New Zealand Sees Return of COVID-19, Russia Develops Vaccine + More Fast Facts on Today's Biggest Headlines

Tuesday's world news is a bit of a rollercoaster.

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(SPOT.ph) Too tired to catch up on news? We round up what trended in the last 24 hours so you won't have to go down that rabbit hole.

Here are the headlines you might have missed today, August 11:

Department of Health confirms they have no contact tracing team

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The Department of Health advised the public to be wary of fake contact tracers who say that they're from the health agency. "They maliciously ask for personal information and extorn money in the process," they said in a statement. The matter has since been coordinated with the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation. "The public is reminded that the Department of Health (DOH) does not have a contact tracing time," the agency confirmed.

Russia develops the world's first COVID-19 vaccine

President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia has developed a vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against COVID-19. "This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered...One of my daughters had this vaccine. I think in this sense she took part in the experiment," he said in a televised video conference.

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Entire Lebanese parlimanent resigns from office

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced his resignation on Monday evening, August 10 (Beirut time) a week after the massive explosion in Beirut. Tens and thousands of protesters march the streets of Lebanon demanding government accountability and blaming widespread corruption among their leaders as the cause of this tragic incident. While Lebanese President Michel Aoun accepted his resignation, Diab was asked to continue performing his duties until a new government is installed.

New Zealand announces return of COVID-19

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After 102 days of being COVID 19-free, New Zealand announced its first locally transmitted coronavirus infection on Tuesday, August 11. There are now four confirmed cases in one family acquired from an unknown source in South Auckland. "After 102 days, we have our first cases of COVID-19 outside of managed isolation or quarantine facilities...We have all worked incredibly hard to prevent this scenario...We have also planned and prepared for it," Prime Minister Jacinda Arden assured her constituents. From August 12 to 14, the entire Auckland region will be on Alert Level 3, which means that travel in and out of the region is restricted to essential travel. Residents should stay home unless they are essential workers.

Former COMELEC chairman passes away at 80

Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez confirmed to reporters that former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. passed away today, August 11. He was 80 years old. Brillantes served as COMELEC chairman from January 2011 to February 2015.

Palace says MECQ extension is "highly unlikely"

When asked if modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces will be extended, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque had this to say in a televised press briefing: "Ang tanong kung posible, ang sagot ko, anything is possible but highly unlikely." He added that the government doesn't have enough funds for cash assistance in case of another lockdown. "Ang presidente naman po, straightforward, transparent, wala na pong ayuda para doon sa hindi makapagtrabaho kaya kinakailangan po mabuhay, despite and in spite [of]; protektahan po natin ang ating kalusugan ng tayo po ay makasulong sa ating pang-araw-araw na buhay," Roque said.

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As of August 11, the Philippines has a total of 139,538 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 68,794 active cases, 68,432 reported recoveries, and 2,312 reported deaths, according to DOH.

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