(Reuters) - The pandemic is still expanding but the rise in cases and deaths has slowed globally, the World Health Organization said, while a Hong Kong man and two European patients were confirmed to have been re-infected with the virus, raising concerns about people's immunity.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
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* India recorded more than 60,000 cases of COVID-19 for the eighth day in a row, as total cases crossed 3.2 million.
* South Korea ordered doctors in the Seoul area to return to work as they began a three-day strike in protest of several government proposals.
* France reported 3,304 new infections on Tuesday, well below daily highs seen last week, though greater numbers of young adults are testing positive, many without showing symptoms.
* About 3,700 people in Sweden were told in error that they had the coronavirus due to a fault in a testing kit from China, the Public Health Agency said.
* The Irish government said there were clear breaches of COVID-19 public health guidelines during European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan's recent trip to his native Ireland.
* Young people are driving the spread of the coronavirus in the Americas, the head of the Pan American Health Organization said on Tuesday, noting that both deaths and caseloads have doubled in the region over the past six weeks.
* General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co said they are close to completing production of ventilators ordered by the Trump administration and are ramping down or exiting the operations.
* Nursing homes in the United States will now be required to test staff for COVID-19 and offer testing to residents, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* Gaza was in lockdown on Tuesday after the first cases of COVID-19 in the general population of the Palestinian enclave, whose restricted borders until now had helped spare it from an outbreak.
* Turkey's new infections of COVID-19 jumped on Tuesday to their highest level since mid-June.
* The University of Cambridge is aiming to start clinical trials of its possible coronavirus vaccine in the autumn after it received 1.9 million pounds ($2.5 million) in funding from the British government.
* Australian researchers hope to start human trials of a coronavirus antibody therapy in early 2021, while a large-scale trial of a vaccine could begin by the end of this year.
* Asian stocks eased from a two-year high, as a mixed bag of economic data had investors a touch more circumspect about the global recovery, while oil jumped after a hurricane disrupted output in the Gulf of Mexico.
* U.S. bank profits were down 70% from a year earlier in the second quarter of 2020, a regulator reported.
* Moody's downgraded Chile's outlook to negative due to economic hits from the pandemic and social pressures, but the ratings agency maintained its A1 rating.
(Compiled by Sarah Morland, Linda Pasquini, Uttaresh.V and Vinay Dwivedi; Edited by Anil D'Silva, Mark Heinrich and Shounak Dasgupta)