COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Tuesday morning

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There have been more than 27.2 million cases of coronavirus confirmed around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 890,923 people have died. More than 18.2 million people have recovered.

Here are the top 10 global development this morning:

1. Japan has approved the use $6.3 billion from its emergency budget to secure coronavirus vaccines.

2. China is holding special event to recognise its ‘role models’ in the fight against the coronavirus with President Xi Jinping giving the keynote speech at the Great Hall of the People.

3. South Korea has reported 136 new cases of coronavirus, the sixth day in a row that the number has been below 200, according to Yonhap.

The country’s been trying to control a spike in cases that begun in August 14 and has been linked to a church service and a political rally in central Seoul.

4. Trainee doctors and interns will return to work this morning in South Korea after a weeks-long strike over government reform plans.

5. Medical experts are linking a surge in coronavirus cases on the Indonesian island of Bali to the inaccurate, low-cost rapid antibody test kits that are being used to screen domestic visitors.

Foreign tourists can’t travel to the popular island, but Indonesians have been able to do so since July 31.

6. Victoria state has reported 55 new cases of coronavirus and a further eight deaths.

The southeastern state now accounts for about three-quarters of Australia’s 26,377 cases. Melbourne, its capital city, is under a strict lockdown and curfew until September 28.

7. Iraq is reopening its land border crossings, restaurants, hotels, and will bring back sporting events without spectators, the prime minister said, three days after it recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus infections.

8. WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says pandemics are “a fact of life” and that the world must be better prepared to deal with future ones.

9. On Monday, India’s health ministry reported another daily record of 90,802 cases, bringing the total to over 4.2 million and overtaking Brazil to become the second-hardest-hit country.

10. There have been more than 27.2 million cases of coronavirus confirmed around the world.

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