Coronavirus Global Updates: The novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 5.3 lakh people worldwide, while over 11.64 million are battling the infection. Since it was first reported in China, the virus has spread to over 210 countries and territories in the last six months.
Here are some of the top global stories today:
Melbourne city along with some other towns in Australia’s Victoria state have been ordered back into lockdown for six weeks starting Wednesday after the state reported 191 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest spike in its daily infection count, PTI reported. Residents have been advised against leaving their homes apart for four activities — purchasing essential items, medical care or caregiving, exercise and study/work.
“The public health teams have advised me to reimpose stage 3 stay-at-home restrictions. Staying at home, except for the four reasons to leave, effective from midnight tomorrow night for a period of six weeks,” Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday. The death toll stands at 22 in Victoria with 722 active cases. No new death was reported in the last 24 hours. The virus has claimed 106 lives with 8,755 confirmed cases in Australia so far.
Statement from the Premier on Stay at Home restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. pic.twitter.com/7tc3esHZnH
Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) July 7, 2020
The three-storey Buddhist temple, Nisshinkutsu, has been providing shelter to young homeless Vietnamese migrant workers, one of the groups hardest-hit by the economic slump that followed the novel coronavirus outbreak in Japan, Reuters reported.
Thi Tu Luong, a 22-year old Vietnamese worker, had just been fired from her job at a hotel in a hot springs town north of Tokyo. After a few minutes of walking the street, she saw Jiho Yoshimizu, who runs a support group for Vietnamese workers, waving her in from the entrance of a concrete building.
Inside the temple, young Vietnamese workers whose lives are in limbo study Japanese, cook Vietnamese food, look for work or book flights home.Vietnamese volunteers prepare packages of food and protective masks for Vietnamese people in need and living in Japan, amid the coronavirus disease, at a Buddhist temple which has turned into a shelter for young Vietnamese migrant workers in Tokyo, Japan.
Responding to local media reports that he was “showing symptoms” of Covid-19, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Monday underwent a lung scan to test for the disease. “I came from the hospital. I underwent a lung scan. The lung’s clean,” said a statement from the president’s office, adding Bolsonaro was at his home and “in good health.”
Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down the impact of the virus, and has been seen in public neither wearing a mask nor adhering to social distancing norms. Brazil is the second worst-hit country, with over 1.6 million cases of the novel coronavirus and 65,000 deaths.
The New Zealand government has decided to stop bookings on its national airline, Air New Zealand, for three weeks and is speaking to private airlines to do the same. The government intends on using this period to build more isolation centres for people who return, as a 14-day quarantine period is mandatory in the country.
The government had earlier banned the entry of foreigners, and only allowed its nationals and permanent residents to return.
“We are seeing rapid growth in the numbers of New Zealanders coming home as the Covid-19 pandemic worsens,” Housing Minister Megan Woods said. “The last thing we need are hastily set up facilities to meet demand.”South Korean police officers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus, stand guard in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
US health official Anthony Fauci has warned the US was “knee-deep” in the first wave of Covid-19. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, also said a vaccine for the disease would not be allow “infinite protection”.
“It’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately,” Fauci said in an interview. The country has reported nearly three million cases and over 130,000 deaths due to the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration issued new guidelines under which international students would be forced to leave the country if their classes went online in the fall. According to a reported in the Associated Press, the guidelines increased pressed on schools to reopen despite the pandemic.
SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020
The border between New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria will close at 11.59 pm Tuesday for the first time in 100 years. The decision to seal the state line was taken Monday due to the rising cases of coronavirus in Victoria’s capital Melbourne. In fact, according to a Reuters report, Victorial could impose a four-week lockdown due to the surge in cases.
“There will be queues, there will be frustration, there will be lots of questions but we’re doing this to keep everybody safe,” Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of NSW, said.
The decision comes with a hefty fine of $7,700 and six-month jail time for anyone found illegally crossing the border.
Australia has reported nearly 8,600 cases and 106 deaths.Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus leave school after finishing the first day of China’s national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
As scientists, researchers and healthcare professionals team up to understand the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was reviewing new research that found the virus could spread in tiny airborne particles. At least 239 scientists from 32 countries had written to the global body with evidence that these particles could infect people who inhaled them. “We are aware of the article and are reviewing its contents with our technical experts,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.
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