WHO urges Russia to follow coronavirus vaccine guidelines

  • The World Health Organization has urged Russia to follow the established guidelines for producing safe and effective vaccines.

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

  • 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 18.3 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 695,000 have died.

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, August 4

19:40 GMT – Trump’s national security adviser returns to work after COVID-19 recovery

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, returned to work at the White House on following his recovery from a mild case of COVID-19, a National Security Council spokesman said.

O’Brien “has already met with the President, who warmly welcomed him back to the West Wing,” spokesman John Ullyot said in a statement.

“He has been cleared by doctors after two negative tests for the virus, and has been asymptomatic for over a week,” Ullyot said.

19:18 GMT – Bulgaria to allow fans in stadiums for new season

Bulgarian soccer stadiums can welcome supporters at matches when the Balkan country’s league season starts on Friday, the health ministry announced.

According to an order issued after talks between Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Sports Minister Krasen Kralev and Health Minister Kostadin Angelov, fans will be allowed at stadiums if they take up no more than 50 percent of a venue’s capacity.

18:59 GMT – Gambian mayor tests positive for COVID-19

The mayor of Gambia’s biggest municipality has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement.

Talib Bensouda, 34, is currently receiving treatment, said the statement from the Kanifing municipality. The news comes just two days after three Cabinet ministers also tested positive.

18:35 GMT – Venezuela market at centre of Caracas virus outbreak

Venezuela capital Caracas’s largest produce market is at the centre of a worsening COVID-19 outbreak, but cash-strapped merchants refuse to stop hawking food there for the city’s five million residents, many of whom are starving.

Three days a week – down from six before the pandemic – some 10,000 people, including retailers and consumers, pack into the state-run Coche Wholesale Market. The produce is trucked out to the city’s supermarkets, providing a lifeline amid Venezuela’s six-year economic crisis.

18:18 GMT – Ireland delays reopening of bars again after COVID-19 rate doubles

Ireland announced a fresh delay to the full reopening of bars, putting off a move to the final stage out of lockdown by three weeks while also tightening travel restrictions after new COVID-19 infections more than doubled in a week.

“I know that this will come as a blow to pub owners and I want them to know I have enormous sympathy for their plight. This virus is taking away their ability to earn a living, to provide a key service in the heart of many communities,” Prime Minister Michael Martin told a news conference.

18:08 GMT – Proportion of youth with COVID-19 triples in five months – WHO

Young people who are hitting nightclubs and beaches are leading a rise in fresh coronavirus cases across the world, with the proportion of those aged 15 to 24 who are infected rising three-fold in about five months, the World Health Organization said.

An analysis by the WHO of 6 million infections between February 24 and July 12 found that the share of people aged 15-24 years rose to 15 percent from 4.5 percent.

17:54 GMT – Turkey’s COVID cases back over 1,000 for first time in 3 weeks

Turkey’s new coronavirus cases surpassed 1,000 for the first time in three weeks according to an official tally, breaching what the government has called a critical threshold to possibly reconsider rules.

The 1,083 new COVID-19 cases reflects a “severe” rise in recent days that raises concerns as Turkey wrapped up a four-day holiday weekend that occurred while many Turks were taking domestic vacations, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter.

17:35 GMT – White House: Democrats making ‘mockery’ of US coronavirus relief talks

Democrats have rejected four offers from the White House in negotiations over another round of economic aid meant to blunt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and are making a mockery of the talks, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.

“It is Democrats … that are making an absolute mockery of this process,” McEnany said at a briefing. “We’re still engaging with them, but this president has been clear: He is ready to act on this.”

 

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