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Summary of Latest Developments.

 

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.

Libya's United Nations-recognised government in Tripoli announced it would impose a full lockdown in areas of the country it controls, after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

More than 17.6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. More than 10.3 million patients have recovered, and at least 679,900 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Here are the latest updates:

 

Qatar reports more than 200 new cases.

Qatar confirmed 216 new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, pushing the total in the Middle Eastern country to 110,911.

The country’s public health ministry said 201 people have recovered from the virus, taking the total to 107,578.

 

Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions.

Thousands of protesters against German coronavirus restrictions have converged in Berlin for a demonstration proclaiming "the end of the pandemic" has arrived just as authorities voice increasing concerns about an upturn in new infections.

A crowd of people whistling and cheering, with few masks in sight, marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate ahead of a rally on a wide boulevard that runs through the city's Tiergarten park.

Protesters held up home-made placards featuring slogans that included: "Corona, false alarm," "We are being forced to wear a muzzle," "Natural defence instead of vaccination" and "End the corona panic - bring fundamental rights back."

Germany's management of the pandemic has been viewed as relatively successful. The country's death toll - just over 9,150 out of more than 210,670 confirmed virus cases as of Saturday - is lower than in comparable nations. 

 

India records highest daily jump in coronavirus cases.

India has recorded the biggest jump 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.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday that India achieved more than one million recoveries with active cases only one-third of the total. India is now conducting more than 640,000 tests in 24 hours, taking cumulative tests across the country to nearly 1.9 million, he said.

 

Google says 20 US states, territories 'exploring' contact tracing apps.

Alphabet Inc's Google says 20 US states and territories, representing about 45 percent of the country's population, are "exploring" contact tracing apps using a tool it developed with Apple Inc.

In addition, the company said public health authorities in 16 countries and regions outside the US had launched apps using the Apple-Google tool, up from 12 previously. They include Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Northern Ireland, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Uruguay.

The technology enables app users to track encounters with other people through Bluetooth signals and anonymously notify contacts if they later become infected with the virus.

Google said the first of the US apps would be released in the "coming weeks", but declined to name the states. It added that its system with Apple now enables apps launched by different countries to talk to each other, allowing contact-logging to continue even when users cross borders.

 

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 novel 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.

Source:News Agencies.