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Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on July 25

Britain is advising people not to travel to Spain and has removed the country from the list of safe places to visit following a surge of COVID-19 cases.

U.K. removes Spain from travel safe list following a surge of COVID-19 cases

British tourists returning to U.K. check in their luggage at Gran Canaria Airport on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain, on Saturday. (Borja Suarez/Reuters)

The latest:

  • Chief public health officer warns of pandemic 'fatigue' as cases surge among young people.
  • Health experts ask Ottawa to decide on funding domestic vaccine trial.
  • Ottawa says COVID-19 tracing app now in beta testing.
  • Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says he's now negative for COVID-19.
  • North Korea convenes emergency meeting after 1st suspected case reported.

Britain is advising people not to travel to Spain and has removed the country from the list of safe places to visit following a surge of COVID-19 cases.

The Department for Transport issued a statement late Saturday warning that as of midnight, anyone returning from vacation in Spain would have to self-isolate.

"Following a significant change over the last week in both the level and pace of change in confirmed cases, Spain has been removed from the list of countries where people do not have to self-isolate when arriving into the U.K.," the department said in a statement.

People already on holiday in Spain were being urged to return home as normal and check the Foreign Office's advice pages for further information.

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Spain has reported more than 900 new daily infections for the last two days as authorities warn that the country that lost over 28,000 lives before getting its outbreak under control could be facing the start of a second major outbreak.

"Protecting public health is our absolute priority and we have taken this decision to limit any potential spread to the U.K.," the government said.

Britain has Europe's worst outbreak, with over 45,800 confirmed virus-related deaths.


What's happening with coronavirus in Canada

As of 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Canada has seen 113,556 confirmed coronavirus cases. There are 5,523 active cases overall in the provinces and territories, with 99,115 listed as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC's reporting indicates that 8,918 Canadians have died.

Ontario reported 138 new cases on Saturday for a total of 38,543. Thirty-three of those cases were in the Windsor-Essex area, which posted the highest number of new infections in the province on Friday — 57 cases — a majority of them involving agri-food workers.

Premier Doug Ford said his team has been asked to consult a constitutional lawyer to find out if the province can order mandatory testing for migrant farm workers. The province has sent mobile testing units to some farms, but the uptake isn't as high as Ford would like.

Quebec reported 171 new cases on Saturday for a total of 58,414.

A person has their temperature checked before entering a store in Montreal on Saturday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Saskatchewan reported 37 new cases and 14 new recoveries on Saturday, or a total of 1,136 total cases and 862 recoveries.

Manitoba, which announced four new cases Saturday, was set to go ahead with a scaled-back Phase 4 plan for reopening.

Casinos and movie theatres will be able to operate at 30 per cent capacity of the site.

The current site capacity of 30 per cent for faith-based services and powwows will be maintained, while the requirement for participants to break into sub-groups has been eliminated.

The draft plan proposed that Manitobans could see walkup counter service when bars, microbreweries and distilleries reopen, but that section has been deferred.

WATCH | Should bars and restaurants be shut down following uptick?:

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Infectious disease expert Dr. Isaac Bogoch says indoor spaces like bars and restaurants are contributing to the uptick in coronavirus cases among younger people, but shutting them down may not be the answer. 3:04

Health officials in British Columbia have announced a new community outbreak of COVID-19 in Haida Gwaii. Until now, the remote islands have managed to avoid any cases, but 13 local residents have now tested positive.


What's happening in the rest of the world

In the Americas, the U.S. recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths for the fourth straight day on Friday, but a top White House adviser on the pandemic said she saw signs that the worst could be over in hard-hit southern and western states.

Mexico City's mayor warned of a possible resurgence of cases in the sprawling capital in the coming months, noting that hospitalizations have been on the rise in recent days.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says he tested negative for the coronavirus. That's based on a fourth test since announcing July 7 he had the virus.

A worker sanitizes the bench at Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Saturday. (Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

In Africa, the continent's total confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed 800,000.

That's according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

South Africa has more than half the reported cases on the continent. But infections are now climbing rapidly in other countries, including Kenya, East Africa's economic hub, with more than 16,000.

In Asia, Lebanon has reported the highest daily count of coronavirus cases with 175, bringing the total to more than 3,500. Lebanese officials warn of a spike in infections following the easing of restrictions after the country's only airport opened on July 1.

A Pakistani health official says 14 Chinese engineers and experts have tested positive for the coronavirus while working on a power project in central Pakistan.

On the Korean Peninsula, South Korea reported 113 new cases on Saturday — the largest single-day increase in almost four months — while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un convened an emergency politburo meeting after a person suspected of having COVID-19 returned from the South after illegally crossing the border this month, state media said on Sunday. If confirmed, it would be the first case officially acknowledged by North Korean authorities, who have so far said the country has no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

People wearing face masks are seen at the Gyeongbok Palace, one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul on Saturday. (Ahn Young-joon/The Associated Press)

In Europe, a German cruise ship has set sail for the first time since the industry was shut down because of the coronavirus, with strict precautions for passengers and crew.

Swimming pools and gyms in England are reopening for the first time since the U.K. went into lockdown as public health officials extol the benefits of exercise in fighting COVID-19.

France's coronavirus infection rate is continuing its worrisome upward creep, with health authorities saying the closely watched "R" gauge is now up to 1.3, suggesting that infected people are on average contaminating 1.3 others.

With files from Reuters and CBC News

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