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Coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 globally: Live updates

The number of cases from the new coronavirus has topped 100,000 worldwide as official Chinese data showed a significant hit to the country’s exports after the outbreak caused massive disruptions to business operations and economic activity. The World Health Organization (WHO) called the spread of the virus “deeply concerning” as a wave of countries reported…

Coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 globally: Live updates

The number of cases from the new coronavirus has topped 100,000 worldwide as official Chinese data showed a significant hit to the country’s exports after the outbreak caused massive disruptions to business operations and economic activity.
The World Health Organization (WHO) called the spread of the virus “deeply concerning” as a wave of countries reported on Saturday their first cases of the COVID-19 disease, which has now killed nearly 3,500 people and infected more than 100,000 across 92 nations and territories.
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In South Korea, authorities reported hundreds of new cases of infections on Saturday, bringing the total above 7,000, while the United States was battling to contain an outbreak on the Grand Princess cruise ship where 21 people have tested positive for the virus. 

Here are all the latest updates.

According to the Princess Cruises, the Grand Princess vessel, which is stranded off the coast of California, can hold up to 2,600 passengers and 1,150 crew members [California National Guard via AP]

Saturday, March 7
15:46 GMT – Number of coronavirus cases in Germany jumps to 684
The number of coronavirus patients in Germany jumped to 684, with concern growing at the economic impact of the spreading epidemic on one of the world’s most trade-dependent economies.
The number of patients recorded by the Robert Koch Institute had risen by 45, with large clusters in the west and south, where one initial outbreak centred on a car supplier with a unit in Wuhan, where the infection was first detected.
The total is more than 10 times larger than it was a week ago. There were 66 cases in February 29.
15:30 GMT – Scores trapped as hotel used for quarantine collapses in China
Approximately 70 people were trapped in a collapsed hotel in the city of Quanzhou, in southeastern Fujian province, the city government said on its website.
The collapsed hotel is used for coronavirus quarantine, according to the official People’s Daily.  Twenty-three people were rescued, the city government said.
GMT 14:34 – Number of UK coronavirus  cases rises to 206
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom has risen to 206, a rise of 43, British health officials said.
So far in Britain, two patients who had confirmed positive for the virus have died, the health ministry and the Public Health England agency said.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) testing in the UK:As of 7am 7 March 2020, a total of 21,460 people have been tested:21,254 negative.206 positive.Two patients who tested positive for coronavirus have sadly died.For latest information:➡️ https://t.co/e1hwL62CDI pic.twitter.com/PXZwab39uR
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 7, 2020

12:45 GMT – Pope to deliver Sunday prayer by livestream 
Pope Francis has cancelled his main public appearances to avoid crowds gathering to see him and will stream them on the internet from inside the Vatican because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
The Vatican said the pope would not address crowds from a window overlooking St Peter’s Square and would not hold his general audience there either on Wednesday.

They will be held without general public participation from inside the Vatican.
The 83-year-old pope cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy, but the Vatican has said he is suffering only from a cold that is “without symptoms related to other pathologies”.
12:30 GMT – ‘I ain’t playing’ with no fans: NBA player 
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said he will not take to the court if the NBA bars fans from attending games to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
American media reported that the NBA had sent a memo to teams detailing the need for contingency plans in case it becomes necessary to play games with only essential staff present.
“Play games without the fans? No, that’s impossible. I ain’t playing,” James told reporters after the Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-103 on Friday to clinch a playoff berth.
“That’s who I play for. I play for my team-mates, I play for the fans, that’s what it’s all about. If I show up to an arena and there are no fans in there, I ain’t playing. They can do what they want to do,” added the 35-year-old James, who is widely regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time.
12:15 GMT – Leader of Italy’s co-ruling Democratic Party tests positive 
Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of Italy’s co-ruling Democratic Party, is the latest person to have tested positive for coronavirus in Europe’s hardest-hit country.
“I have coronavirus too,” Zingaretti said in a video posted on Facebook, adding he was in self-isolation at home.
The 54-year-old said he was well, adding that all the people he had been interacting with in recent days were being contacted for tests.
“No panic,” the leftish leader added. “I’ll give the good example following doctors’ instruction by working from home. I’m fighting for each of us and for the whole country,” he said.
With 4,636 registered cases, Italy is behind only China, South Korea and Iran in terms of the number of infected people.

11:45 GMT – Second case in South Africa 
South Africa has found a second case of the new coronavirus, according to the health ministry. 
The latest patient is a 39-year-old woman from the northern province of Gauteng who was in contact with the country’s first case from KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal province of the south.
She was part of a group that travelled to Italy, according to a statement by the ministry, which assured that the whereabouts of the other members of the group have been found and that they have all been tested.
Authorities are currently waiting for the results.

Confirmation of Second Case of COVID-19 In South Africa #COVID19 #Coronavirus @HealthZA pic.twitter.com/1wxHZsApeB
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) March 7, 2020

11:20 GMT – First Cambodian tests positive 
Cambodia has confirmed its second case of coronavirus: a 38-year-old man who had direct contact with a Japanese visitor who later tested positive for the virus.
Health ministry spokesman Or Vandin told reporters that the Japanese man had left Cambodia from Siem Reap, close to the ancient Angkor Wat temple, one of the region’s top tourist attractions.
Cambodia had earlier reported a virus infection in a Chinese man. He recovered and went home.
11:00 GMT – First case in Malta 
A 12-year-old Italian girl becomes Malta’s first case of coronavirus. The girl, who lives in the Mediterranean island, is currently receiving treatment in the infectious diseases unit of the state hospital, said Health Minister Chris Fearne. 
She returned in late February from the northern Italian region of Trentino, passing through Italy’s capital Rome with her parents and sister. 
The family self-quarantined as instructed, but the girl started to experience symptoms. She was tested on Friday and results came back positive on Saturday morning.
10:45 GMT – Iran death toll jumps to 145
Over the past 24 hours, Iran has registered 21 more deaths due to the coronavirus, bringing the total to 145.
A health ministry official also said the people testing positive for the virus had risen to 5,823.
10:31 GMT – Vietnam records new cases
Following a swift response by authorities in Vietnam, where the first 16 people who tested positive for the coronavirus fully recovered, the country has now registered two more cases.
The Ministry of Health confirmed on Saturday that a 27-year-old patient who had been to the South Korean city of Daegu, returned to Vietnam on a Vietject flight on Wednesday and was quarantined upon his landing. 
On Friday, authorities reported the country’s first case in three weeks after a woman, 26, returned to Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, from Europe. 
Police are now in the process of verifying the 201 passengers and 16 crew members on board the 26-year-old woman’s flight. All the streets in the area where the woman lives have been closed and disinfected. 

#Hanoi authorities blocked Truc Bach Street after a 26-year old woman tested positive for #COVID19, the 1st infection case in capital and 17th in Viet Nam so farhttps://t.co/SUJNH9mwxz pic.twitter.com/CMePJMTaZr
— GovtOfficeMedia (@VNGovtPortal) March 7, 2020

09:38 GMT – Maldivian islands locked down
Three islands in the Maldives have been locked down after several foreign nationals were feared to have contracted the new coronavirus, according to health officials.
Two tourists from Italy were staying on Kuredu resort, an island off the capital, Male, and were due to be shifted to a quarantine facility for treatment. Summer Island in Kaafu Atoll was also placed in lockdown after two French tourists showed symptoms.
Thinadhoo island was also in lockdown after it became known that an Italian tourist who stayed there tested positive after returning home. A doctor working on the island has also shown symptoms of the virus and was transferred to a quarantine facility.
Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Friday decided to ban all passengers from Italy as well as those who travelled to the European country within the past 14 days.
08:53 GMT – Iranian MP dies: Tasnim
Fatemeh Rahbar, who was recently re-elected as a member of Iran’s parliament, has died from the new coronavirus, according to Tasnim news agency.
The semi-official news agency said Rahbar, 55, had spent two days in a coma in a hospital in the capital, Tehran.
08:23 GMT – South Korea reports 274 new cases
The total number of people infected in South Korea has risen to 7,041, as the country confirmed 274 more cases.
The announcement came hours after South Korean authorities reported 483 new cases of infections.
08:11 GMT – Philippines confirms community transmission
The health ministry of the Philippines said it had confirmed its first case of community transmission for the new coronavirus, prompting officials to call on the president to declare a public health emergency to contain its spread.
The case involves a 62-year-old male Filipino who had not travelled abroad recently. His 59-year-old wife has also been infected, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to six, the health ministry said, adding that both are being treated at a government hospital.
The health ministry declared a code red alert which calls on medical professionals to be prepared to report for duty and recommended that President Rodrigo Duterte declare a public health emergency to help with the procurement of critical supplies as well as with quarantine measures.
“This is a pre-emptive call to ensure that national and local governments and public and private healthcare providers can prepare for possible increase in suspected and confirmed cases,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque told reporters.
07:56 GMT – Qatar reports 12th case
Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health announced the country’s 12th case: a Qatari citizen who returned from Iran recently who was subjected to quarantine upon his arrival.
The patient is in stable condition, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the infected person “has not had contact with community members since his arrival”.
“The risk of outbreaks of the disease in the wider community in Qatar is still low,” the statement noted.

— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) March 7, 2020

07:34 GMT – China trade takes major hit
China’s exports fell by double digits in the first two months of the year as anti-virus controls closed factories, while imports sank by a smaller margin.
Overseas shipments tumbled 17.2 percent from a year earlier to $292.4bn, a sharp reverse from December’s 7.8 percent rise, customs data showed. Imports declined 4 percent to $299.5bn, down from the previous month’s 16.3 percent gain.
Trade was poised for a boost after Beijing and Washington removed punitive tariffs on some of each other’s goods in a trade truce signed in January. But that was offset by Chinese anti-virus controls that shut down much of the world’s second-largest economy in late January.
Exports to the US plunged 27.7 percent in January and February to $43bn, worsening from December’s 12.5 percent decline. Imports of US goods crept up 2.5 percent to $17.6bn, but China still recorded a $25.4bn trade surplus with the US.
China’s global trade balance fell to a $7.1bn deficit for the first two months of the year.

07:15 GMT – US tourist is Costa Rica’s first coronavirus case
A US tourist on a trip to Costa Rica has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first confirmed case in Central America, the country’s health minister announced.
The 49-year-old woman had contracted the virus before entering the country on March 1, Health Minister Daniel Salas said, according to the AFP news agency.
The woman is currently “in strict isolation” in a hotel in the capital San Jose with her husband, who Salas said had contact with people in New York who had tested positive for the virus.
“The man has not manifested symptoms. The lady has, but they are very mild flu symptoms, diarrhoea and abdominal pain,” the minister told a news conference hosted jointly with President Carlos Alvarado.
04:00 GMT – Two dead in Florida
Florida health officials announced that two people who tested positive for the new coronavirus have died.
The Florida Department of Health said the patients were in their 70s and had travelled overseas.
One was a man with underlying health issues in Santa Rosa County, in Florida’s Panhandle, according to the statement. It added that the second death was that of an elderly person in Lee County, in the Fort Myers area.
The statement did not indicate where the two had travelled.
As of Friday, Florida authorities said seven people in the state have tested positive for coronavirus.
02:54 GMT – US raises travel alert levels for Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan
The US State Department has raised its alert level for travel to Azerbaijan, warning Americans to reconsider travel there due to a coronavirus outbreak and response measures implemented by the country’s government.
The State Department also raised its alert level for travel to Turkmenistan due to travel restrictions and quarantine procedures instituted in response to the virus.
Neither country has reported many cases but both border Iran, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus.
The State Department slapped a travel advisory warning on Iran last month, urging Americans not to travel to the country.
02:25 GMT – S Korea confirms 483 new coronavirus cases
South Korea on Saturday reported 483 additional coronavirus cases from late on Friday, taking the national tally to 6,767, Yonhap news agency quoted the Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (KCDC) as saying.
The death toll also rose to 46 from 44, Kwon Jun-wook, the KCDC deputy director, told a briefing.
Most of the cases of infections were traced from a religious sect in Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people.

South Korea’s total reported infections – the largest number outside China, where the virus first emerged – rose to 6,767 on Saturday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said [Yonhap via AFP]

01:38 GMT – 2 US health screeners at LAX positive for coronavirus
Two federal health screeners at Los Angeles International Airport have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an email sent to their colleagues late on Friday, Reuters reported on Saturday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees were conducting a secondary screening of passengers arriving from overseas, including from China, and have been directed to self-quarantine until March 17, the email said.
“At this time, we cannot confirm where these two screeners were exposed,” said the email, which was sent by a senior CDC official.
“Let us keep our colleagues in our thoughts during this period.”
00:56 GMT – Two AIPAC conference attendees test positive for coronavirus
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbying group, also known as AIPAC, reported late on Friday that two attendees of its recent conference in Washington, DC, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The group earlier this week hosted a conference attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
00:22 GMT – China reports 28 new deaths, 99 new confirmed cases
China’s National Health Commission reported on Saturday at least 28 new coronavirus deaths as of the end of Friday, taking the nationwide death toll to 3,070.
The government also reported 99 new confirmed cases on March 6, down from 143 the previous day, with a total of 80,651 cases nationwide. Most of the new cases and deaths were from Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak in China.
Meanwhile, on Friday, China’s health agency reported that at least 53,726 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovery.

Chinese authorities said more than 53,000 people have recovered from coronavirus and were discharged from hospitals nationwide [Stringer/AFP]

23:17 GMT Friday – G20 pledges monetary actions in coronavirus response
G20 finance ministers and central bank governors on Friday pledged to take “appropriate” fiscal and monetary measures in responding to the coronavirus outbreak and to protect economic growth against shocks, according to Reuters.
In a joint statement issued by G20 chair Saudi Arabia, the ministers, who met in Riyadh last month, said they welcomed measures and plans already put forward by countries to support economic activity.
“We are ready to take further actions, including fiscal and monetary measures, as appropriate, to aid in the response to the virus, support the economy during this phase and maintain the resilience of the financial system,” the group said.
22:13 GMT – Second coronavirus death confirmed in England
A second patient in England who tested positive for coronavirus has died, the United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty confirmed. The patient was being treated at Milton Keynes University Hospital and had underlying health conditions.
22:05 GMT – South by Southwest cancelled
The city of Austin in the US has cancelled the March dates for SXSW, or South by Southwest, and SXSW EDU.
“We are devastated to share this news with you. ‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation,” organisers said. 
The event, held in Texas, is one of the world’s biggest international music festivals and showcases talent from dozens of countries, styles and traditions.
In 2019, more than 400,000 people attended the festival.
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US COVID-19 cases hit 5 million; Brazil deaths at 100,000: Live |NationalTribune.com

The United States has set a record for coronavirus cases, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end. Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in…

US COVID-19 cases hit 5 million; Brazil deaths at 100,000: Live |NationalTribune.com

The United States has set a record for coronavirus cases, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.

Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in a sign that the country has not contained the deadly disease.
More than 10,000 people have died from coronavirus in South Africa since the pandemic arrived in the country in March, the health ministry said.
At least 19.51 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while the global death toll crossed 725,000. More than 11.88 million have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Sunday, August 9
04:51 – Saudi Arabia records 1,467 new coronavirus cases
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recorded 1,467 new coronavirus cases, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 287,262. 
Al Arabiya quoted the health ministry as saying on Sunday that 37 people have died from the disease, bringing the death toll nationwide to 3,130.
A total of 250,440 of the patients have recovered, according to the report.
04:15 GMT – Singapore marks 55th National Day amid the coronavirus pandemic

A gun fires during a gun salute at the National Day Parade, amidst the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Singapore on Sunday [Edgar Su/Reuters]

Singapore marked its 55th National Day on Sunday, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calling for “unity and resilence” to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
In his speech, Lee warned the pandemic is “far from over” and that the number of cases in the country can still rise “despite all our precautions.”
Amid the health scare, Singapore Airforce (RSAF) planes flew past the city, and the review guard fired their guns in a salute to the nation.
Singapore has over 54,000 cases and 27 deaths. More than 48,500 of the patients have recovered.
03:30 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 555 to 215,891
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 555 to 215,891, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.
The reported death toll rose by one to 9,196, the tally showed.
03:00 GMT – South Korea reports 36 new COVID-19 cases

Medical residents attend a 24-hours strike in Seoul amid the coronavirus disease pandemic to protest a government plan to increase medical school admissions by 400 a year for the next decade [Yonhap via Reuters]

South Korea’s new coronavirus cases inched up to 36, with 30 local infections, raising the total numver to 14,598, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday quoting the country’s health agency.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that of the new locally transmitted cases, 25 were reported in densely populated Seoul and nearby metropolitan areas, where around half of the country’s 50-million population resides.
The country reported one more coronavirus-related death, brining the total to 305.
The number of patients fully cured of the virus reached 13,642, up 13 from the previous day, representing 93.45 percent of the total cases.
02:22 GMT – China reports 23 new COVID-19 cases in mainland
China has reported 23 new coronavirus cases in the mainland as of the end of August 8, down from 31 a day earlier, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting the country’s health authority.
Among the new cases, 15 were locally transmitted and eight were imported infections, the National Health Commission said in a statement published on its website.
Some 45 people were discharged on Saturday and there are still 817 active cases in the country, including 43 severe cases.
The total number of infections in mainland China now stands at 84,619, with the death toll unchanged at 4,634.
01:45 GMT – Mexico stops bleeding jobs during pandemic, president says
Mexico has started getting people back to work again in August after losing 1.1 million formal jobs between March and July due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters news agency reported quoting President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
“We’ve stopped losing jobs,” Lopez Obrador said in a video posted on YouTube. “So far in August almost 15,000 new jobs have been created.”
Citing data from Mexico’s Social Security Institute, Lopez Obrador said 1.1 million formal jobs were lost between March and July, with the nadir in April with some 555,000 losses. That slowed to 3,900 formal job losses in July, he said.
The bulk of Mexicans work in the informal economy, and they have borne the brunt of job losses triggered by the pandemic’s effects on Latin America’s second-second largest economy.

Health workers ride a boat on a canal in Xochimilco on their way to collect samples door to door to test for COVID-19, in Mexico City [Eduardo Verdugo/AP]

01:15 GMT – Mexico’s coronavirus death tally exceeds 52,000, cases above 475,900
Mexico’s health ministry has reported 6,495 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 695 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 475,902 cases and 52,006 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 – US sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million
The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.
With one out of every 66 residents infected, the US leads the world in COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters analysis. The country has recorded more than 160,000 deaths, nearly a quarter of the world’s total.
The latest development comes as President Donald Trump signed executive orders intended to provide economic relief to Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic after the White House failed to reach a deal with Congress.
00:01 GMT – Brazil coronavirus death toll hits 100,000
Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in a sign that the country has not contained the deadly disease.
The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and reported 905 for the latest 24-hour period.
The Health Ministry said there had been a total of 3,012,412 confirmed infections with the new coronavirus – death and infection tolls second only to the United States. And as in many nations, experts believe that both numbers are severe undercounts due to insufficient testing.
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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
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Coronavirus cases in 14 US states more than double: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

The US recorded more than 47,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as data showed cases in 14 states more than doubled last month.  Top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci has warned the US could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day and a “disturbing” number of deaths if Americans do not start following public health…

Coronavirus cases in 14 US states more than double: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

The US recorded more than 47,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as data showed cases in 14 states more than doubled last month. 
Top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci has warned the US could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day and a “disturbing” number of deaths if Americans do not start following public health recommendations.
More than 10.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, more than 5.3 million have recovered, and nearly 510,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates.
Wednesday, July 1
04:15 GMT – Google delays reopening of offices in the US
Google has said it’ll postpone the opening of its offices in the US because of the surge in coronavirus cases there.
Spokeswoman Katherine Williams told Reuters the tech giant’s offices would remain closed until at least Sept. 7 with staff continuing to work from home.
Google had planned to open at 10 percent of capacity from July 6, rising to 30 percent in September depending on conditions. 
04:00 GMT – Saudi Arabia tripling VAT as part of coronavirus-austerity drive
People in Saudi Arabia have been on a shopping spree ahead of a tripling in VAT on Wednesday.
A Saudi teacher in Riyadh told AFP he’d bought electronic items including a television and air conditioner in recent days because he wouldn’t be able to afford them once prices went up. Retailers say sales of gold, cars and building materials have also risen.
The country introduced VAT in 2018, and announced in May it would triple the rate to 15 percent and halve the cost of living allowance given to every citizen as part of a package of austerity measures.
Saudi Arabia is feeling the squeeze from sliding oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic.
03:20 GMT – Judge in Brazil dismisses order for Bolsonaro to wear mask
A judge in Brazil has dimissed a court ruling that requires President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask when he’s out in public.
Judge Daniele Maranhao Costa said the ruling wasn’t necessary because masks are already mandatory in Brasilia, the federal capital.
Bolsonaro, who has been dismissive of the virus even as the toll has climbed, has regularly broken social distancing measures shaking hands, taking selfies and hugging supporters during rallies.

Brazil COVID-19: Protests over Bolsonaro’s handling of outbreak

02:30 GMT – US records biggest one-day rise in cases since start of coronavirus pandemic
The US recorded more than 47,000 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday – the biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began – according to a Reuters count.
Some 1,199 people also died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the first time the death toll has exceeded 1,000 since June 10.
01:30 GMT – Coronavirus cases in 14 US states more than double in June
Alarming data from the US shows that coronavirus cases in 14 states in the US more than doubled in June with Arizona reporting a 294 percent increase.
Arizona also has the highest rate of people testing positive for the virus – at 24 percent during the past week. The WHO considers positive testing rates of above 5 percent a concern.
US case increases in June:
Arizona – 294 percent
South Carolina – 200 percent
Arkansas – 179 percent
01:15 GMT – South Korea begins using remdesivir treatment for COVID-19
South Korea has started using remdesivir, an experimental drug that was originally developed for Ebola, to treat its most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
Yonhap news agency says the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed an agreement with Gilead Sciences, which holds a patent for the drug. It did not disclose the amount of remdesivir it would buy or the price.

01:00 GMT – North Korea has tested 922 people for coronavirus
The WHO has told NK News that North Korea has tested just 922 people for COVID-19.
It’s the first update on the coronavirus situation in North Korea for two months.
As per the update received on June 19, 922 people have been tested for COVID-19 and all tested negative,” WHO Representative to the DPRK Edwin Salvador told the publication.
He added that 443 people had been quarantined since May 7 and that as many as 255 remain under quarantine. All are reportedly North Korean nationals.

North Korea has now tested just 922 people for COVID-19, an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) told NK News on Tuesday.This suggests that only 200 people have been tested for #COVID19 since April. (By @jeongminnkim) https://t.co/uIxlNk4Vpv
— NK NEWS (@nknewsorg) June 30, 2020

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Coronavirus cases exceed 8 million worldwide: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

More than 8 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world. More than 3.8 million have recovered, while at least 435,662 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil and the UK have reported the most deaths. Beijing officials have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on…

Coronavirus cases exceed 8 million worldwide: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

More than 8 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world. More than 3.8 million have recovered, while at least 435,662 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil and the UK have reported the most deaths.
Beijing officials have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on the Xinfadi wholesale food market as “very grim” as more parts of the city are sealed off.
WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus has warned that countries need to “stay alert to the possibility of resurgence” as new clusters of cases emerge in Beijing and more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus are reported across the world every day. 
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, June 16
07:45 GMT – Tokyo Olympic board member would support another delay
An executive board member of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee says another delay should be sought if the games can’t be held next year.
The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestion comes from Haruyuki Takahashi in an interview published in the Japanese sports newspaper Nikkan Sports.
“The main priority is to make a united effort to hold them (Olympics) in the summer of 2021,” Takahashi said. He added if that is not possible we should start action once again to get another delay.

According to the new schedule, the Olympics will begin on July 23, 2021 and run through Agust 8 [Yukihito Taguchi/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters]

07:10 GMT – Ukraine president’s wife hospitalised with coronavirus
The wife of Ukraine’s President, Olena Zelenska, was hospitalised after contracting coronavirus and her condition was stable, the presidential office said. 
Zelenska said last week she had tested positive for coronavirus, while her husband Volodymyr Zelenskiy and their two children had tested negative.
We are keeping a list of celebrities, athletes and politicians who have been infected.
More:

Asymptomatic COVID-19: Five things to know

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?

Which European countries eased travel restrictions?

07:00 GMT – Patients filling beds in India’s largest cities
India has recorded another 10,000-plus coronavirus infections as patients swamp health services in its largest cities.
The Health Ministry also reported a 24-hour increase of 380 deaths due to COVID-19, driving the death toll to 9,900.
The 10,667 new cases raise the nation’s total to 343,091, fourth-highest in the world behind the US, Brazil and Russia. 
Maharashtra, the western state that is home to Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, continues to have the highest state toll. Mumbai, Chennai and the capital New Delhi are seeing rising infections swamp their health services.

Bodies of people who died due to the coronavirus disease arrive for cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi [File: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters]

06:30 GMT – Ilhan Omar’s father dies from coronavirus complications
Father of Somalia-born US Representative Ilhan Omar has died of complications from the novel coronavirus, local media reported.
“It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father,” the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted late on Monday. “No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him.”
Omar and her father Nur Mohamed came to the United States as refugees in 1995 from Somalia during the country’s civil war and eventually settled in Minneapolis, according to Politico.

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ Surely we belong to God and to him shall we return. It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father, Nur Omar Mohamed. No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him. pic.twitter.com/gb7q0gMXG2
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 16, 2020

06:15 GMT – Concern over ‘invasive’ COVID-19 apps by Bahrain, Kuwait
Amnesty International has raised privacy and security concerns over “invasive” contact tracing apps rolled out by Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK-based rights group said an investigation into COVID-19 apps being used by 11 countries, rated Bahrain’s ‘BeAware Bahrain’, Kuwait’s ‘Shlonik’ and Norway’s ‘Smittestopp’ as among the “most dangerous”, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk.
Amnesty found that all three were actively carrying out live or near-live tracking of users’ locations by frequently uploading GPS coordinates to a central server.

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Hello, this is Saba Aziz in Doha, taking over the live blog from my colleague Kate Mayberry. 
05:15 GMT –
I’m handing the blog to my colleagues in Doha shortly. Before I go, a quick round-up of what’s been happening over the past few hours.
The situation in Beijing is proving worrisome with city officials stepping up containment measures and other parts of China imposing quarantines on those travelling from the capital. Pakistan is also promising tougher measures as it tries to get a grip on the outbreak. Elsewhere, New Zealand has confirmed two new cases. The disease wasn’t acquired locally, however. It was found in two people who had recently returned from the UK. 
05:00 GMT – Pakistan identifies 20 cities at coronavirus risk
Pakistan’s government says it has identified 20 cities that are most at risk from the rapid spread of the coronavirus and will be implementing strict lockdowns in certain neighbourhoods.
Al Jazeera’s Asad Hashim says the authorities are calling it a “smart” lockdown approach.

Hospitals struggle as coronavirus cases explode in Pakistan

On Monday, Pakistan endured the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, recording 110 deaths, taking the country’s tally to 2,897 people killed by COVID-19 since late February. Cases rose by 4,443 to 148,921. 
Chairing a meeting on coronavirus response, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed officials to investigate increasing reports of hospitals in major cities hitting their capacity and not being able to admit more coronavirus patients, especially those requiring critical care.
04:10 GMT – US airlines threaten ban for passengers who refuse to wear masks
Major US airlines will provide masks to passengers who do not have them, and have warned passengers who refuse to wear masks that they could be banned from flights.
The airlines will clearly inform passengers about their individual policies on face coverings before flying, followed by an announcement with specific details onboard, Airlines for America said in a statement.
Each carrier will decide the appropriate consequences for passengers who fail to comply, up to and including being put on that airline’s no-fly list.
Read more about this here.

A passenger walks through Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. Airlines are saying passengers could be banned if they refuse to wear a face mask [File: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

03:50 GMT – Beijing officials say Xinfadi market outbreak ‘very grim’
City officials in Beijing have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on the Xinfadi market as “very grim” according to the Global Times.
The Times says nine of 11 districts in Beijing have reported confirmed cases, with the area of Fengtai, which is around the market, the worst affected. 
Beijing expects to complete a citywide inspection and sanitation campaign targeting wholesale and vegetable markets, as well as restaurants and canteens on Wednesday. All vendors and business operators will have to undergo nucleic acid tests. 

03:30 GMT – Shanghai imposes quarantine for some domestic visitors
Shanghai says it will impose a 14-day quarantine on all people arriving in the city from medium to high-risk COVID-19 areas elsewhere in China.
Wu Jinglei, the director of Shanghai’s health commission, says those arriving from high-risk places will have to complete a centralised quarantine and will undergo nucleic acid testing twice.
02:30 GMT – Beijing imposes curbs on more districts after outbreak linked to market
Beijing is imposing coronavirus restrictions on more districts after an outbreak linked to the capital’s wholesale food market. There are now 22 districts deemed “medium-risk” with local authorities setting up checkpoints, stepping up social distancing and closing schools.
City officials reported 27 new cases for June 15, taking the total for the latest spike to 106, as the authorities track down close contacts of those known to have the virus.
Other cities in China have also responded to the outbreak, with some imposing quarantines or stepping up their own preventive measures.

After cluster infection was found in #Beijing’s markets, #Wuhan started three-day inspection of the city’s supermarkets, wet and vegetable markets on Saturday. All 6,178 samples took from those markets, including chopping boards, kitchen knives, tested negative for #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/JuBGBLgZAa
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 16, 2020

02:15 GMT – China’s president to convene COVID-19 ‘solidarity’ summit with Africa
China’s President Xi Jinping is to hold a “solidarity” summit with Africa over the coronavirus pandemic.
Xi will deliver a keynote speech at the summit on June 17, according to Chinese state media.
02:00 GMT – New Zealand reports two new cases in travellers returning from UK
New Zealand has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, both connected with travel to the UK and to each other.
New Zealand lifted all coronavirus restrictions last week, but is keeping its borders to closed to everyone except citizens and special cases.
00:00 GMT – More than 8 million coronavirus cases recorded worldwide
Some 8,005,294 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The actual figure is likely to be much higher because countries often have different criteria for testing, and milder and asymptomatic cases may go undetected.
These are the five countries with the most cases:
US – 2,111,622
Brazil – 888,271
Russia – 536,484
India – 332, 424
United Kingdom – 298,315
These are the five countries that have recorded the most deaths:
US – 116,114
Brazil – 43,959
United Kingdom – 41,821
Italy – 34,371
France – 29,439
23:30 GMT – Coronavirus more likely to kill those with chronic conditions: CDC
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found people with chronic illnesses including heart disease and diabetes are six times more likely to be admitted to hospital, and 12 times more likely to die than COVID-19 patients with no underlying conditions. 
The CDC based its analysis on 1.32 million confirmed cases of coronavirus received between January 22 and the end of May.
Although information on underlying conditions was available for only 22 percent of those patients, the CDC found that of those, 32 percent had a heart-related illness, 30 percent had diabetes and 18 percent had chronic lung conditions, including asthma.

People with underlying health conditions including asthma are at a far higher risk from COVID-19 than otherwise healthy people according to a new CDC report [File: David McNew/Getty Images via AFP]

The CDC said age remained a major risk. The percentage of intensive care admission was highest among people aged at least 60 and over with underlying conditions. People over the age of 80 were the most likely to die, even if they did not have a chronic illness.
Dr Amin Khan wrote about chronic illnesses and COVID-19 for Al Jazeera’s Doctor’s Note in March.
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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Read all the updates from yesterday (June 15) here.
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