COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Tuesday morning

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Nearly 16.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and nearly 652,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Some 9.5 million patients have recovered.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine trial got under way on Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the United States government along with pharmaceutical company Moderna.

2. The World Health Organization says travel bans cannot be kept up indefinitely, and are also only useful when combined with a wide range of other measures to detect and break chains of transmission.

3. The United Nations says disruptions to food supplies as a result of the pandemic put millions more children at risk of stunting.

4. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has cut short an interstate tour because of what he says is a “very complex” outbreak of coronavirus in nursing homes in the southern city of Melbourne.

5. Vietnam has suspended all flights in and out of the central city of Danang after a sudden spike in coronavirus cases there.

Flights will be suspended for 15 days, and train services have also been halted. The Danang cases are the first community infections since April.

6. Mainland China has reported 68 new cases of coroavirus, with 64 of them locally transmitted. 57 of the local cases were diagnosed in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to state media.

No deaths from COVID-19 were reported anywhere in the country.

7. The Australian state of Victoria has reported 384 new cases of coronavirus and six deaths in the past 24 hours.

8. Peru says more than 900 girls and women are feared to have died as a result of domestic violence during the country’s extended coronavirus lockdown.

“During the quarantine from March 16 to June 30, 915 women in Peru were reported missing,” and feared dead, Elionar Revollar, the head of the women’s rights office of the National Ombudsman was quoted as saying by AFP.

9. US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Senate Republicans will shortly introduce a new coronavirus relief programme to address health, economic assistance and schools.

10. Lebanon has reimposed severe COVID-19 restrictions for the next two weeks, shutting places of worship, cinemas, bars, nightclubs, sports events and popular markets, after a sharp rise in infections.

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