Russia reports over 5,100 new coronavirus cases

  • Russian authorities have reported 5,118 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing the country’s tally to 892,654.

  • Australian state of Victoria has announced 19 deaths as it battles a resurgent virus in Melbourne.

  • Nearly 200 doctors in India have died after contracting COVID-19, the India Medical Association reported.
  • Almost 19.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, more than 12.1 million have recovered, and over 731,500 have died.

    Monday, August 10

    11:15 – WHO warns of need to fight new COVID-19 flareups

    The coronavirus sweeping the world has shown no seasonal pattern and if health authorities take the pressure off fighting it, it will bounce back, the World Health Organization said.

    Dr Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said Western Europe and elsewhere needed to react fast to new flareups.

    10:45 GMT – Vietnam reports six more coronavirus infections

    Vietnam’s health ministry reported six more coronavirus infections and two additional deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 847, with 13 fatalities.

    Most of the new cases, including an 8-year-old boy, are linked to the central city of Danang, where the new outbreak began late last month.

    The ministry said more than 182,000 people are being quarantined in the country, including 5,139 at hospitals, 28,408 at centralised quarantine centres and the rest at home.

    US Health Secretary Alex Azar said that any US vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 would be shared fairly with the rest of the world, once the US needs have been satisfied.

    “Our first priority of course is to develop and produce enough quantity of safe and effective FDA-approved vaccines and therapeutics for use in the United States,” Azar told reporters while on a visit to Taiwan.

    “But we anticipate having capacity that, once those needs are satisfied, those products would be available in the world community according to fair and equitable distributions that we would consult in the international community on.”

    09:25 GMT – UK: Getting children back to school is a national priority

    It is a national priority for children to return to school after months at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, a junior British health minister said.

    “Sadly, we have seen children from more disadvantaged backgrounds (are) more likely to fall behind during this time, so it is essential that we have children back at school this autumn,” Helen Whately told Sky News.

    09:00 GMT – Hong Kong reports 69 new coronavirus cases

    Hong Kong reported 69 new cases on Monday, 67 of which were locally transmitted, as authorities fought to contain a resurgence of the virus over the last six weeks.

    Since late January, over 4,000 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 55 of whom have died. On Sunday, Hong Kong reported 72 new cases.

    08:30 GMT – Russia reports more than 5,100 new cases

    Russian authorities confirmed 5,118 new coronavirus cases, pushing the national tally to 892,654, the fourth-largest in the world.

    The official death toll rose to 15,001 after 70 people were reported to have died in the last 24 hours.

    07:50 GMT – Indonesia reports 1,687 new coronavirus cases

    Indonesia reported 1,687 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 127,083, data from the COVID-19 task force showed.

    The Southeast Asian country also had 42 new deaths, taking that total to 5,765.

    07:20 GMT – Where are we in finding a treatment for COVID-19?

    There are currently neither licensed treatments nor a vaccine for COVID-19.

    However, several drugs are being studied in large clinical trials and more research is under way.

    06:45 GMT – India’s largest crocodile park strapped for cash after virus lockdowns

    India’s Madras Crocodile Bank may have as little as four months before it runs out of funds to feed animals, pay staff, and do research, as ticket revenue shrinks as lockdowns reduced visitors, park officials said.

    Annual sales of about 5 million tickets make up roughly half the park’s revenue, but it has been shut since March 16 with no prospect of reopening in sight.

    The lockdowns during the summer vacation season have cost an estimated 14 million rupees ($187,000) as visitors dropped by almost 2.5 million, Allwin Jesudasan, director of the park, told the Reuters news agency.

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