Kuwait has banned commercial flights to several countries it said it regards as high risk due to the spread of the coronavirus
India confirmed the steepest spike of 57,118 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking its coronavirus caseload close to 1.7 million.
US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by at least 1,453, the biggest one-day increase since May 27.
Spain reported a second day of 1,000-plus coronavirus infections, the highest since the nation lifted its lockdown in June.
Here are the latest updates:
Saturday, August 1
11:35 GMT – Kuwait bans flights to ‘high risk’ nations
Kuwait has banned commercial flights to several countries it said it regards as high risk due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Saturday.
The countries include India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka – all countries with large populations in Kuwait. The list also includes China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Iraq.
11:15 GMT – Vietnam says up to 800,000 have left virus epicentre Danang
Vietnam’s health ministry said up to 800,000 visitors to Danang city, the nation’s coronavirus epicentre, have left for other parts of the country since July 1.
Vietnam last week detected its first locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in more than three months in Danang, a tourism hot spot.
The total number of infections in the country has since risen to 558 from 413, with most of the new cases linked to three hospitals in Danang.
More than 41,000 people have visited the three hospitals since July 1, the ministry said in a statement.
10:45 GMT – Philippines confirms nearly 5,000 cases, largest single-day increase
The Philippines on Saturday reported 4,963 additional coronavirus infections, the largest single-day jump on record.
In a bulletin, the health ministry said total infections have reached 98,232, while deaths increased by 17 to 2,039.
09:50 GMT – Poland reports record rise in virus cases for third day
Poland reported its highest number of new daily coronavirus cases since the global pandemic started for the third day in a row on Saturday, with 658 new infections, the Health Ministry said.
More than 200 cases were reported in the Silesia mining region in southern Poland, which has been grappling with an outbreak amongst miners.
The ministry also reported five new deaths.
09:15 GMT – Indonesia confirms more than1,550 new infections
Indonesia reported 1,560 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing the total in the Southeast Asian country to 109,936, data from the country’s COVID-19 task force showed.
It also reported 62 COVID-19 related deaths, taking the death toll to 5,193.
08:50 GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports 397 coronavirus cases, three deaths
Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, on Saturday reported 397 cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours and three related deaths, compared with 627 cases and eight deaths a day earlier.
The deaths take the state’s COVID-19 fatalities to 116 and Australia’s tally to 201.
08:10 GMT – Russia plans mass vaccination against coronavirus from October
Russia is preparing to start a mass vaccination campaign against coronavirus in October, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Saturday, RIA news agency reported.
The minister, who did not give details about the vaccine to be used, said doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated.
A source told Reuters this week that Russia’s first potential COVID-19 vaccine, developed by a state research facility, would secure local regulatory approval in August and be administered to health workers soon after that.
07:45 GMT – US records biggest single-day deaths since May
US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by at least 1,453 on Friday, the biggest one-day increase since May 27, to reach a total of 153,882, according to a Reuters tally.
The rise in deaths was the biggest one-day increase since fatalities rose by 1,484 on May 27.
US cases rose by at least 66,986 to a total of 4.58 million with some local governments yet to report.
06:50 GMT – India records highest daily jump in coronavirus cases
India recorded the steepest spike of 57,118 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking its coronavirus caseload close to 1.7 million, with July alone accounting for nearly 1.1 million infections.
The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported 764 additional deaths for a total of 36,511.