Mexico posts third highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world: Live | News


  • Vietnam recorded second death from coronavirus as country battles a new virus epidemic, which has emerged in the city of Danang.

  • Spain reported a second day of more than 1,000 coronavirus infections, the highest since the country lifted its lockdown in June.

Here are the latest updates:

Saturday August 1

01:41 GMT – Puerto Rico extends restrictions

Wanda Vazquez, the governor of Puerto Rico, has extended measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus for two more weeks.

This means that bars, gyms, marinas, and cinemas in the United States will remain closed until at least August 15. The beaches remain closed on Sundays and are open the rest of the week only to people exercising, including surfers, swimmers and runners.

Face masks continue to be mandatory and those who refuse to wear one will be arrested, Vazquez said.

A 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. curfew will remain in effect and no parties or gatherings will be permitted at short-term rental properties.

01:22 GMT – Fitch revises US outlook to negative

Fitch Ratings revised the outlook for the U.S.’s triple A rating to negative from stable, citing eroding credit strength, including a growing deficit to fund stimulus measures to tackle the fallout from the coronavirus.

The credit rating agency also said that the future direction of US fiscal policy depends in part on the November presidential election and the resulting composition of Congress, warning that a political deadlock risks could continue.

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00:56 GMT – Mexico overtakes UK to post third highest death toll

Mexico’s coronavirus death toll rose to 46,688 on Friday, the Latin American country overtaking the United Kingdom for the third highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world.

The health ministry recorded 8,458 new cases, a single-day record, as well as 688 additional deaths, bringing the total to 424,637 cases and 46,688 deaths.

The government has said the actual number of people infected is likely much higher than the confirmed cases.

00:36 GMT – Free tests for migrants stranded at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border

Costa Rican doctors have started administering free coronavirus tests to around 200 Nicaraguan migrants stranded at the border between the two countries for more than a week because the Nicaraguan government has demanded negative results.

The Clinica Biblica Hospital in the capital of San Jose has sent a mobile laboratory to the Penas Blancas border post.

“I thank God for finally being able to return to our country,” said one migrant, who refused to give his name.

Nicaragua has barred entry of hundreds of its Costa Rican citizens citing concerns over COVID-19 [File: Wendy Quintero/ AFP]

00:18 GMT – Argentina ends plans to facilitate lockdown

Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez has announced a halt to easing lockdown measures amid an increase in the number of new cases and fears the healthcare system may be overwhelmed.

“We will keep it as it is until August 16,” Fernandez said.

“In recent days, the virus has spread more and we have seen a greater increase in infections. All this generates hospitalizations and unfortunately deaths. ”

In Argentina, more than 185,000 infections and nearly 3,500 deaths have been recorded to date, numbers well below those of other countries in the region.

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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, July 31, go here.


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