LIVE: US experts forecast 300,000 coronavirus deaths by December

Health experts at University of Washington say nearly 300,000 people could die from COVID-19 in the US by December 1.

  • Facebook and Twitter pulled posts by US President Donald Trump for violating their COVID-19 misinformation rules.

  • The Philippines overtook neighbouring Indonesia as the country with the highest number of COVID-19 infections in East Asia.
  • More than 18.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while the global death toll surpassed 712,000 people. More than 11.5 million have recovered.

Here are the latest updates:

Friday, August 7

03:12 GMT – Ohio governor tests negative after earlier positive test

Mike DeWine, the governor of Ohio, tested negative for COVID-19 after testing positive earlier on Thursday ahead of a planned visit with US President Donald Trump.

In a tweet, DeWine said his wife, Fran DeWine, also tested negative, as did staff members.

The governor, who had cancelled his meeting with Trump, said the earlier positive result came from a rapid antigen test, while the second negative result came from a more sensitive PCR test. 

01:08 GMT – Mexico’s death toll tops 50,000

Mexico’s health ministry reported 6,590 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 819 fatalities, bringing the country’s totals to 462,690 infections and 50,517 deaths.

Mexico has now the third highest death toll in the world, after Brazil, which is approaching 100,000, and the United States, which is approaching 160,000.

00:39 GMT – Brazil to set aside $356m for vaccine

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree to provide 1.9 billion reais ($356m) in funds to purchase and eventually produce a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Oxford University researchers.

Brazil’s Acting Health Minister General Eduardo Pazuello said the vaccine could be available for Brazilians by December or January.

“January is the best bet. The vaccine is the solution to end the pandemic,” he said, adding that Brazil would initially receive 100 million doses, which would allow for the vaccination of half the country’s population, and then produce the vaccine locally.

00:22 GMT – US lifts global health coronavirus travel advisory

The US State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted global advisories recommending US citizens avoid all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, and instead issued a raft of high-level warnings for individual countries.

“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice,” the State Department said in a statement lifting its “Do Not Travel” advisory.

The CDC also dropped its global advisory recommending against all nonessential international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but nearly all countries remain on its highest Level 3 advisory to avoid all non-essential travel.

A few countries, including Thailand, New Zealand and Fiji, were put on a low risk Level 1 advisory.

00:12 GMT – London Marathon to feature only elite runners

The pandemic-delayed London Marathon will be staged on October 4 using a different route than usual and with only elite runners participating.

Rather than starting in Greenwich in east London, there will be a looped 42.2-kilometer (26.2-mile) course featuring 19.8 laps around St James’s Park within a biosecure bubble with spectators excluded. It will finish in the traditional place in front of Buckingham Palace.

“Despite all our efforts, the fantastic support from all of our partners and the progress that has been made on planning for the return of smaller mass participation events that are not on the roads, it has not been possible to go ahead with a mass socially distanced walk or run,” said Hugh Brasher, event director of the London Marathon.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

For key developments from yesterday, August 6, go here. 

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