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Mexico deaths surpass France's toll; global cases jump 200,000 in one day; England reopens pubs

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Philippines records highest single-day jump in new coronavirus cases

The Philippines has reported its biggest single-day jump in new coronavirus case on Sunday, adding 2,434 confirmed infections and taking the total count to 44,254, the health ministry said.
According to Reuters, the ministry said the rise could be attributed to increased contact among people as the country began easing lockdown measures to help reduce the pandemic's damage to the economy.
The Philippines also recorded seven new deaths, the ministry said, bringing total fatalities to 1,297.

Croatia is going to the polls today, and in a familiar sight from democracies around the world, a lot of precautions are being taken at polling stations to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

People wait in line to vote, outside a polling station during parliamentary election in Zagreb, Croatia Photograph: Marko Durica/Reuters

The country has reported a relatively small number of coronavirus infections overall. There have been about 3,000 Covid-19 cases and around 100 deaths.

Coronavirus live news: Melbourne outbreak has 'explosive potential'; new US cases dip slightly to 45,300 Election officials check voters' ID cards during the Croatian parliamentary election Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

However, infections have accelerated in the past two weeks, with the daily number of new cases currently peaking at around 80.

Coronavirus live news: Melbourne outbreak has 'explosive potential'; new US cases dip slightly to 45,300 A voter wears a plastic face shield, a face mask and gloves as she casts her ballot for the Croatian parliamentary election Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

This has coincided with the re-opening of borders and allowing tourists back into the country. However on Thursday, health minister Vili Beros insisted that these new cases had come from neighbouring countries, and not from an influx of infected tourists.

Coronavirus live news: Melbourne outbreak has 'explosive potential'; new US cases dip slightly to 45,300 An election official (R) wearing a face mask and gloves distributes hand sanitizing gel to voters during the Croatian parliamentary election Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Polling suggests that the ruling centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party has a slight advantage over its main rival, the Social Democrats (SDP). However, neither party is seen as having sufficient support to govern on its own, and we are yet to see how the economic impact of the pandemic plays out in voters' intentions.

Afghanistan reports 38 new Covid-19 deaths and 279 new cases

Coronavirus live news: Melbourne outbreak has 'explosive potential'; new US cases dip slightly to 45,300

The number of confirmed deaths from Covid-19 has risen by 38 to 864 in Afghanistan, while the health ministry detected 279 new cases on Sunday as Kabul recorded its lowest daily infections in around two months. The number of confirmed infections stands at 32,951, with 19,366 recoveries. The country's health ministry, which has admitted that it has a lack of testing capacity, has tested 75,747 suspected patients since the outbreak began.

The capital, Kabul, which has been the country's worst affected area with 235 deaths, recorded its lowest daily infections in two months, as 24 patients tested positive. Ten patients died from the virus overnight in Kabul. Five patients died in the remote province of Khost as 43 from 50 tests came back positive in the last 24 hours.

Testing capacity remains low in Afghanistan and experts warn that the actual number of infections is much higher. Most new cases (80) were confirmed in the central province of Bamiyan. The western province of Herat has recorded 10 new deaths from the virus overnight.

Afghanistan reported the death of the first high profile official from the virus on Friday after Yosuf Ghazanfar, President Ashraf Ghani's Special Envoy for Economic Development and Poverty Reduction, died from the virus.

Amrullah Saleh (@AmrullahSaleh2)

We did prayers for the departed soul of @YosufGhazanfar, the most senior serving govt official who lost his life to Covid-19. He was a friend, a colleague & an election companion of us. We cherish his memories & appeal to almighty to give strength to his family.

RIP my friend. https://t.co/BROVKXJcnz

July 5, 2020

The health ministry has said that the country has reached the peak of coronavirus as daily infections are dropping in recent days while the ministry tests fewer patients. The ministry has on multiple occasions said it has the capacity of 2,000 tests a day, but has never reached the numbers. "According to our statistics, we are now at the peak of the pandemic as the daily infections have been around the same number in the last two weeks, and the number of suspected patients decreased, so we hope daily numbers will drop soon," said Abdulqadeer Qadeeri, deputy health minister.

Here's some more on the sudden lockdown of the Flemington public housing in Melbourne, Australia from Margaret Simons. It seems that the authorities acted quickly - but this left them woefully unprepared for how to deal with the realities of what they were imposing and the community they were dealing with.

According to residents on the estate, there were no interpreters, no social workers and no medical staff in this first wave of government response. Community leaders had not been informed or consulted.

Residents arrived home only to be told they would not be allowed out again. One mother had left her children with a relative outside the estate, and was allowed by police to do a quick U-turn and go and fetch them. Other residents arrived with large boxes of groceries, having heard of the lockdown while still outside the estate.

Simons' report speaks of food parcels for residents being left down at the bottom of the tower blocks, but with no clear plan for whether workers were to take them up to the residents, or the residents had to come down to collect them.

The towers have tiny lifts that have to be shared by all the resident. You can read more here: Melbourne towers' sudden hard lockdown caught police, health workers and residents off-guard

Uganda's ministry of health has just tweeted out the country's daily figures.

There have been 12 new Covid-19 cases confirmed, bringing the total number of those infected in the country to 939.

Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG)

Results from COVID-19 tests done on 04 July 2020

12 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. The cumulative total confirmed cases of Ugandans are now 939. ?2 truck drivers from Malaba and Mutukula

?7 contacts from Amuru ?3 Returnees; 1 from South Africa and 2 from DRC

July 5, 2020

The ministry also confirmed it had turned away 11 people at the border who had tested positive.

Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG)

?11 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points of entry and their entry into the country was not permitted ?Active cases on admission: 197 (167 Ugandans,25 foreigners and 5 refugees)

?Total Recoveries: 891 (Includes both Ugandans and Foreigners)

July 5, 2020

Updatedat 10.38am BST

Infection rates rise in Gulf states as Saudi Arabia passes 200,000 cases

Reuters are reporting that Saudi Arabia's coronavirus infections have passed 200,000, while neighbouring United Arab Emirates has passed 50,000. The number of new cases is climbing after the Arab world's two largest economies fully lifted curfews last month. Restrictions had been in place in both countries since mid-March, and their gradual lifting has allowed commercial businesses and public venues to reopen.

Saudi Arabia, which has the highest count among the six Gulf states, reported more than 4,100 cases on Friday and on Saturday to take its total to 205,929, with 1,858 deaths. The daily tally first rose above 4,000 in mid-June, but had dipped.
The United Arab Emirates, where daily infection rates recently dropped to between 300 and 400 from a peak of some 900 in late May, registered more than 600 cases on Friday and over 700 on Saturday, taking its toll to 50,857, with 321 deaths.

Dubai, the region's business and tourism hub is due to reopen to foreign visitors on 7 July. Other Gulf countries have also eased restrictions, although Kuwait has maintained a partial curfew and Qatar, Bahrain and Oman did not impose one at all. Qatar, which has the second highest regional infection rate, has seen its daily case numbers fall from a peak of more than 2,000 in late May to around 500 on Saturday, bringing it near to 100,000 cases in total.

In Oman, the health minister warned on Thursday that there had been a disturbing surge in infections in the last six weeks, and urged people to comply with health measures.

US dips under 50,000 new daily cases for first time in four days

The US has dipped under 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, although experts fear celebrations for Independence Day weekend will continue to fuel the nation's surging outbreak.
Johns Hopkins counted 45,300 new coronavirus infections in the US on Saturday, after three days in which the daily count reached as high as 54,500 new cases. A word of caution, though, the lower figure on Saturday does not necessarily mean the situation in the US is improving, as it could be due to reduced reporting while the country enjoys a national holiday.

The US continues to have the most infections and virus-related deaths in the world, with 2.8 million cases and nearly 130,000 dead, according to the university. Experts say the true toll of the pandemic is significantly higher, due to people who died before they were tested and missed mild cases. To show just how steep the current infection curve is in the US, the country was reporting under 20,000 new infections a day as recently as 15 June.

Updatedat 10.39am BST

One impact of coronavirus has been to distract people from the impact of the climate crisis. Despite the country having recorded a record 24,850 new virus cases in the last twenty-four hours, raising its total to 673,165, the fourth highest in the world, in Uttar Pradesh in India, officials are still trying to keep up their efforts to mitigate global heating. Despite the new social distancing requirements, India is still planning to plant 250m trees as part of a government plan to tackle climate change.

There are hopes that as many as 2 million people will take part in the programme. "We are committed to increase the forest cover of Uttar Pradesh to over 15% of the total land area in next five years," the state's chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, said in inaugurating the campaign in Lucknow, the state capital. "In today's campaign, over 20m trees will be planted at the banks of the Ganges river, which will help in keeping this mighty river clean" Adityanath said.

Coronavirus live news: Melbourne outbreak has 'explosive potential'; new US cases dip slightly to 45,300 Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath (right) inaugurates a day long tree planting campaign across the state in Lucknow, India Photograph: AP

Everybody taking part in the launch event for the day appeared to be wearing masks.

Updatedat 10.39am BST

More than 800 new cases reported in Israel

There are new figures on the coronavirus coming out of Isreal as well. 803 Israelis tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

The health ministry reported that there were 11,189 active cases in total.

331 people have died, and according to the ministry 86 are in critical condition, of which 29 are intubated. Tia Goldenberg has been reporting for the Associated Press on thousands of people in Israel being ordered into quarantine after the resumption of a contentious phone surveillance programme. The health ministry said that many messages had been sent to Israelis following the renewed involvement of the Shin Bet domestic security agency.

Israeli daily Haaretz reported that more than 30,000 people were notified they must enter quarantine since Thursday. After imposing strict measures early on during a first wave of infections, Israel and the Palestinian territories appeared to have contained their outbreaks, with each reporting only a few dozen new cases a day in May. But an easing of restrictions led to a steady uptick in cases over the past month.

Israel police have said their operations to enforce coronavirus regulations will be expanded countrywide - with thousands of police officers inspecting restaurants, event venues, shops, buses and trains.

Updatedat 9.59am BST

South Africa reports daily new case rise of more than 10,000 for first time

For the first time, South Africa is reporting more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day.
That brings the country's total confirmed cases to more than 187,977, by far the most of any country on the African continent. South Africa also has surpassed 3,000 deaths in this outbreak.

Cases continue to rise particularly in Gauteng province, home of Johannesburg and the executive capital Pretoria, which has close to one-third of the country's infections.

Updatedat 9.34am BST

Reuters are reporting on India's plans to reopen the Taj Mahal. Visitors will have to wear masks at all times, keep their distance, and not touch its glistening marble surfaces when the 17th-century monument to love reopens on Monday after a three-month shutdown.

Only 5,000 tourists will be allowed in a day, split into two groups, which is a far cry from the peak levels of 80,000 a day you could expect to see at the mausoleum built in the northern city of Agra by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife.

This photo from January shows a crowd of visitors huddled together looking at the Taj Mahal. Such scenes will not be permissible when the site re-opens on Monday Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

"All centrally protected monuments & sites shall be bound by the protocols like sanitization, social distancing and other health protocols," the federal tourism ministry said in a tweet yesterday.

The move is not without controversy though. Authorities are reopening the Taj and other monuments, such as New Delhi's historic Red Fort, just as India's coronavirus infections are rising at the fastest pace in three months. On Sunday, the health ministry reported a record single-day spike of 24,850 new cases and more than 600 deaths, pushing the overall case tally to 673,165.

The government has been lifting a vast lockdown of India's 1.3 billion people that has left tens of thousands without work and shuttered businesses. Agra, one of India's first big clusters of the virus, remains the worst-affected city in Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state.
"All around the Taj are containment zones," a local district administration official told Reuters' Neha Arora, requesting anonymity, ahead of the monument's planned reopening.

Containment zones, areas identified as most affected by the virus, remain under strict lockdown, with restricted access and movement of only essential goods and services.

"We don't expect visitors here because clusters around the Taj, including shops and hotels, are closed," the official said.

Updatedat 9.34am BST

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