• Melbourne appears to be on the right track to ease out of a strict lockdown and curfew from September 28, as the common variety of circumstances drops.
  • Some 29.4 million individuals world wide have been identified with COVID-19 and 931,454 individuals have died, in accordance with information from Johns Hopkins College. Almost 20 million individuals have recovered from the illness.

Listed below are the newest updates:

Wednesday, September 16

03:30 GMT – UN might meet on pandemic, in-person, earlier than year-end

The United Nations might maintain an in-person assembly of the Common Meeting New York as early as November to debate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting president Volkan Bozkir says discussions are persevering with with some international locations involved about assembly so quickly – particularly in america, the place the virus continues to unfold extensively.. 

Bozkir is eager to start out in-person UN conferences, which have taken place by way of video convention since March, as quickly as potential, saying such a summit ought to have occurred “in June.” 

02:55 GMT – Air New Zealand plans to fireside extra cabin crew

Air New Zealand plans to chop as many as 385 extra cabin crew jobs as a result of the coronavirus has compelled it to scale back worldwide routes.

The reductions would deliver its COVID-19 associated job losses to round 37 % of its workforce, which is increased than each Qantas and Singapore Airways.

in annoucing the choice, Air New Zealand famous the decline in demand on North American routes. It now operates return flights to Los Angeles 3 times every week reasonably than day by day and has transformed its San Francisco flights to cargo solely.

02:35 GMT – Japan commits $135m to WHO’s world vaccine programme

Japan has dedicated 17.2 billion yen ($165 million) in funds for the WHO’s world COVID-19 vaccine programme, often called COVAX.

The initiative is aimed toward serving to purchase and pretty distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to international locations world wide. However some international locations which have secured their very own provides by way of bilateral offers, together with america, have mentioned they won’t be part of.

Japan has additionally pursued impartial preparations with world pharmaceutical firms to safe vaccines, with the federal government pledging to have sufficient provide for the entire inhabitants by the primary half of 2021. The COVAX programme has set a Sept. 18 deadline for contributions.

02:30 GMT – Hong Kong wraps up mass testing programme

Hong Kong has wrapped up a mass testing programme that fuelled controversy due to the involvement of consultants from the mainland.

About 1.78 million specimens had been collected within the two-week train with 45 COVID-19 circumstances discovered because of the testing and related contact tracing, in accordance with the federal government.

The territory, which is house to about 7.5 million individuals, is to start enjoyable a few of its coronavirus curbs from Friday.

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Hong Kong’s mass testing programme for COVID-19 started on September 1 [Anthony Kwan/EPA]

02:20 GMT – China suspends poultry imports from second US plant

China has suspended imports from an OK Meals poultry plant in Arkansas, due to coronavirus circumstances amongst staff, in accordance with the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

It is the second US poultry manufacturing facility to be blocked due to an outbreak amongst staff. “We do not assume that both of these two are justified, particularly contemplating the truth that the virus can’t be transmitted in poultry meat,” mentioned Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

Chinese language customs authority GACC suspended imports from the OK Meals facility, he mentioned. The Arkansas plant grew to become ineligible to ship merchandise to China on Sepember 13, in accordance with the US Division of Agriculture.

02:00 GMT – Trump quizzed on COVID-19 response at election city corridor

US President Donald Trump has been questioned by voters on his coronavirus response at a city corridor assembly in Pennsylvania.

Requested by one uncommitted Pennsylvania voter why he had performed down a pandemic that was identified to hazard low-income households and minority communities, he claimed he had finished the other.

“I did not downplay it. In some ways I up performed it by way of motion,” Trump mentioned on the occasion, which was sponsored by ABC Information.

“You don’t admit to it your self?” the voter, Ajani Powell, interrrupted.

Trump continued, “Yeah, as a result of what I did is with China, I put a ban on. With Europe, I put a ban on and we’d have misplaced 1000’s of extra individuals had I not put the ban on. So, that was known as motion. Not with the mouth however in precise truth.”

He additionally mentioned a vaccine would in all probability be obtainable quickly. “We’re very near having a vaccine,” he advised the viewers. “We’re inside weeks of getting it might be three weeks, 4 weeks.”

Trump accused of taking part in down COVID-19 disaster in new guide

01:00 GMT – Victoria on the right track to ease Melbourne lockdown by month’s finish

Australia’s Victoria state appears to be on the right track to loosen up a strict lockdown within the metropolis of Melbourne by the tip of the month after the common variety of circumstances over the past two weeks dropped beneath 50, which is inside the goal vary for the state to ease restrictions from September 28.

The autumn in circumstances in latest days – 42 had been reported throughout the state on Wednesday – from early August’s triple-digit highs means some curbs will likely be eased in rural areas of the state late on Wednesday.

In these locations, out of doors gatherings of as much as 10 individuals will likely be permitted, residents of a family will likely be allowed to go to one different house, and cafes will be capable to seat as much as 50 individuals exterior.

00:00 GMT – Poorly-fitting masks enhance threat to well being staff who’re feminine or Asian: examine

A brand new examine has discovered feminine healthcare staff and medical employees with Asian heritage are extra susceptible to COVID-19 an infection as a result of they’re much less more likely to be utilizing face masks that match them correctly. 

The evaluation printed within the journal Anaesthesia checked out research into the evaluation of filtration masks just like the N95 and FFP2 fashions, that are utilized by medical staff in high-risk conditions.

Their evaluation checked out analysis that confirmed increased preliminary fit-pass charges in Caucasians (90 %) in contrast with Asians (84 %) and mentioned notably low preliminary fit-pass charges had been present in Asian ladies, with a reported common of simply 60 %.  

Within the US, the report mentioned authorities use a fit-test panel to evaluate the suitability of the N95 masks supplied to healthcare staff, however they famous that the facial dimensions represented by the panel had been primarily based on a bunch of individuals during which ladies and Asians had been “underrepresented”.  

In lots of international locations world wide, ladies make up at the least three-quarters of all healthcare employees. The authors mentioned that to make sure a masks just isn’t liable to leak, it must adequately match the face form of the wearer, including that match seems to be extra necessary for cover from airborne viral unfold than the filtration capability of the masks itself.  

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Feminine medical staff and folks of Asian origin are extra in danger from COVID-19 as a result of their masks are much less more likely to match correctly, in accordance with a brand new examine [File: David Crosling/EPA]


Hey 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 15) here.


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