- Food supply disruptions due to the pandemic put millions more children at risk of stunting, according to the United Nations.
- The World Health Organization says travel bans cannot be maintained indefinitely, and are also only useful when combined with a wide range of other measures to detect and break chains of transmission.
- The world’s largest COVID-19 vaccine trial began on Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test the injections created by the US government with pharmaceutical company Moderna.
- Almost 16.5 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 654,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Some 9.6 million patients have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday July 28
5:15 GMT – Najib crowd worried about social distancing in Malaysia
Hundreds of people went to court in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, as a judge prepared to deliver his verdict in the 1MDB corruption case involving former Prime Minister Najib Razak.
While many wore masks, not all were and there was no social distancing despite police announcements urging people to keep their distance.
what are we doing?
Total denial behavior in a major fatal pandemic.
Why haven’t we stopped this?
Where are the authorities? https://t.co/ZxHFxbse7E
– Amar-Singh HSS (@DrAmarMOH) July 28, 2020
05:00 GMT – Red Cross urges Philippines to be vigilant
The Philippine Red Cross is urging people to be more vigilant as COVID-19 cases in the country increase by more than a thousand every day.
More than 80,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with more than 42,000 confirmed cases in July.
The Red Cross says a growing number of hospitals are declaring full capacity and can no longer accommodate COVID-19 patients.
“The biggest threat is complacency because we are far from being out of the woods,” Red Philippine President Richard Gordon said in a statement. “We have to act like we already have the virus and continue to wear face masks and wash our hands and walk away physically. Together we will win. “
PRESS RELEASE: Red Cross urges everyone in #Philippines to be even more vigilant as # COVID19 cases continue to climb by over a thousand each day following relaxation of quarantine restrictions: https: //t.co/jAYiZToq69 pic.twitter .com / PT5EsfT6qy
– IFRC Asia Pacific (@IFRCAsiaPacific) July 28, 2020
04:10 GMT – Japan skips ridicule to move forward with ‘Abenomask’
They may have been widely ridiculed as ineffective and a waste of money when they were first announced, but Japan continues with its plans to give 80 million “abenomasques” to nursing homes and nurseries.
Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihude Suga defended the distribution of washable gauze masks.
“The masks are relatively inexpensive and help reduce demand,” he told reporters.
Commercially made masks are now readily available, although the crates are climbing in Japan.
02:50 GMT – Australian Morrison cuts short interstate tour due to coronavirus
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has cut an interstate tour short due to what he says is a “very complex” coronavirus outbreak in nursing homes in the southern city of Melbourne.
Morrison said community transmission in Australia’s second-largest city is making its way into homes for the aged, which are at higher risk for coronavirus, thanks to people working in the facilities.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said 769 cases have been linked to nursing homes.
“I cannot stay here and tell you that I am confident that the staff and management of a number of private sector elderly care facilities are able to provide the appropriate care to ensure the safety of their families. residents, ”Andrews told reporters.
02:30 GMT – Vietnam suspends Danang flights
Vietnam has suspended all flights to and from the central city of Danang after a sudden spike in coronavirus cases there.
Flights will be suspended for 15 days and rail services have also been cut off.
Danang’s cases are the first community infections since April.
An evacuation plan for local visitors to the popular tourist destination was announced yesterday.
02:15 GMT – China reports 68 new cases, all at bar four transmitted locally
Mainland China has reported 68 new cases of the coroavirus, including 64 locally transmitted.
57 of the local cases have been diagnosed in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to state media.
No deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the country.
Mainland China reported 68 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, including four imported cases and 64 locally transmitted cases https://t.co/nDvUWWbLkb pic.twitter.com/tfARS8Ott7
– China Xinhua News (@XHNews) July 28, 2020
02:05 GMT – Australia Victoria reports 384 new cases
The Australian state of Victoria has reported 384 new cases of coronavirus and six deaths in the past 24 hours.
On Monday, the state reported a record 532 cases.
00:30 GMT – Peru says more than 900 women, girls feared they were dead
Peru says more than 900 girls and women are feared to have died from domestic violence during prolonged coronavirus lockdown in the country; some 70 percent of those missing were under the age of 18.
“During the quarantine from March 16 to June 30, 915 Peruvian women were reported missing,” said Elionar Revollar, head of the National Ombudsman’s women’s rights office, quoted by AFP.
The number of women missing every day rose to eight from five before the pandemic.
12:15 GMT – UN warns of wasting and stunting
The UN says nearly seven million additional children will be stunted due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting food supplies.
In The Lancet, a team of experts modeled the impact on 118 poor and middle-income countries. They found that the prevalence of moderate or severe wasting in children under the age of five would increase by 14.3%, equivalent to 6.7 million additional cases.
Emaciation occurs when the body is so malnourished that the muscles and fat begin to disappear.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Read all of yesterday’s (July 27) updates here.