WHO says younger people now driving coronavirus pandemic

  • The WHO says younger people – those in their 20s, 30s and 40s – are the ones now driving the coronavirus pandemic and many don’t know they have the virus.
  • Hopes are growing in Australia that a second wave outbreak in Victoria may finally be easing after the state reported the lowest number of daily cases in a month.
  • New Zealand has ruled out frozen food and freight as the origin of the coronavirus outbreak that pushed Auckland back into lockdown.
  • The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 around the world now exceeds 21.8 million, and more than 774,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 13.9 million people have recovered from the disease.
  • The WHO says younger people – those in their 20s, 30s and 40s – are the ones now driving the coronavirus pandemic and many don’t know they have the virus.
  • Hopes are growing in Australia that a second wave outbreak in Victoria may finally be easing after the state reported the lowest number of daily cases in a month.
  • New Zealand has ruled out frozen food and freight as the origin of the coronavirus outbreak that pushed Auckland back into lockdown.
  • The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 around the world now exceeds 21.8 million, and more than 774,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 13.9 million people have recovered from the disease.

    Tuesday, August 18

    07:20 GMT – India interior minister back in hospital after recovering from COVID-19

    India’s interior minister Amit Shah was hospitalised again on Tuesday after complaining of fatigue and body ache, four days after he said he had recovered from COVID-19.

    Shah, a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the virtual number-two in his cabinet, was admitted to the government-run All India Institute for Medical Sciences in the capital New Delhi, the hospital said in a statement.

    “He is comfortable and continuing his work from the hospital,” it said, adding he had now tested negative for COVID-19.

    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak will join an OPEC+ ministers’ video meeting on Wednesday despite testing positive for coronavirus while on a work trip in Russia’s far east, the energy ministry said.

    “The minister feels good. He has no symptoms,” a ministry spokeswoman told Reuters news agency.

    Novak is in Russia’s far east as part of a government delegation headed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who had contracted the novel coronavirus in late April.

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