WHO says no ‘silver bullet’ to defeat coronavirus: Live updates

  • WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said there might never be a “silver bullet” for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines.

  • More than 18 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus as of Monday. Almost 11 million have recovered and more than 690,000 have died.
  • Despite fears of the spread of coronavirus, parliamentary elections will go ahead in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hoping to tighten his hold on the nation’s politics.

  • Millions of COVID-19 tests that work in 90 minutes will be rolled out in the UK, the country’s health minister says. Cases nationwide surpassed 306,000, with more than 46,000 deaths.

    Monday, August 3

    17:45 GMT – France sees a rise in number of patients in ICU units

    France has said the number of people in intensive care units for COVID-19 stands at 384, compared to 371 on Friday, the second time in a week that figure has increased after declining for 16 weeks.

    In a statement, health authorities reported another 29 deaths from the disease, bringing the total to 30,294.

    17:35 GMT – US parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

    Many school districts around the United States had offered parents a choice of at least some in-person classes or remote instruction.

    But an uptick in COVID-19 cases in many states has prompted districts to scrap in-person classes at least for the start of the school year, including in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington.

    16:55 GMT – Teachers protest across US over reopening schools

    Teachers and support staff at more than 35 school districts across the US are protesting against the reopening of schools while COVID-19 is surging in many parts of the country.

    They are demanding in-person classes not be held until scientific data supports it, safety protocols such as lower class sizes and virus testing are established, and schools are staffed with adequate numbers of counsellors and nurses, according to a website set up for the demonstrations.

    Teachers are also demanding financial help for parents in need, including rent and mortgage assistance, a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, and cash assistance.

    16:49 GMT – Chief of staff to Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff, Army General Walter Souza Braga Netto, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office has said, becoming the seventh Brazilian minister to have contracted the disease.

    Braga Netto is doing well and has no symptoms, the office said in a statement. He will remain in isolation until a new medical evaluation is carried out, and will continue to work remotely.

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