Germany ‘optimistic’ for coronavirus vaccine in months: Live | News


  • German Well being Minister Jens Spahn says he expects that there can be a COVID-19 vaccine in the approaching months.

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres warns the coronavirus pandemic not solely threatens beneficial properties in combating poverty and constructing peace, but additionally dangers exacerbating previous conflicts and producing new ones. 

  • Worldwide coronavirus circumstances have surpassed 20.Four million, in accordance with the Johns Hopkins College. Greater than 12.7 million have recovered, and greater than 745,00Zero have died, 

Listed below are the newest updates:

Thursday, August 13

12:45 GMT – UK job advertisements hit post-lockdown excessive in early August: Recruiters

Employers in the UK have posted probably the most job ads because the nation went into its coronavirus lockdown in March, in accordance with a survey.

Complete job postings rose by 126,00Zero between August Three and August 9 to 1.10 million, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) mentioned.

Nonetheless, the entire variety of job postings remained nicely under the 1.35 million that have been lively in early March, earlier than the lockdown, REC mentioned.

12:15 GMT – Seven African international locations to begin testing for COVID-19 antibodies

Seven African international locations will begin administering coronavirus antibody exams from subsequent week, a regional physique mentioned on Thursday, as a part of efforts to grasp the extent of the outbreak on the continent.

“Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco are the primary set of nations that dedicated to it,” mentioned John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention, based mostly in Addis Ababa.

Western governments are utilizing antibody exams to learn how lots of their residents have been contaminated, in the hope that may assist them reopen their economies. 

11:45 GMT – Vietnam experiences 25 extra COVID-19 infections

Vietnam’s well being ministry reported 25 extra coronavirus infections and three extra deaths on Thursday, bringing the entire variety of circumstances in the Southeast Asian nation to 905, with 20 fatalities.

Greater than 430 of the entire circumstances are linked to the central metropolis of Danang, the place the brand new outbreak started late final month.

The ministry mentioned 133,340 individuals are being quarantined in the nation, together with 5,361 at hospitals, 25,043 at centralised quarantine centres and the remaining at house.

11:10 GMT – Finland recommends use of face masks on public transport

Finland’s authorities backs public well being authorities’ new advice to make use of face masks on public transport and in different conditions the place social distancing will not be potential, Prime Minister Sanna Marin mentioned.

Well being authorities reported 41 new COVID-19 circumstances on Thursday, a every day document because the finish of Could, bringing the entire to 7,683 because the starting of the pandemic.

Previous to Thursday, Finland had not formally beneficial using masks. 

Air travellers wear masks as they arrive at Ivalo Airport, Finland January 24, 2020. On Thursday, two tourists visiting Finland from Wuhan, China went to a health centre in Ivalo, seeking treatment fo

Finnish well being authorities reported 41 new COVID-19 circumstances on Thursday [File: Reuters]

10:40 GMT – French unemployment charge hits 37-year low as lockdown skews knowledge

French unemployment fell to a 37-year low in the second quarter, as a multiyear downtrend was exaggerated by a coronavirus lockdown that meant individuals couldn’t look for work, knowledge from statistics company INSEE confirmed.

The jobless charge fell to 7.1 % from 7.eight % in the primary quarter, dropping to its lowest because the second quarter of 1983, when it stood at 7 %.

INSEE warned that unemployment knowledge for the primary two quarters of 2020 was skewed due to the mid-March to mid-Could lockdown, which lowered the variety of these categorised as unemployed by making it inconceivable for them to look for jobs.

10:15 GMT – Philippines experiences 4,002 extra coronavirus infections

The Philippines’ well being ministry reported 4,002 extra novel coronavirus infections and 23 extra deaths in the nation.

In a bulletin, the ministry mentioned the entire variety of confirmed circumstances in the Philippines had risen to 147,526, the very best in Southeast Asia, whereas confirmed deaths had reached 2,426.

The Philippines plans to launch medical trials for a Russian coronavirus vaccine in October after Russia grew to become the primary nation to grant regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, drawing security issues over the frantic tempo of its improvement

09:50 GMT – Indonesia experiences 2,098 new coronavirus infections

Indonesia reported 2,098 new coronavirus infections, taking the entire variety of circumstances in the Southeast Asian nation to 132,816, knowledge from the nation’s well being ministry confirmed.

The info additionally confirmed 65 extra deaths, taking the entire to five,968.

Indonesia commuters

Passengers sporting protecting masks and face shields queue for a public bus in Jakarta [File: Reuters]

09:30 GMT – Malaysia jails Indian linked to recent virus outbreak

A Malaysian court docket jailed an Indian man for 5 months for violating a house quarantine order, resulting in dozens of recent coronavirus infections, the Bernama state information company reported.

The 57-year-old, who resides in Malaysia and owns a restaurant in the northern state of Kedah, pleaded responsible to 4 fees of violating a mandated 14-day house quarantine order upon his return from India in July.

He was additionally fined 12,00Zero ringgit ($2,864) by the Alor Setar Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom, which held a particular listening to at a Kedah hospital the place the accused was present process remedy, Bernama reported.

09:00 GMT – Hong Kong experiences 69 new coronavirus circumstances

Hong Kong reported 69 new coronavirus circumstances, of which 65 have been domestically transmitted, as authorities cautioned the worldwide monetary hub nonetheless confronted a vital interval to regulate the virus, which has seen a resurgence since early July.

Since late January, greater than 4,200 individuals have been contaminated in Hong Kong, 65 of whom have died. Thursday’s determine was up barely from Wednesday’s 62 circumstances.

Hong Kong

Folks put on surgical masks at a moist market at Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong [File: Reuters]

08:30 GMT – Almost 6 % of individuals in England could have had COVID-19

Almost 6 % of individuals in England have been doubtless contaminated with COVID-19 in the course of the peak of the pandemic, researchers learning the prevalence of infections mentioned, tens of millions extra individuals than that have examined optimistic for the illness.

A complete of 313,798 individuals have examined optimistic for COVID-19 in the UK, 270,971 of which have been in England.

Nonetheless, a examine that examined greater than 100,00Zero individuals throughout England for antibodies to the coronavirus confirmed that just about 6 % of individuals had them, suggesting that 3.Four million individuals had beforehand contracted COVID-19 by the tip of June.

Prevalence of infections gave the impression to be the very best in London, the place 13 % of individuals had antibodies, whereas minority ethnic teams have been two to 3 instances as prone to have had COVID-19 in contrast with white individuals.

08:00 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus circumstances surpass 907,000

Russia reported 5,057 new circumstances of the novel coronavirus bringing its nationwide tally to 907,758, the fourth largest caseload in the world.

Russia’s coronavirus job pressure mentioned 124 individuals had died during the last 24 hours, pushing its official demise toll to 15,384.

America, Brazil, India and Russia are presently the worst-hit international locations in the world.

07:50 GMT – Thai scientists catch bats to hint virus origins

Researchers in Thailand have been trekking via the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to assist hint the origins of the coronavirus.

The closest match to the coronavirus has been discovered in horseshoe bats in Yunnan in southern China. Thailand has 19 species of horseshoe bats however researchers mentioned they haven’t but been examined for the brand new coronavirus.

The group from the Thai Crimson Cross Rising Infectious Illnesses-Well being Science Middle took saliva, blood, and stool samples from the bats earlier than releasing them. Learn more.

07:25 GMT – Restricted testing? Researchers in Rwanda have an concept

Like many international locations, Rwanda is discovering it inconceivable to check every of its residents for the coronavirus amid a scarcity of provides. However researchers there have created an method that’s drawing consideration past the African continent.

They’re utilizing an algorithm to refine the method of pooled testing, which exams batches of samples from teams of individuals after which exams every individual individually provided that a sure batch comes again optimistic for COVID-19. Pooled testing conserves scarce testing supplies.

Rwanda’s mathematical method, researchers say, makes that course of extra environment friendly. That is a bonus for growing international locations with restricted sources, the place some individuals should wait a number of days for outcomes. Longer waits imply a better likelihood of unknowingly spreading the virus.

07:15 GMT – Brazil state indicators deal to make Russian vaccine

The Brazilian state of Parana signed a deal to check and produce Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, although officers burdened they must be certain of its security and effectiveness first.

The vaccine must obtain Brazilian regulatory approval and full part three medical trials, or large-scale testing in people, earlier than being produced in Brazil, mentioned officers from the southern state.

Manufacturing, if it goes forward, would doubtless solely begin in the second half of 2021, mentioned Jorge Callado, head of the state-run Parana Know-how Institute, which signed the cope with the Russian Direct Funding Fund (RDIF).

06:55 GMT – Germany optimistic about vaccine in coming months 

German Well being Minister Jens Spahn informed ZDF tv he expects there can be a COVID-19 vaccine in the approaching months and positively subsequent 12 months.

“I am optimistic that in the subsequent months, and definitely in the subsequent 12 months, there is usually a vaccine,” Spahn mentioned.

He declined to present a particular month and mentioned it was not but potential to say how typically individuals would have to be vaccinated or how long-lasting the immunity it conferred can be.

06:25 GMT – India’s circumstances soar by 67,000 in every day document

India reported one other document every day rise in novel coronavirus infections, whereas the demise toll from COVID-19 surpassed 47,000.

Infections grew by 66,999 on Thursday from a day earlier to succeed in a complete of almost 2.Four million so far, India’s well being ministry mentioned.

The nation, with the world’s greatest caseload behind america and Brazil, has now reported a soar of 50,00Zero circumstances or extra every day for 15 straight days.

Coronavirus - India

Infections in India grew by 66,999 on Thursday from a day earlier [EPA] 

06:00 GMT – Ukraine sees document every day excessive 1,592 new circumstances

Ukraine recorded a document every day soar of 1,592 coronavirus circumstances on Wednesday, the nationwide council of safety and defence mentioned.

The variety of infections has elevated sharply in Ukraine in the previous two months as authorities have eased some restrictions, permitting cafes, church buildings and public transport to reopen.

Hiya, that is Umut Uras in Doha taking on from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed.

04:45 GMT – Passengers from China to be allowed non permanent transit via Hong Kong

Hong Kong Worldwide Airport mentioned passengers from mainland China would be capable of transit via Hong Kong to different locations from August 15 till October 15, in a lift for its dominant service Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.

Transit in the opposite course, inbound to mainland China, will stay banned at a time when China’s aviation regulator has severely restricted the variety of worldwide flights attributable to issues over the unfold of coronavirus.

04:05 GMT – TUI agrees new 1.2 billion euros assist bundle

Tourism large TUI and the German authorities have agreed to a second large assist bundle to bolster the agency via its winter 2020-21 season.  

The Hanover-based firm agreed to a 1.2 billion euros ($1.4bn) bundle with German public lender KfW on Wednesday. The brand new funds add to the 1.eight billion-euro authorities mortgage that the corporate agreed to in April. 

CEO Fritz Joussen mentioned whereas the group had already launched “large” value reductions, “nobody is aware of when a vaccine or treatment can be out there and what results the pandemic can have in particular person markets in the approaching months”.

03:21 GMT – Shut adviser to Venezuela’s president has coronavirus

Jorge Rodriguez, Venezuela’s communications minister and shut adviser to President Nicolas Maduro, mentioned he has been identified with the coronavirus.

“Despite the fact that I’m in good common situation, I have to adjust to the isolation measures and the required care in order to beat the virus,” Rodriguez mentioned on Twitter.

Venezuela's Communications and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez

Venezuela’s Communications and Data Minister Jorge Rodriguez, left, mentioned he was in ‘good common situation’ [File: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters]

02:49 GMT – Argentina, Mexico to provide AstraZeneca vaccine

Argentina and Mexico will produce the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for most of Latin America, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez mentioned after a gathering with firm executives concerned in the venture.

An settlement signed between British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and the biotechnology firm mAbxience of the INSUD Group contains the switch of expertise to initially produce 150 million doses of the vaccine to produce all of Latin America except Brazil, in accordance with the Argentine authorities.

Mexican Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard mentioned in a while Twitter the deal had been pushed by Fernandez and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He mentioned output of the vaccine might lengthen to 250 million doses.

WHO COVID Debrief on world coronavirus vaccine efforts (4:07)

02:17 GMT – NFL Union, league conform to every day testing via September 5

Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) gamers in the US can anticipate every day COVID-19 testing via September 5, the gamers’ union mentioned in advance of the season kick-off subsequent month.

The league has carried out 109,075 COVID-19 exams amongst gamers, employees and coaches because the begin of coaching camps via Tuesday, NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills informed reporters, with an total optimistic charge 0.46 % and a optimistic charge amongst gamers of 0.81 %.

A complete of 53 new positives have been confirmed amongst gamers upon their consumption into coaching camp final month.

“Our objective is all the identical: to have the most secure potential setting for everybody,” mentioned Sills. “We need to strive to make sure that there isn’t any one – participant, coach, employees member, official, anybody – who steps onto a subject with an lively COVID an infection.”

02:04 GMT – New Zealand logs 14 new circumstances

New Zealand reported 14 new COVID-19 circumstances, of which 13 have been domestically transmitted infections, as officers scrambled to hint the supply of the nation’s first outbreak in greater than 100 days.

There at the moment are a complete of 36 lively circumstances in the nation.

“We are able to see the seriousness of the state of affairs we’re in,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned in a televised media convention, noting that have confirmed “issues will worsen earlier than they get higher”.

Extra circumstances have been prone to be reported in coming days, she mentioned.

Officers mentioned all the 13 domestically transmitted infections have been linked to the 4 Auckland members of the family in whom the newest outbreak was first detected. Three of the brand new circumstances have been at a fridge storage facility, the place one of many members of the family labored.


A well being employee conducts a take a look at at a COVID-19 coronavirus testing centre in the suburb of Northcote in Auckland on August 12, 2020 [David Rowland/ AFP]

01:48 GMT – Disney World actors able to work after testing dispute resolved

Walt Disney World actors, who argued that the US theme park’s proposed coronavirus safeguards have been insufficient to guard them, have resolved a dispute about COVID-19 testing, in accordance with a union assertion.

The Actors’ Fairness Affiliation had known as on Walt Disney Co to offer common coronavirus testing for its members, who can not put on protecting masks whereas performing as different park staff do.

Disney mentioned on Wednesday that it might present area simply exterior Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for a testing website run by the Florida Division of Emergency Administration. The location can be open to Disney staff, often known as forged members, and the general public.

01:35 GMT – Australia heading in the right direction for lowest one-day rise in three weeks

Australia was poised to submit its lowest one-day rise in new COVID-19 circumstances in greater than three weeks on Thursday, stoking hopes {that a} second wave of recent infections gripping Victoria state is lastly being introduced below management.

Victoria reported 278 new infections in the previous 24 hours, down from 410 a day earlier.

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales reported 12 new circumstances, whereas Queensland state mentioned it had discovered no new COVID-19 infections in the previous 24 hours.

Barring a big rise in circumstances from states which have successfully eradicated the virus, meaning Australia’s whole of 290 circumstances can be the bottom one-day rise in new coronavirus circumstances since July 20.

Australian authorities cautiously welcomed the decline.

“I feel now we have to attend and see what occurs over the approaching week simply to guarantee that downward slope continues over the times forward,” Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd informed Australia’s Channel 9.

Melbourne lockdown

Almost 5 million individuals in Melbourne have been confined to their houses besides for important causes for almost a month [James Ross/ AAP via Reuters]

01:19 GMT – Mexico’s confirmed circumstances virtually at 500,000

Mexico’s well being ministry reported 5,858 new confirmed circumstances of coronavirus an infection and 737 extra fatalities, bringing the entire in the nation to 498,380 circumstances and 54,666 deaths.

The federal government has mentioned the true variety of contaminated individuals is probably going considerably increased than the confirmed circumstances.

00:58 GMT – UN chief says pandemic threatens peace and dangers new conflicts

Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, warned that the COVID-19 pandemic not solely threatens beneficial properties in combating world poverty and constructing peace however dangers exacerbating current conflicts and “fomenting new ones”.

The UN chief informed a Safety Council assembly a lot of fighters took steps to de-escalate and cease combating following his March 23 name for a right away ceasefire in conflicts all over the world to deal with the coronavirus.

“But, regrettably, in many situations, the pandemic didn’t transfer the events to droop hostilities or conform to a everlasting ceasefire,” Guterres mentioned.

The pandemic has additionally raised rising questions in regards to the effectiveness of well being techniques, social providers, belief in establishments and techniques of governance, he mentioned.

“All of which means our dedication to sustaining peace is extra pressing than ever.”

The UN chief additionally warned that “with out concerted motion, inequalities, world poverty and the potential for instability and violence might develop for years”.

00:37 GMT – Peru to return to whole curfew on Sundays

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra introduced the return of a complete curfew on Sundays in response to a brand new surge in coronavirus circumstances in the nation.

“We would like and assume that it’s higher to return one step in order that we’re all accountable once more for recovering the circumstances that we’d all prefer to have,” he mentioned.

The nationwide curfew will prohibit gatherings of household and buddies.

Peru’s authorities has reported greater than 489,00Zero infections, with a median of greater than 7,00Zero new circumstances per day, and the very best demise charge per million in the Americas, above Chile, america, Brazil and Mexico.

00:24 GMT – England’s revamped contact-tracing app to start public trials

A revamped coronavirus contact-tracing app for England will start its public trials on Thursday, in accordance with the BBC.

The software program can be modelled after Apple and Google’s privacy-centric methodology of 1 smartphone detecting one other, BBC mentioned, including that engineers have been nonetheless attempting to cut back how typically the Bluetooth-based tech wrongly flags individuals as being inside two metres (6.6ft) of one another. 

The app may even let individuals scan barcode-like QR codes to log venue visits.

FILE PHOTO: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London

Buyers stroll previous social distancing indicators following the outbreak of the coronavirus illness, in London [File: Toby Melville/ Reuters]

00:14 GMT – White Home, Democrats commerce blame over assist impasse

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, certainly one of President Donald Trump’s high negotiators with Democrats on US coronavirus assist, tried to shift blame for a five-day lapse in talks again on Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Mnuchin disputed an announcement from Pelosi and Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer that mentioned Republicans had invited extra talks however refused to budge from their preliminary provide of a $1 trillion response.

He mentioned Pelosi “made clear that she was unwilling to satisfy to proceed negotiations until we agreed in advance to her proposal, costing no less than $2 trillion”.

Sticking factors between the 2 sides embrace the scale of an prolonged unemployment profit, assist to state and native governments, cash for faculties to reopen and different points.

Congress has already authorized about $Three trillion in help for households, hospitals, healthcare staff, state and native governments, vaccine analysis and testing.

A Reuters/Ipsos ballot launched on Wednesday discovered that Individuals divide blame fairly evenly between Democrats and Republicans.

Hiya and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

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