Africa lost almost $55bn due to coronavirus: Live updates | News


  • New United States coronavirus circumstances rose by almost 50,000, in accordance to a Reuters tally, marking the most important one-day spike because the begin of the pandemic. Greater than half of recent circumstances every day come from US states of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, house to 30 p.c of the nation’s inhabitants. Greater than 128,00Zero folks have died within the US due to the pandemic. 
  • The United Nations Safety Council has unanimously adopted a decision demanding an “fast cessation of hostilities” for no less than 90 days in key conflicts together with Syria, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Congo to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
  • New Zealand’s well being minister, David Clark, resigned on Thursday, following latest slip-ups within the authorities’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and private errors.
  • Italy’s hard-hit northern area of Lombardy accounted for significantly greater than half of the nation’s newest confirmed 187 coronavirus circumstances – elevating the overall to 240,760 nationwide. The Well being Ministry additionally reported 21 new deaths, elevating to 34,788 the overall of identified deaths.
  • Shut to 10.7 million folks around the globe have been identified with the coronavirus, over 5.6 million have recovered, and greater than 516,00Zero have died, in accordance to Johns Hopkins College.

Listed below are the most recent updates.

Thursday, July 2

12:25 GMT – Novak and Jelena Djokovic check adverse 

Tennis participant Novak Djokovic and his spouse, Jelena, have examined adverse for the coronavirus ten days after saying they’d contracted the illness.

“Novak Djokovic and his spouse Jelena are adverse for COVID-19. That was proven by the outcomes of the PCR exams that each had in Belgrade,” his media staff stated in a press release.

The highest-ranked participant examined optimistic for the virus after enjoying in an exhibition sequence he organized in Serbia and Croatia amid the pandemic.

Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki additionally contracted the virus after enjoying in the identical matches.

12:10 GMT – Eire: masks to grow to be obligatory

Individuals in Eire can have to put on face coverings in outlets ranging from July 10, stated Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

11:36 GMT – Africa lost almost $55bn in journey and tourism: AU 

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Africa international locations have lost almost $55 billion in journey and tourism revenues in three months due to the pandemic, stated the African Union commissioner for infrastructure and vitality.

Amani Abou-Zeid instructed a information convention that the air trade can be significantly impacted, including that “some airways within the continent won’t make it post-COVID-19.”

11:07 GMT – New an infection spike in Japan’s capital

Tokyo confirmed 107 new coronavirus infections, its highest each day tally in two months, however Japan’s chief cupboard secretary stated there was no want to reintroduce a state of emergency.

“It is actually disagreeable that it’s growing considerably. I would like to ask all Tokyo residents and everybody at companies for his or her cooperation to forestall that,” stated the town’s Governor Yuriko Koike.

Robots exchange Japanese college students for commencement

10:44 GMT – England plans to reopen colleges

UK Secretary of State for Training Gavin Williamson unveiled his plan to reopen colleges in September to all pupils.

Amongst different measures, college students can be divided into separate teams, generally known as “bubbles”, to restrict contacts and to higher isolate new infections. Colleges ought to contemplate asking pupils in several bubbles to observe separate begin and end occasions however break occasions and free durations could also be minimize to guarantee this doesn’t scale back instructing time.

At current, just some college students in sure yr teams and the kids of key employees are at college.

A year six classroom at St John's Primary School as some children returned to the school as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown eases in Fulham, West London, Britain,

A yr six classroom at St John’s Major Faculty as some kids returned to the college because the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) lockdown eases in Fulham, West London, Britain [File: Kevin Coombs/Reuters]

10:28 GMT – Israel experiences highest each day rise

Israel recorded 966 new circumstances, the very best single-day spike because the virus was first detected on February 21.

Because the variety of lively circumstances surged to 8,647 in latest days, after it dropped beneath 2,00Zero final month, the nation’s Well being Minister Yuli Edelstein stated final week that the nation was experiencing a second wave of the pandemic and that he would have imposed new proscribing measures.

Up to now, the nation registered 26,452 infections, together with 324 deaths.

10:00 GMT – Saudi Arabia extends financial help

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In an effort to cushion the financial affect of the pandemic, Saudi Arabia prolonged for a further interval a number of authorities initiatives to assist the non-public sector and traders.

The information was reported by state information company SPA, citing a choice by King Salman.

09:36 GMT – China urges to ramp up testing capability

China’s native governments and medical institutes ought to ramp up and reserve coronavirus testing capability in preparation for elevated demand amid potential outbreaks, the Nationwide Well being Fee stated in a suggestion on its web site.

Two people are tested at the windows of a testing vehicle, following a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, June 30, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Two persons are examined on the home windows of a testing car, following a brand new outbreak of the coronavirus illness in Beijing, China [Thomas Peter/Reuters]

Nucleic acid check outcomes ought to be delivered inside six hours for sufferers at fever clinics and inside a day for many who volunteer to be examined, in accordance to the rule of thumb.

09:07 GMT – Indonesia experiences file each day soar

With 1,624 circumstances previously 24 hours, Indonesia reported its largest soar in each day infections, stated well being ministry official Achmad Yurianto.

This brings the overall variety of circumstances to 59,394. The nation additionally reported 53 new deaths, taking the cumulative dying toll to 2,987.

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08:40 GMT – Non-COVID-19 associated deaths spike in Indian metropolis 

A spike in non-coronavirus associated deaths within the Indian metropolis of Ahmedabad highlighted the affect of the pandemic on normal healthcare, docs warn.

The rise within the variety of deaths in essentially the most populous metropolis in western Gujarat state is due to sufferers with critical diseases both not in a position to go to hospitals or being afraid to go to them due to the virus, docs stated.

A man lights an oil lamp inside the tomb of Ahmad Shah during a special prayer meeting for the victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), amid the spread of the disease in Ahmedabad,

A person lights an oil lamp contained in the tomb of Ahmad Shah throughout a particular prayer assembly for the victims of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), amid the unfold of the illness in Ahmedabad, India [Amit Dave/Reuters]

Knowledge collected from twenty-four Hindu crematoriums and 4 of the most important Muslim graveyards within the metropolis exhibits that there have been 3,558 deaths in April and seven,150 in Could. Throughout the identical months the earlier yr, the variety of reported fatalities have been, respectively, 2,784 and a pair of,706.

The numbers include “ominous alerts” for the remainder of the nation, physician Rajib Dasgupta, a professor of neighborhood well being at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru College, instructed Reuters.

08:21 GMT – Emirates airline says issued over $517m in refunds 

Emirates, one of many world’s largest long-haul airways, has processed shut to 650,00Zero refunds over the previous two months, refunding over 1.9 billion dirhams ($517 million).

The Dubai-based provider is working a restricted variety of flights on a lowered community after the coronavirus pandemic introduced world aviation to a close to halt this yr.

Emirates expects to course of greater than 500,00Zero refunds within the subsequent two months, Chief Business Officer Adnan Kazim stated in a press release.

08:05 GMT – Britain’s Boohoo responds to damning experiences

Britain’s Boohoo defended its provide chain practices after it got here below fireplace for allegedly placing employees vulnerable to an infection in its Leicester factories.

“The boohoo group won’t tolerate any incidence of non-compliance particularly in relation to the therapy of employees inside our provide chain and we’ve terminated relationships with suppliers the place proof of that is discovered,” Boohoo stated, including it will examine the allegations and take any needed motion.

The accusations to the net vogue retailer have been gathered by the employees’ rights group Labour Behind the Label which stated it obtained experiences of staff being pressured to come into work whereas sick with COVID-19 and factories working illegally all through lockdown.

07:46 GMT – In change of tone, Trump says he is ‘all for masks’

After lengthy resisting sporting a face masks in public throughout the coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump has now struck a distinct tone, saying he’s in favour of the protecting protecting. 

Trump holds up a protective face shield during a behind-the-scenes tour of a Ford facility in Michigan in May [File: Leah Millis/Reuters]

Trump holds up a protecting face protect throughout a behind-the-scenes tour of a Ford facility in Michigan in Could [File: Leah Millis/Reuters] 

“I am all for masks. I feel masks are good,” Trump instructed Fox Enterprise in an interview on Wednesday. His feedback have been made after politicians from his social gathering instructed he put on a masks in public to set a superb instance because the variety of each day coronavirus circumstances in the US exceeded 50,000.

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07:28 GMT – Russia’s newest figures

Russia reported 6,760 new infections, pushing its nationwide tally to 661,165.

The authorities stated 147 folks had died within the final 24 hours, bringing the official dying toll to 9,683.

Grave diggers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) bury a person, who presumably died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the special purpose section of a

Gravediggers sporting private protecting gear (PPE) bury an individual, who presumably died of the coronavirus illness, within the particular function part of a graveyard on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg, Russia [Anton Vaganov/Reuters]

06:47 GMT – Non-EU international locations will not be in ‘secure’ journey checklist: Hungary

Hungary won’t add non-European Union international locations to a “secure” journey checklist, aside from Serbia, because it was requested by the EU.

“In the interim we can’t assist the EU’s request… as a result of this could go in opposition to the healthcare pursuits of the Hungarian folks,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated in a video posted on his Fb web page.

06:15 GMT – Kazakhstan to implement softer second lockdown

In its newest effort to curb the unfold of the coronavirus, Kazakhstan will shut some non-essential companies, restrict journey between provinces, minimize public transit hours of operation and ban public gatherings for 2 weeks.

The brand new proscribing measures can be enforced ranging from July 5, the cupboard stated in a press release, including that they may very well be tightened or prolonged later.

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Hey, that is Virginia Pietromarchi in Doha, Qatar taking up the reside weblog from my colleague Ted Regencia.

05:08 GMT – Cuban capital to ease lockdown, joins remainder of the nation

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Residents of Havana maintain banners as they anticipate the arrival of the Cuban medical personnel, who volunteered within the struggle in opposition to coronavirus within the European principality of Andorra [Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters]

Cuba has introduced that it’ll start easing a pandemic lockdown on Havana on Friday, whereas a lot of the remainder of the nation will transfer to section two of a three-phase course of in the direction of normalization.

The capital’s 2.2 million residents will as soon as extra have the ability to transfer round on private and non-private transport, go to the seashore and different recreation centres and revel in a seaside drive simply in time for the summer season break. They will additionally dine and have a drink, though social distancing and sporting masks stay obligatory. Elective medical and different providers will even resume.

Solely a handful of COVID-19 circumstances have been reported in Cuba final month, all however just a few in Havana. Many of the Caribbean island, house to 11.2 million inhabitants, has been freed from the illness for greater than a month.

04:48 GMT – India’s tally of coronavirus infections crosses 600,000

India’s coronavirus infections surpassed 600,00Zero on Thursday, with 17,834 deaths, as authorities battled to include the pandemic whereas easing lockdown guidelines, officers and the well being ministry stated.

The rise presents a extreme problem for India’s strained medical capability and overburdened well being system, Reuters information company reported.

An easing section referred to as “Unlock 2” was introduced on Monday, permitting extra financial actions to resume whilst some densely populated containment zones keep below lockdown.

04:04 – Tokyo confirms greater than 100 coronavirus circumstances on Thursday, NHK says

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 Tokyo’s each day rely final exceeded 100 on Could 2 [Koji Sasahara/AP]

Tokyo confirmed greater than 100 new coronavirus an infection circumstances on Thursday, public broadcaster NHK stated, the Japanese capital’s highest each day tally in two months.

Town of 14 million initially sought to maintain new each day circumstances beneath 20 since Japan lifted a state of emergency on Could 25, however its tally has constantly exceeded 50 just lately, in accordance to Reuters information company.

This week, the metropolitan authorities stated it will transfer away from numerical targets and rely extra on skilled recommendation to rein within the virus and avert additional financial slowdown. Tokyo’s each day rely final exceeded 100 on Could 2.

03:19 GMT – South Korea experiences 54 new circumstances

South Korea reported 54 new circumstances because the virus continues to unfold past the capital space and attain cities like Gwangju, which has shut colleges and tightened social restrictions after dozens have been discovered contaminated this week.

Well being Minister Park Neung-hoo throughout a virus assembly expressed alarm over the rise of infections in Gwangju, which had one of many smallest caseloads amongst main South Korean cities earlier than this week.

Park urged the town’s residents to chorus from pointless gatherings, preserve distance from others and put on masks.

The full variety of circumstances nationwide has reached 12,904, in accordance to the Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (KCDC), with the dying toll staying at 282.

02:55 GMT – Australia units up checkpoints to include Melbourne virus hotspots

Australian police arrange suburban checkpoints in new coronavirus sizzling spots in Melbourne on Thursday as authorities struggled to include new outbreaks within the nation’s second-largest metropolis, whilst journey restrictions eased elsewhere, in accordance to Reuters information company.

Photographs revealed by the Australian Broadcasting Corp on Thursday confirmed police flagging down automobiles in suburban streets after 36 suburbs in Melbourne in Victoria state went into lockdown following a spike in new infections there. The state reported 77 new circumstances on Thursday, up barely from the day prior to this and in step with two weeks of double-digit each day will increase.

Australia has fared higher than many international locations within the pandemic, with round 8,00Zero circumstances and 104 deaths. Nonetheless, the latest soar in Victoria has stoked fears of a second wave of COVID-19, echoing issues expressed in different international locations.

02:07 GMT – Colombia tops 100,00Zero coronavirus circumstances, posts new each day file

Bogota, Colombia

Confirmed coronavirus circumstances in Colombia now quantity 102,009, the well being ministry stated, 54,941 of that are lively. Some 3,470 folks have died [File: Fernando Vergara/AP]

Colombia’s confirmed coronavirus infections tipped throughout the 100,00Zero case threshold on Wednesday, because the nation’s quarantine measures roll on and intensive care items fill, Reuters information company reported.

Confirmed coronavirus circumstances now quantity 102,009, the well being ministry stated, 54,941 of that are lively. Some 3,470 folks have died.

Wednesday additionally marked the highest-ever each day improve in confirmed circumstances with an uptick of 4,163.

The mayor of the nation’s capital Bogota stated over the weekend the town ought to put together for a stricter lockdown as ICUs reached 70 p.c capability, however dominated out harder measures after the nationwide authorities turned over a whole bunch of extra ventilators.

01:44 GMT – China experiences 5 new coronavirus circumstances in mainland on July 1

China on Thursday reported three new coronavirus circumstances and two new asymptomatic circumstances within the mainland for July 1, in contrast with three circumstances a day earlier, the well being authority stated.

Two of the brand new infections have been imported circumstances, the Nationwide Well being Fee stated in a press release, whereas the capital metropolis of Beijing reported one new case. There have been no new deaths.

As of July 1, mainland China had a complete of 83,537 confirmed coronavirus circumstances, it stated. China’s dying toll from the coronavirus remained at 4,634.

01:15 GMT – Mexico coronavirus dying toll hits 28,510, exceeding Spain

Mexico’s well being ministry has reported 5,681 new circumstances of coronavirus an infection and 741 extra fatalities, bringing the overall within the nation to 231,770 circumstances and 28,510 deaths.

With the extra deaths, Mexico’s coronavirus toll exceeded Spain’s complete variety of fatalities from the virus, which on Wednesday was 28,363, in accordance to a Reuters tally.

00:37 GMT – US coronavirus circumstances rise to almost 50,000 to set new each day file

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Since June 4, the US metropolis of Las Vegas has allowed the operation of playing machines regardless of the specter of the unfold of coronavirus [File: Ethan Miller/ Getty via AFP]

Coronavirus circumstances in the US rose by almost 50,000, the most important each day improve because the pandemic began, in accordance to the most recent Reuters tally late on Wednesday.

The variety of US COVID-19 infections has surged over the previous week, with each day figures setting new information a number of occasions previously week, in accordance to the tally. The US reported no less than 49,286 circumstances as of the tip of Tuesday.

Arizona, California, Florida and Texas have led the will increase and have been amongst 14 states which have reported a greater than doubling of case numbers throughout the month of June, in accordance to a Reuters evaluation as of the tip of Wednesday.

The US has reported no less than 2.68 million circumstances with over 128,00Zero deaths.

The World Well being Group (WHO) on Wednesday warned any nation that fails to use each mechanism obtainable to fight the nonetheless raging novel coronavirus is in for a “lengthy, arduous” battle.

00:01 GMT – New Zealand’s well being minister Clark resigns

New Zealand’s well being minister, David Clark, resigned on Thursday, following latest slip-ups within the authorities’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and private errors.

“It has grow to be more and more clear to me that my continuation within the function is distracting for the federal government’s total response to COVID-19 and the worldwide pandemic,” he stated in a information convention in parliament.

Clark stated Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had accepted his resignation.


Hey and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Learn all of the updates from yesterday (July 1) here.

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