- The Asian Development Bank says that economies in ‘developing Asia’ will contract up to 0.7 percent in 2020, the first contraction in nearly six decades.
- The southwestern Chinese city of Ruili has been closed after two Myanmar nationals were detected with the virus after testing for COVID-19 to all 200,000 residents.
- According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 29 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with coronovirus and 927,245 people have died. Has recovered around 20 million.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, September 15
04:55 GMT – Top events of badminton postponed due to COVID-19
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) says that T.His year’s Thomas and Uber Cup finals in Denmark have been postponed until 2021.
South Korea and Indonesia pulled out of the biennial championships on Saturday, which included Australia, Taiwan and Thailand.
The finals were originally scheduled for May but were postponed until August due to COVID-19 and then October.
The federation said in a statement, “These are the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in and the return to international badminton remains a priority for the BWF, the health and safety of the entire badminton community is of the utmost importance.”
04:50 GMT – Secondary schools, colleges reopening in Pakistan
Universities, colleges and secondary schools will reopen in Pakistan for the first time in six months on Tuesday.
This is the first phase of the plan to resume the country’s education, and tThere will be strict protocols to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
Pakistan on Monday registered 404 new cases of coronovirus and six deaths occurred.
04:30 GMT – Hong Kong’s Lum claims success with mass testing
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has described the field’s large-scale screening for COVID-19 as a success, even though a population of less than 7.5 million has participated.
“1.78 million volunteered to participate in a large-scale trial program, a very good result,” Lam said, adding that according to public broadcaster RTHK, adding the tests would allow officials to identify asymptomatic cases and their Will help in curing the response to the epidemic.
“Now with a relatively low rate – I think this rate is probably two cases per 100,000 situation – that provides a very good epidemiological picture happening in Hong Kong.”
|Hong Kong launches COVID-19 trial campaign despite boycott call|
04:05 GMT – Main opposition party wants Myanmar election postponed
The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), Myanmar’s main opposition party and several smaller parties have called for the postponement of the election in November to be followed by an upsurge in coronovirus cases.
The parties say coronovirus restrictions have led to the election campaign, which began last week, giving an unfair advantage to the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD).
Myanmar has confirmed more than 3,000 cases of coronovirus and 32 deaths following a sudden resurgence in the epidemic in the middle of last month.
03:40 GMT – COVID-19 Healthy food in China increases plant-based foods
Chinese companies are betting on a brighter future for plant-based ‘meat’ products as people take their health more seriously in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic and other health scares.
Beijing-based startup Zenmeat, whose products include plant-based meatballs, steak, pork loin, crayfish and dumplings, is one of several small Chinese companies to enter the market, and its ‘meatballs’ – which are made from peas and soy protein Made – now available on a trial basis at the Beijing store of Chinese hot-pot chain Hope Tree.
Vince Lu, founder and CEO of GenMiet, told the Reuters news agency that sales had increased significantly since June.
Ben Cavender, director of the China Market Research Group, says taste is the key to the future of the plant-based meat market. “When we interview consumers, they say they are ready to try these products once.” “But the big question is how do they like it? Do they see how they can fit it into their diet on a daily basis, whether it’s cooking at home or in a restaurant? But if they like it If they do, they will keep buying. ”
03:20 GMT – China’s vaccines may be ready in early November: official
An official from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told state television that C.The oronavirus is developing a vaccine in the country that may be ready for use by the general public in early November.
Phase 3 clinical trials were progressing smoothly and vaccines may be ready for the general public in November or December, CDC chief biosecurity expert Guizhen Wu said in an interview with State TV late Monday.
Wu himself took an experimental vaccine in April and She said that she has not experienced any unusual symptoms, but has Not specified which vaccine she was referring to. Four vaccines are in the final stages of clinical trials in China, and at least three have already been offered to workers required under an emergency use program launched in July.
|COVID-19 vaccine: rush to treat countries as safety concerns|
02:30 GMT – Asia’s economies to contract for the first time since the 60s in 2020
According to the Asian Development Bank, developing Asian economies in Asia – from the Cook Islands in the Pacific to Kazakhstan – are expected to contract for the first time in 2020 in nearly six decades, leaving tens of millions of people in poverty.
The bank said a 0.7 percent decline in GDP was compared with ADB’s previous estimate of 0.1 percent growth, and “the first regional GDP contraction since the early 1960s”.
The ADB says the area should return to growth in 2021, expanding 6.8 percent, but coronavirus will be significant.
शुरुआत Asia’s economies will contract for the first time since the beginning of 1960.
/ This recession is broad-based of the region – 3/4 of the region’s economies rather than contracts. Exception China.
. Recovery to resume next year.
For full report and more information go to / https://t.co/9QlMNY7upu pic.twitter.com/NdSxCkxg8M
– Asian Development Bank (@ADB_HQ) September 15, 2020
02:20 GMT – South Korea to secure vaccines for 60 percent of the population
South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Si-kuen says the country plans to secure a supply of coronavirus for 30 million people or 60 percent of the country’s population.
02:15 GMT – US official scientists accused of ‘treason’: New York Times
According to the New York Times, the top communications officer in the US department to deal with the epidemic told its followers in a Facebook live session that government scientists were embroiled in “treason”.
Michael Caputo, assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), claimed, without evidence, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined to undermine President Donald Trump upset the “resistance unit” It was, the newspaper said.
Caputo is a former adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign.
Scientists suggest that plotting ‘treason’ is a bit like claiming @FortniteGame to be taken by otters
– Bill Haines (@BillHanage) September 15, 2020
01:15 GMT – Test rate positivity down in California
According to a Los Angeles Times report, only 3.5 percent of COVID-19 trials in California have returned positively in the past seven days, as it is the lowest rate in the state.
The newspaper says its analysis of the data also shows the lowest confirmed hospitalizations since mid-June and the lowest since early April.
00:15 GMT – Judge Pennsylvania ban ‘unconstitutional’ in US rules
A federal judge in Pennsylvania, United States, has ruled that the lockdown measures imposed in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are “unconstitutional”.
The measures, including the closure of businesses and a limit on the size of the gatherings, were challenged in court by several Republican lawmakers and small business owners, who argued that the sanctions put their enterprises at risk.
Judge William Stickman ruled in his favor and said that even though the state governor acted with “good intentions to address a public health emergency”, he did not have the right to violate the basic freedoms of citizens.
The judge wrote, “There is no question that this country has faced, and all kinds of emergencies will have to be faced.” “But the solution to a national crisis can never be allowed to affect a commitment to personal freedom that stands as the foundation of American experimentation.”
00:00 GMT – Border city in southwest of China to start mass testing
The Chinese city of Ruili, which is located on the border with Myanmar, will begin nucleic acid testing of all residents on Sunday after two people discovered COVID-19.
According to state broadcaster CGTN, both patients are from Myanmar and have illegally entered China. He has been isolated at the hospital along with five others. Some 190 close contacts of the two have also been put in isolation.
A citywide lockout has been done in Ruili and all residents have asked to stay at home.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronovirus epidemic. I am Kate Mayberry In Kuala Lumpur.
Read all the updates from yesterday (14 September) here.