• This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top stories: Oil future falls; 'worrying' situation in France; vaccine trial paused.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now reached more than 27.5 million globally, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths now stands at more than 897,000.

The Czech Republic has reported its largest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases - 1,164 were reported yesterday, the first time since March daily numbers have topped 1,000.

India has reported nearly 90,000 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 4.3 million. Its death rate, while remaining low, has been rising. More than 1,000 deaths have been reported daily for the last 8 days.

307 new cases have been reported in Ireland, the highest figure since mid-May. It's prompted concerns that new restrictions could be introduced in its capital, Dublin.

Positive COVID-19 tests in Sweden have reached their lowest levels since the pandemic began. Of more than 120,000 tests, 1.2% came back positive last week, as testing reached a record level.

AstraZeneca has paused global trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccines because of an unexplained illness in a study participant. "This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials," the company said in an emailed statement. The vaccine has been described by the WHO as probably the world's leading candidate.

Brazil is planning for a January 2021 rollout of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the acting health minister. "We are closing contracts with vaccine manufacturers and the forecast is that a vaccine will arrive for us starting in January next year and we will start vaccinating everyone," Eduardo Pazuello said in a video posted to social media.

Confirmed cases in Argentina have gone past 500,000. Previously concentrated in the Buenos Aires area, cases have spread to the provinces in recent weeks.

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Cases in Argentina have continued to climb.
Image: Reuters

2. Oil futures fall

Oil futures have fallen again today, after falling sharply in the previous session. A rebound in COVID-19 cases has undermined hopes for a steady recovery in demand, Reuters reports.

Brent crude fell below $40 a barrel for the first time since June yesterday.

Brent and US crude are both trading at around three-month lows, as new outbreaks put a global economic recovery in doubt.

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What is the World Economic Forum doing to help the manufacturing industry rebound from COVID-19?

The COVID-19 global pandemic continues to disrupt manufacturing and supply chains, with severe consequences for society, businesses, consumers and the global economy.

As the effects of coronavirus unfold, companies are asking what short-term actions they need to take to ensure business continuity and protect their employees. How should they be preparing for the rebound and increasing their manufacturing and supply systems’ resilience?

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Kearney, brought together senior-level executives from various industry sectors to identify the best response to the COVID-19 crisis. Their recommendations have been published in a new white paper: How to rebound stronger from COVID-19: Resilience in manufacturing and supply systems.

Source: How to rebound stronger from COVID-19: Resilience in manufacturing and supply systems.

Read the full white paper, and more information in our Impact Story.

Companies are invited to join the Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production. Through the Platform’s work, companies can join with other leaders to help find solutions that support the reconfiguration of global value chains post-COVID-19.

3. French cases continue to rise

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in France have risen by 6,544 according to the latest figures. Total cases have now reached 335,524, the health ministry said.

The total death toll also rose by 39 to 30,764, the seventh-highest in the world.

The government has described the situation as 'worrying', but authorities are working to avoid a second wave.

"The reproduction rate of the virus stands at 1.2 which is less than the 3.2-3.4 level seen during the spring. So the virus is spreading at lesser speed but it is circulating, which is worrying," Health Minister Olivier Veran told France Inter radio.