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

COVID-19 cases are rising in 22 of the states in the US, according to a Reuters analysis, as the country celebrates its end-of-summer Labor Day weekend.

The world’s coronavirus cases have hit 27.1 million, more than 18.1 million people have recovered and more than 883,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

At least 200 UN staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Syria, according to a leaked document, as the organisation steps up efforts to contain the spread of the disease in the war-torn country.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, September 7
10:20 GMT – Nigerian doctors begin strike over pay, facilities

Nigerian doctors in state-run hospitals began an indefinite strike on Monday to demand a pay rise, better welfare and adequate facilities, union leaders said.

The industrial action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which represents some 40 percent of doctors, is the latest in a string of stoppages by medics to hit Africa’s most populous nation as it struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

09:54 GMT – Partial return for New Delhi urban trains as virus surges

Delhi Metro trains resumed operations after five months as India’s coronavirus cases surged to 4.2 million, the second-highest confirmed total in the world.

Only asymptomatic people were allowed to board the trains, with masks, social distancing and temperature checks mandatory.

The capital’s metro train network is India’s largest rapid transport system.

09:24 GMT – Man City’s Mahrez, Laporte test positive for COVID-19

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

City said in a statement that both players did not display any symptoms and are currently self-isolating in line with protocols established by the Premier League and the British government.

Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City is replaced with Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22, 2020 [File: Michael Regan/Getty Images]

08:53 GMT – Philippines sees 1,383 new coronavirus cases, lowest in nearly 8 weeks

The Philippines’ health ministry on Monday reported 1,383 new coronavirus infections, its lowest number of new daily cases in nearly eight weeks.

The ministry said there were 15 new deaths, taking total COVID-19 fatalities to 3,890.

The Philippines has the most coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia, with 238,727 confirmed cases.

08:20 GMT – Indonesia reports 2,880 new coronavirus cases, 105 deaths

Indonesia reported 2,880 new coronavirus infections and 105 more coronavirus-related deaths, data issued by the country’s COVID-19 task force showed.

It was the lowest rise in daily infections in six days and brought the Southeast Asian country’s total cases to 196,989, while fatalities rose to 8,130.

Health officials bring a resident to a cemetery with a stretcher after he was caught without a mask in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia on September 6, 2020. The Bogor Regency Government has implemented this sanction for residents who violate health protocols amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic [Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu] 

07:56 GMT – Russia reports over 5,000 new cases

Russia reported 5,185 new coronavirus cases on Monday, pushing its national tally to 1,030,690, the fourth largest in the world.
Authorities confirmed 51 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 17,871.

07:15 GMT – Malaysia fears new COVID-19 cluster

A new cluster of novel coronavirus cases is feared to have emerged in a Malaysian town after a football referee tested positive for the disease, local media reported.

According to local media outlet The Star, health official G. Navindran said those who were involved in a football competition at the Tawau Prison field and Tawau Municipal Council stadium recently, including spectators, should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

Passengers wearing protective masks wait in line to board a bus at a bus station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [File:Lim Huey Teng/Reuters]

06:45 GMT – Russia to complete early-stage trials on second COVID-19 vaccine on Sept 30

Russia will complete early-stage trials on a second potential COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Vector Institute on Sept. 30, the RIA news agency cited Russia’s consumer health safety watchdog as saying.

06:10 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 814 to 250,799

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 814 to 250,799, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed.

With no new deaths reported, the death toll stayed at 9,325, the tally showed.

People, wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus as they line up to enter the partially ruined Burchardi Church after a ‘chord change’ of the organ of the John Cage in Halberstadt, Germany [Markus Schreiber/AP]

Hello, this is Usaid Siddiqui in Doha taking over from my colleague Ted Regencia.

05:18 GMT – Australia approves funding for two potential vaccines

Australia announced on Monday it had struck agreements with pharmaceutical companies worth 1.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.2 billion) for two potential COVID-19 vaccines, the Associated Press agency reported.

Britain’s University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca and Australia’s University of Queensland working with CSL will provide more than 84.8 million vaccine doses for 26 million Australians, almost all made in Melbourne, Australia, a government statement said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said both vaccines would need to be proven safe and effective and meet all necessary regulatory requirements before being made available to the public. Any vaccine would be free to all Australians.

04:40 GMT – India overtakes Brazil as country second-worst-hit by coronavirus

For the fifth day in a row on Monday, India reported over 1,000 daily fatalities [Bikas Das/AP]

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

Brazil is now behind India in the total number of cases by almost 70,000; the US remains at the top with more than 6.2 million cases. 

India’s health ministry also reported 1,016 new fatalities, raising the total to 71,642. For the fifth day in a row, India has reported more than 1,000 deaths.

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04:25 GMT – Germany’s cases rise to 250,799

Germany’s infectious disease agency has reported 814 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number to 250,799.

The Robert Koch Institute also announced on Monday that there were no new COVID-19 deaths, keeping the death toll at 9,325.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 224,000 coronavirus patients in Germany have recovered, about 87 percent of the total.

04:00 GMT – South Korea reports 119 new COVID-19 cases

South Korea’s Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 119 new coronavirus cases, most of which are local, according to Yonhap news agency. Eleven of the new cases were imported, including three from the Philippines and three from India.

The total number of infections in the country has reached 21,296 as of Monday, while more than 16,200 have recovered. Two more deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 336.

The country has carried out 2,051,297 coronavirus tests since January 3.

03:33 GMT – Honduran finance minister tests positive for COVID-19

Marco Midence, the finance minister of Honduras, has revealed on social media that he tested positive for coronavirus.

The Harvard-educated lawyer was appointed finance minister on August 20.

He wrote in Spanish that he will work from home and remain in isolation while recovering from the “mild” symptoms of the disease.

03:10 GMT – Spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines slowing down – study

The Philippines has recorded more than 237,000 cases – the highest in the Asia-Pacific region [Rolex dela Pena/EPA]

Dr Guido David said in an interview that an interdisciplinary group of researchers from the University of the Philippines found the rate of spread has gone down from 0.99 percent to .94 percent in the most recent week.

The average daily number of cases in mid- to late-August also went down, from 4,000 to 3,000. The government had reimposed a lockdown during that period.

The Philippines recorded more than 237,000 cases – the highest in the Asia-Pacific region – as well as more than 184,000 recoveries and 3,800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

02:40 GMT – China reports 12 new cases

The National Health Commission in China has reported 12 new coronavirus cases in the country, all of which are imported.

While the commission said that it has not recorded new positive cases locally, 17 people were declared “asymptomatic” – which China does not count as confirmed cases.

As of Monday, the cumulative number of infections in China stands at 85,134. There were no new deaths reported, keeping the death toll at 4,634, according to the government.

02:08 GMT – Mexico reports more than 4,600 cases, 232 deaths

The Mexican health ministry has reported 4,614 new cases and 232 deaths from COVID-19, pushing the total to 634,023 cases and 67,558 deaths.

The government says the real number of infections could be significantly higher, and the health ministry said on Saturday that it has recorded more than 122,000 excess deaths during the pandemic.

01:40 GMT – Chinese drug company staff, families given COVID-19 vaccine 

Chinese drug firm Sinovac’s spokesman Liu Peicheng was quoted by the South China Morning Post as saying that some 3,000 employees and their families have been offered the company’s vaccine. 

The CoronaVac, developed by Sinovac Biotech, is currently undergoing phase three clinical trials – the last phase before mass production.

Zhang Yinan, a senior manager at China National Biotec Group (CNBG), which is developing its own vaccine, said she had been given her company’s vaccine. The CNBG vaccine is being tested among 35,000 residents in the United Arab Emirates.

01:10 GMT – Brazil reports 14,521 coronavirus cases, 447 deaths

Brazil ranks second in the number of cases and deaths, but also highest in the number of recoveries at more than 3.5 million [Pilar Olivares/Reuters]

Brazil’s health ministry has reported at least 14,521 additional coronavirus infections and 447 deaths, raising the total number of cases to at least 4.14 million and death toll to over 126,600.

Brazil ranks second in the number of cases and deaths, but also highest in the number of recoveries at more than 3.5 million.

In terms of number of cases, the country could soon be overtaken by India, which reported 4.11 million infections as of Sunday.

00:35 GMT – Over a million Hong Kong residents sign up for COVID-19 testing 

The Hong Kong government said as of Sunday night, at least 675,000 samples have been collected [Anthony Kwan /Pool via EPA]

An estimated 1.13 million of 7.5 million Hong Kong residents have signed up for a free coronavirus testing programme, which pro-democracy activists have called for a boycott of, citing privacy concerns as medics from mainland China helped in the testing.

In a statement, the Hong Kong government urged more residents to participate and said that, as of Sunday night, at least 675,000 samples had been collected and an additional 180,000 people signed up for tests.

More than 4,800 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong, and at least 94 have died. More than 4,500 have recovered.

00:10 GMT – Australia’s Victoria state reports 41 new cases, nine deaths

Australia’s Victoria state has reported 41 new cases and nine new deaths from the coronavirus, lower than the previous day’s 63 infections, but with fatalities almost doubling from Sunday’s five.

On Sunday, the state premier ordered an extension of a “hard lockdown” in the capital Melbourne until September 28. Australia’s second-most-populous state accounts for most of the cases and deaths in the country.

The country has reported some 26,200 cases, and more than 760 deaths.

00:05 GMT – Over 200 UN staff in Syria have coronavirus

According to Johns Hopkins University, Syria has over 3,100 coronavirus cases and 134 deaths as of Sunday [Youssef Badawi/EPA]

A United Nations official says more than 200 of its staff in Syria have contracted coronavirus.

In a letter leaked to Reuters news agency, Imran Riza, UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator in Syria, informed UN heads of agencies that the international organisation is trying to secure a medical facility to treat the remaining patients, as three had been medically evacuated.

The news comes as Syria is reportedly experiencing a tenfold increase in cases in the last two months, with more than 3,100 cases and 134 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.

00:01 GMT – COVID-19 cases rise in 22 US states

A Reuters analysis has looked at the increase in cases in 22 US states, comparing cases for the two-week period of August 8-22 with the past two weeks.

Three weeks ago, cases were increasing in three states: Hawaii, Illinois and South Dakota, while now cases are rising in 22 states in less-populated parts of the Midwest and South.

Many state officials have issued precautionary measures for residents, but thousands across the US, including the state of California, congregated in public areas without observing proper distancing and protective rules as the country celebrated the end-of-summer Labor Day weekend.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Read all the developments from yesterday (September 6) here. 

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