Latest on the global spread of coronavirus

By | September 13, 2020

* India reported 94,372 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking total cases past 4.7 million, as infection numbers rose in several states amid a gradual opening up of businesses.

*Indonesia has reported its sixth consecutive day of over 3,000 new cases of coronavirus infection, just as the capital city of Southeast Asia’s most populous country prepares to re-impose social distancing restrictions.

*South Korea says it will ease social distancing rules in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area following a declining number of new coronavirus cases, though new infections are still up around 80 – 110 a day.

* Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who is set to become prime minister this week, said on Sunday there was no limit to the amount of bonds the government can issue to support an economy hit by the pandemic.

* France has had 10,561 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health authorities said on Saturday, a new daily record as the number topped 10,000 for the first time. The jump highlights a resurgence of the disease in France.

* Authorities will reinforce restrictions on spectators on Tour de France climbs situated in coronavirus “red zones” to avoid mass gatherings, organisers said on Saturday.

*Coronavirus infections continue to grow in the Czech Republic, reaching a record level for the fourth day this week. The Health Ministry says the day-to-day increase in new cases reached 1,541 on Saturday, a record high for the country.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* An Israeli cabinet minister tendered his resignation on Sunday in protest at a looming coronavirus lockdown that he argued would unfairly impede religious celebrations of Jewish holidays.

* The UN refugee agency is stepping up efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 among tens of thousands of Syrians in camps in Jordan after the first cases were confirmed last week, the head of the agency in the country said on Saturday.

* President Donald Trump’s administration has expelled about 8,800 unaccompanied migrant children intercepted at the US-Mexico border since March 20 under rules seeking to limit the coronavirus spread in the United States, according to court documents filed Friday by the Justice Department.

* Cuban state media reported on Saturday interprovincial transportation would be shut down and a curfew in Havana extended until the end of the month as a surge in COVID-19 cases in the capital spreads to other areas.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

*AstraZeneca has resumed British clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine, one of the most advanced in development, after receiving the green light from safety watchdogs, the company said on Saturday.

* US drugmaker Merck & Co Inc has begun recruiting participants to its early-stage COVID-19 vaccine study, according to the government database clinicaltrials.gov.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* South Africa’s economy will likely contract this year by more than the 7 per cent previously forecast by the Treasury, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said in an opinion piece published on Sunday.

* As COVID-19 grounds airline fleets, companies that dismantle and trade aircraft parts are seeing early signs of a rebound in activity as carriers accelerate plane retirements.

Australian Associated Press

Western Advocate – Health