- 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
Spectators will be allowed back into some sports events in England from next week as coronavirus prevention measures are tested ahead of a planned wider reopening of stadiums in October.
Domestic cricket on July 26-27 is set to be the first sport that fans are allowed to watch in person since March. Some spectators will also be allowed into the world snooker championship in Sheffield from July 31.
“From October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at Downing Street.
11:00 GMT – COVID-19 transmission rate spikes in France’s Brittany region
The reproduction rate of the novel coronavirus in the Brittany region, popular with tourists, has risen sharply in less than a week, according to government data, the latest indication that the virus is again gaining momentum in France.
The government on Thursday accelerated plans to make it compulsory to wear face masks in enclosed public spaces amid concerns about renewed flare-ups of COVID-19, especially in areas in western and southern France that had been relatively spared during the height of the outbreak between March and May.
10:29 GMT – British Airways retires 747 early due to coronavirus crisis
The world’s largest operator of Boeing 747s, British Airways, will retire its entire jumbo jet fleet with immediate effect after the COVID-19 pandemic sent air travel into freefall.For more than 50 years, Boeing’s Queen of the Skies has been the world’s most easily recognised jetliner with its humped fuselage and four engines. But its days were already numbered before the pandemic struck earlier this year.
10:05 GMT – Catalonia restricts some activities in Barcelona, but no lockdown
Catalonia’s regional authorities have announced they would restrict some activities in Barcelona, including asking people not to gather in groups of more than ten, to fight an increase in coronavirus cases.
But they stopped short of imposing a lockdown and said the measures were meant to avoid having to do so for Spain’s second-largest city.
09:37 GMT – Russia expects to make COVID-19 vaccine being developed in UK – wealth fund head
Russia expects a deal with AstraZeneca for it to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the pharmaceuticals giant and Oxford University to go ahead despite allegations it has been trying to steal vaccine data, its wealth fund head said.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said on Thursday that hackers backed by the Russian state were trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, allegations the Kremlin denied.