Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - August 31, 2020
Daily briefing on novel coronavirus pandemic worldwide, Turkey, other developments
Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.
Coronavirus and other developments in Turkey
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 1,027 more patients recovered from COVID-19, pushing the overall number to 243,839.
The death toll from flooding in Turkey's Black Sea province of Giresun has risen to 10, the country's interior minister said.
Those who burned a copy of the Quran in Sweden are “modern barbarians” who have a “primitive mindset,” Turkey’s presidential spokesman said in a strong message against the Islamophobic act.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will start space trials of its liquid-propellant rocket engines.
COVID-19 updates worldwide
As of Sunday, the worldwide tally for novel coronavirus infections had surpassed 25 million, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University
Brazil reported 758 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus, while Mexico registered 673 more deaths.
South Africa registered 2,505 new cases, bringing the number of infections to 625,056.
Coronavirus cases and fatalities also continued to rise across Eurasian and Central Asian countries.
Since originating in Wuhan, China in December, the pandemic has claimed more than 845,000 lives in 188 countries and regions. The US, Brazil, India and Russia are currently the worst-hit countries.
Over 25 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries exceeding 16.5 million, according to data from US-based Johns Hopkins University.
Other global developments
Montenegro is holding parliamentary polls amid the coronavirus pandemic, with both the long governing Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) and the main opposition coalition declaring victory
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said the Shia group was open to discussions for a new political pact in Lebanon.
Jordan decided to release a cartoonist held for drawing a cartoon mocking a recent deal to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.
At least 99,479 people in Syria went missing from March 2011 to August 2020, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.