People walk in a high street in the centre of Bolton, northern England
on September 9, 2020, as local lockdown restrictions are put in place
due to a spike in cases of the novel coronavirus in the town. (Photo: AFP)
The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 898,284 with the global confirmed cases reaching 27,607,616 as of 8:00 pm BJT on Wednesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 8:00 pm BJT, September 9):
The European Commission announced Wednesday it has reached a deal with a sixth pharmaceutical firm, this time BioNTech-Pfizer, to reserve a further 200 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine.
Venezuela on Tuesday received a seventh shipment of medicines and medical supplies from China as part of bilateral anti-COVID-19 cooperation.
Late-stage studies of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and a UK-based company are on temporary hold after a patient suffered a suspected serious side effect.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested negative for COVID-19 after having been in contact with the boss of Tour de France who had tested positive for the coronavirus, Castex's office said on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe will resume domestic flights on Thursday and international flights on Oct 1 as the government steps up efforts to revive tourism, one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.