TOKYO – Tokyo confirmed about 130 new cases of infections of the coronavirus on Saturday, a third consecutive day with more than 100 new cases, public broadcaster NHK reported. Cases in Tokyo have risen to a two-month high, driven by the spread of the virus in the capital’s night spots. Tokyo on Friday reported 124 new cases, up from 107 the day before, partly due to increased testing among night life workers in the Shinjuku…"Tokyo new coronavirus infections over 100 for third day, NHK says"
SAO PAULO – Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Friday approved clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac, according to an official gazette publication. The study – first announced on June 11 – is led by Instituto Butantan, a research center funded by the state of Sao Paulo. The agreement with Sinovac includes not only trials but also the transference of technology to produce the potential vaccine locally. On June 29, Sao…"Brazil health regulator Anvisa allows Chinese COVID-19 vaccine trial"
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 6,740 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 654 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 245,251 cases and 29,843 deaths. The number of new cases was just one less than the record number reported on Thursday. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases."Mexico registers 6,740 more coronavirus infections, 654 new deaths"
SAO PAULO – Brazil was set to pass 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, as the virus continues to ravage Latin America’s largest country even as cities reopen bars, restaurants and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising. Brazil has the world’s second largest outbreak after the United States and the virus has killed over 60,000 people in the country. In Rio de Janeiro, crowds gathered to drink on the sidewalk of an upscale…"Brazil set to pass 1.5 million coronavirus cases, cities reopen anyway"
LONDON – The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus rose by 137 to 44,131, government figures showed on Friday. The total included a revision for one death which had previously been counted twice."UK death toll from confirmed cases rises to 44,131, up 137"
BUENOS AIRES – People who recovered from coronavirus infections in Argentina have volunteered to donate plasma as part of a national clinical trial to test its effectiveness as a treatment for patients who are still sick with COVID-19. Recovered people came to centers across the country to donate, even as winter settles on the South American nation, bringing cold temperatures and rainy weather. “It doesn’t cost a thing and you know you can do good,…"Recovered COVID-19 patients donate plasma for treatment in Argentina"
MADRID – Spanish Economy Minister Nadia Calvino said on Friday that all the debt issued by the European Union to help its member states deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will eventually be paid back. The debt will be sustainable as it will finance projects to help the EU resume the economic growth that was interrupted by the coronavirus crisis, she said in a virtual panel held by French think tank Cercle des…"Spanish minister says all EU COVID-19 debt will be repaid"
LONDON/MUMBAI ( Breakingviews) – Corona Capital is a daily column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. LATEST – UK quarantine – Opaque British bailout – Indian drugmakers BONKERS NO MORE. Britain is finally scrapping its poorly conceived 14-day quarantine rule for most new arrivals. The relaxation means people arriving in England from more than 50 countries will no longer have to worry about self-isolating for two…"Breakingviews – Corona Capital: Quarantines, UK bailout, Drugs"
MANILA – The Philippines’ health ministry on Friday reported six additional novel coronavirus deaths and 1,531 more infections, its largest single-day increase in confirmed cases. In a bulletin, the ministry said total cases have risen to 40,336 while deaths have reached 1,280. The previous high was 1,150 cases reported on June 23."Philippines reports 1,531 new coronavirus cases, largest single-day increase"
JAKARTA – Indonesia reported 1,301 new coronavirus infections on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 60,695, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said. Yurianto also reported 49 new coronavirus deaths, taking total fatalities to 3,036, while he said 27,568 people have recovered from the virus. (This story corrects headline to 1,301)"Indonesia reports 1,301 new coronavirus cases, 49 deaths"