Kenya reopens - Kenya will continue to enforce a curfew as it begins to reopen parts of the country. Travel restrictions have been lifted in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties as the country continues to grapple with rising COVID-19 infection rates. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said the country will lockdown again if rates increase.
Madagascar on lockdown - Madagascar has placed its capital Antananarivo under a strict lockdown as COVID-19 rates rise. The lockdown is expected to last until the end of July 20. There are 2,941 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. Madagascar has conducted about 24,000 tests. The country has been using an anti-malarial artemisia plant to try to cure COVID-19 — an unproven cure.
Thousands of COVID-19 cases in one day - India recorded over 24,000 cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour span over the weekend. States in the country like Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been particularly hit harder by the pandemic. Places of worship and offices were reopened in India a month ago.
Heavy rain in Japan - After a weekend of flooding that killed 37 people in Japan, the country is expecting more rain fall this week. At least 40,000 rescue workers were deployed to the southwest part of the country searching for survivors. Rain caused landslides and rivers to burst their banks over the weekend. Evacuation centers are running out of room for those who have been impacted by the rain.
Greece bans essential travel from Serbia - Greece has imposed a ban of travel from Serbia for the week. Serbia reported 302 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours. The country has seen at least 16,000 total cases of the virus. In May, there were about 50 cases being reported daily in the country.
Migrants arrive in Italy - Italy will rescue 180 migrants from the Mediterranean from a charity-run ship. Rescue groups cited fears for the safety of the migrants and the ship’s crew. The migrants will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They come from places like Pakistan, Eritrea and Nigeria. Among those on board of the ship include 25 minors.
Mexico and COVID-19 - Mexico reported 523 people died from COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the country’s death toll from the virus up to 30,366. It has the fifth highest death toll from COVID-19 and recently passed France. Authorities believe the number of those who have died and those who have been infected is higher than reported numbers because of a lack of testing. Only Brazil has a higher COVID-19 death toll than Mexico.
Bolivian health minister has COVID-19 - Maria Eidy Roca, health minister for Bolivia, has tested positive for COVID-19. She is the third member of the cabinet to be infected with the disease. Bolivia has about 380,000 confirmed cases of the virus. Roca is in a stable condition and is following safety protocols.
Amoeba brain eating case confirmed in Florida - The Florida Department of Health said a resident in Hillsborough County has contracted a rare brain-eating amoeba. The amoeba can be found in warm freshwater and is considered to be fatal. It is unknown how the resident was infected or what his or her condition is. There have been 37 cases confirmed in Florida since 1962.
Woman dies in Seattle protest - Summer Taylor, a 24-year-old Seattle resident, died after a car drove and hit multiple pedestrians. Taylor was participating in a Black Lives Matter protest. Dawit Kelete, 27, was charged with two counts of vehicular assault. It is unknown if the car attack was premeditated.