Spain reported a second day of 1,000-plus coronavirus infections, the very best since the state lifted its lockdown in June.
Libya’s United Nations-recognised government in Tripoli announced it’ll impose a full lockdown in areas of the country it controls, after an increase in COVID-19 cases.
More than 17.2 million people round the world are diagnosed with the new coronavirus. quite 10 million patients have recovered, and a minimum of 671,000 have died, consistent with data from Johns Hopkins University.
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Friday, July 31
00:51 GMT – Southeast Asia poverty to surge in ‘socio-economic crisis’
Southeast Asia is on the brink of a “socio-economic crisis” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that would reverse decades of poverty reduction, the United Nations has warned.
“The crisis threatens to destroy the livelihoods of Southeast Asia’s 218 million informal workers,” a UN policy brief released on Thursday said. “Without alternative income, formal social protection systems or savings to buffer these shocks, workers and their families are going to be pushed into poverty, reversing decades of poverty reduction.”
The region-wide economy was expected to contract by 0.4 per cent in 2020, it said, while remittances from Southeast Asians working abroad were likely to fall by 13 per cent or $10bn.
The paper urged nations to repair “fiscal termites”: budget-sapping problems like evasion , transfer pricing and fuel subsidies in order that they can deliver large stimulus packages to assist vulnerable populations and boost their economies.
Current low oil prices provided a perfect opportunity to reverse fuel subsidies, it added.
04:46 GMT – Bali welcomes visitors after four-month lockdown
Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to domestic tourists after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the easing that took effect on Friday, Indonesians visiting Bali will face stringent rules at hotels, restaurants and beaches. Foreign tourists are going to be allowed on the island beginning 9/11 .
04:35 GMT – Philippines extends restrictions
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended quarantine restrictions within the capital Manila, limiting movements of the elderly and youngsters , and therefore the operations of companies from restaurants to gyms, until mid-August.
“My plea is to endure some more. Many are infected,” Duterte said during a televised address.
Duterte promised free vaccines if they became available by late this year, prioritising first the poor then the center class, police and military personnel. The Philippines are going to be given precedence by China in vaccine distribution, he said.
04:03 GMT – Australia’s Victoria flags new steps to regulate surge in cases
Australia’s Victoria state recorded its second-highest day of latest coronavirus infections, because the state’s Premier Daniel Andrews flagged the prospect of more rigorous steps to contain the spread of the disease.
Victoria reported 627 new infections on Friday, down from a record of 723 new infections on Thursday.
“It is obvious to all or any folks that these numbers are still far too high,” Andrews told reporters. “It could be the case … that we’d like to require further steps. the info will tell us, the experts will tell us, what and if any next steps got to be.”
03:20 GMT – Hong Kong logs new high of 149 cases
Hong Kong reported a replacement daily record of coronavirus cases, logging 149 more infections by Thursday end.
Amid the increase in cases, authorities reversed a ban on indoor dining, along restaurants to work under limited hours and with limited capacity. Businesses like bars, karaoke bars and amusement parks remain temporarily closed, and public gatherings are restricted to 2 people.
03:01 GMT – China tightens travel rules for Xinjiang capital
China tightened travel restrictions in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, requiring people arriving within the city from regions deemed to possess high infection risks to undergo a two-week quarantine.
Others coming back from less risky areas must show proof of excellent health. Locals “in principle” must stay within the city or show proof of health to be allowed to go away .
Since mid-July, the Xinjiang outbreak centred in Urumqi has seen quite 600 cases of illness, including 112 new ones reported on Friday.
2:49 GMT – Brazil first lady tests positive
Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for the new coronavirus, the govt announced on Thursday, five days after her husband Jair Bolsonaro said he had recovered from his COVID-19 infection.
The 38-year-old first lady “is in healthiness and can follow all established protocols”, the president’s office said.