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CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

8 August 2020, 9:00 PM

The COVID-19 global statistics show an increase in the number of infections across the world.

MTV’s Video Music Awards drops plans for indoor show due to coronavirus

8 August 2020, 8:36 AM

MTV has abandoned the idea of holding its Video Music Awards show at an indoor venue in New York because of the complications of the coronavirus epidemic.

Australia’s Victoria sees “stabilisation” in new coronavirus cases

8 August 2020, 5:51 AM

Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, recorded 466 cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday and 12 COVID-19 deaths, though authorities expressed hope for a stabilisation in new infections thanks to strict mobility restrictions. 

Coronavirus-hit Mexico receives $3 million donation from United States

8 August 2020, 4:24 AM

Mexico received a donation of $3 million from the United States to help fight the novel coronavirus, which has claimed more than 50 000 lives, a health official said on Friday.

US surpasses 160 000 coronavirus deaths as school openings near

7 August 2020, 4:43 PM

 US deaths from the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 160 000 on Friday, nearly a quarter of the world’s total, according to a Reuters tally, as the country debates whether schools are ready to reopen their doors in the coming weeks.

Gambia records biggest jump in daily coronavirus cases

7 August 2020, 11:54 AM

Gambia reported a 17% rise in coronavirus (covid-19) cases on Thursday, its biggest ever daily jump; data from the health ministry showed.

Philippines records most coronavirus cases in eastern Asia after new surge

7 August 2020, 11:07 AM

The Philippines on Thursday recorded another jump in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases to overtake neighbouring Indonesia as the country with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the eastern part of Asia.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro orders $360 mln to be set aside for AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

7 August 2020, 2:13 AM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree on Thursday that will set aside 1.9 billion real ($356 million) in funds to purchase and eventually produce the potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Oxford University researchers.

Singing KwaZulu-Natal nurse cheers patients up amid coronavirus

6 August 2020, 9:25 PM

At the peak of the coronavirus, 57-year-old nursing Sister Thathakahle Gumede lifts the spirits of the depressed and sick. They call her the singing nurse. She is loved by her patients and is making waves on social media.

Trump says coronavirus vaccine possible before November 3

6 August 2020, 7:33 PM

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine before the November 3 election, a more optimistic forecast than timing put forth by his own White House health experts.

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