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- Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, reported the lowest daily increase in new infections in seven weeks.
- The use of plasma treatment has received the green light from the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, the country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
- More than 23.3 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and more than 15 million have recovered. At least 806,500 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday August 24
01:47 GMT – South Korea cases down, but nationwide pandemic alert still in place
New coronavirus cases in South Korea slowed slightly on Monday with 266 new cases, but the country remains on high alert nationwide.
The Yonhap News Agency cited the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as saying that 258 of the newly reported cases were local transmission.
The country now has a total of 17,665 cases, with no new deaths keeping the death toll at 309.
01:20 GMT – China reports 16 imported coronavirus cases
China’s National Health Commission on Monday reported 16 cases of coronavirus imported to the mainland at the end of Sunday, up slightly from 12 cases imported the day before.
The commission also said that for the eighth day in a row, no new local infections were detected in the country, although 27 new people were said to be asymptomatic.
China has a total of 84,967 dead, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.
00:40 GMT – Seoul will mandate the masks from Monday
The use of masks outdoors is now mandatory in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
Seo Jeong-hyup, acting mayor of Seoul, issued the order hours after the country reported 397 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday – the highest since early March.
According to reports, there have been over 2,600 cases in the past 10 days. The country has reported nearly 17,400 cases and 309 deaths.
12:05 am GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports lowest daily increase in infections in seven weeks
Victoria state, Australia’s second most populous, reported 116 new cases of coronavirus, the lhighest daily increase in seven weeks.
Melbourne, the state capital, has been subject to a strict lockdown and curfew since a new wave of the epidemic emerged a few weeks ago.
Authorities say 15 people have died from the disease in the past 24 hours.
Australia now has more than 24,800 cases and more than 500 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
00:01 GMT – Peshawar in Pakistan closes hotels after COVID-19 employee test
Pakistani authorities have closed about two dozen hotels in a scenic tourist area in the northwest of the country after dozens of hotel workers tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Associated Press news agency.
As many as 47 hotel workers who tested positive for COVID-19 have been quarantined in the hotels where they worked.
Pakistan has confirmed more than 275,000 coronavirus infections and nearly 6,300 deaths since reporting its first case in February.
9:30 p.m. GMT (Sunday) – FDA clears plasma treatment for COVID-19
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared blood plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat those still battling the disease.
The FDA said early evidence suggests blood plasma may reduce mortality and improve patient health when administered during the first three days of their hospitalization.
“It appears the product is safe and we are comfortable with it and we continue to see no signals regarding safety,” said Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, during a conference call with journalists. .
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