Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Over three million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been donated to Tunisia, as the country battles one of the highest virus death rates.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil recorded 1,108 more COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising its national death toll to 549,448.
  • ASIA: Indian officials announced that at least 138 people have died due to accidents related to heavy rains and flooding in the state of Maharashtra, raising the death toll threefold in the past 24 hours.
  • EUROPE: Greek police reported 25 arrests after breaking up a protest by vaccine skeptics in central Athens.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey’s defense ministry said two Turkish soldiers were killed in Syria near the Turkish border.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: A maglev bullet train that can reach speeds up to 600 kilometers per hour made its debut in China’s Qingdao.

Top Story

  • China: Typhoon In-Fa makes landfall in mainland China, possibly exacerbating floods plaguing the country. 
    • The storm struck Zhejiang Province with winds up to 38 meters per second.
    • Shanghai and neighboring coastal regions canceled all flights and slowed or suspended subway trains in response to the storm.
    • Disruptive winds, rough seas, and flooding are expected, and dozens of ships have been evacuated from a busy port south of Shanghai.
    • Before the storm hit, the death toll from severe floods caused by previous heavy rain that hit the central Chinese province of Henan increased to 56.
    • “We will make every effort to ensure the safety of people’s lives and property, and do everything to minimize disaster losses, and strive to achieve the goal of no deaths and few injuries and economic losses,” said Yuan Jiajun, the Zhejiang province Communist Party secretary, during a check of safety systems.
    • Reporting: XinhuaReutersBBCEFECNN

Africa

  • Region: The most recent updates on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 6,415,413. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Hamas condemned the decision to grant Israel an official observer status at the African Union (AU) as “shocking and disgraceful.” (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Over three million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been donated to the country as it battles one of the highest virus death rates. (AFP)

Americas

  • Brazil: The nation recorded 1,108 more COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising its national death toll to 549,448. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Thousands of people protested to demand the dismissal and impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro for mismanagement of the country’s pandemic response. (EFE)
  • United States: The U.S. Justice Department announced that it will not conduct a civil investigation into New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D)’s handling of COVID-19 cases in state nursing facilities. (WaPo)

Asia  

  • Australia: New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian pleaded with residents to get vaccinated as the state’s outbreak worsens. (DPA)
  • China: The country recorded 32 additional COVID-19 cases in the mainland on July 24, down from 35 cases a day earlier. (Reuters)
  • India: Officials announced that at least 138 people have died due to accidents related to heavy rain and flooding in the state of Maharashtra, raising the death toll threefold in the past 24 hours. (EFE)
  • South Korea: Daily new COVID-19 cases fell below 1,500 Sunday due to fewer tests over the weekend, but infections in non-metropolitan areas continued to pile up in the summer vacation season. (YNA)

Europe

  • Germany: Government officials announced people who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 could face restrictions in the coming months. (DPA)
  • Greece: Police reported 25 arrests after breaking up a protest by vaccine skeptics in central Athens. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: The nation recorded 31,795 more cases of COVID-19 and 86 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Pay for nurses and other NHS staff in England will have fallen in real terms by more than 7% since 2010. (The Guardian)

Middle East

  • Region: Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has again called for peacefully solving the Israel-Palestine issue through the “two-state solution.” (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: Two COVID-19 patients died at a hospital in the capital city of Amman after a short circuit knocked out power at the facility’s intensive care unit. (AP)
  • Syria: Turkey’s defense ministry said that two Turkish soldiers were killed in the north near the Turkish border. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Transportation:  A maglev bullet train that can reach speeds up to 600 kilometers per hour made its debut in China’s Qingdao. (Xinhua)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon In Fa
      • Location:30N 122.4E
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:65 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Nepartak
      • Location:31.2N 150.5E
      • Movement: N
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 25JUL21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (26JUL21)

  • Global: U.N. holds Food Systems Pre-Summit
  • Global: U.N. Security Council meeting on Central Asia
  • Asia: French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the French Polynesian islands. (to 27JUL)
  • Europe: US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Ambassador John Kerry will visit the United Kingdom and Italy. (to 26JUL)
  • Lebanon: President begins consultations on new govt
  • Japan: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continue. (to 08AUG21)
  • Philippines: President delivers State of the Nation address
  • St. Lucia: Parliamentary elections
  • United States: President Biden meets Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi at the White House

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