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Coronavirus latest: EU revises safe travel list, removes Serbia and Montenegro | News | DW

  • Residents from Montenegro and Serbia will now not be allowed to enter the EU, below revised journey guidelines
  • The UK accused Russian intelligence companies of making an attempt to steal knowledge from virus vaccine researchers
  • German officers agreed new restrictive measures to keep away from a second wave
  • Venezuela has introduced a “radical quarantine” for the capital Caracas
  • A memorial ceremony for COVID-19 victims has been held in Madrid

All updates in Common Coordinated Time (UTC/GMT)

23:59 We’ve now closed this text for stay updates. For the newest developments on coronavirus, visit here.

22:30 Non-essential journey throughout US land borders with Canada and Mexico will proceed to be prohibited till no less than August 21, as COVID-19 circumstances within the US proceed to surge.

Border crossings might be allowed for business site visitors, individuals returning to their dwelling nation, commuters and other people touring for household care, academic or humanitarian causes.

Journey for tourism and procuring is prohibited, which has had an financial affect on border communities.

Restrictions on cross-border site visitors started in March and have been repeatedly prolonged in 30-day blocks.

20:00 The overall variety of COVID-19 circumstances in the USA rose to over 3.5 million, because the nation struggles to include the unfold of the virus. The determine quantities to over 1% of the US inhabitants. It stays the nation with essentially the most confirmed infections.

The US state of Florida has damaged one other of its single-day information, after logging 156 new COVID-19 associated deaths over the previous 24 hours. That tally is in line with the Florida Well being Division, which additionally famous almost 14,000 newly confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus throughout that very same interval. There have been greater than 311,000 confirmed circumstances within the southeastern state.

The state of Florida had 132 fatalities on Tuesday, beating the earlier file of 120 deaths in someday final week. Together with Florida, Texas, Georgia and several other different southern US states are seeing huge surges in coronavirus circumstances.


19:15 A UN report has discovered that the coronavirus pandemic may set again progress on tackling poverty by 10 years.

Earlier than the outbreak, 65 out of 75 international locations studied had been within the technique of considerably lowering their poverty ranges, with China, India and Sierra Leone on the prime of the record, in line with knowledge from the UN Growth Program (UNDP).

Now projections based mostly on diminished ranges of training and elevated malnourishment predict that will probably be more durable for international locations to carry individuals out of poverty as a result of results of the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has modified every part. With its triple hit on well being, training and earnings, and so many different points in individuals’s lives, it threatens to reverse total international human improvement,” stated UNDP administrator Achim Steiner.

18:45 Spain has reported its steepest 24-hour soar in COVID-19 infections since Could, with 580 new circumstances reported Thursday, on prime of 390 on Wednesday.

A lot of the new infections are within the northeastern areas of Aragon and Catalonia. In localities in Lleida province in Catalonia, lockdown restrictions and residential confinement measures have been re-imposed, affecting some 160,000 individuals.

Spain lifted its nationwide lockdown on June 21. Since then, over 170 localized COVID-19 outbreaks have popped up.

17:40 The European Union up to date its record of nations which might be exempt from pandemic journey restrictions on Thursday, with some international locations eliminated resulting from rising COVID-19 infections.

Included within the newest spherical of nations are Canada, Australia, Japan, Thailand and South Korea. Nevertheless, Serbia and Montenegro, two of the EU’s western neighbors and candidates for eventual EU membership, had been eliminated.

As a way to be included within the “protected” nation record, a nation’s 14-day variety of new COVID-19 circumstances should be secure or dropping and be  decrease than the EU common.

Serbia has skilled a pointy rise in circumstances after ending a lockdown and holding a nationwide election. Large protests have damaged out lately in Belgrade, as demonstrators blame the federal government for mishandling the coronavirus response.

The journey record is compiled by the European Council and reviewed each two weeks. It’s a suggestion and isn’t legally binding. EU member states resolve for themselves below which circumstances entry is allowed.

Nevertheless, member states mustn’t unilaterally carry journey restrictions for non-listed international locations with out coordinating with the EU.

16:30 Anti-Semitic incidents have gone up 40% within the first half of the yr within the German state of Bavaria when in comparison with the identical interval final yr, a watchdog has stated, with almost half of the incidents in 2020 discovered to be immediately associated to the coronavirus pandemic.

Of the 116 anti-Semitic incidents to date this yr in Bavaria, the pandemic performed a task in 51 circumstances, in line with the Federal Affiliation of Departments for Analysis and Data on Anti-Semitism (RIAS) on Wednesday.

For instance, in Munich again in Could, a soccer coach sporting a jacket of the Jewish sports activities membership TSV Maccabi Munich was referred to as a “Jewish scumbag” and informed that Jews had been liable for the outbreak. 

Different reported incidents embody deliberate property injury, threats, and different verbal or written abusive habits.

16:00 French President Emmanuel Macron has accelerated plans to make sporting masks in indoor public areas obligatory within the nation.

The unique plan was to make masks obligatory on August 1, but it surely has been moved as much as subsequent week after officers seen an uptick in circumstances. Masks had been already required on public transportation, however might be required to enter a store or different indoor locations.

Well being Minister Olivier Veran informed French public radio that “we’re witnessing in sure hospitals in Paris weak indicators of an epidemic resurgence, which is why I urge the French to stay significantly vigilant, energetic, towards the virus.”

Veran informed the decrease home of parliament that folks ought to don masks instantly, with out ready for the official decree, calling masks a matter of social duty.

 Visitors, wearing protective masks, look out on Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Beginning subsequent week, masks might be required in France to enter retailers and different indoor areas

14:50 Germany’s states and the federal authorities have reached an agreement on “more targeted measures” to take care of localized COVID-19 outbreaks.

An necessary change to earlier tips is that full districts will now not be required to lock down within the case of a localized outbreak, and quarantine and lockdown measures needs to be tightly restricted to solely goal hotspots.

Localized journey bans may very well be enforced in circumstances the place the variety of infections continues to rise or when there isn’t a certainty {that a} chain of infections is just not persevering with to unfold.  

A number of state ministers have rejected the thought of large-scale journey bans inside Germany.

States must also take precautions to make sure that vacationers arriving from areas with excessive an infection charges are capable of present medical proof that they don’t seem to be contaminated earlier than they’re allowed entry and lodging.

13:30 Intelligence businesses from the US, UK and Canada have accused Russia-backed hackers of making an attempt to steal info on COVID-19 vaccine analysis from tutorial and pharmaceutical establishments around the globe.  

The UK’s Nationwide Cybersecurity Heart (NCSC) attributed the cyberattacks to a bunch generally known as APT29, also called Cozy Bear, which it stated was probably working as a part of Russian intelligence companies. The group is claimed to make use of spear-phishing and customized malware to focus on analysis organizations in ongoing assaults.

The NCSC stated it believes no confidential info has but been compromised.

In Could, the US and the UK stated that hacking networks had been finishing up campaigns concentrating on worldwide organizations responding to pandemic, however that is the primary time a bunch as been related with Russia. In June, the US accused China-backed hackers of concentrating on US-based COVID-19 analysis.

“It’s utterly unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Providers are concentrating on these working to fight the coronavirus pandemic,” stated the UK’s international secretary, Dominic Raab.

12:45 Lithuania will as soon as extra tighten journey restrictions for these from exterior of Europe. These touring from most international locations exterior of the European financial space should be examined for coronavirus and should go into quarantine for 14 days.

The prime minister recognized an incident the place vacationers from Uzbekistan had been believed to have brought on a minor outbreak in Lithuania. Round 20 individuals had been contaminated.

“The case of the contaminated individuals from Uzbekistan within the metropolis of Kaunas clearly reveals that we now have to enhance the restrictions on individuals coming into Lithuania,” Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis wrote on Fb.

12:30 Ukrainians are “drained” of the coronavirus lockdown, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has stated, including that the federal government needs to be cautious about extending the measures previous August.

The nation imposed strict lockdowns in March which had been partially eased in Could. Legal guidelines have been prolonged month-to-month.

The present set of rules will run out in August, however Zelenskiy believes they need to not final any longer as “everyone seems to be getting uninterested in this quarantine.”

“We’d like a transparent framework for a way we are going to proceed it, so that folks have the chance to stay safely, in order that enterprise can operate, in order that the economic system doesn’t stand at a pause,” Zelenskiy stated.

11:59 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has introduced a “radical quarantine” for Caracas and a neighboring state in an try and sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus.

Venezuela had been one of many Latin American international locations least affected by the pandemic, however in current weeks the nation has recorded a hanging rise in infections and deaths.

It took 70 days for Venezuela to succeed in 1,000 circumstances, however solely three to go from 7,000 to eight,000.

The nation has now surpassed 10,000 infections, although some say that restricted testing means the true quantity is far increased.

10:35 German industrial large Siemens stated it plans to permit greater than 140,000 of its workers to proceed to make money working from home for as much as three days every week on a everlasting foundation.

The Munich-based firm stated the coronavirus disaster has “proven that working independently of a set location gives many benefits and is feasible on a a lot wider scale than initially thought.” Surveys of Siemens workers around the globe confirmed a need for larger flexibility.

Siemens operates in 125 places in 43 international locations and can take impact instantly.

10:25  Germany desires to contribute its nationwide reserve of medical protecting tools to a European reserve, German Well being Minister Jens Spahn introduced.

It might make “extra sense” create such a reserve “coordinated” among the many 27 European Union international locations than at a nationwide stage alone, Spahn stated. His feedback got here forward of an off-the-cuff gathering of EU well being ministers in Berlin.

“We Europeans should stand shoulder-to-shoulder to push back threats, that we should be higher ready to maintain ourselves protected, that we should act with extra confidence to carry our personal,” he stated. “Whether or not or not we now have adequate protecting masks for our well being care staff in Amsterdam, Berlin or Madrid shouldn’t be decided in China.

“This is the reason we need to develop buildings that make us much less depending on the manufacturing of necessary medicine and medical merchandise,” he added.

10:10 Germany’s largest slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant resumed manufacturing after a coronavirus outbreak amongst its staff brought on a neighborhood lockdown for tens of 1000’s of native residents.

Manufacturing on the Tönnies facility within the city of Gütersloh in North Rhine-Westphalia was halted in mid-June after 1,400 workers of the plant examined optimistic for the virus. Regional lockdowns, like the one imposed across the plant, have been on the middle of a heated debate among the many 16 German states.

Nevertheless, all 16 well being ministers seem to have reached a consensus that such measures may very well be a “suitable method” for containing local outbreaks.

Learn extra: Brief reprieve for German pigs as COVID-19 shuts slaughterhouses

09:20 Spain’s King Felipe has led a ceremony in Madrid to honor those that have died within the COVID-19 pandemic within the nation.

The televised ceremony at an esplanade in Madrid’s Royal Palace was attended by high-ranking EU and WHO officers, together with representatives from non secular organizations and kinfolk of victims.

Spain has been one of many international locations hit worst by the pandemic, with 28,413 confirmed deaths from the illness.

09:00 Israel has seen its highest variety of infections within the final 24 hours, the Well being Ministry introduced. Over 1,700 new circumstances had been recorded. If the numbers proceed to rise, a lockdown is predicted to be put again in place within the subsequent few days.

A fast easing of restrictions from the tip of Could could have quickly elevated coronavirus numbers within the nation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu introduced a one-time fee of 750 shekels (€192, $218) for people, as much as 3,000 shekels for households to alleviate monetary stress attributable to the pandemic on Wednesday. 

08:55 South Korea wants extra public hospitals to stop potential infectious illness outbreaks worse than coronavirus, a senior authorities official has stated.

The nation’s early success in taming the coronavirus by means of aggressive contact tracing and testing has been a lot praised by illness specialists worldwide as a gold customary for tips on how to take care of the illness. However solely 10% of hospital beds are present in public hospitals, which officers say would have been far too few if the virus had contaminated extra individuals.

08:45 Pakistan has reported its lowest every day demise fee from the coronavirus in a couple of month. It recorded 40 deaths prior to now 24 hours on Thursday. The very best single-day demise toll was 153 on June 19.

Authorities concern one other spike if individuals ignore social distancing throughout the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Adha, which might be celebrated on July 31.

07:45 Russia has reported 6,428 new circumstances and 167 deaths within the final 24 hours, a slight improve from the day earlier than. This brings the whole variety of infections within the nation to above 750,000.

Russia is the fourth-worst affected nation on the earth behind the US, Brazil and India.

07:38 The Indian states of Bihar and Goa have gone into lockdown. In northern Bihar, dwelling to 125 million individuals, over 600 individuals died within the earlier 24 hours. The Purple Cross referred to as the unfold “alarming.”

Eyewitness reviews say site visitors within the state capital of Patna was a lot at regular charges, with many mentioning the problem of policing a lockdown for therefore many individuals. The lockdown will final for 15 days.

An absence of coronavirus self-discipline in Goa brought on the state to return into lockdown for 3 days: the state premier stated too many individuals had been “stepping out to satisfy individuals at events.”

04:43 Regardless of some indicators of restoration, the worldwide economic system nonetheless faces challenges forward, the chief of the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) stated.

Exercise “has began to progressively strengthen…However we’re not out of the woods but, “IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva stated in a message to G20 finance ministers forward of a weekend summit in Saudi Arabia.

In June, the worldwide disaster lender downgraded its development forecasts, saying it now expects international GDP to fall by 4.9% in 2020. Coronavirus lockdown measures across the globe brought on a deeper contraction than anticipated and solely a “tepid restoration is predicted for subsequent yr,” Georgieva stated.

Learn extra: Will coronavirus pandemic finally push emerging economies into crisis?

By offering $11 trillion (€9.6 trillion) in stimulus, G20 nations had helped to stop an excellent worse final result, however “these security nets should be maintained as wanted and, in some circumstances, expanded,” Georgieva stated in a weblog submit.

Such measures embody paid sick go away for low-income households in addition to entry to well being care and unemployment insurance coverage, she stated.

Georgieva acknowledged concern for rising debt ranges, however stated, “At this stage within the disaster, nonetheless, the prices of untimely withdrawal are larger than continued assist the place it’s wanted.”

The IMF chief drew consideration to jobs which were misplaced throughout the pandemic, probably for good. Staff will want assist and coaching to maneuver into new sectors, she stated.

“The underside line is that the pandemic is more likely to improve poverty and inequality,” she stated, including that policymakers have “a once-in-a-century shot” at constructing a greater, greener and extra equitable world.

03:38 Germany’s confirmed coronavirus circumstances rose by 534 to 200,260. Knowledge launched by the Robert Koch Institute, the nation’s official physique for illness management, stated that the demise toll rose by seven on Wednesday, bringing the full variety of COVID-19 fatalities to 9,078.

Learn extraDanger of coronavirus second wave in Germany is real but avoidable, health minister says

03:26 China’s GDP grew by 3.2% within the second quarter, after a significant stoop throughout the starting of the yr. As lockdown measures have ended, the federal government has supplied a stimulus to revive the economic system from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.

The economic system had contracted by 1.6% on a year-on-year foundation in comparison with final yr. The GDP jumped by 11.5% in April-June in comparison with the earlier quarter, exceeding projections.

Nevertheless, consumption and funding nonetheless remained low, suggesting that the federal government could should ramp up its stimulus efforts.

02:15 Eire is placing on maintain plans to finish its lockdown due to a spike in new infections, Prime Minister Micheal Martin has introduced.

Eire had been set to enter the fourth and ultimate section of stress-free its restrictions this coming Monday however now this has been postponed for the foreseeable future. Because of this, Irish residents should look forward to a full reopening of pubs and bars.

Learn extraStale beer turned into animal feed and distance drinking: Irish pubs in the age of coronavirus

01:55 The Australian state of Victoria has revealed two males of their 80s died in a single day from COVID-19.

The nation’s second-most populated state additionally reported a file every day improve in individuals contaminated with the virus.

Victoria registered 317 new every day infections, the best for the reason that coronavirus outbreak emerged. The earlier excessive for the state that’s dwelling to some 6.5 million individuals was 288 new circumstances, which occurred last week.

In the meantime, the Australian authorities plans to spend A$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion, €964 million) to assist offset the disaster caused by the pandemic. The funding will be used to increase a program to subsidize the wages of apprentices.

01:12 A lawmaker in Chile has sprinted by means of congress sporting a pink cape to have a good time the passing of a coronavirus emergency invoice within the South American nation’s decrease home.

Whereas donning a face masks, caped crusader Pamela Jiles ran repeatedly previous President Sebastian Pinera’s Cupboard, who had opposed the invoice.

Pamela Jiles sprints in front of senior ministers in Chile wearing a pink cape (picture-alliance/dpa/Agencia Uno/L. Rubilar)

Pamela Jiles introduced fellow lawmakers to their toes together with her caped efficiency

Jiles is a former journalist and a member of the far-left Broad Entrance coalition which represents a poor space of the Chilean capital, Santiago.

She has been a fervent supporter of the proposal to permit residents hit exhausting by lockdown measures to withdraw as much as 10% of privately held pension funds. The act might be voted on by senators subsequent week.

00:55 The US set a every day file of 67,632 circumstances in lower than 24 hours, in line with a Johns Hopkins College tracker.  The world’s worst-affected nation has seen a surge since June, particularly within the southern and western components of the nation.

For the final 10 days, new circumstances have been throughout the vary of 55,000 and 65,000 per day. Greater than 137,000 individuals have died from COVID-19 within the US.

In the meantime, the state of California reported its second-worst day when it comes to circumstances and deaths on Wednesday, with greater than 11,000 new infections and 140 fatalities. The variety of assessments and people testing optimistic has additionally risen within the state.

The positivity fee reached 7% for the final two weeks. Los Angeles County had a positivity fee of greater than 10%

00:24 Many countries throughout the globe noticed coronavirus circumstances rising on Wednesday, forcing them to rethink plans of reopening. The variety of circumstances has crossed 13.Four million and greater than 579,000 have died worldwide.

Latin America, the world’s second hardest-hit area topped 150,000 deaths on Wednesday. Venezuela introduced localized restrictions simply 4 days after ending lockdown. Eire too needed to halt reopening plans as circumstances surged.

00:00 Catch up on yesterday’s coronavirus news here

In reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, until in any other case specified, DW makes use of figures supplied by the Johns Hopkins College (JHU) Coronavirus Useful resource Heart in the USA. JHU updates figures in real-time, collating knowledge from world well being organizations, state and nationwide governments, and different public official sources, all of whom have their very own methods for compiling info.

Germany’s nationwide statistics are compiled by its public well being company, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). These figures rely on knowledge transmission from state and native ranges and are up to date round as soon as a day, which may result in deviation from JHU.

 tg,jsi/sms  (AFP, AP, Reuters, dpa)

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