LONDON — The British authorities says it gained’t be utilizing 50 million face masks it purchased throughout a scramble to safe protecting tools for medics on the top of the coronavirus outbreak due to security issues.

The masks have been a part of a 252 million pound ($332 million) contract the federal government signed with funding agency Ayanda Capital in April. Papers filed in a court docket case reveal that the masks is not going to be distributed as a result of they’ve ear loops quite than head loops and should not match tightly sufficient.

The federal government says one other 150 million masks provided by Ayanda are unaffected however are nonetheless being examined.

The papers are a part of a lawsuit towards the Conservative authorities by campaigning teams the Good Regulation Mission and EveryDoctor.

Because the coronavirus outbreak accelerated throughout the U.Ok. in March, it grew to become clear that the nation lacked enough stockpiles of masks, gloves, robes and different protecting gear for well being care employees and nursing residence workers. That sparked a race to purchase billions of items of kit from suppliers within the U.Ok. and overseas.

Opposition events are calling for an pressing investigation into the way in which private protecting tools was acquired.



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JOHANNESBURG — As Africa’s confirmed coronavirus instances close to 1 million, the director of the Africa Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention warns that “we can not in any respect train fatigue” within the pandemic response.

John Nkengasong spoke to reporters because the continent’s instances at the moment are at greater than 992,000. Greater than half are in South Africa.

Africa has seen an 11% improve in instances up to now week, decrease than in current weeks, however Nkengasong says that whereas it’s tempting to see a lower, the numbers should be noticed over a number of weeks to find out the true development of infections on the continent of 1.Three billion folks.

5 nations account for 75% of instances: South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana and Algeria.

The low charge of testing stays a priority, however Nkengasong says that if nations do the fitting issues “we’ve a very good probability of beating again this pandemic.” He says the CDC is carefully watching nations together with Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan as instances climb.


BERLIN — Germany’s well being minister says authorities would require folks arriving from a lot of nations deemed high-risk to take coronavirus exams beginning on Saturday.

German officers have voiced alarm over a gradual upward creep within the variety of new infections over current weeks. The nationwide illness management heart on Wednesday recorded greater than 1,000 instances in a day for the primary time in three months.

As college holidays finish, the federal government is eager to maintain tabs on probably contaminated vacationers coming into the nation. Final Saturday, it began providing free exams for folks returning to the nation.

Individuals coming into Germany from nations deemed high-risk — most of them outdoors Europe — are at the moment required to quarantine for 14 days except they’ll current a unfavourable take a look at outcome not more than two days previous.

Well being Minister Jens Spahn mentioned that beginning on Saturday, arrivals from these nations can be obliged to take a take a look at — except they carry a brand new take a look at outcome with them.


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines reported 3,561 new coronavirus instances Thursday, overtaking Indonesia with essentially the most infections in Southeast Asia, as Manila plunged right into a recession.

The newest leap brings confirmed instances to 119,460, together with 2,150 deaths. Indonesia reported a complete of 118,753 confirmed infections as of Thursday, with 5,521 deaths.

The financial system slumped by 16.5% within the second quarter within the worst contraction on document in many years that prompted the Philippines to slide right into a recession.

The stagnant financial system has begun to rebound barely after President Rodrigo Duterte eased a three-month lockdown in June. However he put the capital and outlying provinces of greater than 25 million folks again below a two-week reasonable lockdown Tuesday, after medical teams warned the well being care system was being overwhelmed and will collapse.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque says, “I’ll be trustworthy with you, the financial system can not face up to a for much longer lockdown.”


COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The variety of folks on a Norwegian cruise ship who’ve examined optimistic for the coronavirus has reached 53.

Following the outbreak on the MS Roald Amundsen, the ship’s proprietor halted all cruises on Monday and Norway closed its ports to cruise ships for 2 weeks.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Well being mentioned that in its two journeys final month, a complete of 37 crew members and 16 passengers have examined optimistic. The passengers all registered as dwelling in Norway.

The cruise liner typically acts like a neighborhood ferry, touring from port to port alongside Norway’s west coast. Some passengers disembarked alongside the route and authorities worry they could have unfold the virus to native communities.

Within the Arctic harbor of Bodoe, the crew and passengers on the cruise ship Seadream 1 all examined unfavourable for the virus. The exams have been made “in an abundance of warning,” based on Norway-based firm that owns the ship, SeaDream Yacht Membership.

The ship was put in quarantine after an individual from Denmark examined optimistic on Tuesday upon returning residence. The vessel arrived in Bodoe early Wednesday.


KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal has reimposed some restrictions, shutting down accommodations and eating places and proscribing journey due to the rising variety of coronavirus instances.

The Dwelling Ministry assertion says all gatherings are prohibited and motion of individuals and autos solely allowed in the course of the evening.

Within the districts with excessive numbers of instances, autos can be allowed on the streets on alternating days by even-odd license plates.

Nepal’s lockdown imposed in March lasted for 120 days. The nation has had 21,390 instances and 60 deaths, together with 81 infections and two fatalities on Wednesday.


HANOI, Vietnam — A well being official says Vietnam’s COVID-19 outbreak might peak within the coming 10 days because the nation reported one other demise and scores of latest infections.

Deputy Well being Minister Nguyen Truong Son, who’s in sizzling spot Da Nang to supervise the battle towards the virus, says new infections have been discovered daily and “due to this fact, we’ve to proceed retaining guard up.”

To deal with a rise in virus sufferers, Da Nang accomplished a 700-bed makeshift hospital on Wednesday. The hospital, transformed from a sports activities auditorium, has a most capability of three,000 beds.

A 67-year-old lady grew to become Vietnam’s ninth fatality. She had suffered from different well being issues.

Because the outbreak returned to Vietnam two weeks in the past after greater than three months, 270 native infections have been confirmed, most of them traced to a cluster of hospitals in Da Nang. Among the many new instances are six in a high-tech industrial park within the metropolis.

The virus has since unfold to 11 provinces and municipalities, together with the most important cities of Ho Chi Minh with eight instances and Hanoi with three.

Amongst measures to curb the outbreak, the federal government is encouraging using a wise telephone app that alerts purchasers if they’d come into contact with an individual who examined optimistic.


BERLIN — Germany’s nationwide illness management heart has registered the best variety of new coronavirus infections in a day for 3 months.

The Robert Koch Institute says 1,045 instances have been recorded on Wednesday. It was the primary time since Could 7 that it has counted greater than 1,000 instances in a day. It’s nonetheless far in need of early April’s peak of greater than 6,000.

Whereas day by day numbers are risky, the determine matches right into a sample of latest instances edging increased over current weeks as authorities cope with numerous small outbreaks in several components of the nation.

The illness management heart’s day by day report repeated its evaluation that “this growth could be very disturbing.” Officers final week pleaded with Germans to respect mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines.

Germany’s COVID-19 response to this point is extensively considered comparatively profitable. The Robert Koch Institute has recorded 9,175 deaths from over 213,000 confirmed instances — a decrease demise charge than in lots of comparable nations.


NEW DELHI — India has recorded the most important single-day fatalities of 904 up to now 24 hours as recent coronavirus infections surged by one other 56,282 instances to achieve practically 2 million.

The Well being Ministry says the whole fatalities touched 40,699. India has recorded 20,000 deaths up to now 30 days.

The ministry additionally mentioned the restoration charge has improved to 67% from 63% over the past 14 days. Practically 600,000 sufferers are nonetheless present process remedy.

The case fatality charge stands at 2.09%.

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are the worst-hit Indian states.


MELBOURNE, Australia — The premier of Australia’s sizzling spot Victoria state has urged residents to not panic-buy as he introduced reductions in meat productions.

The state capital Melbourne started its first full day of robust lockdown restrictions on Thursday as Victoria posted 471 new COVID-19 infections and eight deaths.

Premier Daniel Andrews says beef, lamb and pork manufacturing can be diminished by one third from late Friday due to the virus transmission dangers in abattoirs and meat processing vegetation.

Poultry manufacturing can be diminished by 20%.

He says the measures are designed to drive right down to the bottom doable numbers of employees to with out on the similar time delivering a scarcity of merchandise.

Andrews says there was no want for buyers to stockpile, as has occurred spasmodically and to numerous extents throughout Melbourne’s first and second lockdowns.

He says, “Chances are you’ll not essentially have the ability to get precisely the reduce of meat that you really want, however you’ll get what you want and you’ll get all of the merchandise which are, mainly, basically essential to you.”


TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has introduced a regional “state of emergency” searching for to curb the coronavirus.

Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday requested companies to shut altogether or shut early and urged folks to remain residence at evening.

The measures proceed by means of Aug. 24, a interval that coincides with the Obon holidays, when colleges and lots of corporations shut. Aichi consists of Nagoya, which is residence to Toyota Motor Corp.’s headquarters.

The governor says confirmed coronavirus instances have been rising in Aichi since mid-July at 100 or extra a day. Earlier than that, day by day instances had been zero for prolonged intervals.

Japan’s nationwide authorities in April referred to as for social distancing and enterprise closings, although these measures have been regularly lifted. Japan has had practically 42,700 confirmed coronavirus instances and about 1,000 deaths.


BEIJING — New COVID-19 instances in China’s northwestern metropolis of Urumqi have proven a slight rise, with 27 reported Thursday, 5 greater than the day earlier than.

The uptick within the Xinjiang area reveals authorities are nonetheless battling to finish nation’s newest main outbreak that appeared round three weeks in the past. Officers have responded with stiff management measures, together with locking down some residential neighborhoods, limiting public transport and proscribing journey outdoors town.

Urumqi is the capital and largest metropolis in Xinjiang, which has reported greater than 600 coronavirus instances however no deaths.

With no new deaths, China’s whole stays at 4,634, amongst 84,528 confirmed instances recorded because the coronavirus was first detected within the central Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan late final 12 months.


MEXICO CITY — Mexico is nearing 50,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.

The federal Well being Division reported 829 newly confirmed deaths Wednesday, giving the nation a complete of 49,698 such deaths. That’s the third highest variety of pandemic deaths on this planet.

Officers mentioned Mexico’s variety of confirmed infections rose by 6,139 to 449,961.

Authorities acknowledge Mexico’s actual variety of deaths might be a lot increased, partly as a result of it has finished so little testing. Solely about 1 million exams have been carried out within the nation of virtually 130 million folks because the pandemic started.


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is defending college reopenings within the face of mounting experiences of scholars and schooling workers testing optimistic for the coronavirus since returning to courses.

Field mentioned Wednesday that she “proceed(s) to imagine that our colleges can safely reopen.” She says improved testing and hospital capability are added safeguards for returning college students for in-person studying.

The governor provides that her largest advice to college students and households is to know when to remain at residence.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas state authorities is requiring public colleges to remain open 5 days per week when courses resume this month, complicating efforts by some districts to restrict on-site instruction due to the coronavirus.

Schooling Secretary Johnny Key issued the steering to colleges Wednesday because the state reported 912 new confirmed virus instances and 18 extra deaths.

The state’s steering says colleges should be open all 5 weekdays to adjust to the state structure. Some districts had deliberate to restrict on-site instruction and use distant studying on the times that colleges weren’t open.

Arkansas’ public colleges are set to reopen the week of Aug. 24.


OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says colleges within the a lot of the state ought to strongly contemplate online-only studying for college students this fall as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Inslee additionally urged Wednesday that they cancel or postpone sports activities and all different in-person extracurricular actions.

Well being consultants say the virus continues to be spreading too extensively within the state, which noticed the nation’s first confirmed virus case in late January. Since then, Washington has recorded greater than 59,000 confirmed coronavirus instances and greater than 1,600 deaths.


MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont officers say practically 150 Vermont inmates housed in a Mississippi jail have examined optimistic for the coronavirus.

Vermont homes 219 inmates on the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, Mississippi, due to a scarcity of capability in its personal prisons.

Late in July, six inmates who have been returned to Vermont from the personal Mississippi jail examined optimistic after they arrived on the Rutland correctional facility. That prompted Vermont’s Corrections Division to order that the remaining Vermont inmates in Mississippi be examined.

Interim Vermont Corrections Commissioner James Baker says there have been 147 optimistic exams, 62 unfavourable ones, two exams which are pending and eight inmates refused to be examined.


UNITED NATIONS — The US and 7 European nations are calling on Russia to withdraw its forces from the Abkhazia and South Ossetia areas in Georgia and permit medical evacuations and help deliveries in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

The eight nations mentioned after a closed U.N. Safety Council session Wednesday that Russia’s presence additional divides communities and places in danger “the well being and lives of the conflict-affected inhabitants” in the course of the pandemic.

Deputy Russian Ambassador U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky tweeted that the assertion is “solely a fiction.”

Georgia made a botched try and regain management of its breakaway province of South Ossetia in 2008, setting off a brief warfare with Russia. Moscow then acknowledged the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and arrange army bases there.