Covid-19: Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus
Published on September 2, 2020 at 12.37
Tens of millions of pupils around Europe returned to school on Tuesday, while in the United States moves were afoot to support school reopenings even as the proposed coronavirus relief legislation remained in a limbo.
Deaths and infections
At least 856,876 people globally have died from Covid-19 and over 25,832,272 have been infected by the novel coronavirus that causes it, following an outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, in early December. The World Health Organization referred to it as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Though the outbreak started in China, it has now reached 220 countries and territories. 196 of those have reported fatalities.
* Europe can live with Covid-19 without a vaccine by managing outbreaks with localised lockdowns, the WHO’s regional director said.
* Tens of millions of pupils around Europe returned to school on Tuesday, with hand cleansing stations, social distancing and staggered play time set to become the new normal.
* Russia’s case tally passed the 1 million mark.
* Poland is banning from Wednesday direct flights from 44 countries including Spain, Israel and Romania.
* More than 40 per cent of new cases in South Korea are being found in people over the age of 60, health authorities said.
* Japan is considering offering the coronavirus vaccine for free to all citizens, Kyodo news reported on Wednesday.
* Australia fell into its deepest economic slump on record last quarter as virus curbs paralysed business activity, while fresh outbreaks threaten to upend any immediate recovery.
* US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after a phone call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday that “serious differences” remain between Democrats and the White House over the coronavirus relief legislation.
* The US government will send an “overwhelming majority” of rapid Covid-19 tests to governors of states and territories to support school reopenings and other critical tasks.
* The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a sweeping nationwide order temporarily halting millions of US renters from being evicted.
* Brazil’s national tally of infections approached 4 million, while in Mexico, total cases surpassed 600,000.
* Confirmed deaths in Colombia topped 20,000 and cases surpassed 624,000.
Middle East And Africa
* Nearly two million children returned to school in Jordan on Tuesday after a five month-absence, although authorities were forced to suspend teaching in some areas due to a spike in cases.
* High-profile Covid-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.
* Antibody levels against the novel coronavirus rose and then held steady for up to four months in more than 90 per cent of recovered Covid-19 patients in Iceland, according to a study published on Tuesday.
* Asian shares inched up on Wednesday following buoyant US manufacturing indicators and a rally in US tech shares, with investors also expecting more policy support from Washington.
* India is facing potential delays in the harvest of its massive sugarcane crop, threatening supply worldwide, as millions of migrant workers needed for the harvest may be scared to travel due to the novel coronavirus.