Visitors at Disney attractions in Florida, where cases have recently been higher than in some countries during their outbreak peak, will have to wear a mask and have temperature checks before entering.

Cases of coronavirus are increasing in 44 US states, with nine setting record daily rises as California prepares to release prisoners, and Disney rolls out new visitor guidelines as it prepares to reopen some facilities.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed a new daily high in confirmed cases of coronavirus.
This story will be regularly updated throughout Saturday and was last updated at 10:30am.
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US sets record for new cases for third day in a row
New cases of COVID-19 have risen by more than 69,000 across the US, setting a record for the third consecutive day.
On Friday (local time), there were also records for daily rises in infections set in nine states: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin.
This month, Florida has repeatedly reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreak
Despite the alarming numbers across the US and a huge surge of infections in Florida, Disney is set to reopen attractions in Orlando after a four-month closure.
Disney’s new rules include mandatory masks and social distancing.
Visitors will need reservations to enter a park, and they won’t be allowed to move between venues.
Both visitors and employees will receive temperature checks when they enter, while fireworks and parades have been suspended to prevent drawing too many people together.
In Texas, another hot spot, the Governor has warned new restrictions could be imposed if the state cannot stem its record-setting caseloads and hospitalisations through masks and social distancing.
California has announced up to 8,000 prisoners would be released early to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
At San Quentin State Prison, outside San Francisco, half of the facility’s 3,300 prisoners have tested positive for the virus.
The number of confirmed US infections is over 3 million, according to a Reuters tally, stoking fears that hospitals will be overwhelmed.
Nearly 134,000 Americans have died, a toll that experts have warned would likely surge along with the rise in cases.
Overall, coronavirus cases are rising in 44 American states, based on a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the previous two weeks.
Remdesivir approved as Australia’s first treatment
Remdesivir has received provisional approval for use in adults with severe COVID-19 symptoms.(Reuters: Ulrich Perrey)
Australia’s first COVID-19 treatment option, Remdesivir, has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
The drug received provisional approval for use in adults with severe COVID-19 symptoms as a promising treatment option to reduce hospitalisation times.
However it will not be available to everybody, and can only be used in adults and adolescents in hospital with severe infections.
While the approval is a major milestone in Australia’s struggle against the pandemic, it has not been shown to prevent coronavirus infection.
Australia is the one of the first regulators to authorise the use of Remdesivir for treatment following recent approvals in the European Union, Japan, and Singapore.
Gilead Sciences said data from a late-stage study showed it significantly improved clinical recovery and reduced the risk of death in COVID-19 patients.
The company said it analysed data from 312 patients treated in a late-stage study and a separate real-world retrospective cohort of 818 patients with similar characteristics and disease severity as in the study.
Findings from the analysis showed that 74.4 per cent of remdesivir-treated patients recovered by day 14 versus 59.0 per cent of patients receiving standard of care, the company said.
The mortality rate for patients treated with Remdesivir in the analysis was 7.6 per cent at day 14, compared with 12.5 per cent among patients not on Remdesivir.
India cases pass 800,000 with record daily jump
Health workers screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a slum in Mumbai.(AP: Rafiq Maqbool)
India’s coronavirus cases have passed 800,000 with the largest jump of 27,114 cases in the past 24 hours, causing nearly a dozen states to reimpose a partial lockdown in high-risk areas.
The new confirmed cases took the national total to 820,916.
The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported another 519 deaths, bringing the total to 22,123.
Following a recent surge in infections, cases have jumped from 600,000 to more than 800,000 in nine days.
Nearly 90 per cent of all infections have been recorded in eight of India’s 28 states, including the worst-hit Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi.
The most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, with nearly 230 million people, imposed a weekend lockdown while several others announced restrictions in districts reporting major spikes.
UK PM considering stricter face mask rule
About half of British adults have worn face masks while outside their homes during the past week.(AP: Matt Dunham)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tighter rules on wearing face coverings may be needed to stop a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, and that he would like to see them worn more frequently in shops in England.
“I do think we need to be stricter in insisting that people wear face coverings in confined places where they are meeting people that they don’t normally meet,” Mr Johnson said in a pre-recorded question-and-answer session with the public.
Britain has Europe’s highest coronavirus death toll, with almost 45,000 confirmed deaths, and weekly figures on Friday showed a small rise in the COVID-19 reproduction rate, although the number of new infections continues to fall.
People in England are only required to wear face masks on public transport and when visiting hospitals, but on Friday Scotland made it compulsory to wear them in shops as well.
Just over half of British adults wore a mask outside their homes last week, while almost 90 per cent of those who have been using public transport had used face masks, according to official data published on Friday.
Mr Johnson said he believed the scientific evidence that face coverings were useful was stronger than at the start of the pandemic, and that as lockdown restrictions eased they would be important in stopping flare ups.
WHO director-general calls for leadership
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus people across all walks of life are being tested to the limit.(Reuters: Denis Balibouse)
The World Health Organization Director-General has called for solidarity following a record daily rise in coronavirus cases worldwide.
There are now more than 12 million recorded cases of COVID-19, which means the number of people infected has doubled in the past six weeks.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the international community needed “leadership, community participation and collective solidarity” to “turn this pandemic around”.
“There are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control,” Dr Tedros said, citing Italy and South Korea as examples.
He also warned that “it’s not only COVID-19 that threatens lives and livelihoods” but that other diseases such as measles, polio and malaria “all thrive when immunisation is paused and supply chains for medical supplies are interrupted”.
“Across all walks of life where we’re are all being tested to the limit.”
Thousands of new cases in South Africa
South Africa has reported another 12,348 confirmed coronavirus cases. The country now has 250,687 confirmed cases and 3,860 deaths.
The epicentre has shifted to Gauteng province, home of Johannesburg, and the capital of Pretoria.
The government is stressing personal responsibility after easing a once-strict lockdown. Some people are not wearing masks, while some are appealing to citizens to protect themselves and others.
Record daily rise in cases
Global coronavirus cases have risen by 228,102 in 24 hours.
The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The previous WHO record for new cases was 212,326 on July 4. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.
Global coronavirus cases exceeded 12 million on Wednesday marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 555,000 people in seven months.
WHO to probe virus origin in China
An advance team from the World Health Organization (WHO) has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
The virus is believed to have emerged in a wholesale market, which has since closed, in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year after jumping the species barrier from the animal kingdom to infect humans.
Two WHO experts, specialists in animal health and epidemiology, will work with Chinese scientists to determine the scope and itinerary of the investigation, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said, declining to name them.
“They have gone, they are in the air now, they are the advance party that is to work out the scope,” she told a briefing.
This would involve negotiations on issues including the composition of the fuller team, she added.
“One of the big issues that everybody is interested in, and of course that’s why we’re sending an animal health expert, is to look at whether or not it jumped from species to a human and what species it jumped from,” Ms Harris said.
“We know it’s very, very similar to the virus in the bat, but did it go through an intermediate species? This is a question we all need answered.”
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US rapper Eminem attacks people who refuse to wear masks
US rapper Eminem has launched a scathing attack on people who refuse to wear face coverings in public as coronavirus infections surge across the country.
“Half of us walking around like a zombie apocalypse, Other half are just [expletive] off and don’t wanna wear a mask, And they’re just scoffing, And that’s how you end catching the sick off ’em, I just used the same basket as you shopping, Now I’m in a (expletive) casket from coughing.”
The 47-year-old’s lyrics appear in a new track produced in collaboration with fellow American rapper Kid Cudi.
Eminem announced the song and video The Adventures Of Moon Man & Slim Shady in a tweet.
UK quarantine restrictions removed from dozens of countries
British summer getaways to Europe are expected to pick up steam as quarantine restrictions are removed.(AP: Matt Dunham)
The traditional British summer getaway to the sun-soaked beaches of the Mediterranean Sea is set to pick up steam as UK quarantine restrictions are removed from dozens of countries, including France, Greece and Italy.
But with many flights still cancelled, holiday resorts still working on ensuring that they are COVID-safe and many potential holidaymakers reluctant to make a trip abroad in light of the pandemic, Britain’s airports are much less busy than they would be in any other year.
However, last week’s announcement by the British Government to ease its quarantine requirements for anyone arriving back in England has given some enough of a nudge to take the plunge.
As of Friday, anyone arriving back in England from around 75 countries and territories won’t have to self-isolate for 14 days.
The aviation and travel industries are hoping that the new rules will help them salvage part of the summer holiday booking season that has been so battered by the restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic thousands of people have lost their jobs as business ground to a halt.
The crucial period will be later this month after schools formally close for the summer and travel companies and airlines start ramping up operations.
Gatwick Chief Executive Stewart Wingate said the relaxation of the rules can make a “massive difference, given that around three-quarters of the destinations the airport serves are now free from quarantine requirements.
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Mandatory face masks bad for Spanish tourism
Tourism authorities from the Balearic Islands are concerned that masks being compulsory will affect business.(AP: Emilio Morenatti)
Making face masks mandatory everywhere is likely to chase off tourists when Spain badly needs them, the Balearic Islands’ business association said on Friday.
Tourism all but shut down in Spain in March because of the coronavirus pandemic and has only slowly began resuming.
Spain goes further than other top tourist destinations in the region by making masks mandatory if maintaining distance of 1.5 metres is impossible.
The Balearic Islands and Catalonia , Spain’s top foreign tourist destinations, have made the rule even stricter imposing them everywhere in public regardless of distances.
“We are against imposing more restrictive measures on tourists than the ones they have to abide by back home as it will dissuade them from choosing our islands,” the Balearics’ business lobby CAEB said, adding it was easier for authorities to decide on such coercive measures than act to protect jobs and businesses.
The constant rule changes were also a problem, said Marta Gonzalez, a representative for a tourism industry group in Catalonia.
“When you say one thing one day, the opposite the next, and the following day the opposite of the opposite that’s a problem,” she said.
Spanish authorities changed their minds several times over when and how to open borders to foreign tourists.
There will be exceptions in Catalonia and the Balearic archipelago masks will not be mandatory when exercising, swimming or sunbathing on the beach.
Flouting the rules will result in a 100-euro fine.
The smaller, southern region of Extremadura also announced on Friday that it would make masks mandatory everywhere.
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