- France has reported more than 1,500 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase unseen since May 30.
- Sixteen NBA players tested positive for the new coronavirus in the first wave of mandatory tests near the restart of the league.
- Vice President of the United States Mike Pence said that 16 states are seeing an increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus.
- According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 9.6 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while almost 4.8 million have recovered and more than 489,000 have died.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday June 26
20:30 GMT – The Mexican economy suffers from a record contraction during a pandemic
Mexico’s economy shrank by a record 17% in April, as coronavirus lockdown devastated economic activity, official data says, and recovery expected to be a long and hard task with new infections still rising.
With the factories closed, the manufacturing sector suffered a severe blow. Hotels, restaurants and retail stores did the same because consumers stayed at home.
Seasonally adjusted, the second largest economy in Latin America contracted 17.3% from March, the largest decline since modern data began to be released in early 1993, according to figures released by the national statistical agency INEGI.
19:45 GMT – Costa Rica accepts tourists from countries where the virus is under control
Costa Rica will open its international airports on August 1 to tourists from countries with “controlled transmission” of the coronavirus, said Health Minister Daniel Salas.
Starting this weekend, Costa Rica will also open more public spaces such as cinemas, shopping malls and beaches in most of the country, said Salas.
19:45 GMT – Key US medical group adds steroids to treatment guidelines
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has updated its treatment guidelines to include generic steroid pills for patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The only other drug the medical group recommends to COVID-19 patients outside of a clinical trial is remdesivir, the intravenous antiviral medication manufactured by Gilead Sciences Inc.
The IDSA belatedly stated that its change was based on recent data from a British study showing that a cheap and widely used steroid called dexamethasone had reduced death rates by about a third among hospitalized COVID-19 patients. the most seriously ill.
19:10 GMT – Traces of coronavirus found in a March 2019 wastewater sample in Spain
Spanish virologists have found traces of the new coronavirus in a Barcelona wastewater sample collected in March 2019, nine months before COVID-19 disease was identified in China, said the University of Barcelona.
The discovery of the presence of the virus genome so early in Spain, if confirmed, would imply that the disease appeared much earlier than the scientific community thought.
The team from the University of Barcelona, which has been analyzing the wastewater since mid-April this year to identify potential new outbreaks, has also decided to test older samples.
18:40 GMT – South Africa to reopen casinos and cinemas
South Africa will allow casinos and cinemas to reopen and restaurants to resume sitting meals on Monday in further easing of coronavirus locking restrictions despite a sharp increase in infections.
The country started to loosen the restrictions put in place in March last month and in early June it allowed outsiders to work, worship, exercise or shop, and let mines and factories operate at full capacity in an attempt to revive the economy.
It recorded 118,375 highly contagious respiratory disease infections and 2,292 deaths, and the number of daily cases increased by more than 6,500 on Thursday after less than 1,000 in April.
18:10 GMT – France reports over 1,500 new cases of coronavirus
France has reported more than 1,500 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, a peak not seen since May 30, while the number of additional deaths linked to the virus has increased from the highest level in three days.
French health officials said in a statement that the total number of newly confirmed infections had increased by 1,588, which is well above the daily average of 498 observed in the past seven days and the daily average of 430 since the beginning of June.
The number of people who died from the disease increased from 26 to 29,778, up from 21 Thursday and 11 Wednesday and an average of 19 in the past seven days.
17:30 GMT – The White House reduces the practice of taking temperature of visitors
The White House slashed temperature controls for visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic, but said anyone near President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence would still be checked for the virus.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said the move was prompted by the city of Washington’s entry into the second phase of its reopening, allowing more activity.
“As Washington DC enters phase two today, the White House is reducing temperature controls across the complex,” said Deere.
17:00 GMT – Pence says 16 US states are seeing an increase in coronavirus cases
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said 16 states are seeing an increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus, with new cases concentrated in certain areas, while 34 show a stabilization measure.
At the first briefing of the US coronavirus task force in months, Pence said the US government is focusing on the increase in cases in the South and called on Americans to adopt social distance to minimize the spread of the disease. fatal respiratory disease.
16:30 GMT – Microsoft closes physical stores and earns $ 450 million
Microsoft Corp has announced that it will close its retail stores and charge pretax asset impairment charges of $ 450 million in the current quarter.
The software giant based in Redmond, Washington, said it will continue to serve its customers online, with team members working remotely from the company’s facilities.
15:45 GMT – Sixteen NBA players are positive as the restart of the league approaches
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said 16 players were positive for the coronavirus in the first wave of mandatory tests done in preparation for the restart of the season.
These 16 players were part of a pool of 302 tested on Tuesday. Testing continues for the 22 teams that will participate in the reboot at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida next month.
The names of the players have not been released. However, some players, such as Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings teammates Jabari Parker and Alex Len, have publicly acknowledged that they have tested positive.
The league and union say “Any player who tests positive will remain in solitary confinement until he meets public health protocols for termination of solitary confinement and has been authorized by a doctor. “
15:15 GMT – Texas governor orders bars closed due to increased virus cases
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the closure of all bars that derive 51% of their gross revenue from alcohol and the restriction of other business activities due to the increase in cases of novel coronavirus in the State.
Abbott also said that rafting and tubing providers on popular Texas rivers must close and that open gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments.
“At the moment, it is clear that the increase in the number of cases is largely due to certain types of activities, including Texans who gather in bars,” said Abbott. “The actions of this decree are essential to our mission to quickly contain this virus and protect public health.” He did not specify when the bars could reopen.
Texas reported more than 17,000 new confirmed cases in the past three days with a record 5,596 positive tests record on Thursday.
14:45 GMT – Brazilian university in talks to test Italian coronavirus vaccine
The Federal University of Sao Paulo (Unifesp) is in talks to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Italian researchers, the dean of the Brazilian university told Reuters news agency.
“We are already in advanced discussions with the Italian National Institute Lazzaro Spallanzani,” said Unifesp president Soraya Smaili in an interview. “We hope to bring him here, the deal is already going ahead and we can do a lot of studies with this vaccine. ”
Italian researchers want to conduct mid-term trials and final phase III studies involving thousands of subjects in Brazil, said Smaili.
14:30 GMT – IMF georgieva: virus crisis could ultimately strain IMF resources
International Monetary Fund chief executive Kristalina Georgieva said the global economic crisis caused by the coronavirus could ultimately test the fund’s trillion dollars, “but we’re not there yet” .
Georgieva told the Reuters news agency that it was now clear that the recovery from business and global travel closings is expected to start due to the widespread presence of the virus, and that IMF member countries are stood ready to provide more support to the Fund if necessary. .
14:00 GMT – Astrazeneca most advanced in the race for COVID-19 vaccine: WHO
The Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine candidate is probably the world’s first and most advanced candidate in development, said the chief scientist of the World Health Organization.
Soumya Swaminathan said Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate was also “not far behind” that of Astrazeneca, among more than 200 candidates, 15 of whom participated in clinical trials.
WHO is in talks with several Chinese manufacturers, including Sinovac, on potential vaccines, she said.
Swaminathan, speaking at a press conference, called for consideration to collaborate on trials of COVID-19 vaccines, similar to the ongoing WHO drug solidarity trial.
13:40 GMT – American Airlines stops limiting seat capacity
American Airlines announced Friday that it will stop limiting the number of seats it sells on each flight starting July 1.
The US carrier also said that tickets for a trip until September 30 would not incur a change fee before the trip.
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12:32 GMT – Djokovic’s trainer Ivanisevic tests positive for the virus
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, who now coaches Novak Djokovic and attended the series of best player exhibitions in Serbia and Croatia, said he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The great Croatian, who won his only Grand Slam title at the All England Club in 2001, wrote on Instagram that he had been positive after two negative tests in the past 10 days.
Ivanisevic, who said he has no symptoms, attended the Adria Tour exhibition series, a charity event organized by Djokovic in Belgrade and in the seaside resort of Zadar in Croatia.
Four players in these events, including Djokovic and his wife, said they had the virus. Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all said they had it too.
11:20 GMT – Beijing eases lockdown as mass tests speed up
Beijing has partially lifted a weeks-long lock imposed on the Chinese capital to prepare for a second wave of dreaded coronavirus infections after three million samples taken in two weeks, officials said.
Dozens of residential complexes across the city have been closed, and authorities have launched a mass test campaign to eliminate all remaining cases.
The lockout was eased on Tuesday for seven apartment buildings after residents tested negative for the virus, officials said at a briefing on Friday. The remaining blocks are always locked.
Eleven new cases of the virus in Beijing were announced on Friday, bringing the total number of infections in the capital to 280 since the June 11 outbreak.
10:50 GMT – Indian cases reach half a million again
India has approached half a million confirmed coronavirus cases with its 24-hour peak in 17,296 new infections, delaying the resumption of scheduled rail services by more than a month.
The new cases brought India’s total to 490,401. The Ministry of Health also reported an additional 407 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 15,301.
The ministry said the recovery rate continues to improve to 57.43%. In addition, the number of deaths per 100,000 people was 1.86 compared to a world average of 6.24 per 100,000 people, the report said.
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Indian Railways was scheduled to resume scheduled rail service on June 30, but said on Thursday it would not resume completely until August 12.
The trains were stopped when the government declared a nationwide lockout in late March. Special trains connecting the main cities have been running since mid-May as part of the easing of the lockout.
09:35 GMT – Record increase in virus cases as Ukraine warns of ‘serious wave’
Ukraine has reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases, as authorities have warned that blockages may need to be re-imposed if people continue to flout the restrictions.
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Health authorities have recorded 1,109 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total for Ukraine to over 41,000.
Ukrainian officials have repeatedly complained that people ignore social distance and other security rules after anti-virus restrictions were relaxed last month.
9:00 am – GMT – Indonesia reports 1,240 new cases of coronavirus
Indonesia has reported 1,240 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases to 51,427.
There have been an additional 63 deaths registered, with a total death toll currently at 2,683, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.
The death toll of COVID-19 in Indonesia is the highest in East Asia outside of China.
08:15 GMT – Vietnamese Prime Minister warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit
Vietnam warns virus pandemic has wiped out years of economic gain as Southeast Asian leaders gather online for summit also dominated by anxiety over Beijing’s move lightning bolt from the South China Sea.
“It has swept away the successes of the past few years … threatening the lives of millions of people,” said Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in a sobering opening speech.
He highlighted the “serious consequences” of the pandemic for the economic development of ASEAN members.
ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi confirmed the bleak outlook, warning that the region’s economy should contract for the first time in 22 years.
08:12 GMT – Russia records the lowest daily increase in cases since the end of April
Russia reported 6,800 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, the first daily increase of less than 7,000 since late April, bringing its national death toll to 620,794.
The country’s coronavirus response center said 176 people had died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 8,781.
07:50 GMT – How the coronavirus crisis exposes India’s social inequalities
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But the system is chronically underfunded, which means that public hospitals are overcrowded and that patients often have to wait days, even for basic treatments.
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06:53 GMT – Australia receives second wave of hoarding of toilet paper
Australian supermarket chains have reintroduced limits on the purchase of toilet paper and other household items as a spike in coronavirus cases in Victoria has triggered a new wave of panic buying over fears a new home stay order.
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Woolworths Group Ltd and Coles Group Ltd, which together account for two-thirds of Australian grocery sales, said they were once again limiting purchases of toilet paper and napkins to one or two packs per person after photos have circulated on social networks showing empty shelves in stores.
With only 7,500 cases in total and 104 deaths, Australia has relaxed movement restrictions, but a series of double-digit increases in cases in the second most populous state, Victoria, has caused a pause in reopening – and enticed buyers to hoard.
06:44 GMT – Pakistan coronavirus tests continue to drop
Testing continued to decline in Pakistan, one of the fastest growing countries for coronavirus.
On Thursday, Pakistan tested 21,041 patients, of which 2,775 were positive, for a positive test rate of 13%. The number of cases in Pakistan nationwide rose to 195,745 cases on Thursday, with 59 deaths bringing the death toll to 4,037.
The provinces of Sindh and Punjab, the two most populous regions in the country, appear to be the main areas where tests have dropped, according to government data.
Tests in Sindh fell by about half during the week to 6,458 tests, while in Punjab, tests remain at a level above 2,000 tests below its peak.
05:49 GMT – Millions of Yemeni children “at risk of starvation in the middle of a pandemic”
Millions of children could be pushed to the brink of starvation as the coronavirus pandemic crosses war-torn Yemen amid a “huge” drop in humanitarian funding, the agency warned. childhood of the United Nations.
The austere prediction comes in a new UNICEF report, “Yemen five years later: children, conflict and COVID-19”. He said the number of malnourished Yemeni children could reach 2.4 million by the end of the year, up 20 percent from the current figure.
“As Yemen’s devastated health system and infrastructure struggle to cope with the coronavirus, the already dire situation for children is at risk of deteriorating considerably,” warned UNICEF.
“If we do not receive urgent funding, children will be pushed to the brink of starvation and many will die,” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF representative in Yemen. “The international community will send a message that the lives of children … don’t matter. “
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05:40 GMT – Severe COVID-19 can damage the brain, preliminary study finds
A preliminary study of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 found that the disease can damage the brain, causing complications such as stroke, inflammation, psychosis and dementia-like symptoms in some severe cases.
The findings, published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry on Thursday, are the first detailed review of a range of neurological complications from COVID-19, said the researchers, and highlight the need for larger studies to find the mechanisms behind them and help looking for treatments.
“This is an important snapshot of brain complications related to COVID-19 in hospital patients. It is extremely important that we continue to collect this information to really fully understand this virus, “said Sarah Pett, professor at University College London. who co-directed the work.
The study looked in detail at 125 cases across the UK.
05:28 GMT – Indian cases rise to almost half a million again
India approached half a million cases of coronavirus on Friday, recording its largest 24-hour peak with 17,296 new infections.
These cases brought India’s total to 490,401. The Ministry of Health also reported an additional 407 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 15,301.
Indian Railways is scheduled to resume scheduled rail service on June 30, but said Thursday that service will not resume completely until August 12. Special trains connecting the main cities have been running since mid-May as part of the easing of the lockout.
05:19 GMT – Vietnam warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc warned that the pandemic had swept away years of economic gains as leaders from Southeast Asia gathered online to discuss a regional emergency fund to fight the crisis.
In a thought-provoking opening address, Phuc highlighted the “serious consequences” of the pandemic for the economic development of ASEAN members, saying: “It has swept away the successes of the past few years … threatening the lives of millions of people ”.
A high priority project for Friday’s summit is the creation of an ASEAN COVID-19 response fund, which could be used to help member states purchase medical supplies and protective coveralls. Thailand has pledged to contribute $ 100,000.
04:16 GMT – China posts further decline in infections
On Friday, China reported a further decline in new confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 13 cases.
Eleven were in Beijing, where mass tests were carried out following an epidemic that appears to have been largely contained.
The other two cases were brought in by overseas Chinese travelers, according to the National Health Council.
03:39 GMT – United States sets day record for COVID-19 cases
The number of coronavirus infections in the United States increased by at least 39,818 cases at the end of Thursday, according to a report by the Reuters news agency, marking the largest daily increase in the country since the start of the pandemic.
Several US states have reported a record increase in the number of cases this week, including Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, l ‘Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming.
On Wednesday, more than 36,000 new cases were registered across the country, a few hundred fewer than the record 36,426 registered on April 24.
02:55 GMT – The United States has sent $ 1.4 billion in aid to the dead
In the United States, nearly 1.1 million emergency payments for coronaviruses totaling some $ 1.4 billion have been made to deceased people, according to a new government study.
The finding came in a report from the Government Accountability Office that examined payments for a $ 2.4 trillion coronavirus rescue package released in March. The erroneous payments were made due to confusion over whether the dead should receive payments, the report said.
Although the government has asked the survivors to return the money, it is unclear whether they should do so.
01:47 GMT – Mexico kills 25,000 coronavirus deaths
Mexico has pushed back 25,000 reported coronavirus deaths and 200,000 confirmed cases on Thursday, while the finance minister said he was positive and would isolate himself while working from home.
The Department of Health has reported 6,104 newly confirmed infections, one of the highest 24-hour rates to date. This brought the country’s confirmed cases to 202,951. Deaths increased by 736, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 25,060.
The Mexican Ministry of Finance said it had launched an epidemiological search for the contacts after Finance Minister Arturo Herrera tested positive for the coronavirus.
Herrera said he only had “minor symptoms”.
01:33 GMT – Nike posts quarterly loss after store closures
Nike lost $ 790 million in the fourth quarter, soaring digital sales did not make up for lost revenue from stores closed in most countries around the world.
The world’s largest sportswear maker said revenues fell 38% to $ 6.31 billion in the three-month period ending May 31.
Nike said 90% of its stores in North America, Europe and Latin America were closed during the period due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sales fell 46% in North America and Europe, but only 3% in China with the reopening of stores.
01:25 GMT – WHO warns of “very significant” resurgence in Europe
Le Dr Hans Henri P Kluge, directeur régional de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé pour l’Europe, s’est dit préoccupé par une résurgence des infections à coronavirus sur le continent, déclarant que la semaine dernière, l’Europe a vu une augmentation des cas hebdomadaires pour la première fois depuis des mois.
“Thirty countries have seen an increase in the number of new cases accumulated in the past two weeks,” he said in a statement. “In 11 of these countries, accelerated transmission has led to a very significant resurgence which, if not controlled, will once again push healthcare systems to the brink in Europe. ”
WHO subsequently identified the 11 countries and territories such as Armenia, Sweden, Moldova, North Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Kosovo.
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00:20 GMT – European-wide study shows deaths from childhood virus “extremely rare”
According to a new European study, less than one in a hundred children who test positive for COVID-19 eventually die, although a small but significant percentage develop serious illness.
A team of researchers led by experts in the United Kingdom, Austria and Spain examined the results of 582 children under the age of 18 infected with the new coronavirus and discovered that more than 60% needed hospital treatment and 8% needed intensive care.
Only four died.
In contrast, more than 90 children, or 16%, had no symptoms.
Marc Tebruegge, of the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health at University College London, said that while the results should not be extrapolated to the general population, they were nevertheless reassuring.
“The lethality cohort was very small and should be much lower since many children with mild illness would not have been brought to the attention of a doctor and would therefore not be included in this study, “he said.
“Overall, the vast majority of children and youth have only a mild illness,” added Tebruegge, lead author of the study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.
“Nevertheless, a significant number of children develop serious illness and require intensive care support,” said Tebruegge, “and this should be taken into account when planning and prioritizing health care resources as as the pandemic progresses. “
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives.
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