Russia’s health minister Mikhail Murashko said the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being prepared to register it, Interfax news agency reported. He said doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated.
Mr Murashko said: ”We plan wider vaccinations for October.”
On Saturday, Russia reported 95 additional deaths from the novel coronavirus, taking its total to 14,058.
Officials reported 5,462 new cases, raising the total to 845,443.
Russia is preparing a mass vaccination campaign
Global coronavirus cases mapped
More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) data, including three developed in China and another in Britain.
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1pm update: Edinburgh Castle reopens
Edinburgh Castle has reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, which caused the famous fortress to shut for its longest period since the Second World War.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) reopened the doors of the ancient stronghold on Saturday, along with other historic sites like Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle.
The castle in the centre of Edinburgh has long been one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations, but capacity will be reduced and some areas will be restricted in line with social distancing rules.
Tickets must be booked in advance and face coverings will be required in the castle’s shops.
12.20pm update: Vietnam’s reports coronavirus death toll
Vietnam’s health ministry on Saturday reported 12 new local coronavirus cases linked to the recent outbreak in the central city of Danang, taking total infections in the country to 558, with three deaths.
Vietnam has detected new coronavirus cases in other cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, since its first locally transmitted infections in more than three months were reported in Danang.
The ministry said in a separate statement on Saturday that up to 800,000 visitors to Danang have left for other parts of the country since July 1, adding that more than 41,000 people have visited three hospitals in the city since.
The UK is returning to a new normal
11.30am update: Cornwall residents ‘too scared’ to go out as tourists arrive
Cornwall residents have told how they are “too scared” to go out as hundreds flock to the idyllic UK holiday hotspot during the coronavirus crisis.
Locals have hit out, saying visitors to popular resorts in Cornwall are ignoring social distancing rules and towns have become “Benidorm on steroids”.
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britons to enjoy staycations in the UK and Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed he will visit Cornwall this summer for a short break.
Claire Harris, 37, who lives in St Ives told how her family is “too scared to go food shopping”.
10.48am update: Keir Starmer hits out over coronavirus deaths
The Labour leader tweeted: “This week we had official confirmation that England has had the worst death rate in Europe.
“Urgent action is necessary when we see local spikes.
“But we also need mass testing and improved communication from government.”
9.50am update: Poland reports highest number of coronavirus cases
Poland reported its highest number of new daily coronavirus cases since the global pandemic started for the third day in a row on Saturday, with 658 new infections, the Health Ministry said.
More than 200 cases were reported in the Silesia mining region in southern Poland, which has been grappling with an outbreak amongst miners.
The ministry also reported five new deaths.
Poland has now reported a total of 46,346 coronavirus cases and 1,721 deaths.
People are urged to wear face masks
9.13am update: Coronavirus spreading among young
SAGE’s Professor Graham Medley said the rise in coronavirus infections appeared to be among younger people but warned there was a danger it could “spill” over into other parts of the population.
The chairman of the Sage sub-group on pandemic modelling told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The age distribution of infections has changed, it has moved down into younger age groups and so it is likely we won’t see that increase in hospital admissions related to infection in the same way we did in March.
“But the big fear is the virus just gets out of control and we end up in a situation where there is so much virus that it inevitably spills out into all sections of the population.”
Professor Medley said the increased lockdown measures in areas across the north-west of England were “highly unlikely” to be the “last intervention that has to be done regionally”.
8.51am update: Pubs could close to reopen schools
Professor Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), said England could have to consider closing pubs in order to reopen schools next month.
When asked about the chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty’s prediction that the country was “near the limits” of opening up society, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine academic told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think that’s quite possible.
“I think we’re in a situation whereby most people think that opening schools is a priority for the health and wellbeing of children and that when we do that we are going to reconnect lots of households.
“And so actually, closing some of the other networks, some of the other activities may well be required to enable us to open schools.
“It might come down to a question of which do you trade off against each other and then that’s a matter of prioritising, do we think pubs are more important than schools?”
8.40am update: Coronavirus outbreak at pub
A coronavirus outbreak at a pub has infected 16 people while more than 350 await COVID-19 test results.
Health bosses are awaiting the results of hundreds of pubgoers connected to an outbreak at the Crown and Anchor in Stone, North Staffordshire.
Eyewitnesses told how the pub was “packed in like sardines” following a private party, with as many as 200 people at the venue.
Five people tested positive for the invisible killer disease after coming into contact with a person that had visited the pub.
Visitors and staff to the pub between July 16 and 18 are being urged to self-isolate.
Boris Johnson said the UK should not become complacent
Coronavirus is continuing to spread across the UK
8.36am update: Russia’s death toll rises
Russia reported 95 new deaths from the novel coronavirus on Saturday, pushing its national tally to 14,058.
Officials also reported 5,462 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, pushing the country’s tally to 845,443.
7.54am update: Germany’s coronavirus cases continue to rise
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 955 to 209,653, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has showed.
The reported death toll rose by seven to 9148.
7.37am update: Tokyo reports new COVID-19 cases
The number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in Tokyo was around 472 on Saturday, a new record, NHK public television quoted Tokyo officials as saying.
It was the second day in a row that the number of cases in the capital rose by more than 400.
Though Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has said the city could declare its own state of emergency, the central government says there is still no need to do so nationally despite a record spike in several cities around the nation.
7.30am update: Boris cancels plans to ease lockdown restrictions today
Boris Johnson has cancelled plans to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions today as cases of the invisible killer disease continue to “creep up”.
Fears Britons will be forced back indoors are growing after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown loosening planned for Saturday are being pushed back to August 15 “ at the earliest”. Mr Johnson warned cases of COVID-19 are “creeping up” and he is “squeezing the brake pedal”.
He warned the country “cannot be complacent” amid a rise in the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.
Measures due to be lifted on Saturday, including allowing small wedding receptions and reopening bowling alleys and casinos, have been postponed for at least two weeks.
Face coverings will also become mandatory in indoor settings such as museums and places of worship from August 8.
And England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned that it might notbe possible to ease lockdown further.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday Mr Johnson said:”As we see these rises around the world, we can’t fool ourselves that we are exempt. We must be willing to react to the first signs of trouble.”
He said that with numbers rising “our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal… in order to keep the virus under control”.
It comes after the Office for National Statistics reported an increase in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England.
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