Good morning! Here are some new update you need to know this morning about the coronavirus trending news.
Melbourne sees record rise in cases despite lockdown
Australia’s second-biggest city of Melbourne reported a record jump of more than 423 new infections on Friday despite a week-old lockdown of more than 5 million residents.
Brett Sutton, chief health officer for Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, said there were five more cases in rural parts of the state. The total was higher than any single daily increase in COVID-19 cases for the entire country since late March.
“We have not turned the corner here, worse than that,” he said.
China’s Urumqi cancels flights after positive case
Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western region of Xinjiang, cancelled hundreds of flights on Friday, after the report of its first coronavirus case in about five months fueled concerns of a potential new outbreak.
Epidemic control measures led to the cancellation of more than 600 scheduled flights at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport, or more than 80 percent of the day’s total, figures from aviation data firm Variflight showed.
Urumqi also suspended subway services from late Thursday.
Philippines to allow some foreigners to enter from August 1
The Philippines will allow foreign nationals with long-term visas into the country from August 1, the presidential spokesman said, but they would need to undergo quarantine upon arrival.
Harry Roque, spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte, said long-term visa holders refer to foreigners who have valid visas that allow them to live and work in the country.
Israel sets new weekend shutdown
Israel’s government imposed a new weekend shutdown to lower infection rates, ordering the closure of malls, shops, pools, zoos and museums from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning.
But people will be allowed to leave their homes this weekend, the government said in a statement.
Full weekend lockdowns that could confine people to their homes may be imposed by July 24, after the government gains parliamentary approval for that, Israel Radio reported.
Georgia governor sues to end cities’ defiance on mask rules
Brian Kemp, governor of the US state of Georgia, is suing Atlanta to block the city from enforcing rules requiring face masks in public and other rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times,” Kemp said in a statement. “I refuse to sit back and watch as disastrous policies threaten the lives and livelihoods of our citizens.”
US counts 342 child inflammatory syndrome cases
An official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the most recent count shows 342 US children and teens have developed a serious inflammatory condition linked to COVID-19 infections.
Dr Ermias Belay told physicians that among US cases reported as of July 15, the average age was 8 and most were in children aged 1 to 14.
That figures show that 40 percent of cases were in Latino kids and 35 percent were in Black children. One in four affected children were put on ventilators, but deaths have been rare.