Covid-19 wrap | Germany seeks herd immunity by mid-2021 and Dublin pubs remain closed

An antibody test. (Supplied, Aisha Abdool Karim)
An antibody test. (Supplied, Aisha Abdool Karim)

Here are the latest global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

Vaccine in November? 

A China-developed vaccine could be ready for the public as early as November, the chief biosafety expert at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control tells state broadcaster CCTV.

Germany seeks herd immunity by mid-2021 

Germany aims to reach herd immunity through a voluntary coronavirus vaccine expected to be widely available by mid-2021, health minister Jens Spahn says.

Global tourism loses $460 billion 

The crisis cost the global tourism sector $460 billion in lost revenue during the first six months of 2020 as the number of people travelling plunged, the UN says.

Over 930 000 dead 

The pandemic has killed more than 930 182 people worldwide since surfacing in China late last year, according to an AFP count at 17:30 on Tuesday based on official sources.

More than 29.3 million cases have been confirmed.

The United States has the most deaths with 194 674, followed by Brazil with 132 006, India with 80 776, Mexico 71 049 and Britain 41 664.

No deaths in Australia 

Australia records zero new virus deaths for the first time in two months, as a slowdown in new cases allows a crippling lockdown in its second-biggest city Melbourne to be eased.

China city lockdown 

China has locked down a city of more than 210 000 people and will launch a mass testing programme there, officials say, after three cases were found in Ruili in western Yunnan province, a major land border crossing point with neighbouring Myanmar.

Dublin pubs remain closed 

Dublin pubs will remain shut when those outside the capital reopen next week, the Irish government says, unveiling new restrictions following a "very worrying" surge in cases.

Tour all clear 

Tour de France organisers are in exultant mood when announcing that all of their cyclists are negative for Covid-19 in the final round of tests, with six days left in the world famous cycling race, scheduled to end on Sunday with its parade up the Champs Elysees in Paris.

The news marks a success with organiser ASO who will claim the race has provided a blueprint in how to stage a major sports event in the middle of a pandemic.

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