Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Johnson & Johnson said Monday it had temporarily halted its Covid-19 vaccine trial because one of its participants had become sick. “We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due to an unexplained illness in a study participant,” the company said in a statement. The pause means the online enrollment system has been closed for the 60,000-patient clinical trial while the independent patient safety committee is convened. Two weeks ago, the company kicked off a final 60,000-person trial of a single-shot Covid-19 vaccine that potentially would simplify distribution of millions of doses compared with leading rivals using two doses. Rival vaccines from Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca all require two shots separated by several weeks, which make them much more difficult to administer.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has tested negative for coronavirus and he is not infectious to others, the White House physician said on Monday, 10 days after Trump announced he had contracted the coronavirus. In a memo released by the White House just hours before Trump was due to resume holding campaign rallies, Dr. Sean Conley said the president had tested negative on consecutive days using an Abbott Laboratories ABT.N BinaxNOW antigen card. Conley said the negative tests and other clinical and laboratory data “indicate a lack of detectable viral replication.” Trump’s medical team had determined that based on the data and guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “the president is not infectious to others,” Conley said.
New Zealand Sees 18th Day in a Row With no New Community Cases | New Zealand has recorded its 18th consecutive day of no new cases of Covid-19 spread in the community, health officials said. All 39 active cases of the virus in New Zealand were diagnosed in travelers returning to the country, who remain in quarantine facilities run by the government.
Sikkim Reports Seven Fresh Covid-19 Cases, One More Death | Sikkim reported seven fresh COVID-19 cases and one more fatality, an official said. East Sikkim registered six positive cases, while North Sikkim accounted for one infection.
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Boris Johnson Sets Out New System for Covid Restrictions | The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, set out a new, three-tiered system for Covid restrictions to “simplify and standardise” rules in England. The city region of Liverpool was immediately put into the “very high” category, with pubs and bars closed and almost all household mixing banned.
18 new Covid-19 cases reported in Mizoram, taking the total tally to 2,202. The number of active cases is at 156 while 2,046 people have been discharged so far. No death reported in the State till date.
Mainland China Reports it’s First Locally Transmitted Infection | Mainland China reported its first locally transmitted Covid-19 infections in nearly two months, as Qingdao city launched a city-wide testing drive after discovering new cases linked to a hospital designated to treat imported infections. The National Health Commission said in a statement that a total of 13 Covid-19 infections were reported in mainland China on 12 October, down from 21 a day earlier.
South Korea Reports 102 New Coronavirus Cases | South Korea reported 102 new coronavirus cases, marking a triple-digit increase in six days, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said. Daily infections had fallen largely into the double-digit range in the past two weeks, which led the government to relax some rules on social distancing this week.
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Trial Paused Due to Unexplained Illness | Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine trial has been paused, Stat News reports, due to “an unexplained illness in a study participant.” A document sent to outside researchers running the 60,000-patient clinical trial states that a “pausing rule” has been met, the online system used to enroll patients in the study has been closed and the data and safety monitoring board would be convened, the report said
Trump Tests Negative for Covid-19, is Not Infectious: White House Physician | U.S. President Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 and he is not infectious to others, the White House physician said, 10 days after Trump announced he had contracted the coronavirus. However, Trump returned to the campaign trail with a rally in Sanford, Florida, his first since he disclosed on Oct. 2 that he tested positive for COVID-19.