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The number of cases worldwide is expected to reach 10 million next week, the World Health Organization has said, warning that the virus has yet to peak in the Americas. Coronavirus hospitalisations and caseloads have reached new highs in more than half a dozen states in the US, with newly confirmed cases nationwide back near their…

Australia sends troops to tackle coronavirus surge: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

The number of cases worldwide is expected to reach 10 million next week, the World Health Organization has said, warning that the virus has yet to peak in the Americas.
Coronavirus hospitalisations and caseloads have reached new highs in more than half a dozen states in the US, with newly confirmed cases nationwide back near their peak level of two months ago. 
Australia is sending 1,000 troops to Melbourne where a ramped-up testing programme is underway following a spike in cases.
More than 9.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 482,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. 
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday, June 25
04:45 GMT – Hong Kong announces coronavirus death
Hong Kong has announced a coronavirus patient admitted to hospital in late May has died.
A spokesman for the Princess Margaret Hospital said the 55-year-old man (confirmed case no. 1180) died early on Thursday morning.The hospital said the man had suffered a stroke in the Philippines and was airlifted back to Hong Kong. 
Seven people have now died from COVID-19 in the territory. 
03:50 GMT – ‘We cannot overstate the shame’: Asean MPs on boat pushbacks
A group of MPs from Southeast Asia are calling on leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to do more to help migrants, particularly Rohingya refugees taking boats across the Indian Ocean. 
In an open letter signed by Charles Santiago, the chairperson of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) and a Malaysian MP, the group urged ASEAN leaders to respect vulnerable communities, and curb the hateful rhetoric that has been directed at migrants and refugees during the coronavirus epidemic.
Malaysia detained 269 Rohingya on a damaged boat earlier this month and media reported this week that a boat carrying 300 people had been turned away. The country intensified border patrols as it sought to control the coronavirus and has also cracked down on undocumented migrants.

Malaysia ‘detains migrants, refugees’ amid coronavirus lockdown

APHR said ASEAN countries needed to work with Myanmar to end the crisis and “organise urgent collective search and rescue operations for boats carrying Rohingya refugees and to organise for their proper disembarkation.
“We cannot overstate the shame that falls upon us collectively when our governments choose to push people back to die at sea.” 
03:20 GMT – More Qantas staff to lose jobs as a result of coronavirus
The Australian airline Qantas is firing at least 6,000 people – 20 percent of its workforce – as part of a series of drastic measures to deal with the impact of the coronavirus,
Qantas also plans to ground 100 aircraft for as long as 12 months and some for longer, as well as retire its six remaining Boeing 747 planes immediately, six months ahead of schedule. 
You can read more on that story from our business team here.

Airlines have been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic because borders have closed and travel has all but ground to a halt [File: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg]

03:05 GMT – Beijing increases testing capacity to keep on top of cases
Beijing has increased daily nucleic acid testing capicity to more than 300,000 samples a day, compared with about 40,000 previously, according to state media.
Authorities in the Chinese capital stepped up testing after a spike in cases linked to the main wholesale food market.
The mainland on Thursday confirmed 19 new cases of COVID-19, 13 of them in Beijing.

Beijing increases daily nucleic acid testing capacity to over 300,000 samples to better curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. https://t.co/qdDq1Nw040 pic.twitter.com/pPLau7IwRh
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 25, 2020

03:00 GMT – Disneyland delays reopening after California cases surge
Disneyland in California, which has been closed since the middle of March, has delayed plans to reopen.
The resort was due to open again on July 17, but Disney officials say with the state government not released operating guidelines until July 4 they don’t have time to prepare.
Disneyland is the world’s second most-popular theme park. 

Fault Lines – Anaheim: A tale of two cities

02:10 GMT – Australia posts biggest one-day rise in cases in two months
More on the situation in Australia following the announcement that troops will be sent to Melbourne, the country’s second biggest city and the capital of Victoria state.
The state reported 33 people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours. That’s the ninth day of double-digit increases.
The country as a whole has recorded more than 7,500 cases of the disease but with the outbreak seemingly under control had eased most restrictions. It has recorded 104 deaths, the latest an 85-year-old man who died in April but has now been confirmed to have had the disease.
02:05 GMT – South Korea cases ease
South Korea’s latest coronavirus data suggests it’s getting a grip on the clusters that have emerged in Seoul in recent weeks.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said this morning the country had added 28 new cases, 23 of them local infections. That’s down on Wednesday’s 51 cases and Tuesday’s 46. 
Most clusters are linked to delivery firms, and small churches.  

00:30 GMT – Australian troops head to Victoria to tackle outbreak spike
Australia’s military is to send 1,000 troops to Melbourne to tackle new coronavirus clusters that have emerged in the capital of the state of Victoria.
Victoria has recorded almost 150 new infections during the past week.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said on Thursday that the military would be rapidly deployed “in the coming days”. 
Up to 850 Australian Defence Force personnel will help monitor returned international travellers in hotel quarantine while about 200 others will provide logistical and medical support to COVID-19 testing facilities, she said.
Separately, the Victoria premier Dan Andrews, said the state was launching a “suburban testing blitz” targeting areas identified as hotspots to get on top of the outbreak.

Statement from the Premier on the Suburban Testing Blitz: pic.twitter.com/83Le7IFeW2
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) June 25, 2020

00:15 GMT – Japan’s izakaya pub culture suffers during COVID
Japanese are being more careful about going out for after-dinner drinks, and that is harming the pubs known as “izakayas” that cater to them.
Izakayas are known for their cheap drinks, tasty food, and cosy atmosphere. Some are tiny with only a few seats.
But Reuters says izakayas are now facing an “existential crisis” as people work from home and avoid indoor venues.
“If drinking out isn’t considered welcome, izakayas will go under,” Hitoshi Yaosaka, who owns 10 pubs in Tokyo and has seen business return to only a third of pre-COVID levels. “There’s a pretty good chance Japan’s izakaya culture will die down.”
00:00 GMT – States in northeastern US impose quarantines on travellers from eight states
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered travellers from eight other states to quarantine for 14 days on arrival as the epidemic in the US gathers momentum.
The order was “the smart thing to do”, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy told the media.
“We have taken our people, the three of us from these three states, through hell and back, and the last thing we need to do right now is subject our folks to another round,” Murphy said of the three governors, all Democrats. 
The quarantine applies to people arriving from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah, including northeastern residents returning from those areas.
It will be enforced with fines that will rise for repeat offenders.

New York is opening up again after being badly hit in the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak in the US. Now it is imposing quarantines on travellers from a number of other states where caseloads and hospitalisations have surged [John Minchillo/AP Photo]


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
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Australia reports deadliest day of coronavirus pandemic: Live |NationalTribune.com

Australia has reported the deadliest day of the pandemic with 25 fatalities from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 282 new cases in the state of Victoria, according to the government on Monday. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday postponed the general election by four weeks to October 17 but ruled…

Australia reports deadliest day of coronavirus pandemic: Live |NationalTribune.com

Australia has reported the deadliest day of the pandemic with 25 fatalities from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 282 new cases in the state of Victoria, according to the government on Monday.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday postponed the general election by four weeks to October 17 but ruled out delaying it any further, as the country tackles a new outbreak of the coronavirus.
 The United States has surpassed 170,000 coronavirus deaths, according to the latest Johns Hopkins University tally, as health officials express concerns about COVID-19 complicating the fall flu season. More than 5.4 million people in the US have been infected, while 1.8 million have recovered.

Lebanon has registered a record daily number of coronavirus infections, with 439 people contracting the virus and six fatalities, bringing the total to 8,881 cases and 103 deaths.

Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 21.59 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, while more than 13.59 million people have recovered. At least 773,000 people have died.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday, August 17
01:15 GMT – Mexico’s coronavirus cases rise to 522,162, deaths to 56,757
Mexico’s health ministry has reported 4,448 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 214 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 522,162 cases and 56,757 deaths as of the end of Sunday, according to Reuters news agency.
The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
01:00 GMT – China reports 22 new coronavirus cases in mainland
China reported on Monday 22 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for August 16, compared with 19 cases a day earlier, Reuters news agency reported quoting the National Health Commission.
All of the new infections were imported cases, the agency said in a statement. There were no new deaths.
China also reported 37 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 16 a day earlier.
As of August 16, mainland China had a total of 84,849 confirmed coronavirus cases, it said. China’s death toll from the coronavirus remained unchanged at 4,634.
00:50 GMT – Evo Morales’ sister dies in Bolivia due to COVID-19
Esther Morales, the 70-year-old sister of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, has died of COVID-19, AP news agency reported quoting a statement from the exiled leader.
“She was like my mother,” wrote Morales on social media. He was forced to resign last year after an election marred by irregularities.
Morales, who is in Argentina, faces sedition and other charges if he returns to Bolivia. He blamed “racism and political persecution” for preventing him from visiting his sister in a hospital in Oruro, southeast of La Paz.
In the last two weeks, supporters of Morales’ party set up nationwide blockades to protest the recent postponement of elections as Bolivia struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.
00:08 GMT – Australia reports deadliest day of pandemic
Australia has reported the deadliest day of the pandemic with 25 fatalities from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 282 new cases in the state of Victoria, according to the government.
The previous record for Australia was 21 deaths in one day.
00:05 GMT – Mexico president says vaccine expected to be ready early next year
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced that a COVID-19 vaccine could be available in the country and throughout Latin America by the first quarter of 2021. 
In a video posted on social media on Sunday, Obrador said Mexico has reached a deal with Argentina’s AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company to produce a vaccine for distribution throughout Latin America.
Mexico has recorded more than 517,000 coronavirus cases and more than 56,500 deaths – the third-highest in the world next to the US and Brazil.
00:01 GMT – Lebanon registers new daily record of coronavirus infections
Lebanon has registered a record daily number of coronavirus infections, with 439 people contracting the virus and six fatalities.
The new infections bring to 8,881 the total number of people reported infected in the small country of just more than five million. Some 103 have died because of COVID-19.
The latest development comes as the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Beirut explosion that killed more than 200 people and injured about 6,000 others.
Lebanon’s health sector has been challenged by the pandemic that hit amid a deepening economic crisis. The blast that hit in Beirut’s centre knocked out at least three hospitals in the capital and greatly increased pressure on those still operating.
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Australia sees biggest rise in coronavirus deaths: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

The Australian state of Victoria reported 19 deaths overnight as it battles a resurgence of the virus in Melbourne. Nearly 200 doctors in India have died after contracting COVID-19, the India Medical Association reported. At least 19.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 729,000 have died. More than…

Australia sees biggest rise in coronavirus deaths: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

The Australian state of Victoria reported 19 deaths overnight as it battles a resurgence of the virus in Melbourne.

Nearly 200 doctors in India have died after contracting COVID-19, the India Medical Association reported.
At least 19.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 729,000 have died. More than 12 million have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday, August 10
03:15 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 436 to 216,327
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 436 to 216,327, Reuters news agency reported on Monday quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.
The reported death toll rose by one to 9,197, the tally showed.
02:45 GMT – Manila to distribute one million face masks to help contain pandemic

The Philippine economy took a major hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the government reporting a 16.5 percent drop in the GDP in the second quarter of this year [Francis R Malasig/EPA]

Manila’s mayor has announced that the capital city of the Philippines will distribute one million face masks to its residents, as part of the local government’s effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Mayor Franciso Moreno also said that the city is also allocating at least 200m pesos ($4m) to procure COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available.
The Philippines has almost 130,000 cases nationwide and over 2,200 deaths. Most of the cases and fatalities were reported in the Metro Manila area, which has a population of over 12 million.
A lockdown has been reimposed in Metro Manila and nearby provinces until August 18. The national government has been facing criticism over its response to the pandemic, forcing local governments to step up and adopt localised restrictions and policies. 
02:25 GMT – South Korea reports 28 new coronavirus cases
South Korea reported 28 new coronavirus cases on Monday, including 17 local infections raising the country’s total to 14,626.
Yonhap news agency quoted the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) as saying that of the 17 local transmissions, 11 were reported in the capital, Seoul.
Meanwhile, a church in Goyang, north of Seoul, reported eight additional patients on Sunday, raising the total caseload to 24.
The were no new reported deahts, keeping the total fatalities at 305. Around 93 percent of the total cases have already recovered.
01:48 GMT – Venezuela’s Maduro extends coronavirus restrictions for 30 days
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has announced the extension of the country’s state of alert for another 30 days, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Maduro made the announcement as he said that 5,491 Venezuelan nationals who have recently returned to the country have tested positive of the coronavirus.
As of the end of Sunday, the country added 844 new cases, including 797 local infections and 47 imported cases, as well as eight deaths. Venezuel has reported almost 26,000 cases and 223 deaths so far.
01:15 GMT – Brazil reports more than 23,000 new coronavirus cases, 572 deaths
Brazil’s health ministry has reported 23,010 new cases of COVID-19, with 572 new fatalities, as the country continues to struggle with containing the spread of the deadly disease.
With the latest numbers, South America’s most populous nation now has more than 3 million cases, and over 2.3 million recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
The country’s death toll from COVID-19 has hit more than 101,000 – second only to the US.

Demonstrators in Sao Paulo protest against Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic last Friday [Andre Penner/AP]

01:00 GMT – China reports 49 new coronavirus cases in mainland
China reported on Monday 49 new coronavirus cases in the mainland as of the end of August 9, compared with 23 cases a day earlier, Reuters news agency said quoting the health authority.
The National Health Commission said in a statement 35 of the new infections were imported cases. There were no new deaths.
China also reported 31 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 11 a day earlier.
As of August 9, mainland China had a total of 84,668 confirmed coronavirus cases, it said.
China’s death toll from the coronavirus remained unchanged at 4,634.
00:15 GMT – Mexico reports 4,376 new COVID-19 cases, 292 new fatalities
Mexico’s health ministry reported on Sunday 4,376 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 292 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 480,278 cases and 52,298 deaths, according to Reuters News Agency.
Officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Mexico has the third-highest coronavirus death tally globally, behind the United States and Brazil. 
00:05 GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports 322 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths
Australia reported a record number of daily coronavirus deaths on Monday, although the number of new infections in the country’s virus hot spot fell to a near two week low, according to Reuters news agency.
Officials in Victoria state, which is the epicentre of Australia’s second coronavirus wave, reported that 19 people died from the virus over the past 24 hours. With other states still to report daily new case and death numbers, that already marks the country’s biggest single day rise in fatalities.
In more positive news, Victoria officials also reported 322 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest number of single day new infections since July 29.
Australia has recorded about 21,000 COVID-19 cases, and 314 deaths, still far fewer than many other developed nations.
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Australia steps up Hong Kong action in wake of China security law |NationalTribune.com

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suspended the country’s extradition agreement with Hong Kong and extended visas for an estimated 10,000 Hong Kong people already in Australia because of concerns about the impact of the national security law that China imposed on the territory 10 days ago. Morrison said the extradition pact was being suspended because…

Australia steps up Hong Kong action in wake of China security law |NationalTribune.com

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suspended the country’s extradition agreement with Hong Kong and extended visas for an estimated 10,000 Hong Kong people already in Australia because of concerns about the impact of the national security law that China imposed on the territory 10 days ago.
Morrison said the extradition pact was being suspended because the security legislation represents “a fundamental change in circumstance”.
The prime minister also said the visas of about 10,000 Hong Kong people already living in Australia would be extended by five years, and those on student or temporary work visas would be offered a pathway to permanent residency.
“There will be citizens of Hong Kong who may be looking to move elsewhere, to start a new life somewhere else,” Morrison said. It was not clear what Australia might offer to those people still in Hong Kong. 
‘Increased risk’
The national security law – which bans what China calls secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces – was imposed on the eve of the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule in 1997. The move followed months of protests, some of which turned violent, over perceived mainland encroachment into the autonomy and freedoms that were agreed under the so-called “one country, two systems” framework.

Protests on first day of Hong Kong’s new security laws

Taking to Twitter on Thursday morning, Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the legislation “undermines” the principle of “one country, two systems”.
Her comment followed discussions with the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. Winston Peters, New Zealand’s foreign minister, later said the country was reviewing all its “relationship settings” with Hong Kong. 
The UK has already said it will give about three million Hong Kong people the right to live in the country and provide them with a pathway to citizenship. Canada is also said to be mulling higher immigration and has already suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. 

Today I spoke with 🇬🇧 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 🇳🇿 on global security, including concerns that the NSL imposed on #HongKong undermines One Country Two Systems & trust in international agreements. We will work together for human rights & freedoms @DominicRaab @SecPompeo @winstonpeters @FP_Champagne
— Marise Payne (@MarisePayne) July 9, 2020

Australia is also making a pitch for international financial services, media, and consulting businesses to relocate and said it would offer incentives and visa packages for staff to help with any move.
“We want them to look to Australia, to come, to set up shop,” said acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge.
The country also updated its travel advisory for Hong Kong, which is currently home to about 100,000 Australians. 
The travel advice says Australians “may be at increased risk of detention on vaguely defined national security grounds”.
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