More than one in five people in New Delhi have been infected with the coronavirus, according to scientists, indicating that most cases in the Indian capital region have gone undetected.
The Australian state of Victoria has announced 484 new cases of coronavirus – a daily record – as it becomes mandatory for everyone in the state to wear masks when they leave their homes.
More than 14.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, nearly 8.5 million have recovered, and nearly 616,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the updates:
Wednesday, July 22
09:20 GMT – Ukraine cancels visa requirement for Australia, New Zealand and some Arab states
Tourists from Australia, New Zealand and several Arab states will no longer need a visa to visit Ukraine from August 1, according to a decree signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and published on his website.
In June, Zelenskiy said Ukraine was considering cancelling its visa requirement for tourists from several countries, including China, in order to attract more visitors once lockdowns imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic are eased.
The new visa-free regime will apply if the tourist’s stay in Ukraine does not exceed 90 days.
People wearing protective face masks amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk out of a metro station in Kyiv [File: Reuters]
09:05 GMT – Tests, home quarantine as Qatar reopens borders on August 1
Qatar will begin reopening its borders to foreign travellers and allow citizens and permanent residents to travel in and out of the country from August 1, according to a government statement, as the Gulf state moves to gradually lift restrictions imposed to control its coronavirus outbreak.
The Government Communications Office (GCO) said on Wednesday that arrivals to Qatar from “low-risk countries” will be required to take a coronavirus test at the airport and sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week.
Read more here.
People in Qatar cautiously returned to beaches as the Gulf nation, which has one of the world’s highest total per capita coronavirus infection rates, continued to reopen society [Karim Jaafar/ AFP]
08:50 GMT – December Nobel Prize banquet in Sweden canceled
The Nobel Foundation, which manages the prestigious Nobel Prizes, says it has canceled the traditional December banquet at the Stockholm City Hall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lars Heikensten, CEO of the Nobel Foundation, said it is not possible to gather up to 1,300 banquet guests and let them sit next to each other amid the current COVID-19 restrictions. He said the pandemic also makes it uncertain whether prize winners can travel to Sweden.
08:35 GMT – Ireland may tighten travel restrictions for COVID-19 hot spots
Ireland may introduce further travel restrictions for countries with a very high instance of COVID-19, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said after the government lifted its 14-day quarantine requirement for 15 European countries.
Ireland, which has one of the lower rates of infection in the European Union with around 5 cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days, decided late on Tuesday to drop the restriction for people coming from countries with a similar or lower rate.
08:20 GMT – South Africa counts for over half of continent cases
South Africa has well over half of the confirmed coronavirus cases on the African continent as the country is now a global hot spot.
New Health Ministry data show 381,798 cases including 5,368 deaths.
The country’s current epicenter is Gauteng province, home to Johannesburg and one-quarter of the population. It has over one-third of South Africa’s cases.
08:05 GMT – Thailand to extend emergency decree until end of August
Thailand will extend a state of emergency until the end of August, a senior official has said, maintaining the security measure put in place to contain its coronavirus outbreak.
The announcement comes after nearly two months without local transmission and with many people in Thailand questioning the need for an emergency decree.
The decree, first introduced in late March, will be subject to cabinet approval next week.
Thailand will extend a state of emergency until the end of August [File: Reuters]
07:50 GMT – Masks mandatory as cases rise in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has made it mandatory to wear masks on public transport, in indoor areas and passenger terminals.
The measures will last until August 5 as the city tries to break the transmission of local infections.
Hong Kong has recorded 2,019 infections with 14 deaths. On Tuesday, it reported 58 cases, 25 of them from an unknown source.
The city’s Health Minister Sophia Chan is appealing to people to stay at home as much as possible, saying Hong Kong is at a high risk of a community outbreak.
07:35 GMT – DR Congo ends virus health emergency, borders to reopen
DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has lifted a health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak and ordered a reopening in three stages of business activities, schools and borders.
The vast country of more than 80 million people has recorded 8,534 infections including 196 deaths since March 10.
Tshisekedi said the figures place the Democratic Republic of Congo as ninth worst-hit country in Africa in terms of the number of cases and 12th in terms of deaths, “putting paid to all catastrophic forecasts for our country at the start of the epidemic.”
07:20 GMT – Pakistanis risk unproven plasma treatment in virus fight
Pakistanis with COVID-19 are risking their lives and navigating a shady black market to get blood plasma transfusions, despite scant medical proof about the remedy’s effectiveness.
Convalescent plasma treatment, where the antibody-rich part of the blood from a recovered patient is transfused to a coronavirus sufferer, is growing in popularity across Pakistan amid widely circulating claims of success on social media.
Like some other nations, Pakistan is conducting medical trials on the treatment, which has shown promising signs but is far from proven.
07:05 GMT – Czech coronavirus cases top 5,000
The number of active coronavirus infections topped 5,000 in the Czech Republic for the first time after labs reported the highest daily rise in nearly a month, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
Authorities had reported 212 new cases by Tuesday night, bringing the total number of active cases to 5,046. Total cases including those who have recovered or died reached 14,324.
The central European country of 10.7 million has reported 360 deaths from the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus, far fewer than many western European nations.
06:50 GMT – Over 22 percent of people in Delhi have had virus, study indicates
More than one in five people in Delhi have been infected with the coronavirus, according to a study, indicating that most cases in the Indian capital region have gone undetected.
The National Center for Disease Control tested 21,387 people selected randomly across Delhi, the state that includes New Delhi, and found that 23.48 percent had antibodies to the virus.
Adjusting for false positives and negatives, it estimated that 22.86 percent of the population had been infected by the virus, Dr. Sujeet Kumar Singh, who heads the institute, said in a news conference.
Hi, this is Elizabeth Melimopoulos in Doha taking over the live updates from my colleague Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
05:20 GMT – Some sense trouble as Japan launches domestic tourism campaign
Japan is preparing to launch a controversial domestic tourism campaign that some have dubbed “Go To Trouble”.
The “Go To Travel” initiative is supposed to boost the tourism industry with travel subsidies of up to 50 percent.
But as coronavirus cases surge, travel to and from Tokyo has been removed, and politicians want the campaign suspended for fear it will spread the virus. A poll showed that 69 percent of the public want it cancelled.
69% say Japan’s Go To travel subsidy campaign should be canceled: Mainichi poll – The Mainichi https://t.co/x2wOPIRXaF
— 小林幸子(｡◕ ∀ ◕｡)凡夫(๑╹ڡ╹๑)ノ (@sateco) July 22, 2020
03:15 GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports another daily record of cases
The Australian state of Victoria has reported a record 484 new cases of coronavirus and two more deaths from the disease – both men in their 90s.
Masks have been made mandatory in the state; everyone who goes outside must wear one.
People in Melbourne are currently only able to leave their homes for food and essential supplies, medical reasons, exercise and work or education (if it cannot be done from home).
Nurses and doctors wear masks when they’re treating you. So I don’t think it’s too much to wear one when you’re at the supermarket or on the street. If it helps to prevent you from ending up in hospital, or stops someone else from getting sick – that’s worth it. pic.twitter.com/Tm1hmJ0Nvg
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) July 20, 2020
State Premier Daniel Andrews announces Victoria’s highest number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic [James Ross/EPA]
03:00 GMT – Japan approves dexamethasone as treatment
Japan’s health ministry has approved the use of dexamethasone as a treatment for COVID-19.
Dexamethasone is a cheap and widely-used steroid.
Studies have shown it has benefits for people with moderate or advanced cases of the disease.
Is plasma therapy effective against coronavirus?
02:00 GMT – Study suggests coronavirus can spread through speaking
A new study by the University of Nebraska suggests that COVID-19 can spread through normal speaking and breathing, and travel further than two metres, according to a report by AFP. The findings have not yet been peer-reviewed.
The scientists collected air samples from the rooms of five COVID-19 patients from about 30cm (about one foot) above the foot of their beds. The patients were talking – producing microdroplets that can remain in the air for a number of hours – and some were coughing.
Three of the 18 samples were able to replicate in the lab. Joshua Santarpia, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said the findings supported the idea that people can get COVID-19 through microdroplets.
01:15 GMT – China reports nine new cases in Xinjiang
China has reported 14 new cases of coronavirus, five of them imported and the rest in the far western region of Xinjiang.
There have been no new cases of community transmission in Beijing for 16 days, according to state media.
On Tuesday, the Chinese mainland reported: – No new #COVID19 deaths – 14 new cases: 5 imported cases and 9 domestically transmitted cases in Xinjiang – 22 new asymptomatic cases – 233 active cases in total, including six in critical condition pic.twitter.com/2VctIqdgzs
— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) July 22, 2020
23:30 GMT (Tuesday) – Qatar to relax travel restrictions from August 1
From August 1, Qatari citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to travel overseas and return, while residents will be allowed to return.
Travellers from low-risk countries will have to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and another after a seven-day home quarantine period, the Government Communications Office said in a statement.
A list of the countries designated low-risk will be published on the website of the Ministry of Public Health and updated every two weeks.
23:00 GMT (Tuesday) – Trump comes out in favour of masks
After months of downplaying their importance, US President Donald Trump has come out unequivocally in favour of wearing masks.
Speaking at the first White House press briefing in weeks, without any medical experts present, Trump urged Americans to get a mask and wear it.
Trump was talking in his first White House briefing in weeks and showed off his mask as he spoke. You can read more about what happened here.
US President Donald Trump holds up his face mask at the White House press briefing on July 21 [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via AFP]
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Read all the updates from yesterday (July 21) here.
China, Russia and U.S. clash over pandemic responses | CBC News
China, the United States and Russia butted heads at the United Nations on Thursday over responsibility for the pandemic that has interrupted the world, trading allegations about who mishandled and politicized the virus in one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at this year’s COVID-distanced UN General Assembly meeting. The remarks at the UN Security…
China, the United States and Russia butted heads at the United Nations on Thursday over responsibility for the pandemic that has interrupted the world, trading allegations about who mishandled and politicized the virus in one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at this year’s COVID-distanced UN General Assembly meeting. The remarks at the UN Security Council came just after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres decried the lack of international co-operation in tackling the still “out-of-control” coronavirus.The sharp exchanges, at the end of a virtual meeting on “Post COVID-19 Global Governance,” reflected the deep divisions among the three veto-wielding council members that have widened since the virus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, speaking first, stressed the importance of UN-centred multilateralism and alluded to countries — including the U.S. — opting out of making a COVID-19 vaccine a global public good available to people everywhere. “In such a challenging moment, major countries are even more duty-bound to put the future of humankind first, discard Cold War mentality and ideological bias and come together in the spirit of partnership to tide over the difficulties,” Wang said. And in a jab at U.S. and European Union sanctions including on Russia, Syria and others, he said: “Unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction needs to be opposed in order to safeguard the authority and sanctity of international law.” WATCH | Trump says nations must fend for themselves: The virtual 75th United Nations General Assembly focused on COVID-19, but recorded speeches had very different approaches to the pandemic. While the secretary-general maintained a message of working together globally, U.S. President Donald Trump told other leaders to take care of their own countries first. 2:00 Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the pandemic and its “common misfortune did not iron out interstate differences, but to the contrary deepened them.” “In a whole number of countries there is a temptation to look abroad for those who are responsible for their own internal problems,” he said. “And we see attempts on the part of individual countries to use the current situation in order to move forward their narrow interests of the moment in order to settle the score with the undesirable governments or geopolitical competitors.” That was too much for the United States’ UN ambassador, Kelly Craft, who opened her remarks late in the meeting with a blunt rejoinder. “Shame on each of you. I am astonished and disgusted by the content of today’s discussion,” Craft said. She said other representatives were “squandering this opportunity for political purposes.” “President Trump has made it very clear: We will do whatever is right, even if it’s unpopular, because, let me tell you what, this is not a popularity contest,” Craft said. WATCH | UN chief says nations need to work together: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres counselled solidarity as the key to tackling the world’s tough challenges at the opening of the 75th annual general assembly. 2:02 She quoted Trump’s speech Tuesday to the virtual opening of the General Assembly’s leaders meeting in which he said that to chart a better future, “we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.” “The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to hide the origins of this virus, minimize its danger, and suppress scientific co-operation [that] transformed a local epidemic into a global pandemic,” Craft said, adding that these actions “prove that not all member states are equally committed to public health, transparency, and their international obligations.” Chinese UN Ambassador Zhang Jun asked for the floor at the end of the meeting and delivered a lengthy retort, saying “China resolutely opposes and rejects the baseless accusations by the United States.” “Abusing the platform of the UN and its Security Council, the U.S. has been spreading political virus and disinformation, and creating confrontation and division,” Zhang said. Zhang said: “The U.S. should understand that its failure in handling COVID-19 is totally its fault.” The United Nations chief said in opening the Security Council meeting that the world failed to co-operate in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Guterres said that if the world responds to even more catastrophic challenges with the same disunity and disarray, “I fear the worst.” He said the international community’s failure “was the result of a lack of global preparedness, co-operation, unity and solidarity.” Guterres pointed to the nearly one million people around the world that the coronavirus has killed, the more than 30 million who have been infected. He said the global response is more and more fragmented, and “as countries go in different directions, the virus goes in every direction.”
Ring’s second-gen Video Doorbell brings better video quality for just $100 – CNET
Ring has finally updated its original Video Doorbell with 1080p HD live streaming (up from 720p in the original model), crisper night vision and more customizable motion zones. It *is* better than the 2014 doorbell, but this $100 second-gen Ring Video Doorbell retains the most annoying thing about the original — you have to remove…
Ring has finally updated its original Video Doorbell with 1080p HD live streaming (up from 720p in the original model), crisper night vision and more customizable motion zones. It *is* better than the 2014 doorbell, but this $100 second-gen Ring Video Doorbell retains the most annoying thing about the original — you have to remove the entire doorbell to charge it.
LikeIt costs $100Improved specs and performance
Don’t LikeThe battery isn’t removable
Fortunately, you can hardwire this model, too, and if that’s your plan, this new Ring doorbell is a reasonable option. If you need to go the battery-powered route, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth having a several-hour gap in video monitoring while your doorbell charges inside — or make clever use of extension cables so the doorbell can charge outside and continue to keep an eye on things. Ring sells a $50 Solar Charger if your doorbell is installed in a place with direct light, to mitigate some of the limitations of the battery. While Ring’s second-gen Video Doorbell is a clear improvement over the original, it isn’t enough to appeal broadly to potential buyers. Folks looking for an affordable hardwired doorbell should consider this model; everyone else should weigh the above battery considerations. Ring’s privacy and security policies should also factor into your buying decision — I’ll cover that in a section below.
Read more: The best video doorbells of 2020The basicsBefore Ring was, well, Ring, it was Bot Home Automation, a startup with a smart idea to combine a security camera and a doorbell into one device, dubbed the Doorbot. While Bot Home Automation was among the first brands to have a smart doorbell, its 2013 device had a lot of issues. In 2014, Bot Home Automation rebranded to Ring and introduced its inaugural product, the $200 Ring Video Doorbell.That first-gen Ring buzzer was a big improvement over the Doorbot, but it still had some performance and design limitations. Six years later, Ring is now an Amazon company that sells a variety of video doorbells, security cameras, a security system, lighting products and accessories — including its original Ring Video Doorbell for the reduced price of $100.
Now Ring has replaced its first-gen Video Doorbell with similar, but new hardware, and some updated specs — all for the same $100 price. Setting up the doorbell is the same as any other. Log in or create an account if you don’t already have one, select the device you want to configure from the list in the app and follow the steps to connect the doorbell to your Wi-Fi network. The steps include tutorials for installing the doorbell, either via hardwiring or simply mounting it to your door frame and relying on the battery. The app setup portion is very fast — just a few minutes — but tack on more time to the estimate if you need to drill holes and plan to hardwire your Ring Video Doorbell. As always, if you have any questions about installing your doorbell, consult a professional installer. You can also take a look at the below video where I install the Ring Video Doorbell 2, which has a similar design and configuration process as the second-generation Ring Video Doorbell. Please note that this video isn’t a replacement for consulting a professional installer with questions.
The detailsAfter that initial setup, this doorbell is pretty easy to use. Receive alerts on your phone whenever the doorbell detects activity — or when someone rings the buzzer. Pull up the live feed whenever you want and customize your settings in the app. Ring also claims improved night vision and motion detection over its first-gen model. Since it’s been about six years since I tested that original doorbell and I don’t have one handy, I can’t test this side by side. I can say the night vision in this model worked well for me, allowing me to distinguish between my two similar-looking dogs in the dark and make out other activity in my yard at night, like the neighborhood cat Roger roaming around. If you rely exclusively on the doorbell’s built-in battery for power, it should last between three to six months on a charge and take between five to 10 hours to charge. My front door is covered by a porch and largely protected from the elements, and I was able to charge the doorbell outside while it still monitored the front yard (propped on the porch floor, against the house), but the charging cable Ring includes isn’t weatherproof or recommended for this purpose. Still, that’s a potential workaround to allow 24/7 monitoring, even when you need to charge your doorbell, as long as the charging cable and the doorbell are clear of the elements.
Again, Ring does sell a solar accessory to limit or completely remove the need to charge your doorbell. Since my door is under a porch, that wouldn’t work, but it’s an option. Ring also sells chime accessories so you can hear your doorbell ring inside, even if it isn’t hardwired to a chime transformer. The easy customizability in the app stands out the most, from being able to set your own motion zones to setting your doorbell to Home, Away or Disarmed mode. You do have to pay for Ring’s optional Protect service, starting at $3 per month, to be able to view saved motion clips for up to 60 days, as well as access to Snapshot Capture. Snapshot Capture takes pictures in between video clips to show you a little more of what’s happening around your house, although I don’t find that feature particularly useful, since I only want to see what’s happening when motion is detected. This device also supports Ring’s People Only Mode, a feature that only works with a Ring Protect subscription that allows your doorbell to filter out all non-person motion alerts, like animals, vehicles and other activity. It works with Alexa, too, so you can ask your Alexa-enabled smart speaker to show you your camera’s live feed. I don’t have a smart display at home, but I did test this feature successfully with other Ring doorbells at the CNET Smart Home pre-quarantine. Inside the Ring app.
Screenshots by CNET
Privacy mattersGiven today’s wide and increasing variety of microphone-and-camera-enabled smart home devices, it’s important for product reviewers to factor in privacy and security alongside the hardware, so you can make the most informed decision possible. My commentary, Ring’s new privacy and security features prove that hardware isn’t the only important thing, goes into this in detail, but the gist is that reviewing products can’t just be about the hardware anymore.Ring isn’t the only company I’ve had a complicated relationship with as a product review because of this — ahem, Facebook. But Ring’s privacy and security track record, partnership with US police stations and security concerns, like user information that was exposed in December 2019 led CNET to temporarily stop reviewing or recommending Ring products. However, Ring has since made improvements, including introducing a Control Center dashboard with more easy access to privacy and security settings and two-factor authentication, so we are again reviewing Ring products. “Protecting our customers’ privacy, security and control over their devices and personal information is foundational to Ring, and we’re constantly working to deliver on this commitment,” a Ring spokesperson told CNET over email in April. “This was demonstrated most recently when we were the first smart home security company to make a second layer of verification mandatory for all of our customers. We will continue to add features to protect user privacy and enhance data security as we work towards our mission of making neighborhoods safer.”Ring’s products are intended to be used on private property, and we require all of our customers to comply with any applicable laws when setting up their Ring devices,” the spokesperson added. “We’ve taken steps to help customers respect people’s privacy while using their devices, including [the Privacy Zones feature and free Ring stickers].”If you have more questions about Ring’s policies, start with my colleague Alfred Ng’s story, Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells. Here’s Ring’s privacy statement, too, if you want to read it in detail.The verdictThe Ring Video Doorbell is a decent buzzer with decent features. Given the updates Ring added here, this $100 model somewhat catches up to the Amazon company’s other doorbells. The need to remove the doorbell to charge it is still a major drawback. If that doesn’t bother you — or if you plan to hardwire it anyway — this affordable doorbell might be a good choice. As always, weigh its price and performance alongside Ring’s privacy and security policies to decide if the second-gen Ring Video Doorbell is right for you.Read more: The best outdoor security camera to buy in 2020
I’ve missed competition so much – Press
Manchester United’s new signing Christen Press says she is “a little crazy and competitive right now” after missing six months of football because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Cup winner Press, 31, signed for United on a one-year deal from National Women’s Soccer League side Utah Royals.Five United States internationals have joined English clubs, seeking regular…
Manchester United’s new signing Christen Press says she is “a little crazy and competitive right now” after missing six months of football because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Cup winner Press, 31, signed for United on a one-year deal from National Women’s Soccer League side Utah Royals.Five United States internationals have joined English clubs, seeking regular football after the NWSL was postponed.”I never thought I would be away from the game for this long,” said Press.”I have been away from football – at least in a team environment with a coach and team-mates – for six months. That’s the longest stretch of my life.”So what an opportunity to play and compete [at Manchester United]. I have missed competition so much over the past six months – so I’m a little crazy and a little bit competitive right now.”Hopefully after my first few games I get that out.”‘Weight of Man Utd badge key to move’ – HeathWhich star signing will have biggest impact?Foreign stars raise bar but will English youngsters suffer?’Every game is like the World Cup final’Press, who has signed for United alongside USA team-mate Tobin Heath, will come up against compatriots Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis – who have joined rivals Manchester City – in the Women’s Super League this season.”Our national team is so crazy and competitive that it feels really normal to have them on our rival team. We have been competing together and against each other for years. Yes, it’s just in practice, but every single game is like the World Cup final.”It’s really fun that they are going to be in the same city. Hopefully when it’s safe, we’ll be able to see them and spend time with them.”But we are also in a rat race to compete and help our teams as best we can.”Press could make her debut in Manchester United’s home fixture against Brighton on 4 October.Stacey Dooley Revisits: Where are they now?Mercury Prize: 12 essential albums from former winners and nominees