The United States has set a record for coronavirus cases, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.
- Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in a sign that the country has not contained the deadly disease.
- New Zealand marked 100 days without a domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday, but warned against complacency as countries like Vietnam and Australia battle a resurgence in infections.
- At least 19.51 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while the global death toll crossed 725,000. More than 11.88 million have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Sunday, August 9
10:50 GMT – North Korea brings aid supplies to border town under lockdown
North Korea’s ruling party has delivered special aid packages of food and medical equipment to residents of Kaesong, near the border with the South, after imposing a lockdown there due to COVID-19 concerns, state media said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency and imposed a lockdown on the small border town last month after a person, who defected to South Korea in 2017, returned to Kaesong across the highly fortified border showing coronavirus symptoms.
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Pyongyang has not confirmed any coronavirus infections but has been taking strict quarantine measures and screening the town, while providing food, test kits and other medical equipment, according to state media.
South Korea has confirmed 14,598 coronavirus cases and 305 COVID-19 deaths, the Korea Centers for Disease Prevention and Control said on Sunday.
09:55 GMT – Coronavirus cases emerge at second mine in Papua New Guinea
The novel coronavirus has been detected at a second mine in Papua New Guinea, after an employee at the Lihir Mine owned by Newcrest Mining Ltd tested positive for the disease.
The 30-year-old male, who flew in from Port Moresby at the end of July, is among 26 confirmed cases reported by the National Pandemic Control Centre in the capital Port Moresby.
The island nation has now reported a total of 214 coronavirus cases and three deaths.
09:40 GMT – UK PM says schools must open in September
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative and insisted they would be able to operate safely despite the ongoing threat from the pandemic.
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His comments follow a study earlier this month which warned that Britain risks a second wave of COVID-19 this winter twice as large as the initial outbreak if schools open without an improved test-and-trace system.
Johnson said restarting schools was a national priority. Schools would be the last places to close in future local lockdowns, he was quoted by another newspaper as telling a meeting on Thursday.
07:35 GMT – Deadly fire at coronavirus facility in south India
At least 11 coronavirus patients were killed by a fire at a southern Indian hotel being used as a COVID-19 facility, officials said, in the second such incident this month.
The blaze at Hotel Swarna Palace in the city of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh state, broke out at 5am local time (23:30 GMT Saturday).
Rescue teams evacuated those trapped in the multi-storey building, according to senior police officer Srinivasulu, who uses only one name.
At least 22 people had been brought to hospitals, he said.
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05:33 GMT – New Zealand records 100 days without domestic virus case
New Zealand marked 100 days without a domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday, but warned against complacency as countries like Vietnam and Australia which once had the virus under control now battle a resurgence in infections.
New Zealand’s successful fight against COVID-19 has made the Pacific island nation of 5 million one of the safest places in the world right now, Reuters news agency reported.
New Zealanders have returned to normal life, but authorities are concerned that people were now refusing testing, not using the government contact tracing apps, and even ignoring basic hygiene rules.
“Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can’t afford to be complacent,” Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield warned.
New Zealand has 23 active cases in managed isolation facilities, and 1,219 COVID-19 cases overall.
05:24 GMT – Qatar posts 97.15 percent coronavirus recovery rate
Qatar has posted a 97.15 percent recovery rate out of its 112,650 coronavirus cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
Of that total number of cases, 109,438 cases have recovered, with 182 total deaths as of Sunday.
04:51 – Saudi Arabia records 1,467 new coronavirus cases
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recorded 1,467 new coronavirus cases, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 287,262.
Al Arabiya quoted the health ministry as saying on Sunday that 37 people have died from the disease, bringing the death toll nationwide to 3,130.
A total of 250,440 of the patients have recovered, according to the report.
04:15 GMT – Singapore marks 55th National Day amid the coronavirus pandemic
Singapore marked its 55th National Day on Sunday, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calling for “unity and resilence” to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
In his speech, Lee warned the pandemic is “far from over” and that the number of cases in the country can still rise “despite all our precautions.”
Amid the health scare, Singapore Airforce (RSAF) planes flew past the city, and the review guard fired their guns in a salute to the nation.
Singapore has over 54,000 cases and 27 deaths. More than 48,500 of the patients have recovered.
03:30 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 555 to 215,891
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 555 to 215,891, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.
The reported death toll rose by one to 9,196, the tally showed.
03:00 GMT – South Korea reports 36 new COVID-19 cases
South Korea’s new coronavirus cases inched up to 36, with 30 local infections, raising the total numver to 14,598, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday quoting the country’s health agency.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that of the new locally transmitted cases, 25 were reported in densely populated Seoul and nearby metropolitan areas, where around half of the country’s 50-million population resides.
The country reported one more coronavirus-related death, brining the total to 305.
The number of patients fully cured of the virus reached 13,642, up 13 from the previous day, representing 93.45 percent of the total cases.
02:22 GMT – China reports 23 new COVID-19 cases in mainland
China has reported 23 new coronavirus cases in the mainland as of the end of August 8, down from 31 a day earlier, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting the country’s health authority.
Among the new cases, 15 were locally transmitted and eight were imported infections, the National Health Commission said in a statement published on its website.
Some 45 people were discharged on Saturday and there are still 817 active cases in the country, including 43 severe cases.
The total number of infections in mainland China now stands at 84,619, with the death toll unchanged at 4,634.
01:45 GMT – Mexico stops bleeding jobs during pandemic, president says
Mexico has started getting people back to work again in August after losing 1.1 million formal jobs between March and July due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters news agency reported quoting President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
“We’ve stopped losing jobs,” Lopez Obrador said in a video posted on YouTube. “So far in August almost 15,000 new jobs have been created.”
Citing data from Mexico’s Social Security Institute, Lopez Obrador said 1.1 million formal jobs were lost between March and July, with the nadir in April with some 555,000 losses. That slowed to 3,900 formal job losses in July, he said.
The bulk of Mexicans work in the informal economy, and they have borne the brunt of job losses triggered by the pandemic’s effects on Latin America’s second-second largest economy.
01:15 GMT – Mexico’s coronavirus death tally exceeds 52,000, cases above 475,900
Mexico’s health ministry has reported 6,495 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 695 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 475,902 cases and 52,006 deaths, according to Reuters news agency.
Officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Mexico has the third highest coronavirus death tally globally, behind the United States and Brazil.
00:05 GMT – US sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million
The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.
With one out of every 66 residents infected, the US leads the world in COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters analysis. The country has recorded more than 160,000 deaths, nearly a quarter of the world’s total.
The latest development comes as President Donald Trump signed executive orders intended to provide economic relief to Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic after the White House failed to reach a deal with Congress.
00:01 GMT – Brazil coronavirus death toll hits 100,000
Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in a sign that the country has not contained the deadly disease.
The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and reported 905 for the latest 24-hour period.
The Health Ministry said there had been a total of 3,012,412 confirmed infections with the new coronavirus – death and infection tolls second only to the United States. And as in many nations, experts believe that both numbers are severe undercounts due to insufficient testing.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For all the key developments from yesterday, August 8, go here.