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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 10:02

Summary for Sunday, 2nd August


  • A state of disaster has been declared in the Australian state of Victoria after a spike in infections
  • The city of Melbourne has been placed under curfew. Residents can go out once a day to shop for food or exercise
  • India has recorded more than 50,000 new cases of the virus for a third consecutive day
  • Teachers and parents need "greater clarity" on the reopening of UK schools, a teachers' union says
  • Coronavirus is cited as the reason for holding Trump's election nomination without press in attendance
  • More than 500,000 cases have now been confirmed in South Africa, the country's health minister says
  • More than 17m cases and 685,000 deaths have been recorded worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University


Hello and welcome to our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks for joining us.Our teams from around the world are again ready to bring you the latest developments.To start with, here is a summary of the latest top stories.

  • As it stands there have been 17.8 million infections and 685,000 deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic globally, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University
  • The Australian state of Victoria has declared a state of disaster and imposed new lockdown rules after a spike in coronavirus cases
  • More than half million coronavirus have been confirmed in South Africa , according to the country's health minister
  • The US Republican Party has barred media from the convention where Donald Trump is expected to be nominated as its presidential election candidate, citing Covid-19 concerns
  • Meanwhile in the US, President Trump has contradicted his top diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci, arguing his assessment of lockdown measures in the US was “wrong”
  • India has reported more than 50,000 new infections of coronavirus for the third consecutive day
  • Thousands of protesters have gathered in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to call for the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic
  • In the UK, teachers and parents have asked for "greater clarity" on the reopening of schools amid a rise in coronavirus cases, a union has said


Victoria imposes stricter lockdown as cases rise

A range of sweeping new lockdown restrictions have been imposed in the Australian state of Victoria to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The state’s Premier Daniel Andrews declared a state of disaster, with new restrictions coming into effect at 18:00 local time (09:00 BST) on Sunday.
Those new rules will include a night-time curfew, between 20:00 to 05:00, and stricter limitations on leaving home for residents in the state’s capital Melbourne.
Mr Andrews said 671 new coronavirus cases had been detected and seven more people had died in the last 24 hours.
He said the current rate of community transmission - including "mystery cases" that cannot be traced back to work or home - was far too high.
"And they tell us, based on the current number, cases might begin to drop off, not in days or weeks, but months," Mr Andrews said. "That's not something I'm willing to accept."
Read the full story here

South Africa sees 500,000 cases

South Africa has reported more than half a million coronavirus cases to date, its health minister has said, as a resurgence of Covid-19 sweeps the country.
Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 503,290, along with 8,153 deaths.
South Africa is the hardest-hit country on the continent and accounts for half of all reported infections in Africa.
The country had imposed a strict lockdown in April and May that slowed the spread of the coronavirus.
But health authorities say the rate of infection is increasing rapidly, with cases currently concentrated around the capital, Pretoria.
Infections are not expected to peak for another month.
Read more about South Africa’s outbreak

What are the new restrictions in Victoria?

As we reported earlier, the state of Victoria in Australia has gone deeper into lockdown , with new restrictions to be imposed on Sunday.
Here is a summary of those new restrictions:

  • Victoria will move into stage-four restrictions at 18:00 (09:00 BST) on Sunday, placing further limits on the movement of people
  • A night-time curfew, between from 20:00 to 05:00, will be implemented across Melbourne
  • The only reasons for leaving home during these hours will be work, medical care or care-giving
  • Melbourne residents will only be allowed to shop and exercise within 5 km (3.1 miles) of their home
  • Exercise outside of the home will only be allowed for one hour at a time
  • All students across the state will return to home-based learning and childcare centres will be closed
  • Regional Victoria will move to stage-three restrictions from Thursday, meaning restaurants, cafes, bars and gyms will close

Victoria’s state Premier Daniel Andrews tweeted an overview of his announcement, which can be seen below.
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India confirms another 50,000 cases

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Indian states have been imposing lockdowns in recent weeks

For the fourth day in a row, India has recorded more than 50,000 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to more than 1.7 million.
Most of the new cases, more than 30,000 of them, were detected in the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, now one of the worst-affected areas in the country.
India had early success in mitigating the virus, after the government took the decision - in March - to stop all international flights and enter a strict lockdown that lasted nearly two months.
But the restrictions came at a devastating economic and human cost, and after India reopened at the end of June and testing increased, case numbers soared.
Now many states are imposing new, targeted lockdowns.
The Indian government has stressed that despite the rising number of infections, the death rate remains relatively low compared to other countries.
Read more: Why won't India admit how Covid-19 is spreading?
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Teachers ‘need clarity’ on reopening of schools in the UK

Teachers in the UK have expressed concern over plans to re-open schools in September.
The NASUWT, a leading teachers’ union, said teachers and parents need "greater clarity" on reopening schools, amid a rise in coronavirus cases.
The general secretary of the union, Patrick Roach, said schools need “sufficient time to review and, if necessary, adjust their reopening plans" in accordance with government advice.
Schools in England are due to reopen in September. There are separate plans for Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland .
The government said it has set out the cleaning controls schools in England should use.
Professor Graham Medley, a scientist advising the government, told the BBC on Saturday that pubs or "other activities" in England may need to close to allow schools to reopen next month.
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Kyrgios withdraws from US Open, citing Covid-19 concerns

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it "hurts me at my core" to miss the tennis tournament.
His decision is seen as a huge blow for the grand-slam event, which is set to be held without fans at Flushing Meadows in New York, with players having to follow strict measures.
In a video on social media , Kyrgios, 25, criticised the behaviour of some players during the pandemic.
"Let's take a breath here and remember what's important, which is health and safety as a community," said Kyrgios.
Kyrgios has been a critic of men's world number one Novak Djokovic's decision to stage exhibition events during the pandemic, with a number of players who took part then testing positive for the virus, including the Serb.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 10:25

England: How have the rules changed?

Plans to ease more lockdown restrictions in England this weekend have been postponed for at least two weeks after an increase in coronavirus cases.
Casinos and bowling alleys will remain shut, as the UK prime minister declared it was time to "squeeze the brake pedal".
Face coverings will be mandatory in more indoor settings, such as cinemas.
The news follows new local restrictions for people in parts of northern England, after a spike in virus cases .
England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, warned the UK may have hit its limits on easing restrictions, saying: "we have probably reached near the limit, or the limits, of what we can do in terms of opening up society."
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 11:39

What happens in a coronavirus hotspot?

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More than six million people in England live in areas on a Covid-19 watchlist, which could end in a tightened lockdown like in Leicester and parts of the north if coronavirus is not brought back under control.
What happens if your town goes on the list?
Every week, Public Health England publishes a list of areas it is concerned about based on new coronavirus infection rates and other local intelligence.
These places are categorised as either "areas of concern", "areas of enhanced support" or "areas of intervention".
Measures range from increased testing to stricter lockdowns.
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Reports of planned further shielding measures 'just speculation'

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has described reports on plans to introduce more shielding for older people as "just speculation."
Speaking to Times Radio, he said: "You would expect the government to be considering all of the range of options that might be available.
"That's not something that is being actively considered."
Asked whether there were plans to put London under lockdown if Covid rates increased, he added: "Not as far as I'm aware.
"We're taking a very localised approach following the data and I'm working, for example, with each of the directors of public health in the London boroughs who are monitoring the rate of transmission in their own areas very closely.
"There is no plan, as far as I'm aware, to do anything broader in London."
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 12:14

Covid cluster linked to Aberdeen bar after 13 new cases

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The bar said customers who had visited on 26 July had tested positive for coronavirus

A cluster of 13 cases of Covid-19 linked to a pub in Aberdeen is being investigated by public health officials.
NHS Grampian said the cases were associated with The Hawthorn Bar in Howburn Place in the city centre.
The pub said the outbreak was linked to customers who visited on 26 July.
All those who tested positive are showing only mild symptoms, though the health board said there may be further cases linked to the cluster.
The Hawthorn bar said physical distancing measures were in place and contact tracing was being carried out in line with the Scottish government's Test and Protect scheme.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 14:26

No plans to shut pubs in England, minister says

There are currently no plans to shut pubs after a rise in coronavirus transmissions in England, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said.
When asked on Times Radio whether the government would look to close pubs in such an event, he says: "We don't have any plans to do that."
He said schools will return to full capacity next month and are a "priority for the government when we have to make those tough choices".
It comes after a scientist advising the government said on Saturday that pubs or "other activities" in England may need to close to allow schools to reopen next month.
Prof Graham Medley told the BBC there may need to be a "trade-off", with the re-opening of schools seen as a "priority" for children's wellbeing.

Mexico sees another record rise in cases

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A couple was pictured hosting baby shower from behind a plastic screen in Mexico, where cases are rising rapidly

Mexico has reported a further 9,556 coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, its highest daily increase in cases yet, as the country struggles to bring its epidemic under control.
The country - among the worst affected in Latin America - has now recorded a total of 434,193 infections, the six-highest figure in the world.
Another 784 fatalities related to the virus were also reported on Sunday, a new daily record that brought the death toll to 47,472.
On Saturday, Mexico became the country with the third-highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world , overtaking the UK.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is eager to restart the country's flagging economy, but critics say he was slow to impose lockdown measures and has lifted them too quickly, leading to a rise in coronavirus cases.
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Thousands protest against Netanyahu’s Covid-19 response

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Around 10,000 people gathered outside Netanyahu's residence

Thousands of protesters in Israel have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over allegations of corruption and mishandling the coronavirus crisis.
An estimated 10,000 people gathered outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem and marched through the city on Saturday.
At least 12 people were arrested for refusing to heed repeated calls by authorities to disperse on their own, police said.
Thousands more demonstrated outside Netanyahu’s private residence in the northern town of Caesarea, and at bridges and highway overpasses across the country.
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Police said they arrested 12 people during the protests

In Tel Aviv, a march against unemployment, economic hardship and rising numbers of Covid-19 infections drew hundreds more.
There have been weeks of co-ordinated protests against Netanyahu, who is currently on trial on corruption charges, which he denies.
He has also been accused of lifting the coronavirus lockdown too quickly, leading to a rise in infections.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 14:37

Victoria tightens lockdown and other news

If you’re just joining us, welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. As cases rise across the world, strict lockdowns are making a return.
In case you missed them, here are some of the main developments on Sunday:

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Melbourne's streets were virtually deserted on Sunday night as a curfew came into effect
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Philippines ‘losing battle’ as Covid-19 crisis worsens

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Health workers have urged President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a lockdown in the capital Manila

The president of the Philippines is to chair a meeting with his cabinet ministers to discuss the worsening situation caused by the Covid-19 crisis in the country.
Sunday’s meeting comes as the country registered 5,032 additional coronavirus infections, its largest single-day increase on record, taking the country's confirmed cases to 103,185.
The cabinet is expected to discuss a demand from health professionals in the Philippines to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases.
Organisations representing nearly two million health workers in the country have appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to reimpose a strict lockdown in and around the capital Manila.
In a letter to the president, 80 organisations, led by the College of Physicians, wrote they were "losing the battle" against coronavirus.
The country has the second-highest number of infections in south-east Asia, after Indonesia.
The three-month lockdown in Manila - one of the longest and strictest in the world - was lifted in June.
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Berlin’s anti-lockdown protest leaves 18 police officers injured

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Few people at the protest wore masks

At least 18 police officers were injured while attempting to disperse crowds at a protest against coronavirus lockdown measures in the German capital Berlin.
Berlin police said three of its officers were receiving treatment in hospital, without specifying their injuries.
The force had deployed more than 1,000 officers to monitor Saturday’s protest, which officials said was attended by about 20,000 people.
Organisers had declared Saturday a "day of freedom" from months of coronavirus restrictions, with demonstrators holding banners featuring such slogans as "Corona, false alarm".
But police eventually broke up the protest, saying organisers had not respected coronavirus hygiene regulations.
Germany has been less badly affected by the pandemic than some European countries, but cases are rising.
Read more: Thousands protest in Germany against restrictions


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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 15:08

Schools in England an 'absolute priority', minister says

Schools are an "absolute priority" and will be safe in time for children to return in September, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said.
It comes after unions called for more clarity amid a rising number of coronavirus cases, which postponed the easing of some restrictions.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Jenrick said getting pupils back into the classroom is "so important for the future of our children and for the whole country".
He also said he believed schools would be safe in September.
"We publish very detailed guidelines, and of course we are going to keep working with head teachers over the course of August, as they finalise their own plans as to how schools can operate safely and in accordance with the guidelines."
Schools in England are due to reopen in September. There are separate plans for Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland .
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India's home minister reveals positive coronavirus test

India’s home minister, Amit Shah, says he’s tested positive for coronavirus.
Mr Shah, a key figure in the country’s government, posted on Twitter that he felt well but was admitted to hospital on the advice of doctors.
On Sunday India recorded more than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus for the fourth day in a row.
Many states in the country are imposing new, targeted lockdowns in an effort to control the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, one of India's best known film stars, Amitabh Bachchan, has been discharged from hospital after being treated for Covid-19 .
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 15:13

Melbourne's streets deserted as curfew takes effect

In the Australian city of Melbourne, police have been seen patrolling the deserted streets after a night-time curfew was imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19.
As we reported earlier, Victoria, where Melbourne is based, has declared a state of disaster after lockdown measures introduced in July failed to curtail coronavirus cases.
Now even stricter restrictions have been implemented by Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews, who said he was not prepared to see more residents “choked to death by an invisible enemy”.
Under the curfew, which came into effect on Sunday, Melbourne residents are not allowed outside from 20:00 to 05:00.
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Australian police have been given new powers to enforce the rules

Pictures of empty streets from Melbourne suggest many residents have complied by the new rules, which police have new powers to enforce.
Other images showed people waiting in line for the supermarket, hours before the curfew was due to start.
Read the full story about Victoria’s new lockdown rules here
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 15:20

Storm Isaias nears virus-hit Florida

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The storm is expected to hit the state on Sunday


A tropical storm is set to bring heavy rains and flooding to Florida - one of the US states worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
State authorities have opened shelters and closed beaches and parks as Isaias - the ninth named storm of 2020 - approaches.
Governor Ron DeSantis told residents to anticipate power shortages and to have a week's supply of food, water and medicine.
Coronavirus testing centres are being temporarily shut and there are fears that Isaias could hit nursing homes already badly affected by the Covid-19 virus.
Authorities have also been faced with the challenge of preparing shelters where people can seek refuge from the storm, while safely social distancing.
Florida has recorded more than 480,000 coronavirus cases, the second highest number of all US states after California, which has double the population.
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Ireland considering further travel restrictions

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Stephen Donnelly said the international situation was becoming more "volatile"

Ireland is considering additional restrictions on non-essential travel as the international situation becomes more "volatile", Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said in a radio interview.
"We're introducing random testing at the airports and an increased public health presence, and we're examining other options as well for further restrictions on non-essential travel," the minister told Ireland's RTE Radio.
Ireland currently advises against non-essential international travel.
It has a "green list" of 15 countries that people can go to without having to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.
Mr Donnelly's comments come amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Ireland and other European countries in recent days.
Ireland has reported more than 26,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 1,700 deaths, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 15:28

Three more deaths recorded in Wales

A further three people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 1,565, according to Public Health Wales.
The number of confirmed cases in Wales increased by 37, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17,279.
Meanwhile, Scotland has reported 31 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with no new deaths.

Iran reports biggest daily spike in cases in almost a month

Iran says it has recorded 2,685 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, marking its biggest single-day count in nearly a month.
In total, Iran has reported 309,437 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 17,190 deaths.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the situation was "concerning" in 25 of Iran's 31 provinces.
"Sadly, since late June, daily infections have been on a rising trajectory," she said.
She also warned against travel to Mazandaran, a popular local tourist destination in the north of the country where there has been a surge in cases in recent weeks.
Health officials again dismissed reports on Sunday that they have been under-reporting numbers of cases and deaths.
Iran was one of the worst affected countries in the world early on in the health crisis, and now appears to be facing a resurgence of the virus.
Read more: How Iran is battling a new wave of coronavirus
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Sign outside Cork pub brilliantly sums up current situation for hospitality sector

A BRILLIANT sign spotted outside a pub in Co Cork has gone viral after coming up with the perfect analogy for the challenges facing the hospitality industry. 
Restaurants and bar across the country are under huge pressure not only to maintain social distancing and other safety measures but also survive financially. 
Fortunately, some have managed to retain a dark sense of humour in this troubling times. 
Passerby Richard Grogan took to Twitter after coming across the sign outside Annie May’s restaurant and bar in Skibbereen, last week. 
Sharing a picture of the chalkboard written outside the restaurant, Grogan said the board “sums up the pressure the hospitality sector is under”. 
Written in coloured chalk and positioned close to the entrance of the restaurant, the sign reads: 
"If you would like to know how it feels to be in the hospitality business during the current crisis, remember when the Titanic was sinking but the band continued to play.  
“Well, we're the band."

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The post struck a chord with many on social media, amassing some 1,800 likes and hundreds of shares in the days that followed. 
“You’re not alone,” one person wrote. 
“Hats off to everyone working in the hospitality sector at the moment,” another added. 
A third meanwhile praised the humour shown in such difficult circumstances:“What a clever, talented bunch of people you are in Skibbereen!!” 
The Irish government is due to decide this week whether to move forward with plans to reopen pubs and other hospitality venues from Monday, August 10.
Here’s hoping for more witty signs for many years to come.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 15:50

England: Guidance for those 'shielding' changes

Shielding guidance for the "clinically extremely vulnerable" has been paused, although some local restrictions are in place .
This means those in the extremely vulnerable category no longer have to follow the previous shielding advice . They can return to work as long as the workplace is "Covid secure" and they may go outside as much as they like - but "should still try to keep overall social interactions low".
Those in this category will still receive some support from the NHS Volunteer scheme and will have access to priority supermarket delivery slots.
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Victoria was right to tighten lockdown, expert says

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A curfew has been imposed in Melbourne to curb coronavirus cases

The Australian state of Victoria was right to impose stricter lockdown measures during the current outbreak because community transmission of coronavirus has become more widespread, a public health expert has said.
Maximilian de Courten, an epidemiologist at the University of Victoria, said the outbreak was different to the first phase of infections earlier in the year.
In the early stages of the pandemic, most of the cases were imported from abroad with “very little spread of the virus in the community”, De Courten told the BBC.
“But now the virus is out in the community and the same lockdown measures from the earlier round were probably not strong enough,” the expert said.
He said a significant proportion of what he called “mystery cases” - those that cannot be traced back to work or home - had made matters worse this time.
"In comparison to the first wave in March and April, we had a fraction, about 10 to 15%, of cases where our trackers could not find out how they got infected in the community and those are the worrisome ones,” De Courten said.
It only takes a few untraceable cases to keep on igniting other outbreaks, he added.
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No confidence in White House virus chief, Pelosi says

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken a swipe at the White House’s coronavirus task-force co-ordinator, Dr Deborah Birx, casting doubt on her ability to do the job.
Pelosi linked Birx to disinformation she accused US President Donald Trump of spreading.
Since the start of the pandemic, President Trump has regularly drawn criticism for his claims about Covid-19, many of which have been verified as false.
"I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee, so I don't have confidence there, no," Pelosi told ABC's This Week programme .
Pelosi made the comments in response to a question about a Politico report . The report quoted Pelosi as saying Birx was “the worst” in a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday.
In response, Birx told CNN's State of the Union she thought the criticism was triggered by a New York Times article which suggested she was too ready to embrace overly optimistic assessments of the situation.
"This was not a pollyannish view. I’ve never been called pollyannish, or non-scientific, or non-data driven," she said. "I will stake my 40-year career on those fundamental principles of using data to implement better programmes and save lives."

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South Africa president says daily increase in cases 'stabilising'

South Africa has now recorded more than half a million cases of coronavirus, but President Cyril Ramaphosa says there are "promising signs" regarding rates of transmission.
In a statement, Mr Ramaphosa said 503,290 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in South Africa and at least 8,153 deaths.
But he said there were reasons to be hopeful.
"After a rapid rise in infections over the last two months, the daily increase in infections appears to be stabilising, particularly in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Eastern Cape," he said.
"While it may be too soon to draw firm conclusions, this suggests that the prevention measures that South Africans have implemented are having an effect."
The president called on South Africans to "maintain... vigilance" until there were no more cases.
He warned that failing to do so could risk a "resurgence" of the virus in areas where rates are starting to stabilise.
South Africa is the hardest-hit country on the continent and accounts for half of all reported infections in Africa. It also has the fifth highest number of cases in the world after the US, Brazil, Russia and India.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 18:06

Further eight deaths recorded in the UK

The UK has released its daily coronavirus figures. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know:

  • Cases: 744 more people have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 304,695
  • Deaths: Another eight people have died, bringing the total death toll for those who have tested positive with the virus to 46,201




Florida reports more than 7,000 new cases

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Its latest daily figures were announced as Florida prepared for Tropical Storm Isaias

Florida has reported 7,104 new coronavirus cases, bringing its overall total to 487,132.
The state has recorded 7,206 deaths from coronavirus since the pandemic began.
Florida is one of the worst-affected US states, with the number of cases there surpassed only by California, which has double the population.
Its latest daily figures were announced as Tropical Storm Isaias approached.
Residents have been warned to anticipate power shortages and to have a week's supply of food, water and medicine prepared.
Coronavirus testing centres are being temporarily closed and there are fears the storm could hit nursing homes already badly affected by the pandemic.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 18:40

UAE and Iran discuss pandemic in rare talks

The foreign ministers of the UAE and Iran have held rare talks over the coronavirus pandemic.
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, shared a picture of the video meeting on Twitter, describing the talks as "very substantive, frank and friendly".
The UAE’s state news agency, WAM, said the two ministers discussed their countries' efforts “to contain the repercussions” of the pandemic.
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan told his counterpart that it was important to improve international cooperation to tackle the health crisis, WAM reported.
The mainly Shia Iran and Sunni UAE - a close ally of Saudi Arabia - are longstanding rivals.
Iran has reported more than 309,000 cases of coronavirus, while the UAE has recorded close to 70,000.

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan praises hospital staff for 'excellent care'

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has taken to Twitter after being discharged from hospital, where he was being treated for Covid-19.
Bachchan, one of India's best known film stars, tweeted that he had left hospital after testing negative for coronavirus and was now isolating at home.
He thanked his family, friends and fans for their prayers and praised the staff of Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai for their "excellent care".
Bachchan has more than 43 million followers on Twitter.
He is one of the world's most prolific film stars, having been involved in 200 films in five decades as a star. He also had a brief stint in politics and was elected as a member of India's parliament in 1984
The 77-year-old actor and his son, Abhishek, were admitted to hospital last month after testing positive for coronavirus. His daughter-in-law and granddaughter also had positive tests.
India is currently seeing a surge in coronavirus infections, with more than 50,000 new cases reported for the fourth day in a row on Sunday.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 18:49

Norway cruise ship hit by Covid-19 outbreak

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At least 40 people from the Norwegian cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen have tested positive for Covid-19, most of them crew, health officials in Norway say.
Four crew members tested positive on Friday after the ship docked at the port of Tromsoe. Further tests have revealed another 32 staff are infected.
So far four of 387 passengers who travelled on the ship on two recent cruises have been found to have the virus, and tests are continuing, officials said.
"We expect that more infections will be found in connection to this outbreak," said Line Vold, a senior public health official.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Aug 02 2020, 19:16

What happened today?

As our live coverage draws to a close, here's a recap of some of the day's main coronavirus-related developments:


That's it from us for today

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