Tuesday marks six months since the World Health Organization first received reports of cases of pneumonia in China from an unknown cause, which would later be identified as a novel coronavirus infection, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday.
But the pandemic is far from coming to an end anytime soon, Tedros warned.
“This is not even close to being over,” Tedros said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday.
“Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up. We’re all in this together and we’re all in this for the long haul,” Tedros said.
Here’s what you need to know about the global outbreak:
Arizona closes bars, gyms and other businesses after a “brutal” increase in Covid-19 cases: In one of the most drastic rollbacks of reopenings yet, Arizona is closing bars, gyms, movie theaters and other businesses for 30 days amid a “brutal”. increase in Covid-19 cases, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday. The pullback comes as the state has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases recently. There are now almost 75,000 reported infections, up from 46,689 cases 10 days ago.
Australian state reimposes lockdown on 10 suburbs: Victoria state has reintroduced lockdown measures on 10 suburbs around Melbourne following a recent spike in coronavirus cases. A stay-at-home order will come into effect at 11:59 p.m. local time on July 1 and last until July 29.
Beauty parlors, gyms, libraries and swimming polls in these 10 postcodes – which have only recently reopened – will once again be restricted, while cafes and restaurants will only revert to takeout and delivery.
WHO team to research how the virus started: WHO is sending a team to China to better understand how the novel coronavirus started, Director-General Tedros said during a Monday briefing. Tedros said he hopes the visit, which will take place next week, will lead to “understanding [of] how the virus started and what we can do for the future to prepare. ”
A new swine flu with “pandemic potential” has been discovered: Chinese researchers have discovered a new type of swine flu that can infect humans and has the potential to cause a pandemic future, according to a study released Monday. Researchers say the disease, called the G4 virus, now shows “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus,” and is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu that caused a global pandemic in 2009.
World Rugby Sevens Series canceled due to coronavirus pandemic: The rest of this year’s World Rugby Sevens Series has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the sport’s governing body said Tuesday.
EU prepares to reopen its borders – but probably not to Americans: The European Union is preparing to reopen its external border to 15 countries outside of the bloc as early as Wednesday. However, one country that won’t be featured on the proposed list is the United States, according to two EU diplomats.
The diplomats, who were not allowed to discuss the issue before the EU’s 27 member states have reached an agreement, have confirmed to CNN that EU governments have been given until lunchtime Tuesday to agree on a list of 15 countries allowed entry.