The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries hit by serious coronavirus outbreaks to “wake up” to the realities on the ground instead of bickering and to “take control” of the pandemic.
Brazil passed 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, as cities reopen bars, restaurants, and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising.
Saudi Arabia passed a milestone of 200,000 confirmed novel coronavirus cases, the Ministry of Health said, weeks before an annual Hajj pilgrimage drastically crop due to the pandemic.
Here are the newest updates.
Saturday, July 4
04:10 GMT – Sixty-three new cases in large cities in South Korea
South Korea reported 63 new cases of the coronavirus, continuing a weeks-long resurgence as new clusters crop up in various parts of the country.
The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday brought national totals to 13,030 infections, including 283 deaths.
Twenty-eight of the new cases were reported from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where about half South Korea’s 51 million people live. Infections were also reported in large cities like Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Gwangju, where many schools are shut and social restrictions elevated.
03:40 GMT – the US marks another new daily record for infections
Us reported 57,683 COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed, making Friday the third consecutive day the country logged quite 50,000 new cases.
The Baltimore-based university’s tracker showed the entire number of cases since the pandemic reached the US at 2,793,022.
The university also recorded an extra 728 fatalities, bringing the entire US price to 129,405.
02:48 GMT – Colombia judge bans special restrictions for the elderly
A Colombian judge has prohibited the govt from subjecting those aged 70 or older to special restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The judge described as discriminatory the measures which prescribe quarantine for the elderly until the top of August while lifting movement restrictions on the remainder of the population in mid-July.
01:17 GMT – Brazil surpasses 1.5 million coronavirus cases
Brazil reported 42,223 additional coronavirus cases within the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said, bringing the entire tally to 1,539,081.
The number of coronavirus deaths rose by 1,290 to 63,174, consistent with the ministry.01:13 GMT – Air France, Hop! to shed 7,580 jobs
Air France management said it planned to eliminate 7,580 jobs at the airline and its regional unit Hop! by the top of 2022 due to the coronavirus crisis.
The planned job cuts amount to 16 percent of Air France’s staff and 40 percent of these at Hop!
“For three months, Air France’s activity and turnover have plummeted 95 percent, and at the peak of the crisis, the corporate lost 15 million euros each day,” said the group, which anticipated a “very slow” recovery.
00:46 GMT – Global coronavirus cases rise to quite 11 million
Global coronavirus cases have exceeded 11 million, consistent with tallies by Reuters press agency and therefore the Johns Hopkins University, marking another milestone within the spread of the disease that has killed quite half 1,000,000 people in seven months.
The number of cases is quite double the figure for severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, consistent with the WHO.
Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns put in situ to slow the spread of the coronavirus while making extensive alterations to figure and social life that would last for a year or more until a vaccine is out there .
Some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate lockdowns, in what experts say might be a recurring pattern into 2021.
00:13 GMT – Several US states hit highs in COVID-19 cases
Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alaska reported record increases in coronavirus cases on Friday as Florida’s most populous county imposed a curfew beforehand of the Independence Day weekend.
The surge in cases, most pronounced in southern and western states, has alarmed public health officials, who urged caution before a July 4th holiday weekend that in normal times would feature big gatherings of families and friends.