Philippines orders millions to stay home: Coronavirus updates

  • Millions of people on the main island of Luzon, including the capital Manila, went back into a partial lockdown for the next two weeks.

  • Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, said on Tuesday that 500 military personnel will be deployed to enforce COVID-19 isolation orders, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing hefty fines as high as $14,250.
  • Latin America broke through five million confirmed cases of COVID-19, a Reuters tally showed, underscoring the region’s position as the area of the world’s hardest hit by the pandemic. It has already reported more than 200,000 deaths.
  • More than 18.28 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus as of Tuesday, up more than 280,000 in just one day. More than 10.9 million have recovered, and more than 693,000 have died.

    Tuesday, August 4

    16:12 GMT – Germany lifts travel warning for four Turkish regions

    Germany lifted its travel warning for several coastal regions of Turkey, ceding partially to weeks of campaigning by Ankara, whose tourism industry relies heavily on German visitors.

    The warning will be lifted with immediate effect for the four coastal provinces of Antalya, Izmir, Aydin and Mugla, government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said in Berlin.

    “Turkey has developed a special tourism and hygiene concept for these four regions in order to realise safe tourism under the conditions of the pandemic,” Demmer said.

    15:40 GMT – India starts phase 2 trials for virus vaccines

    Indian health authorities say phase 2 clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines developed by Indian companies have started

    They involve an inactivated virus vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech and a DNA vaccine candidate developed by Zydus Cadila.

    15:30 GMT – WHO urges Russia to follow guidelines on virus vaccine

    The World Health Organization urged Russia to follow the established guidelines for producing safe and effective vaccines after Moscow announced plans to start swiftly producing COVID-19 jabs.

    Russia said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine in September and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year.

    Russia is pushing ahead with several vaccine prototypes. Officials claimed that one trialled by the Gamaleya institute in Moscow has reached advanced stages of development and is about to pass state registration.

    15:15 GMT – Lukashenko says he has recovered from COVID-19

    The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, said he recovered from the coronavirus and called on people to adopt a healthy lifestyle to be able to fight COVID-19.

    The Belarus leader, who dismissed concerns about the novel coronavirus as “psychosis”, had announced last week he had been infected with the virus but was asymptomatic.

    14:37 GMT – Paris wants to make mask-wearing mandatory in some outdoor areas – Le Monde

    Paris wants to make the wearing of face masks mandatory in certain outdoor areas in order to prevent a new spike of coronavirus infections, French daily Le Monde reported.

    The paper said that mayor Anne Hidalgo would put in a formal request with the Paris prefecture about ordering the use of face coverings in specific areas, after the government on Friday gave local authorities the power to order the wearing of masks in outdoor public spaces.

    14:10 GMT – Nigerian airline sacks pilots, cuts pay over virus hit

    Nigeria’s largest airline Air Peace said it had laid off a number of pilots and cut salaries in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on its operations.

    The private carrier did not disclose the number of pilots affected, but industry sources put the figure at around 70.

    Air Peace serves cities in Nigeria as well as elsewhere in West Africa and in the Middle East.

    13:45 GMT – Number of cases in Italy higher than expected – study

    Six times as many people as officially recorded could have been infected with the coronavirus in Italy, according to a study published by the government.

    The study, which was conducted by health authorities and the statistics bureau Istat, found that 1.5 million people, or 2.5 per cent, of Italy’s population could have developed coronavirus antibodies.

    13:15 GMT – Vietnam’s new outbreak started in early July – govt

    Vietnam’s recent coronavirus outbreak in the central city of Danang, which led to over 200 cases and eight deaths, appears to have started early in July, the government said, amid concern the virus may have been spreading undetected earlier.

    “After having conducted antibody tests on 5,000 samples collected from infected patients and their relatives, it can be concluded that the outbreak appears to have started in early July,” Dang Duc Anh, Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said in a government statement.

    Vietnam has registered 670 COVID-19 cases with eight deaths.

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