Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
- Anthony Fauci, an American specialist in infectious diseases, has warned of the risks of rushing a vaccine against the coronavirus before it is proven to be effective.
- Sprinter champion Usain Bolt tested positive for coronavirus a few days after celebrating his 34th birthday with a big – unmasked – party.
- More than 23.6 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 15.2 million have recovered. More than 811,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday August 26
01:40 GMT – Jamaica confirms Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus
Jamaica’s Department of Health has confirmed that Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 100 and 200 meters earlier posted a video of himself on Twitter saying he had passed a test and was in quarantine.
Bolt passed the test on Saturday, after celebrating his 34th birthday at a big party where he was not wearing a mask. He retired from the sprint in 2017.
01:30 GMT – Jump into cases of unknown sources in Seoul
South Korea just reported 280 new cases of the coronavirus – including 264 local infections.
While many cases are linked to the Sarang Jeil church and a mass rally that many members subsequently attended, there are also a growing number of unrelated cases, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
It says about 18.5% of cases identified in the past two weeks have no known route of infection, up from 8.5% in the previous two weeks.
Physical distancing measures have already been stepped up in Seoul and from Wednesday all lessons in schools in the metropolitan area will be online again.
01:05 GMT – Coronavirus catches up with fastest man in the world?
Usain Bolt went into quarantine after being tested for COVID-19 on Saturday.
“I’m trying to be responsible so I’m going to stay and be safe for my friends,” said the sprinter, who won eight Olympic gold medals, in a video he posted on Twitter.
Stay safe my ppl 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9
– Usain St.Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020
12:15 GMT – Victoria reports 148 cases, 8 deaths
The Australian state of Victoria has confirmed 148 new cases of coronavirus and eight deaths in the past 24 hours.
The state capital Melbourne is just over halfway from a six-week lockdown imposed as a second wave of cases has emerged in the state.
# Covid19VicData of August 25, 2020.
There have been 148 new cases of coronavirus (# COVID19) detected in Victoria in the past 24 hours, and 8 deaths. Our hearts go out to all who are affected.
More information will be available later today. pic.twitter.com/X2DprabMoQ
– VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) August 24, 2020
00:00 GMT – Fauci warns of rushed vaccine approval
Anthony Fauci, the foremost infectious disease expert in the United States, has warned of the risk of rushing into a vaccine without properly testing it first.
Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Reuters news agency that approval of a potential vaccine would make it “difficult, if not impossible, for other vaccines to recruit. people in their test ”.
Scientists and health experts fear that US President Donald Trump will pressure the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the country’s main regulatory body, to approve a vaccine in order to increase his chances in the presidential election in November.
Trump signed an emergency use authorization for COVID-19 plasma on Sunday before the treatment was properly evaluated in clinical trials.
“It’s absolutely critical that you definitely show that a vaccine is safe and effective,” Fauci said.
11:30 p.m. GMT – UN says virus lockdowns helped keep ISIS at bay
The United Nations has said the threat from ISIS (ISIS) has been reduced by coronavirus lockdowns imposed in many countries.
“Measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19, such as lockdowns and movement restrictions, appear to have reduced the risk of terrorist attacks in many countries,” said Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for Combating against terrorism.
Voronkov, however, warned that there was evidence that ISIL was regrouping in conflict zones like Syria and Iraq, and had around 3,500 fighters in West Africa.
Read all of yesterday’s (August 25) updates here.