Philippines orders millions to stay home: Coronavirus updates

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Philippines orders millions to stay home: Coronavirus updates

More than 27 million go back into partial lockdown for next two weeks as COVID-19 cases surge.

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  • Millions of people on the main island of Luzon, including the capital Manila, went back into a partial lockdown for the next two weeks.

  • Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, said on Tuesday that 500 military personnel will be deployed to enforce COVID-19 isolation orders, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing hefty fines as high as $14,250.
  • Latin America broke through five million confirmed cases of COVID-19, a Reuters tally showed, underscoring the region’s position as the area of the world’s hardest hit by the pandemic. It has already reported more than 200,000 deaths.
  • More than 18.28 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus as of Tuesday, up more than 280,000 in just one day. More than 10.9 million have recovered, and more than 693,000 have died.

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, August 4

13:45 GMT – Number of cases in Italy higher than expected – study

Six times as many people as officially recorded could have been infected with the coronavirus in Italy, according to a study published by the government.

The study, which was conducted by health authorities and the statistics bureau Istat, found that 1.5 million people, or 2.5 per cent, of Italy’s population could have developed coronavirus antibodies.

13:15 GMT – Vietnam’s new outbreak started in early July – govt

Vietnam’s recent coronavirus outbreak in the central city of Danang, which led to over 200 cases and eight deaths, appears to have started early in July, the government said, amid concern the virus may have been spreading undetected earlier.

“After having conducted antibody tests on 5,000 samples collected from infected patients and their relatives, it can be concluded that the outbreak appears to have started in early July,” Dang Duc Anh, Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said in a government statement.

Vietnam has registered 670 COVID-19 cases with eight deaths.

12:30 GMT – Macron announces bonus package for home care workers

French President Emmanuel Macron said the country’s 320,000 home care workers would each be granted a COVID-19 bonus of 500 euros ($587), a package worth 160 million euros ($188m).

“These men and women were the forgotten ones of the COVID bonus,” Macron said during a news conference in the southern city of Toulon, adding the French state would put up 80 million euros and the local governments the other half of the package.

EU Leaders Summit in Brussels
French President Emmanuel Macron said the state would put up 80 million euros and the local governments the other half of the package [File: Anadolu]

11:46 GMT – Coronavirus cases spike in Netherlands

New confirmed coronavirus cases nearly doubled in the Netherlands over the past week to 2,588, health authorities said, continuing a steady surge continuing since lockdown measures were eased at the start of July.

The new cases registered in the week through August 4 were up 95 percent from 1,329 in the week through July 28, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said in its weekly report.

11:09 GMT – Indonesia reports 1,922 new coronavirus cases, 86 deaths

Indonesia has recorded 1,922 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 115,056, official data by the country’s COVID-19 task force showed.

The data also showed there were 86 additional deaths, taking the overall number of fatalities to 5,388.

10:46 GMT – Hong Kong reports 80 new cases, mostly local transmission

Hong Kong has reported 80 new coronavirus cases, including 75 that were locally transmitted, as authorities raced to contain a third wave of the outbreak which has seen infections soar over the past month.

Since late January, Hong Kong has reported more than 3,600 infections and 40 related deaths.

10:33 GMT – Philippines reports 6,352 coronavirus cases, Southeast Asia’s biggest daily jump

The Philippines’ health ministry has reported 6,352 new coronavirus infections, marking the biggest daily jump in cases in Southeast Asia and after posting a record rise in five of the past six days.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had increased to 112,593, while deaths rose by 11 to 2,115.

The Philippines Impose Restrictions As Coronavirus Cases Rise
A police officer inspects the temperature of a motorist at a quarantine checkpoint on the first day of a reimposed lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Manila [File: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images]

10:07 GMT – Poland reports record increases in COVID cases as coal mines hit

Poland has reported its fourth record daily increase in coronavirus cases in a week, with more than 30 percent of cases coming from the Silesia region in the south, which has been grappling with another outbreak among coal miners.

The daily record, with 680 new infections and six deaths, comes as Poland considers introducing stricter restrictions, including mandatory testing for travellers returning to Poland and quarantine for those coming from certain countries.

09:46 GMT – Second COVID wave ‘highly likely’ to hit France this year, scientists say

A second wave of the novel coronavirus is “highly likely” to hit France in the autumn or winter seasons, the government’s top scientific body warned, as authorities seek to contain an increase in new cases over the past two weeks.

After strict lockdown measures pushed down infection rates, many European countries are now watching numbers creep back up, a consequence of easing curbs to try to limit economic damage and greater social mixing in the holiday season.

“The situation is precarious and we could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control, like in Spain,” the French scientific committee said in a statement published by the health ministry.Aljazeera.com

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