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DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

ASIA-PACIFIC

* Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed buy COVID-19 vaccine made available by Russia or China, while taking a swipe at pharmaceutical firms of western nations asking for advance payment for their offers.

EUROPE

* Marseille and Bordeaux, two of France's biggest cities, face stricter rules for beach gatherings, visiting elderly care homes and attendance at outdoor public events as part of efforts to contain a surge in cases.

* A group of scientists have written to the Lancet outlining doubts about the accuracy of early data on Russia's COVID-19 vaccine, adding further fuel to a dispute surrounding the "Sputnik-V" shot.

* Slovakia will put its neighbour and important trade partner the Czech Republic on its "red list" of high-risk countries due to a surge in the number of coronavirus cases there.

* Romania has reopened schools for 2.8 million children after a six-month closure but ordered pupils to wear face masks as infections rise.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* The United Arab Emirates has granted emergency approval for use of a virus vaccine, six weeks after human trials there started.

* Jordan will suspend schools for two weeks and close places of worship, restaurants and public markets as part of renewed restrictions after a record spike in cases.

* Working conditions are so bad for some medics in Morocco handling a surging outbreak they have staged protests against inadequate staffing and poorly equipped facilities.

* Bahrain's government will pay citizens' utility bills for three months and banks will be encouraged to postpone loan repayments for those affected by the pandemic until year's end.

AMERICAS

* A US federal judge has ruled as unconstitutional some of Pennsylvania's orders to control COVID-19, including limits on crowd sizes, requirements that people stay home and the closing of non-essential businesses.

* The US State Department has eased a travel advisory for Americans considering travel to China or Hong Kong from "Do Not Travel" to "Reconsider Travel".

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* Eli Lilly and Co says its rheumatoid arthritis drug shortens the time to recovery in hospitalised COVID-19 patients when used along with Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* The US dollar has weakened and world stock markets have rallied on encouraging signs in developing a vaccine.

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