COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 20 July

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  • This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top stories: Europe passes 50 million confirmed COVID-19 cases; President Biden urges Americans to get vaccinated; Eid al-Adha celebrated under COVID-19 curbs.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 190.9 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 4.09 million. More than 3.66 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

The Australian state of South Australia has announced a week-long lockdown, joining an extended lockdown in Victoria and a now five-week lockdown in Sydney.

Myanmar has announced a record number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths, with the military-controlled health ministry expecting half the population to be vaccinated against the disease this year.

Canada has announced that fully vaccinated US tourists will be allowed to enter the country from 9 August. Vaccinated visitors from other countries will be allowed to enter from 7 September.

60% of people being admitted to UK hospitals with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, Britain's Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said yesterday.

The United States has issued its highest warnings against travel to the UK because of rising COVID-19 cases there, with Americans told they should avoid travel.

Spain has reported a jump in new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 60,000 registered since Friday.

Brazil's health regulator has approved a trial of a third dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The third dose would be administered to 10,000 volunteers between 11 and 13 months after the second shot.

Europe has become the first region to cross 50 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters tally.

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries
Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries
Image: Our World in Data

2. Indonesians celebrate Eid al-Adha under COVID-19 curbs

Millions of Muslims in Indonesia celebrated Eid al-Adha - one of Islam's most important festivals - today under COVID-19 restrictions in the country.

COVID-19 cases are among the highest in the world as a result of the rapid spread of the Delta variant, with President Joko Widodo advising Indonesians to celebrate the festival at home following strict health protocols.

Police and transport authorities set up checkpoints to prevent travel in the world's largest Muslim majority nation.

The President said that restrictions would only be eased once cases have dropped, warning that new variants mean the pandemic is not over.

"Imagine if this restriction is loosened and then the cases increase again and the hospitals are unable to contain the patients. This would cause our health facilities to collapse," he said.

3. President Biden urges Americans to get vaccinated

Rising COVID-19 cases across the United States, with the Delta variant appearing to take hold, have seen political leaders, including President Joe Biden, urging Americans to get vaccinated against the disease.

The average number of new daily COVID-19 cases in the United States has tripled in the past 30 days, according to a Reuters analysis.

President Biden cited higher rates of COVID-19 in states with low vaccination rates to ask Americans to "please, please get vaccinated. Get vaccinated now."

He said that the nation's economic recovery hinged on better controlling the pandemic.


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