- At least 19.86 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 731,300 have died. More than 12.1 million have been recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday, August 10th
06:15 GMT – Red Cross trains N Koreans to help deal with coronavirus, flood
The Red Cross has trained about 43,000 North Korean volunteers to help communities, including the closed city of Kaesong, fight the new coronavirus and provide flood relief, an official with the aid organization said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared an emergency last month and imposed a blockade in Kaesong, near the cross-Korean border, after a man who broke into the South in 2017 returned to the city showing symptoms of coronavirus. Heavy rain and flooding in recent days have also raised concerns about damage to crops and food supplies in the isolated area.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has built an extensive network of North Korean volunteers to help residents in the nine provinces avoid the virus and reduce damage from floods and landslides. , said spokesman Antony Balmain.
05:45 GMT – German firm expects life to be limited to another 8.5 months: study
German companies expect public life to be curtailed for another 8.5 months due to the coronavirus, a study by the Ifo economics institute showed, as Europe’s biggest economic battles to recover from a pandemic drop triggered.
Leisure firms hit hard by the coronavirus crisis are particularly pessimistic, expecting restrictions to last another 13 months while the beverage sector is more optimistic, predicting the restrictions will end in 6.4 months.
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05:15 GMT – The US warned that coronavirus deaths could reach 300,000
As the U.S. registers more than five million coronavirus infections, former Food and Drug Administration chief Dr Scott Gottlieb has issued a warning about the rising death toll.
“We will definitely be somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000. Whether we are close to 200,000 or closer to 300,000 depends on what we do and how it evolves,” Gottlieb said in an interview with CBS Face The Nation.
“The concern now is that this has become so prevalent across the country that it may start to infect more rural communities that have mostly been untouched so far and are certainly a little more complacent because they have been untouched, but “They are still very vulnerable because the infection has not been there.”
According to reports, one in every 66 residents in the US is now infected with COVID-19. As of Monday, the U.S. has reported nearly 163,000 deaths.
04:50 GMT – Russia’s competition for vaccines against the virus raises concerns in the West
Russia boasts it is about to become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned for October using shots that have not yet completed clinical trials – and scientists around the world are sounding the alarm that the rush without head can be turned on.
“I’m concerned that Russia is cutting corners so that the vaccine that will come out may not only be ineffective, but also unsafe,” Lawrence Gostin, a global public health law expert at Georgetown University, told the agency. AP news. “It doesn’t work that way …. Judgments come first. That’s really important.”
According to Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that bankrupted the effort, a vaccine developed by the Gamaleya research institute in Moscow could be approved within days, before scientists complete what is called a Phase 3 study.
This final phase study, usually involving tens of thousands of people, is the only way to test whether an experimental vaccine is safe and really works.
04:20 GMT – Closing Australia’s internal borders to stay for months
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the closure of the country’s internal borders is unlikely to be lifted before Christmas.
Morrison, however, said he is “more hopeful” that the measures being implemented are yielding results, with new daily infections in the state of Victoria slowing to a low nearly two weeks.
Australia reported its highest death toll on Monday.
03:49 GMT – Red Cross sends thousands of volunteers to help N Korea cope with coronavirus, flood
The Red Cross has deployed more than 43,000 volunteers in North Korea to help the country in the midst of the pandemic and the recent floods. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) spokesman Antony Balmain said Monday.
Balmain said the volunteers will be spread across nine provinces.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had declared a health emergency in July and imposed a blockade on the border town of Kaesong after a man who defected to the South in 2017 returned to the city showing signs of coronavirus.
Heavy rain and flooding have also been reported in recent days, causing concerns about damage to the country’s food supply chain.
03:15 GMT – Confirmed German coronavirus cases rise 436 to 216,327
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany rose from 436 to 216,327, the Reuters news agency reported on Monday, citing data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.
The number of reported deaths rose by one to 9,197, the report showed.
02:45 GMT – Manila to distribute one million face masks to help keep pandemic
The mayor of Manila has announced that the Philippine capital will distribute one million face masks to its residents as part of a local government effort to improve the spread of coronavirus disease.
Mayor Franciso Moreno also said the city is allocating at least 200 million pesos ($ 4 million) to purchase COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they become available.
The Philippines has almost 130,000 cases nationwide and over 2,200 deaths. Most cases and deaths have been reported in the Metro Manila area, which has a population of over 12 million.
A blockade has been put back in Metro Manila and nearby provinces until August 18th. The national government has faced criticism for its response to the pandemic, forcing local governments to step up and adopt localized restrictions and policies.
02:25 GMT – South Korea reports 28 new cases of coronavirus
South Korea reported 28 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, including 17 local infections that totaled the country to 14,626.
The Yonhap news agency quoted the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) as saying that out of 17 local broadcasts, 11 were reported in the capital Seoul.
Meanwhile, a church in Goyang, north of Seoul, reported eight more patients on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 24.
There were no new reports reported, generally keeping deaths at 305. About 93 percent of total cases have already recovered.
01:48 GMT – Venezuela’s Maduro extends coronavirus restrictions for 30 days
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the extension of the country’s vigilance for another 30 days, to help control the spread of the coronavirus.
Maduro made the announcement as he said that 5,491 Venezuelan nationals who have recently returned to the country have tested positive for the coronavirus.
By the end of Sunday, the country added 844 new cases, including 797 local infections and 47 imported cases, as well as eight deaths. Venezuela has reported almost 26,000 cases and 223 deaths so far.
01:15 GMT – Brazil reports more than 23,000 new cases of coronavirus, 572 deaths
The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported 23010 new cases of COVID-19, with 572 new deaths, as the country continues to struggle with the content of the spread of the deadly disease.
By recent numbers, South America’s most populous nation now has more than 3 million cases, and over 2.3 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins University reports.
COVID-19 death toll rises to more than 101,000 – second only to US
01:00 GMT – China reports 49 new cases of coronavirus on the continent
China on Monday reported 49 new cases of coronavirus on the continent, as of the end of August, compared to 23 cases the day before, Reuters news agency quoted health authorities as saying.
The National Health Commission said in a statement 35 of the new infections were imported cases. There were no new deaths.
China also reported 31 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 11 the day before.
As of Aug. 9, mainland China had a total of 84,668 confirmed coronavirus cases, she said.
China’s death from coronavirus remained unchanged at 4634.
00:15 GMT – Mexico reports 4,376 new COVID-19 cases, 292 new deaths
The Mexican Ministry of Health reported 4,376 new confirmed on Sunday coronavirus infections and 292 additional fatalities, bringing the total to the country to 480,278 cases and 52,298 deaths, according to the Reuters News Agency.
Officials have said the actual number of infected people is likely to be considered higher than the confirmed cases.
Mexico has the third highest place coronavirus death globally, behind the United States and Brazil.
00:05 GMT – Victoria Australia reports 322 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths
Australia reported a record number of daily coronavirus deaths on Monday, though the number of new infections in the country’s hot spot fell to a low nearly two weeks, according to the Reuters news agency.
Officials in the state of Victoria, which is the epicenter of Australia’s second wave of coronavirus, reported that 19 people have died from the virus in the past 24 hours. With other states still reporting daily new cases and death tolls, this already marks the largest daily increase in casualties in the country.
In more positive news, Victoria officials also reported 322 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the lowest number of new infections per day since July 29.
Australia has recorded around 21,000 cases of COVID-19 and 314 deaths, still far fewer than many other developed nations.
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For all the major developments from yesterday, August 9, go here.