9 July

Global: Covid-19 infections have passed 12 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with 12,043,922 currently confirmed.

The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw US membership from the World Health Organization (WHO) could have life-threatening consequences for people around the globe, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, or MSF.

US: The US has surpassed three million confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. It said there have been 132,309 deaths among the total of 3,055,101 cases.

US Vice-President Mike Pence urged schools to reopen despite the pandemic, echoing comments from Trump. During a White House coronavirus task force briefing at the US department of education, Pence said: “It’s time for us to get our kids back to school.” But many school officials are expressing doubts about their ability to safely reopen their doors.

President Trump threatened to withhold funding from schools that don’t reopen. The president also criticised the school reopening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “very tough” and “expensive.”

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Brazil: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro vetoed provisions of a law requiring government to provide drinking water, disinfectants and guaranteed hospital beds to indigenous communities amid the pandemic.

Mexico: Mexico has posted a fresh record for new coronavirus cases reported on a single day, with 6,995 infections, overtaking Spain to register the world’s eighth highest case count, according to a Reuters news agency tally.

Argentina: Argentina has posted a daily record of 3,604 confirmed cases of Covid-19. The sharp rise, the first time daily cases have surpassed 3,000, took the total number to 87,030, fivefold the number at the start of June, though still well below caseloads in Brazil, Chile and Peru.

Chile: The number of coronavirus cases has passed the 301,000 mark in Chile, according to the Johns-Hopkins University tracker. The figure is currently 301,019, which is the sixth-highest in the world after the US, Brazil, India, Russia, and Peru.

Iran: Iran’s coronavirus death toll exceeded 12,000 on Wednesday, the health ministry said, with 153 deaths in the past 24 hours, amid a sharp rise in the number of daily infections and deaths in the past week as lockdown measures have eased.

Japan: Tokyo has recorded 224 new cases of coronavirus infection on Thursday, according to the public broadcaster NHK, surpassing the Japanese capital’s previous record of 206 infections on April 17.

Nigeria: Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed passed 30,000, Reuters reported quoting the country’s disease control centre, as the virus spreads in Africa’s most populous country amid an easing of restrictions put in place to curb the disease.

South Korea: South Korea has reported 50 new cases of the coronavirus as new clusters continue to emerge across the country, AP news agency reported.

China: China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths, AP news agency reported.

The Chinese Government has announced that it is seeking international cooperation to conduct research projects on drugs, vaccines, test kits, and even traditional Chinese medicine to fight the coronavirus.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong has found at least 47 new locally-transmitted virus cases as of 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, HK01 reported. That topped the previous record of 28 daily local cases set in March. At least ten of the latest batch of cases were of unknown origin, HK01 said, indicating that authorities may struggle to contain the current outbreak.

Lockdown updates

Australia: Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has re-entered lockdown, as the state of Victoria struggles to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has seen daily cases rise by over 100 for several days.

Italy: Italian authorities stopped 125 Bangladeshi people from entering the country today after they landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on a flight from Qatar. Yesterday, Italy suspended flights from Bangladesh for a week after 36 people who arrived in Rome on a flight the day before tested positive for coronavirus.

Austria: Austria’s government has announced travel restrictions for fellow EU members Romania and Bulgaria after a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in both countries.

Economy updates

Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the European Union not to waste time in agreeing on a recovery plan to pull the continent out of a historic recession caused by the coronavirus lockdown. Merkel said she hoped to see a deal before the summer break on a proposed €750bn recovery plan.

UAE: Business conditions in Dubai showed signs of picking up in June as the city reopens after a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus.