- Mainland China has reported 101 new cases of the novel coronavirus – the highest in more than three and a half months. Of the new cases, 89 are in the far western region of Xinjiang.
- The European Union announced that it had agreed to purchase a limited supply of the COVID-19 drug remdesivir from drugmaker Gilead.
- Nearly 16.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. Some 9.7 million patients have recovered, and more than 659,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Wednesday, July 29
15:14 GMT – Hanoi to shut bars and ban big gatherings after COVID-19 outbreak in Danang
Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, has ordered bars and pubs to shut and banned large gatherings from midnight because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Danang, the head of the city’s administration said.
Hanoi on Wednesday registered its first case of COVID-19 linked to the Danang outbreak.
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