The United States has again recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, with California overtaking New York as the US state with the most confirmed cases and reporting its highest single-day numbers for both cases and deaths.
Papua New Guinea has put out a call for emergency assistance to the WHO, fearful it might be facing widespread community transmission of the disease.
More than 15 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, over 622,000 have died, while at least 8.6 million people have recovered – according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the updates:
Thursday, July 23
08:10 GMT – Philippines re-imposes non-essential international travel ban
The Philippines has reimposed a ban on non-essential travel abroad, more than two weeks after permitting touristic trips outside the country, a government spokesman said. Filipinos were for almost four months banned from all non-essential domestic and international travel from mid-March when a lockdown was imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing personal protective equipment for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) queue at the check-in counters of Emirates airline, in Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines [File: Eloisa Lopez/Reuters]
07:37 GMT – Germany links over 2,000 cases to slaughterhouse
A German official says authorities have now linked more than 2,000 coronavirus infections to an outbreak at a slaughterhouse last month that led to a partial lockdown in two western counties.
Regional authorities restored some coronavirus restrictions in the Guetersloh and Warendorf areas in late June after more than 1,400 people at the Toennies slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck tested positive for the virus.
07:10 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus tally nears 800,000
Russia reported 5,848 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its national tally to 795,038, the fourth largest in the world.
The country has recorded just over 12,700 deaths to date, with more than 570,000 recoveries.
07:45 GMT – China’s Sinopharm says coronavirus vaccine could be ready by year-end – state media
A coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) could be ready for public use by the end of this year, state media reported, ahead of a previous expectation it may become available in 2021.
Sinopharm Chairman Liu Jingzhen told state broadcaster CCTV the company expects to finish late-stage human testing within about three months.
Sinopharm’s unit China National Biotec Group (CNBG), which is responsible for two coronavirus vaccine projects, said in June the shot may not be ready until at least 2021 as a lack of new infections in China made it difficult to find people to test it on.
07:20 GMT – Australia reports highest coronavirus deaths in 3 months, infections climb
Australia reported its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in three months as new infections continued to climb in its second most populous state.
Victoria state said it had confirmed another 403 infections, while five people had died from the virus in the last 24 hours.
The fatalities, including a man in his 50s, mark the country’s biggest one-day rise in COVID-19 deaths since late April.
People wearing face mask walk while keeping social distancing at Fitzroy Gardens in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [David Crosling/EPA]
06:53 GMT – South Korea reports worst economic performance in more than 20 years
South Korea’s economy recorded its worst performance in more than 20 years in the second quarter, the central bank said, as the coronavirus pandemic hammered its exports.
Asia’s fourth-largest economy contracted 2.9 percent year-on-year in the April-June period, the Bank of Korea said.
It was the fastest decline since a 3.8 percent drop in the fourth quarter of 1998, in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis.
06:20 GMT – South Africa reports new high in virus deaths
South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have nearly reached 400,000 as the country reports a new daily high of 572 deaths.
South Africa is now one of the world’s top five countries in terms of reported virus cases, and it makes up more than half of the cases on the African continent with 394,948. Deaths are at 5,940.
Public hospitals are struggling as patient numbers climb, and more than 5,000 health workers have been infected.
Restaurant workers gather in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, to join a national protest organized by Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) against the national lockdown regulations the South African government has issued to fight the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus cases [Luca Sola/AFP]
05:55 GMT – Israel names coronavirus supremo as infections grow
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has named a public health professional to the post his office announced, amid mounting calls for Israel’s government to appoint a dedicated coronavirus response coordinator.It said in a statement that the job went to Ronnie Gamzu, CEO of Tel Aviv’s Sourasky medical complex.”Professor Gamzu has many years of administrative experience in the health field, including previous service as health ministry director-general,” it added.
05:20 GMT – India sets another daily record for virus cases
India’s health ministry reported a new record surge of 45,720 new coronavirus cases, taking the total tally of infections to 1,238,635.
India has recorded 685 virus deaths in the past 24 hours, as well as 444 previously unreported fatalities, bring the nationwide death toll from the pandemic to 29,861.
Many states in India have started reimposing lockdowns as health authorities struggle to trace transmissions.
India has the third most coronavirus cases in the world after the United States and Brazil [Danish Siddiqui /Reuters]
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05:00 GMT – Australia warns of record decline in economy
Australia says its economy is likely to shrink at its fastest pace in history in the second quarter.
Officials expect the gross domestic product (GDP) to shrink by 7 percent in the three months ended June leaving Australia in its first recession in 30 years. The economy shrank 0.3 percent in the first quarter.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is also forecasting a record budget deficit as the government steps up spending to keep the economy going and people in work.
03:50 GMT – Papua New Guinea calls for WHO help over outbreak
Papua New Guinea has called on the WHO for help citing a “high likelihood of expanded community transmission”. It has asked the WHO to deploy Emergency Medical Teams for an initial period of one month.
PNG is one of the poorest countries in the Pacific and has limited medical resources. It currently has 30 cases of COVID-19, compared with 11 on Sunday. Most of those affected are medical workers.
Following an increase of cases in Papua New Guinea 🇵🇬 there is an urgent need for clinical teams (EMTs) to support the country to prepare for and manage a surge in COVID-19 cases. Read the full request for assistance here: https://t.co/wThzLdAmNh #EMTeams #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/sFt16sP6wJ
— Chantal Claravall (@ClaravallC) July 22, 2020
National pandemic response controller David Manning said the WHO was in the process of mobilising international medical teams to deploy to the country. Manning said testing was limited beyond the capital of Port Moresby.
03:30 GMT – China reports 22 new cases – most in Xinjiang
China’s National Health Commission has reported 22 new cases of coronavirus on the mainland, most of them in the far western region of Xinjiang where mass testing is under way.
Chinese mainland reported 22 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (18 in Xinjiang), and 31 new #asymptomatic COVID-19 patients pic.twitter.com/QkmHZPY2Rg
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 23, 2020
Urumqi, capital of NW China’s #Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is carrying out free nucleic acid tests for all residents and people who are visiting the city, in a bid to screen for novel #coronavirus infections and reduce the risk of the epidemic spread. #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/d55Dvf3GAy
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) July 23, 2020
03:00 GMT – China offers $1bn loan for Latin America vaccine access
China will offer a $1bn loan to make any coronavirus vaccine it develops available to countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mexico’s foreign ministry says China made the promise in a virtual meeting.
02:30 GMT – California overtakes New York in coronavirus cases
California has overtaken New York to record the highest number of coronavirus cases in any US state.
Health officials say the state’s total caseload now stands at 413,576 – about 4,700 cases more than in New York.
California’s death toll remains much lower, however. It has recorded 7,870 deaths since the start of the pandemic, compared with 25,068 in New York.
01:30 GMT – More records tumble in South America
Brazil and Argentina have both registered new daily records for coronavirus cases.
Brazil confirmed 67,860 cases on Wednesday, while Argentina recorded 5,782 cases. Both countries also reported more deaths from the disease, while Peru added 3,688 previously uncounted people to its death toll lifting the total to 17,455.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has still not shaken the virus, which he once referred to as nothing more than a “little flu”.
A test on Wednesday – his third – showed he still had COVID-19.
00:15 GMT – South Korea’s economy in recession as exports slump
South Korea has entered recession after exports recorded their steepest decline since 1963. The economy shrank by 3.3 percent in the three months ended June, compared with the previous quarter.
Exports account for 40 percent of South Korea’s economy, and it plunged 16.6 percent.
Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki struck an optimistic note, however. He says government spending, cash handouts and a slowing pandemic could help growth recover.
Containers at the port of Busan in South Korea on May 13, 2020 [File: Yonhap via EPA]
00:00 GMT – Final bow? UK warns of theatre closures after lockdown
A United Kingdom parliamentary committee on arts and culture says the coronavirus lockdown has pushed British theatre to the brink of collapse.
The committee estimates that more than 15,000 theatrical performances were cancelled in the first 12 weeks of the lockdown that began on March 23, and put total losses at 603 million pounds ($768m).
The UK has about 1,100 theatres from London’s West End to smaller towns and cities around the country.
Steve Clarkson, head of maintenance and facilities at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, carries out a maintenance check of the auditorium on June 19 [File: Oli Scarff/AFP]
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 (July 22) here.