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Covid live news: New Zealand reports first new cases in community; Russia approves vaccine

Coronavirus updates: New Zealand records first new local cases in 102 days; deaths likely to pass 750,000 this week, says WHO

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Vietnam has reported 16 more infections and one new death, taking the total number of cases in the south-east Asian country to 863, of which 16 have been fatalities.

Most of the new cases are linked to the central city of Danang, where the new outbreak began late in July after Vietnam had been more than three months without domestic transmission.

Cases in Belgium are rising at a slower rate than last month, after a leading virologist warned the country was entering a critical week.

The latest official data show an 11% week-on-week increase in cases, compared to a 58% jump in mid-July. In the week until 7 August there were an average of 588 new cases a day, with average daily deaths in low single figures.

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