- 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 riseA 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."
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South Africa sees 500,000 casesSouth 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.
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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.
Statement on Melbourne moving to Stage 4 restrictions:
India confirms another 50,000 cases
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.
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