- Doctors in South Korea have been ordered to return to work amid the continuing surge in coronavirus cases, after they began a three-day strike on Wednesday over government plans to train more medical students.
- Cambridge University is set to begin vaccine trials in the fall after securing government funding.
- More than 23.8 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 15.4 million have recovered. More than 817,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Wednesday August 26
02:20 GMT – Striking South Korean doctors ordered to return to work
Doctors in South Korea have been ordered to return to work after starting a three-day strike on Wednesday, and the number of new cases of the coronavirus has exceeded 300.
Trainee doctors and other doctors have staged walkouts in recent weeks, but a large-scale strike by members of the profession has forced the country’s five main general hospitals to limit hours and postpone planned surgeries.
Tens of thousands of doctors will go on a full-scale strike this week to protest the government’s plan to reform medical personnel and hold a non-contact rally amid peak virus cases, reports @YonhapNews https: // t. co / a837IQSFdb
– President of CSIS Korea (@CSISKoreaChair) August 25, 2020
“The government has no choice but to take the necessary legal measures, such as an order to open businesses so as not to endanger the life and safety of citizens,” said the Minister of Health Park Neung-hoo to reporters. “We urge all interns and physician colleagues to return to work immediately. ”
Doctors’ associations oppose government reforms that would include training more medical students, opening more public medical schools and expanding telemedicine options. They say the money would be spent to improve the wages and conditions of existing interns so that they are ready to work outside of Seoul.
The country reported 320 new cases on Wednesday, with nearly 20% of cases in the past two weeks coming from unknown sources, according to Yonhap.
01:30 GMT – Malaysian Minister to be Asked About Failure to Respect Mandatory Quarantine
Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali is set to be questioned by police on Wednesday after failing to comply with a mandatory two-week quarantine upon returning from a business trip to Turkey .
Mohd Khairuddin was fined 1,000 ringgit ($ 240) for not being quarantined after returning from the trip on July 7.
Malays have been enraged not only by his failure to follow quarantine rules, but also by the fact that he has been allowed to travel abroad at a time when Malaysians are not allowed to leave the country.
A man who returned from India in July and broke his quarantine was jailed for five months and fined 12,000 ringgit ($ 2,880), while a 72-year-old woman who had lunched in violation of quarantine orders was imprisoned for a day. and fined 8,000 ringgit ($ 1,920).
Regarding his failure to comply with the mandatory quarantine at home after his return from Turkey in July. # AWANInews #AWANIpagi #EnglishNEWS # COVID19 https://t.co/nupqOx9lo6
– 🇲🇾Astro AWANI🇲🇾 (@ 501Awani) August 26, 2020
Tan Sri @DGHisham, the problem is a discriminatory app in favor of the political elite. Raising the quantum doesn’t make sense if ministers who break the law are still allowed out when the offenders among ordinary people bear the brunt of the law. https://t.co/3t2QmfqU3r
– Daud Suratman (@DaudSuratman) August 25, 2020
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– Lee Seng Foo🇲🇾 李成富 (@ sengfoo88) 22 août 2020
00:30 GMT – Latest data from Mexico, China
Mexico and China have just published their latest data on the coronavirus.
Mexico has confirmed 4,916 new cases of the disease and 650 additional deaths, bringing its total to 568,621 cases and 61,450 deaths.
China, meanwhile, has reported 15 new cases on the mainland – all in people returning from overseas. The continent has not confirmed a case transmitted to the country for 10 days. He also had 14 new asymptomatic cases, which are not included in the confirmed cases. The death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.
11:30 p.m. GMT (Tuesday) – North Korea’s Kim calls for stepped up prevention efforts
Kim Jong Un has called on North Korea to step up prevention efforts against the coronavirus.
State news agency KCNA said a meeting of the political bureau “assessed some flaws in the state’s emergency anti-epidemic work to verify incursions of the malignant virus.”
North Korea has not reported any confirmed cases of the virus, but imposed a strict lockdown in Kaesong city after a man showed symptoms of the disease. Subsequent testing was inconclusive, according to the WHO.
11:05 p.m. GMT (Tuesday) – Cambridge to start vaccine trials in the fall
The University of Cambridge has said it will begin clinical trials for a possible coronavirus vaccine in the UK’s fall after securing funding of £ 1.9m ($ 2.5m) from the British government.
Scientists working on the vaccine – DIOS-CoVax2 – use genetic sequences from all known coronaviruses to refine an immune response and reduce potential side effects.
“We’re looking for cracks in its armor, crucial pieces of the virus that we can use to build the vaccine to point the immune response in the right direction,” said Jonathan Heeney, director of the Viral Zoonoses Laboratory at the university. .
There are already 30 vaccines being tested in humans.
11:00 p.m. GMT (Tuesday) – Victoria reports 149 new cases, 24 deaths in last 24 hours
The southern Australian state of Victoria has reported 149 new cases of the coronavirus and 24 deaths in the past 24 hours as it battles a resurgence of the disease.
Melbourne, the state capital and Australia’s second-largest city, is halfway through a lockdown and six-week curfew.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Read all of yesterday’s (August 25) updates here.