The coronavirus appears to be accelerating in countries around the world. Australia has recently announced a record 723 cases per day.
The two countries in the world most affected, the United States and Brazil, have also reported new coronavirus deaths and cases. The number of deaths in the U.S. has exceeded 150,000, in Florida, California and Texas among the many states reporting daily deaths.
More than 16.8 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. According to Johns Hopkins University, approximately 9.9 million patients recovered and nearly 663,000 died.
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday, July 30th
03:30 GMT ̵1; “Today is not the right day”: Australia reports the number of cases
Australia reported the highest number of confirmed cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The state of Victoria has been hit hardest, with outbreaks concentrated in care homes and workplaces in and around Melbourne.
State officials reported 723 new cases and 13 deaths on Thursday.
“Today is not the right day,” Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews said in a statement.
He noted that while most of the state’s cases were in Melbourne and the suburbs, there was a “significant leap” in regional communities, which justified additional measures to stop the spread of the disease.
Mandatory wear of the mask has been extended across the state since Sunday, and in some places residents will not be allowed to go to other people’s homes or have visitors to their homes.
Prime Minister’s announcement on changes in regional Victoria.
An available version of this statement will be available soon at https://t.co/l9uPOBKGdq pic.twitter.com/3owwkd6Lx2
– Ir Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP), 2020 July 30
To prevent the virus from spreading outside Victoria, the internal borders were closed. The state of Queensland in the northeast has previously announced three new cases – two people are thought to have contracted the virus in Sydney.
03:20 GMT – Coronavirus situation deteriorates in PNG
An Australian medical aid team has been deployed in Papua New Guinea, where the outbreak has worsened in recent days.
The AFP news agency reports that the country’s pandemic response center was closed yesterday after a senior adviser was diagnosed with the virus and the health minister is also under investigation.
The situation in Papua New Guinea is extraordinary. Cases are growing, trials + treatment are almost capable. The crisis response center COVID-19 was closed yesterday, after which the test of a senior health adviser was positive. About 100 people are now being studied, including Health Minister Jelta Wong https://t.co/3CYpJ9z2FA
– Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty), 2020 July 30
02:50 GMT – A Chinese expert says the virus thrives in colder, humid environments
China’s top epidemiologist spoke to the state media.
Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told local reporters that the virus looks colder, wetter.
He drew attention to the country’s COVID-19 outbreaks – from the original source in Wuhan – to Beijing and Dalian, which have been traced to seafood markets or seafood companies.
02:40 GMT – Conversations over latest US coronavirus aid package stuck like clock tick
Negotiations between U.S. congressional leaders and the White House over the next phase of coronavirus use appear to have stalled as the clock has shifted to measures that have banned evictions and increased unemployment benefits.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin proposed a short-term extension of these programs, but Democrats rejected the idea.
William Roberts watched the talks at Al Jazeera. You can read his story here.
02:10 GMT – Pelosi for US Congress: Disguise!
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says members and staff of the House of Representatives must wear masks while the coronavirus pandemic continues.
The move came after Republican spokeswoman Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear the mask, revealed she was positive about COVID-19 and prompted at least three of his colleagues to say they would take self-quarantine.
Pelosi warned that she was authorized to ask the sergeant of the palace to remove the member from the floor for violating the ornament, and “the chairman considers the non-wearing of a mask to be a serious ornamental principle.”
Members will be allowed to take off their masks when applying to the palace.
You can read more about Gohmert’s diagnosis here.
01:50 GMT – Dozens of unidentified COVID-19 buried in Guatemala
Guatemalan hospital officials say they have had to bury dozens of COVID-19 victims who have never been identified, AP news agency reported.
The agency says staff at one of the country’s largest public hospitals have begun photographing patients who come alone and are too sick to provide their personal information. The dead strangers are placed in body bags with translucent windows above the face if loved ones are looking for them.
Officials say protocols to quickly bury the dead during the pandemic only exacerbate the situation.
More than 47,000 confirmed infections and more than 1,800 deaths have been confirmed in Guatemala across the country.
01:35 GMT – US coronavirus deaths recorded every minute as the total number exceeds 150,000
One person in the United States dies from COVID-19 about every minute, with more than 150,000 deaths in the country, the highest in the world, Reuters reports.
U.S. coronavirus deaths are likely to rise in two months and have increased by 10,000 in the last 11 days.
01:20 GMT. Mainland China reports 105 new cases of COVID-19, including 96 cases in Xinjiang
China reported 105 new cases of coronavirus on the continent, up from 101 cases the day before.
The National Health Commission says that 96 of the new cases were confirmed in the far western Xinjiang region, five were in northeastern Liaoning Province, one in Beijing, and three were imported cases.
00:45 GMT – The Vietnamese outbreak in Danange continues to grow
The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has reported an additional nine cases of coronavirus as the outbreak that began in the popular tourist town of Danang continues to expand.
Reuters reports that the outbreak, which has spread to six cities and provinces in six days, has quarantined some 81,000 people.
Reuters: Vietnamese Ministry of Health reports nine more local COVID-19 cases related to Danang virus outbreak
– James Pearson (@pearswick), 2020 July 30
Al Jazeera Scott Heidler also presented this report on the evolving situation in Vietnam.
Following the outbreak, COVID-19 is spreading in Vietnam
00:15 GMT – The state of Victoria in Australia reports more than 700 cases, 13 deaths
Local Australian media report that the state of Victoria, the epicenter of a new coronavirus wave, will report more than 700 cases and 13 deaths on Thursday morning.
Sorry to hear similar things
Today # COVID19Vic can be as many as 723
With a large number (and 1 in 6 active cases in the old-age care sector), it can be a gloomy day. #Keep safe
– Rafael Epstein (@Raf_Epstein), 2020 July 29
# BREAKING: There are reports that Victoria will post more than 700 cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours. # 9News pic.twitter.com/nlt2IfPQll
– Nine News Melbourne (@ 9NewsMelb), 2020 July 29
00:00 GMT – Brazil reports record number of coronavirus deaths
The Brazilian Ministry of Health has just confirmed that 1,595 people die each day from coronavirus. The number of deaths each week (7,677 this week) has also been highest since the start of the pandemic.
The authorities also reported a record number of one-day cases (69,074), partly due to the fact that some of the previously unregistered cases had been completed.
Despite the escalating pandemic, the government of President Jair Bolsonar has taken steps to ease restrictions to boost the economy, and on Wednesday said the ban on foreign travelers to the country would be lifted.
Welcome to Al Jazeera’s ongoing coronavirus pandemic. me Kate Mayberry Kuala Lumpur.
Read all updates from yesterday (July 29) here.