Merkel sees ‘great differences’ at EU summit: Coronavirus latest

  • India’s coronavirus caseload topped one million, with the United States and Brazil the only other nations with more infections.
  • The UN aid chief says coronavirus support to poor countries has been “grossly inadequate” so far and urged the G20 to step up aid or “pay price later”.
  • More than 13.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while more than 7.7 million have recovered and more than 588,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

    Friday, July 17

    12:55 GMT – Brazil hospitals overwhelmed as coronavirus cases cross 2 million

    Hospitals in Brazil are struggling to cope with an influx of coronavirus patients, as confirmed cases have crossed the two million mark in the world’s second-hardest hit nation by the pandemic.

    More than 45,000 new infections were reported by the health ministry on Thursday, but the real figures are believed to be much higher due to insufficient testing. The overall confirmed number of coronavirus-related death stood at 76,688, also the second-highest globally behind the United States.

    12:15 GMT – Pakistan extends lockdown in southern province of Sindh

    Pakistan has announced a lockdown in its southern-most province of Sindh amid rising coronavirus cases.

    According to an official notification by the provincial government, the lockdown will remain in place until August 15.

    All public places including parks and restaurants will remain closed to curb the spread of the virus.

    11:58 GMT – Flights resume between Tehran and Dubai

    Iran has received its first passenger flight from the United Arab Emirates’s flag carrier in five months after it arrived at Tehran’s main airport.

    It was the first commercial flight since late February when the airliner halted the route after Emirati authorities found two Iranians who were infected with the coronavirus.

    11:30 GMT – Fans allowed back into English sports events from next week

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