- The Asian Development Bank says the economies of “developing Asia” will contract 0.7% in 2020, the first contraction in nearly six decades.
- The southwestern Chinese city of Ruili has been shut down, with all 200,000 residents to be tested for COVID-19 after two Myanmar citizens were diagnosed with the virus.
- According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 29 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 927,245 have died. Nearly 20 million have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday 15th September
08:10 GMT – The Philippines reports 3,544 new coronavirus cases, 34 deaths
In a bulletin, the ministry said total infections rose to 269,407, the highest in Southeast Asia, while confirmed deaths rose to 4,663.
08:05 GMT – Russia reports 5,529 new coronavirus cases, 150 deaths
Russia reported 5,529 new coronavirus cases, pushing its national tally to 1,073,849, the fourth largest in the world.
Authorities said 150 people have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 18,785.
07:50 GMT – Most people can get COVID-19 testing locally: UK Home Secretary
UK Interior Minister Priti Patel said COVID-19 tests were available to people in their local areas, amid reports that those living in the virus hotspots and staff from hospitals and nursing homes were struggling to be tested.
“Most of the tests are available within a 10 mile (16 km) radius,” he told BBC TV, although he admitted that in some extreme cases people would not be able to get a test site within that radius. .
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07:45 GMT – Party next door? Call the police, says the British interior minister
British Interior Minister Priti Patel said he would call the police if neighbors threw a party because it was fair to denounce people who could be spreading COVID-19 by ignoring the new restrictions on gathering more than six people.
“If I saw something that I find inappropriate, I would frankly actually call the police,” he told Sky News.
“It’s not about complaining to the neighbors, I think it’s about taking personal responsibility. If there was a big party going on, it would be right to call the police.”
07:35 GMT – South Korea to secure coronavirus vaccines for 60% of the population: PM Chung
South Korea will ensure timely supply of coronavirus vaccines from international organizations and overseas drug manufacturers to 30 million people, or 60% of its population, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said at a meeting of toilet.
07:20 GMT – Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany increase from 1,407 to 261,762
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany increased from 1,407 to 261,762, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases showed.
The death toll rose 12 to 9,362, the tally showed.
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07:00 GMT – Fifteen scientists launch a critique of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine data
A group of scientists sent a formal letter to the Lancet pointing out doubts about the accuracy of the first data on the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, one of the authors said, adding further fuel to a dispute surrounding the “Sputnik-V” blow.
Fifteen scientists from five countries have signed the letter presenting their concerns to the international medical journal, Enrico Bucci, an adjunct biologist professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, told Reuters news agency.
The move, however, highlights growing concern among scientists about the safety and efficacy of the Sputnik-V vaccine, which the government approved for use before completing full human trials.
The official letter came just days after a larger group of scientists – including 15 – signed an open letter to the Lancet editor, published on Bucci’s personal blog, after the journal published the results of the initial experimentation of the Gamaleya Institute of Moscow.
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06:50 GMT – India reports the lowest daily coronavirus rise in a week
India recorded the lowest daily increase in new coronavirus infections in a week, recording an additional 83,809 infections in the past 24 hours.
The health ministry also reported 1,054 deaths, bringing the total death toll to 80,776 since the start of the pandemic.
With 4.93 million confirmed infections, India reported the second number of cases in the world after the United States. India also has the highest number of healed patients in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The country’s recovery rate is 77.8 percent, and nearly 3.8 million people have recovered from the virus so far, according to the health ministry.
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06:40 GMT – UK unemployment rate rises for the first time since the COVID-19 freeze
Britain’s unemployment rate rose for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began in March, but official data released on Tuesday also showed a less severe-than-feared decline in employment.
The unemployment rate rose to 4.1 percent in the three months to July from 3.9 percent in the April-June period, the Office for National Statistics said. Economists interviewed by Reuters had expected the unemployment rate to rise to 4.1%.
However, the decline in the number of people employed was relatively small compared to a median forecast of a decline of 125,000 in the Reuters poll.
Data from the UK tax office showed that the number of staff on companies’ payrolls decreased by 695,000 between March and August, compared to a sharply revised 659,000 in the March-July period.
UK implements collection restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 (2:37)
06:30 GMT – Jordan will suspend schools, close places of worship, public markets
Jordan will suspend schools for two weeks from Thursday and will close places of worship, restaurants and public markets as part of the renewed restrictions after a record spike in cases in recent days.
Health authorities have so far recorded 3,528 coronavirus infections, including 26 deaths.
06:20 GMT – The Australian state of Victoria reports 42 new coronavirus cases
The Australian state of Victoria, at the center of the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak, reported 42 new cases, up from 35 the day before.
Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, said no deaths have been reported from the virus in the past 24 hours.
Melbourne, the capital of the southeastern state, is blocked until 28 September. Those curbs helped reduce the daily increase in cases in the state to double digits after hitting highs of more than 700.
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04:55 GMT – Major badminton events postponed due to COVID-19
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) says that this year’s Thomas and Uber Cup finals in Denmark have been postponed to 2021.
South Korea and Indonesia withdrew from the two-year championship on Saturday, joining Australia, Taiwan and Thailand.
The finals were originally scheduled for May, but were first postponed to August due to COVID-19 and then to October.
“These are the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in and while a return to international badminton remains a priority for BWF, the health and safety of the entire badminton community is of the utmost importance,” the federation said in a statement.
04:50 GMT – Secondary schools, colleges to reopen in Pakistan
Universities, colleges and secondary schools will reopen in Pakistan for the first time in six months on Tuesday.
It is the first phase of the country’s plan to resume education and trigorous protocols will be in place here to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading.
Pakistan recorded 404 new coronavirus cases and six deaths on Monday.
04:30 GMT – Hong Kong Lam claims success with mass testing
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam described the territory’s mass screening for COVID-19 as a success, even though less than a quarter of the 7.5 million population took part.
“Having 1.78 million people voluntarily participating in a massive testing program is a great achievement,” Lam said, according to public broadcaster RTHK, adding that the tests would help authorities identify asymptomatic cases and tune up. their response to the pandemic.
“Now, with a relatively low rate – I think the rate is maybe two cases per 100,000 situations – this gives a very good epidemiological picture of what is happening in Hong Kong.”
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04:05 GMT – Main opposition party wants to postpone elections in Myanmar
The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the main opposition party in Myanmar, and a number of smaller parties, are calling for the postponement of the elections scheduled for November after an increase in coronavirus cases.
The parties say the coronavirus restrictions have hampered the campaign, which began last week, giving the National League for Democracy (NLD) an unfair advantage.
Myanmar has confirmed over 3,000 coronavirus cases and 32 deaths after a sudden resurgence of the pandemic in the middle of last month.
03:40 GMT – COVID-19 promotes healthy, plant-based foods in China
Chinese companies are betting on a bright future for meat products as people take their health more seriously in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and other health concerns.
Beijing-based startup Zhenmeat, whose products include vegetable meatballs, steaks, pork loin, shrimp and dumplings, is one of many small Chinese companies entering the market and its “ meatballs ” – made of peas and protein soybeans – are now available for trial at a Chinese hot-pot Hope Tree store in Beijing.
Zhenmeat founder and CEO Vince Lu told Reuters news agency that sales have “increased considerably” since June.
China Market Research Group Director Ben Cavender says the key to the future of the plant-based meat market is taste. “When we interview consumers, the vast majority say they are willing to try these products only once,” he said. “But the big question is how do they like it? Do they see how they can adapt it to their diet on a daily basis, whether it’s cooking at home or at the restaurant? But if they like it, they’ll keep buying.”
03:20 GMT – Chinese vaccines could be ready as early as November: official
An official from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told state television that the cthe onavirus vaccines the country is developing could be ready for use by the general public as early as November.
Phase three clinical trials were progressing smoothly and vaccines could be ready for the general public in November or December, Guizhen Wu, the CDC’s chief biosecurity expert, said Monday in an interview with state TV.
Wu took an experimental vaccine herself in April and he said he had no abnormal symptoms, but he did do not specify which vaccines it was referring to. China has four vaccines in the final phase of clinical trials and at least three have already been offered to essential workers as part of an emergency use program launched in July.
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02:30 GMT – Asian economies contract in 2020 for the first time since the 1960s
The economies of developing Asia – from the Cook Islands in the Pacific to Kazakhstan in Central Asia – are expected to contract in 2020 for the first time in nearly six decades, plunging tens of millions of people into poverty, according to the Asian Development Bank. .
The 0.7% drop in gross domestic product compares with the previous ADB estimate made in June for 0.1% growth and marks “the first regional GDP contraction since the early 1960s”, he said the bank.
The ADB says the region is expected to return to growth in 2021, expecting an expansion of 6.8%, but the coronavirus will be the key.
🔷 Asian economies will contract for the first time since the early 1960s.
🔷The decline is large: a 3/4 contraction of the region’s economies is expected. China the exception.
🔷 Recovery to resume next year.
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– Asian Development Bank (@ADB_HQ) September 15, 2020
02:20 GMT – South Korea will guarantee vaccines for 60% of the population
South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun says the country plans to ensure a supply of coronavirus vaccines for 30 million people or 60% of the country’s population.
02:15 GMT – US official accused scientists of “sedition”: New York Times
According to the New York Times, the US department’s top communications official tasked with fighting the coronavirus told his followers in a Facebook Live session that government scientists were engaging in “sedition” in managing the pandemic, according to the New York Times.
Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said, without evidence, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a “resistance unit” determined to undermine President Donald. Trump, the newspaper said.
Caputo is a former advisor to Trump’s presidential campaign.
Suggesting scientists to plot “sedition” is a bit like saying @FortniteGame is about to be conquered by otters
– Bill Hanage (@BillHanage) September 15, 2020
01:15 GMT – Positivity test down in California
Only 3.5 percent of COVID-19 tests have tested positive in California in the past seven days, the lowest rate since the state began reporting data in March, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
The newspaper says its data analysis also shows new confirmed cases at a low since mid-June and hospitalizations at a low since early April.
00:15 GMT – Judge in US Regulates “Unconstitutional” Pennsylvania Restrictions
A federal judge in the US state of Pennsylvania ruled that the blockade measures imposed in March to curb the spread of COVID-19 are “unconstitutional.”
The measures, including business closures and a meeting size limit, have been challenged in court by several Republican lawmakers and small business owners, who argued that the restrictions put their businesses at risk.
Judge William Stickman ruled in their favor and said that even though the state governor acted with “good intentions to address a public health emergency,” he had no right to violate citizens’ basic freedoms.
“There is no doubt that this country has faced and will have to face emergencies of all kinds,” wrote the judge. “But the solution to a national crisis can never be allowed to replace the commitment to individual freedom that underlies the American experiment.”
00:00 GMT – Border city in southwestern China to begin mass testing
The Chinese city of Ruili, which sits on the border with Myanmar, will begin nucleic acid testing of all residents after two people were found to have COVID-19 on Sunday.
The two patients are both from Myanmar and entered China illegally, according to state broadcaster CGTN. They were isolated in the hospital along with five others. About 190 close contacts between the two were also placed in isolation.
A citywide lockdown was imposed on Ruili and all residents were told to stay home.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Read all the updates from yesterday (September 14) here.