- Spain reported a second day of coronavirus infections plus 1,000, the highest since the nation lifted the blockade in June.
- The Libyan-recognized government in Tripoli, Libya, has announced that it will impose a complete blockade in the areas of the country it controls, following the rise of COVID-19 cases.
- More than 17.2 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. More than 10 million patients have recovered and at least 671,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday, July 31
:53 GMT – The American epicenter is shifting to the countries of the Midwest
Coronavirus infections appear to be gathering in the middle of the western states, said the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Working Group, as Ohio reported a record day of cases and the governor of Wisconsin ordered the use of masks.
The coronavirus epidemic is “moving” to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska from the south “due to vacations and other reasons for traveling,” Deborah Birks told Fox News.
01:19 GMT – Iranian prison officials “ignore virus aid” ignore ”
The Iranian government has ignored repeated requests from senior prison officials for help in keeping coronavirus in overcrowded prisons in the country, according to Amnesty International.
The rights group said it had reviewed copies of four letters to the health ministry signed by Iranian prison officials, “raising the alarm due to a serious shortage of protective equipment, disinfectants and basic medical devices.”
The ministry “failed to respond and prisons in Iran remain catastrophically unequipped for epidemics,” Amnesty said.
Missed official documents obtained by Amnesty International reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated requests from senior officials responsible for the management of prisons in Iran for additional resources to control the # COVID19 distribution and treatment of infected prisoners. https://t.co/7GF6ajrfT7
– Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) July 30, 2020
00:50 GMT – Vietnam reports 45 new cases
Vietnam’s health ministry has reported 45 new coronavirus infections linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Da Nang, marking the biggest daily increase since the first cases in the country in late January.
The new patients, aged 27 to 87, are linked to four hospitals and a hotel in Da Nang. The total number of infections after the appearance of the virus has reached 93, the ministry said in a statement.
Vietnam has registered a total of 509 cases of the virus, with no deaths. The party registered 100 days without a locally transmitted case before the virus reappeared.
COVID-19 spreads in Vietnam after campfire outbreak (1:59)
00:42 GMT – Brazilian Bolsonaro said that there is “mold” in the lungs
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak and laughed at an online video of “mold” in his lungs after spending weeks in isolation after catching the new coronavirus.
“I just did a blood test. Yesterday I felt a little weak. They also found a little infection. Now I’m on antibiotics,” Bolsonaro said in a live video without dealing with the infection.
“After 20 days indoors, I have other problems. I have mold in my lungs,” he said, referring to nearly three weeks spent at the official presidential residence.
He tested positive for coronavirus on July 7 and then tested negative last Saturday.
Latin America: Millions at Risk of Hunger as COVID-19 Cases Rise (2:34)
00:05 GMT – Botswana resumes capital blocking
The capital city of Botswana, Gaborone, returned every two weeks to stop its latest influx of coronavirus infections.
Under the new rules for the capital and surrounding areas, only emergency workers will be able to leave their homes for work, while others can leave the house only to buy groceries. All gatherings will be banned and hotels, restaurants, gyms and schools will be closed.
“During the week, the disease took an unprecedented turn, which has now forced us to block the larger Gaborone region to allow our control measures to be tackled,” said Kereng Masupu, coordinator of the COVID-19 team. in a television briefing.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Zahiena Rashid in Male, Maldives.
You can find all the key developments from yesterday, July 20, here.
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