France is to propose that masks be worn in workspaces as it grapples with a rebound in coronavirus cases which have risen again in the past 24 hours to over 3,000 – marking a post-high peak lockout for the fourth consecutive day. The UK has imposed a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from France.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that strict coronavirus regulations would be relaxed on Monday as the country’s infection rate declined.
Coronavirus cases around the world have exceeded 21.35 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, while more than 13.36 million people have recovered. Almost 769,000 people have died.
Here are the latest updates:
Sunday August 16
01:10 GMT – Brazil records 41,576 new cases of coronavirus and 709 deaths
Brazil has recorded 41,576 cases and 709 deaths from the novel coronavirus, the Reuters news agency reported citing the health ministry.
Overall, the country now has 107,232 deaths and 3,317,096 confirmed cases.
00:30 GMT – Trinidad and Tobago steps up measures against coronavirus
The government of Trinidad and Tobago will implement more stringent measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus after the number of infections increased in August, the prime minister said.
The Caribbean nation saw a rise in COVID-19 cases in August after a gradual increase in July, and has now recorded 474 cases and 10 deaths, according to Reuters news agency.
“Given the behavior of the virus in other populations around the world … we would expect to be able to control the level of infection in a situation where our parallel (health) system would be able to cope,” Premier said. Minister Keith Rowley. journalists.
The new measures, which will take effect Monday and the last 28 days, include the closure of beaches and places of worship, as well as a ban on eating in restaurants and bars.
00:05 GMT – France plans masks at work amid the resurgence of the coronavirus
France proposes masks be worn in shared workspaces as the country grapples with a rebound in coronavirus cases which have again risen in the past 24 hours to more than 3,000, according to the news agency Reuters.
The Department of Health reported 3,310 new coronavirus infections, marking a high after the lockdown for the fourth day in a row.
The number of clusters studied has increased from 17 to 252, he said in an update to the website.
The resurgence prompted the United Kingdom to impose a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from France, and led the Parisian authorities to extend the areas of the capital in which wearing a mask is compulsory outside.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For all the key developments from yesterday August 15, go here.