UK imposes 14-day quarantine for people arriving from France; COVID-19 cases in South Korea highest in five months. coronavirus cases: Live

  • France will propose face masks in workspaces as it grapples with a coronavirus rebound to more than 3,000 in the past 24 hours – a post-lockdown high for the fourth day in a row. 
  • The UK has imposed a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from France.
  • South Korea’s new cases jumped to 279 on Sunday, rising above 200 for the first time in five months, due mainly to sporadic local infections in the greater Seoul area.
  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that stringent coronavirus regulations would be eased on Monday as the country’s infection rate falls. 
  • Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 21 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, while more than 13 million people have recovered. At least 771,000 people have died.

Here are the latest updates: coronavirus cases: Live

Sunday, August 16

15:30 GMT – Former India opener Chauhan dies aged 73

Former Indian test opening batsman Chetan Chauhan, who had been diagnosed with COVID-19, has died from complications at the age of 73, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) has said.

Chauhan was admitted to hospital in July when he tested positive for the coronavirus and was on a ventilator when his health deteriorated over the weekend.

15:20 GMT – More than 200 protest in Brussels after mask order

More than 200 people have demonstrated in Brussels against coronavirus restrictions after the regional government mandated face masks in public.

Wearing a mask became compulsory on Wednesday for 1.2 million people living in the Brussels region, as Belgium battles one of the most serious coronavirus outbreaks in Europe.

The call to demonstrate was launched on social media by a group of citizens under the slogan “Viruswaanzin”, or “viral madness” in Dutch, a movement that first appeared in the Netherlands. coronavirus cases: Live

14:43 GMT – Qatar reports 271 new cases

Qatar’s Health Ministry has reported 271 positive cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours and one coronavirus-related death.

There are now a total of 3,093 active coronavirus cases while 111,794 have recovered. The total death toll stands at 193.

14:00 GMT – Germany tracks down most travellers with COVID after test blunder

The German state of Bavaria has said it has tracked down most of the people returning from abroad who tested positive for the coronavirus but were not told about it.

Bavaria said in a statement that it had found 903 of the 949 people who tested positive out of a total of 44,000 travellers returning to the country, while it could not locate personal data for 46 of the positive tests.

The tests had been carried out up to two weeks ago at special centres that were opened with great fanfare in the southern state, but problems with data entry meant that the travellers had been waiting for their test results for days.

13:51 GMT – UK reports 1,040 new cases

The UK has recorded 1,040 new coronavirus cases, the government has said, the sixth day in a row there have been more than 1,000 infections in daily figures.

Another five people were reported to have died within 28 days of testing positive for the coronavirus.


Hello, this is Mersiha Gadzo in Toronto, Canada taking over the live updates from my colleague Arwa Ibrahim in Doha, Qatar.


09:13 GMT – First large cruise line set to depart Genoa for Mediterranean tour

The first major cruise ship to set sail is poised to depart from Genoa, as Italy’s struggling travel industry hopes to regain ground after a bruising coronavirus hiatus.

The departure of the MSC Grandiosa from the northwestern port city at 7:30pm (17:30 GMT) represents a high-stakes test for the global sector in the key Mediterranean market and beyond.

The international cruise industry has also been battered by accusations of botched handling of the pandemic in its early stages and hopes new, tighter protocols will allow them to control the threat of coronavirus on board ships while still offering travellers the cruise experience they want.

08:52 GMT – The Philippines reports 3,420 new coronavirus cases, 65 deaths

The Philippines has recorded 3,420 new cases of the coronavirus and 65 additional deaths, the health ministry said.

The country has so far registered a total of 161,253 infections and 2,665 deaths, according to ministry data.

08:15 GMT – Indonesia reports 2,081 new coronavirus infections, 79 deaths

Indonesia reported 2,081 cases of the new coronavirus and 79 COVID-19 deaths, according to data from Indonesia’s COVID-19 governmental task force.

The total number of infections in the world’s fourth-most populous country is now at least 139,549 cases.