The variety of confirmed coronavirus instances in each Mexico and Peru surged previous 500,000, with Lima reporting the best charges of dying in Latin America.
- The UK stated all arrivals from France and the Netherlands might be topic to a 14-day quarantine beginning on Saturday, prompting Paris to warn of a “reciprocal measure”.
The World Well being Group (WHO) stated “individuals mustn’t worry meals, or meals packaging” as there was “no proof” of coronavirus spreading by way of meals or the meals chain.
Worldwide coronavirus instances have surpassed 20.7 million, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College. Greater than 12.9 million individuals have recovered, and greater than 752,000 have died.
Listed here are the most recent updates:
Friday, August 14
02:00 GMT – North Korea lifts virus lockdown at border city
Kim Jong Un, the supreme chief of North Korea, has lifted a lockdown in a serious metropolis close to the border with South Korea the place 1000’s had been quarantined for weeks over coronavirus worries, in accordance with state media.
The Korean Central Information Company (KCNA) stated Kim made the choice at a ruling get together assembly on Thursday. The North Korean chief stated it was clear after three weeks that the virus scenario in Kaesong was secure and expressed gratitude to residents for cooperating with the lockdown.
Kim additionally insisted the North will hold its borders shut and rejected any exterior assist as Pyongyang carries out an aggressive anti-virus marketing campaign and rebuilds 1000’s of homes, roads and bridges broken by heavy rain and floods in latest weeks.
01:45 GMT – Peru surpasses 500,000 instances
Peru surpassed half one million coronavirus instances on Thursday and now has Latin America’s highest charge of dying, in accordance with well being ministry information.
The Andean nation has 507,996 confirmed instances and 25,648 associated fatalities. Peru’s dying charge stands at 78.6 per 100,000 individuals, in accordance with a Reuters tally, a quantity increased than hard-hit regional neighbors Chile and Brazil.
President Martin Vizcarra blamed the latest spike in infections on an uptick in social and sporting occasions and a lax angle by the general public.
“There was an excessive amount of confidence on the a part of the inhabitants,” Vizcarra stated. “Let’s study from historical past, appropriate errors and now we’re united regardless of the discrepancies in a number of the choices which are made.”
Vizcarra on Wednesday banned household gatherings, reinstated a blanket Sunday curfew and prolonged lockdowns to 5 extra areas of the nation as figures revealed a 75 p.c surge in infections amongst kids and adolescents.
01:37 GMT – Mexico’s case-load tops 500,000
Mexico’s well being ministry reported 7,371 new confirmed instances of coronavirus and 627 extra fatalities, bringing the whole within the nation to 505,751 instances and 55,293 deaths.
The federal government has stated the true variety of contaminated individuals is probably going considerably increased than the confirmed instances.
01:10 GMT – Governor of Venezuela’s capital district dies of COVID-19
Dario Vivas, the governor of Venezuela’s Caracas capital district and robust ally of President Nicolas Maduro, died on Thursday of COVID-19 at 70 years previous, officers stated.
Vivas, a senior member of the ruling socialist get together, had stated on Twitter on July 19 that he had examined constructive for the novel coronavirus and was going into self-isolation.
“He died in fight … taking good care of his well being and all of us on this troublesome battle in opposition to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez wrote on Twitter.
Vivas is the primary top-level Venezuelan authorities official to die of the virus, although a number of have examined constructive.
00:48 GMT – France warns of ‘reciprocal measure’ over UK quarantine transfer
Clement Beaune, French junior minister for European affairs, stated the UK’s choice to impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France was one which “we remorse and which is able to result in a reciprocal measure”.
France “hoped for a return to regular as quickly as doable,” Beaune stated on Twitter.
On Thursday, France recorded 2,669 new coronavirus infections, its highest day by day quantity since Could.
00:32 GMT – France, Netherlands added to UK quarantine checklist
The UK will impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France, the Netherlands, Malta and three different nations, transport minister Grant Shapps stated.
“Knowledge reveals we have to take away France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from our checklist of #coronavirus Journey Corridors to maintain an infection charges DOWN,” Shapps stated on Twitter.
“If you happen to arrive within the UK after 0400 Saturday from these locations, you will want to self-isolate for 14 days.”
Knowledge reveals we have to take away France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from our checklist of #coronavirus Journey Corridors to maintain an infection charges DOWN. If you happen to arrive within the UK after 0400 Saturday from these locations, you will want to self-isolate for 14 days.
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) August 13, 2020
00:18 GMT – Trump assaults Biden on name for masks mandate
United States President Donald Trump attacked his rival, Joe Biden, for calling on governors to mandate face coverings in public for the following three months.
“We don’t have to deliver the total weight of the federal authorities down on law-abiding Individuals to perform this objective. Individuals should have their freedoms,” stated Trump.
“I belief the American individuals and their governors very a lot. I belief the American individuals. And the governors need to do the correct factor to make the good choices. And Joe would not.”
Earlier on Thursday, Biden, the presumptive presidential candidate of the Democratic Celebration, known as for a nationwide masks mandate, citing well being specialists’ predictions that this might save 40,000 lives over the following three months.
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