The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States is nearing six million, with states including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota reporting daily records. More than 183,000 people have died from the disease in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The number of cases globally has gone past 25 million, with deaths exceeding 844,000. More than 16.5 million people have recovered
New Zealand has made face masks compulsory as it eases coronavirus restrictions in Auckland that were imposed after a sudden spike in cases.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday, August 31
10:35 GMT – EU offers $476m in guarantees to WHO-led COVID-19 vaccine initiative
The European Commission said it would contribute 400 million euros ($476m) in guarantees to an initiative led by the World Health Organization to buy COVID-19 vaccines.
Countries wishing to be part of the WHO initiative, dubbed COVAX, had to submit expressions of interest by Monday.
10:05 GMT – Scientists see downsides to top COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China
High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.
CanSino Biologics’ vaccine, approved for military use in China, is a modified form of adenovirus type 5, or Ad5.
A vaccine developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, approved in Russia earlier this month despite limited testing, is based on Ad5 and a second less common adenovirus.
“The Ad5 concerns me just because a lot of people have immunity,” said Anna Durbin, a vaccine researcher at Johns Hopkins University. “I’m not sure what their strategy is … maybe it won’t have 70 percent efficacy. It might have 40 percent efficacy, and that’s better than nothing, until something else comes along.”
09:30 GMT – Ghana to reopen international airport after five months
Ghana will reopen its international airport on Tuesday but with new regulations in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the president announced.
Kotoka International Airport, located outside the capital Accra, was closed in March along with other border points in a bid to contain the virus in the west African country.
“Any passenger arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a nationwide broadcast.
He said land borders would remain closed.
09:00 GMT – Hong Kong to resume face-to-face school classes by late September
Hong Kong’s Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung said the will city resume face-to-face school classes from September 23.
The city’s government had said at the start of August that face-to-face classes would be suspended indefinitely as the Chinese special administrative region battled to control a third wave of the coronavirus.
Schools in the former British colony have been mostly shut since January with many having switched to online learning.
08:40 GMT – Gaza Strip registers 69 new virus infections
Palestinian health authorities reported 69 new infections from the coronavirus in the blockaded Gaza Strip.
In a statement, the health ministry said the territory’s virus count rose to 356 confirmed cases, including four deaths and 17 recoveries.
The ministry warned of a shortage of necessary medical supplies to curb the virus outbreak due to the 14-year Israeli blockade on the strip.
07:40 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus cases approach 1 million
Russia has reported 4,993 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing its nationwide tally to 995,319 – the fourth largest caseload in the world.
Russia’s coronavirus taskforce said 83 people had died over the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 17,176.
07:10 GMT – Pakistan reports lowest daily COVID-19 cases
Pakistan’s daily number of COVID-19 infections continued to drop as authorities reported 213 additional cases, the lowest daily figure since May.
The total number of infections to date reached 295,849, with 603 patients in critical condition, according to the health ministry data.
The data also shows a gradual decline in the number of fatalities, with six more deaths from the disease across the country, raising the death toll to 6,294.
06:50 GMT – Paris to make free COVID tests available in the capital
The Paris local municipality said it would look to make free COVID-19 testing available in all of the capital’s 20 districts (arrondissements), as authorities battle against signs of a re-emergence of the virus in France.
The Paris mayor’s office added in a statement that from Monday onwards, there would be three permanent laboratories set up to conduct free COVID-19 tests, as well as two other mobile…