- Global coronavirus cases now exceed 10 million and more than half a million people have died of respiratory diseases, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States accounts for about a quarter of all deaths.
- Pakistani COVID-19 cases exceeded the 200,000 mark after 3,602 new infections were reported on Sunday.
- US health secretary Alex Azar has warned that the “window is closing” for decisive action to curb the virus as the number of cases increases.
- The Australian state of Victoria has encountered 75 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours – the highest daily count in two months. His senior health official says the number is “absolutely worrying”
Source: Al Jazeera
Here are the latest updates:
Monday 29 June
09:25 GMT – Indonesia reports over 1,082 cases, 51 deaths
Indonesia reported 1,082 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 55,092, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.
The Southeast Asian nation also reported another 51 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 2,805, the highest in East Asia outside of China.
08:55 GMT – In the photos: coronavirus cases have reached a new high in India
India has reported a new daily record of nearly 20,000 new infections as several Indian states have reset partial or complete blockages to stem the spread of coronavirus.
India’s ministry of health has recorded 548,318 COVID-19 cases since Monday, a jump of nearly 100,000 cases in a week in the fourth hardest hit country in the world after the United States, Brazil and Russia.
The death toll in the South Asian country reached 16,475, while 321,723 patients recovered from the disease.
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08:25 GMT – PM Johnson says coronavirus has been “a disaster” for the UK
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the coronavirus crisis was a disaster for the United Kingdom, but that the time was not right for an investigation into missteps.
“This was a disaster,” Johnson told Times Radio. “We don’t mince our words, I mean this was an absolute nightmare for the country and the country suffered a deep shock.”
He said, however, that this was not the right time for a crisis management investigation.
07:55 GMT – Russia reports the lowest coronavirus infections in two months
Russia reported 6,719 new cases of the new coronavirus on Monday, the lowest one-day increase reported since April 29, bringing its national tally to 641,156.
The national coronavirus task force said 93 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 9,166.
Only the United States and Brazil reported more cases than Russia.
07:30 GMT – Spain: the EU will prepare the list of countries at risk of coronavirus by Tuesday
The EU will have a list of countries safe for travel by coronavirus by Tuesday, said Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya.
Officials are preparing a list of 15 safe countries for open borders based on epidemiological criteria, Cadena SER said on local radio, while the coronavirus pandemic is waning in most of the continent.
07:05 GMT – Work leader: PM Johnson “asleep at the wheel”
British opposition Labor party leader Keir Starmer said on Monday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson slept behind the wheel during the coronavirus crisis and had been too slow to make important decisions.
“I think the prime minister slept behind the wheel, it was slow, the communications, the communications were terrible,” Starmer told ITV. “It began to collapse frankly when Dominic Cummings presented a ridiculous defense of what he had done in the northeast.”
“They didn’t build the foundation to test, trace and isolate,” said Starmer.
06:45 GMT – The EU recovery fund must include substantial grants: IMF
A substantial part of the EU package of measures to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic must consist of grants rather than loans, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund told Der Spiegel.
“Otherwise it won’t promote economic recovery,” according to German magazine Gita Gopinath on Monday.
EU leaders agreed in April to build an emergency fund to help rebound the 27-nation blockade from the pandemic, but the final details have not yet been agreed.
06:30 GMT – The Czech Republic records the highest daily cases since April 3
The daily number of new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic has increased by 305, the highest since April 3, data from the Ministry of Health showed Monday.
This is the fourth consecutive daily increase and brings the total number of cases to 11,603. There have been 348 deaths in the country of 10.7 million.
Health Minister Adam Vojtech said Sunday that most of the new cases had been in a mining region in the eastern part of the country.
06:00 GMT – Pakistan’s coronavirus cases exceed 200,000 marks
In Pakistan, coronavirus cases passed the 200,000 mark on Sunday with 3,602 new infections reported, bringing the total to 206,512.
At least 49 deaths have been reported bringing the overall budget to 4,245.
On Sunday 23,009 tests were performed, well below the WHO recommended levels of 50,000 per day.
05:50 GMT –
Hi, I’m Hamza Mohamed in Doha, Qatar, taking over from my colleague Kate Mayberry.
05:30 GMT – Qatar to further relieve coronavirus curbs
Qatar will further facilitate coronavirus curbs from July 1, allowing limited reopening of restaurants, beaches and parks.
The Supreme Crisis Management Committee says that public and private meetings for up to five people would be allowed and that offices would be allowed to reopen at 50% of capacity.
The next reopening phase, including flights from low risk countries, is scheduled for August 1st.
05:15 GMT – Thailand registers the 35th day without community broadcast
Thailand reported its 35th day without community broadcast.
The Southeast Asian nation added seven new cases Monday, all in Thai returning from abroad – on this occasion from India and the United States.
02:45 GMT – Post-COVID school building boom in the UK
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has plans for a ten-year reconstruction program for schools in England, a December election promise derailed by the coronavirus.
“As we recover from the pandemic, it is important to lay the groundwork for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations at the center and center of this mission,” Johnson said in a statement.
Johnson’s conservatives returned to power with a large majority in December, taking many seats that traditionally vote for the job, but his pandemic management contributed to his support.
UK schools suffered greatly from the severe spending cuts introduced after the financial crisis in 2009. Read more about spending plans here.
02:30 GMT – “Absolutely concern”: peak in cases in the Australian state of Victoria
The state of Victoria in southern Australia has found 75 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, something its Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton has called “absolutely worrying.”
The state has already initiated a test blitz, but Sutton says that socially spaced measures could also be reintroduced in the form of localized blockades.
“We must do everything necessary to reverse this trend,” he told reporters.
Daily cases on Monday are the highest in two months.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said Victoria’s 75 new COVID-19 cases are “absolutely worrying” and that the state’s coronavirus situation “will get worse before it gets better”. More information: https://t.co/ACsASb1uY7 pic.twitter.com/jiik92KuxX
– The Age (@theage) June 29, 2020
02:00 GMT – China adds 12 new cases, compared to 17 on Sunday
China has reported 12 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, including five imported cases.
The seven domestic infections were all in Beijing.
About a third of the city’s 20 million people have been tested for the virus since an outbreak was found in the capital’s main wholesale food market on June 11.
The first two #Foton vehicles to facilitate #COVID-19 Nucleic acid tests have been carried out #Beijingthe districts of Chaoyang and Xicheng. Each vehicle has four sampling points and each point is capable of testing 100 people within an hour. pic.twitter.com/B02hDKSmLs
– Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 29, 2020
01:45 GMT – Korea reports 42 new cases, concern for clusters
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) have just announced 42 new coronavirus cases, 30 of which are local.
This is lower than the numbers reported over the weekend, but the Yonhap news agency says the South Korean authorities are concerned about the continuing clusters of infection, particularly in churches.
On Sunday, South Korea announced a three-tier social removal program. The country is currently at level 1, the lowest level. It will increase to level 2 if the number of cases exceeds 50 for 14 days.
00:30 GMT – The United States accounts for a quarter of deaths when the global budget exceeds half a million
The most recent Johns Hopkins numbers show that the death toll now stands at 501,206 since the first cases emerged in China late last year.
The United States accounts for about a quarter of all deaths. Below are the five countries that experienced the worst death toll:
- United States – 125,768
- Brazil – 57,622
- United Kingdom – 43,634
- Italy – 34,738
- France – 29,781
More than 10.1 million people have been diagnosed with the disease.
23:30 GMT (Sunday) – Los Angeles bars have said to close again after the wave of cases
In Los Angeles and six other California counties – along with some 13.5 million people – they have been ordered to close again after a wave of coronavirus cases.
The bars were reopened on June 19.
NEW: due to the growing popularity of #COVID-19, CA orders bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare, while advising to close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura.
– Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 28, 2020
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry reporting from Kuala Lumpur.
Read yesterday’s updates (June 28) here.