India interior minister tests coronavirus positive: Live updates

  • The death toll in Latin America from the novel coronavirus has surpassed 200,000, a Reuters tally showed, after Peru reported another 191 deaths from the pandemic early on Sunday.

  • The Philippines has reported 5,032 additional coronavirus infections, its largest single-day increase on record, taking the country’s confirmed cases to 103,185.

  • Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah has announced that he tested positive for the new coronavirus and was hospitalised.

  • More than 17.79 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. Almost 10.5 million patients have recovered and more than 684,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

    Sunday, August 2

    12:50 GMT – Amitabh Bachcha leaves hospital after virus treatment

    Infamous Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan has tested negative for coronavirus and has left the hospital, according to a tweet by his son Abhishek.

    “My father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest Covid-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him,” Abhishek Bachchan tweeted.

    Amitabh Bachchan  was admitted to Nanavati hospital after he tested positive for coronavirus on July 11.

    12:20 GMT – Vietnam health ministry: COVID-19 infections rise to 620

    Vietnam reported 34 new novel coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 620.

    The country’s COVID-19 death toll rose by two on Sunday to five, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

    11:45 GMT – India’s interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised

    India’s Interior Minister Amit Shah said that he had tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted to hospital.

    Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the country’s most powerful politicians, heads a key ministry that has been at the forefront of managing India’s coronavirus outbreak.

    11:10 GMT – Switzerland should tighten coronavirus restrictions: govt advisor

    Switzerland should tighten restrictions to curb the coronavirus again following a recent spike in cases, in order to prevent the need for much harsher lockdown measures in future, the new head of the country’s coronavirus taskforce said.

    Switzerland has seen the number of new cases of COVID-19 surge to more than 200 a day recently after an average of 35 per day in June.

    Martin Ackermann, who heads the body that provides scientific advice to the Swiss government, said the country was on the brink of a big increase in infections and had little room to manoeuvre.

    “We should intervene early to prevent exponential growth,” Ackermann told newspaper SonntagsZeitung. “Otherwise there’s a risk of drastic and expensive restrictions. This must be prevented under all circumstances.”

    10:30 GMT – Brazil reports 45,392 new coronavirus cases

    Brazil recorded 45,392 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as well as 1,088 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, its health ministry said.

    Brazil has registered more than 2.7 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 93,563, according to ministry data.

    10:00 GMT – Vietnam reports four new COVID-19 cases

    Vietnam’s health ministry reported four new coronavirus cases, including two locally transmitted and two imported cases.

    The Southeast Asian country has registered a total of 590 cases, of which 144 infections are linked to the recent outbreak in the costal city of Danang. Vietnam has recorded three deaths, the health ministry said in a statement.

    Seven Chinese health officials were due to arrive in Hong Kong on Sunday, the first members of a 60-person team that will carry out widespread testing for COVID-19 in the territory as the global financial hub races to halt a third wave of illness.

    China’s National Health Commission on Saturday announced their scheduled arrival.

    Members of the team are from public hospitals in Guangdong province while a specialist team of six from Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first appeared, will help prepare part of the AsiaWorld Expo convention centre as a facility for COVID-19 patients.

    The initiative is the first time mainland health officials have assisted Hong Kong in its battle to control the coronavirus.

    08:45 GMT – Philippines’ confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 100,000

    The Philippines reported 5,032 additional coronavirus infections, its largest single-day increase on record, taking the country’s confirmed cases to 103,185.

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