Coronavirus pandemic: latest global developments

PARIS, July 26, 2020 (AFP) - Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

North Korea first case?

“The vicious virus could be said to have entered the country,” says leader Kim Jong Un, according to the official KCNA news agency, as North Korea becomes one of the last countries to declare its first suspected case.

Authorities lock down the city of Kaesong, near the frontier with South Korea, as state media says a defector who left for the South three years ago has returned and is suspected to be infected.

More than 645,000 dead

The pandemic has killed more than 645,715 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, with more than 16 million people infected, according to an AFP tally at 1100 GMT on Sunday based on official sources.

The United States has the most deaths with 146,463, followed by Brazil with 86,449, Britain with 45,738, Mexico with 43,374 and Italy with 35,102.

Deadliest day in Australia

Australia suffers its deadliest day since the pandemic began, with 10 fatalities and a rise in new infections despite an intense lockdown effort.

UK self-isolation

Following a snap move by the UK government to remove Spain from the travel corridor, passengers arriving from there into Britain must now self-isolate for two weeks.

The new rules took hold from Sunday, hours after being announced, causing uncertainty for holidaymakers and leading to criticism from travel industry leaders.