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Latest on the novel coronavirus outbreak | Updated: 2020-07-31 15:50
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The novel coronavirus has spread across China and beyond.

July 31

Outside China

The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of July 31, 2020.

- WHO calls for attention to long-term care facilities, which have recorded a disproportionately high number of deaths due to COVID-19 (Read more)

- Vietnam reports first virus death after months of successful countermeasures

- Serbia opens second Chinese Fire Eye COVID-19 testing lab (Read more)

- EU sows seeds of solidarity via recovery deal (Read more)


Latest data released by National Health Commission by midnight, July 30, 2020.

- Chinese mainland reports 127 new COVID-19 cases, with 123 locally transmitted (Read more)

July 30

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 infections exceed 17 million: Johns Hopkins University

- Fauci warns several US states to be vigilant for COVID-19 surges (Read more)

- Australia records its worst day as the country's second-most populous state reported more than 700 new infections and 13 deaths (Read more)

- London opens COVID-19 plasma pop-up donor center (Read more)

- Texas surpasses New York state in total coronavirus cases (Read more)


Chinese mainland reports 105 new COVID-19 cases, with 102 locally transmitted (Read more)

July 29 

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 infections exceed 16.7 million: Johns Hopkins University

- COVID-19 not necessarily changing with seasons: WHO expert (Read more)

- US Republicans unveil coronavirus plan, slash emergency unemployment benefit (Read more)

- COVID-19 deaths worldwide surpass 650,000, WHO urges action to stop transmission (Read more)

- Britain launches effort to cycle its way out of crisis (Read more)

- Italy extends coronavirus state of emergency to Oct 15 (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 101 new COVID-19 cases, with 98 locally transmitted (Read more)

July 28

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 650,000: Johns Hopkins University

- US study finds gene from SARS-CoV-2 may reduce bat coronavirus's infectivity (Read more)

- Greece, Bulgaria discuss COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral, regional affairs (Read more)

- Egypt reports 420 new COVID-19 infections, lowest since mid-May


Chinese mainland reports 68 new COVID-19 cases, with 64 locally transmitted (Read more)

Beijing reports 2 new COVID-19 cases; 1 local, 1 imported (Read more)

July 27

Outside China

- US COVID-19 deaths near 150,000 amid calls to shut down country

- Young adults face high risk of COVID-19 infections in Canada (Read more)

- Serbia registers record number of daily COVID-19 cases

- Algeria announces renewal of partial lockdown in 29 provinces to prevent COVID-19 spread (Read more)

- Israel plans to gradually resume intl flights: Minister (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 61 new COVID-19 cases, with 57 locally transmitted (Read more)

July 26

Outside China

- DPRK declares state of emergency after Kaesong city reports suspected COVID-19 case (Read more)

- Global COVID-19 cases have surpassed 16 million on Sunday: Johns Hopkins University


- New COVID-19 cases in at least 9 cities related to Dalian outbreak revealed (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 46 new COVID-19 cases, with 35 locally transmitted and 11 from overseas (Read more)

July 25

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 infections top 15.6 million: Johns Hopkins University

- US COVID-19 hospitalization data 'alarming' (Read more)

- US bars new intl students from entry if they only take online classes in fall (Read more)

- COVID-19 recovery program launched in Rwanda to back cultural industry, artists

- Detroit Marathon canceled due to COVID-19 (Read more)


A job applicant communicates with employers during a job fair in Yinchuan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, July 25, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, with 29 locally transmitted and 5 from overseas (Read more)

- Urumqi vows financial aid to groups struggling against COVID-19 (Read more)

July 24

Outside China

- The number of COVID-19 cases in the US surpassed the 4 million mark: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Brazil sees second-highest daily COVID-19 cases of nearly 60,000

- Iran touts successful initial tests of COVID-19 vaccine; Saudi Arabia's tally of infections surpasses 260,000 (Read more)

- Italy designates national COVID-19 victims day, govt to borrow 25 bln euros for recovery (Read more)


People watch a movie at the Capital Cinema (Xidan branch) in Beijing, capital of China, July 24, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 21 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with 15 locally transmitted in Xinjiang (13) and Liaoning (2) (Read more)

July 23

Outside China

- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 15 million, reaching 15,008,046: Johns Hopkins University

- Brazil's president tests positive for COVID-19 for third time (Read more)

- COVID-19 crisis making it worse for 40 mln children missing pre-school: UNICEF (Read more)

- US COVID-19 cases much greater than official count: study (Read more)

- New drugs developed by Australian researchers may help treat COVID-19 triggered blood clotting (Read more)


A worker in protective suit carries out disinfection from the back of a truck in Dalian, Liaoning province, on July 23, 2020. [Photo/China News Service]

- Chinese mainland reports 22 new COVID-19 cases, with 19 locally transmitted and 3 from overseas

Dalian city recorded two newly confirmed COVID-19 infections on Thursday, a day after the coastal city in in Northeast China's Liaoning province reported one locally transmitted case

July 22

Outside China

- US records over 68,000 new virus cases in 24 hours, Trump said US virus crisis to 'get worse before it gets better' (Read more)

- True number of COVID-19 cases in US may be 6 to 24 times higher than reported: CDC study (Read more)

- China's phase 2 trial finds COVID-19 vaccine safe, inducing immune response - The Lancet (Read more)

- Iran's COVID-19 cases near 280,000, while Iraq's tally comes closer to 100,000

- New study show immunity drops quickly in mild COVID-19 cases (Read more)


A community volunteer delivers medicine she bought for a resident in Urumqi, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, July 21, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 14 new COVID-19 cases, with 9 locally transmitted in Xinjiang and 5 from overseas (Read more)

July 21

Outside China

- Two Brazilian ministers test positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

- Mask-wearing plays big in Europe's post-lockdown protocol (Read more)

- NYC enters phase 4 reopening as officials fearing second COVID-19 wave (Read more)

- Trump appears to endorse wearing masks by tweeting doing so is 'patriotic' (Read more)

- S. Africa's energy minister admitted to hospital for COVID-19 (Read more)


Medical workers sort out nucleic acid test samples at a residential community on Qingnian Road, Tianshan district, Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on July 19, 2020. [Photo by Wang Xiaojun/for]

- Chinese mainland reports 11 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, with 8 locally transmitted in Xinjiang

July 20


A medical worker from the Fourth People's Hospital of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region collects a throat swab from a man at a residential community in Tianshan district, Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on July 19, 2020. [Photo by Shi Yujiang/for]

- Chinese mainland reports 22 new COVID-19 cases, with 17 locally transmitted in Xinjiang and 5 from overseas (Read more)

- All places in Beijing categorized as low-risk after no new COVID cases in 14 days; people no longer need to have their body temperature taken before they enter residential communities, but health QR codes will still be checked; a 14-day quarantine upon arrival for those who enter Beijing from overseas remains unchanged

Outside China

- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent reached 701,573 as of Sunday morning: Africa CDC

- Nigeria's FM tests positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

- US Navy teams deployed in Texas to combat COVID-19 (Read more)

- US researchers develop COVID-19 spike proteins to identify antibodies, prevent infection (Read more)

- EU leaders struggle with 'mission impossible' at deadlocked recovery summit (Read more)

- New research finds older children can transmit COVID-19 just as much as adults (Read more)

- Chile's COVID-19 cases exceed 330,000, death toll tops 8,500

July 19

People wearing face masks worship at the Buddhist Jing'an Temple in Shanghai, on July 18, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]


- Chinese mainland reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, with 13 locally transmitted in Xinjiang and 3 from overseas (Read more)

- Beijing will lower its emergency response to COVID-19 from level II to III starting Monday (Read more)

Outside China

- Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has passed 14 million globally as of Sunday morning, the World Health Organization's dashboard shows (Read more)

- US COVID-19 cases hit record daily high, hospitalizations increase (Read more)

US FDA issues first emergency use authorization for COVID-19 pool testing (Read more)

July 18 


People who finished quarantine wait to get documents before leaving a designated quarantine site in Beijing, capital of China, July 11, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 22 new COVID-19 cases, with 16 locally transmitted in Xinjiang and 6 from overseas (Read more)

- National Health Commission dispatches experts to Xinjiang due to locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

- NW China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region reports 12 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

- Beijing reported one asymptomatic case of COVID-19 on Friday and maintained its streak of zero new confirmed cases for 12 days in a row (Read more)

Outside China

- US COVID-19 cases surpass 3.6 mln -- Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- South Africa reduces COVID-19 quarantine days

- Global COVID-19 cases top 14 mln, death toll tops 600,000: Johns Hopkins University

- Chile reports 326,539 cases of COVID-19, with 8,347 deaths (Read more)

- South Africa reduces COVID-19 quarantine days

July 17

Outside China 

- US COVID-19 cases top 3.5 mln as debate over mask-wearing persists (Read more)

- US breaks record with over 77,000 cases of COVID-19 in one day: Johns Hopkins

- COVID-19 cases in Brazil surpass 2 mln (Read more)

- US approaches half million new COVID-19 cases each week: report (Read more)

- Most early COVID-19 cases in New York City trace back to Europe: CDC (Read more)

- US CDC extends no sail order for cruise ship through September 2020 (Read more)


Customs workers check an inbound passenger's health information card in Shenzhen Bay Port in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province, on April 3, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 10 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 9 imported (Read more)

- China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region reports five new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases Friday (Read more)

July 16 

Outside China 

- Oklahoma's Kevin Stitt became the first US governor to test positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

- Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus again (Read more)

- South Africa's cases of COVID-19 crossed 300,000, the most in Africa and among the 10 highest in the world

- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed to holding an inquiry into the country's handling of the coronavirus crisis but said now was not the time (Read more)


Farmers pick daylily flowers in Yanchi county, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, July 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 1 imported COVID-19 case on Wednesday (Read more)

July 15

Outside China 

- UK plans recommending masks in all public places, the Telegraph reports (Read more)

- Disease could leave patients with lasting damage, researchers and doctors in Northern Italy find (Read more)

- India records highest daily spike of 29,429 new infections (Read more)

- Clinical trial results show experimental COVID-19 vaccine in US safe, generating immune response (Read more)


Teachers pack luggage for graduates in a dormitory of Renmin University of China in Beijing, capital of China, July 15, 2020. To solve the luggage handling problem for graduates who couldn't return to school due to the coronavirus, the Renmin University of China recently has offered to provide luggage mailing and depositing services to this year's nearly 8,000 graduates. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 6 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, all imported (Read more)

July 14

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 cases top 13 million, according to tally by Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- California rolls back reopening as nations battle resurgent coronavirus (Read more)

- COVID emerges as the top word of 2020 (Read more)

- Virus-hit Singapore plunges into recession as economy shrinks 41% (Read more)


A staff member disinfects the meat segmenting line at the Beijing Ershang Meat Food Group Co., Ltd. in Beijing, capital of China, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 3 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, all imported

July 13

Outside China 

- US state of Florida sets one-day record with over 15,000 new COVID cases, more than most countries (Read more)

- Mexico surpasses Italy to post world's fourth-highest coronavirus death toll (Read more)

- India reports highest single day spike of 28,701 COVID-19 cases, total nearing 880,000 (Read more)

- Nearly 10 mln children 'may never return to school' after COVID-19 pandemic: charity (Read more)


People pose for photos against the background of Xuelong 2, or Snow Dragon 2, China's first domestically built polar icebreaker, which moors at a port in Shanghai for a Maritime Day theme activity on July 11, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 8 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, all imported (Read more)

- By Monday, Beijing had no high-risk area and only seven communities are designated as medium-risk areas: Beijing CDC (Read more)

- Hong Kong resumes stringent measures amid record COVID-19 local infections (Read more

July 12

Outside China

- Global coronavirus cases top 12.6 million: Johns Hopkins

- India reports highest single day spike of 22,674 new COVID-19 cases


A woman who finished quarantine registers to get on a bus at a designated quarantine site in Beijing, capital of China, July 11, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 7 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, all imported

- No adequate evidence pregnant COVID-19 patients can infect fetuses: expert

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