Hello and welcome to Al Jazeeraâs continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Iâm Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Here are the latest updates.
A judge in Brazil has dimissed a court ruling that requires President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask when heâs out in public.
Judge Daniele Maranhao Costa said the ruling wasnât necessary because masks are already mandatory in Brasilia, the federal capital.
Bolsonaro, who has been dismissive of the virus even as the toll has climbed, has regularly broken social distancing measures shaking hands, taking selfies and hugging supporters during rallies.
Brazil COVID-19: Protests over Bolsonaroâs handling of outbreak
The US recorded more than 47,000 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday â the biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began â according to a Reuters count.
Some 1,199 people also died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the first time the death toll has exceeded 1,000 since June 10.
Alarming data from the US shows that coronavirus cases in 14 states in the US more than doubled in June with Arizona reporting a 294 percent increase.
Arizona also has the highest rate of people testing positive for the virus â at 24 percent during the past week. The WHO considers positive testing rates of above 5 percent a concern.
US case increases in June:
South Korea has started using remdesivir, an experimental drug that was originally developed for Ebola, to treat its most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
Yonhap news agency says the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed an agreement with Gilead Sciences, which holds a patent for the drug. It did not disclose the amount of remdesivir it would buy or the price.
The WHO has told NK News that North Korea has tested just 922 people for COVID-19.
Itâs the first update on the coronavirus situation in North Korea for two months.
As per the update received on June 19, 922 people have been tested for COVID-19 and all tested negative,â WHO Representative to the DPRK Edwin Salvador told the publication.
He added that 443 people had been quarantined since May 7 and that as many as 255 remain under quarantine. All are reportedly North Korean nationals.
North Korea has now tested just 922 people for COVID-19, an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) told NK News on Tuesday.
â NK NEWS (@nknewsorg) June 30, 2020
Read all the updates from yesterday (June 30) here.
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