Australia, Japan, and India are among the hotbeds of the new outbreak.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the government would allocate more than $ 1 billion to the current wage subsidy program, which will pay half of the salary of trainees employed in small businesses. The remaining $ 400 million will Fund new courses for thousands of future workers to train them in skills that will be in demand after the pandemic.
Australia’s official unemployment rate rose to 7.4 percent, the highest in 22 years. About 1 million people were left without work.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are about 11,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in Australia. The surge in new situations is localized in the southern state of Victoria, where the maximum daily increase was recorded on Thursday – 317 new cases. After a new outbreak in the state capital, Melbourne, Victoria authorities closed the border with neighboring New South Wales. In Melbourne itself, a six-week quarantine was recently introduced. The total number of deaths from coronavirus in the state reached 29, and in the whole country – 113.
Meanwhile, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Thursday said that more than 280 new cases of COVID-19 had been registered in the city over the past 24 hours, which is a record daily figure for the Japanese capital.
According to Koike, Tokyo also set a record for the number of tests per day, testing 4,000 people.
The growing number of infections may force Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reconsider a new campaign to encourage domestic tourism, which was designed to compensate for the loss of foreign visitors.
In India, the number of infections is approaching a million. On Thursday, the Ministry of health recorded 32,700 new cases in the past 24 hours, the highest daily rate since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently more than 936,000 confirmed cases and more than 24,000 deaths in India.
While the total number of cases worldwide has reached 13.5 million and the number of deaths has exceeded 580,000, many countries are re-imposing restrictions or adding new ones.
So, all entering Greece are now required to show the border guards a negative test for COVID-19, made no later than 72 hours.
Romania has extended its high-alert status for another 30 days.
Israel plans to restore full quarantine if the number of cases of coronavirus does not start to fall in the next few days.
South Africa has reinstated a ban on the sale of alcohol, saying that doctors and hospitals do not have enough time and resources to treat injuries related to intoxication.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 311,000 confirmed cases in South Africa. This is the highest rate in Africa and the eighth in the world. The number of deaths from coronavirus in South Africa is 4,453.
Kenyan authorities say that four health workers have died from coronavirus in the country’s largest maternity hospital. Another 450 employees fell ill.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday said he had again tested positive for the coronavirus. He was first diagnosed with the coronavirus last week. Bolsonaro says he plans to submit another analysis by the end of the week.