Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
United States President Donald Trump continues to assert there will likely be a coronavirus vaccine in weeks, contradicting the pinnacle of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 29.7 million individuals around the globe have been identified with the coronavirus and 938,820 have died, in keeping with Johns Hopkins University. Some 20.2 million individuals have recovered.
Here are the most recent updates:
Thursday, September 17
02:15 GMT – Brazil’s Bolsonaro appoints common as new well being minister
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has apppointed a common with no expertise in well being because the nation’s new well being minister.
General Eduardo Pazuello was given the job on a brief foundation 4 months in the past, however will now be made everlasting. He has been extra keen to go together with Bolsonaro’s approach to the pandemic than his predecessors, together with recommending docs prescribe hydroxycholoroquine to deal with COVID-19 regardless of there being no proof of it being efficient.
Bolsonaro, who’s dismissed the virus as a “little flu”, brandished a field of the drug as Pazuello was sworn into workplace in Brasilia.
01:35 GMT – Australia tensions rise over residents caught abroad
Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison says the variety of individuals allowed into Australia will rise by 2,000 from subsequent Friday, in keeping with public broadcaster ABC.
The states, who should home the arrivals in lodge quarantine have but to provide their approval.
About 4,000 individuals are presently allowed into Australia every week, however a minimum of 25,000 are stranded abroad due to the cap on arrivals. Many Australians additionally say they’ve been bumped from flights home repeatedly.
The govt ought to depart no stone unturned; on high of accelerating the cap they’ll constitution extra flights, make use of RAF assets, use airports aside from Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, or use federal quarantine amenities to extend capability for individuals to isolate themselves.
— Joel Clark 🕯️🏳️🌈 (@JoelM_Clark) September 17, 2020
00:30 GMT – New Zealand reviews file fall in GDP
New Zealand has simply launched financial information for the second quarter when the nation was in lockdown, and it is not fairly.
The figures present gross home product shrank by 12.2 p.c in contrast with the earlier quarter, the largest drop on file. The nation is now in its worst recession since 2010.
00:00 GMT – Trump contradicts CDC chief over vaccine
US President Donald Trump has instantly contradicted Robert Redfield, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the timing of any coronavirus vaccine.
While Redfield informed a US Senate committee a vaccine was unlikely to be prepared till mid to late 2021, Trump mentioned it will be a lot sooner and accused the CDC chief of constructing a “mistake” and being “confused”. He informed the information convention a vaccine may very well be introduced as quickly as October.
Trump has been pushing for a vaccine forward of the November election, elevating considerations about security. Vaccine growth normally takes years, and there’s no assure of success. The course of has been accelerated for the coronavirus and there are a variety of candidates presently in large-scale part three human trials, that are designed to check efficacy and security.
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Read all of the updates from yesterday (September 16) right here.
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