- Cases of coronaviruses worldwide have exceeded 20 million, with Brazil and Mexico reporting a 27,000 combined infections in just one day. More than 12.2 million have been cured and nearly 735,000 have died from the disease, according to a Johns Hopkins University report.
- US President Donald Trump is considering a measure to block US citizens and permanent residents from entering the country if they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, according to the New York Times and Reuters.
- Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, on Tuesday reported 19 new deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 331 new cases.
- India has registered more than 2.2 million infections – the third highest number of cases near the US and Brazil.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, August 11th
04:40 GMT – The next president of the UN assembly praises Pakistan’s response to the pandemic
Volkan Bozkir, the next president of the United Nations General Assembly has praised Pakistan for rapidly containing the coronavirus, saying the treatment of the South Asian nation pandemic is a good example to the world, according to the AP news agency.
The Turkish diplomat was recently elected chairman of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
Bozkir’s visit to Islamabad comes amid a steady decline in COVID-19 deaths and infections in Pakistan.
Pakistan on Monday reported 15 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, increasing its total COVID-19-related deaths to 6,097. There are a total of more than 284,000 cases.
04:20 GMT – Hong Kong reports another coronavirus death; number of deaths at 56
An elderly man has died from coronavirus infection at a hospital in Hong Kong, pushing victims of the semi-autonomous city to 56.
According to the South Morning Post on Tuesday, the 79-year-old patient has been hospitalized since July 27th. He had some medical preconditions before becoming infected with COVID-19.
As of Monday, Hong Kong has registered at least 4,148 coronavirus infections.
04:00 GMT – Papua New Guinea will lift the blockade despite the increase in COVID-19 cases
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape is continuing with plans to lift blockade measures in the Pacific country this week, even as a recent sharp blow to coronavirus infections worries health officials, according to the Reuters news agency.
Marape said a two-week blockade in the capital Port Moresby would be lifted by Wednesday, despite reported cases of the country doubling COVID-19 over the past week.
“While the spread is there, we need to adjust to living with COVID-19 this year, rather than take drastic measures,” Marape told a news conference Monday.
PNG had a total of 214 cases and three deaths as of Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported, out of 104 cases and one death last week. Most troubling, the WHO said it was likely that the actual infection number was much higher, given the low testing rates across the country.
03:30 GMT – New Zealand retirement home in closure to test COVID-19
A New Zealand retirement village has gone through a deadlock after residents showed symptoms of respiratory illness, the Reuters news agency reported Tuesday in the New Zealand city of Herald.
The retirement village of Palms Village in Christchurch advised about blocking in a letter to family members on Tuesday, the newspaper said. No further details were available immediately.
New Zealand, which has managed to contain mainly the spread of coronavirus, has spent more than 100 days without transmitting COVID-19 from the community.
02:55 GMT – ‘The Land of COVID-19’? Philippines protests Thai newspaper headline
The Philippine government has sent a letter of protest to a Bangkok-based newspaper over a headline calling the country “COVID-19 land” after it recorded the highest number of coronavirus cases in the East Asian region.
In a letter to Thai Rath editor-in-chief Saravut Vacharaphol, Consul General of the Philippines in Thailand Val Simon Roque said the description “is inappropriate, insensitive and unhelpful”.
In an Aug. 8 report, Thai Rath said 165 Filipino teachers arrived in Bangkok from the “COVID-19 site”. Thousands of Filipino teachers work in Thailand to make up for its lack of education.
The Philippines has recorded 136,638 cases and nearly 2,300 deaths by the end of Monday. The number of cases tops the entire East Asian region and ranks 22nd worldwide.
02:20 GMT – Greece reports 126 new cases, Athens museum orders closure
Greece has confirmed at least 126 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s number to 5,749 with at least 213 deaths.
According to the government, 17 of the new cases involved migrants in Lesbos who arrived from Turkey.
Meanwhile, the country’s Ministry of Culture announced that for the next two weeks, the Museum of the Ancient Agora in Athens will be closed for disinfection after one of its workers tested positive for the disease, also known as COVID-19.
01:48 GMT – South Korea reports 34 new COVID-19 cases
New cases of South Korean coronavirus were thrown back into over 30 on Tuesday, as an attack on infections found by churches shows no signs of leup, according to the Yonhap news agency.
The country identified an additional 34 cases of viruses, including 23 household infections, bringing the total number of cases to 14,660, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
There were no new casualties reported for the second day in a row, keeping the death toll at 305.
01:30 GMT – The drug company sees 500-600 million doses of vaccine by 2021
U.S.-registered drug company Novavax Inc. said its manufacturing capability is sufficient to meet U.S. demand for COVID-19 vaccines in 2021, according to reports.
Company executives said the demand for vaccines could be up to 500 to 600 million doses.
Last week, Novavax said its experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced high levels of antibodies against COVID, according to initial data from a small clinical trial, at an early stage.
Novavax expects to be able to produce more than 2 billion doses of its vaccine in total, executives told reporters.
01:10 GMT – MB terminating 6,000 COVID-19 contact trackers
The British government is laying off 6,000 coronavirus contact trackers and will put the rest to work in local teams, in a confirmation that the centralized tracking and tracing system is not working properly, the AP news agency reported.
The UK has been criticized for failing to track contacts of people infected early in the pandemic, a factor that contributed to the country’s high death toll to more than 46,500, the most in Europe.
The National Trial and Trace Program said it was formally endorsing that localized approach. About 6,000 contact trackers will be laid off this month and the remaining 12,000 will work with local public health authorities across the country.
00:47 GMT – Mexico reports more than 5,500 new cases, 705 deaths
At least 5,558 new cases of the coronavirus and 705 additional deaths have been reported in Mexico, bringing the total to 485,836 cases and 53,003 deaths in the country, according to the Reuters news agency.
The country’s health ministry said the actual number of infected is likely to be considered higher than the confirmed cases.
00:20 GMT – Brazil registers 22,048 new cases of coronavirus and 703 new deaths
Brazil has registered 22,048 new cases of the coronavirus and 703 deaths, the Reuters news agency reported, citing the health ministry.
Overall, Brazil now has 3,057,470 confirmed cases, while the death toll has risen to 101,752.
00:05 GMT –Trump weighs in on blocking US citizens coming home if they feared coronavirus infection
The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering a measure to block US citizens and permanent residents from returning home if they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, according to the New York Times and the Reuters News Agency.
The draft regulation would authorize the government to block individuals who “could be believed” to have contracted COVID-19 or other diseases.
Trump has created a series of comprehensive immigration restrictions since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, suspending some legal immigration and allowing U.S. border authorities to quickly deport migrants caught at the border without standard legal processes.
00:01 GMT – Australia reports 331 new cases, 19 deaths
Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, on Tuesday reported 19 new deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 331 new cases, according to the Reuters News Agency.
The state reported 322 infections and 19 deaths, its largest one-day increase in casualties, the day before.
Victoria last week began a six-week total closure, closing stores and businesses to keep up with a second wave of infections requiring its five million residents to stay home.
Greetings and welcome for Al Jazeera’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur.
For all the major developments from yesterday, August 10, go here.