Number of US coronavirus cases nears six million: Live news

  • 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.

  • The number of cases globally 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.

    Monday, August 31

    07:40 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus cases approach 1 million

    Russia has reported 4,993 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing its nationwide tally to 995,319 – the fourth largest caseload in the world.

    Russia’s coronavirus taskforce said 83 people had died over the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 17,176.

    07:10 GMT – Pakistan reports lowest daily COVID-19 cases

    Pakistan’s daily number of COVID-19 infections continued to drop as authorities reported 213 additional cases, the lowest daily figure since May.

    The total number of infections to date reached 295,849, with 603 patients in critical condition, according to the health ministry data.

    The data also shows a gradual decline in the number of fatalities, with six more deaths from the disease across the country, raising the death toll to 6,294.

    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.

    Hello, this is Linah Alsaafin taking over the blog from my colleague Ted Regencia.

    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.

    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.

    04:36 GMT – India coronavirus cases surge to 3.62 million

    India reported 78,512 new novel coronavirus infections on Monday, just less than 200 compared to the record number of daily cases the country set the previous day.

    India now has a total of 3.62 million cases just behind the United States and Brazil. It has the third highest fatalities at 64,400, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    China’s state prosecutor’s office has reported that nearly 5,800 people have been arrested during the pandemic for committing crimes ranging from killing health workers, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history.

    One case involved a shopper that beat to death another customer who reminded him to wear a mask in a supermarket, according to AFP news agency.

    “From January to July, 5,797 people were arrested and 6,755 were prosecuted,” the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said.

    Other cases involved alleged embezzlment of and stabbing of of a health inspector.

    03:42 GMT – Germany reports 610 new COVID-19 cases

    Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, which monitors infectious diseases in the country, has reported 610 new cases, bringing the total to over 242,000 as of Monday.

    The death toll has reached 9,298 up three fatalities from the previous day.

    03:25 GMT – US eyes giving COVID-19 vaccine emergency approval

    Stephen Hahn, the head of the US Food and Drug Administration, has raised the possibility of giving an emergency approval on coronavirus vaccines being developed in the country, even before trials are concluded.

    “If they do that before the end of Phase Three,” which involves large-scale human testing, “we may find that appropriate. We may find that inappropriate, we will make a determination,” Hahn told the Financial Times.

    But the move has drawn criticism that he is giving in to pressure by the Trump administration to step up the production of a vaccine ahead of the November 3 elections.

    “This is going to be a science, medicine, data decision. This is not going to be a political decision,” he said.

    The US has reported almost six million cases and 183,000 deaths, raising criticism and questions against the Trump administration’s handling of the deadly pandemic.

    03:01 GMT – Greece’s coronavirus cases surpass 10,000

    Greece’s health authorities reported that the coronavirus cases in the country have exceeded 10,000, half of which were reported just in August.

    Greece also reported two more deaths bringing the country’s total to 262.

    02:45 GMT – Almost half a million sign up for free COVID-19 test in Hong Kong

    Despite calls for a boycott, more than 420,000 Hong Kong residents have registered fro free universal coronavirus testing, which is set to begin on Tuesday, according to Hong Kong authorities.

    According to the Gov.HK website, that since the online booking system started, at least 80 community testing centres have been fully booked.

    The Hong Kong government has initially set a seven-day testing period, although it has not set a target number of testings among its 7.5 million residents.

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