- The UK government has warned that the country is at a “turning point” for the coronavirus, as the mayor of London has called for swift action to tackle the spread of the virus.
- An order to stay at home came into force in Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar and the largest city, closing offices and schools.
- More than 30.9 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus and nearly 959,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 21.1 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday, September 21st
4 GMT – Coronavirus found in imported squid in China
Health officials in the Chinese province of Jilin said traces of coronavirus had been found on the packaging of imported squid.
Authorities said the squid was imported from Russia by a Chinese company.
Authorities in two cities also found races of the virus on cargo of imported frozen food last month, although the World Health Organization said there was no evidence of the virus spreading through food or packaging.
03:36 GMT – Coronavirus cases confirmed by Germany increase by 922
The German Infectious Diseases Agency reports 922 new cases of coronavirus, increasing the total number of cases to more than 272,300.
The Robert Koch Institute reports that no new deaths have been reported, for a total of 9,386.
03:15 GMT – Singapore develops robotic equipment for performing a tampon test
Clinicians in Singapore have developed robotic equipment that can perform safe and gentle nasal swab tests, according to a Straits Times report.
The new equipment, known as SwabBot, allows patients to control the test themselves, making it more convenient and safe, the report said.
The process can take 20 seconds and is equipped with a mechanism that automatically pulls the swab rod if there is resistance. It was developed by clinicians from two public hospitals and the company Biobot Surgical.
02:48 GMT – Australian Victoria on track to ease restrictions
The second largest Australian state, Victoria, is one course to ease more restrictions as the number of cases continues to decline.
On Monday, the capital of Melbourne announced 35 new cases – below the target of 50 cases or less by September 28, when many of the restrictions are expected to be lifted.
New South Wales, meanwhile, announced four new cases on Monday, prompting the government to warn residents to keep a safe distance from other people to avoid infection.
02:32 GMT – China announces 12 new cases of COVID-19
The Chinese National Health Commission has reported 12 new cases of coronavirus, increasing the number of cases in the country to 85,291, although most infections have already recovered.
The agency said all new cases had been filed. At least 25 others were categorized as asymptomatic.
No new deaths were reported, with the death toll at 4,634.
02:05 GMT – The Prime Minister of New Zealand announces easing of restrictions on COVID-19
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that restrictions on the coronavirus in the city of Auckland will be eased from Thursday, while the restrictions on locking will be completely removed in other parts of the country.
Ardern said the rest of the country would no longer have traffic restrictions as of midnight on Monday, although health safety protocols would continue to exist.
01:40 GMT – The home stay order goes into effect in Yangon, Myanmar
The order to stay at home for the commercial capital of Myanmar, Yangon, has come into force as the country tries to keep the coronavirus breed.
According to the new lock, which was ordered on Sunday, classes have been suspended and employees have to work from home.
Myanmar has at least 5,541 cases of COVID-19 and 92 deaths.
01:16 GMT – South Korea reports 70 new cases of COVID-19 at school opening
South Korea reported 70 new cases of coronavirus, for the second day in a row, when it reported infections below 100, but the government also acknowledged that a “large number” of untraceable cases remained.
The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KDCA), at least for new cases 55 were local infections. The total number of cases has already reached 23,045.
Two new deaths have also been reported, raising the death toll to 385.
The latest figures come when classes resume in and around the capital, Seoul, on Monday, Yonhap reported.
00:48 GMT – Mexico reports 3,542 new coronavirus cases, 235 new deaths
Mexico’s health ministry has reported 3,542 new coronavirus cases and 235 new deaths.
The number of infections officially reported in the country now stands at 697,663, while the death toll has reached at least 73,493, although the government recently announced that there were more than 120,000 unnecessary deaths.
00:05 GMT – Brazil reports 16,389 new cases of coronavirus, 363 deaths
Brazil’s health ministry has reported 16,389 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus, leading to a total of more than 4.52 million infections, although the latest figures do not include three countries.
At least 363 new deaths have also been reported. Nearly 137,000 people died from COVID-19 in Brazil, second only to the United States.
00:01 GMT – Health Minister warns UK at “turning point”
The Minister of Health of the United Kingdom Matt Hancock warned that the country is at a “turning point” regarding the coronavirus.
In an interview with the BBC, Hancock said the choice was “either everyone follows the rules … or we will have to take more action” as a possible second blockade at the national level.
The government announced nearly 3,900 new cases on Sunday, prompting a call from London Mayor Sadiq Khan quick action with the situation in the capital “clearly deteriorating”.
Britain has more than 396,000 cases and more than 41,800 deaths.
Hello and welcome to the ongoing coverage of the Al Jazeera coronavirus pandemic. I am Ted Regense in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Read all the key events from yesterday (September 20) here.