8:05 p.m. EDT
President of Ghana to isolate himself for 14 days
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo will isolate for 14 days on the advice of doctors after a person around him has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports Reuters.
“He, like today, tested negative, but chose to take this measure out of prudence,” said a government statement, adding that the president will continue to work during the period, in accordance with Covid- 19. protocols.
The statement did not specify whether the immediate family member was a staff member or a family member.
Ghana recorded 19,388 cases of coronavirus, one of the highest cases in sub-Saharan Africa, with 117 deaths.
The West African nation’s deputy minister of commerce and industry, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, resigned on Friday for violating self-isolation measures for coronaviruses after testing positive for the virus.
8:02 p.m. EDT
Abdirahman Ibrahim, a resident of one of the Melbourne tower blocks that have been locked, spoke to the Australian Associated Press about the restrictions.
He learned of the lockdown by watching the 6:00 pm news, and thinking that he had until 11:59 pm, he ran downstairs to buy the formula for his seven-month-old twins, but was arrested by the police.
Just two hours earlier, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced a “hard” foreclosure of nine social housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington, effective immediately.
“What the Victorian government is doing is discriminating against people who have no voice. We are no different from the rest of the Victorian community that is currently locked up, ”said Ibrahim, father of five.
In other areas, people in pre-trial detention have been allowed to leave the house for necessities, he added.
Ibrahim is an occasional pick-packer in a warehouse west of Melbourne and is not paid if he does not show up. His household supplies are low because he and his wife do their weekly shopping on Sundays.
The Prime Minister’s Office told the PAA that urgent requests for food and supplies were sorted through Victoria police and on-site health officials, and that interpreters were present.
The government’s decision to lock down the nine towers was taken because of “movement patterns, friendship groups, family groups,” the prime minister said.
7.50 p.m. EDT
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of coronavirus coverage with me, Rebecca Ratcliffe.
the World Health Organization reported a record increase in coronavirus infections worldwide on Saturday, which increased by 212,326 in 24 hours. In total, there are now 11,185,627 cases worldwide and 528,354 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
in the WE, President Donald Trump said the country was on the verge of breaking out of this “terrible plague of China” in a message for Independence Day, even as a wave of cases of coronavirus has been saved. Texas reported 8,258 new cases in the 24 hours to Saturday, the largest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 191,790. confirmed infections Florida increased by a record 11,458 on Saturday. This is the second time in three days that this figure has increased by more than 10,000.
In Australia, a strict lockdown has started on nine towers in Melbourne, as authorities try to contain the increase in cases in the city. Hundreds of police have invaded the area, blocking entrances and doors and preventing people from leaving.
In other developments:
- The World Health Organization has discontinued trials of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the combined anti-HIV drug lopinavir / ritonavir in patients hospitalized with Covid-19, after failing to reduce mortality.
- Catalonia has detained over 200,000 people after more than 350 cases of coronavirus were detected.
- The Philippines has a record 7,027 new infections this week, bringing the country’s total to 41,830.
- Brazil registered 37,923 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 1,091 deaths.
- 20-member cabinet in eSwatini’s last absolute kingdom in Africa has been put in isolation after a minister contracted a coronavirus.
- 1,008 people in Israel diagnosed with Covid-19 in the 24 hours before Saturday, bringing the number of active cases in the country to 10,060.
- Jordan started to put electronic bracelets on travelers recently arrived in the kingdom on Saturday to make sure they observe home quarantine.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson to face new questions after his own father refused to refute if he had done wrong by flouting advice to British travelers to visit his villa in Greece.
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