New outbreak hotspots include Australia, Japan and India.
Australian government pledges $ 1.4 billion to tackle rising unemployment amid rising coronavirus cases in Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday that the government will provide more than $ 1 billion in an ongoing wage subsidy program that will pay half of the wages of interns employed in small businesses. The remaining $ 400 million will go to fund new courses for thousands of prospective workers to train them in the skills that will be in demand after the pandemic.
Australia’s official unemployment rate rose to 7.4 percent, the highest in 22 years. About 1 million people lost their jobs.
Australia has around 11,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, according to Johns Hopkins University. The outbreak of new cases is localized in the southern state of Victoria, where on Thursday recorded the maximum daily increase – 317 new cases. Following a new outbreak in the state capital, Melbourne, Victoria closed the border with neighboring New South Wales. In Melbourne itself, a six-week quarantine was recently introduced. The total number of deaths from coronavirus in the state has reached 29, and in the country as a whole – 113.
Meanwhile, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Thursday that over 280 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the city in the past 24 hours, a record daily rate for the Japanese capital..
According to Koike, Tokyo also set the record for the number of tests per day, testing 4,000 people..
Rising infections could force Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to rethink a new domestic tourism promotion campaign designed to compensate for the loss of foreign visitors.
In India, the number of infections is approaching a million. On Thursday, the Ministry of Health recorded 32,700 new cases in the past 24 hours, the highest daily rate since the start of the pandemic. India currently has over 936,000 confirmed cases and over 24,000 deaths.
While the total number of cases in the world has reached 13.5 million and the number of deaths has exceeded 580,000, many countries are re-imposing restrictions or adding new ones..
So, all those entering Greece are now obliged to show the border guards a negative analysis for COVID-19, made no later than 72 hours..
Romania extends high alert for another 30 days.
Israel plans to reinstate full quarantine if coronavirus cases do not begin to fall in the next few days.
Global COVID-19 cases could be 12 times higher than reported
South Africa reinstated ban on alcohol sales, saying doctors and hospitals lack the time and resources to treat drunkenness-related injuries.
More than 311,000 confirmed cases were reported in South Africa on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. This is the highest in Africa and eighth in the world. Coronavirus death toll in South Africa is 4,453.
The Kenyan authorities say four health workers have died from the coronavirus in the country’s largest maternity hospital. Another 450 employees fell ill.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that he again tested for coronavirus and received a positive result. He was first diagnosed with the coronavirus last week. Bolsonaro says he plans to have another test before the end of the week.
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