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Coronavirus Live: India reports 69,921 new cases today

Reuters/Dubai
Filed on September 1, 2020
india, covid-19, uae

(Reuters)

Schools in England set to reopen on Tuesday.

Schools in England and Wales were set to reopen on Tuesday to all students for a new term after the Covid-19 pandemic forced their closure, even as global cases surpassed 25.44 million according to a Reuters tally.

Deaths and infections

India reported 69,921 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the lowest daily jump in six days, taking its overall caseload to 3.69 million.

South Korea is ready to boost policy support to aid its economy should the rate of infection worsen significantly, its vice finance minister said.

Australia's second-most populous state Victoria, the epicentre for Covid-19 infections in the country, reported on Tuesday its lowest rise in virus-related deaths in two weeks.

Meanwhile in the UAE, the Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday reported 541 cases of Covid-19, along with 331 recoveries. Two deaths were also recorded. More than 82,000 new Covid-19 tests were carried out in the country, the ministry added.

The UAE has conducted more than seven million Covid-19 tests so far.

The first Phase lll trials of an inactivated vaccine for Covid-19 in the UAE are among the largest in the world in volunteer recruitment, having reached 31,000 vaccinated volunteers from more than 120 nationalities in only six weeks. The speed and efficiency of volunteer registration, screening and vaccination is setting new global benchmarks for the 4Humanity trials of the inactivated vaccine developed by Sinopharm CNBG.

In  Europe, Paris will make free Covid-19 testing available in all of the capital's 20 districts, as authorities battle against signs of a re-emergence of the virus in France.

Schools in England and Wales will finally reopen on Tuesday to all students for a new term.

Spain registered more than 23,000 new Covid-19 cases since Friday, health emergency chief Fernando Simon said, suggesting the infection rate had declined slightly from an Aug. 21 peak.

In the US, the Trump administration and Senate Republicans have been in contact over relief measures and the Senate's top Republican will "hopefully" unveil a new bill next week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox Business Network.

Brazil reported 45,961 new cases and 553 deaths, taking its national tally of infections to more than 3.9 million, while President Jair Bolsonaro said nobody will be forced to have the vaccine once it is developed.

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration approved a $400-million loan to regional nations and the Dominican Republic for the acquisition and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.

Following a five-month lockdown, South Africa is easing domestic travel restrictions, allowing hotels to reopen. Algeria said it will carry out further measures to ease a coronavirus lockdown from September 1, including lifting a ban on some cultural activities such as reopening museums and libraries.

Vaccine updates

AstraZeneca Plc said it has begun enrolling adults for a US-funded, 30,000-subject late-stage study of its high profile Covid-19 vaccine candidate.


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