- India’s caseload topped four million, while South Korea posted its lowest daily tally in three weeks. Police in Australia’s Victoria state meanwhile braced for anti-lockdown protests, arresting at least four people for incitement.
- Iraq’s health ministry warned hospitals may “lose control” in the coming days after the country recorded its highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokeswoman said, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety.
- More than 26.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 872,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 17.6 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Saturday, September 5
06:50 GMT – India crosses four million virus cases with record surge
India’s total coronavirus cases surged beyond four million with a record rise, making it the third country in the world to surpass that mark, following the United States and Brazil.
India added 86,432 cases of the new virus, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry.
Infections rose across the country, including in the capital New Delhi and the large states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The number of deaths in India from the COVID-19 rose by more than 1,000 to 69,561 on Saturday.
06:30 GMT – Brazil’s Tecpar to test Russian COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021
The technology institute for the Brazilian state of Paraná, which has signed an agreement to produce Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, said it plans to conduct phase III trials on 10,000 volunteers in Brazil at the start of next year.
Jorge Callado, head of Paraná’s Technology Institute, known as Tecpar, said approval for the trial will be requested of Brazil’s health regulator ANVISA by the end of this month. Doses will be imported for the tests and Tecpar plans to produce the vaccine for Brazil’s market in the second half of 2021, he said.
05:55 GMT – Germany’s confirmed virus cases rise by 1,378: RKI
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 1,378, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed.
The total cases in the country now stands at 248,997, according to RKI data.
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05:32 GMT – India becomes third country to pass four million cases
India’s coronavirus cases crossed four million on Saturday, leading the world in new infections and closing in on Brazil’s total as the second-highest in the world.
The 86,432 cases added in the past 24 hours pushed India’s total to 4,023,179. The Health Ministry also reported 1,089 deaths for a total of 69,561.
Brazil has confirmed 4,091,801 infections while the US has 6,200,186 people infected, according to Johns Hopkins University.
04:34 GMT – Victoria police brace for anti-lockdown rallies
Police in Australia’s hardest-hit Victoria stare are urging people to stay away from rallies protesting the lockdown in Melbourne, as the country’s death toll rose to 748.
The Melbourne restrictions, including a night curfew, were put in place in an attempt to reduce a huge spike in infections and deaths.
Four men have been arrested and charged with incitement over the so-called “Freedom Day” protests planned for several Melbourne locations. Police have also warned about 80 people against attending the rallies as they enforce Victoria’s lockdown rules.
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04:27 GMT – S Korea posts fewest cases in three weeks
South Korea recorded 168 new coronavirus cases as of midnight on Friday, posting the lowest daily tally in three weeks after imposing stricter social distancing rules to contain a second wave of infections.
The total number of cases rose to 21,010, with 333 deaths, according to the data published by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
South Korea’s daily tallies have been hovering below 200 over the past three days after peaking at 441 late last week, a sign that tougher social distancing curbs implemented last Sunday have begun taking effect.
“The numbers are indeed on a downward trend but it’s too early for us to be at ease,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told a meeting on Saturday.
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04:19 GMT – Mexico states run out of death certificates
The coronavirus pandemic has hit Mexico so hard that the governments of several states ran out of death certificates.
Officials said Friday the federal forms started running out about 15 to 20 days ago in at least three states – Baja California, the State of Mexico and Mexico…