- India has now reported more than five million cases of the coronavirus, the second country after the United States to report numerous cases.
- Melbourne seems on course to relieve of a rigorous lockdown and curfew from September 28, as the typical number of cases drops.
- Almost 29.5 million people all over the world have been detected with COVID-19 and 933,542 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 20 million people have actually recovered from the disease.
Here are the most recent updates:
Wednesday, September 16
07: 17 GMT – Serum Institute gets approval to resume Indian trial of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine-source
Serum Institute of India has gotten Indian regulatory approval to resume regional clinical trials of AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, a source acquainted with the matter stated.
The approval originated from the Drugs Controller General of India, the source stated.
AstraZeneca has resumed British clinical trials of the vaccine – among the most advanced in development for COVID-19 – after they were paused earlier this month following a major negative effects in a trial individual.
06: 45 GMT – Infographic: How coronavirus spread throughout India
06: 10 GMT – Ukraine reports record daily high in coronavirus deaths
Ukraine signed up a record 76 deaths related to the brand-new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the national security council stated on Wednesday, up from a record of 72 deaths signed up recently.
The council said 162,660 cases were signed up in Ukraine since Sept. 16, with 3,340 deaths and 72,324 individuals recovered.
Hello, this is Usaid Siddiqui in Doha taking over 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 provided as a nasal spray that might offer an option to injections.
It’s the first vaccine of its kind in the world to continue to human trials, Caixin said, pointing out the WHO’s latest list of vaccine candidates.
The vaccine is being developed by Hong Kong University, Xiamen University and a Beijing-based vaccine producer.
04: 40 GMT – ‘Not home cooking’: Scorsese speaks out at Toronto Film Celebration
Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorsese has warned movie theater is ending up being “marginalised and devalued” as a “type of home cooking” throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Scorsese made the remarks in an introductory video to the Toronto Film Celebration, where he applauded the organisers for going on with the occasion, The United States and Canada’s largest film celebration.
Toronto is taking place mainly online this year, in addition to a handful of drive-in and minimal capacity indoor screenings.
04: 00 GMT – India cases go beyond 5 million
Cases of coronavirus have passed the five million mark in India after the authorities verified 90,123 brand-new cases on Wednesday.
India is 2nd only to the US in the variety of cases validated.
Its death toll is much lower, however.
The health ministry said on Wednesday an extra 1,290 individuals had died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 82,066 Nearly 196,00 0 individuals have passed away from the illness in the US.
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Healthcare employees take swabs from flour mill employees on the borders of Ahmedabad. India has now tape-recorded more than 5 million cases of coronavirus [Amit Dave/Reuters]
03: 30 GMT – UN might fulfill on pandemic, in-person, prior to year-end
The United Nations could hold an in-person meeting of the General Assembly New York as early as November to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assembly president Volkan Bozkir says discussions are continuing with some countries concerned about meeting so quickly – especially in the United States, where the infection continues to spread extensively.
Bozkir is keen to start in-person UN conferences, which have actually taken place via video conference considering that March, as quickly as possible, saying such a top ought to have happened “in June.”
02: 55 GMT – Air New Zealand prepares to fire more cabin team
Air New Zealand plans to cut as numerous as 385 more cabin crew tasks because the coronavirus has actually forced it to decrease worldwide routes.
The reductions would bring its COVID-19 related job losses to around 37 percent of its labor force, which is greater than both Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
in annoucing the choice, Air New Zealand noted the decline in need on North American routes. It now operates return flights to Los Angeles 3 times a week instead of every day and has converted its San Francisco flights to freight just.
02: 35 GMT – Japan commits $135 m to WHO’s worldwide vaccine program
Japan has actually committed 17.2 billion yen ($165 million) in funds for the WHO’s international COVID-19 vaccine programme, referred to as COVAX.
The initiative is focused on helping buy and fairly distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to nations around the world. Some nations which have actually secured their own materials through bilateral deals, including the United States, have actually stated they will not join.
Japan has likewise pursued independent arrangements with global pharmaceutical companies to secure vaccines, with the government pledging to have enough supply for the entire population by the very first half of2021 The COVAX programme has set a Sept. 18 deadline for contributions.
02: 30 GMT – Hong Kong finishes up mass testing program
Hong Kong has actually finished up a mass testing program that sustained controversy because of the participation of professionals from the mainland.
About 1.78 million specimens were gathered in the two-week workout with 45 COVID-19 cases discovered as an outcome of the testing and associated contact tracing, according to the federal government.
The area, which is house to about 7.5 million individuals, is to start relaxing a few of its coronavirus curbs from Friday.
Hong Kong’s mass testing programme for COVID-19 began on September 1 [Anthony Kwan/EPA]
02: 20 GMT – China suspends poultry imports from 2nd US plant
China has actually suspended imports from an OK Foods poultry plant in Arkansas, since of coronavirus cases amongst employees, according to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
It’s the second US poultry factory to be blocked since of a break out among employees. “We do not believe that either one of these two are warranted, specifically thinking about the truth that the infection can not be sent in poultry meat,” stated Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
Chinese customs authority GACC suspended imports from the OKAY Foods facility, he stated. The Arkansas plant ended up being disqualified to ship items to China on Sepember 13, according to the US Department of Farming.
02: 00 GMT – Trump quizzed on COVID-19 response at election city center
United States President Donald Trump has actually been questioned by voters on his coronavirus action a t a city center meeting in Pennsylvania.
Asked by one uncommitted Pennsylvania voter why he had played down a pandemic that was known to endanger low-income families and minority neighborhoods, he claimed he had done the reverse.
” I didn’t minimize it. In lots of ways I up played it in regards to action,” Trump said at the event, which was sponsored by ABC News.
” You do not admit to it yourself?” the voter, Ajani Powell, interrrupted.
Trump continued, “Yeah, because what I did is with China, I put a ban on.
He likewise said a vaccine would most likely be offered soon. “We’re extremely near to having a vaccine,” he told the audience. “We’re within weeks of getting it you know could be three weeks, four weeks.”
Trump accused of soft-pedaling COVID-19 crisis in new book
01: 00 GMT – Victoria on course to reduce Melbourne lockdown by month’s end
Australia’s Victoria state seems on course to relax a strict lockdown in the city of Melbourne by the end of the month after the typical number of cases over the last 2 weeks dropped below 50, which is within the target variety for the state to ease constraints from September 28.
The fall in cases in recent days – 42 were reported throughout the state on Wednesday – from early August’s triple-digit highs implies some curbs will be relieved in backwoods of the state late on Wednesday.
In these places, outside events of approximately 10 individuals will be allowed, residents of a family will be allowed to go to another home, and coffee shops will have the ability to seat approximately 50 individuals outside.
#COVID19 VicData UPDATED: We have reissued today’s data as there are 81 cases with unidentified source in Metro Melbourne, not 82, as earlier tweeted. The other day there were 42 new cases reported and 8 lives lost. Info: https://t.co/eTputEZdhs pic.twitter.com/buI8b9yv7J
— VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) September 15, 2020
Melbourne is moving closer to a relaxation of its stringent lockdown and curfew with the typical number of cases over the last 2 weeks listed below 50 [James Ross/EPA]
00: 00 GMT – Poorly-fitting masks increase threat to health workers who are female or Asian: study
A new study has discovered female healthcare employees and medical staff with Asian heritage are more susceptible to COVID-19 infection because they are less likely to be using face masks that fit them correctly.
The analysis released in the journal Anaesthesia looked at research studies into the evaluation of purification masks like the N95 and FFP2 models, which are used by medical workers in high-risk situations.
Their evaluation looked at research study that revealed higher preliminary fit-pass rates in Caucasians (90 percent) compared with Asians (84 percent) and stated especially low initial fit-pass rates were discovered in Asian females, with a reported average of just 60 percent.
In the United States, the report said authorities utilize a fit-test panel to evaluate the viability of the N95 masks provided to health care workers, however they noted that the facial dimensions represented by the panel were based on a group of individuals in which ladies and Asians were “underrepresented”.
In lots of countries around the world, women make up a minimum of three-quarters of all health care personnel. The authors said that to make sure a mask is not accountable to leak, it needs to adequately fit the face shape of the wearer, adding that fit seems more vital for security from airborne viral spread than the filtering capacity of the mask itself.
Female medical employees and people of Asian origin are more at danger from COVID-19 due to the fact that their masks are less most likely to fit properly, according to a new research study [File: David Crosling/EPA]
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
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