Greece ready to reimpose coronavirus restrictions

  • Greek authorities say they are ready to re-impose public and travel restrictions next week, warning that safety guidance for the coronavirus is being frequently ignored.
  • India reported a record one-day surge in infections of nearly 25,000.

  • The Australian state of Victoria has imposed broad restrictions on nearly five million people, including in Melbourne, in an attempt to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.

  • Humanitarian group Oxfam says as many as 122 million people could go hungry this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, warning that up to 12,000 people could die each day from hunger linked to the social and economic impacts of the disease.

  • More than 12 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, and more than 550,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 6.6 million patients have recovered.

    Thursday, July 9

    15:52 GMT – Brazilian press group files criminal complaint against Bolsonaro

    The Brazilian Press Association has filed a criminal complaint to the Supreme Court against President Jair Bolsonaro, after he took off his mask in a televised interview in which he announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Bolsonaro made his announcement on Tuesday. Brazilian broadcasters pulled journalists off the job after they were exposed to Bolsonaro in the interview, quarantining them until they test negative for the disease.

    In its complaint, the press association alleged that Bolsonaro had committed at least two crimes related to putting someone’s life or health at imminent risk and failing to prevent the spread of an infectious disease.

    15:40 GMT – Airborne transmission can occur during medical procedures: WHO

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said airborne transmission of the coronavirus can occur during medical procedures that generate aerosols.

    15:27 GMT – Qatar’s coronavirus cases increase by 557

    Qatar’s coronavirus cases has risen by 557 and the number of coronavirus-related deaths has increased by four in the past 24 hours, according to Qatar’s Health Ministry.

    According to John Hopkins University, there are a total of 102,110 coronavirus cases and 142 deaths in Qatar.

    15:08 GMT – Spain’s Balearic Islands to make masks mandatory everywhere

    The Balearic Islands, one of Spain’s top tourist destinations, will make it compulsory to wear a face mask in public at all times from Monday even when it is possible to keep a safe distance from others, regional leader Francina Armengol has said.

    Catalonia introduced a similar rule on Wednesday, going further than a national directive that only mandates mask use when in close proximity to others.

    14:00 GMT – UK death toll rises by 85 to 44,602

    The UK’s death toll from confirmed cases of coronavirus has risen by 85 to 44,602 from the previous day, the government said.

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