Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
* A mass roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine in Britain could be finished in as little as three months, The Times reported, citing government scientists.
* Clinical trials of AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine have resumed in Japan, while discussions with US authorities continue.
* Venezuela has received a shipment of the Russian-made Sputnik-V vaccine, its vice president said.
* Mainland China reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday (October 2), the same as a day earlier, the health authority said on Saturday (October 3). The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 85,434, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.
* US President Donald Trump was in a military hospital on Saturday for treatment after testing positive for COVID-19. Trump will work in a special suite at the hospital for the next few days as a precautionary measure, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
* The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported 7,260,465 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 47,046 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 900 to 207,302.
* India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating. Total deaths rose to 100,842, the health ministry said, while the tally of infections climbed to 6.47 million after a daily increase in cases of 79,476. India now has the highest rate of daily increase in infections in the world.
* Brazil registered 708 additional coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 33,431 new cases, the nation’s health ministry said in a statement on Friday evening. The South American country has now registered 4,880,523 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 145,388 deaths, second only to the United States.
* Russia reported 9,859 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest number of daily infections since May 15, when the outbreak was at its peak. Russia’s coronavirus crisis centre said that 174 coronavirus deaths had been confirmed in the last 24 hours, which took the official national death toll to 21,251.
* Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 753,090 on Friday, according to updated data from the health ministry, along with a total reported death toll of 78,492. Authorities reported 4,775 new cases and 414 deaths on Friday, but the true figures are likely significantly higher due to little testing.
* The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday reported 2,674 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase in five days, and 62 additional deaths. In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases in the Philippines have increased to 319,330, the highest in Southeast Asia, while deaths have reached 5,678, a third of which were recorded in the past 30 days.
* Singapore reported on Saturday new coronavirus cases in the single digits for the first time since March. The city-state, which has seen cases fall sharply in recent months as it has brought outbreaks in migrant worker dormitories under control, said it had discovered just six new cases.
* The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 2,563 to 296,958, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Saturday. The reported death toll rose by 19 to 9,527, the tally showed.
* Canada will maintain restrictions on non-essential travel with the United States, while the country’s most populous provinces, Ontario and Quebec, are taking targeted measures to avoid broad-based lockdowns.
* Northumbria University, in northeast England, has been hit by a mass outbreak with at least 770 students testing positive for the virus.
* Police in Australia’s coronavirus hotspot state of Victoria stepped up patrolling on Saturday as hundreds of people in the city of Melbourne breached stringent lockdown restrictions and flocked to beaches on the warmest weekend in months. Under the restrictions, nearly five million people in Melbourne, Victoria’s capital, may exercise or socialise outdoors for a maximum of two hours a day, but must stay close to home. People must wear masks in public places. Fines for not wearing masks reach AUD200 (US$143) and for breaching public health orders are more than AUD1,600.
* Early voting began in New Zealand on Friday with Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern seen securing a second term in office on the back of her success in handling the coronavirus pandemic and other crises. Voters can head to the polls with about 450 advance polling stations opened across the country in the lead-up to election day on Oct. 17. Preliminary results will be announced on Oct 17.
* Tropical Storm Gamma formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday and was headed for Mexico’s Yucatan, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The tropical storm was located about 135 miles (220 km) South-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, packing maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster added.
* Israel’s tourism minister resigned in protest at a new law that curbed demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu has been facing protests over his handling of the coronavirus crisis and allegations of corruption, which he denies.
* Sudan’s power-sharing government and several rebel groups are due to formalise a peace agreement on Saturday aimed at resolving decades of regional conflicts which left millions displaced and hundreds of thousands dead. Three major groups signed a preliminary deal in August – two factions from the western region of Darfur and one from the southern region – after months of peace talks hosted by neighbouring South Sudan.