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24 Aug 2021
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Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis

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The coronavirus has killed at least 4,430,846 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

People queue for vaccines at the vaccine centre at the Kempton Park Civic Centre, 28 July 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

– China: zero local cases –

China reports no new domestic cases, and Beijing appears poised to bring to heel the pandemic’s most serious resurgence in months with mass testing and targeted lockdowns.

– NZ lockdown continues –

New Zealand extends a national lockdown, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying a Delta variant outbreak has yet to peak.

– School jabs in Israel –

Israel says it will offer vaccinations to students on school grounds as it announces the school year will open on time next week, despite surging cases.

– Virus graft case –

Indonesia’s ex-social affairs minister is jailed for 12 years after being convicted of taking $1.2 million in bribes linked to food aid for poor families hit by the pandemic.

– Test costs under scrutiny –

The British government says it has warned dozens of domestic private medical testing companies over “misleading prices” for virus travel tests, following a review of costs and standards.

– Covid-sceptic church –

Australian police criticise a Sydney church, which is part of an international group with a record for spreading Covid-19 conspiracy theories, for flouting the city’s lockdown by holding a service for 60 people in a pandemic hotspot.

– More than 4.4 million dead –

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,430,846 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 628,503 deaths, followed by Brazil with 574,527, India with 434,756, Mexico 253,155 and Peru 197,879.