More than a million medics call for tighter lockdown controls after a surge in infections:
More than a million Philippine doctors and nurses have urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday to reimpose strict lockdown in and around Manila.
The medics say the country is losing the fight against Covid- 19.
Some 80 groups representing 80,000 doctors and a million nurses, warned of a collapse of the healthcare system from soaring infections of the new coronavirus without tighter controls in the capital and nearby provinces.
The Philippines on Friday recorded its biggest daily jump in new cases for a second successive day, with 4,063 infections.
“Our health workers are burnt out with seemingly endless number of patients trooping to our hospitals for emergency care and admission,” the group, led by the Philippine College of Physicians, said in a letter to the president.
“We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19,” it added.
Tokyo reports record 472 new coronavirus cases on Saturday:
The number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in Tokyo was around 472 on Saturday, Government officials said on NHK TV.
It was the second day in a row that the number of cases in the capital rose by more than 400.
Though Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has said the city could declare its own state of emergency, the central government says there is still no need to do so nationally despite a record spike in several cities around the nation.
The current “volatile and highly complex situation” means the UK will face “grave challenges” in maintaining order, according to a paper considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) in July.
The academics warn that tensions duirng the pandemic have become “inextricably bound” with structural inequalities and international events.
Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s coronavirus live blog for Saturday, August 1.