An Australian questions into the virus-infected Ruby Princess cruise liner stated health officials made a “material and major error” in allowing passengers to disembark from the vessel..

The French health ministry reported more than 2,500 brand-new coronavirus infections over the previous 24 hr, setting a brand-new post-lockdown day-to-day high for the third day in a row, and taking the countrys cumulative total of cases to 249,611..

Here are the newest updates:.
Saturday, August 15.
08:50 GMT – Russia begins production of COVID-19 vaccine.
Russia has begun producing its new vaccine for COVID-19, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the health ministry.
Russia has stated the vaccine, developed by Moscows Gamaleya Institute and the first for the coronavirus to go into production, will be rolled out by the end of this month. Some researchers stated they fear Moscow may be putting nationwide prestige prior to security.
08:31 GMT – India set to standardize COVID-19 vaccine.
India is prepared to mass produce COVID-19 vaccines when researchers offer the go-ahead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated in his Independence Day speech on August 15, also introducing a national project to roll out health identities for each person.
In annual events held at the 17th-century Red Fort and reduced due to the pandemic, Modi identified health and economic self-reliance as the key concerns for his government.

Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 21 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, while more than 13 million people have actually recovered. More than 763,000 people have passed away.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes officers as he shows up to attend Independence Day events [Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

The typical daily reported cases leapt from around 15,000 in the first week of July to more than 50,000 at the beginning of August.
The Health Ministry stated the rise shows the level of screening with 800,000 carried out in a single day. However professionals state India requires to pursue testing more intensely.
04:55 GMT – New Zealands outbreak grows.
New Zealand reported seven brand-new cases of COVID-19 as a lockdown in the nations greatest city, Auckland, was extended in action to the Pacific nations first coronavirus outbreak in months.
Six of the 7 brand-new cases have been connected to the cluster responsible for all the previous neighborhood cases, while one case was being examined, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield informed a media briefing in Wellington.
The brand-new cases bring New Zealands total infections given that the start of the year to 1258, while the variety of currently active cases stands at 56. Twenty-two people have actually passed away so far.
04:21 GMT – Latin Americas caseload surpasses 6 million.
Coronavirus cases in Latin America has surpassed 6 million and is continuing to speed up, according to a Reuters tally, as most of its nations begin to unwind lockdown measures.
The area reached 6,000,005 verified cases by Friday night and 237,360 deaths. That represents simply under one-third of the worlds overall case load and a comparable share of reported deaths from the pandemic.
The climb from 5 million to 6 million cases took 11 days, one day less than it took to reach the previous million.
Latin America is the area of the world worst-affected by the pandemic, reporting an average of more than 86,000 daily infections and more than 2,600 deaths in the last seven days.
03:47 GMT – China reports 22 new cases.
Health authorities in China reported 22 brand-new coronavirus cases in the mainland for August 14, compared to 30 cases a day previously.
Of the brand-new infections, 14 were imported and the locally transferred cases included seven in the far western region of Xinjiang and one in Guangdong province.
On Friday, a shopping centre in Shenzhen, a city in Guangdong, was sealed after a COVID-19 case was verified there. The Shenzhen health authority later that day said 2 favorable cases had actually been found, both of whom had worked inside the shopping mall at the Alibaba-owned grocery store Freshippo.
Freshippo said in a different declaration that it had actually suspended operations at 21 of its stores in Shenzhen to carry out disinfection work and nucleic acid tests for its employees.

Indias two-month lockdown imposed nationwide in late March kept infections low. But it has reduced and is now mostly being implemented in high-risk locations [ Bikas Das/AP]

At the event, soldiers who ceremonially invited Modi had actually been under quarantine days prior to the occasion.
Only around 4,000 visitors were enabled and made to sit 6 feet apart, while medical booths with ambulances were set up for any attendee revealing COVID-19 signs throughout entry.
08:12 GMT – Russia reports more than 5,000 brand-new coronavirus cases.
Russia reported 5,061 brand-new cases of the unique coronavirus, bringing its across the country tally to 917,884, the 4th highest caseload worldwide.
Russias coronavirus crisis response centre stated 119 people had likewise passed away over the last 24 hours, pressing its official death toll to 15,617. It included that 729,411 people have actually recovered.
07:14 GMT – Ukraine sees new record daily high.
Ukraine signed up 1,847 brand-new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hr, authorities said, a new everyday record for infections in the nation – which is seeing cases increase greatly following the easing of some COVID-19 limitations.
The figure given by the nationwide council of security and defence surpassed the previous single-day record of 1,732 reported on Friday.
Total cases reached 89,719, including 2,044 deaths.
Infections have risen given that June as authorities have actually relieved some restrictions, permitting coffee shops, churches and public transport to reopen.
06:12 GMT – India cases cross 2.5 million with another jump.
Indias confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 2.5 million with another most significant single-day spike of 65,002 in the previous 24 hours.
India is behind the United States and Brazil in the variety of cases.
The Health Ministry on Saturday likewise reported another 996 deaths for an overall of 49,036.

Medical employees wearing protective suits are seen at a nucleic acid testing website outside the IBC Mall in Shenzhen after a worker was confirmed to have COVID-19 [David Kirton/ Reuters]

03:13 GMT – Australias Victoria reports 303 new cases.
The Australian state of Victoria continued to flatten the curve in its wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths, reporting 4 more deaths and 303 brand-new cases in the past 24 hours.
It was the second-lowest everyday figure in Victoria this month after 278 cases on Thursday.
Victorias day-to-day numbers are slowly reducing, with the seven-day average down to 344 from 521 a week earlier. Authorities warn more progress is required before lockdown restrictions in the city of Melbourne can be alleviated.
” We could not envisage opening with 200 cases a day. We couldnt do it with 100 cases a day. We have to head for the most affordable possible number,” stated Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

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02:45 GMT – South Koreas cases jump again.
South Korea reported 166 freshly validated case of the coronavirus, its highest daily jump in 5 months, in the middle of fears transmissions were leaving control in the higher capital area.
The figures announced by South Koreas Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) brought the nationwide caseload to 15,039, consisting of 305 deaths.
The KCDC said 155 of the brand-new infections were in your area transmitted, mostly from the largely inhabited Seoul city where authorities scurried to shut down thousands of churches, which have actually emerged as a significant source of COVID-19 cases. Numerous of them had actually stopped working to effectively enforce preventive procedures, permitting worshippers to take off their masks, sing in choirs or eat together in diners.
Other clusters have been tied to nursing houses, schools, dining establishments, outside markets and door-to-door salespeople.
02:29 GMT – Top official says coronavirus has peaked in Mexico.
Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Mexicos point guy for the coronavirus pandemic, stated he believes the nation reached its peak of infections over the last three weeks.
” We have now had a maximum point in the curve,” the assistant health secretary said, while likewise predicting that 2nd waves of infections would continue happening around the world for a long time.
” This is a phenomenon that is going to be with us in the entire world for several years,” he stated.
Lopez-Gatell had had previously mistakenly anticipated that infections would peak in May and June.
The number of verified coronavirus cases in Mexico increased by 5,618 on Friday to reach 511,369. The health department reported 615 freshly validated deaths from COVID-19, bringing the countrys overall deaths to 55,908.

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01:37 GMT – Paris expands mask requirements for pedestrians.
Frances capital, Paris, is expanding the areas of the city where pedestrians will be obliged to wear masks beginning on Saturday morning.
The Champs-Elysees Avenue and the area around the Louvre Museum are among zones where masks will be mandatory, and authorities checks guaranteeing respect for mask-wearing in designated locations are to be reinforced.
Restaurants and bars could be purchased closed if distancing and other barriers to virus transmission are not respected, health officials said..
00:20 GMT – California surpasses 600,000 cases, most in US.
California became the very first state in the United States to surpass 600,000 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, although Governor Gavin Newsom stated he was encouraged to see that hospitalisations have actually decreased 20 percent over the previous 2 weeks and admissions to ICU wards were down 14 percent in the same period.
” The number that really matters to us is that positivity rate,” he stated when asked about the states caseload. The positivity rate – the number of validated infections as a portion of tests done – has declined from 7 percent to 6 percent statewide over the past 14 days, Newsom said.
” Im not going to back off on more tests since I fear [more cases],” he stated.

Karla Funderburk, artist and owner of Matter Studio Gallery, stands among some of the countless origami cranes hanging during a display honouring the victims of COVID-19 in Los Angeles, the US on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 [Richard Vogel/ AP]

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Indias two-month lockdown enforced nationwide in late March kept infections low.” We might not conceive of opening up with 200 cases a day. We could not do it with 100 cases a day. We have to head for the least expensive possible number,” stated Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.


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