- Brazil has recorded a file 34,918 each day circumstances of coronavirus, on the identical day authorities officers mentioned the outbreak was beneath management.
- The WHO has welcomed the findings of a College of Oxford examine that discovered dexamethasone, a broadly accessible steroid, helped save the lives of individuals with extreme COVID-19.
- Greater than 8.1 million folks have been confirmed to have the coronavirus all over the world. Almost 4 million have recovered, whereas greater than 440,000 have died, in keeping with information compiled by Johns Hopkins College. The US has essentially the most circumstances and deaths, adopted by Brazil.
Listed here are the newest updates:
Wednesday, June 17
04:40 GMT – Honduran president says he has coronavirus
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez says he has coronavirus and can work remotely whereas he receives remedy.
“As president of the nation, and a accountable citizen, I wish to talk that in the course of the weekend I began to really feel extra discomfort and right now I used to be identified as having been contaminated with COVID-19,” he mentioned in a televised speech.
“They’ve really helpful I relaxation, however I’ll proceed working remotely and thru my aides.”
Hernandez spouse and two of his aides have additionally been identified with the illness.
04:30 GMT – Crimson Cross warns violence places Afghanistan COVID-19 sufferers in danger
The Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross (ICRC) says rising violence and assaults on healthcare services have put thousands and thousands of individuals in Afghanistan in danger.
“The current trajectory in Afghanistan is of nice concern,” Juan Pedro Schaerer, the pinnacle of the ICRC delegation in Afghanistan, mentioned in an announcement. “After the hope introduced by a relative discount in hostilities in February and March, we once more see extra violence. Civilian casualties are on the rise whereas the nation is battling in opposition to COVID-19.”
The Crimson Cross says Afghanistan’s well being system was stretched even earlier than the arrival of COVID-19, with restricted protection in conflict-affected areas, and poor specialised healthcare. Assaults in opposition to medical workers and well being services, such because the assault final month on the MSF-supported maternity hospital in Kabul, solely made the scenario worse it mentioned.
“COVID-19 has challenged the world’s most superior nations. A rustic the place gunmen assault a hospital stands no likelihood at offering high quality care. We see it in well being services in conflict-affected areas and in prisons, the place folks have already restricted entry to well being care,” Schaerer mentioned.
04:10 GMT – Speaker of Kazakh parliament exams constructive for coronavirus
Nurlan Nigmatulin, the speaker of the decrease home of Kazakhstan’s parliament, is the newest politician to check constructive for coronavirus. He met the nation’s healthcare minister, Yelzhan Birtanov, final week earlier than Birtanob was identified with COVID-19 and admitted to hospital with pneumonia.
The parliament’s press workplace says Nigmatulin’s case is asymptomatic.
We have been protecting monitor of the politicians and celebrities identified with the illness, in addition to what coronavirus does to folks. Learn extra within the tales beneath.
03:15 GMT – Chinese language provinces impose curbs, quarantines on folks from Beijing
Provinces and cities elsewhere in China are responding to the outbreak of coronavirus within the capital.
The semi-autonomous Chinese language territory of Macau has simply introduced a 14-day necessary quarantine for all individuals who have been in Beijing prior to now two weeks. The measure will come into impact at 12 midday native time (04:00 GMT).
Heilongjiang province within the northeast has launched a 21-day quarantine for anybody lately arrived from Beijing’s medium and high-risk areas.
The capital has already imposed restrictions on outward journey. That is led to a pointy drop in flights at its primary airports.
500 flights carrying 32,000 passengers will fly into and out of #Beijing Capital Worldwide Airport on Wed, which is considerably lower than final week, as a consequence of an increase in #COVID19 infections; that’s, the airport (PEK) noticed 901 flights carrying 82,700 passengers final Wed. https://t.co/l9EeIY2PIl
— World Instances (@globaltimesnews) June 17, 2020
02:45 GMT – Japan finds coronavirus in wastewater vegetation
A Japanese examine has confirmed the presence of coronavirus in waste water.
Researchers from Toyama Prefectural College, Kanazawa College and Kyoto College examined water at 4 remedy vegetation in western Japan and located seven of 27 samples constructive for the virus, in keeping with a preprint of the examine.
“Sewage testing is used as an early warning system to alert folks about (probably unnoticed ongoing neighborhood transmission,” Yuki Furuse, a Kyoto College professor who wasn’t immediately concerned within the trial instructed Reuters.
Research in Australia, the US and Europe have reported related findings.
02:15 GMT – New Zealand deploys troops to borders after quarantine bungle
New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has appointed the army to supervise the nation’s borders, after a quarantine bungle.
The nation had had 24 days with out new circumstances till Tuesday when two girls who’d lately arrived from Britain had been discovered to have the illness.
“My view is that we want the rigour, we want the boldness, we want the self-discipline that the army can present,” Ardern instructed reporters, in keeping with AFP information company.
01:50 GMT – Beijing stories 31 new coronavirus circumstances
Beijing confirmed 31 new circumstances of coronavirus on June 16, as coronavirus restrictions had been tightened throughout the capital.
The brand new circumstances are a part of a cluster that originated within the sprawling Xinfadi wholesale meals market within the southwest of Beijing. An space across the market has been designated a high-risk zone and quarantined. Different districts have been designated medium-risk with folks there required to bear temperature checks and registration.
China prepares to behave in opposition to new COVID-19 outbreak
00:00 GMT – Brazil circumstances at each day file, official claims disaster ‘managed’
Brazil has reported a file 34,918 new coronavirus circumstances, on the identical day that one of many senior officers main the nation’s response to the disaster claimed the outbreak was beneath management.
Brazil also registered 1,282 COVID-19 deaths bringing confirmed fatalities to 45,241.
Walter Braga Netto, the pinnacle of the workplace of the president’s chief of workers and one of many high officers dealing with the disaster, mentioned it was beneath management.
“There’s a disaster, we sympathise with bereaved households, however it’s managed,” Braga Netto instructed a webinar organised by the Industrial Affiliation of Rio de Janeiro.
Braga Netto primarily based his declare on deaths-per-million-people, which prompt the nation was doing higher than many European nations, saying he “was making an attempt to convey a message of optimism within the administration of the disaster”.
However Carissa Etienne, who’s the director of the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) mentioned in a video briefing from Washington that Brazil is a serious concern.
“We’re not seeing transmission slowing down” in Brazil, Etienne mentioned.
Latin America’s largest nation accounts for a few quarter of the roughly 4 million coronavirus circumstances within the Americas and practically 25 p.c of the deaths, she mentioned.
23:30 GMT – WHO welcomes examine findings on steroid remedy
The WHO has welcomed the findings of a “breakthrough” examine on a steroid remedy for folks affected by extreme circumstances of COVID-19.
“That is the primary remedy to be proven to cut back mortality in sufferers with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator help,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, mentioned in an announcement. “That is nice information.”
The researchers shared preliminary insights in regards to the outcomes of the trial with WHO, which is able to replace its medical steering on how and when the drug ought to be utilized in COVID-19.
Dexamethasone is a steroid that has been used because the 1960s to cut back irritation in a variety of situations, together with inflammatory issues and sure cancers.
Good day and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Learn all of the updates from yesterday (June 16) right here.