Melbourne seems to be to be heading in the right direction to ease out of a strict lockdown and curfew from September 28, as the typical variety of circumstances drops.
Some 29.four million individuals all over the world have been identified with COVID-19 and 931,454 individuals have died, in accordance with knowledge from Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 20 million individuals have recovered from the illness.
Here are the most recent updates:
Wednesday, September 16
03:30 GMT – UN might meet on pandemic, in-person, earlier than year-end
The United Nations might maintain an in-person assembly of the General Assembly New York as early as November to debate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assembly president Volkan Bozkir says discussions are persevering with with some international locations involved about assembly so quickly – particularly within the United States, the place the virus continues to unfold extensively..
Bozkir is eager to begin in-person UN conferences, which have taken place through video convention since March, as quickly as potential, saying such a summit ought to have occurred “in June.”
02:55 GMT – Air New Zealand plans to fireside extra cabin crew
Air New Zealand plans to chop as many as 385 extra cabin crew jobs as a result of the coronavirus has pressured it to cut back worldwide routes.
The reductions would convey its COVID-19 associated job losses to round 37 p.c of its workforce, which is greater than each Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
in annoucing the choice, Air New Zealand famous the decline in demand on North American routes. It now operates return flights to Los Angeles 3 times every week somewhat than daily and has transformed its San Francisco flights to cargo solely.
02:35 GMT – Japan commits $135m to WHO’s world vaccine programme
Japan has dedicated 17.2 billion yen ($165 million) in funds for the WHO’s world COVID-19 vaccine programme, often known as COVAX.
The initiative is geared toward serving to purchase and pretty distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to international locations all over the world. But some international locations which have secured their very own provides by means of bilateral offers, together with the United States, have stated they won’t be a part of.
Japan has additionally pursued unbiased preparations with world pharmaceutical firms to safe vaccines, with the federal government pledging to have sufficient provide for the entire inhabitants by the primary half of 2021. The COVAX programme has set a Sept. 18 deadline for contributions.
02:30 GMT – Hong Kong wraps up mass testing programme
Hong Kong has wrapped up a mass testing programme that fuelled controversy due to the involvement of consultants from the mainland.
About 1.78 million specimens have been collected within the two-week train with 45 COVID-19 circumstances discovered on account of the testing and related contact tracing, in accordance with the federal government.
The territory, which is home to about 7.5 million individuals, is to start enjoyable a few of its coronavirus curbs from Friday.
Hong Kong’s mass testing programme for COVID-19 started on September 1 [Anthony Kwan/EPA]
02:20 GMT – China suspends poultry imports from second US plant
China has suspended imports from an OK Foods poultry plant in Arkansas, due to coronavirus circumstances amongst employees, in accordance with the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
It’s the second US poultry manufacturing unit to be blocked due to an outbreak amongst staff. “We don’t think that either one of these two are justified, especially considering the fact that the virus cannot be transmitted in poultry meat,” stated Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
Chinese customs authority GACC suspended imports from the OK Foods facility, he stated. The Arkansas plant grew to become ineligible to ship merchandise to China on Sepember 13, in accordance with the US Department of Agriculture.
02:00 GMT – Trump quizzed on COVID-19 response at election city corridor
US President Donald Trump has been questioned by voters on his coronavirus response at a city corridor assembly in Pennsylvania.
Asked by one uncommitted Pennsylvania voter why he had performed down a pandemic that was recognized to hazard low-income households and minority communities, he claimed he had accomplished the other.
“I didn’t downplay it. In many ways I up played it in terms of action,” Trump stated on the occasion, which was sponsored by ABC News.
“You do not admit to it yourself?” the voter, Ajani Powell, interrrupted.
Trump continued, “Yeah, because what I did is with China, I put a ban on. With Europe, I put a ban on and we would have lost thousands of more people had I not put the ban on. So, that was called action. Not with the mouth but in actual fact.”
He additionally stated a vaccine would in all probability be out there quickly. “We’re very close to having a vaccine,” he instructed the viewers. “We’re within weeks of getting it you know could be three weeks, four weeks.”
Trump accused of taking part in down COVID-19 disaster in new guide
01:00 GMT – Victoria heading in the right direction to ease Melbourne lockdown by month’s finish
Australia’s Victoria state seems to be to be heading in the right direction to calm down a strict lockdown within the metropolis of Melbourne by the tip of the month after the typical variety of circumstances during the last two weeks dropped under 50, which is inside the goal vary for the state to ease restrictions from September 28.
The fall in circumstances in latest days – 42 have been reported throughout the state on Wednesday – from early August’s triple-digit highs means some curbs will likely be eased in rural areas of the state late on Wednesday.
In these locations, outside gatherings of as much as 10 individuals will likely be permitted, residents of a family will likely be allowed to go to one different home, and cafes will be capable of seat as much as 50 individuals exterior.
#COVID19VicData UPDATED: We have reissued immediately’s knowledge as there are 81 circumstances with unknown supply in Metro Melbourne, not 82, as earlier tweeted. Yesterday there have been 42 new circumstances reported and eight lives misplaced. Info: https://t.co/eTputEZdhs pic.twitter.com/buI8b9yv7J
— VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) September 15, 2020
00:00 GMT – Poorly-fitting masks improve danger to well being employees who’re feminine or Asian: examine
A brand new examine has discovered feminine healthcare employees and medical workers with Asian heritage are extra susceptible to COVID-19 an infection as a result of they’re much less prone to be utilizing face masks that match them correctly.
The evaluation printed within the journal Anaesthesia checked out research into the evaluation of filtration masks just like the N95 and FFP2 fashions, that are utilized by medical employees in high-risk conditions.
Their assessment checked out analysis that confirmed greater preliminary fit-pass charges in Caucasians (90 p.c) in contrast with Asians (84 p.c) and stated significantly low preliminary fit-pass charges have been present in Asian ladies, with a reported common of simply 60 p.c.
In the US, the report stated authorities use a fit-test panel to evaluate the suitability of the N95 masks supplied to healthcare employees, however they famous that the facial dimensions represented by the panel have been primarily based on a bunch of individuals through which ladies and Asians have been “underrepresented”.
In many international locations all over the world, ladies make up at the very least three-quarters of all healthcare workers. The authors stated that to make sure a masks shouldn’t be liable to leak, it must adequately match the face form of the wearer, including that match seems to be extra essential for defense from airborne viral unfold than the filtration capability of the masks itself.
Female medical employees and other people of Asian origin are extra in danger from COVID-19 as a result of their masks are much less prone to match correctly, in accordance with a brand new examine [File: David Crosling/EPA]
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
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