US coronavirus vaccine poised for final testing: Live updates

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Researchers in the United States say that the first vaccine tested in the country had worked to boost patients’ immune systems and is set for final testing. This is as the number of cases nationwide rose by 65,682 for a total of 3.45 million with at least 919 new deaths added to the tally of around 136,000.

The blood from seriously ill coronavirus patients on ventilators was found by researchers to be highly inflammatory and harmful to the body, the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday, citing a study by Dutch scientists.

South Africa has surpassed the UK in its number of confirmed coronavirus cases, consistent with its health ministry and data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. It now has the world’s eighth-highest number of confirmed cases with 298,292 and over 4,300 deaths.

More than 13.29 million people around the world are diagnosed with COVID-19, 7.37 million have recovered, and quite 577,900 have died, consistent with data from Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil, the UK , Mexico, and Italy have recorded the foremost deaths.

Here are the newest updates.

Wednesday, July 15
05:03 GMT – Hong Kong reimposes restrictions amid COVID-19 resurgence

Renewed restrictions took effect in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with restaurants limited to takeout after 6 pm, because the Asian center battles a resurgence of the coronavirus, Reuters press agency reported.

Mask-wearing has been made compulsory on the conveyance for the primary time, with fines of up to five,000 Hong Kong dollars ($650). Public gatherings are once more restricted to four people after the limit was eased last month to permit up to 50.

The semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen a return of locally transmitted cases within the past 10 days after an extended spell without them. About 300 new cases are reported since July 6, including quite 220 non-imported ones.

The city reversed plans to permit major public events, postponing a highly popular annual book fair slated to open Wednesday. Hong Kong Disneyland, which had reopened last month, shuttered again in accordance with the renewed restrictions.

The city of 7.5 million people has recorded 1,569 confirmed cases and eight deaths since the outbreak began.

04:50 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 351 to 199,726
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 351 to 199,726, Reuters press agency reported on Wednesday citing the newest data from the Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

The reported price rose by three to 9,071, the tally showed.

04:45 GMT – US bases on Japan’s Okinawa confirm 36 more coronavirus cases
Authorities have confirmed 36 more coronavirus infections at Camp Hansen on Japan’s Okinawa, taking to 136 the tally at US military bases on the island, Reuters reported on Wednesday citing Kyodo News.

The outbreak emerged at the weekend, provoking the anger of the prefecture’s governor, who has called into question the US military’s virus prevention measures.

04:25 GMT – China to ease restrictions on domestic tourism
China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days, Associated Press press agency reported on Wednesday.

A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, which interprovince group tours should be resumed.

The National Health Commission said that six new cases were recorded as of the top of Tuesday, beat people that had arrived from overseas. it’s not reported any domestic cases since an epidemic in Beijing that infected quite 330 people before it faded early this month.

China has reported 83,611 confirmed cases and 4,634 deaths since the outbreak began. It doesn’t include people that test positive but show no symptoms in its case count.

04:05 GMT – China reports six confirmed COVID-19 cases
The Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of six new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland as of the top of Tuesday, and every one of them was imported.

No new suspected cases or deaths associated with the disease were reported Tuesday, the National Health Commission said in its daily report, quoted by Reuters press agency.

Of the six imported cases, three were reported in Shanghai and therefore the other three were reported in Shanxi, Chongqing, and Yunnan respectively.

As of Tuesday, the general confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 83,611, including 284 patients who were still being treated, with three in severe condition. Altogether 78,693 people had been discharged after recovery, and 4,634 had died of the disease, the commission said.

Source: aljazeera

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