Europe can live with COVID-19 without a vaccine by managing outbreaks with localised lockdowns, the World Health Organization’s director for the region said, adding he did not expect a return to full national-level restrictions.
- Hong Kong has started mass testing for coronavirus in an initiative that has been undermined by suspicions of China and concerns about privacy.
- Nearly 25.5 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 850,535 people have died. Some 16.8 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, September 1
08:00 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus case tally passes one million mark
The total number of coronavirus cases in Russia passed the one million mark after 4,729 new infections were reported.
That brought the country’s total tally to 1,000,048. Russia’s coronavirus crisis centre said 123 new deaths had been confirmed in the last 24 hours.
07:30 GMT – India’s case surge eases slightly as millions take exams
India’s tally of coronavirus infections have surged to nearly 3.7 million, as millions of masked students sat for college admission exams after the government refused to defer them.
India, the world’s third most affected country by the pandemic after the United States and Brazil, reported 69,921 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the lowest in six days.
07:15 GMT Ghana to reopen international airport after five months
Ghana will reopen its international airport but with new regulations in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the president has announced.
Kotoka International Airport, located outside the capital Accra, was closed in March along with other border points in a bid to contain the virus in the west African country.
“I am glad to announce that Kotoka International Airport will reopen and resume operations from Tuesday, September 1, 2020,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a nationwide broadcast. He said land borders would remain closed.
06:55 GMT – Chinese students begin full return to school
Chinese students began a full return to regular classes following two weeks without new cases of local transmission in the country.
Reports said students had their temperatures checked on arrival but rules on social distancing and mask wearing varied depending on the region.
06:40 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 1,218
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany have increased by 1,218 to 243,599, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed.
The reported death toll rose by 4 to 9,302, the tally showed.
06:05 GMT – Hungary reopens borders to some eastern neighbours
Hungary has decided to let tourists from its three East European neighbours, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia enter the country with a fresh negative coronavirus test, just as a lockdown on its borders took effect.
Last week Hungary said it would close its borders to foreigners from Tuesday to curb a rise in coronavirus cases. Returning Hungarian citizens can leave a 14-day quarantine only if they provide two negative COVID tests.
05:20 GMT – Sanofi says arthritis drug failure as COVID-19 treatment
French drugmaker Sanofi says its rheumatoid arthritis drug Kevzara does not work as a treatment for coronavirus.
With Kevzara’s failure to meet the main goals of a US study testing it among the most critically-ill COVID-19 patients, Sanofi and Regeneron do not anticipate any further clinical studies for the drug in relation to the disease, Sanofi added.
“Although this trial did not yield the results we hoped for, we are proud of the work that was achieved by the team to further our understanding of the potential use of Kevzara for the treatment of COVID-19,” said Sanofi’s Global Head of Research and Development John Reed.
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04:20 GMT – Students return to school after months of home learning
Children in Europe and parts of Asia are returning to school this week after months away from their classrooms.
China’s state-run media showed pictures of primary and middle school children returning to class – with physical distancing and other measures in force – in Shanghai.
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) September 1, 2020
Students in France and Belgium are also due to resume classes on Tuesday after the summer break, with pupils in England and Wales returning…