sunday, 23,009 tests were carried out, which were far below the WHO recommended values of 50,000 per day.
05:50 GMT –
Hello, this is Hamza Mohamed in Doha, Qatar, who has replaced my colleague Kate Mayberry.
05:30 GMT – Qatar to further relieve the coronavirus curbs
From July 1st, Qatar should further loosen the curbs for corona viruses and enable the limited reopening of restaurants, beaches and parks.
The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management says that public and private meetings with a maximum of five people are allowed and offices with a capacity of 50 percent could be reopened.
The next phase of reopening – including flights from low-risk countries – is scheduled for August 1st.
05:15 GMT – Thailand records the 35th day without community broadcast
Thailand reported its 35th day without a community broadcast.
The Southeast Asian nation added seven new cases on Monday, all in Thais that returned from overseas – this time from India and the United States.
02:45 GMT – School construction boom for Post-COVID UK
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will draw up plans for a 10-year school reconstruction program in England, a coronavirus campaign pledge that declined in December.
“As we recover from the pandemic, it is important that we lay the foundation for a country where everyone can succeed, with our younger generations at the heart of this mission,” said Johnson in a statement.
Johnson’s conservatives were brought back to power by a large majority in December and took many seats that traditionally vote for Labor, but dealing with the pandemic has been reflected in their support.
British schools have suffered greatly from the substantial cut in spending introduced after the 2009 financial crisis. More on spending plans here.
02:30 GMT – “Absolutely worrying”: Spike in cases in the Australian state of Victoria
The state of Victoria in South Australia has found 75 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, which its chief medical officer Brett Sutton has described as “absolutely worrying”.
The state has already launched a test flash, but according to Sutton, social distancing measures could also be reintroduced in the form of localized barriers.
“We have to do everything we can to change this,” he told reporters.
The daily falls on Monday are the highest in two months.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said Victoria’s 75 new COVID-19 cases were “absolutely worrying,” and the state’s coronavirus situation would “worsen before it gets better.” Read more: https://t.co/ACsASb1uY7 pic.twitter.com/jiik92KuxX
– The age (@theage) June 29, 2020
02:00 GMT – China adds 12 new cases, compared to 17 on Sunday
China has reported 12 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, including five imported cases.
The seven domestic infections were all in Beijing.
Approximately a third of the city’s 20 million residents have been tested for the virus since an outbreak that occurred on June 11 in the capital’s main wholesale market.
The first two #Foton To facilitate vehicles # COVID-19 Nucleic acid tests have started #BeijingChaoyang and Xicheng districts. Each vehicle has four sampling points and each point can test 100 people in one hour. pic.twitter.com/B02hDKSmLs
– Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 29, 2020
01:45 GMT – Korea reports 42 new cases, cluster concern
The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) have just announced 42 new cases of coronavirus, 30 of which are local.
This is less than the numbers reported over the weekend, but the Yonhap news agency says the South Korean authorities are concerned about ongoing infection clusters, especially in churches.
South Korea announced a three-stage social distancing program on Sunday. The country is currently at level 1, the lowest level. It will increase to level 2 if the number of cases exceeds 50 for 14 days.
00:30 GMT – The United States is responsible for a quarter of deaths as the global toll exceeds half a million
Recent Johns Hopkins figures show that the death toll has now reached 501,206 since the first cases occurred in China late last year.
The United States is responsible for about a quarter of all deaths. The five countries that have recorded the worst fatalities are as follows:
- US – 125,768
- Brazil – 57,622
- Great Britain – 43,634
- Italy – 34.738
- France – 29,781
The disease was diagnosed in more than 10.1 million people.
11:30 p.m. GMT (Sunday) – LA bars are slated to close after an increase in cases
Bars in Los Angeles and six other districts in California, which together hold approximately 13.5 million people, have to close again after an increase in coronavirus cases.
The bars reopened on June 19.
NEW: Due to the increasing spread of # COVID-19, CA orders the closure of bars in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare and recommends the closure in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura.
– Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 28, 2020
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry Reporting from Kuala Lumpur.
Read yesterday’s updates here (June 28th).