Good evening, follow the latest developments from Luxembourg and around the world in our short evening summary.
Starting with Luxembourg
- The latest figures from the Ministry of Health show that 66 new cases of coronavirus were discovered yesterday, of which 54 were residents. The death toll has increased by one to 119.
- The Ministry of Health published its weekly coronavirus update on Wednesday. Read a full summary here.
- Up to 20% of negative results could be false, said Minister of Health Paulette Lenert. But Dr Nehrbass, general director of the Luxembourg Institute of Health and coordinator for the Covid-Task-Force, told RTL there had been no false negatives or positives in the large scale testing project.
- In July, a record 5,509 cars were registered in Luxembourg after a slump in the months before.
- There are no more spots available over the weekend at the popular Upper Sûre Lake. "Visit Éislek" made the announcement on their facebook page, while also reminding guests to adhere to sanitary regulations and not leave any waste behind.
- In order to support students studying abroad, the Ministries of Education and Health have joined together with the ACEL union to offer a new procedure. A new platform will now allow students to request a voucher in order to be tested for free.
- Five months after confirming its first case of the new coronavirus, Brazil is fast approaching the bleak milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, a tragedy experts blame on the country's lack of coherent response.
- German airline giant Lufthansa said Thursday it made a net loss reaching 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on travel.
- While Europe tightened virus restrictions to face the threat of a second wave of COVID-19, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday found himself in the crosshairs of Facebook and Twitter because of a video in which he claims children are "almost immune" to the new coronavirus. Facebook and Twitter took aim at Trump and his campaign.
- More than 500 inmates -- nearly half the population -- of a prison in the US state of Arizona have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said, while at a California prison the virus death toll hit 22.
- Nintendo on Thursday reported net profit surged to $1 billion in the first quarter, with players stuck at home during the coronavirus virus driving extraordinary demand for the gaming industry.
- Belgium's biggest airline, Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines, said Thursday it had lost 182 million euros in the first six months of 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis.
- Humanitarian organisations will resume migrant rescues this month in the Mediterranean Sea, where none have operated since the Ocean Viking vessel docked in Italy in early July, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Sea-Watch said Thursday. Before the Ocean Viking's last mission, rescue operations in the Mediterranean had been suspended for months due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
- Germany will introduce mandatory coronavirus tests for travellers returning from designated risk zones from Saturday, the country's health minister said.
- A second lockdown for the state capital of Victoria began in early July but additional regulations came into force overnight, requiring hundreds of thousands more people to stay at home. Residents are still allowed to go out during the daytime for exercise and food, or for work if their business is deemed essential.
- Turkey has expressed concern over the rising number of coronavirus cases as the daily infection toll exceeded 1,000 for the second day in a row on Wednesday.