The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 4,076,356 with the global confirmed cases reaching 189,570,978 as of 6:30 pm BJT on Saturday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 6:30 pm BJT, July 17):
Thailand extended a ban on public gatherings nationwide and might further tighten restrictions as the numbers of its daily COVID-19 cases and fatalities surged to new records. The country reported 10,082 new cases on Saturday, surpassing 10,000 for the first time, despite the partial lockdown imposed in worst-hit regions since Monday.
France said Saturday it would require people arriving from some European countries to show a negative COVID test taken within the previous 24 hours. Arrivals from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands will be subject to the new rule, which comes into effect at midnight on Sunday, the government said.
A total of 15 people among 15,000 were tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Tokyo for the Olympics Games between July 1 to 16, which is a low rate, and all positive cases were immediately isolated that reduce the risk for the Japanese population, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Saturday.
Frustrated holidaymakers and travel industry leaders rounded on the UK government Saturday after a last-minute change extended quarantine for residents returning to England from France.
Australian authorities ordered more businesses to close Saturday along with a slew of new restrictions in the country's largest city as a weeks-long lockdown failed to quash an outbreak of COVID-19.