World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that the pandemic is “not even close to being over” and while there had been some progress initially, it was “actually speeding up”.
US states are pausing reopening plans amid a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalisations. Among the states stepping back is California, which reported a record surge in COVID-19 on Monday.
More than 10.2 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, more than 5.2 million have recovered, and more than 504,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates.
Tuesday, June 30
05:10 GMT – Thailand reports no local cases of coronavirus for 36th day
Thailand has reported no locally-transmitted cases of coronavirus for the 36th day as a state of emergency introduced to cope with the pandemic was due to expire on Tuesday.
The country reported two new cases, both in Thais recently returned from Qatar. The two are in state quarantine.
04:40 GMT – UN warns of coronavirus setback on tackling child marriage
The UN is warning that the pandemic is reversing progress to tackle child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
The UNFPA, the UN’s reproductive and sexual health agency, says an extra 13 million girls could be married off and two million more endure FGM in the next decade because of disruption caused by the coronavirus.
“The pandemic both makes our job harder and more urgent as so many girls are now at risk,” UNFPA head Natasha Kanem said at the launch of a report into the “silent and endemic crisis” of harmful practices against girls and women.
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03:55 GMT – MPs warn on Thailand ‘state of emergency’ extension
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights has urged Thailand not to extend the state of emergency it imposed to tackle the coronavirus.
Maria Chin Abdullah, a Malaysian MP and APHR member, says the country has brought its daily number of coronavirus cases under control, and with almost all restrictions lifted, has “no reason” to justify emergency powers.
“ASEAN has witnessed a worrying backslide of fundamental freedoms since the pandemic began, and we must remain vigilant to any moves that appear aimed at strengthening a government’s hold on power and undermining democracies,” Chin Abdullah said in a statement. “Thailand must lift the emergency decree immediately, continue its fight against the pandemic within the usual power structure, and focus on developing an economy that closes the glaring inequalities that this virus has exposed.”
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has ten members including Thailand.
03:25 GMT – China reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, 7 in Beijing
China’s National Health Commission says the country had 19 new cases of coronavirus up to midnight on June 29, compared with 12 the day before.
Seven of the new cases were in Beijing, where a mass testing campaign is underway in the wake of an outbreak that began in the capital’s main wholesale food market on June 11.