The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a record increase in coronavirus cases worldwide, with the total increasing by 284,196 in the past 24 hours.
Some 15.7 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while more than 638,000 have died, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. Over 8.98 million people have recovered.
France has advised its citizens not to travel to the Spanish region of Catalonia in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
- India has reported more than 49,000 new cases of coronavirus with 740 new deaths, marking the largest daily increase in infections.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday July 24
02:33 GMT – South Korea reports biggest one-day jump since March
South Korea has reported 113 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours – its first daily jump above 100 in nearly four months.
But the rise was expected as health officials predicted a temporary spike caused by imported infections found among cargo ship crews and hundreds of South Korean construction workers evacuated by a virus-ravaged Iraq.
(PROMOTION) New virus cases reach over 110 cases from Iraq and Russia https://t.co/XuzRX3AOun
– Yonhap News Agency (@YonhapNews) July 25, 2020
02:07 GMT – US registers 1,000 deaths for day four
The United States recorded more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 for the fourth day in a row on Friday, but a senior White House adviser on the pandemic said he saw signs the worst could be over in the states of south and west hit hard.
At least 1,019 deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed nationwide on Friday, after 1,140 Thursday, 1,135 Wednesday and 1,141 Tuesday. Total cases across the United States have increased from at least 70,000 to more than 4.1 million, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
The numbers are largely due to a spike in infections in Arizona, California, Florida, Texas and California.
“We are already starting to see a plateau in these four critical states that have really suffered in the last four weeks, so Texas, California, Arizona and Florida, these major subways and their counties,” said the Dr Deborah Birx to NBC News in an interview.
01:46 GMT – Chile Pinera signs withdrawal of pensions into law
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has enacted a law to allow citizens to withdraw 10% of their retirement savings.
The legislation, approved by two-thirds of parliament, was created to quickly give money to millions of Chileans who have lost their jobs due to the economic shutdown aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Opinion polls indicate that nearly nine in 10 Chileans plan to dip into their funds. Most said they would use the money to pay for basic goods and services, but others said they were planning to invest the money elsewhere.
01:38 GMT – US court dismisses church challenge to Nevada rules
The United States Supreme Court has refused to lift the 50-person limit for religious services adopted by the state of Nevada in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
By a vote of 5 to 4, the judges rejected a request from Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley in rural Nevada for an interim order that would have allowed it to host services for about 90 worshipers.
The majority did not explain their reasoning.
01:07 GMT – New international students cannot enter the United States if classes are online
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced new guidelines that will prevent new international students from entering the country if they plan to take their courses entirely online in the next term.
In a note to college officials, ICE said new students who were not already enrolled on March 9 “likely will not be able to get” visas if they intend to take courses online. .
The policy deals a heavy blow to colleges a week after hundreds of people united to push back on a Trump administration policy that threatened to expel thousands of international students.
The rule was intended to prevent all international students in the United States from taking fully online courses in the new school year, even if their universities were forced to switch to fully online education in the midst of an epidemic.
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12:17 GMT – U.S. health agency urges schools to reopen
The main US health agency has released new guidelines on reopening schools, highlighting the need for children to return to class amid safety fears as coronavirus cases increase across the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added the documents, titled The Importance of Reopening American Schools This Fall, after President Donald Trump called previous recommendations too difficult, impractical and expensive.
Trump sees reopening schools important to boost the economy as he seeks re-election in November.
Dr Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said the additional documents were “all released with the aim of facilitating … the full reopening of schools for face-to-face learning.”
The guideline includes recommendations such as keeping desks six feet apart, keeping students in small cohorts, and using outdoor spaces.
He urged school leaders to work with local authorities to make decisions about the new school year, taking into account the rate of transmission of the virus in the region. If there is minimal or moderate spread, he recommends social distancing, masks, and increased sanitation.
But in areas with substantial and uncontrolled spread, he said closing schools is an “important consideration” adding that “e-learning plans should be in place in the event of a school closure”.
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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Zaheena Rasheed from Male, Maldives.
You can find all of the key developments from yesterday, July 24, here.