- Spain reported the second day of 1,000 coronavirus infections, the highest since the nation lifted its lockout in June.
- The UN-recognized Libyan government in Tripoli has announced that it will impose a full suspension in areas of the controlling country, following an increase in COVID-19 cases.
- More than 17.2 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. More than 10 million patients recovered, and at least 671,000 died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday, July 31st
01:53 GMT ̵1; US epicenters shift to Midwestern states
Coronavirus infections appear to be picking up in the midwestern United States, said the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, as the state of Ohio reported a record day of cases and the Wisconsin governor gave warrant for use of masks.
The coronavirus outbreak is “moving” to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska from the south “because of holidays and other travel reasons,” Deborah Birx told Fox News.
01:19 GMT – The exceptions to the virus aid of Iranian prison officials have been ignored
The Iranian government has ignored repeated requests from senior prison officials for help to contain the coronavirus in the country’s crowded prisons, according to Amnesty International.
The rights group said it reviewed copies of four letters to the health ministry signed by officials at the Iran Prisons Organization, “which raises the alarm over serious deficiencies in protective equipment, disinfectants, and essential medical devices “.
The ministry “has failed to respond, and Iran’s prisons are still catastrophically ill-equipped for outbreaks,” Amnesty said.
Official documents leaked obtained by Amnesty International reveal the Iranian government has ignored repeated motives by senior officials responsible for managing Iran’s prisons for additional resources to control the spread of # COVID19 and treat infected prisoners. https://t.co/7GF6ajrfT7
– Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) July 30, 2020
00:50 GMT – Vietnam reports 45 new cases
Vietnam’s health ministry has reported 45 new coronavirus infections linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Da Nang, marking the highest daily increase since the first cases emerged in the country in end of January.
The new patients, aged 27 to 87, are linked to four hospitals and a hotel in Da Nang. The total number of infections since the re-emergence of the virus has reached 93, the ministry said in a statement.
Vietnam recorded a total of 509 cases of the virus, with no deaths. The country had recorded 100 days without a case transmitted locally before the virus re-emerged.
COVID-19 spreads in Vietnam after bursting at a tourist spot (1:59)
00:42 GMT – Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he has a “mold” in his lungs
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak, which is gripping the online video of a “mold” in his lungs, after spending weeks in solitary confinement after catching the new coronavirus.
“I had a blood test. I felt kind of weak yesterday. They found a little infection too. Now I’m on antibiotics,” Bolsonaro said in the streaming video, without eliminating on the infection.
“After 20 days inside, I have other problems. I have mold in my lungs,” he said, referring to nearly three weeks he spent at the official presidential residence.
He tested positive for the coronavirus on July 7 and then last Saturday negative.
Latin America: Millions at risk of hunger as COVID-19 cases increase (2:34)
00:05 GMT – Botswana resumes lockdown in the capital
The capital city of Botswana, Gaborone returned for a two-week lockdown to result in its latest wave of coronavirus infections.
Under new rules for capital and surrounding areas, only essential workers will be able to leave home for work, with others only being able to leave home to buy groceries. All meetings will be banned and hotels, restaurants, gym and schools will close.
“During the week the disease took an unprecedented turn, which is now necessary to put the greater Gaborone region under lockdown so that we can maintain our containment measures,” said Kereng Masupu, coordinator of the team. COVID-19 task force, at a televised meeting.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Men, Maldives.
You can find all the major developments from yesterday, July 20, here.
Al Jazeera and news agencies