President Vladimir Putin said Russia had developed the first vaccine offering “lasting immunity” against the coronavirus, but the WHO said it did not have enough information about the vaccine to evaluate it.
Coronavirus cases worldwide have exceeded 20.4 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. Over 12.7 million people have recovered and over 745,000 have died,
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday August 13
02:17 GMT – NFL Union and the league accept daily tests until September 5
National Football League (NFL) players in the United States can expect daily testing for COVID-19 through September 5, the players’ union said ahead of the season kicking off next month .
The league has performed 109,075 COVID-19 tests among players, staff and coaches from the start of training camps until Tuesday, NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills told reporters, with an overall positive rate 0.46% and a positive rate among players of 0.81%.
A total of 53 new positives were confirmed among the players when they were admitted to training camp last month.
“Our goal is the same: to have the safest possible environment for everyone,” Sills said. “We want to try to make sure that there is no one – player, coach, staff member, official, anyone – entering a pitch with an active COVID infection. “
02:04 GMT – New Zealand registers 14 new cases
New Zealand has reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, 13 of which were locally transmitted infections, as authorities scramble to trace the source of the country’s first outbreak in more than 100 days.
There are now a total of 36 active cases in the country.
“We can see the gravity of the situation we find ourselves in,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a televised press conference, noting that experience showed “things will get worse before they get better” .
More cases are expected to be reported in the coming days, she said.
Officials said the 13 locally transmitted infections were linked to the four Auckland family members in whom the latest outbreak was first detected. Three of the new cases were in a refrigerator storage facility, where one of the family members worked.
01:48 GMT – Disney World actors ready to work after testing dispute resolution
Actors at Walt Disney World, who argued that the coronavirus protection measures offered by the US theme park were not sufficient to protect them, resolved a dispute over COVID-19 testing, according to a statement from the union.
The Acting Fairness Association had called on Walt Disney Co to provide regular coronavirus testing to its members, who cannot wear protective masks while performing like other park workers do.
Disney said on Wednesday it would provide space just outside of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for a test site operated by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The site will be open to Disney employees, known as cast members, and the public.
Walt Disney World Update – @Disney announced that it is providing space for testing in the parks, including Equity performers within Walt Disney World. With that, Equity’s executive committee signed the memorandum of understanding with Disney allowing our artists to return. pic.twitter.com/5FZwZt0org
– Actors ‘Equity (@ActorsEquity) 12 août 2020
01:35 GMT – Australia on track for smallest one-day rise in three weeks
Australia was set to post its smallest one-day increase in new COVID-19 cases in more than three weeks on Thursday, raising hopes that a second wave of new infections gripping Victoria state will be finally mastered.
Victoria reported 278 new infections in the past 24 hours, up from 410 a day earlier.
Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, has reported 12 new cases, while Queensland state has said it has not found any new COVID-19 infections in recent past 24 hours.
Barring a big increase in cases from states that have effectively eliminated the virus, that means Australia’s total of 290 cases would be the smallest one-day increase in new coronavirus cases since July 20.
The Australian authorities have cautiously welcomed this drop.
“I think we have to wait and see what happens over the next week or so just to make sure the downward slope continues in the days to come,” Australian Deputy Medical Director Michael Kidd told Channel 9.
01:19 GMT – Confirmed cases in Mexico near 500,000
Mexico’s health ministry reported 5,858 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 737 additional deaths, bringing the country’s total to 498,380 cases and 54,666 deaths.
The government has said the actual number of people infected is likely much higher than the confirmed cases.
00:58 GMT – UN chief says pandemic threatens peace and risks new conflicts
Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic not only threatens gains in global poverty reduction and peacebuilding, but risks exacerbating existing conflicts and “ foment new ones ”.
The UN chief told a Security Council meeting that a number of warring parties have taken steps to de-escalate and stop the fighting following his March 23 call for a ceasefire -immediate fire in conflicts across the world to fight against the coronavirus.
“Yet unfortunately in many cases the pandemic has not prompted the parties to suspend hostilities or agree to a permanent ceasefire,” Guterres said.
The pandemic has also raised growing questions about the effectiveness of health systems, social services, trust in institutions and systems of governance, he said.
“All of this means that our commitment to keep the peace is more urgent than ever. ”
The UN chief also warned that “without concerted action, inequalities, global poverty and the potential for instability and violence could grow for years.”
00:37 GMT – Peru will return to full curfew on Sunday
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced the return of a full curfew on Sunday in response to a new surge in coronavirus cases in the country.
“We want and believe that it is better to take a step back so that we are all responsible again for returning to the conditions we would all like to have,” he said.
The national curfew will ban gatherings of family and friends.
The Peruvian government has reported more than 489,000 infections, with an average of over 7,000 new cases per day, and the highest death rate per million in the Americas, above Chile, the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
00:24 GMT – England’s revamped contact tracing app to begin public trials
A revamped coronavirus contact tracing app for England will begin public trials on Thursday, according to the BBC.
The software will be modeled after Apple and Google’s privacy-centric method of detecting one smartphone by another, the BBC said, adding that engineers are still trying to reduce how often Bluetooth technology falsely reports that people are within two meters (6.6 feet) of each other.
The app will also allow users to scan barcode-like QR codes to record site visits.
12:14 GMT – White House, Democrats are responsible for aid stalemate
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, one of President Donald Trump’s main negotiators with Democrats on US coronavirus aid, has tried to blame for a five-day hiatus in talks with the Speaker of the House of representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Mnuchin challenged a statement by Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that Republicans invited more talks but refused to budge from their initial offer of a $ 1 trillion response.
He said Pelosi “has made it clear that she is unwilling to meet to continue negotiations unless we agree in advance to her proposal, which costs at least $ 2 trillion.”
Points of friction between the two sides include the amount of extended unemployment benefit, aid to state and local governments, money for reopening schools and other issues.
Congress has already approved approximately $ 3 trillion in aid for families, hospitals, healthcare workers, state and local governments, vaccine research and testing.
A Reuters / Ipsos poll released Wednesday found Americans are dividing the blame fairly evenly between Democrats and Republicans.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Zaheena Rasheed from Male, Maldives.
For all the key developments from yesterday August 12, go here.