The Newest: Variety of circumstances on Norwegian ship rises to 62

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The variety of folks on a Norwegian cruise ship who’ve examined constructive for the coronavirus has risen to 62.

Following the outbreak on the MS Roald Amundsen, the ship’s proprietor halted all cruises on Monday and Norway closed its ports to cruise ships for 2 weeks.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Well being stated that in its two journeys final month, a complete of 41 crew members and 21 passengers have examined constructive. All of the contaminated passengers are registered as residing in Norway.

The cruise liner usually acts like an area ferry, touring from port to port alongside Norway’s west coast. Some passengers disembarked alongside the route and authorities concern they could have unfold the virus to native communities.

Norwegian broadcaster NRK stated Friday that Bent Martini, the ship proprietor Hurtigruten’s chief working officer who was touring on the contaminated ship when it docked in Tromsoe, had been briefly discharged. It was not clear whether or not he examined constructive.



– India hits 2 million circumstances as well being volunteers strike

– July US jobs report is predicted to level to hiring slowdown

– Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides nonetheless ‘far aside’

– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has examined unfavorable for COVID-19 after testing constructive earlier within the day earlier than he was to satisfy with President Donald Trump.

– Africa’s confirmed coronavirus circumstances have surpassed 1 million, however world well being specialists inform The Related Press the true toll is probably going a number of occasions greater.

– The Trump administration has rescinded its warning to Individuals in opposition to all worldwide journey due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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PARIS – New overseas commerce figures launched by France for the primary half of 2020 reveal the financial devastation the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked on the eurozone’s second economic system.

French exports of products are down by 21.5% in comparison with the primary half of 2019. It’s a drop better than that recorded within the first half of 2009, on the peak of the Nice Recession. It’s solely partially offset by a decline in imports.

Overseas Commerce Minister Franck Riester stated that “these figures are sadly not a shock, as the size of the disaster we’re going by is outstanding.”

France additionally skilled a dramatic clump in its items commerce deficit to minus 34.Zero billion euros (minus $40.2 billion) from minus 29.Zero billion euros ($34.three billion) within the first half of 2019.


ISLAMABAD __ Pakistan’s each day an infection price has stayed beneath 1,000 for greater than three weeks, sometimes dropping to 300 and prompting the federal government to additional ease restrictions with eating places, parks and even gyms opening subsequent week.

On Friday, Pakistan recorded 782 new circumstances within the final 24 hours and simply 17 deaths. In all, Pakistan has reported 282,642 confirmed circumstances and 6,052 deaths.

The federal government credit the constantly low numbers for the previous couple of weeks to a method of good lockdowns, the place companies and residential areas have been shut and quarantined after recording spikes in circumstances.

Prime Minister Imran Khan defied his critics to ease lockdowns early on saying he wanted to open sectors like the development trade to offer jobs to the nation’s poorest. Because the pandemic hit, Pakistan’s poverty price has elevated from 30% to 40% of the nation’s 220 million folks.


UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% improve in phishing web sites was reported within the first quarter of the yr and lots of of them focused hospitals and well being care programs, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vladimir Voronkov instructed the U.N. Safety Council on Thursday that the upsurge in phishing websites was a part of “a big rise in cybercrime in current months.” He stated world specialists don’t but absolutely perceive “the affect and penalties of the pandemic on world peace and safety, and extra particularly on organized crime and terrorism.”

Voronkov additionally warned that extremists are making the most of the disruption and financial hardship introduced by the pandemic to unfold concern and division whereas attempting to recruit followers.


MELBOURNE, Australia – The chief well being officer for Australia’s Victoria state says the coronavirus an infection price within the hard-hit state has been “comparatively flat” prior to now week.

Victoria registered 450 newly confirmed circumstances and 11 deaths Friday. The 24-hour case load was down from a document 725 infections reported every week earlier. Chief Well being Officer Brett Sutton described the newest tally as “cheap,” including that “we’re sort of sitting at 400 to 500 circumstances a day” over the previous week.

Melbourne College epidemiologist Tony Blakely says obligatory masks sporting has began curbing the coronavirus unfold. He says the an infection price started to plateau on the finish of July, every week after Melbourne residents risked fines in the event that they left dwelling with out a masks.

A six-week lockdown order took impact Thursday within the metropolis.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is tweeting that has examined unfavorable for a coronavirus an infection after testing constructive earlier Thursday earlier than he was to satisfy with President Donald Trump.

The governor’s workplace says he took the primary take a look at as a part of commonplace protocol earlier than assembly Trump at an airport in Cleveland. He had deliberate to hitch the president on a go to to the Whirlpool Corp. plant in northwest Ohio.

DeWine has no signs however returned to Columbus earlier than Trump landed.

The governor then returned to his dwelling in Cedarville to quarantine for 14 days, however he tweeted Thursday night time that he and his spouse, Fran, had examined unfavorable.


BEIJING – China’s capital is reporting its first new case of regionally transmitted COVID-19 in every week. State media stated Friday the case in Beijing is linked to a current outbreak within the northern port metropolis of Dalian. Beijing has registered just a few scattered new circumstances since containing a June outbreak linked to a wholesale meals market.

China’s northwestern area of Xinjiang has 26 new circumstances as authorities proceed to battle to curb an outbreak by journey restrictions and the lockdown of some residential areas.

The semi-autonomous metropolis of Hong Kong stories 95 new circumstances and three extra fatalities reported. Town of seven.5 million folks has restricted indoor eating and require faces masks to be worn in all public locations.


MEXICO CITY – Mexico has jumped above 50,000 lifeless from the coronavirus with the newest each day report of 819 newly confirmed deaths.

The report from the Well being Division on Thursday introduced the nation’s gathered loss of life toll to 50,517. That’s the third-highest loss of life toll on the earth, behind solely america and Brazil.

The division additionally reported 6,590 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances, placing the gathered whole at 462,690.

Authorities concede the loss of life and case numbers are important undercounts, partially because of Mexico’s extraordinarily low degree of testing. Mexico has carried out solely about 1,050,000 checks thus far, far lower than one for each 100 residents.


TOPEKA, Kan. – A spokesman for Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says the governor will get a coronavirus take a look at as a result of she met with the speaker of the state Home of Representatives who examined constructive for an an infection final month.

Home Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. is the highest-ranking Kansas official recognized to have been contaminated. He notified fellow Home Republicans in a letter after Tuesday’s major, saying he had been hospitalized for every week in July however is “on the street to restoration.”

Governor’s spokesman Sam Coleman says the governor had no thought Ryckman had examined constructive till Thursday. He says the governor will probably be examined “as quickly as we will set it up.”

Ryckman says he examined constructive July 13 and he started experiencing signs that led to his quick hospitalization. He says he now not was contagious when he attended a public assembly with different legislative leaders and Kelly on July 29.


SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. federal choose has ordered immigration officers to conduct weekly coronavirus testing for greater than 100 males held at a California detention middle.

Decide Vince Chhabria in San Francisco issued the momentary restraining order Thursday.

A lawyer tells the San Francisco Chronicle that almost two dozen inmates and employees members have examined constructive for COVID-19 on the Mesa Verde Detention Middle in Bakersfield.

The choose says ICE has intentionally averted common testing out of concern that the company must implement troublesome security measures.

The Chronicle says ICE didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.


JOHANNESBURG – South Africa is reporting greater than 8,300 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances because the nation with the world’s fifth largest caseload is approaching 10,000 deaths.

The brand new well being ministry figures push the overall circumstances on the African continent previous the 1 million mark.

South Africa has greater than half the virus circumstances in Africa, with 529,877.

Well being Minister Zweli Mkhize this week expressed cautious optimism as the speed of recent circumstances has slowed. However he warned that vigilance should proceed “to forestall a renewed surge.”

South Africa’s COVID-19 deaths at the moment are at 9,298, with greater than 400 new deaths reported.

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