Facebook and Twitter have pulled messages from US President Donald Trump for breaking their COVID-19 disinformation rules.
- Brazil’s highest court has ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to develop a 30-day plan to reduce the threat of COVID-19 to the country’s indigenous peoples.
Spain has reported 1,772 new coronavirus infections, marking the biggest jump since a national lockdown was lifted in June and breaking the previous day’s record rise.
More than 18.7 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, while the global death toll has exceeded 704,000 people. More than 11.2 million have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday August 6
01:47 GMT – US Adds 1,242 COVID-19 Deaths
The United States has reported 1,262 more deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, figures which bring the total death toll to 157,930.
It also added 53,158 new infections and remained the most affected country in the world, with a total caseload of 4,818,328.
President Trump nevertheless remained optimistic, saying, “This thing is going. It will disappear, as if things are going, and I think the schools should be opened. “
01:06 GMT – Twitter hides Trump’s post because of misinformation
Twitter withheld a video posted by the Trump campaign’s @TeamTrump account and shared by the US president for breaking the company’s COVID-19 disinformation rules.
The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends in which Trump claimed children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that while adults make up most of the known cases of COVID-19 to date, some children and infants have had the disease and can pass it to others as well.
A Twitter spokesperson told Reuters that the owner of the @TeamTrump account would be required to delete the tweet before he could tweet again.
00:13 GMT – Facebook supprime le post Trump
Facebook deleted a post from Trump for the first time, claiming he was violating its policy against spreading false information about the coronavirus.
Facebook said that “the video includes false claims that a group of people are immune to COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies on harmful COVID disinformation.”
00:01 GMT – Brazilian court says government must protect tribes
Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled that the government of President Jair Bolsonaro must adopt measures to stop the spread of the new coronavirus to vulnerable indigenous communities in the country.
A majority of judges voted to give the government 30 days to develop a plan to reduce the threat COVID-19 poses to indigenous peoples, which could wipe out some tribes.
The measures are expected to include health barriers to prevent foreigners from entering protected tribal lands and isolation from invaders, but the court stopped before ordering the immediate eviction of illegal loggers and miners who the illegals said. Indigenous leaders are spreading the virus.
The action was requested by Brazil’s leading indigenous umbrella organization, APIB, which claims indigenous people have died from COVID-19. Some 22,325 cases have been confirmed among Brazil’s 850,000 indigenous people, while half of Brazil’s 300 indigenous tribes have confirmed infections.
The pandemic endangers indigenous communities who do not have access to health care in remote areas of the Amazon and whose community life in large housing makes social distancing impossible.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Zaheena Rasheed from Male, Maldives.
For all the key developments from yesterday, August 5th, go here.