Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur and I will keep you posted for the next few hours.
- The medical trainees and interns will return to work in South Korea this morning after a weeks-long strike against government reform plans.
- There have been more than 27.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 890,923 people have died. More than 18.2 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday September 8
03:30 GMT – China hosts special event for COVID-19 ‘role models’
China is holding a special event to recognize its “role models” in the fight against the coronavirus with President Xi Jinping delivering the keynote address at the Great Hall of the People.
We will have more of his comments shortly.
Congratulating role models signals #China’s victory in hard-won battle against deadly #coronavirus: epidemiologists https://t.co/K8pYHXXGRJ pic.twitter.com/wicpRQ6vPE
– Global Times (@globaltimesnews) September 8, 2020
Never has a building been so aptly named: Outstanding individuals, ready to be honored for the role they have played in the national fight against COVID-19, come to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing https: / /t.co/jPKTJsFodI # ThankyouCOVID19Heroes pic.twitter.com/2itUE75GlV
– China Xinhua News (@XHNews) September 8, 2020
03:15 GMT – South Korea daily cases below 200 for sixth consecutive day
South Korea has reported 136 new cases of the coronavirus, the sixth day in a row the number has been below 200, according to Yonhap.
The country has tried to control a spike in cases that started on August 14 and have been linked to a church service and political rally in central Seoul.
Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say stricter distancing measures are starting to have an impact although the emergence of clusters of cases remains a concern.
02:50 GMT – Antigen tests focus as Bali cases rise
Medical experts link an increase in coronavirus cases on the Indonesian island of Bali with inexact and inexpensive rapid antibody test kits that are used to screen domestic visitors.
Foreign tourists cannot visit this popular island, but Indonesians can do so since July 31.
Since then, the island’s tourism authority says it receives an average of 3,000 domestic tourists every day.
But with the return of tourists, it has also seen an increase in coronavirus cases, and health experts say the use of cheap, but unreliable antigen tests could create a false sense of security.
You can read more about this story here.
01:40 GMT – Japan to mine $ 6.3 billion emergency reserve for coronavirus vaccines
Japan has approved the use of $ 6.3 billion from its emergency budget to secure coronavirus vaccines.
The government says it hopes to have enough vaccine for every citizen by the middle of next year, providing any innoculation free of charge.
01:30 GMT – Japan’s economy shrinks more than previously thought in Q2
It appears that Japan’s economy shrank even more than initially thought between the second quarter and the end of June.
The government initially said the economy contracted 7.8% from the first quarter.
Now he takes a closer look at the numbers and says he’s down 7.9%.
It is the country’s worst economic contraction in its modern history.
|Japan shrinks: coronavirus plunges economy into record contraction|
12:15 GMT – Victoria in Australia reports 55 new cases, eight deaths
The state of Victoria has reported 55 new cases of coronavirus and eight other deaths.
The south-eastern state now accounts for around three-quarters of Australia’s 26,377 cases. Melbourne, its capital, is subject to a strict lockdown and curfew until September 28.
September 8, 2020 # COVID19VicData. Yesterday 55 new cases were reported and 8 lives lost. Our thoughts are with all who are affected. More information will be available later today. pic.twitter.com/GEo5Iio7vU
– VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) September 7, 2020
00:00 GMT – South Korean doctors say they will return to work
Doctors’ associations in South Korea say their members are returning to work after a weeks-long strike against government plans to reform the medical system.
The Korea Internal Residents Association (KIRA), which represents interns and residents of general hospitals, said doctors will resume work from 7 a.m. (10 p.m. GMT), Yonhap News Agency reported. .
A separate committee representing the doctors and clinicians who also took part in the strike said its members would also be showing up for work.
The Korean Medical Association, the country’s largest group of doctors, reached a deal with the government to end its strike on Friday, as coronavirus cases soared.
Read all of yesterday’s (September 7th) updates here.