South African economic output has shrunk 51.0 percent within the second quarter, as a strict lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus pack up most activity.
China’s president Xi Jinping has told a ceremony in Beijing that the country had acted in an “open and transparent” manner over the coronavirus.
There are quite 27.3 million cases of coronavirus confirmed round the world, consistent with Johns Hopkins University, and 892,443 people have died. a minimum of 18.3 million people have recovered.
Here are the newest updates:
Tuesday, September 8
12:00 GMT – India weighing Russian offer for Sputnik-V vaccine trial, manufacturing: official
India has received a suggestion from Russia to conduct an attempt and manufacture its “Sputnik-V” COVID-19 vaccine, with several Indian companies currently studying the proposal, an Indian government official said.
“The government of India attaches great importance to the present offer of partnership from afriend,” said VK Paul, member of the Indian federal think-tank NITI Aayog.
The outcome of discussions on the offer were expected soon, he added.
11:45 GMT – Liberia’s Taylor denied coronavirus jail move
Judges have rejected a bid by Liberian ex-president and convicted wrongdoer Charles Taylor to be moved from a British jail, where he claimed he risks dying from coronavirus.
Taylor is serving a 50-year sentence at Frankland prison near Durham in northeastern England after being convicted in 2012 by a court within the Hague of fuelling civil conflict in Sierra Leone .
The warlord had argued that thanks to a “massive outbreak of COVID-19 within the UK” his life was in danger from continued detention in Britain which he wanted to be moved to a “safe third country”.
11:20 GMT – Hong Kong to further ease virus measures
Hong Kong is further relaxing social distancing measures, because the territory’s number of latest coronavirus cases dwindles.
Hong Kong reported another six cases of the virus on Tuesday.
From Friday, the limit on public gatherings are going to be relaxed to four people, up from two people. Most indoor and outdoor sports facilities, also as museums are going to be allowed to re-open.
11:00 GMT – Russia completes early trials of second potential COVID-19 vaccine: Report
Siberia’s Vector virology institute has completed early-stage human trials, referred to as phase II clinical trial , of a second potential Russian vaccine against COVID-19, the state consumer safety watchdog was cited by the Interfax press agency as saying.
Russia registered its first vaccine candidate, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, in August. Late-stage trials of this vaccine, thanks to involve 40,000 participants, were launched last week.
Human trials of the second potential COVID-19 vaccine, a peptide-based jab, began on July 27 and involved a gaggle of 100 volunteers, Interfax cited watchdog Rospotrebnadzor as saying.
10:45 GMT – Montenegro: Protests cause a spike in coronavirus cases
Montenegro reported 106 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to five ,659.
The spike came after the govt declared the country coronavirus-free. The director of the Institute of Public Health Boban Mugosa, said that the newest protests have contributed to the increase of numbers.
10:30 GMT – UN reports 42 virus cases among Syria staff, families
More than 40 members of UN staff and their families have caught coronavirus in Syria, a UN official told AFP, warning the illness was spreading within the war-torn country.
There were about 200 people including “staff and dependents, spouses, children, parents, who have displayed symptoms of Covid-19,” said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
“From these 200, there are 42 staff and dependents who are confirmed positive with Covid-19,” he added, chatting with AFP from Geneva, without specifying the nationalities of the infected personnel.
10:15 GMT – ‘Don’t kill your gran’ – the united kingdom sounds COVID alarm
Ministers and medics are urging the general public to urge serious again about the coronavirus after a pointy rise in infections raised fears the outbreak was slipping out of control in some parts.
Close to 3,000 new cases were recorded on Sunday and again on Monday – a sudden jump from numbers much closer to 1,000 for many of August, and therefore the highest since May.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said children had become too relaxed about social distancing and will endanger older relatives through complacency.
“Don’t kill your gran by catching coronavirus then passing it on. And you’ll pass it on before you’ve had any symptoms in the least ,” he told a BBC radio programme aimed toward younger audiences.