y has gone past 25 million, with deaths exceeding 844,000. More than 16.5 million people have recovered
New Zealand has made face masks compulsory as it eases coronavirus restrictions in Auckland that were imposed after a sudden spike in cases.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States is nearing six million, with states including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota reporting daily records. More than 183,000 people have died from the disease in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Monday, August 31
06:50 GMT – Paris to make free COVID tests available in the capital
The Paris local municipality said it would look to make free COVID-19 testing available in all of the capital’s 20 districts (arrondissements), as authorities battle against signs of a re-emergence of the virus in France.
The Paris mayor’s office added in a statement that from Monday onwards, there would be three permanent laboratories set up to conduct free COVID-19 tests, as well as two other mobile laboratories that would go around the capital.
05:24 GMT – Malaysia marks independence day amid COVID-19 pandemic
Malaysia marked the country’s 63rd independence day celebration on Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the government keeping some movement restrictions including international tourism until the end of 2020.
On the eve of the celebration on Sunday night, thousands gathered in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, but celebrations were muted with the government cancelling the usual major fireworks display.
Malaysia has seen a significant decline in the number of virus cases, with 17 new cases reported on Sunday.
On Friday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said “it will be a long time before our country is free from the dangers of COVID-19.”
05:00 GMT – Thailand reports single imported coronavirus case, no new fatalities
Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported on Monday that a British woman has tested positive of COVID-19 raising the country’s total infections to 3,412.
The agency said that the 29-year-old language teacher arrived in Bangkok on August 15, alongsider her husband and their child. All were placed under quarantine following their arrival.
No new deaths were reported on Monday, keeping the death toll at 58.