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Coronavirus latest: India reports record daily cases

  • July 06, 2020
  • India posts record daily spike as cases near 700,000
  • Confirmed global cases near 11.4 million, over 500,000 deaths recorded
  • German health minister wants masks to remain mandatory

03:45 Germany’s health authority, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), reported 219 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 219,554 cases since the pandemic began.

The RKI also that the death toll from the virus increased by four to 9,016. 

03:24 Saudi Arabia has announced new health protocols for domestic pilgrims who will be attending the haj. The new measures include a ban on gatherings and meetings during the 2020 haj season, according to the state news agency.

Pilgrims will not be allowed to touch the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site, and everyone will be required to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters during the rituals. Only those with haj permits will be allowed to access holy sites at Mona, Muzdalifah and Arafat. Wearing masks is mandatory.

Last month, Saudi Arabia limited the haj pilgrimage to only around 1,000 domestic pilgrims. For the first time, no Muslims from other countries will be allowed to curb the spread of the virus.

03:22 The border between Australia’s two most-populous states — New South Wales and Victoria — is being closed over virus fears. This is the first time that the borders are being sealed since the Spanish flu pandemic. 

Victoria reported 127 new infections overnight, the state’s biggest spike in cases since the virus was first reported in the country.

Victoria’s capital city of Melbourne has seen a rise in infections, which has led to stricter social-distancing orders. Nine public housing towers have been placed under lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.

The decision was made jointly by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

While Australia has largely managed to keep the pandemic under control with just over 8,500 cases, this recent spike has raised concerns over the response moving forward.

01:49 US President Donald Trump is set to host another rally for his re-election campaign even as several states deal with a surge in coronavirus cases. The open-air rally will be held at Portsmouth airport in New Hampshire on July 11, Trump’s campaign said on Sunday.

Trump’s first major campaign event amid virus fears was held in a closed stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June. The campaign was criticized as the number of infections in the southern state was on the rise at the time.

While close to a million people registered for the earlier rally, attendance was dismal.

The upcoming event will be held outdoors to combat the criticism that Trump received for holding a large event in a closed room as it may increase the chance of infection. While masks will be provided, the campaign said that all guests must agree that they “voluntarily accept all risks” and the Trump campaign will not be liable for infections.

The US has reported close to 2.9 million confirmed infections and nearly 130,000 virus-related deaths, making it the worst-hit country in the world.

00:20 Brazil has reported 26,051 new infections, taking the country’s total number of confirmed cases to over 1.6 million, according to data from the health ministry. The second worst-hit country also reported 602 new fatalities, taking the death toll to 64,867.

00:12 India has reported another record daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases with close to 25,000 infections reported on Sunday. With 613 new deaths, the cumulative death toll has risen to 19,268.

The government has decided not to reopen India’s popular tourist attraction, the Taj Mahal, citing the risk of coronavirus infections spreading in Agra city.

On Sunday, local authorities issued a new advisory, ordering an extension of lockdown restrictions on monuments in and around the northern city. The monuments in Agra, including the Taj Mahal, have been closed to the public since March.

“In the interest of the public, it has been decided that opening monuments in Agra will not be advisable as of now,” district authorities said in a notice.

With over 673,000 confirmed cases, India is close to overtaking Russia to become the third hardest-hit country in the world, behind the US and Brazil.

00:06 Germany’s Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn has warned that the virus is “still there” and getting rid of masks ahead of time is not an option.

“I understand the impatience and desire for normality. But the virus is still here,” Spahn wrote on Twitter. “Where the necessary distance is not always assured in closed rooms, the everyday mask remains necessary.”

Spahn seemed to be addressing concerns put forward by some states that masks should not be mandatory in shops as Germany’s infection rate remains under control. The country has reported just under 200,000 infections and over 9,000 deaths from the virus.

00:00 Catch up on yesterday’s coronavirus news here: Coronavirus latest: Spain imposes second local lockdown

In reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, unless otherwise specified, DW uses figures provided by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Coronavirus Resource Center in the United States. JHU updates figures in real-time, collating data from world health organizations, state and national governments, and other public official sources, all of whom have their own systems for compiling information.

Germany’s national statistics are compiled by its public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). These figures depend on data transmission from state and local levels and are updated around once a day, which can lead to deviation from JHU.

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