Number of US coronavirus cases nears six million: Live news

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

  • The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States is nearing six million, with states including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota reporting daily records. More than 183,000 people have died from the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University.

  • The number of cases globally has hit almost 25.1 million, with deaths exceeding 844,000, according to the university’s data. More than 16.5 million have recovered

  • New Zealand has made face masks compulsory as it eases coronavirus restrictions in Auckland that were imposed after a sudden spike in cases.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, August 31

05:00 GMT – Thailand reports single imported coronavirus case, no new fatalities

Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported on Monday that a British woman has tested positive of COVID-19 raising the country’s total infections to 3,412.

The agency said that the 29-year-old language teacher arrived in Bangkok on August 15, alongsider her husband and their child. All were placed under quarantine following their arrival. 

No new deaths were reported on Monday, keeping the death toll at 58.

04:36 GMT – India coronavirus cases surge to 3.62 million

India reported 78,512 new novel coronavirus infections on Monday, just less than 200 compared to the record number of daily cases the country set the previous day.

India now has a total of 3.62 million cases just behind the United States and Brazil. It has the third highest fatalities at 64,400, according to Johns Hopkins University.

04:10 GMT – Thousands arrested in China for pandemic-related offences

China’s state prosecutor’s office has reported that nearly 5,800 people have been arrested during the pandemic for committing crimes ranging from killing health workers, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history.

One case involved a shopper that beat to death another customer who reminded him to wear a mask in a supermarket, according to AFP news agency.

“From January to July, 5,797 people were arrested and 6,755 were prosecuted,” the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said.

Other cases involved alleged embezzlment of and stabbing of of a health inspector. 

03:42 GMT – Germany reports 610 new COVID-19 cases

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, which monitors infectious diseases in the country, has reported 610 new cases, bringing the total to over 242,000 as of Monday.

The death toll has reached 9,298 up three fatalities from the previous day.

03:25 GMT – US eyes giving COVID-19 vaccine emergency approval

Stephen Hahn, the head of the US Food and Drug Administration, has raised the possibility of giving an emergency approval on coronavirus vaccines being developed in the country, even before trials are concluded.

“If they do that before the end of Phase Three,” which involves large-scale human testing, “we may…