Hello and welcome on Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
- Brazil has recorded a record 34,918 daily cases of coronavirus, the same day, representatives of the government, said the epidemic is under control.
- The WHO has welcomed the conclusions of the University of Oxford study that found the dexamethasone, a widely available steroid, has helped save the lives of people with severe COVID-19.
- More than 8.1 million people were confirmed to have the sars coronavirus around the world. Nearly four million dollars were recovered, while more than 440, 000 deaths, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University. The US has the most cases and deaths, followed by Brazil.
Here are the latest updates:
Wednesday, June 17,
03:15 GMT – Chinese provinces to impose restrictions, quarantines on people of Beijing
The Provinces and other cities in China are in the process of responding to the epidemic of coronavirus in the capital.
The semi-autonomous Chinese territory of Macao, has announced a 14-day mandatory quarantine for all people who have been to Beijing, over the past two weeks. The measure will come into force at 12 hours (noon, local time (04: 00 GMT).
In the province of Heilongjiang in the north-east has introduced a 21-day quarantine for any person recently arrived from Beijing medium-and high-risk areas.
The capital has already imposed restrictions on travel. This has led to a sharp decline in flights at its main airports.
500 flights carrying 32 000 passengers fly in and out of #Beijing Capital International airport on the Sea, which is significantly less than last week, due to an increase of #COVID19 infections; that is, at the airport (PEK) viewed 901 flights carrying 82,700 passengers of the last Sea. https://t.co/l9EeIY2PIl
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) On the 17th of June 2020
02:45 GMT – Japan is coronavirus in sewage from factories
A Japanese study has confirmed the presence of coronavirus in sewage.
Researchers from Toyama Prefectural University, the University of Kanazawa and Kyoto University tested the water at four treatment plants in western Japan and found seven of the 27 samples positive for the virus, according to a preprint of the study.
“Sewage test is used as an early warning system to alert people on the (possibly unobserved current community transmission,” Yuki Furuse, a Kyoto University professor who was not directly involved in the trial, told Reuters.
Studies in Australia, the united states and Europe have reported similar results.
02:15 GMT – New Zealand deploys troops to borders, after the quarantine bungle
New Zealand, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has appointed the military to monitor the country’s borders, after a quarantine bungle.
The country had 24 days without a new case until Tuesday, when two women who had recently arrived from great Britain were found to have the disease.
“My opinion is that we need rigour, we need confidence, we need the discipline that the army can provide,” Ardern told reporters, according to the AFP news agency.
01:50 GMT – Beijing reports 31 new cases of coronavirus
Beijing has confirmed 31 new cases of coronavirus, the 16 June, as the coronavirus restrictions have been strengthened across the capital.
The new cases are part of a group that has taken birth in the sprawling Xinfadi wholesale market for food in the south-west of Beijing. An area around the market has been designated as an area of high risk and quarantined. Other neighborhoods have been designated as a medium risk with some of the people who must endure the temperature control and recording.
|China is preparing to act against the new COVID-19 epidemic|
00:00 GMT – Brazil daily business record, official claims crisis is ” managed “
Brazil reported a record 34,918 new coronavirus cases, the same day that one of the senior officials at the head of the country facing the crisis claimed the epidemic is under control.
Brazil, also recorded 1,282 COVID-19 deaths, bringing the confirmed death of 45,241.
Walter Braga Netto, the head of the office of the presidency of the chief of staff and one of the first to be responsible for the management of the crisis, said that it was under control.
“There is a crisis, we sympathise with the bereaved families, but it is successful,” Braga Netto said in a webinar organized by the Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro.
Braga Netto has based its findings on deaths per million people, suggesting that the country was doing better than most of the European nations, saying that he ” was trying to pass a message of optimism in the management of the crisis “.
But Carissa Etienne, who is the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has said in a video briefing in Washington that Brazil is a major concern.
“We are not seeing the transmission slowing down” in BrazilEtienne said.
Latin america the largest in the country accounts for about a quarter of the approximately four million cases of coronavirus in the Americas and nearly 25 percent of the deaths, she said.
23:30 GMT – WHO welcomes the results of the study on steroid treatment
The WHO has welcomed the findings of a “breakthrough” study on a treatment of steroids for people with severe cases of COVID-19.
“This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, said in a statement. “This is excellent news. “
The researchers shared initial insights on the results of the test with the who, WHICH will update its clinical practice guideline on when and how the medication should be used in COVID-19.
Dexamethasone is a steroid that has been used since the 1960s to reduce inflammation in a wide range of conditions, including inflammatory disorders and certain cancers.
Read all the updates from yesterday (16 June) here.