Russian authorities have reported 5,118 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing the country’s tally to 892,654.
Australian state of Victoria has announced 19 deaths as it battles a resurgent virus in Melbourne.
- Nearly 200 doctors in India have died after contracting COVID-19, the India Medical Association reported.
- Almost 20 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, more than 12.1 million have recovered, and over 732,284 have died.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday, August 10
17:40 GMT – US Treasury Secretary sees possible virus deal, but no talks set with Congress
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration and Congress could reach a coronavirus aid deal as soon as this week, but Democrats said the two sides have not spoken since talks collapsed last Friday.
With negotiations at a standstill and President Donald Trump taking action at the weekend to try to sidestep Congress, it was unclear whether Democrats and Republicans would be able to bridge their differences to provide relief to workers, businesses and local governments that have been devastated by the pandemic.
Trump on Saturday signed executive orders and memorandums on expired unemployment benefits, suspend evictions, student loan payments and payroll taxes. But it was not immediately clear whether they would provide relief.
17:25 GMT – US health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak
Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak.
California’s public health director, Dr Sonia Angell, quit without explanation on Sunday following a technical glitch that caused a delay in reporting virus test results – information that was used to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools. Last week, New York City’s health commissioner was replaced after months of tension with the Police Department and City Hall.
A review by the Kaiser Health News service and The Associated Press found at least 48 state and local health leaders have resigned, retired or been fired since April across 23 states. The list has grown by more than 20 people since June.
17:15 GMT – US schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries
As they plan or contemplate reopening this autumn, schools around the US are dealing with aging air conditioning, heating and circulation systems that do not work well or at all because maintenance and replacement were deferred due to tight budgets. Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health.
Nationwide, an estimated 41 percent of school districts need to update or replace their heating, ventilation and cooling systems in at least half their schools, according to a federal report issued in June.
Some officials say one solution to air circulation problems may be teaching classes outdoors, which was done during tuberculosis and influenza outbreaks in the early 1900s, even in cold weather. The coronavirus spreads less efficiently outdoors and students could more easily sit 2 meters (6 feet) apart.
16:30 GMT – US employers post more jobs in June, pull back on hiring
US employers advertised more jobs in June compared with the previous month, but overall hiring fell, painting a mixed picture of the job market.
The number of jobs posted on the last day in June jumped 9.6 percent to 5.9 million, the Labor Department said Monday, a solid gain but still below the pre-pandemic level of about 7 million. And employers hired 6.7 million people in June, down from 7.2 million in May, a record high.
The figures suggest that restaurants, bars, retail shops, and entertainment venues – businesses that were subject to shutdown orders in April – continued to bring back workers at a healthy pace. Job openings in those industries also rose.
15:40 GMT – Trump’s COVID-19 unemployment plan confuses US state governors
Whether US President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. It is also unclear if states, which are necessary partners in Trump’s plan to bypass Congress, will sign on.
Trump announced an executive order Saturday that extends additional unemployment payments of $400 a week to help cushion the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Congress had approved payments of $600 a week at the outset of the outbreak, but those benefits expired August 1 and Congress has been unable to agree on an extension.
But under Trump’s plan, the $400 a week requires a state to commit to providing $100. Many states are already facing budget crunches caused by the pandemic. Asked at a news conference how many governors had signed on to participate, Trump answered: “If they don’t, they don’t. That’s up to them.”
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15:20 GMT – Iran closes down newspaper after expert doubts official coronavirus tolls
Iran shut down a newspaper after it quoted a former member of the national coronavirus taskforce as saying the country’s tolls from the epidemic could be 20 times higher than official figures, state news agency IRNA reported.
“The Jahan-e Sanat newspaper was shut down today for publishing an interview on Sunday,” the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Mohammadreza Saadi, told IRNA.
On Sunday, the newspaper published an interview with Mohammadreza Mahboubfar, in which he said: “The figures announced by the officials on coronavirus cases and deaths account for only 5% of the country’s real tolls”.
15:10 GMT – UN official lauds Pakistan’s virus containment
The incoming president of the United Nations General Assembly has praised Pakistan for quickly containing the coronavirus, saying the South Asian nation’s handling of the pandemic is a good example for the world.
The Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir made his comment at a news conference in the capital, Islamabad.
Bozkir was recently elected as the president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
15:00 GMT – Cuba reports record number of COVID-19 cases
Cuba reported a record 93 cases of the new coronavirus as a surge of the disease in the Havana area threatened to stall the re-opening of the country after a partial lockdown beginning in March.
A partial lockdown was re-imposed on Monday in Havana and in neighbouring Artemisa province. The area has been isolated from the rest of the country where with but few exceptions no cases have been reported in more than two months.
In Havana, restaurants, bars and pools are once more closed, public transportation suspended and access to the beach banned.
14:59 GMT – Virus doesn’t seem to follow seasonal patterns: WHO
A senior doctor at the World Health Organization said COVID-19 is not showing signs of seasonal patterns, and that lifting restrictions is what will cause it to “bounce back”.
Speaking from Geneva on Monday, Dr Michael Ryan, the Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Program, said “so far, what it has clearly demonstrated is you take the pressure off the virus, the virus bounces back”.
14:35 GMT – Virus spread accelerates in Denmark
Denmark has seen a new spread of COVID-19 infections in the past week with the reproduction rate rising to 1.4, the country’s health minister said.
“The virus is moving through our society once again,” Magnus Heunicke told reporters.
In the past week, infections have been confirmed in 67 out of Denmark’s 98 municipalities. The country’s second biggest city Aarhus had the biggest number of new infections.
14:10 GMT – Italy fears ‘surrounded’ by contagious countries
Italy sounded the alarm over the rise in coronavirus cases in fellow European countries after a spike in the number of infections discovered among returning Italian holidaymakers.
“Not to worry (about new cases from abroad) would be unconscionable,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza told the Corriere della Sera daily, which noted: “France, Spain and the Balkans… Italy is surrounded by contagions”.
Fear over new outbreaks imported by returning vacationers has been fuelled by the much-publicised case of 30 young Italians from the Veneto region who holidayed in Croatia and returned with coronavirus at the start of August.
13:45 GMT – Face masks now required outdoors at crowded Paris locations
From the most romantic spots along the Seine to popular shopping streets, residents and visitors in Paris were required to wear face masks in some outdoor areas of the French capital amid an uptick in reported coronavirus cases.
Police are authorised to issue a 35-euro ($41) fine to people who do not follow the new public health requirement.
13:15 GMT – Spanish actor Banderas says has COVID-19, feels “relatively well”
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, 60, said he has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and is in quarantine.
“I’d like to add that I’m feeling relatively well, just a bit more tired than usual, and confident that I will recover as soon as possible,” Banderas said on Twitter.
12:15 GMT – Brazil facing continued pressure in coronavirus fight: WHO
Indicators point to Brazil, which has the world’s second higest number of coronavirus infections, facing continued pressure on its healthcare system, the World Health Organization said.
Brazil has reported more than three million confirmed cases, second only to the United States, and more than 101,000 deaths.
Hello, this is Usaid Siddiqui in Doha taking over from my colleague Umut Uras.
11:15 – WHO warns of need to fight new COVID-19 flareups
The coronavirus sweeping the world has shown no seasonal pattern and if health authorities take the pressure off fighting it, it will bounce back, the World Health Organization said.
Dr Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said Western Europe and elsewhere needed to react fast to new flareups.
10:45 GMT – Vietnam reports six more coronavirus infections
Vietnam’s health ministry reported six more coronavirus infections and two additional deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 847, with 13 fatalities.
Most of the new cases, including an 8-year-old boy, are linked to the central city of Danang, where the new outbreak began late last month.
The ministry said more than 182,000 people are being quarantined in the country, including 5,139 at hospitals, 28,408 at centralised quarantine centres and the rest at home.
10:00 GMT – US’s Azar says any vaccine would be shared once national needs met
US Health Secretary Alex Azar said that any US vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 would be shared fairly with the rest of the world, once the US needs have been satisfied.
“Our first priority of course is to develop and produce enough quantity of safe and effective FDA-approved vaccines and therapeutics for use in the United States,” Azar told reporters while on a visit to Taiwan.
“But we anticipate having capacity that, once those needs are satisfied, those products would be available in the world community according to fair and equitable distributions that we would consult in the international community on.”
09:25 GMT – UK: Getting children back to school is a national priority
It is a national priority for children to return to school after months at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, a junior British health minister said.
“Sadly, we have seen children from more disadvantaged backgrounds (are) more likely to fall behind during this time, so it is essential that we have children back at school this autumn,” Helen Whately told Sky News.
09:00 GMT – Hong Kong reports 69 new coronavirus cases
Hong Kong reported 69 new cases on Monday, 67 of which were locally transmitted, as authorities fought to contain a resurgence of the virus over the last six weeks.
Since late January, over 4,000 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 55 of whom have died. On Sunday, Hong Kong reported 72 new cases.
08:30 GMT – Russia reports more than 5,100 new cases
Russian authorities confirmed 5,118 new coronavirus cases, pushing the national tally to 892,654, the fourth-largest in the world.
The official death toll rose to 15,001 after 70 people were reported to have died in the last 24 hours.
07:50 GMT – Indonesia reports 1,687 new coronavirus cases
Indonesia reported 1,687 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 127,083, data from the COVID-19 task force showed.
The Southeast Asian country also had 42 new deaths, taking that total to 5,765.
07:20 GMT – Where are we in finding a treatment for COVID-19?
There are currently neither licensed treatments nor a vaccine for COVID-19.
However, several drugs are being studied in large clinical trials and more research is under way.
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06:45 GMT – India’s largest crocodile park strapped for cash after virus lockdowns
India’s Madras Crocodile Bank may have as little as four months before it runs out of funds to feed animals, pay staff, and do research, as ticket revenue shrinks as lockdowns reduced visitors, park officials said.
Annual sales of about 5 million tickets make up roughly half the park’s revenue, but it has been shut since March 16 with no prospect of reopening in sight.
The lockdowns during the summer vacation season have cost an estimated 14 million rupees ($187,000) as visitors dropped by almost 2.5 million, Allwin Jesudasan, director of the park, told the Reuters news agency.
05:45 GMT – German firms expect life to be restricted for 8.5 more months: Survey
German companies expect public life to be restricted for a further 8.5 months due to coronavirus, a survey by the Ifo economic institute showed, as Europe’s largest economy battles to recover from a pandemic-induced downturn.
Leisure firms, hit hard by the crisis, are particularly pessimistic, expecting restrictions to last another 13 months while the beverage sector is more optimistic, foreseeing an end to restrictions in 6.4 months.
Hello, this is Umut Uras in Doha taking over from my colleague Ted Regencia.
05:15 GMT – US warned coronavirus deaths could reach 300,000
As the US recorded more than five million coronavirus infections, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration Dr Scott Gottlieb has issued a warning about the rising death toll, saying he expected it to be “somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000”.
“The concern now is that this has become so pervasive across the country that it could start to infect more rural communities that have largely been untouched to date … but are still very vulnerable because the infection hasn’t been there,” Gottlieb said in an interview with CBS’s Face The Nation.
According to reports, one out of every 66 residents in the US is now infected with COVID-19. As of Monday, the US has reported almost 163,000 deaths.
04:50 GMT – Russia’s race for virus vaccine raises concerns in the West
Russia boasts that it is about to become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials – and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could backfire.
According to Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s Direct Investment Fund that bankrolled the effort, a vaccine developed by the Gamaleya research institute in Moscow may be approved within days, before scientists complete a so-called “phase three study”.
That final-stage study, usually involving tens of thousands of people, is the only way to prove if an experimental vaccine is safe and really works.
04:20 GMT – Australia’s internal border closures to stay for months
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the country’s internal border closures were unlikely to be lifted before Christmas.
Morrison, however, said that he is “more hopeful” that the measures being implemented are bearing results, with the daily new infections in the state of Victoria slowing to a near two-week low.
Australia reported on Monday its highest number of fatalities.
03:49 GMT – Red Cross sends thousands of volunteers to help N Korea cope with coronavirus, floods
The Red Cross has trained some 43,000 North Korean volunteers to help communities in all nine provinces, including the locked-down city of Kaesong, fight the novel coronavirus and provide flood assistance, an official with the relief organisation said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency last month, imposing a lockdown on Kaesong, near the border with South Korea, after a man who defected to the South in 2017 returned to the city showing coronavirus symptoms.
Heavy rain and flooding in recent days have also sparked concern about crop damage and food supplies in the isolated country.
03:15 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 436 to 216,327
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 436 to 216,327, Reuters news agency reported on Monday quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.
The reported death toll rose by one to 9,197, the tally showed.
02:45 GMT – Manila to distribute one million face masks to help contain pandemic
Manila’s mayor has announced that the Philippine capital the will distribute one million face masks to its residents, as part of the local government’s effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus as a lockdown was reimposed on the city and nearby provinces until August 18.
Mayor Franciso Moreno also said the city is allocating at least 200m pesos ($4m) to procure the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available.
The Philippines has almost 130,000 cases nationwide and more than 2,200 deaths, most of which were in the Metro Manila area, which has a population of over 12 million. The national government has faced criticism over its pandemic response, forcing local governments to adopt localised restrictions and policies.
02:25 GMT – South Korea reports 28 new coronavirus cases
South Korea reported 28 new coronavirus cases on Monday, including 17 local infections, raising the total to 14,626.
Yonhap news agency quoted the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as saying that of the 17 local transmissions, 11 were reported in the capital, Seoul. Meanwhile, a church in Goyang, north of Seoul, reported eight additional cases on Sunday.
There were no new reported deaths, keeping the total fatalities at 305. Around 93 percent of the total cases have already recovered.
01:48 GMT – Venezuela’s Maduro extends coronavirus restrictions for 30 days
President Nicolas Maduro has announced the extension of Venezuela’s state of alert for another 30 days, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Maduro made the announcement as he said that 5,491 Venezuelan nationals who recently returned to the country had tested positive of the coronavirus.
As of the end of Sunday, the country added 844 new cases, including 797 local infections and 47 imported cases, as well as eight deaths. Venezuela has reported almost 26,000 cases and 223 deaths so far.
01:15 GMT – Brazil reports more than 23,000 new coronavirus cases, 572 deaths
Brazil’s health ministry has reported 23,010 new cases of COVID-19, with 572 new fatalities, as the country struggles with containing the spread.
With the latest numbers, South America’s most populous nation now has more than 3 million cases and over 2.3 million recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
The country’s death toll from COVID-19 has hit more than 101,000 – second only to the US.
01:00 GMT – China reports 49 new coronavirus cases in mainland
China reported 49 new coronavirus cases in the mainland as of the end of August 9, compared with 23 cases a day earlier, Reuters news agency said, quoting the health authority.
The National Health Commission said in a statement that 35 of the new infections were imported cases. There were no new deaths. China also reported 31 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 11 a day earlier.
As of August 9, mainland China had a total of 84,668 confirmed coronavirus cases, it said, with the death toll unchanged at 4,634.
00:15 GMT – Mexico reports 4,376 new COVID-19 cases, 292 new fatalities
Mexico’s health ministry reported 4,376 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 292 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 480,278 cases and 52,298 deaths, according to Reuters News Agency.
Officials have said the real numbers are likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Mexico has the third-highest coronavirus death tally globally, behind the US and Brazil.
00:05 GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports 322 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths
Australia reported a record number of coronavirus deaths on Monday, although the number of new infections in the country’s virus hotspot fell to a near two-week low, according to Reuters news agency.
Officials in Victoria state, the epicentre of Australia’s second wave, reported that 19 people had died from the virus over the past 24 hours. Even with other states still to report daily new case and death numbers, that marks the country’s biggest single-day rise in fatalities.
In more positive news, Victoria officials also reported 322 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest number of single-day new infections since July 29. Australia has recorded about 21,000 COVID-19 cases, and 314 deaths, still far fewer than many other developed nations.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur.
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