Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 22.78 million, death toll over 792,500
At least 22,781,565 people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 792,837 people have died, a Reuters tally showed.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
The World Health Organization referred to the outbreak as a pandemic on March 11.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
At least 5,591,513 cases of the highly contagious novel coronavirus have been reported in the United States and its territories while at least 174,254 people have died, according to a Reuters tally of state and local government sources as of August 21, 2020, 1:44 pm. The US diagnosed its first COVID-19 case in Washington state on January 20.
Likewise, Brazil follows the US with a total of 3,501,975 coronavirus cases with 112,304 death, according to Reuters’ interactive graphic tracking the global spread.
Likewise, India has the third-highest 2,905,823 coronavirus cases while 54,849 people have died.
India hurtled toward the 3 million mark for coronavirus cases on Friday. Latin America's death toll meanwhile passed 250,000 as the region reported more than 3,000 fatalities a day over the past week.
— The church at the centre of South Korea's outbreak has said the government is fabricating tests, while authorities accused it of flouting anti-virus efforts.
— Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said mass testing of residents will begin on Sept. 1. Meanwhile, a deluge of trash from takeaway containers and disposable cutlery is cluttering streets and parks as dining restrictions eat away at the city's garbage disposal capacity.
— Beijing has removed a requirement for people to wear masks outdoors after it reported 13 consecutive days without new cases.
— Ireland's agriculture minister resigned after he drew public anger for having attended a social event apparently breaching coronavirus rules.
— Russia reported 4,870 new cases, pushing its national tally to 946,976, the fourth largest in the world.
— Poland reported 903 new cases, its highest daily increase.
— A top US health regulator who will help decide the fate of a coronavirus vaccine has vowed to resign if the Trump administration approves a vaccine before it is shown to be safe and effective, Reuters has learned.
— The Brazilian government has barred Doctors Without Borders from helping prevent and detect suspected cases in indigenous villages in the south, the NGO said.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
— Doctors in most public hospitals in Kenya's capital went on strike to protest against delayed salaries and a lack of COVID-19 protective equipment.
— The UAE could reintroduce a de-facto overnight curfew in some areas as cases rise.
— The clinical trial of a Russian vaccine being developed by Siberia's Vektor research centre is due to be completed in September, the RIA reported.
— Mexico will receive at least 2,000 doses of Russia's potential vaccine, dubbed "Sputnik V", to test among its population, a senior official said.
— China's Sinovac Biotech has committed to provide up to 40 million vaccine doses to Indonesia's government between November and March, a minister said.
— Singapore researchers have discovered a new variant of the coronavirus that causes milder infections.
— Global stock markets enjoyed cautious gains, taking their cue from Wall Street tech shares, but tepid economic data and lofty valuations reined in the advances in the wake of huge rally that has wiped out coronavirus losses.
— More than half of Japanese companies believe the Tokyo Olympics, postponed for a year, should be cancelled or put off again, a survey found.
— Britain's economic recovery has gathered pace, but government borrowing rose past the $2.64 trillion mark and fears of future job losses are mounting.