- India’s caseload topped four million, while South Korea posted its lowest daily tally in three weeks. Police in Australia’s Victoria state meanwhile braced for anti-lockdown protests, arresting at least four people for incitement.
- Iraq’s health ministry warned hospitals may “lose control” in the coming days after the country recorded its highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokeswoman said, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety.
- More than 26.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 872,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 17.6 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Saturday, September 5
05:32 GMT – India becomes third country to pass four million cases
India’s coronavirus cases crossed four million on Saturday, leading the world in new infections and closing in on Brazil’s total as the second-highest in the world.
The 86,432 cases added in the past 24 hours pushed India’s total to 4,023,179. The Health Ministry also reported 1,089 deaths for a total of 69,561.
Brazil has confirmed 4,091,801 infections while the US has 6,200,186 people infected, according to Johns Hopkins University.
04:34 GMT – Victoria police brace for anti-lockdown rallies
Police in Australia’s hardest-hit Victoria stare are urging people to stay away from rallies protesting the lockdown in Melbourne, as the country’s death toll rose to 748.
The Melbourne restrictions, including a night curfew, were put in place in an attempt to reduce a huge spike in infections and deaths.
Four men have been arrested and charged with incitement over the so-called “Freedom Day” protests planned for several Melbourne locations. Police have also warned about 80 people against attending the rallies as they enforce Victoria’s lockdown rules.
INSIDE STORY | Why are people protesting against coronavirus restrictions? (25:11)
04:27 GMT – S Korea posts fewest cases in three weeks
South Korea recorded 168 new coronavirus cases as of midnight on Friday, posting the lowest daily tally in three weeks after imposing stricter social distancing rules to contain a second wave of infections.
The total number of cases rose to 21,010, with 333 deaths, according to the data published by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
South Korea’s daily tallies have been hovering below 200 over the past three days after peaking at 441 late last week, a sign that tougher social distancing curbs implemented last Sunday have begun taking effect.
“The numbers are indeed on a downward trend but it’s too early for us to be at ease,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told a meeting on Saturday.
South Korea church groups in conflict with COVID-19 efforts (2:24)