Thailand plans vaccine trials; Australian cases: virus update

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Thailand plans to begin human testing for a possible locally developed Covid-19 vaccine in early September, after encouraging results in both monkeys and mice, making it one of the first to be conducted outside of high-income countries.

The Australian state of Victoria recorded 273 new cases and one death in the past 24 hours, and schools in Melbourne have prepared for remote learning again. Mexico reported 539 deaths related to the virus on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 34,730, the fifth highest in the world. China said it found seven other Covid-19 infections on July 11.

Veteran Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan was admitted to a Mumbai hospital for Covid-19, the latest celebrity to contract the virus. The South Asian country added 27,114 new cases in the last day, highlighting the fight to curb an account that now only follows the United States and Brazil.

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Thailand to start human vaccine trials (12:13 pm HK)

The first stage of Thai clinical trials will enroll some 100 volunteers separated into two groups, one for people aged 18-60 and the other for people aged 60-80, Kiat Ruxrungtham, Principal Investigator of the University Center of Vaccine Excellence from Chulalongkorn. Research and Development said in a briefing on Sunday in Bangkok. The second stage, which will probably begin in December, will involve 500 to 1,000 people. If the tests are successful, Thailand could have its vaccine by the second half of 2021, Kiat said. Globally, 160 vaccines for Covid-19 are being studied, of which 21 are in the clinical evaluation stage, according to the World Health Organization.

Toyota will restart all factories worldwide (12:03 pm HK)

Toyota Motor Corp. will reopen its Venezuelan plant on Monday, which means all factories in South America will be operational, spokesman Kensuke Ko said. The automaker had already opened all its plants in Japan, North America and Europe, he said. Starting in February, Toyota halted production in many countries, starting with China, as the coronavirus spread rapidly around the world.

Okinawa Governor demands tougher measures after Marines are infected (11:23 am HK)

The Japanese island governor has sought tougher measures and more transparency from a senior US military commander after officials were informed that more than 60 Marines at two US bases have been infected in the past few days, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Melbourne students will return to remote learning (11:01 am HK)

Most students in Australia’s second largest city will return to remote learning as officials grapple with coronavirus outbreaks. All tenth-grade students in government schools will relearn from home from July 20 through at least August 19, Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said at a press conference on Sunday. . Melbourne is in the midst of a six-week blockade that was imposed to help curb a growing count of infections.

The Victoria State of Australia handles additional cases (9:16 am HK)

The second most populous state in the country, facing an worsening outbreak, found 273 new infections in the past 24 hours. Australia had had early success in squashing the curve of virus infections by closing its international border, quarantining arrivals, social distancing measures and an extensive testing and tracking regime. But a mix of complacency, easing restrictions and missteps in Victoria’s quarantine program, has seen a new outbreak that led Melbourne to a six-week lockdown.

South Korea reports more infections (9:13 am HK)

South Korea reported 44 more cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, bringing the total to 13,417, according to data from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An additional death was reported, totaling 289. Among the new infections, 23 were imported.

Japan’s Virus Chief says the country needs to be on high alert (8:34 am HK)

Japan’s virus tsar, Yasutoshi Nishimura, who also serves as the nation’s economy minister, said the number of cases with unclear transmission routes is increasing, depleting public health care resources. He did not say whether the current situation warrants another emergency declaration. The country has seen an increase in cases in the past few days, with Tokyo reporting more than 200 infections a day in the past three days.

Increase in cases in Mexico (8:23 am HK)

Mexico reported 6,094 new Covid-19 cases and 539 deaths on Saturday, bringing the number of cases to 295,268 and the number of deaths to 34,730, the fifth highest in the world, according to data published by the Ministry of Health. The new cases hit records this week, and officials reported more than 7,000 for the first time on Thursday.

Brazil reports 39,023 new cases (6:40 am HK)

The total number of cases in Brazil, which has the highest number of infections and deaths after the US, reached 1,839,850, according to the press office of the Ministry of Health. Another 1,071 deaths were reported, for a total of 71,469.

Utah Mormons ask worshipers to wear masks (6:30 am HK)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah sent an email to worshipers asking them to wear masks as cases in the state continue to rise, the Deseret News reported.

“Join us now with a common purpose for the blessing and benefit of all,” read an email, noting that the state reached a record number of cases daily on Friday of 867.

As of Saturday, the state reported a total of 28,223 cases and 207 deaths, according to Bloomberg and Johns Hopkins University.

Trump wears a mask on a visit to the hospital (5:45 pm NY)

President Trump wore a mask during a scheduled visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The event was the first public photo opportunity in which he appeared in a mask since the outbreak began. It was intended to meet combat veterans and health workers.

Despite repeated calls to do so, even from members of his own party, Trump has stubbornly refused to wear a mask, defying official guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health experts.

UK plans to expand mask rules, timing reports (5:35 pm NY)

The UK government will make the masks mandatory in stores and other undisclosed closed locations, the Times reported. Masks are currently mandatory on public transportation, but so far Boris Johnson has promised to be “stricter” in its use.

Scotland has already made it mandatory to cover faces in stores.

Cases in the US Increased 2.3% per record (4:02 pm NY)

New infections in the US rose by a record 71,389 from a day earlier to 3,215,861 million, up 2.3% and beating the daily average of 1.9% in the previous seven days, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and Johns Hopkins University.

Deadly Outbreak at LA Apparel (3:45 pm NY)

A virus outbreak at Los Angeles Apparel has infected 300 people and caused four virus-related deaths, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing county officials.

County officials found “blatant violations” at the public health check, the newspaper reported. The company, started by ousted American Apparel founder Dov Charney, is now making face masks to fight the virus.

Disney opens Florida theme parks (3:26 pm NY)

Disney opened its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on Saturday, after a four-month shutdown and despite criticism that it did so as virus cases increase in Florida.

Josh D’Amaro, president of the Walt Disney Co. theme parks, said he was satisfied with the booking trends. The park is opening with virus-related security protocols, including door temperature controls and mandatory use of masks by guests and employees inside.

“This is the new world we are operating in and we feel we have a way of operating in that new world,” said D’Amaro. Epcot Parks and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will return on Wednesday.

Increase in cases and deaths in the UK (3:20 pm NY)

The UK reported 820 new cases of the virus, up from 512 the previous day. Deaths increased by 148, 48 more than the previous day. The nation now has 289,678 total cases and 44,883 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Bollywood veteran hospitalized (1:40 pm NY)

Veteran Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan was admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai after contracting the virus.

Bachchan, 77, shared the information on his social media, sparking a wave of well-being wishes from fans around the world. He asked anyone who has been near him in the last 10 days to be tested. The Mint newspaper said the actor’s condition is reported to be stable with mild symptoms. Bachchan’s son also tested positive and is in hospital, according to the newspaper.

Italy reports fewer deaths and cases (11:15 am NY)

Italy, which has the deadliest Covid-19 outbreak in the European Union, reported 188 new cases on Saturday, down from 276 the previous day and in line with the seven-day average, data from the Ministry of Health showed. . The new deaths decreased to seven from 12 on Friday, bringing the total to 34,945. Italy had a one-day high of 6,557 new infections on March 21.

Stylized Plasma Shot, Scientists Say LA Times (10am NY)

Scientists say an injection into the upper arm using the antibody-rich blood plasma from Covid-19 survivors could inoculate people against the virus for months, but federal officials and companies are not enthusiastic about the proposal. , according to the Los Angeles Times.

The dispute is about the moment, rather than the promise of the idea. Plasma-based therapies should focus on treating people who are already sick, not prevention, federal health officials and industry groups told the newspaper.

Anthony Fauci said the idea is an “attractive concept,” but scientists must first demonstrate that it is effective for current patients. Companies are reluctant to invest in a product that could soon be replaced by a vaccine, advocates of LAT immunity vaccines said.

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