Coronavirus Outbreak: Live Updates and News for Aug. 7, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak: Live Updates and News for Aug. 7, 2020
A worker inspects blood samples for Covid-19 antibody tests at a testing site in Los Angeles, on Aug. 5.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Global coronavirus infections passed 19 million as local media in Hong Kong reported that free tests will be introduced for everybody in the city.

The White House and Democrats failed to reach agreement on a new stimulus deal despite progress on a number of issues while Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he now tests negative for the virus afterearlier reporting a positive result.

The Philippines now has the worst outbreak in Southeast Asia, overtaking Indonesia, with cases surging to almost 120,000. Japan is facing criticism for conflicting signals from national and local officials on travel while Australia’s Victoria state said new infections fell to 450.

Key Developments

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Swiss Sign Deal With Moderna for 4.5 Million Vaccine Doses (2:42 p.m. HK)

Switzerland signed a deal with Moderna Inc. for 4.5 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine the company is working on.

The government is in talks with other vaccine companies to secure supply, according to astatement. Government has earmarked 300 million Swiss francs ($329 million) for vaccine procurement.

Denmark Discourages Spain Travel Due to Covid-19 Resurgence (2:24 p.m. HK)

Denmark is discouraging non-essential travel to Spain following a resurgence in cases of Covid-19.

The Foreign Ministry said Spain wasadded to a list that already includes the U.K., Bulgaria and Romania because of a “marked increase” in infections there. Back home, plans to allow bigger crowds to gather were dropped after the Nordic country registered its biggest daily increase in cases in three months.

Danes had been expecting the current cap of 100 to be raised to 200 this weekend.

German Recovery Hopes Stick as Industrial Momentum Catches Up (2:05 p.m. HK)

Hopes for a speedy economic rebound in Germany are holding ground as manufacturing starts to catch up with consumer-oriented sectors.

Industrial output gained 8.9% in June, slightly more than forecast, following on from figures on Thursday that showed factory demand is rising. The most recent data suggest Europe’s largest economy may bounce back more quickly than its neighbors, after a record second-quarter slump because of pandemic- related restrictions on business and movement.

Hong Kong to Offer Free Virus Tests Across City, HK01 Says (1:26 p.m. HK)

Hong Kong will offer free virus tests to all residents, reported local media outlet HK01 on Friday, a move that reflects the powerful boost that mainland China has provided to the city’s effort to contain its outbreak.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam will hold a press conference on Friday afternoon to announce a one-time free, voluntary virus test for all residents, HK01 said, citing sources it didn’t identify. The initiative will start in two weeks at the earliest, said the report.

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