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  • Egypt’s Health Ministry has announced 1,677 new confirmed cases of coronavirus – the highest 24-hour infection total since the virus was first detected in the country in mid-February.

  • China reported 57 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, and nine asymptomatic cases, for June 13, the highest since April 13, according to data released by the national health authority on Sunday.

  • African leaders say China will ensure the supply of 30 million testing kits and 10,000 ventilators each month for the African continent as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates there.

  • Brazil became the country with the second-highest coronavirus death toll in the world with 42,720 fatalities, surpassing the death toll of the United Kingdom and second only to the United States.

  • More than 7.75 million people have now been confirmed to have the coronavirus, and at least 429,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates:

Sunday, June 14

03:49 GMT – Pharma giant stikes deal with Europe for vaccine supply

Pharma giant AstraZeneca has struck a deal with Europe’s Inclusive Vaccines Alliance to supply up to 400 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, AP news agency reported.

The alliance forged by Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands to speed up production of a coronavirus vaccine is set to take delivery by the end of 2020 of a vaccine being tested by the University of Oxford. The agreement struck Saturday aims to make the vaccine available to other European countries that wish to take part.

The cost is expected to be offset by funding from the governments.

AstraZeneca, an Anglo-Swedish company, recently completed similar agreements with Britain, the United States the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for 700 million doses. A license also has been agreed with the Serum Institute of India for another 1 billion doses. 

03:21 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 247 to 186,269

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 247 to 186,269, according to Reuters news agency quoting the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases on Sunday.

The reported death toll rose by six to 8,787.

03:02 GMT – South Korea reports 34 new coronavirus cases

South Korea has confirmed 34 more coronavirus cases in a continuation of an upward trend in new infections, mostly in the densely populated Seoul region, AP news agency reported.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that 30 of the 34 new cases are in the grater Seoul area, where half of the country’s 51 million people live.

The agency says South Korea has now recorded 12,085 virus cases. It says 10,718 have recovered, 1,090 remain in treatment and the other 277 died.

New cases have been linked to nightlife establishments, church services, a large-scale e-commerce warehouse and door-to-door sellers.

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Public servants take their civil service exams on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic in South Korea [Kim Chul-soo/EPA]

02:45 GMT – Pakistan seals off nearly 1,300 coronavirus hot spots

Pakistani authorities have identified and sealed off nearly 1,300 hot spots to contain the rising trajectory of new coronavirus infections.

The sealing of high-risk area comes as Pakistan reported 6,472 news cases on Saturday, the country’s highest single-day total. Pakistan has confirmed a total of 132,405 cases, including 2,551 deaths.

Pakistan put its entire population of 220 million under lockdown in March. The government has since eased restrictions, saying it was necessary to save the country’s economy, but it has caused a surge in infections.

02:07 GMT – South Africa reports backlogs, shortages of testing

South Africa says the average delay in obtaining coronavirus test results from public labs has risen to 12 days amid backlogs and shortages of testing materials.

South Africa represents well over a quarter of Africa’s virus cases, with more than 61,000, and 1,423 deaths. The country has conducted about a third of the virus tests in Africa, and countries with fewer resources could face similar delays or worse.

The longer it takes to confirm a positive case, the greater the risk that an infected person is unknowingly spreading the virus. The whole African continent overall has more than 225,000 cases.

01:37 GMT – China reports 66 new coronavirus cases

China reported 57 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, and nine asymptomatic cases, for June 13, the highest since April 13, according to data released by the national health authority on Sunday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that 38 of the new confirmed cases were locally transmitted, with 36 of them in Beijing. This is the highest daily infection count for China’s capital since authorities started releasing data. But there were no new reported deaths.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 83,132, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634. China does not count asymptomatic patients, who are infected with the virus but do not display symptoms, as confirmed cases.

01:10 GMT – French court lifts ban on public protests

France’s highest administrative court says coronavirus concerns no longer justify banning public protests, according to AP news agency.

In a country that sees thousands of protests annually, the Council of State’s ruling allows demonstrations to resume as long as health protections are respected and the events are declared in advance to authorities and not deemed a risk to public order.

The council says that “the ban on protesting is not justified by the current health situation” and the right to protest is a “fundamental freedom.”

The ruling came as an unauthorised protest against police violence and racial injustice wound down in Paris. Police stopped at least 15,000 protesters from marching through the city Saturday, citing virus restrictions on any gathering of more than 10 people.

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Protesters raise their fists during a march against police brutality and racism in Marseille, France on Saturday [Daniel Cole/AP]

00:40 GMT – Mexico reports 3,494 new coronavirus cases

Mexico’s health ministry reported 3,494 new confirmed coronavirus infections along with 424 additional fatalities on Saturday, bringing the total in the country to 142,690 cases and 16,872 deaths.

The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the official count, according to Reuters news agency.

00:05 GMT – Ukraine records highest daily count for third day in a row 

Ukraine has recorded its highest daily count of new coronavirus infections for the third day in a row, more than double the count earlier in the month.

The health ministry on Saturday reported 753 new cases, compared with 683 the previous day.

In early June, Ukraine was recording fewer than 350 new cases a day. Overall, Ukraine counts 30,506 confirmed infection cases and 880 deaths.

00:01 GMT – Egypt’s one-day coronavirus infections at new high

Egypt’s Health Ministry has announced 1,677 new confirmed cases of coronavirus – the highest 24-hour infection total since the virus was first detected in the country in mid-February, according to The Associated Press news agency.

The ministry also reported 62 deaths from COVID-19, the disease that can be caused by the virus.

The figures raise Egypt’s coronavirus totals to 1,484 deaths and 42,980 confirmed cases. The ministry says 11,529 patients have been discharged from quarantine after their recovery.

Egypt is the Arab world’s most populous country, and it has the highest death rate from COVID-19 among Arab nations. It ranks third in the Middle East after Iran and Turkey.


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

You can find all the developments from yesterday, June 13, here.

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India’s Modi tweets photo getting COVID vaccine’s first shot | Coronavirus pandemic News



Indian PM urges every eligible person to get vaccine in an effort to rid the country of the new coronavirus.

India’s prime minister has tweeted a photo of himself receiving a first dose of the vaccine for COVID-19.

The 70-year-old Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took his mask off to smile for the photo, said in a tweet that he urges every eligible person to get the vaccine in an effort to rid India of the new coronavirus.

“Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS,” Modi tweeted on Monday, referring to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in the capital New Delhi.

“I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free,” the Indian leader added.

India is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination drive beyond healthcare and front-line workers, offering the shots to older people and those with medical conditions that put them at risk.

Those now eligible to be vaccinated include people over 60, as well as those over 45 who have ailments such as heart disease or diabetes that make coronavirus infections more dangerous.

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