- Russia’s sovereign wealth fund says it’s going to sell 100 million doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine to an Indian drug firm.
- India has now reported greater than 5 million circumstances of the coronavirus, the second nation after the US to report so many circumstances.
- Melbourne seems to be on the right track to ease out of a strict lockdown and curfew from September 28, as the typical variety of circumstances drops.
- Almost 29.5 million individuals all over the world have been recognized with COVID-19 and 933,542 have died, in accordance to knowledge from Johns Hopkins College. Almost 20 million individuals have recovered from the illness.
Listed below are the most recent updates:
Wednesday, September 16
14:00 GMT – Peru’s coronavirus circumstances present indicators of stabilising
Authorities in Peru have reported that coronavirus circumstances are stabilising within the Andean nation, with some areas exhibiting a downward pattern after months of lockdown.
Peru has recorded almost 740,000 circumstances of the coronavirus, the fifth highest case load on the planet, and 30,927 deaths as of Tuesday (September 15).
It has tracked amongst the world’s deadliest in fatality fee per capita, with 94 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Nevertheless, authorities say constructive outcomes from lockdown are beginning to come via.
12:46 GMT – Palestinian refugee company warns of instability amid disaster
The UN company for Palestinian refugees is experiencing a monetary disaster that would power it to halt some companies to an already impoverished inhabitants of greater than 5 million individuals, the pinnacle of the company stated.
Philippe Lazzarini additionally warned in an interview with The Related Press information company in Beirut the unfold of the novel coronavirus, an financial meltdown in Lebanon and an enormous deficit in UNRWA’s funds are deepening the hopelessness amongst Palestinian refugees, a few of whom are attempting to flee the Mediterranean nation on migrant boats.
12:20 GMT – Johnson says UK document on testing compares properly with European friends
The UK’s document on COVID-19 testing compares properly with different European international locations and the federal government is working arduous to flip them round much more rapidly, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated.
“Most individuals trying on the document of this nation in delivering exams throughout the nation will see that it truly compares extraordinarily properly with another European nation. We have finished extra exams than another European nation,” he informed parliament.
11:48 GMT – World financial outlook not as unhealthy as anticipated – OECD
The worldwide economic system isn’t doing as badly as beforehand anticipated, particularly in america and China, however has nonetheless suffered an unprecedented drop due to the coronavirus pandemic, a world watchdog stated.
The Group for Financial Cooperation and Improvement stated in a report the world’s gross home product (GDP) is projected to decline by 4.5 % this yr – lower than the 6 % plunge it had predicted in June.
The worldwide economic system is predicted to rebound and develop by 5 % subsequent yr, the organisation stated.
11:11 GMT – Lilly says antibody reduces want for hospitalisation for reasonable COVID-19 sufferers
Eli Lilly & Co stated its experimental antibody decreased the necessity for hospitalisation and emergency room visits for sufferers with reasonable COVID-19 signs, in accordance to an interim evaluation of a mid-stage scientific trial.
The research examined three completely different doses of LY-CoV555, a manufactured antibody designed to recognise and lock onto the novel coronavirus, stopping the an infection from spreading.
10:30 GMT – Russia to sell 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to India
Russia’s sovereign wealth fund has agreed to provide 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik-V, to Indian drug firm Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, the fund stated on Wednesday, as Moscow accelerates plans to distribute its shot overseas.
The deal comes after the Russian Direct Funding Fund (RDIF) reached agreements with Indian producers to produce 300 million doses of the vaccine in India, which is a significant shopper of Russian oil and arms.
10:13 GMT – Ukraine bars entry to 1,000 Jewish pilgrims over virus
Greater than 1,000 Hasidic Jewish pilgrims – together with youngsters – have been massed on the Ukraine-Belarus border after Kyiv denied them entry due to coronavirus restrictions, the 2 international locations stated.
Tens of hundreds of Hasidic Jews journey each Jewish New 12 months to the central Ukrainian city of Uman to go to the tomb of Rabbi Nachman, the founding father of the Breslov Hasidic motion.
09:45 GMT – Infections surge in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has registered one other steep rise in coronavirus infections, with the variety of new confirmed circumstances surpassing 1,600 in sooner or later for the primary time.
The well being ministry says the day-to-day enhance reached a brand new document of 1,677 on Tuesday. The document was damaged 4 instances final week.
09:10 GMT – Vietnam to resume worldwide flights, however not tourism
Vietnam will resume worldwide business flights connecting the nation to a number of Asian locations ranging from Friday, after a months-long shutdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak.
The flights, nevertheless, are reserved for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, consultants, managers, expert employees, traders and their households. They don’t seem to be but accessible for vacationers.
08:30 GMT – Philippines confirms 3,550 new coronavirus infections, 69 deaths
The Philippines’ well being ministry recorded 3,550 further novel coronavirus infections and one other 69 deaths.
In a bulletin, the ministry stated complete confirmed circumstances had risen to 272,934, essentially the most in Southeast Asia, whereas confirmed deaths have reached 4,732.
07:53 GMT – Greater than 300 Indian jails contaminated with COVID-19 – NCAT
A minimum of 351 jails throughout India, from a complete of 1,350, have reported coronavirus infections, in accordance to The Nationwide Marketing campaign Towards Torture.
Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been the states with essentially the most prisons contaminated.
07:17 GMT – Serum Institute will get approval to resume Indian trial of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine-source
The Serum Institute of India has obtained Indian regulatory approval to resume native scientific trials of AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, a supply acquainted with the matter stated.
The approval got here from the Medication Controller Common of India, the supply stated.
AstraZeneca has resumed British scientific trials of the vaccine – some of the superior in improvement towards COVID-19 – after they have been paused earlier this month following a severe facet impact in a trial participant.
06:45 GMT – Infographic: How coronavirus unfold throughout India
06:10 GMT – Ukraine studies document each day excessive in coronavirus deaths
Ukraine has registered a document 76 deaths associated to the brand new coronavirus previously 24 hours, the nationwide safety council stated on Wednesday, up from a document of 72 deaths registered final week.
The council stated 162,660 circumstances have been registered in Ukraine as of September 16, with 3,340 deaths and 72,324 individuals recovered.
Hiya, that is Usaid Siddiqui in Doha taking up from my colleague Kate Mayberry.
05:30 GMT – China begins trials of world-first nasal spray vaccine: report
Caixin is reporting that China has begun human trials of a coronavirus vaccine delivered as a nasal spray that would present another to injections.
It is the primary vaccine of its variety on the planet to proceed to human trials, Caixin stated, citing the WHO’s newest listing of vaccine candidates.
The vaccine is being developed by Hong Kong College, Xiamen College and a Beijing-based vaccine producer.
04:40 GMT – ‘Not consolation meals’: Scorsese speaks out at Toronto Movie Competition
Oscar-winning movie director Martin Scorsese has warned cinema is turning into “marginalised and devalued” as a “type of consolation meals” in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Scorsese made the feedback in an introductory video to the Toronto Movie Competition, the place he praised the organisers for going forward with the occasion, North America’s largest movie competition.
Toronto is going down primarily on-line this yr, together with a handful of drive-in and restricted capability indoor screenings.
04:00 GMT – India circumstances exceed 5 million
Instances of coronavirus have handed the 5 million mark in India after the authorities confirmed 90,123 new circumstances on Wednesday.
India is second solely to the US within the variety of circumstances confirmed.
Its demise toll is way decrease, nevertheless.
The well being ministry stated on Wednesday a further 1,290 individuals had died from COVID-19, bringing the demise toll to 82,066. Almost 196,000 individuals have died from the illness within the US.
You may learn extra on that story here.
03:30 GMT – UN might meet on pandemic, in-person, earlier than year-end
The United Nations might maintain an in-person assembly of the Common Meeting New York as early as November to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meeting president Volkan Bozkir says discussions are persevering with with some international locations involved about assembly so quickly – particularly in america, the place the virus continues to unfold extensively..
Bozkir is eager to begin in-person UN conferences, which have taken place by way of video convention since March, as quickly as doable, saying such a summit ought to have occurred “in June”.
02:55 GMT – Air New Zealand plans to hearth extra cabin crew
Air New Zealand plans to minimize as many as 385 extra cabin crew jobs as a result of the coronavirus has compelled it to scale back worldwide routes.
The reductions would convey its COVID-19 associated job losses to round 37 % of its workforce, which is increased than each Qantas and Singapore Airways.
in asserting the choice, Air New Zealand famous the decline in demand on North American routes. It now operates return flights to Los Angeles 3 times per week somewhat than each day and has transformed its San Francisco flights to cargo solely.
02:35 GMT – Japan commits $135m to WHO’s world vaccine programme
Japan has dedicated 17.2 billion yen ($165 million) in funds for the WHO’s world COVID-19 vaccine programme, often called COVAX.
The initiative is aimed toward serving to purchase and pretty distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to international locations all over the world. However some international locations which have secured their very own provides via bilateral offers, together with america, have stated they won’t be part of.
Japan has additionally pursued impartial preparations with world pharmaceutical firms to safe vaccines, with the federal government pledging to have sufficient provide for the entire inhabitants by the primary half of 2021. The COVAX programme has set a September 18 deadline for contributions.
02:30 GMT – Hong Kong wraps up mass testing programme
Hong Kong has wrapped up a mass testing programme that fuelled controversy due to the involvement of consultants from the mainland.
About 1.78 million specimens have been collected within the two-week train with 45 COVID-19 circumstances discovered on account of the testing and related contact tracing, in accordance to the federal government.
The territory, which is residence to about 7.5 million individuals, is to start enjoyable a few of its coronavirus curbs from Friday.
02:20 GMT – China suspends poultry imports from second US plant
China has suspended imports from an OK Meals poultry plant in Arkansas, due to coronavirus circumstances amongst employees, in accordance to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
It is the second US poultry manufacturing unit to be blocked due to an outbreak amongst staff. “We do not assume that both of these two are justified, particularly contemplating the truth that the virus can’t be transmitted in poultry meat,” stated Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
Chinese language customs authority GACC suspended imports from the OK Meals facility, he stated. The Arkansas plant grew to become ineligible to ship merchandise to China on September 13, in accordance to the US Division of Agriculture.
02:00 GMT – Trump quizzed on COVID-19 response at election city corridor
US President Donald Trump has been questioned by voters on his coronavirus response at a city corridor assembly in Pennsylvania.
Requested by one uncommitted Pennsylvania voter why he had performed down a pandemic that was identified to endanger low-income households and minority communities, he claimed he had finished the alternative.
“I did not downplay it. In some ways I up-played it by way of motion,” Trump stated on the occasion, which was sponsored by ABC News.
“You don’t admit to it your self?” the voter, Ajani Powell, interrupted.
Trump continued, “Yeah, as a result of what I did is with China, I put a ban on. With Europe, I put a ban on and we’d have misplaced hundreds of extra individuals had I not put the ban on. So, that was known as motion. Not with the mouth however in precise reality.”
He additionally stated a vaccine would in all probability be accessible quickly. “We’re very shut to having a vaccine,” he informed the viewers. “We’re inside weeks of getting it you recognize could possibly be three weeks, 4 weeks.”
Trump accused of taking part in down COVID-19 disaster in new e-book
01:00 GMT – Victoria on the right track to ease Melbourne lockdown by month’s finish
Australia’s Victoria state seems to be on the right track to chill out a strict lockdown within the metropolis of Melbourne by the tip of the month after the typical variety of circumstances over the past two weeks dropped beneath 50, which is throughout the goal vary for the state to ease restrictions from September 28.
The autumn in circumstances in current days – 42 have been reported throughout the state on Wednesday – from early August’s triple-digit highs means some curbs might be eased in rural areas of the state late on Wednesday.
In these locations, out of doors gatherings of up to 10 individuals might be permitted, residents of a family might be allowed to go to one different residence, and cafes might be in a position to seat up to 50 individuals exterior.
#COVID19VicData UPDATED: We now have reissued right this moment’s knowledge as there are 81 circumstances with unknown supply in Metro Melbourne, not 82, as earlier tweeted. Yesterday there have been 42 new circumstances reported and eight lives misplaced. Data: https://t.co/eTputEZdhs pic.twitter.com/buI8b9yv7J
— VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) September 15, 2020
00:00 GMT – Poorly-fitting masks enhance danger to well being employees who’re feminine or Asian: research
A brand new research has discovered feminine healthcare employees and medical workers with Asian heritage are extra susceptible to COVID-19 an infection as a result of they’re much less seemingly to be utilizing face masks that match them correctly.
The evaluation revealed within the journal Anaesthesia checked out research into the evaluation of filtration masks just like the N95 and FFP2 fashions, that are utilized by medical employees in high-risk conditions.
Their assessment checked out analysis that confirmed increased preliminary fit-pass charges in Caucasians (90 %) in contrast with Asians (84 %) and stated notably low preliminary fit-pass charges have been present in Asian girls, with a reported common of simply 60 %.
Within the US, the report stated authorities use a fit-test panel to assess the suitability of the N95 masks supplied to healthcare employees, however they famous that the facial dimensions represented by the panel have been primarily based on a gaggle of individuals during which girls and Asians have been “underrepresented”.
In lots of international locations all over the world, girls make up at the least three-quarters of all healthcare workers. The authors stated that to guarantee a masks isn’t liable to leak, it wants to adequately match the face form of the wearer, including that match seems to be extra necessary for defense from airborne viral unfold than the filtration capability of the masks itself.
Hiya and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Learn all of the updates from yesterday (September 15) here.