Paris (AFP) – Southeast Asian countries reported record increases of new coronavirus cases on Saturday as the WHO alerted the impacts of the pandemic would be felt for decades and the scramble for a vaccine warmed up.
Six months after the World Health Organization stated a worldwide emergency, the unique coronavirus has eliminated more than 680,000 individuals and contaminated more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally.
As nations throughout Western Europe revealed new lockdowns and reported historic economic downturns, the World Health Organization said the pandemic was a “once-in-a-century health crisis, the impacts of which will be felt for years to come.”
The outlook was bleak in Asia also.
India and the Philippines reported record boosts in new everyday infections at 57,000 and 5,000, regardless of tightened up limitations.
” We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to prepare a consolidated, definitive strategy of action,” said an open letter signed by 80 Filipino medical associations.
Japans Okinawa stated a state of emergency situation after a record dive in cases on the island– lots of linked to US military forces stationed there.
Hong Kong on the other hand opened a new makeshift hospital to house COVID-19 patients after cases increased to new highs.
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– Vaccine race –
The pandemic has actually spurred a race for a vaccine with numerous Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a time frame of September to present its own medicine.
However US contagious illness professional Anthony Fauci stated it was not likely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation, where regulatory systems are far more opaque than they are in the West.
” I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are in fact checking the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone,” he stated.
As part of its own “Operation Warp Speed,” the United States federal government will pay pharma giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said.
– Berlin Day of freedom –
France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all reported big contractions in their economies for the April-June quarter, while Europe as an entire saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1 percent.
In an indication of the compromises being forced on European federal governments, Britain imposed new restrictions Friday on countless homes in northern England.
Norway, where infection numbers have actually been increasing in recent days, taped its very first virus death in two weeks.
At least 33 team members restricted on a Norwegian cruise liner have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the company Hurtigruten said on Saturday.
Regardless of the renewal in cases, there have been presentations in Europe against the curbs. On Saturday, thousands protested in Berlin advising “a day of flexibility” from the restrictions.
” We are the 2nd wave,” screamed some, as marchers headed for the Brandenburg Gate while others required “resistance”, calling the pandemic “the most significant conspiracy theory”.
Couple of protesters used a mask or respected the 1.5-metre (five-foot) social distancing requirement, an AFP reporter reported, in spite of police getting in touch with them via megaphone to do so.
In sports, the regional federal government of Madrid recommended that the Madrid Open tennis tournament– rescheduled from May to September– be cancelled due to new outbreaks.
– Sect leader arrested –
Fresh off a bout of COVID-19, Brazils President Jair Bolsonaro stated Friday nearly everyone will most likely wind up capturing the brand-new coronavirus.
His remarks came as Brazils death toll closes on 100,000.
In South Korea, the senior leader of a secretive sect at the centre of the nations early coronavirus outbreak was jailed for allegedly hindering the federal governments effort to contain the epidemic.
People connected to Lee Man-hees Shincheonji Church of Jesus represented majority of the Souths coronavirus cases in February and March, when the country was enduring among the worst early outbreaks on the planet.
The South has because been returning mainly to normal, appearing to have brought the break out under control with an extensive “trace, test and treat” programme.
– Travel trouble –
The pandemic continued to trigger trouble in the travel and tourism sectors with more airline companies announcing mass job cuts.
Latin Americas most significant airline company, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off least 2,700 team.
Tanzania banned Kenyas national airline company from getting in the nation efficient Saturday as part of a deepening row triggered by Tanzanias controversial handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
British Airways pilots meanwhile extremely voted to accept an offer cutting earnings by 20 percent with 270 jobs lost.
Wishing for more tourists to return, Greece resumed six of its primary ports to cruise ships for the first time in the coronavirus-shortened tourism season.