COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Tuesday morning

More than 23.6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and 15.2 million have recovered. More than 811,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. US top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci has warned about the risks of rushing out a coronavirus vaccine before it is proved to be effective.

2. Champion sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus days after celebrating his 34th birthday with a big – unmasked – party.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist and world record holder over 100 and 200 metres earlier posted a video of himself on Twitter saying he’d taken a test and was in quarantine.

3. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert in the United States, has warned about the risk of rushing through a vaccine without testing it properly first.

4. The United Nations said the threat from ISIL (ISIS) has been reduced by the coronavirus lockdowns imposed in many countries.

“Measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19, such as lockdowns and restrictions on movement, seem to have reduced the risk of terrorist attacks in many countries,” said Vladimir Voronkov, undersecretary-general for counter-terrorism.

5. Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the agency will not be influenced by political pressure when it comes to approving a vaccine for COVID-19.

“I will not participate in a decision at FDA that’s made upon anything other than data and science,” Hahn told Reuters news agency. “That I can assure you.”

6. South Korea’s just reported 280 new cases of coronavirus – including 264 local infections.

While many of the cases are linked to the Sarang Jeil Church and a mass rally many members later attended, there are also a growing number of unlinked cases, according to Yonhap news agency.

7. The Australian state of Victoria has confirmed 148 new cases of coronavirus and eight deaths in the past 24 hours.

The state’s capital, Melbourne, is slightly more than halfway through a six-week lockdown imposed as a second wave of cases emerged in the state.

8. The first proven case of COVID-19 reinfection has come to light from Hong Kong. A 33-year-old techie, who had contracted the infection in late March and subsequently cured, contracted the novel coronavirus again four and a half months later while travelling to Europe. He recently returned from Spain and tested COVID-19 positive.

9. More than 23.6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and 15.2 million have recovered.

10. More than 811,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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