- Spain reported the second day of more than 1,000 coronovirus infections, as the nation lifted its lockout in June.
- The UN-accredited government of Libya in Tripoli has announced that it will implement full lockdown in areas under the control of the country following an increase in COVID-19 cases.
- New coronoviruses have been detected by over 17.2 million people worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University statistics, more than 10 million patients have been recovered, and at least 671,000 people have died.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday, July 31
01:53 GMT – US epicenter moves to Midwestern states
The coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said coronovirus infection is picking up in the mid-western United States, as the state of Ohio reported a record day of cases and the Wisconsin governor mandated the use of the mask.
Deborah Birks told Fox News that outbreaks of coronovirus are “increasing” from the south into Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.
01:19 GMT – Iran prison authorities plead ‘unseen’ to help virus
Iran’s government, according to Amnesty International, ignored repeated requests from senior prison officials for help with coronovirus in the country’s crowded jails.
The rights group said it reviewed copies of four letters to the Ministry of Health signed by officials from the Prison Organization of Iran, “raising alarm over a serious shortage of protective equipment, disinfectant products and essential medical devices”.
Amnesty said the ministry “failed to respond, and Iran’s jails remain devastating to the outbreaks”.
Leaked official documents obtained by Amnesty International show that the Iranian government ignored repeated pleas by senior officials responsible for managing Iran’s prisons for additional resources for control. # COVID-19 To spread and treat infected prisoners. https://t.co/7GF6ajrfT7
– Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) 30 July 2020
00:50 GMT – Vietnam reports 45 new cases
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported 45 new coronavirus infections associated with the recent outbreak in the central city of Da Nung, marking the highest daily increase since the first cases surfaced in the country in late January.
The new patients, aged between 27 and 87, are associated with four hospitals and a hotel in Da Nang. The ministry said in a statement that the total infection has reached 93 since the virus was revived.
A total of 509 cases of the virus have been reported in Vietnam, with no deaths. The country recorded 100 days without a locally transmitted case before the virus re-emerged.
COVID-19 spreads to Vietnam after outbreak at tourist site (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 made him feel weak, choking in an online video about “mold” in his lungs, after catching the new coronovirus Spent weeks in isolation.
“I just did a blood test. I looked like weak yesterday. They also found a bit of infection. Now I’m on antibiotics,” Bolsonaro said in a live video, without elaborating on the infection. .
“After 20 days, I have other problems. I have mold in my lungs,” he said, referring to the nearly three weeks he spent in the official presidential residence.
He tested positive for coronavirus on 7 July and then negative last Saturday.
Latin America: Millions of danger of famine increase in COVID-19 cases (2:34)
00:05 GMT – Botswana restores lockdown in the capital
Botswana’s capital Gaborone has returned to a two-week lockdown to halt its latest surge in coronovirus infection.
Under the new rules for the capital and surrounding areas, only essential employees will be able to leave home for work, others will only be able to leave home to buy groceries. All gatherings will be banned and hotels, restaurants, gyms and schools will be closed.
“The disease has taken an unprecedented turn during the week, which now requires us to keep more and more of the Gaborone area under lockdown,” said Kereng Masupu, COVID-194 force squad coordinator. In a television briefing.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronovirus epidemic. I am Zahina Rashid in Male, Maldives.
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