Coronavirus has exacerbated schooling divides: Live updates

UN education agency says nearly 260 million children missed out on school in 2018 and pandemic has made it worse.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

  • There are concerns the coronavirus outbreak in the US is ‘snowballing’ as states reopen and Americans reject face masks and social distancing.  

  • UNESCO says the pandemic has only exacerbated conditions that left nearly 260 million children excluded from school in 2018, urging governments to do more to help the most disadvantaged.

  • Saudi Arabia will limit this year’s Hajj to only a “limited number” of people from different nationalities living in the country.

  • Worldwide, more than 9 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus. Nearly 4.5 million have recovered, while nearly 471,000 people have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, June 23

03:00 GMT – Tokyo Disney Resort to reopen on July 1

After months of closure, Tokyo’s Disney Resort will reopen on July 1.

Visitors will need to book in advance and have their temperature taken before they enter the theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Seating will also be spaced and everyone will have to wear masks.

02:45 GMT – Australian state of Victoria battles COVID-19 resurgence

Australia’s southern state of Victoria is seeing a jump in coronavirus in the community and has extended its state of emergency July 12.

Victoria has the second biggest population in the country and officials say cases have spread because people are not being careful enough about keeping their distance from others, wearing a mask and taking other step to control the disease.

The main COVID-19 hotspots are in Melbourne.

It said the pandemic was an opportunity for change.

“COVID-19 has given us a real opportunity to think afresh about our education systems,” said Manos Antoninis, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report. “But moving to a world that values and welcomes diversity won’t happen overnight. There is an obvious tension between teaching all children under the same roof and creating an environment where students learn best. But, COVID-19 has showed us that there is scope to do things differently, if we put our minds to it.”

23:30 GMT – Alarm over cases ‘snowballing’ in parts of US

An alarming surge in coronavirus cases in parts of the United States following moves to ease lockdowns is raising concern that the outbreak is spiralling out of control because of Americans’ resistance to wearing masks and keeping their distance from others.

Cases surpassed 100,000 in Florida, hospitalisations are rising dramatically in Houston, and a startling one in five of those tested in Arizona have been confirmed to have the virus.

“It is snowballing. We will most certainly see more people die as a result of this spike,” said Dr Marc Boom, CEO and president of Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. You can read more about what’s happening in the US here.

23:00 GMT – Saudi Arabia limits Hajj attendance

Saudi Arabia will hold only a “very limited” Hajj this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Only people already living in the country will be allowed to take part.

“It was decided to hold the pilgrimage this year with very limited numbers … with different nationalities in the kingdom,” the official Saudi Press Agency said on Monday, citing the Hajj ministry.

More than two million Muslims take part in the annual pilgrimage to Islam’s holy city of Mecca every year. This year’s event is due to take place in late July.

Read all the updates from yesterday (June 22) here.

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