- The United States is turning its back on the Global easy access to COVID-19 vaccines (COVAX), a global effort to develop and distribute a vaccine against the coronavirus which is led by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- The pandemic pushed Australia into a recession for the first time since 1991 after the country reported a second quarter GDP drop, the largest since the record began.
- The latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows that more than 25.7 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and 857,015 have died. Over 17 million people have recovered.
Here are all the latest updates:
Wednesday September 2
05:30 GMT – Hong Kong hospital authority reports two deaths from COVID-19
The Hong Kong Hospital Authority spokesperson said two people confirmed with COVID-19 died on Wednesday morning.
The two patients were a 66-year-old man admitted to Yan Chai Hospital on August 2 with a persistent fever and cough, and a 79-year-old man who had been at United Christian Hospital since August 9 and had underlying health issues.
04:50 GMT – Hong Kong to relax some coronavirus limits
The Hong Kong government is expected to announce an easing of some coronavirus limits later this evening.
Public service broadcaster RTHK said fitness centers and massage parlors will be allowed to open with certain restrictions, while restaurants will be able to open longer for guests wishing to dine.
The territory, which has just launched a mass testing campaign, is expected to report just eight cases of the disease on Wednesday, the broadcaster said.
#HongKong government set to ease some #Covid social distancing measures, such as extending catering services until 10 p.m., and allowing fitness centers as well as massage parlors to reopen https://t.co/Cj7VFC2UZl
– RTHK English News (@rthk_enews) 2 septembre 2020
04:20 GMT – AFL Australia Grand Final to be held outside Melbourne for historic first
The Australian Football League grand final is set to be held outside Melbourne, and at night, for the first time in history as Australia’s second-largest city battles a resurgence of the coronavirus.
The highlight of the Australian Rules football season is usually played on a late September afternoon at Melbourne Cricket Ground in front of 100,000 fans.
This year it will take place in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, on October 24.
04:00 GMT – Nike for chicken: Filipinos turn to barter
Dozens of online barter sites have sprung up in the Philippines to help people struggling to make ends meet.
Many people try to trade their possessions – from kitchen appliances to brand name products – for food.
“It’s so difficult these days,” Lorraine Imperio, a mother of two who traded Nike shoes for a chicken, told AFP news agency. “You don’t know where you’ll find the money to pay the grocery bills. ”
AFP estimates that around 98 online barter groups have emerged in the archipelago with tens of thousands of members. Google “barter” searches have also increased, and there has been an increase in barter groups on Facebook as well.
03:10 GMT – BTS movie postponed in South Korea after virus cases soar
A documentary on K-pop group BTS has been postponed due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases in the country.
Big Hit Entertainment, the group’s agency, says Break the Silence: The Movie, which was originally slated for release in September, will be delayed indefinitely, according to Yonhap News Agency.
South Korea reported 267 new cases on Wednesday, the 21st day in a row of triple-digit increase.
Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said authorities were unable to identify the route of transmission in 24.3% of patients in the past two weeks.
02:00 GMT – US sends rapid COVID tests to states for schools
The White House has announced that it will send most of its 150 million newly purchased rapid-response COVID-19 tests to states for schools, daycares and emergency services.
Tests can give a result within 15 minutes and cost $ 5.
US President Donald Trump is pushing schools to reopen but many districts are reluctant to do so as the virus continues to circulate.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio reached an agreement with teachers’ unions for the gradual resumption of classes with the resumption of physical education on September 21.
I couldn’t trust the teachers, staff and leadership of @NYCSchools more. They care deeply about our children, and it shows.
The revised opening schedule we have announced is an inspiring act of unity that will keep EVERYBODY safe in our school community. https://t.co/azXv13Sy3L
– Major Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) September 1, 2020
01:40 GMT – Australia in first recession in three decades
The coronavirus has put an end to Australia’s three decades of economic growth.
The latest figures show that the economy contracted by 7% in the second quarter after falling 0.3% in the first quarter.
The drop was the largest quarterly drop since records began in 1959.
A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction.
01:35 GMT – Xinjiang resumes “normal life”: state media
State media in China report that residents of far west Xinjiang have resumed “normal order of life and production” after a sudden increase in cases last month.
CGTN says some epidemic control measures remain in place.
#Xinjiang resumes production, but epidemic measures remain # COVID19 https://t.co/gBvmYpkqK7 pic.twitter.com/y3cuEaem5e
– CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) September 2, 2020
01:15 GMT – Cases continue to ease in Australian hotspot state
Cases continue to ease in the southeast Australian state of Victoria.
The state confirmed 90 new cases on Wednesday, up from a peak of more than 700 last month. Six other people died.
State officials will announce plans to ease coronavirus restrictions on Sunday. Melbourne, the state capital and Australia’s second largest city, is in week four of a strict six-week lockdown.
00:00 GMT – US backs off global immunization effort
The United States has said it will not join the World Health Organization’s global campaign for a vaccine against the coronavirus.
More than 150 countries have established the Global COVID-19 Vaccine Access Center, known as COVAX, but the US says it won’t join because it doesn’t want to be “forced” by multilateral organizations like the WHO. he withdrew from WHO in early July.
“The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure that we defeat this virus, but we will not be coerced by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China,” the spokesperson said. from the White House, Judd Deere.
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23:30 GMT (Tuesday) – UN to hold summit on global governance after pandemic
Niger, the current president of the United Nations Security Council, is organizing a video conference between heads of state on September 24 to discuss the future of global governance after the coronavirus pandemic.
The summit will discuss “post-COVID-19 global governance in relation to the maintenance of international peace and security,” Niger’s ambassador to the UN Abdou Abarry told reporters.
The session will take place at the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly of World Leaders, which will be held this year primarily by video conference due to the pandemic.
“This will be an opportunity for our leaders to have political discussions on the need to adapt the current international system embodied by the UN and the Security Council in order to effectively face traditional threats to security such as conflict. , but also to new threats such as organized crime and pandemics, ”Abarry said.
11:00 p.m. GMT (Tuesday) – Recovered COVID-19 patients retain their antibodies for months
New Icelandic study found antibody levels against the new crownvirus increased and then remained stable for up to four months in more than 90% of recovered COVID-19 patients.
Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE Genetics, which conducted the study, says that the results could have implications for the risks of re-infection and the durability of vaccines.
Researchers measured antibody levels in more than 30,000 Icelanders.
Based on the results, they estimate that around one percent of the population has been infected. Of that group, 56 percent had received a confirmed diagnosis after a laboratory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Another 14 percent had not been officially diagnosed, but had been quarantined after being exposed to virus. For the remaining 30%, antibody tests led to the discovery of a previous infection.
Of the 1,215 people with a PCR-confirmed infection, 91% had antibody levels that rose in the first two months after diagnosis and then leveled off, the researchers reported.
The results were published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur, to keep you updated for the next few hours.
Read all of yesterday’s (September 1) updates here.