Morocco returns to partial coronavirus lockdown: Live updates

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  • The number of coronavirus infections has hit 16.19 million worldwide, while more than 647,000 people have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 9.32 million patients have recovered.
  • Morocco will stop people from entering and leaving some of its biggest cities, including Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier from midnight to contain a surge in coronavirus cases. Earlier, the health ministry reported 633 new cases, one of the biggest daily rises so far.

  • Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria reported on Monday six new deaths from the coronavirus and logged a record daily increase of 532 new cases.

  • Florida has overtaken New York in the number of coronavirus cases, according to the latest figures from the health department in the southeastern United States state.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, July 27

01:50 GMT – Austrian resort town shuts down restaurants, clubs

A popular resort town in Austria has ordered restaurants and clubs to close early and urged people to avoid going out as it grapples with a new outbreak of the coronavirus.

The DPA news agency reported that hundreds of people have already been tested in the town of St Wolfgang, east of Salzburg, after the outbreak was first detected Friday. At least 44 of those have tested positive, at least 26 whom are interns working in the tourism industry, Austria’s Kurier newspaper reported.

They individuals were thought to have become infected while partying in the town’s bars, two of which have now been temporarily closed to prevent further spread.

Austria had relaxed many coronavirus restrictions in recent weeks, but has seen a rise in the number of infections lately.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz last week announced that the country was reintroducing mandatory face masks again in supermarkets, smaller grocery stores, post offices and banks.

01:30 GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports record-high of new coronavirus cases

Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria reported on Monday six new deaths from the coronavirus and logged a record daily increase of 532 new cases compared with 459 a day earlier, according to Reuters news agency.

“Five of those six deaths are connected to outbreaks in aged care,” state Premier Daniel Andrews said in a media briefing in Melbourne.

Victoria on Sunday suffered its deadliest day since the pandemic began after reporting 10 deaths, mostly at aged-care facilities.

The state recorded its previous one-day high of 484 cases last week.

Medical staff dispose of clinical waste at an aged care facility experiencing an outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Melbourne [AAP Image/Daniel Pockett via Reuters]

01:05 GMT – Serbia reports record number of daily cases

Serbia has reported a record number of daily cases of the new coronavirus, according to AP news agency.

Health authorities said that 467 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the outbreak. They said eight people have died.

Epidemiologist Darija Kisic Tepavcevic said, however, that there is reason to be optimistic because there have been fewer people in need of hospitalisation.

Serbia has confirmed 23,730 cases of the virus while 534 people have died of COVID-19 in the country of some 7 million people.

Numbers of new infections spiked after the Balkan country fully relaxed lockdown measures in May that critics say was a maneuver to pave the way for a parliamentary vote in June. 

00:36 GMT – Mexico reports 5,480 new coronavirus cases, 306 deaths

Mexico’s Health Ministry has reported 5,480 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 306 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 390,516 cases and 43,680 deaths.

The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases, according to Reuters news agency.

00:20 GMT – Spain seeks exemption from UK quarantine order

Spain says it is negotiating with the United Kingdom to exclude the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands from a 14-day quarantine imposed on travellers returning to the UK from Spain, AP news agency reported.

Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said, hours after the British measure took effect, that “our efforts at the moment are focused on ensuring that the British authorities can exclude the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands from their quarantine measures.”

The emergence of clusters of the coronavirus has worried authorities in northeast Catalonia and Aragon but has not appeared in Spain’s two archipelagos, which are highly popular tourist destinations for British and other European visitors.

Gonzalez Laya says that the islands are “highly controlled territories” and that their current epidemiological situation is not worse than that of Britain.

00:01 GMT – Brazil registers 555 coronavirus deaths

Brazil has registered an additional 555 deaths attributable to the novel coronavirus over the last 24 hours and another 24,578 confirmed cases, Reuters news agency reported, quoting the country’s health ministry.

The South American nation has now registered 87,004 deaths and 2,419,091 total confirmed cases.

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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

You can find all the key developments from yesterday, July 26, here.



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