The World Health Organization has reported a record number of coronavirus cases worldwide, with at least 307,930 cases confirmed in a single day.
Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state and the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, reported 35 new cases – the smallest daily increase in three months.
- More than 28.8 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 922,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 19.5 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday September 14
04:10 GMT – Coronavirus sign slams failing warnings
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, a panel examining the response to the coronavirus pandemic, denounced the collective failure of political leaders which has led to the current “mess”.
“Financial and political investments in preparedness have been insufficient, and we are all paying the price,” according to the report prepared by the panel organized by the World Bank and the World Health Organization.
“It’s not as if the world hasn’t had the opportunity to take these steps,” he added. “There have been many calls to action… over the past decade, but none have generated the necessary changes. “
03:35 GMT – Doctors oppose relaxation of social distancing rules in the Philippines
Doctors in the Philippines have voiced opposition to the government’s plan to ease physical distance regulations in the country, saying it is too early to relax the rules.
In an online forum Monday, Dr Antonio Dans, a leading expert on the country’s university health law, said the transport ministry should not change its one-meter rule between passengers because it does could result in more transmission.
The government plans to gradually reduce the social distancing rules for public transport to half a meter on September 28 and 0.3 meters on October 12 to increase the capacity of trains and buses. The country has more than 261,000 cases and at least 4,371 deaths from the pandemic.
03:05 GMT – Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany increase from 927 to 260,355
The German infectious disease monitor reported that COVID-19 cases in the country increased from 927 to 260,355.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) also reported on Monday that the death toll rose by one to 9,350.
02:50 GMT – Israel reinstates lockdown
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that the country will reinstate a new strict nationwide lockdown this week amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
From Friday, schools, restaurants, shopping malls and hotels, among other businesses, will close and movement restrictions will be imposed.
The lockdown is expected to last for at least three weeks, by which time measures could be relaxed depending on the rate of increase in cases and deaths. Israel has more than 155,000 cases and around 1,100 deaths.
02:01 GMT – Saudi Arabia to lift international restrictions on Tuesday
Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said it will partially lift restrictions on international flights from Tuesday, six months after travel restrictions were imposed due to the pandemic.
After January 1, Saudl will also end all restrictions on air, land and sea transportation for Saudi citizens, but the exact date will be announced later in December.
According to the Saudi News Agency, non-Saudi residents with valid travel documents can enter Arabia as long as they are free from the virus.
01:42 GMT – New Zealand to lift most coronavirus brakes on September 21
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that nationwide coronavirus restrictions would be lifted on September 21, except in her larger city of Auckland which is the epicenter of a second wave of infections.
Ardern said Auckland’s restrictions would be reviewed next week.
01:25 GMT – Trump’s indoor rally plan triggers virus warning
U.S. President Donald Trump was due to hold his first fully indoor rally in months in the state of Nevada, but officials have warned the rally could violate coronavirus restrictions on crowd size.
Indoor rallies during the pandemic proved problematic for Trump, who came under heavy criticism after that in June which was later linked to a spike in cases of the virus.
Plans for the rally in the town of Henderson in Nevada on Sunday drew a rebuke from local officials who noted that events with more than 50 people are not allowed due to the coronavirus, according to the Reuters news agency .
01:02 GMT – South Korea reports drop in number of new cases with 109 positive tests
The South Korean Coronavirus Monitoring Agency reported at least 109 cases of COVID-19 on Monday – the 12th day in a row that infections have remained below 200.
Yonhap cited the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency as saying that of the newly reported cases, 98 were of domestic origin, with the total reaching 22,285.
Five other deaths were also reported, up from three on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 363.
00:45 GMT – Coronavirus deaths in Mexico nearly 71,000
Mexico’s health ministry reported 4,408 new cases of coronavirus and 217 additional deaths, bringing the total number of infections to 668,381 and the death toll to 70,821 deaths.
The government has said the actual number of people infected is likely higher than confirmed cases, and the country has also reported more than 120,000 additional deaths in recent months.
00:10 GMT – Australia’s Victoria sees smallest increase in COVID-19 cases
Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state and the center of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, reported its lowest number of new cases in three months.
State ron Monday reported 35 new cases and seven deaths.
Melbourne has started to ease some of the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Residents are now allowed to spend two extra hours outdoors each day, and the controversial overnight curfew has been shortened by one hour.
12:05 am GMT – WHO reports record one-day increase in cases, over 307,000
The World Health Organization has reported another record high number of coronavirus cases, worldwide with at least 307,930 cases in a single day.
The previous record reported by the WHO was 306,857 on September 6.
India, the United States and Brazil recorded the highest number of cases, with India reporting more than 94,300 cases on Sunday. Europe has also seen an upsurge in cases.
00:01 GMT – Greece reports 207 new cases of COVID-19 as it prepares to reopen schools
Greek health authorities have reported 207 new cases of the coronavirus, including 29 infections from abroad, with three more deaths, as the country prepares to reopen its schools on Monday.
The total number of cases now stands at 13,240 and 305 deaths. Of the total number of cases, about three-quarters were recorded in August, with a median age of 39 years. Moreover, among the deaths, the average age is 78 years.
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 September 13, go here.