8:45 GMT – Brazil to extend coronavirus economic aid on Tuesday: official
Brazil will officially announce the extension of an aid payment program designed to help people weather the economic damage of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a government official said.
President Jair Bolsonaro has previously stated that the aid payments, which are due to expire this month, will be renewed through the end of the year. However, a planned announcement last Tuesday was delayed after disagreements about the form of future aid payments and related benefits arose between the Economy Ministry and Bolsonaro.
“On Tuesday, we’re going to the Alvorada Palace to announce, together with President Jair Bolsonaro, the extension of emergency payments, a benefit that is so important for millions of Brazilians that need help to confront the pandemic,” Deputy Arthur Lira, the head in the lower house of a power political bloc known as the Centrao, wrote on Twitter.
8:15 GMT – Indonesia reports 2,858 new coronavirus infections
Indonesia reported 2,858 new coronavirus infections and 82 more deaths, taking the total number of cases to 172,053 and fatalities to 7,343, data by the country’s health ministry showed.
Indonesia is the East Asian country with the second highest number of new coronavirus infections after the Philippines.
7:45 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus infection tally climbs to near 1 million
Russia reported 4,980 new coronavirus cases, pushing its confirmed national tally up to 990,326.
Authorities said 68 people had died of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, raising the official death toll to 17,093
7:10 GMT – Mexico coronavirus cases rise to 591,712
Mexico’s health ministry reported 5,974 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infections and 673 additional fatalities, bringing the total to 591,712 cases and 63,819 deaths.
The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
06:25 GMT – China reports nine imported coronavirus cases
Mainland China reported nine new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, all them imported, the National Health Commission said on Sunday, meaning there were no locally transmitted infections for a record 14th straight day.
The number of imported cases – found in people traveling into the country from overseas – was the same as a day earlier.
Three of these were recorded in Shanghai, with two in southeast China’s Fujian province, two in Sichuan in the country’s southwest and one each in the northern municipality of Tianjin and the southern province of Guangdong. The commission said another four asymptomatic carriers were found on Saturday, down from 10 a day earlier.
6:00 GMT – South Korea marks 17th day of triple-digit cases with dining curbs
South Korea reported its 17th day of triple-digit rises in coronavirus infections, as restrictions on onsite dining at restaurants, pubs and bakeries in the densely populated Seoul area take effect.
There were 299 new infections as of Saturday midnight, the slowest daily rise in five days, bringing the national tally to 19,699 cases of the new coronavirus and 323 COVID-19 deaths, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.
On Friday, the country extended Phase 2 social distancing rules – the second strictest level – for at least another week and announced tougher rules on places with high risks of virus spread.
03:45 GMT – Germany’s reports new 785 cases
Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported on Sunday an additional 785 new coronavirus cases pushing the total number of infections to 241,771.
The data also showed six additional deaths with the total number hitting 9,295.
03:25 GMT – Australia treads cautiously as coronavirus lingers
New coronavirus cases in Australia’s state of Victoria returned to the triple digits on Sunday, according to the government.
Southeastern Victoria reported 114 new cases, a day after the daily tally fell to 94, its lowest in nearly two months. Its capital, Melbourne, is four weeks into a six-week hard lockdown that authorities have said may ease only gradually.
“At 100, 94, at 114, whatever the number, we simply could not open up,” state premier Daniel Andrews told a televised briefing on Sunday.
The nation of 25 million has suffered about 25,600 infections and just over 600 deaths since the start of the year.
02:20 GMT – New Zealand reports two new COVID-19 cases
New Zealand’s director of public health, Caroline McElnay reported on Sunday theat there were two new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand.
The latest development comes as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed anger over the botched communications regarding coronavirus testing in the country.
But she also thanked residents of Auckland for abiding by the new restrictions in the country.
New Zealand has over 1,700 cases and at least 22 deaths.