India recorded its highest single-day count of 22,772 coronavirus cases and 442 deaths.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries hit by serious coronavirus outbreaks to “wake up” to the realities on the ground instead of bickering, and to “take control” of the pandemic.
Brazil passed 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, as cities reopen bars, restaurants and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising.
Saturday, July 4
08:25 GMT – Paris Louvre museum reopens Monday after crippling losses
The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum and home to the Mona Lisa, reopens on Monday but with coronavirus restrictions in place and parts of the complex closed to visitors.
The Louvre has been closed since March 13 and this has already led “to losses of over 40 million euros,” its director Jean-Luc Martinez said.
Among more than 10 million visitors in 2018, almost three-quarters were tourists.
07:54 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus cases near 675,000, death toll passes 10,000
Russia reported 6,632 new cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the nationwide tally of infections to 674,515.
The authorities said that 168 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 10,027.
Voters in the Dominican Republic are set to defy rising coronavirus infections on Sunday to choose a new president in an election that could end 16 years of unbroken rule by the center-left Dominican Liberation Party.
Opposition candidate Luis Abinader is favorite, having taken a commanding lead in opinion polls despite being forced to abandon his campaign after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Abinader, a 52-year-old businessman, had recovered sufficiently to close out his campaign at a rally on Wednesday.
07:02 GMT – New highest daily jump in India with 22,772 virus cases
India reported its biggest single-day spike of 22,772 coronavirus cases and 442 deaths, according to the country’s health Ministry.
The coronavirus positive cases now stand at 648,315, while 18,655 people have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
06:40 GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports 108 new coronavirus cases, biggest jump in over 3 months
Australia’s second most-populous state, Victoria, reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases since late March on Saturday, forcing it to expand stay-at-home orders to two more suburbs and sending nine public housing towers in a complete lockdown.
The southeastern state recorded 108 new cases, up from 66 on Friday and more than 70 new cases in each of the previous four days, forcing authorities to reimpose lockdowns in more than 30 suburbs earlier in the week.
06:16 GMT – South Africa reports record daily infections
South Africa has announced another record daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases with 9,064, as Africa’s most developed country shows signs of strain in coping with the pandemic.
Thirty percent of South Africa’s more than 177,000 cases are now in Gauteng province, which contains Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria.
05:55 GMT – Bolsonaro waters down Brazilian mask-wearing law
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has watered down a law that would require widespread mask-wearing in the country to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to the Diario Official government journal.
He approved the law on wearing protective masks in public, but weakened it by vetoing language that would have required Brazilians to cover their faces in places like schools, shops and churches.
05:30 GMT – Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend coronavirus positive
The girlfriend of President Donald Trump’s eldest son has tested positive for coronavirus, US media reported.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News television personality who is dating Donald Trump Jr, had traveled to South Dakota to see the US president’s Fourth of July speech and celebration fireworks at Mount Rushmore.
Guilfoyle, 51, was immediately isolated after discovering she had the virus in a routine test conducted on anyone expected to come in close contact with the president, the New York Times reported.
04:10 GMT – Sixty-three new cases in large cities in South Korea
South Korea reported 63 new cases of the coronavirus, continuing a weeks-long resurgence as new clusters pop up in various parts of the country.
The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday brought national totals to 13,030 infections, including 283 deaths.
Twenty-eight of the new cases were reported from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of South Korea’s 51 million people live. Infections were also reported in large cities such as Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Gwangju, where hundreds of schools have been shut and social restrictions elevated.