- The US recorded more than 47,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as data showed cases in 14 states more than doubled last month.
- Top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci has warned the US could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day and a “disturbing” number of deaths if Americans do not start following public health recommendations.
- More than 10.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, more than 5.3 million have recovered, and nearly 510,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates.
Wednesday, July 1
04:15 GMT – Google delays reopening of offices in the US
Google has said it’ll postpone the opening of its offices in the US because of the surge in coronavirus cases there.
Spokeswoman Katherine Williams told Reuters the tech giant’s offices would remain closed until at least Sept. 7 with staff continuing to work from home.
Google had planned to open at 10 percent of capacity from July 6, rising to 30 percent in September depending on conditions.
04:00 GMT – Saudi Arabia tripling VAT as part of coronavirus-austerity drive
People in Saudi Arabia have been on a shopping spree ahead of a tripling in VAT on Wednesday.
A Saudi teacher in Riyadh told AFP he’d bought electronic items including a television and air conditioner in recent days because he wouldn’t be able to afford them once prices went up. Retailers say sales of gold, cars and building materials have also risen.
The country introduced VAT in 2018, and announced in May it would triple the rate to 15 percent and halve the cost of living allowance given to every citizen as part of a package of austerity measures.
Saudi Arabia is feeling the squeeze from sliding oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic.
03:20 GMT – Judge in Brazil dismisses order for Bolsonaro to wear mask
A judge in Brazil has dimissed a court ruling that requires President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask when he’s out in public.
Judge Daniele Maranhao Costa said the ruling wasn’t necessary because masks are already mandatory in Brasilia, the federal capital.
Bolsonaro, who has been dismissive of the virus even as the toll has climbed, has regularly broken social distancing measures shaking hands, taking selfies and hugging supporters during rallies.
Brazil COVID-19: Protests over Bolsonaro’s handling of outbreak
02:30 GMT – US records biggest one-day rise in cases since start of coronavirus pandemic
The US recorded more than 47,000 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday – the biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began – according to a Reuters count.
Some 1,199 people also died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the first time the death toll has exceeded 1,000 since June 10.
01:30 GMT – Coronavirus cases in 14 US states more than double in June
Alarming data from the US shows that coronavirus cases in 14 states in the US more than doubled in June with Arizona reporting a 294 percent increase.
Arizona also has the highest rate of people testing positive for the virus – at 24 percent during the past week. The WHO considers positive testing rates of above 5 percent a concern.
US case increases in June:
- Arizona – 294 percent
- South Carolina – 200 percent
- Arkansas – 179 percent
01:15 GMT – South Korea begins using remdesivir treatment for COVID-19
South Korea has started using remdesivir, an experimental drug that was originally developed for Ebola, to treat its most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
Yonhap news agency says the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed an agreement with Gilead Sciences, which holds a patent for the drug. It did not disclose the amount of remdesivir it would buy or the price.
01:00 GMT – North Korea has tested 922 people for coronavirus
The WHO has told NK News that North Korea has tested just 922 people for COVID-19.
It’s the first update on the coronavirus situation in North Korea for two months.
As per the update received on June 19, 922 people have been tested for COVID-19 and all tested negative,” WHO Representative to the DPRK Edwin Salvador told the publication.
He added that 443 people had been quarantined since May 7 and that as many as 255 remain under quarantine. All are reportedly North Korean nationals.
North Korea has now tested just 922 people for COVID-19, an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) told NK News on Tuesday.
— NK NEWS (@nknewsorg) June 30, 2020
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Read all the updates from yesterday (June 30) here.
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