Russia’s coronavirus cases surpassed 980,000 after the country reported 4,829 new cases in the last 24 hours.
The number of coronavirus cases in Latin America surpassed seven million, as legislators in Argentina’s capital passed a law allowing relatives to maintain a bedside vigil for patients dying of COVID-19.
- South Korea extended social-distancing rules in the capital, Seoul, amid a triple-digit rise in cases, while India reported another record jump in daily cases. New Delhi has reported the world’s highest single-day caseload every day since August 7.
More than 24.56 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and 16 million have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 835,000 people have died.
Here are the latest updates:
Saturday, August 29
10:08 GMT – Azerbaijan extends some coronavirus restrictions
Azerbaijan has extended some coronavirus lockdown restrictions, including the closure of its borders, until September 31 after a further rise in the number of infections, the government said.
Azerbaijan, which saw a daily increase of coronavirus cases of between 130 and 180 in the past several weeks, will reopen museums and exhibition halls from September 1, the government said.
But shopping malls will remain closed and public transport will be limited, while the ban on travelling between the regions remains in place, the government said.
Azerbaijan introduced measures to stem the coronavirus on March 24 and has extended them several times.
The South Caucasus country of about 10 million people had registered 35,986 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 527 deaths as of Saturday.
09:35 GMT – German court allows Berlin protests against coronavirus curbs
A German regional court gave the go-ahead for mass demonstrations planned in Berlin against coronavirus curbs, ruling against the capital’s ban on such protests.
Police, who deployed 3,000 officers to control crowds expected to reach 20,000, have prepared for possible violence as activists opposed to the virus measures urge social media followers across Europe to arm themselves and gather in Berlin.
Until now Germany has managed the coronavirus crisis better than many of its European counterparts, with rigorous testing helping to hold down infections and deaths.
But new daily infections have accelerated in recent weeks, as in much of the world.
09:10 GMT – Indonesia reports record new coronavirus cases for third day
Indonesia reported its biggest rise in new coronavirus infections for a third successive day, the health ministry website showed.
Saturday’s 3,308 cases take Indonesia’s tally of infections to 169,195, while 92 new deaths carried its toll to 7,261, data on the website showed.
09:05 GMT – 107th Tour de France begins in Nice in restricted form
The 107th Tour de France begins in Nice, but even the stunning backdrop of the Cote d’Azur in southern France can’t mask the fact that this is a competition that has been changed markedly by the pandemic.
After a sharp rise in coronavirus infections in France, restrictions were intensified once again.
Only an extremely limited number of spectators will be able to see the race, with the Cote d’Azur region now a designated “red zone” – a virus hot spot.
Initially 5,000 spectators were to have been allowed to watch. Now only a few dozen have the honour of taking in the start and end of hte first stage.
08:20 GMT – Ukraine reports record daily rise in coronavirus cases
Ukraine registered a record 2,481 cases of the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday, up from 2,438 in the previous day.
Europe: Several nations tighten measures as COVID-19 cases rise
The increase comes after Ukraine this week imposed a temporary ban on most foreigners from entering the country until September 28 and extended lockdown measures until the end of October to contain a recent spike in cases.
The country has so far reported a total of 116,987 infections and 2,492 deaths from the virus.
08:15 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 17,000
Russia said 111 people had died from the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, raising the official death toll to 17,025.
Russia’s coronavirus taskforce reported 4,941 new cases, bringing its nationwide tally to 985,346, the fourth largest caseload in the world.
08:10 GMT – Namibia opens airports and schools but extends overnight curfew
Namibia will lift lockdown restrictions, allowing international travel, schools to reopen and onsite alcohol consumption from September, President Hage Geingob announced, but he extended an overnight curfew as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
The southern African country of two million now has 6,906 confirmed…