The total number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed 49 million, including 1,238,811 fatalities. As many as 34,974,804 patients are reported to have recovered. Follow this breaking news blog for live updates on the coronavirus pandemic as it continues to pose a challenge for health workers and scientists who are in a race against time to produce a vaccine/medicine.
Former defence minister Taro Kono, now charged with the reform portfolio, said it had been effectively overwhelmed and would be closed temporarily.
The scientific head of the U.S. government program designed to speed development of COVID19 vaccines said on Thursday he supports stricter rules to grant emergency use of new inoculations against the novel coronavirus.
Louisiana must reinstate coronavirus pandemic voting plans used for summer elections rather than using a more restrictive plan proposed by the Louisiana secretary of state and approved by the Legislature for elections in November and December, a federal judge has ruled.