Beijing reported its first instance of a local transfer in weeks – a 52-year-old man who said he had not left the Chinese capital in more than two weeks and had no contact with anyone outside the city.
A vaccine against COVID-19 developed by US biotech company Moderna enters the third and final stage of its clinical trial in July with 30,000 participants, the manufacturer has announced.
- Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, whose modeling helped to determine Britain’s coronavirus strategy, says the country’s death toll could have been halved had lockdown been introduced a week earlier. The UK has more than 291
- More than 7.48 million people have now been confirmed to have coronavirus and at least 420,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday, June 12
09:07 GMT – Indonesia reports new COVID-19 cases, deaths
Indonesia reported 1,111 new coronavirus infections and 48 new deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 36,406 and deaths to 2,048, said Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto.
Yurianto said 577 more patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 13,213.
Indonesia has tested a total of 302,147 people as of Friday.
09:05 GMT – Help groups “startled” by some US coronavirus assistance
More than two dozen international aid organizations have told the US government that they “are becoming increasingly concerned” that “little or no US humanitarian aid has reached the forefront” of the coronavirus pandemic.
The letter received by The Associated Press and signed by groups including Save the Children, Mercy Corps, World Vision and others states that “despite months of promising talks with USAID field personnel, few organizations have received an award for humanitarian COVID-19 assistance”.
It calls the delays “devastating” and says the window is closing for the United States to mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic around the world.
08:45 GMT – EU does not yet warn of COVID-19 crisis
The public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe is not over yet, warned the European Union’s highest health inspector and urged governments to remain vigilant and plow ahead with testing and tracking the population.
“This is not behind us yet. We need to be vigilant,” EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told the EU Health Minister in a video conference, fearing a new increase in infections as EU states gradually resume business and borders and following mass protests recently days across the continent.
08:25 GMT – Air France accelerates resumption of summer flights
Air France announced that it accelerated the move to resume flights during the summer vacation period.
It said that several routes would be resumed between Paris and the French regions, as well as inter-regional routes, especially to and from Corsica.
The number of services will also increase to the French overseas departments and territories, as well as to Europe, mainly to Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal.
08:20 GMT – India’s fourth worst affected nation
India has reported a total of 297,535 coronavirus infections, surpassing Britain to become the fourth worst-hit country in the world, behind only the US, Brazil and Russia.
The number of infections increased by 10,956 on Friday from the previous day, and the death rate reached 8,498, says India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
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07:40 GMT – Pakistani Prime Minister warns more deaths from coronavirus
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned citizens that the number of deaths from the corona virus will continue to increase in the country as the death hit a record 107 days on Thursday.
Khan targeted the nation and continued to rule out any widespread shutdown, according to the World Health Organization’s council, saying that instead there would be greater oversight of social distance and hygiene directives, where companies that do not follow are shut down.
Pakistan saw 6,397 new cases of the corona virus on Thursday, taking its total number to 125,933.
06:45 GMT – Australian clot-busting drug has hope for COVID-19 treatment
An experimental drug developed by an Australian scientist can help prevent COVID-19 deaths by controlling the formation of blood clots that are responsible for respiratory difficulties, organ failure, stroke and heart attack.
About three out of four of the critical COVID-19 patients in ICUs develop clots with their recovery rate critically low, said Professor Shaun Jackson from the University of Sydney and the Heart Research Institute.
After successful phase-one studies in 72 healthy patients, researchers now want to quickly enter phase two studies by testing the drug’s efficacy and safety in critically ill COVID-19 patients.
05:57 GMT – South Korea warns of tougher physical distance measures
South Korea will expand the physical distance guidelines until daily new infections fall to single digits, the health minister said, and failed as he warned to return to tougher measures.
Park Neung-hoo urged residents of Seoul metropolitan area to stay at home as much as possible as new cases have remained in the middle of the double-digit daily, with 56 new cases reported at the end of Thursday. Public facilities, including nightlife, religious establishments, museums and parks, will remain closed.
Tougher social distance rules will be considered if 50 daily infections persist for more than two weeks, depending on the number of new outbreak clusters, Park added.
05:31 GMT – Electronics company PCI to make Singapore’s virus tracking device
Singapore-based electronics maker PCI has won a bid to deliver 300,000 dongles for a government project that could eventually see everyone in the city with the portable device to help identify people who have interacted with COVID-19 carriers.
The $ 6 million bid in Singapore ($ 4.3 million), equivalent to $ 20 a unit for the Bluetooth-enabled TraceTogether Tokens, was awarded by the Singapore Government Technical Agency to the company on May 14, according to a government announcement.
The pilot project comes after a previous smartphone-based contact tracking app had limited utilization because it did not work effectively on some devices.
Like the app, the token will use Bluetooth signals to record nearby devices, but cannot capture location data and does not have Internet or mobile connections, according to the government, which has promised to protect users’ privacy.
05:10 GMT – Maldives to facilitate lockdown, but no family visits allowed
Maldives health authorities say residents of the capital, Male, will be allowed to leave their homes without permission from June 15 as part of a phase-relief of its two-month-old lockdown.
Domestic airports are opened, and restaurants and cafes can resume takeaway and delivery services.
However, the Health Protection Agency recommends visiting family members at home and bans more than three people in all public spaces.
Masks are mandatory in public spaces. The Indian Ocean Island has reported eight deaths and 1,976 infections, the vast majority of which were in the congested capital.
04:27 GMT – Morrison pressures to resume Australia’s internal borders
Australia’s federal government on Friday increased the pressure on state and territorial leaders to reopen internal borders, a step that is considered the key to reviving the country’s coronavirus-affected economy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison appealed at a meeting of the National Cabinet that handled the crisis, the Reuters news agency reported, citing two people with knowledge of the meeting.
“State borders should be open,” Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told Sky News on Friday, adding that a second wave of infections could cost the economy $ 80 billion ($ 52 billion) over the next two years. “Tourism operators in Northern Queensland would like to attract tourists in New South Wales.”
03:30 GMT – Beijing reports the first locally transmitted case in weeks
China has reported seven new cases of coronavirus, including the first instance of local transmission in Beijing in weeks.
Authorities said the other six cases were brought into the country by Chinese nationals who arrived from abroad. No new deaths were reported.
Beijing officials say the locally transferred case involves a 52-year-old man who arrived alone at a clinic with an intermittent fever but no other symptoms. He was quickly diagnosed with COVID-19, prompting authorities to isolate family members and reintroduce antivirus measures in their neighborhood.
The man said he had not left Beijing in more than two weeks and had no contact with anyone outside the city.
02:46 GMT – Double lung transplant rescues young viral patients
Surgeons in Chicago, USA, have given a new set of lungs to a young woman with severe coronavirus lung injury.
Only a few other survivors of COVID-19, in China and Europe, have received lung transplants. The patient, who is 20 years of age, was on a ventilator and cardiac lung machine for nearly two months prior to surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The 10-hour procedure was challenging because the virus had left the patient’s lungs full of holes and almost melted to the chest wall, says Dr. Ankit Bharat, who performed the surgery.
“This important milestone indicates that even though the transplant procedure for these patients is quite challenging technically, it can be done safely,” he said. “And it offers the mortally ill COVID-19 patients another option for survival.”
“For many days she was the sickest person in the COVID ICU and maybe the entire hospital.” A woman in her 20s is the first # COVID-19 the patient receives a double-lung transplant @NorthwesternMed. Details from the press conference: https://t.co/sl7QkZuKvI. #COVIDLungTransplant pic.twitter.com/orka3YBhzj
– NM Media Relations (@NMHC_News) June 11, 2020
02:27 GMT – The report says UK BAME groups need to get targeted health advice
An unpublished UK government report said that black, Asian groups and minority ethnic groups (BAME) in the UK should be given targeted health advice in the event of a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, according to Sky News.
Earlier this month, a public health report in England revealed that black and Asian people in the UK are up to 50 per cent more likely to die after being infected by COVID-19.
01:26 GMT – Famous Thai Temple Bars foreigners entry
One of Thailand’s biggest tourist attractions is to exclude foreigners and confess fears that they could spread the corona virus.
Signs seen Thursday morning at the main gate of Wat Pho, the Buddhist temple next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, said in English: “Open to Thai only”, “THAI PEOPLE ONLY” and “NOW OPEN FOR EXCIPIERS.”
The temple is one of the largest in the country, with murals and gold fittings covering many areas, but is best known for housing the 46-meter-long (151-foot-long) Buddha covered in gold leaf.
One of Wat Pho’s administrative staff stated by phone that the Temple Committee decided to exclude foreigners because of concerns over COVID-19. However, there is no known government order to ban foreigners from the temple.
00:46 GMT – Hundreds of suspected child virus deaths in Indonesia
Hundreds of children in Indonesia are believed to have died from COVID-19, giving the Southeast Asian country one of the world’s highest rates of child death from the new coronavirus.
Since Indonesia announced its first coronavirus case in March, 2,000 deaths have been recorded, the highest in East Asia outside China.
A total of 715 people under the age of 18 had been affected by the coronavirus, while 28 had died, according to a document from the Ministry of Health dated May 22 and reviewed by Reuters news agency.
Indonesia also recorded more than 380 deaths among 7,152 children classified as “patients under surveillance”, meaning people with severe coronavirus symptoms for whom there is no other explanation but whose test has not confirmed the infection.
Indonesia’s Jakarta opens again after weeks of lockdown (2:39)
Even the official figure for children who died of the coronavirus, on May 22, would give Indonesia a high proportion of child deaths, 2.1 percent of its total. In comparison, deaths for people under 24 in the US are just over 0.1 percent of the country’s deaths.
“COVID-19 proves that we must fight against malnutrition,” Achmad Yurianto, a senior official in the Ministry of Health, told Reuters.
He said Indonesian children were trapped in a “devil circle”, a cycle of malnutrition and anemia that increased their vulnerability to the coronavirus. He compared malnourished children to weak structures that “melt after an earthquake”.
00:17 GMT – Puerto Rico to open beaches, gym
Puerto Rico’s governor Wanda Vazquez announced she will lift almost all restrictions aimed at limiting coronavirus cases, which means beaches, churches and businesses including cinemas and gyms across the United States will reopen after three months.
The changes will occur beginning June 16, Vazquez said, when companies will also operate seven days a week and restaurants with 50 percent capacity. However, she fine-tuned an ongoing curfew that will remain in place for two weeks from 10pm to 5am.
Vazquez also said that Puerto Rico will be officially ready to welcome tourists from July 15 and that airport screenings will continue.
Many stranded in the capital of the Philippines after losing jobs in the middle of a pandemic (2:39)
00:07 GMT – Number of extremely poor “can rise to 1.1 billion”
The economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic could throw another 395 million people into extreme poverty and increase the total number of people living on less than $ 1.90 a day worldwide to more than one billion, according to a new report.
The document – published by United Nations University Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) – played through a number of scenarios, taking into account the World Bank’s various poverty levels – from extreme poverty, defined as living at $ 1.90 per day or less, to higher poverty limits to living at less than $ 5.50 per day.
Under the worst-case scenario – a 20 percent reduction in per capita income or consumption – the number living in extreme poverty could rise to $ 1.12 billion. The same contraction, applied to the $ 5.50 threshold between middle-income countries, could see more than 3.7 billion people – or just over half of the world’s population – living below this poverty line.
“The outlook for the world’s poorest looks bleak unless governments do more and do it quickly and constitute the daily loss of income that the poor face,” said Andy Sumner, one of the report’s authors.
“The result,” he said, “is progress in reducing poverty can be set back 20 to 30 years, which makes the UN’s goal of ending poverty look like a pipe dream.”
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Shereena Qazi in Doha, Qatar.
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