Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
- The World Health Organization has warned that the pandemic could worsen if countries around the world do not follow basic health care precautions. “The virus remains the number one public enemy,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.
- According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 13 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and almost 572,000 have died. The United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Italy recorded the most deaths.
Here are the latest updates.
Tuesday July 14
02:30 GMT – Mystery of Argentinian sailors who caught the virus at sea
Argentina is trying to solve the mystery of how 57 sailors managed to overcome the coronavirus while at sea, even if all of them had been negative and had spent 14 days in quarantine in a hotel before the start of the trip.
The Department of Health in the southern province of Tierra del Fuego says the fishing trawler is now back in port after 35 days at sea, with 57 of the 61 crew members diagnosed with the virus after a new test. Two are now in the hospital.
A team tries to establish the “chronology of contagion” among the crew.
“This is a case that escapes all description in the publications because such a long incubation period has not been described anywhere,” said Leandro Ballatore, head of the infectious diseases department of the regional hospital from Ushuaia. “We cannot yet explain how the symptoms appeared. “
01:25 GMT – No new confirmed cases in Beijing for the eighth day
The wave of coronavirus cases linked to the Beijing wholesale market which started in June seems to have been brought under control and no new case of disease was reported in the Chinese capital for eight consecutive days.
The Chinese National Health Commission reported on Tuesday five new cases on the mainland, all among people returning from abroad.
#Beijing sees no case # COVID19 transmitted locally for the eighth consecutive day. On Monday, 21 people recovered and were released from hospitals, reducing the number of active cases in Beijing to 205. pic.twitter.com/W5fNQkEsWe
– CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) July 14, 2020
01:00 GMT – Nearly 1,000 workers in US immigration detention centers have COVID-19
More than 930 people working for four private companies that operate US immigration detention centers tested positive for the coronavirus, according to leaders speaking at a congressional hearing.
The four firms are CoreCivic (554 cases), GEO Group (167 cases), Management & Training Corp (73 cases) and LaSalle Corrections (144 cases). American immigration has reported 45 cases among its own staff.
Lawmakers are concerned about the spread of the virus in some 70 American detention centers. More than 3,000 detainees tested positive for the disease and two died. There are currently approximately 22,580 people in police custody.
00:00 GMT – UK to make masks mandatory in stores
The British government will announce on Tuesday that people will have to wear masks when they enter a store from July 24.
“There is growing evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed space helps protect people and those around them from coronaviruses,” said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Masks have been mandatory in public transport since June 15.
23:45 GMT (Monday) – Cases worldwide exceed 13 million
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, more than 13 million people worldwide have now been confirmed to have coronavirus.
Here are the five most affected countries.
- United States – 3,361,042
- Brazil – 1,884,967
- Inde – 878 254
- Russia – 732,547
- Peru – 330,123
Read all of yesterday’s (July 13) updates here.