The WHO says younger people – those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s – are those now driving the coronavirus pandemic, and lots of do not know they need the virus.
Hopes are growing in Australia that a second wave outbreak in Victoria may finally be easing after the state reported rock bottom number of daily cases during a month.
New Zealand has ruled out frozen foods and freight because of the origin of the coronavirus outbreak that pushed Auckland back to lockdown.The number of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 around the world now exceeds 21.8 million, and quite 774,000 people have died, consistent with Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 13.9 million people have recovered from the disease.
Here are the newest updates.
Tuesday, August 18
06:15 GMT – Coronavirus claims quite 680 lives in Brazil
Brazil recorded 684 new coronavirus deaths within the last 24 hours, bringing the price to 108,536, the country’s health ministry said.
At least 19,373 new patients have contracted the virus, the ministry added, taking the entire to three,359,570.
With a population of 46 million, Sao Paulo remains the hardest-hit region within the country with 702,655 cases and 26,899 deaths.
05:30 GMT – South Korea braces for the second wave, with cases linked to church services
South Korea reported 246 more cases of coronavirus – 235 of them locally acquired – on Tuesday, its fifth day of triple-digit increases.
Of the new cases, 131 were reported in Seoul and 52 within the surrounding Gyeonggi Province.
Scores of cases are traced to the Sarang Jeil Church within the north of the capital, and authorities have urged people that attended an anti-government rally on Saturday to urge tested because some church followers known to possess the virus were at the protest.
“This week is going to be a critical juncture for the country’s virus fight as cluster infections within the greater capital area are on the brink of spreading nationwide,” Vice Health Minister Kim Ganglip told a daily press briefing.
05:15 GMT – Hongkong Post to check frontline workers
Hongkong Post says it’ll arrange COVID-19 testing for a complete of around 3,800 staff liable for mail delivery, outdoor duties, and counter service, The tests are scheduled for August 20 and 21 and Hongkong Post expects the method is going to be completed within two days of taking a specimen.
04:55 GMT – China’s Sinopharm promises vaccine are going to be affordable
China’s state media is reporting that a possible vaccine being developed by a unit of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm), will cost no quite 1,000 yuan ($144.27) for 2 shots.
Sinopharm says its vaccine – currently in late-stage human trials within the United Arab Emirates – might be ready for public use by the top of this year.
“It won’t be priced very high,” Sinopharm chairman Liu Jingzhen was quoted as saying by the Guangming Daily.
More than 200 vaccines are currently in development with quite 20 in human trials.
04:00 GMT – WHO says younger people increasingly driving pandemic
The World Health Organization’s regional director for the Western Pacific says younger people – those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s – are increasingly driving the pandemic.
Takeshi Kasai told a virtual briefing that a lot of were unaware that they had the disease.”This increases the danger of spillovers to the more vulnerable: the elderly, the sick people in long-term care, people that sleep in densely populated areas and underserved areas,” he said.
03:40 GMT – Mutation of the virus might be a “good thing”
A prominent expert in infectious diseases says the mutation of the coronavirus into a more infectious strain might be a “good thing” because it appears to be less deadly.
Paul Tambyah, a senior consultant at the National University of Singapore and president-elect of the International Society of Infectious Diseases, says the D614G strain increasingly found in Europe – and in the week reported in Malaysia – told Reuter’s viruses attended subsided deadly as they mutated.
“It is within the virus’ interest to infect more people but to not kill them because an epidemic depends on the host,” he told the press agency. The proliferation of the mutation had coincided with a drop by death rates, he noted.
03:20 GMT – Shenzhen steps up procedures to see frozen goods
While New Zealand may have ruled out frozen foods imports because the source of its latest outbreak of coronavirus, Chinese state media reports the southern city of Shenzhen is fixing a warehouse specifically to handle such imports.