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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

  • The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that the pandemic was “not yet close to end” and that, even if some progress had been registered at the start, the pandemic “s” accelerated. ”
  • In the United States, plans to reopen are suspended amid a sharp increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Among the backing states is California, which reported a record increase in COVID-19 on Monday.
  • According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 10.2 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and more than 504,000 have died.

Here are the latest updates.

Tuesday June 30

03:25 GMT – China reports 19 new cases of COVID-19,7 in Beijing

China’s National Health Commission said the country had 19 new cases of coronavirus until midnight on June 29, up from 12 the day before.

Seven of the new cases occurred in Beijing, where a mass testing campaign is underway following an epidemic that started on June 11 in the capital’s main wholesale market.

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02:45 GMT – Los Angeles officials warn hospitals could be overwhelmed

Los Angeles becomes the new coronavirus hotspot in the United States.

California announced a record jump of 7,418 new cases on Monday with the number of LA, the second largest city in the United States, exceeding 100,000 residents despite strict restrictions on nightlife and the requirement to wear masks in all public areas.

“The alarming increase in cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations indicates that we, as a community, must take immediate action to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for Los Angeles County, in a statement. .

“Otherwise, we are quickly heading for an overloaded health care system and are seeing even more devastating illness and death.”

02:30 GMT – South Australia cancels plan to reopen internal borders

The State of South Australia has canceled plans to reopen its borders for interstate travelers from neighboring Victoria after an outbreak of coronavirus.

The restrictions were to be removed on July 20.

Victoria reported 75 new cases of coronavirus on Monday. He hasn’t released any figures for Tuesday yet.

02:00 GMT – India’s first COVID-19 vaccine approved for human trials

Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine has obtained regulatory approval for human trials.

Phase I and II clinical trials for Covaxin, India’s first national candidate for a vaccine, will begin in July.

00:55 GMT – Los Angeles will close the beaches for the July 4 holiday weekend

Los Angeles must close its beaches for the July 4 holiday weekend after reporting a record day-long increase in cases.

People usually flock to the seaside during the holidays, which mark the day of American independence.

Officials said the risk was too high to leave the beaches open.

00:00 GMT – Arizona closes bars, gymnasiums and cinemas

The governor of the US state of Arizona has told bars, cinemas, gymnasiums, water parks and nightclubs that they must close again.

Doug Ducey says closings are needed after coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit new heights over the weekend.

Ducey expects the numbers to get worse.

“We simply cannot give up,” he said during a press briefing. “We will not return to normal anytime soon.”

23:30 GMT – Researchers discover new swine flu with pandemic potential

Researchers have discovered a new type of swine flu that could cause a pandemic, according to a study published in the American scientific journal PNAS.

The G4 flu is genetically derived from the H1N1 strain which was at the origin of the pandemic in 2009.

G4 has “all the essential characteristics of being highly adapted to infect humans,” the researchers wrote.

They added that the G4 type was already predominant in pigs and that cinfection control in pigs and close surveillance of people working with animals must be “urgently implemented”.

The peer-reviewed study was written by academics from China Agricultural University, Shandong Agricultural University, Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Academy of Sciences and ‘University of Nottingham.

Learn more about their findings here.

Source: Al Jazeera

Read yesterday’s (June 29) updates here.

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