World_news Coronavirus live news: record new cases in India as Australian state of Victoria closes border – The Guardian


Here is the full story on the death of broadway star Nick Cordero:

The Tony award-nominated Actor, who starred in hit musicals including Waitress, A Bronx Tale and Bullets OverBroadway, died in Los Angeles from severe medical complications after contracting coronavirus. He was 41.

Cordero died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai hospital after spending more than 90 days in the hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots. “God has another angel in heaven now,” she posted on Instagram. “Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible Actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband.”

World_news Saudi Arabia announces haj health measures for domestic pilgrims

Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in the 2020 hajj season, banning gatherings and meetings between pilgrims, the state news agency said on Monday.

Saudi Arabia decided in June to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the hajj to around 1,000 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after barring Muslims abroad from the rite for the first year in modern times.

In this 7 March 2020 photo, workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Amr Nabil/AP

Touching the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, will be banned during the hajj this year, and a social distancing space of a meter and a half between each pilgrim during the rituals including mass prayers and while in the Kaaba circling area will be imposed, a statement by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control elaborated.

Also, access to holy hajj sites at Mona, Muzdalifah and Arafat will be limited to those with hajj permits starting Sunday 19 July until 2 August 2020, and wearing masks all the time will be mandatory for both pilgrims and organisers.

World_news Asia shares climb as China blue chips hit 5-year peak

Asian shares scaled four-month peaks on Monday as investors counted on super-cheap liquidity and fiscal stimulus to sustain the global economic recovery, even as surging coronavirus cases delayed re-openings across the United States, Reuters reports.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 1% to its highest since February.

Eyes were on Chinese blue chips, which jumped 3%, on top of a 7% gain last week, to their loftiest level in five years. Even Japan’s Nikkei, which has lagged with a soft domestic economy, managed a rise of 1.3%.

Here is the full story on the border closing between the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales, as the former battles to contain its coronavirus cases:

Victoriahas recorded its largest jump in cases at any point in the coronavirus crisis, with 127 cases reported on Monday, as the state confirmed its 21st death and the premier announced the state’s border with NSW would be closed from midnight on Tuesday.

Daniel Andrewssaid the border closure would be enforced only on the NSW side.

“[The closure] is the result of a phone hook-up between the prime minister and the premier of New South Wales and myself just an hour or so ago, where we have – all of us – agreed that the best thing to do is to close the border,” Andrews said on Monday morning.

Speaking about the border closing between the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales, New South Wales police commissioner Mike Fuller says, “It’s a very long border. someone could choose to swim across the river, walk through the bush, use dirt tracks.” He says that aerial surveillance, for example with drones, will be used.

There is a maximum AU$11,000 fine and six months in jail for breaking the law.

Those who mislead the state of New South Wales in their applications for an exemption could face fines, he says.

People from the city of Melbourne will no longer be able to come to New South Wales from midnight tonight.

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejikiansaid the state will be stopping travellers fromMelbourneahead of the border closure on Tuesday:

Just to make two points clear, we already we have police and health officials on our borders stopping anybody from the hot spots coming toNew South Wales.

We have already had that in place for a number of days.

TheHealthMinister will be ensuring that, come midnight tonight, so for the next 24 hours, the hot spots will extend to all of Melbourne.

Nobody from Melbourne will be able to cross the border in the next 24 hours.

Come midnight tomorrow night it will be all Victorians.


World_news Australian state of Victoria confirms highest one-day case increase

The 127-case increase in the Australian state of Victoria is its highest one-day total so far. The previous highest daily total was in March, when 111 cases were recorded.

The border closure will be enforced by the New South Wales police with help from the Australian defence force.

Anyone returning to New South Wales from a hotspot area in Victoria will have to self isolate.

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian says, “what’s occurring in Victoria hasn’t yet happened in Australia. It’s a new phenomenon.”


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World_news Tokyo, Japan governor wins second term

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has won a second term to head the Japanese capital, propelled to an election victory by public support for her handling of the coronavirus crisis despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike receives a flower bouquet after winning the Tokyo gubernatorial election in Tokyo, Japan, 5 July 2020. Photograph: Jiji Press/EPA

World_news Mexico records 4,683 new cases

Mexican health authorities reported 4,683 confirmed new infections of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, pushing its tally to a total of 256,848, and 273 more deaths to a total of 30,639.

Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell has repeatedly said that the actual number of both infections and associated death is probably significantly higher.

Acrylic separating walls for social distancing are pictured at Los ponchos restaurant during the start of the gradual reopening of commercial activities in Mexico City, Mexico 4 July 2020. Photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

Tony-winning Broadway Actor Nick Cordero has died after a gruelling battle with coronavirus, according to theHollywood Reporter.

Broadway Actor Nick Cordero, who died Sunday after a long battle with coronavirus. Photograph: Startraks/REX/Shutterstock

Cordero, who starred in Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress and A Bronx Tale the Musical, was 41 years old:

Since being diagnosed with what was thought to be pneumonia in late March, the Canadian Actor spent weeks in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, had his right leg amputated, lost more than 60 pounds and was hoping to receive a double-lung transplant.

Residents in nine housing towers now in hard lockdown in Melbourne say they have been forced to establish their own support network rather than rely on the government for essential supplies or information.

“Last night by 2am some houses still didn’t have food delivered,” said Ahmed Dini, a resident of the North Melbourne towers and a social worker.

“I think there is a lot of anger towards the DHHS. At the moment there is more anger towards DHHS than the police because they promised they were going to have food delivered, that they were going to have essentials delivered.”

When food was delivered, many were missing staples like bread or milk, with large families asked to share small boxes. Seven News published a video of one tower resident sorting through the expired food he was given, stating that one item had a use-by date from 2019.

The border closure between the states of Victoria and New South Wales is the first tome the two states will be shut off from one another in a century.

The border between Victoria, which is battling an increase in coronavirus cases, and the other neighbouring state of South Australia has been closed for a while. It was due to be opened on 20 July, but six days ago that decision was abandoned.

There are about 50 border crossings between Victoria and New South Wales – as well as towns which share the border. The closure will be policed by the New South Wales side so as not to drain resources in Victoria.

The border will close on Tuesday night.

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