Coronavirus live news: Belgium set to tighten restrictions; China reports highest new cases since April

Coronavirus live news: Belgium set to tighten restrictions; China reports highest new cases since AprilJuly 27, 2020

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The German state of Bavaria is spear-heading the mass roll-out of coronavirus testing facilities in the hope of reaching as many returning holiday makers as possible, writes Kate Connolly, the Guardian’s Berlin correspondent.

Airports, railway stations and main border crossings used by cars, are to be kitted out with mobile testing units, Markus Söder, the leader of the southern state announced this morning.

The coronavirus pandemic is the worst global health emergency the World Health Organisation has faced, its director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said, according to Reuters.

Only with strict adherence to health measures, from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, would the world beat it, Tedros told a virtual news briefing in Geneva. “Where these measures are followed, cases go down. Where they are not, cases go up,” he said, praising Canada, China, Germany and South Korea for controlling outbreaks.

“This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the International Health Regulations, but it is easily the most severe”-@DrTedros https://t.co/JvKC0PTett

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