• One in seven instances of COVID-19 reported to the World Well being Group is a well being employee and in some nations that determine rises to at least one in three, in line with the organisation.
  • United States President Donald Trump continues to say there will likely be a coronavirus vaccine in weeks, contradicting the top of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
  • The World Financial institution’s chief economist Carmen Reinhart says the world financial restoration from the disaster originated by the pandemic might take as a lot as 5 years.
  • Greater than 29.9 million folks around the globe have been identified with the coronavirus and 941,541 have died, in line with Johns Hopkins College. Some 20.3 million folks have recovered.

Listed below are the newest updates: 

Thursday, September 17

14:21 GMT – Instances in Netherlands hit file day by day excessive: well being authorities

The variety of instances within the Netherlands have hit a file excessive for the third consecutive day at 1,753, knowledge launched by nationwide well being authorities have confirmed.

On Wednesday 1,542 new infections have been reported.

Complete variety of instances have elevated to 88,073.

14:15 GMT – Eire to quarantine folks travelling from Greece, Italy

Eire has added Greece and Italy to the listing of nations from which vacationers are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

A brand new “Inexperienced Checklist” which matches into impact on Monday permits vacationers arriving from simply seven nations to keep away from quarantine: Cyprus, Finalnd, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.


Hi there, that is Mersiha Gadzo in Toronto, Canada taking on the dwell updates from my colleague Umut Uras in Doha, Qatar.


12:20 GMT – One in 7 reported virus instances is amongst well being staff: WHO

One in seven instances of COVID-19 reported to the World Well being Group (WHO) is a well being employee and in some nations that determine rises to at least one in three, the company mentioned on Thursday.

The WHO known as for frontline medical staff to be supplied with protecting tools to stop them from being contaminated with the novel coronavirus, and doubtlessly spreading it to their sufferers and households.

“Globally round 14 % of COVID instances reported to the WHO are amongst well being staff and in some nations it is as a lot as 35 %,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned. He added knowledge was restricted nevertheless and it was arduous to know if folks have been contaminated at work or of their communities.

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A healthcare employee sporting private protecting tools takes swabs from a farmer in Gujarat, India [File: Reuters] 

11:40 GMT – WHO’s Ryan: do not flip COVID-19 into ‘political soccer’

The World Well being Group’s prime emergency professional, requested about contradictory remarks by President Donald Trump and US well being officers on COVID-19, mentioned it was essential for all nations to have “constant messaging” for his or her public.

Trump took exception on Wednesday to feedback from the director of the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Robert Redfield, who mentioned a vaccine might be broadly rolled out in mid-2021 and masks is perhaps more practical.

Trump, at a information convention, mentioned he believed a vaccine will likely be rolled out a lot sooner. He mentioned he known as Redfield after his testimony to query him about it, and that Redfield appeared to have been confused by the query.

11:00 GMT – Worldwide arrivals to Abu Dhabi should put on monitoring gadget

Worldwide passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi airport will now need to put on a monitoring gadget whereas they full a compulsory 14-day residence quarantine resulting from COVID-19, in line with state-owned Etihad Airways.

Each day infections within the United Arab Emirates rose this month to their highest for the reason that outbreak began, which officers have largely blamed on folks not practising social distancing.

These arriving at Abu Dhabi airport can be fitted with a medically authorized wristband, which is eliminated after the 14-days of residence quarantine, in line with Etihad’s newest journey replace.

10:30 GMT – Philippines considers stress-free journey ban for nurses

The Philippines is contemplating permitting extra nurses and different medical professionals to depart for jobs overseas after banning them from journey to allow them to struggle coronavirus at residence, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman mentioned.

Well being care staff from the Philippines are on the entrance strains of the pandemic at hospitals in america, Europe and the Center East in addition to again residence.

The labour minister has proposed to increase exemptions to those that had contracts overseas as of August 31. To date it’s only these with contracts as of March 8 who’ve been allowed to journey.

10:05 GMT – Belarus planning 100-person scientific trial of Russia’s vaccine

Belarus is contemplating conducting a 100-person trial of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, the well being ministry mentioned, including that potential contributors can now apply on-line at eight native clinics which were chosen to conduct the trial.

The trial, one in every of a number of that Russia hopes to conduct overseas, remains to be pending regulatory approval, the ministry mentioned, including it had acquired paperwork from Russia and was inspecting it.

Giant-scale trials of the ‘Sputnik-V’ vaccine, referred to as Part III trials, are ongoing in Russia and contain no less than 40,000 folks. Preliminary outcomes are anticipated in October or November, Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Funding Fund (RDIF), has mentioned.

09:20 GMT – Philippines sees 3,375 new coronavirus instances

The Philippines’ well being ministry reported 3,375 new coronavirus infections and 53 extra deaths.

In a bulletin, the ministry mentioned complete confirmed instances within the Philippines have reached 276,289, probably the most in Southeast Asia, whereas deaths have elevated to 4,785.

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A safety officerin a protecting go well with walks previous commuters at a metro station in Manila  [File: EPA]

08:45 GMT – World monetary restoration might take 5 years: World Financial institution chief economist

The worldwide financial restoration from the disaster originated by the coronavirus pandemic might take as a lot as 5 years, the World Financial institution’s chief economist Carmen Reinhart mentioned.

“There’ll in all probability be a fast rebound as all of the restriction measures linked to lockdowns are lifted, however a full restoration will take as a lot as 5 years,” Reinhart mentioned in a distant intervention throughout a convention held in Madrid.

Reinhart mentioned the pandemic-caused recession will last more in some nations than in others and can exacerbate inequalities because the poorest will likely be tougher hit by the disaster in wealthy nations and the poorest nations will likely be tougher hit than richer nations. For the primary time in twenty years, world poverty charges will rise following the disaster, she added.

8:10 GMT – Crimson Cross warns virus is driving discrimination in Asia

The Worldwide Federation of Crimson Cross and Crimson Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned that the novel coronavirus is driving discrimination in direction of weak communities in Asia, together with migrants and foreigners.

The humanitarian company surveyed 5,000 folks in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan and located about half blamed a particular group for spreading the coronavirus, with many mentioning Chinese language folks, immigrants and foreigners.

“It’s significantly regarding that each nationwide migrant and international staff are blamed for the unfold of COVID-19 as they’re fairly weak already,” Dr Viviane Fluck, one of many lead researchers and the company’s Asia Pacific neighborhood engagement and accountability coordinator, advised the Reuters information company.

She mentioned there ought to be extra concentrate on combating “rumors which can be linked to underlying energy dynamics and structural problems with inequality”.

07:40 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus dying toll passes 19,000

Russia’s dying toll from the novel coronavirus handed 19,000, because the nation reported 144 new deaths within the earlier 24 hours.

The nation’s coronavirus disaster response centre registered 5,762 new instances, bringing its nationwide tally of infections to 1,085,281, the world’s fourth-highest caseload.

Russia's coronavirus cases rise to 687,862

Russia’s tally of coronavirus infections stands at 1,085,281, the world’s fourth-highest [File: Anadolu] 

07:00 GMT – Hurtigruten cancels remaining 2020 cruises

Norway’s Hurtigruten has known as off its remaining cruises this 12 months because of the rise in COVID-19 instances in Europe and the Americas, the corporate mentioned.

The choice impacts Hurtigruten’s so-called expedition cruises, which regularly take passengers into Arctic or Antarctic waters, although its enterprise of delivery items and folks between ports alongside the Norwegian coast will proceed.

The corporate was the primary cruise operator worldwide to return an oceangoing cruise ship to service in mid-June, touting lowered passenger capability, social distancing and strict guidelines on hygiene.

06:40 GMT – UK faces bottleneck on testing resulting from lab capability: minister

Britain faces difficulties in finishing up COVID-19 checks resulting from shortages of lab capability, mentioned junior well being minister Edward Argar.

“Lab capability is likely one of the bottlenecks, or one of many challenges in considerably growing that capability,” Argar advised Sky Information.

Britain can keep away from additional native restrictions and one other nationwide lockdown by sticking to the foundations comparable to not assembly in teams of greater than six folks, minister added.

06:15 GMT – Czech Republic’s day by day leap in COVID-19 instances exceeds 2,000

The Czech Republic reported greater than 2,000 new COVID-19 instances in a single day for the primary time because it battles a surge in infections that’s among the many quickest in Europe.

The well being ministry recorded 2,139 instances of the brand new coronavirus on Wednesday, up from a earlier file 1,675 reported for yesterday.

Czech Republic quarantines entire country over COVID-19

Individuals sporting masks as a precaution towards coronavirus stroll on road in Prague [File: Anadolu] 

05:45 GMT – Ukraine units day by day file with 3,584 new cvirus instances

Ukraine set a day by day file with 3,584 new coronavirus infections, the nationwide safety council mentioned, up from a determine of three,144 on Sept. 11.

Ukraine has a complete of 166,244 instances, with 3,400 deaths and 73,913 recoveries, the council added.

Hi there, that is Umut Uras in Doha taking on from my colleague Kate Mayberry.

05:15 GMT – Survey finds folks in Asia blame sure teams for COVID-19

Practically half of individuals in 4 Asian nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan – blame sure teams for spreading COVID-19 together with foreigners, folks attending spiritual ceremonies and people who don’t comply with the foundations on issues comparable to masks sporting or bodily distancing.

Viviane Fluck, the neighborhood engagement and accountability coordinator on the Worldwide Federation of the Crimson Cross and Crimson Crescent Asia Pacific, which carried out the survey, described the findings as alarming.

“We’re very involved that weak teams comparable to migrants and people who can’t afford protecting tools could also be discriminated towards resulting from stigma and worry,” she mentioned in a press release. The survey additionally discovered almost 4 out of 5 folks distrusted social media, regardless of it being one of many main sources of details about the virus.

05:00 GMT – The journey not the vacation spot, airways supply flights to nowhere

Extra of the Asia Pacific’s embattled airways are providing “flights to nowhere” because the pandemic grounds worldwide journey, in line with Reuters information company.

Qantas is the newest to affix the development, providing a seven-hour flight over Australia’s Outback and Nice Barrier Reef, which apparently offered out in 10 minutes regardless of a beginning worth of 787 Australian {dollars} ($575). Taiwan’s EVA Airways and Japan’s ANA have additionally provided particular sightseeing flights.

Robust border restrictions to maintain the coronavirus beneath management have led to a 97.5 % plunge in worldwide journey within the area, in line with the Affiliation of Asia Pacific Airways.

04:40 GMT – Syria instances could also be a lot increased than figures recommend: UN

The United Nation’s prime humanitarian official says coronavirus might be way more widespread in Syria than official figures recommend.

Mark Lowcock advised the UN Safety Council in New York on Wednesday that it will solely be potential to get a clearer image of the scenario when testing was stepped up. He famous that the supply of almost 90 % of confirmed instances couldn’t be traced to a recognized supply, suggesting widespread neighborhood transmission.

Syria has confirmed 3,618 instances of the virus.

04:30 GMT  – India breaks day by day file for coronavirus instances – once more

India has reported one other file leap in day by day coronavirus instances confirming 97,894 instances within the final 24 hours, in line with the well being ministry.

Deaths, which have been comparatively low thus far, are additionally climbing. The nation has recorded greater than 1,000 deaths day-after-day for the final two weeks.

04:10 GMT – Burberry to kick off first digital London Style Week

London Style Week is because of get underway afterward Thursday with a livestreamed present from the posh British model Burberry.

The present will likely be broadcast on-line at 12:00 GMT with Riccardo Tisci, its Italian designer, promising an uninhabited wilderness present in a collaboration with German artist Anne Imhof that has been described as a “radical assembly of trend and artwork”.

Round 80 designers will current their newest collections in the course of the six-day occasion, however solely a handful will stage the sort of bodily exhibits that in pre-COVID occasions drew hordes of trade insiders, celebrities and journalists from around the globe.

03:50 GMT – World’s greatest glovemaker to report file revenue

Malaysia’s Prime Glove is because of report file earnings afterward Thursday, due to a surge in gross sales on account of the coronavirus.

Analysts predict the corporate – the world’s greatest producer of rubber and nitrile gloves – to announce a revenue of no less than 1 billion Malaysian ringgit ($241 million) for the three months ended August 31, its fiscal fourth quarter.

Prime Glove is benefitting from increased costs and a surge in demand on account of the coronavirus, but it surely has additionally been criticised over its remedy of migrant staff. US customs imposed an import ban on its merchandise in July over compelled labour issues.

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A employee inspects disposable gloves on the Prime Glove manufacturing facility in Shah Alam close to the Malaysian capital. The corporate’s anticipated to report file earnings on Thursday due to COVID-19 demand [Mohd Rasfan/AFP]

03:40 GMT – Aid for Australian sport as NSW relaxes restrictions

Crowds of as many as 40,000 folks will quickly be capable to attend main sporting occasions in Sydney after the New South Wales authorities introduced a rest of coronavirus restrictions.

The brand new guidelines – permitting stadiums to be crammed to 50 % capability – come into impact on October 1 because the Nationwide Rugby League and Rugby Championship method the tip of their seasons. 

Stadium Australia, the sector constructed for the 2000 Olympics, will be capable to welcome 40,000 followers, the brand new Western Sydney Stadium in Parramatta 15,000 and the Sydney Cricket Floor 23,000.

Followers should put on facemasks going into the stadiums, however will be capable to take them off inside, the place they are going to be seated in “chequerboard” preparations to permit bodily distancing, the NSW authorities mentioned.

02:45 GMT – ‘Punched, hit, kicked, shoved, intentionally spat at’

New analysis exhibits holders of momentary visas in Australia suffered growing racist abuse after they have been overlooked of the federal government’s financial help schemes and Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned it was time to go residence.

In a survey of greater than 6,000 momentary visa holders, 1 / 4 mentioned that they had skilled racist abuse, and 1 / 4 reported folks avoiding them due to their look.

“Over 1,600 contributors described being focused with xeonphobic slurs, handled as if they have been contaminated with COVID as a result of they seemed Asian or haraassed for sporting a face masks,” mentioned Professor Bassina Farbenblum, an affiliate professor at UNSW Regulation, who labored on the examine with Laurie Berg, an affiliate professor at UTS Regulation. The 2 are co-directors of the Migrant Employee Justice Initiative. “Many reported that as a result of off their Asian look they have been punched, hit, kicked, shoved, intentionally spat at or coughed on by passers-by on the street and on public transport.”

Multiple million folks dwell in Australia on momentary visas together with worldwide college students, backpackers, and refugees. The survey discovered 70 % of respondents misplaced all or most of their work on account of the pandemic, with one in three worldwide college students anticipating their funds to expire by subsequent month.

02:15 GMT – Brazil’s Bolsonaro appoints common as new well being minister

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has apppointed a common with no expertise in well being because the nation’s new well being minister.

Common Eduardo Pazuello was given the job on a brief foundation 4 months in the past, however will now be made everlasting. He has been extra prepared to associate with Bolsonaro’s method to the pandemic than his predecessors, together with recommending medical doctors prescribe hydroxycholoroquine to deal with COVID-19 regardless of there being no proof of it being efficient.

Bolsonaro, who’s dismissed the virus as a “little flu”, brandished a field of the drug as Pazuello was sworn into workplace in Brasilia.  

Brazil Pazuello

Brazilian Military Common Eduardo Pazuello, who has no background in well being. has been extra prepared to associate with President Bolsonaro’s pandemic response than his predecessors [Sergio Lima/AFP]

01:35 GMT – Australia tensions rise over residents caught abroad

Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison says the variety of folks allowed into Australia will rise by 2,000 from subsequent Friday, in line with public broadcaster ABC.

The states, who should home the arrivals in lodge quarantine have but to provide their approval.

About 4,000 persons are presently allowed into Australia every week, however no less than 25,000 are stranded abroad due to the cap on arrivals. Many Australians additionally say they’ve been bumped from flights residence repeatedly.

00:30 GMT – New Zealand experiences file fall in GDP

New Zealand has simply launched financial knowledge for the second quarter when the nation was in lockdown, and it is not fairly.

The figures present gross home product shrank by 12.2 % in contrast with the earlier quarter, the largest drop on file. The nation is now in its worst recession since 2010.

00:00 GMT – Trump contradicts CDC chief over vaccine

US President Donald Trump has immediately contradicted Robert Redfield, the director of the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) over the timing of any coronavirus vaccine.

Whereas Redfield advised a US Senate committee a vaccine was unlikely to be prepared till mid to late 2021, Trump mentioned it will be a lot sooner and accused the CDC chief of creating a “mistake” and being “confused”. He advised the information convention a vaccine might be introduced as quickly as October. 

Trump has been pushing for a vaccine forward of the November election, elevating issues about security. Vaccine improvement often takes years, and there’s no assure of success. The method has been accelerated for the coronavirus and there are a variety of candidates presently in large-scale part three human trials, that are designed to check efficacy and security.

COVID-19 vaccine: Security issues as nations rush for cover


Hi there 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 (September 16) here.


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