WHO reports record single-day coronavirus cases
- Over 212,000 new coronavirus cases were reported globally by the World Health Organization – the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic.
- WHO said that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after the medications failed to reduce mortality.
- Mexico has reported 523 more coronavirus deaths, pushing its tally to 30,366 and overtaking France to become the fifth-highest in the world.
- Worldwide cases have reached 11.23 million while 6.04 million patients have recovered, according to the latest Johns Hopkins University tally. The number of deaths worldwide hit more than 530,000.
Sunday, July 5
08:55 GMT – Indonesia reports highest daily tally of coronavirus deaths
Indonesia reported 82 new coronavirus deaths in its highest daily tally, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto said, taking the toll to 3,171.
Infections rose 1,607, for a total of 63,749 cases, he added.
08:35 GMT – Health minister says pleased with behaviour after English pubs reopen
People in England appear to have broadly behaved themselves as pubs reopened this weekend, Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said, adding he was pleased with how the easing of lockdown had gone.
“From what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary, very very largely people have acted responsibly,” he told Sky News. “Overall, I’m pleased with what happened yesterday.”
08:10 GMT – Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge
Israel ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance program resumed as Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown after both areas saw surges in coronavirus cases.
A statement from Israel’s Health Ministry said “many” messages had been sent to Israelis following the renewed involvement of the Shin Bet domestic security agency. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that more than 30,000 people were notified they must enter quarantine since Thursday.
“We wanted to continue and open the economy as much as possible but with the amount of infections, which appeared like a very high cliff, it forced us at this point to get involved more aggressively,” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Israeli Army Radio.
07:46 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus cases surpass 680,000
Russia reported 6,736 new cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the nationwide tally to 681,251.
The authorities said that 134 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 10,161.
07:24 GMT – Tokyo governor favored to win reelection for handling virus
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is poised to be reelected, buoyed by public support for her coronavirus handling despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease.
The first woman to head the Japanese capital, Koike, 67, is also viewed as a potential candidate to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when his term ends in September 2021. For now, she says she’s focused on protecting the lives of the 14 million people in Tokyo, a megacity with a $1 trillion economy.
07:01 GMT – WHO reports highest single-day surge in infections
The World Health Organization says member states reported more than 212,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the global body, the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic.
The Geneva-based WHO said the highest number of new infections was reported from the Americas region, which includes the United States and Brazil, with almost 130,000 confirmed cases.
WHO’s count can differ from other global case tallies due to official reporting delays.
06:37 GMT – Nearly 25,000 virus cases in India in record daily jump
India saw its biggest surge in COVID-19 cases, with 24,850 new cases and 613 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The country’s tally of infections rose to 673,165 as the death toll zoomed to 19,268, according to the Health Ministry data.
06:10 GMT – Turkish Airlines resumes flights to Indonesia
Turkey’s flag carrier resumed flights to Indonesia after being suspended on March 20 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Turkish Airlines will resume routes to Indonesia with two flights per week.