The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 284,196 in the past 24 hours.
Some 15.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while more than 638,000 have died, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 8.98 million people have recovered.
France advised its citizens not to travel to the Spanish region of Catalonia to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
- India reported more than 49,000 fresh cases of the coronavirus with 740 new deaths, marking the biggest daily surge in infections.
Saturday, July 25
08:15 GMT – Singapore PM Lee flags delay to retirement due to coronavirus
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 68, said that he may have to delay his plans to step down as leader by the time he is 70 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“I had expressed a hope that I would be able to hand over by the time I celebrate my 70th birthday but I do not determine the path of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lee, son of Singapore’s modern day founder Lee Kuan Yew.
“A lot will depend on how events unfold and all I can say is I will see this through and I will handover in good shape as soon as possible to the next team.”
08:45 GMT – Ukraine reports highest daily number of coronavirus cases in a month
Ukraine reported 1,106 new cases of the coronavirus within a 24-hour period, the highest daily toll since a record on June 26, when it reached 1,109, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said.
The number of new daily infections has increased sharply in the past two months following the gradual lifting of restrictions that began in late-May.
Stepanov said that 205 people had been admitted to hospitals. “It means their lives are under threat and we have to understand that this disease is very serious,” he told an online briefing.
08:15 GMT – Boeing 737 jets idled during pandemic must be inspected says FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday issued an emergency airworthiness directive for 2,000 US-registered Boeing 737 NG and Classic aircraft, warning of possible corrosion on parked planes that could lead to a dual-engine failure.
Inspectors found compromised air check valves when bringing aircraft out of storage following four recent reports of single-engine shutdowns on planes that had been parked, prompting the directive for aircraft not operated for seven or more straight days.
07:30 GMT – Mainland China reports 34 new coronavirus cases
China reported 34 cases of the new coronavirus in the mainland for July 24, up from 21 cases a day earlier, the National Health Commission said.
Of the new infections, 20 were in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to a statement by the NHC. Nine were in the northeastern province of Liaoning, while the remaining five were imported cases. China reported 74 new asymptomatic cases, up from 43 a day earlier.
As of Friday, mainland China had 83,784 confirmed coronavirus cases, health authorities said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,634.
06:50 GMT – South Korea reports 113 new coronavirus cases
South Korea reported 113 cases of the new coronavirus, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said, the largest one-day increase since March, bringing the country’s total to 14,092.
Of the new cases, 86 were imported and 27 were domestic infections.
South Korean health authorities on Friday said novel coronavirus infections among people arriving from abroad could drive the number of new cases above 100, the first time since the beginning of April that daily cases hit triple digits.