Brazil coronavirus death toll nears 50,000

  • Nearly 50,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Brazil with 1,022 fatalities in the last 24 hours. Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on February 26 and passed 1 million cases on Friday.

  • South Africa has announced nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases, a new daily record, to bring the total to 92,000 confirmed cases, about 30 percent of all cases in Africa. At least 1,877 people have died

  • Worldwide, at least 8.75 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, more than 4.3 million have recovered, and more than 464,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    Sunday, June 20

    08:24 GMT – Chinese researchers launch phase-2 human test for possible coronavirus vaccine

    Chinese researchers have started a second phase human trial of a possible coronavirus vaccine, the Institute of Medical Biology at Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (IMBCAMS) said, in efforts to further assess effectiveness and safety.

    IMBCAMS began on Saturday a phase 2 human test for its experimental shot, following an on-going phase-1 study that has recruited about 200 participants since May, the institute in its social media channel.

    The phase-2 trial will determine the shot’s dose and continue to evaluate whether the potential vaccine can safely trigger immune responses in healthy people.

    Sunday, June 20

    08:24 GMT – Chinese researchers launch phase-2 human test for possible coronavirus vaccine

    Chinese researchers have started a second phase human trial of a possible coronavirus vaccine, the Institute of Medical Biology at Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (IMBCAMS) said, in efforts to further assess effectiveness and safety.

    IMBCAMS began on Saturday a phase 2 human test for its experimental shot, following an on-going phase-1 study that has recruited about 200 participants since May, the institute in its social media channel.

    The phase-2 trial will determine the shot’s dose and continue to evaluate whether the potential vaccine can safely trigger immune responses in healthy people.

    07:56 GMT – Russia reports fewer than 8,000 new coronavirus cases

    Russia reported 7,728 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its nationwide case tally to 584,680 since the crisis began.

    The national coronavirus response centre said that 109 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 8,111.

    07:20 GMT – Iraqi football legend Ahmad Radhi dies due to coronavirus

    Iraqi football legend Ahmad Radhi has died at a hospital in Baghdad as a result of complications from the new coronavirus, Iraqi media reported.

    The 56-year-old was considered a national star, known for scoring one World Cup goal in Mexico in 1986, when Iraq’s national football team, the Lions of Mesopotamia, qualified for the games.

    Radhi spent most of his career in the Iraqi league, representing Al-Zawra’a and Al-Rasheed, winning five league titles and topping the scoring charts twice.

    06:57 GMT – Tokyo confirms 35 new coronavirus cases

    Thirty-five novel coronavirus infection cases were confirmed in Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, metropolitan government officials said.

    The daily number exceeded 30 for the fourth straight day. Nine of the 35 were found positive in group testing conducted by the government of Shinjuku Ward, which has a popular nightlife district.

    06:12 GMT – British Finance Minister Sunak plans emergency cut in value-added tax

    British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak is ready to cut the value-added tax (VAT) as part of the government’s latest efforts to tackle economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

    Sunak has ordered officials to prepare options for reducing the sales tax, including a cut in the headline rate, and zero rating more products for a fixed period, the newspaper reported.

    The finance minister may announce lowering the VAT and business rates in a speech in early July, the report added.

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