The World Health Organization has warned the pandemic could get far worse if countries around the world don’t follow basic healthcare precautions. “The virus remains public enemy favorite,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.
More than 13 million people around the world are diagnosed with COVID-19 and nearly 572,000 have died, consistent with data from the Johns Hopkins University. Us, Brazil, the UK, Mexico, and Italy have recorded the foremost deaths.
Here are the newest updates.
Tuesday, July 14
05:15 GMT – Debt-relief measures failing to assist Cambodian poor
Human Rights Watch says debt relief measures by micro-loan providers in Cambodia are failing to assist alleviate the financial burden on families battling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic who risk being forced to sell land and housing to survive.
The rights group says the commercial bank of Cambodia and therefore the government should suspend debt collection and interest accruals for micro-loan borrowers who can not meet their payments due to the pandemic.
“Many Cambodians fear to lose their lands quite catching the coronavirus because they can not pay back their loans and therefore the government has done little to assist them,” HRW’s Asia Director Phil Robertson said during a statement, urging the govt to order a freeze on debt collection and interest accruals.
HRW says Cambodians have the world’s highest average amount of micro-loans at $3,804 per capita.
05:00 GMT – Worse than dismal: Singapore Q2 GDP plunges 41.2 percent
Singapore’s economy suffered a coronavirus-induced record contraction within the second quarter, putting it on track for its worst-ever slump this year.
Gross domestic product (GDP) plunged by a record 41.2 percent within the three months ended March, on a quarter-on-quarter annualized basis, preliminary data from the Ministry of Trade and Industry showed on Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters were expecting a 37.4 percent decline.
“We were expecting these numbers to seem quite dismal, although this is often worse than what we had expected,” Steve Cochrane, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, told the press agency.
04:45 GMT – Tokyo theatergoers asked to return forward for testing
Some 800 Tokyo theatergoers are being asked to return forward for testing after a minimum of 20 coronavirus cases were traced back to a production involving a Japanese boy band.
Health officials are that specialize in the Theatre Moliere, a 190-seat theatre within the Shinjuku area of the capital, which placed on the show ‘Werewolf’ for 6 days earlier this month.
The first case was reported on July 6 and involved a cast member.
04:30 GMT – DRC facing new Ebola outbreak as tries to regulate COVID, measles
Ebola is spreading in the western Democratic Republic of Congo, with nearly 50 known cases across an outsized region bordering the Republic of Congo and therefore the Central African Republic, consistent with the planet Health Organization (WHO).
Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert, says the outbreak, first detected on June 1, remains “very active” and of great concern.
“In the age of COVID it’s vital that we don’t take our eyes off these other emerging diseases,” he said.
DR Congo is additionally handling a measles epidemic that has killed quite 6,000 people and COVID-19, which has infected quite 3,000 and killed 188.
03:45 GMT – Malaysia and Singapore ease some border restrictions
Malaysia and Singapore are to ease border restrictions between the 2 countries to support essential business and official traffic, also as residents who have long-term work permits for the opposite country.
The rules will include a ‘Reciprocal Green Lane’ for essential business and official purposes with all travelers having to undergo a PCR swab test before travel and submit an in-depth itinerary for the duration of the visit.
The ‘Periodic Commuting Agreement’ will apply to residents with future work permits for the opposite country and permit them to return for ‘home leave’ after three months of working.
The new measures are expected to return into force on August 10, the 2 countries’ governments said during a joint statement on Tuesday. the small print of the arrangements – including health protocols and therefore the application process – are going to be announced ten days before that.
03:30 GMT – Hong Kong prepares for toughest-ever coronavirus curbs
People in Hong Kong are preparing for the toughest curbs yet to regulate the coronavirus with the authorities warning that the danger of a large-scale outbreak within the territory is “extremely high”.
The new measures inherent force in the dark (16:00 GMT). They include mandatory face masks on conveyance and a limit on the dimensions of gatherings to only four people.