India becomes second worst-hit country by coronavirus

  • India’s health ministry reported another daily record of 90,802 cases on Monday, bringing the total to over 4.2 million and overtaking Brazil to become the second-hardest-hit country.

  • COVID-19 cases are rising in 22 of the states in the US, according to a Reuters analysis, as the country celebrates its end-of-summer Labor Day weekend.

  • The world’s coronavirus cases have hit 27 million, more than 18 million people have recovered and more than 882,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

  • At least 200 UN staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Syria, according to a leaked document, as the organisation steps up efforts to contain the spread of the disease in the war-torn country.

    Monday, September 7

    06:10 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 814 to 250,799 – RKI

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 814 to 250,799, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed.

    With no new deaths reported, the death toll stayed at 9,325, the tally showed.

    05:18 GMT – Australia approves funding for two potential vaccines

    Australia announced on Monday it had struck agreements with pharmaceutical companies worth 1.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.2 billion) for two potential COVID-19 vaccines, the Associated Press agency reported.

    Britain’s University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca and Australia’s University of Queensland working with CSL will provide more than 84.8 million vaccine doses for 26 million Australians, almost all made in Melbourne, Australia, a government statement said.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison said both vaccines would need to be proven safe and effective and meet all necessary regulatory requirements before being made available to the public. Any vaccine would be free to all Australians.

    India’s health ministry reported another daily record of 90,802 coronavirus cases on Monday, raising the total nationwide to over 4.2 million and overtaking Brazil to become the second-hardest-hit country.

    Brazil is now behind India in the total number of cases by almost 70,000; the US remains at the top with more than 6.2 million cases.

    India’s health ministry also reported 1,016 new fatalities, raising the total to 71,642. For the fifth day in a row, India has reported more than 1,000 deaths.

    Read more here.

    04:25 GMT – Germany’s cases rise to 250,799

    Germany’s infectious disease agency has reported 814 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number to 250,799.

    The Robert Koch Institute also announced on Monday that there were no new COVID-19 deaths, keeping the death toll at 9,325.

    According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 224,000 coronavirus patients in Germany have recovered, about 87 percent of the total.


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