Austria is experiencing the beginning of a second wave of coronavirus infections, its chancellor said, as cases increase in line with other EU countries.
- UNHCR steps up efforts to fight COVID-19 among tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in camps in Jordan after the first three cases were confirmed last week.
- Domestic air travel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, returns to pre-pandemic levels with Friday 500 domestic flights, Chinese authorities say.
- According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 28.6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and nearly 91
Here are the latest updates:
Sunday 13 September
10:00 GMT – Israeli minister closes as coronavirus lockdown looms over the holidays
An Israeli government minister has resigned to protest an impending blockade of the coronavirus which, according to him, would have unfairly prevented religious celebrations of Jewish holidays.
The restrictions – the most extensive Israel will have imposed since the blockade that lasted from late March to early May – is expected to go into effect on Friday, the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashana, and extend to Yom Kippur fasting day on the 27th. September.
“This does wrong and despises hundreds of thousands of citizens,” Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman, head of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative coalition, said in his resignation letter.
09:30 GMT – Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Iran exceed 400,000: ministry of health
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran has increased from 2,089 to 402,029, a health ministry spokesperson said, as the country reported 128 new deaths in the past 24 hours.
Sima Sadat Lari said the official death toll was 23,157 in Iran, one of the hardest-hit countries in the Middle East.
09:15 GMT – Scores arrested during protests in Australia’s coronavirus hotspot
Police in the Australian state of Victoria arrested 74 people and fined 176 for violating public health orders as scattered protests against a weeks-long coronavirus lockdown continued for the second consecutive day across Melbourne.
A riot squad marched through the fruit and vegetable stalls at the city’s landmark, Queen Victoria Market, before confrontation broke out with protesters, with some people throwing fruit at the police, they showed television footage.
Victoria police said in a statement that there were between 200 and 250 people involved in the protests, but there were no immediate injuries known to police.
09:00 GMT – Greece has financial flexibility for tax relief package: Minister
Greece has the financial flexibility to implement € 6.8 billion ($ 8 billion) of tax relief measures and the package has been agreed with the EU institutions, its finance minister said.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis unveiled the package on Saturday saying it would increase jobs amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The country can afford it because it has the financial flexibility,” Christos Staikouras told Real FM radio on Sunday. “Cash reserves amount to € 37.8 billion ($ 44.77 billion)”.
08:45 GMT – The Philippines reports 3,372 new coronavirus cases, 79 more deaths
The Philippines recorded 3,372 new coronavirus cases and 79 other deaths.
In a bulletin, the Department of Health said confirmed cases of infections in the Southeast Asian country rose to 261,216, the highest in the region, while the death toll rose to 4,371.
08:30 GMT – Indonesia reports 3,636 new cases of COVID-19 in front of the curbs of the capital
Indonesia reported 3,636 new coronavirus infections and 73 new deaths, data from the Ministry of Health website shows.
The latest report brought the total number of infections to 218,382 and deaths to 8,723, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia.
The country’s capital, Jakarta, will re-impose tighter large-scale restrictions starting Monday to control the spread of the virus in the mega city.
08:15 GMT – Indian interior minister returns to hospital after recovering from COVID-19
Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah was hospitalized nearly two weeks after being treated for coronavirus.
Shah, a close associate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and virtual number two in his cabinet, has been admitted to the government-run All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the capital New Delhi, the hospital said in a statement.
“The honorable Minister of the Interior was discharged from AIIMS, New Delhi, after post-Covid treatment on 30 August “, reads the statement. “As per the advice given at the time of his discharge, he has now been admitted for a full medical checkup before the parliament session for 1-2 days.”
Shah is the highest-profile Indian politician to be infected with the coronavirus.
08:00 GMT – Austria experiences second wave of virus: chancellor
Austria is experiencing the start of a second wave of coronavirus infections, its chancellor said, as cases increase in line with other EU countries.
From Friday to Saturday, the Alpine nation of nearly nine million people reported 869 new cases, more than half of those in the capital Vienna.
“What we are experiencing is the beginning of the second wave,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in a statement, calling on the population to comply with anti-virus measures and reduce social contacts.
07:45 GMT – Russia reports 5,449 new coronavirus cases, 94 deaths
Russia reported 5,449 new coronavirus cases, pushing its national tally to 1,062,811, the fourth largest in the world.
Authorities said 94 people have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 18,578.
07:30 GMT – South Korea eases social distances for two weeks before major holidays
South Korea has eased its tough social distancing policy for the next two weeks in the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul, with new coronavirus cases stubbornly hovering in the triple digits.
The government lifted the ban on on-site dining after 9pm, although it still requires restaurants and cafes to restrict seating and record customer names and contact details.
While recreational facilities such as gyms and internet cafes may reopen, under so-called phase two restrictions, indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people and outdoor gatherings to 100, while spectators are banned from sporting events.
07:00 GMT – The Czech Republic sees a record increase in virus cases for the third consecutive day
The Czech Republic reported the largest single-day increase in new coronavirus infections for the third consecutive day, recording 1,541 cases, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
It was the fifth consecutive day with new infections above 1,000, given that the country of 10.7 million sees a surge in cases that is among the fastest in the European Union.
The government has tightened rules requiring the use of face masks, but aims to avoid strict blockades.
06:30 GMT – India cases rise to 4.75 million with another peak
India recorded a single-day spike of 94,372 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s overall tally to 4.75 million.
The Ministry of Health reported 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 78,586.
Although infections are growing faster in India than anywhere else in the world, the number of people recovering from the virus has also increased dramatically. The country’s recovery rate is 77.77% and according to the Ministry of Health, nearly 70,000 recoveries were reported every day in September.
Hi, I’m Elizabeth Melimopoulos in Doha who takes care of the live updates from my colleague Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur.
04:45 GMT – AstraZeneca resumes UK trials of COVID-19 vaccine
AstraZeneca has resumed British clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine, one of the most advanced in development, after getting the green light from security watchdogs, the company said.
“On September 6, the standard review process triggered a voluntary vaccination hiatus in all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees and international regulators,” AstraZeneca said in a statement.
04:15 GMT – Italy reports 1,501 new cases of coronavirus
The Italian Ministry of Health reported 1,501 new coronavirus cases and six other deaths, bringing the total number of cases to over 286,000 and at least 35,603 deaths.
According to the ministry’s data, infections have been steadily increasing in the last six weeks, especially among Italians returning from holidays. The number of people in intensive care also increased from 121 to 182.
03:50 GMT – Domestic Air Travel Recovery in Wuhan
Domestic air travel to Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say on Sunday.
The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city underwent a 76-day draconian lockdown as its hospitals struggled to cope with a spate of cases that required rapid construction of field hospitals.
Since the reopening in early April, according to the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport operator, life has gradually returned to normal and the number of domestic flights serving the city, as well as the number of passengers, has fully recovered. It said 64,700 passengers were carried on 500 domestic flights on Friday.
03:20 GMT – Australian Victoria takes small step to ease virus restrictions
Lockdown restrictions in the Australian state of Victoria will ease slightly starting Monday, state officials said, as the number of new daily coronavirus cases continued to decline in the country’s hotspot, according to Reuters news agency.
Announcing an AU $ 3 billion ($ 2.2 billion) package in corporate financial aid in Victoria, which is home to a quarter of Australia’s population, officials also said there were 41 new coronavirus infections and more on Sunday. seven deaths.
The numbers confirm a steady downward trend from peaking over 700 cases in a single day in early August. Victoria accounts for about 75% of Australia’s more than 26,600 COVID-19 cases, and its capital, Melbourne, has been under close surveillance for several weeks.
02:15 GMT – Germany reports 947 new coronavirus cases
Germany has reported 948 new coronavirus cases.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) also reported that as of Sunday, two more deaths. Germany has more than 260,000 cases and approximately 9,352 deaths linked to COVID-19.
01:35 GMT – South Korea reports 121 new cases of COVID-19
South Korea reported at least 121 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total in the country to 22,176.
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, 99 of the new infections came from local sources. Three other deaths were also reported, bringing the total to 358.
Later on Sunday, the country will decide whether to extend tighter limits for antivirus in the greater Seoul area by another week, according to Yonhap news agency.
00:45 GMT – Confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Mexico rise to 70,604
The Mexican health ministry reported 5,674 new confirmed coronavirus cases, as well as 421 additional deaths, bringing the total death toll to 70,604 and 663,973 infections.
The government says the real number of infected people will likely be significantly higher than in confirmed cases.
According to the Reuters news agency, the virus has devastated an already declining economy, which this year is seen to contract by up to 13%, the deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
00:15 GMT – UN steps up COVID-19 measures in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan
The UN refugee agency is stepping up efforts to fight COVID-19 among tens of thousands of Syrians in camps in Jordan after the first five cases were confirmed last week, the agency’s head said in country.
Infections in Zaatari and Azraq camps, which are home to around 120,000 refugees, were the first since the pandemic was first reported in the kingdom last March.
“The developments this week have obviously been a worrying situation for everyone, but especially for the refugees living in the camps. Crowded spaces and cramped living conditions make social distancing difficult,” said Dominik Bartsch, the UNHCR representative in Jordan.
00:05 GMT – Brazil reports 814 new coronavirus deaths, more than 33,500 cases
The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported 814 new coronavirus-related deaths and 33,523 additional cases, bringing the death toll to 131,210 and the infection count to 4,315,687.
Brazil has the third highest number of cases in the world and the second highest number of victims.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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