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  • A vaccine against COVID-19 developed by the American biotechnology company Moderna will enter the third and last stage of its clinical trial in July with 30,000 participants, announced the manufacturer.

  • Russia has surpassed 500,000 cases of coronavirus after 8,779 new infections have been reported by health authorities. The death toll stands at 6,532, a number the World Health Organization (WHO) has questioned.

  • Neil Ferguson, epidemiologist at Imperial College London, whose modeling helped define the coronavirus strategy in the UK, says the death toll in the country could have been cut in half if the lock had been introduced a week earlier. The UK has more than 291,000 cases and at least 41,000 deaths.
  • Students’ mental health is at the center of concern after China’s closure, amid an increase in the number of suicides. In one district of Shanghai, so far there have been 14 suicides by elementary and high school students this year.
  • 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

03:30 GMT – Beijing reports first local infection in weeks

China has reported seven new cases of coronavirus, including the first case of local transmission in Beijing in a few weeks.

Authorities said the other six were all brought to the country by Chinese citizens arriving from abroad. No new deaths have been reported.

Officials in Beijing said the locally transmitted case involved a 52-year-old man who arrived alone at a clinic with intermittent fever but no other symptoms. She was quickly diagnosed with COVID-19, which prompted authorities to isolate family members and reinstate anti-virus measures in her neighborhood.

The man said he had not left Beijing for more than two weeks and had not been in contact with anyone from outside the city.

Street vendor selling candy waits for customers along Beijing street June 11, 2020 [Noel Celis/ AFP]

02:46 GMT – Double lung transplant saves young patient with virus

Surgeons in Chicago, United States, donated a new set of lungs to a young woman with severe lung damage from the coronavirus.

Only a few other COVID-19 survivors in China and Europe have received lung transplants. The patient, in her twenties, was on ventilation and cardiopulmonary equipment for almost two months before her operation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The 10-hour procedure was difficult because the virus had left its lungs full of holes and almost melted on the chest wall, said Dr. Ankit Bharat, who performed the operation.

“This important step indicates that, although the transplant procedure in these patients, in these patients, is quite difficult technically, it can be done safely,” he said. “And it offers COVID-19 terminally ill patients another survival option.” “

02:27 GMT – Report says UK BAME groups need targeted health advice

An unpublished report from the British government has said that Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Groups (BAME) in Britain should receive targeted health advice in the event of a second wave of coronavirus epidemics, according to Sky News.

Earlier this month, a report from Public Health England (PHE) found that blacks and Asians in England are up to 50% more likely to die after being infected with COVID-19.

01:26 GMT – Famous Thai temple bans foreigners from entering

One of Thailand’s main tourist attractions prohibits foreigners from entering the country, fearing they could spread the coronavirus.

Signs seen on Thursday morning at the main door of Wat Pho, the Buddhist temple adjacent to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, said in English: “Open only for Thai”, “ONLY FOR THAILANS” and “NOW NOT OPEN TO FOREIGNERS” .

The temple is one of the largest in the country, with murals and gold trim covering many surfaces, but it is best known for housing the reclining Buddha 46 meters long (151 feet long), which is covered with gold leaf.

A Wat Pho administrative staff member explained by telephone that the temple committee decided to exclude the foreigners due to concerns regarding COVID-19. However, there is no government order known to ban foreigners from the temple.

In this photo from March 13, 2020, a tourist wearing a protective mask walks in front of the giant Buddha at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, Thailand [Sakchai Lalit/ AP]

00:46 GMT – Hundreds of suspected child virus deaths in Indonesia

Hundreds of children in Indonesia are believed to have died from COVID-19, making Southeast Asia one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world due to the new coronavirus.

Since Indonesia announced its first case of coronavirus in March, it has recorded 2,000 deaths, the highest in East Asia outside of China.

A total of 715 people under the age of 18 contracted the coronavirus, while 28 died, according to a Ministry of Health document dated May 22 and reviewed by the Reuters news agency.

Indonesia has also recorded more than 380 deaths among 7,152 children classified as “patients under surveillance”, that is to say people with severe symptoms of coronavirus for which there is no other explanation but whose tests have not confirmed infection.

Jakarta, Indonesia reopens after weeks of foreclosure (2:39)

Even the official figure for children who died from the coronavirus, May 28-22, would give Indonesia a high child death rate, at 2.1 percent of its total. In comparison, deaths of people under 24 in the United States represent just over 0.1% of deaths in that country.

“COVID-19 proves that we must fight malnutrition,” Achmad Yurianto, a senior official in the health ministry, told Reuters.

He said that Indonesian children were caught in a “devil’s circle”, a cycle of malnutrition and anemia that increased their vulnerability to the coronavirus. He compared malnourished children to weak structures that “collapse after an earthquake.”

00:17 GMT – Puerto Rico to reopen beaches and gymnasiums

Wanda Vazquez, the governor of Puerto Rico, has announced that she will lift almost all restrictions aimed at reducing cases of coronavirus, which means that beaches, churches and businesses, including cinemas and gymnasiums across the country American territory, will reopen after three months.

The changes will take place from June 16, said Vazquez, when businesses will also be allowed to operate seven days a week and restaurants at 50% of their capacity. However, it changed an ongoing curfew that will remain in place for two weeks from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Vazquez also said that Puerto Rico would be officially ready to welcome tourists from July 15 and that airport checks would continue.

Many stranded in the capital of the Philippines after losing their jobs during a pandemic (2:39)

00:07 GMT – The number of extremely poor people “could reach 1.1 billion”

The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge an additional 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 one new report.

The document – published by World Research Institute for Development Economics at the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) – played through a number of scenarios, taking into account the different World Bank poverty lines – from extreme poverty, defined as living on $ 1.90 a day or less, to higher poverty lines with less than $ 5.50 per day.

In the worst case – a 20% contraction in per capita income or consumption – the number of people living in extreme poverty could reach 1.12 billion. The same contraction, applied to the $ 5.50 threshold among upper-middle-income countries, could see more than 3.7 billion people – just over half the world’s population – living below this threshold of poverty.

“The prospects for the world’s poorest appear bleak unless governments do more and do it quickly and make up for the daily income loss of the poor,” said Andy Sumner, one of the report’s authors.

“The result,” he said, “is that progress on poverty reduction could go back 20 to 30 years, making the UN goal of ending poverty look like to a chimerical dream. “

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed from Male, Maldives.

You can find all the updates from yesterday June 11 here.


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