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Coronavirus, COVID-19 Best Updates. Updates from around the world from different news sources. Coronavirus Kills Businesses Globally. How to cope with it, and how long can we continue on this path of destruction? Stay safe and take the right precautions if you are going to travel to potentially contaminated areas! All times mentioned are according to UK time. The Coronavirus Worldwide News Updates 18-09-2020 Coronavirus, COVID-19: 950.635 Death, and 30.358.087 proven infected worldwide. Rest in Peace Posters of Dr. Li Wenliang, who warned authorities about the coronavirus outbreak seen at Hosier Lane in Melbourne, Australia. Hosier Lane is known for its street art. Please listen to the experts & scientists, wear a mask, social distance, and help keep each other safe! The Coronavirus, COVID-19 News Jump quickly to 4 Online Tools by clicking on: 4 Online Tools Provide Up-to-Date Tracking History global updates about the coronavirus, COVID-19: Recommended:  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (1) Globally, the 24 of January till the 13th of April Recommended:  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (2) Globally, the 15th of April till the 13th of May Recommended:  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (3) Globally, the 14th of May till the 12th of July Recommended: Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (4) Globally, the 13th of July till the 27th of July Recommended: Coronavirus, COVID-19 Travel Updates By Tu i   Coronavirus Kills Businesses Globally. Updates Coronavirus Global Roundup: A tidal wave of coronavirus business failures Retailers, restaurants, airlines, tech companies, oil producers, fitness centers, travel agencies the list goes on and on. Coronavirus Kills Businesses Businesses across the globe have declared bankruptcy this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has triggered economic turmoil and hardship. For many companies worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic could be the toughest challenge they've ever met: Cash flow dried up, financial problems deepened, customers stopped buying, stores shut down, and lockdown orders returned over and over again.  Some are experiencing domestic political and social turbulence; others were struggling even before the pandemic began. The current situation has made it worse, as companies try to survive in an environment where a vaccine has yet to be found, and economies are still reeling. Coronavirus Kills: Stores Closed, Jobs Cut In the United States, nearly a third of the more than 40 large companies seeking bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic awarded bonuses to executives within a month of filing their cases, according to an analysis of securities filings and court records. J.C. Penney, the retailer founded more than a century ago, was forced to temporarily close its 846 department stores and furlough about 78,000 of its 85,000 employees worldwide as the pandemic spread. It approved nearly 10 million U.S. dollars in payouts just before its May 15 filing. The company has said it would permanently close 152 stores and lay off 1,000 employees. Neiman Marcus Group, the century-old American retailer, is one of several traditional department stores that could be headed for trouble. The group in March temporarily closed all of its 67 stores, and in April furloughed more than 11,000 employees. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 7. The company paid four million U.S. dollars in bonuses to Chairman and Chief Executive Geoffroy van Raemdonck in February and more than four million U.S. dollars to other executives in the weeks before its May 7 bankruptcy filing, court records show.  So far, the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy has been that of American car-rental company Hertz. After the travel industry hit the brakes, the company began selling off much of its fleet to meet demands from creditors.  The slowdown of the travel industry caused by coronavirus has also crippled the aviation sector. Latin America's largest airline, LATAM, filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection in May. Before the novel coronavirus outbreak, the airline had 43,000 workers worldwide, most of them in Brazil and Chile. LATAM is seeking to restructure 18 billion U.S. dollars in debt. It is the world's largest airline to date to seek an emergency reorganization due to the pandemic. LATAM will also make redundant "at least" 2,700 workers in Brazil, including pilots, its Brazilian arm said on Saturday, as the bankrupt carrier struggles to cut costs and cope with an industry collapse sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus Kills Businesses Globally: Struggles  Bankruptcies among Japanese companies in the first half of the year rose for the first time in 11 years, partly due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit hotels and restaurants, according to data compiled by a Japanese research firm.  While the coronavirus is one of the triggers of the rise in bankruptcies, increased labor costs and October's sales tax hike are also factors. Bankruptcies in industries including accommodation and food services came in at 1,295, up 3.8 percent year on year, as declines in inbound tourism hit the sectors, the firm said. The famous U.S. department stores Macy's said its net sales for the fiscal first quarter ended May nearly halved to 3.02 billion U.S. dollars. The company, which on June 25 said it would lay off about 3,900 employees in corporate and management positions in a bid to save cash, did not provide an updated outlook amid the surge of coronavirus cases in the country.   Companies, iconic names, or SMEs, we're in deep financial trouble despite selling equipment and property and cutting jobs, even before non-essential businesses were ordered to shut down. The hardest hit is selling off assets and closing for good. "More than 6,800 companies filed for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year, and this year you can expect more," said financial experts from McKinsey and Company. "The wave of petitions from this worst economic downturn since the Great Depression could ruin the business system, making it even harder to save the companies that can be rescued." In many cases, the coronavirus crisis has exposed deeper problems, including over-dependence on traditional supply chains and offline stores, or staggering debts run up by companies whose business models were already struggling to deal with changes in consumer behavior. Coronavirus Kills: Forge Ahead.  Airlines are among the worst-hit industries. Last week, a rescue plan for South African Airways (SAA) was finalized and can be implemented once funding for the restructuring is found, the state-owned airline's administrators said.   The administrators took over SAA in December after almost a decade of financial losses. They published their restructuring plan for SAA last month, after repeated delays and fierce wrangling over the airline's future.  British Airways is planning to sell its multimillion-pound art collection as it attempts to raise funds. The sales include works by Bridget Riley and Damien Hirst, which may fetch six-figure sums. The artworks previously decorated BA's executive lounges and company headquarters.  But amid all the challenges, some companies are finding ways to forge ahead by expanding online-friendly business options, and web-based businesses are thriving. Netflix reported almost 16 million new subscribers in the first three months of 2020, nearly double the number of new sign-ups in the final months of 2019.  This article was earlier published in the CTGN. Starting today, the 31st of August 2020, WhatsOrb will only publish headlines from news worldwide. WhatsOrb stops by posting the amount of death and infected people by country. We have concluded that posting these numbers  gives an incomplete picture of the situation  without knowing the underlying health condition from the people who get infected or pass away from the coronavirus. Best Updates On The Coronavirus News Updates 18-09-2020 Headlines 08:04 am The number of coronavirus cases worldwide passed 30 million on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The global death toll stands at 943,203 people and is expected to pass 1 million by 1 October. The US accounts for more than 22% of global cases, at 6.67m, and nearly 200,000 fatalities. The Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, again criticized President Trump’s handling of the pandemic as “close to criminal”, in particular Trump’s supposedly intentional downplaying of the severity of the virus. Biden also questioned Trump’s claims on a vaccine: “I don’t trust the president on vaccines,” he said, adding that he trusted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious diseases expert sidelined by Trump. “If Fauci says a vaccine is safe, I would take the vaccine. We should listen to the scientists, not to the president,” said Biden. Roughly one in every 50 Americans is infected, and one in every 1,600 has died since the start of the pandemic. Reports emerged late on Thursday that guidance about the novel coronavirus testing posted last month on the website of the US CDC was not written by the agency’s scientists and was posted despite their objections. The New York Times reported the story, citing people familiar with the matter and internal documents. The guidance said it was not necessary to test people with no symptoms of Covid-19, even if they had been exposed to the virus. The agency’s previous position recommended testing all people who had close contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19. The reversal shocked doctors and politicians and prompted accusations of political interference. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of “alarming rates of transmission” of Covid-19 across Europe and cautioned countries against shortening quarantine periods. The WHO said the number of coronavirus cases in September “should serve as a wake-up call for all of us”. France confirmed a new 24-hour record late on Thursday, registering 10,593 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours and pushing the cumulative number to 415,481. The previous high was 10,561 new cases in a day, recorded on 12 September. The sharp increase is a result of a higher infection rate but also of a massive increase in testing, Reuters reported. Extra measures to curb the epidemic in the cities of Lyon and Nice were announced by the health minister on Thursday, adding to the three other regions already deemed as virus “red zones”. Israel is preparing to enter a second national coronavirus lockdown on Friday, becoming the first country to re-enter nationwide restrictions. The unpopular lockdown is expected to last at least three weeks, upending a normally festive period filled with Jewish holidays. The Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak, is reopening for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium. China stopped international flights in March as Covid-19 swept the world, but has now largely brought the disease under control at home through travel restrictions, testing, and lockdowns. China reported 32 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, marking the highest daily increase in more than a month and up sharply from nine cases reported a day earlier, the Chinese health authority said on Friday. The National Health Commission said in a statement that all new cases were imported infections among returned travelers.   {youtube}                                                     Coronavirus: How much is it costing and who will pay? - BBC Newsnight   Source Worldometers, The Guardian      News Updates 17-09-2020 Headlines 07:54 am India reported another global record jump in daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday. Coronavirus infections in India surged past 5 million on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients. China has locked down a city on its border with Myanmar and launched a campaign to test the city’s entire population of more than 200,000 people. Officials in Ruili in Yunnan province said the city had entered a state of “wartime” defenses against Covid-19 after two new cases emerged among travelers from Myanmar. Residents have been ordered to stay at home and authorities have set up checkpoints to prevent anyone entering or leaving Ruili and restricting access to border areas nearby. Most businesses have been closed. The World Health Organization warned Latin American countries not to reopen too fast. WHO regional director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday that Latin America had started to resume normal social and public life at a time when the pandemic still required major control interventions. New Zealand saw its GDP fall by 12.2% in the June quarter, the largest quarterly fall since such records began in 1987, as COVID restrictions affected economic activity, Stats NZ said today. The number of confirmed cases in Germany increased by 2,194 to 265,857 on Thursday, the second-highest daily total since April. The director of the US CDC said it will take one year before a coronavirus vaccine will be “generally available to the American public”. That estimation contrasts with recent bullish messaging by Donald Trump, who on Tuesday repeated his assertion that “we’re going to have a vaccine in a matter of weeks” even though a successful vaccine has yet to be unveiled from ongoing US trials, and attacked the CDC director on Wednesday as “confused” about the timeline. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is to furlough himself and his staff for a week in order to close a $7bn budget shortfall created by the pandemic. The average age of people infected with Covid-19 is coming down, according to a World Health Organization expert Dr Maria Van Kerkhove. She told a Q&A that incidences of hospitalization among those aged 15 to 49 years are increasing and said it was possible for the same person to be infected with influenza and Covid-19. South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said on Wednesday, part of a wider easing of measures announced as figures continue to improve. Source Worldometers, The Guardian      News Updates 16-09-2020 Headlines 06:26 am India’s coronavirus cases have passed 5 million, testing the country’s feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The Health Ministry reported 90,123 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the nation’s confirmed total to 5,020,359, about 0.35% of its nearly 1.4 billion population. It said 1,290 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 82,066. India’s total coronavirus caseload is closing in on the United States’ highest tally of more than 6.6 million cases and is expected to surpass it within weeks. In the US, at least seven people have died in connection to an outbreak in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public health authorities said. US President Donald Trump said that Covid-19 would go away without a vaccine. This would happen because of “herd mentality,” he said in an ABC town hall. It is unclear whether he meant herd immunity, as he repeated the phrase several times.“It would go away without the vaccine George,” he said, speaking to ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos. “With time, it goes away. And you’ll develop like a herd mentality. It’s going to be herd developed, and that’s going to happen. That will all happen.” New Zealand reported a second consecutive day of no new community cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday. Half the world’s schoolchildren are still unable to attend classrooms due to the pandemic. Around 872 million – more than half of whom have not been able to study remotely – are not allowed to attend school in person, Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore said. Dáil reconvenes after the Irish minister tests negative for Covid-19. Ireland’s minister for health Stephen Donnelly has told RTE that his Covid-19 test has come back negative. Earlier today, Irish cabinet ministers were told to restrict their movements as a precaution after Donnelly contacted his GP to request a test after feeling unwell. However, ministers no longer needed to do this following the negative test result and were back in the chamber by 8 pm. Nearly a fifth of South Africans may have contracted coronavirus, the country’s health minister has said. South Africa has recorded 650,749 cases, but the actual number of infections could be “about 12 million”, Zweli Mkhize said. Sweden has recorded its fewest daily Covid-19 cases since March. The country’s rolling seven-day average of new cases stood at 108 on Tuesday, its lowest level since 13 March. The Netherlands has hit a daily record of new coronavirus cases. A total of 1,379 new infections – the majority reported in Amsterdam and The Hague – were recorded in the country on Tuesday. Source Worldometers, The Guardian      News Updates 15-09-2020 Headlines 06:26 am There are nearly 30m coronavirus cases worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with 29,136,553 confirmed so far. The number of deaths has passed 925,000. China expects a vaccine to be ready as soon as November. Wu Guizhen, head of biosafety at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said she expected Chinese vaccines for Covid-19 would soon be available to the public as soon as November or December. China, the world’s largest producer of vaccines, accounts for nine of the 30 vaccines undergoing human trials. Last week, the University of Hong Kong, working with mainland Chinese researchers, said a nasal spray vaccine was entering clinical trials. India’s death toll crossed 80,000 on Tuesday after 1,054 people died in 24 hours. India also reported 83,809 new coronavirus infections for its lowest daily jump in a week, the health ministry said on Tuesday. South Korea will secure early supply of the novel coronavirus vaccines for 30 million people, or 60% of its population, prime minister Chung Sye-Kyun told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. A new national lockdown could be imposed in Wales within weeks unless people follow the updated rules on social gatherings, the country’s health minister has said. At least 14 refugees have tested positive for Covid-19, according to officials on Lesbos where efforts are underway to move thousands of people left homeless by devastating fires, in what had once been Europe’s biggest migrant camp in Moria, into a new facility. Jordan will suspend schools for two weeks from Thursday and close places of worship, restaurants, and public markets as part of renewed restrictions after a record rise in coronavirus cases in the last few days, Reuters reports. Source Worldometers, The Guardian      News Updates 14-09-2020 Headlines 06:26 am US President Donald Trump held a Nevada campaign rally at an indoor venue on Sunday despite public health professionals’ warnings against large indoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. People in the crowd were seated close together and many did not wear masks. The World Health Organization reported a record single-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the tally surged by further 307,930 infections in just 24 hours. Israel’s government will impose a new three-week nationwide lockdown that will start on Friday after the rate of infection during the past two weeks became the highest recorded since the outbreak began. South Africa’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, warned Sunday the economy could shrink by more than the 7% forecast for 2020, stressing that public finances are “overstretched”. Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria on Monday reported seven deaths from the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 35 new cases, its lowest daily rise in infections since late June. New Zealand will remain at its current Covid-19 alert level for at least another week. The country is currently under low-level restrictions due to continued community transmission of the coronavirus in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Physical distancing is required, and masks are legally mandated on public transport. Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flights as of 15 September to allow “exceptional categories” of citizens and residents to travel. Around 4,000 health workers demonstrated in Brussels on Sunday, calling for more spending on the healthcare system. Source Worldometers, The Guardian                                             News Updates 13-09-2020 Headlines 06:48 am France daily cases top 10,000; Victoria reports 41 new infections Cases are also rising in England and Scotland as Europe outbreak worsens; seven more deaths in the worst-hit Australian state; Oxford University vaccine trials to resume. Oxford University resumes the Covid-19 vaccine trials. Trump ally who tried to change COVID reports was ‘fighting deep state.’ Australian diplomats sent to Heathrow to help stranded citizens Victorian parliament shut down after security guard tests positive The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 948 in the past 24 hours, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. South Korea is set to decide on Sunday whether it will extend its coronavirus restrictions in the greater Seoul area for another week, Yohnap reports New Zealand has reported two new COVID cases. One is an imported case in managed isolation, and the other is a worker at one of the managed quarantine facilities, the Jet Park Hotel in Auckland. The health ministry says the returnee in controlled isolation arrived from South Africa on 8 September and remains in quarantine in Canterbury. New Zealand has reported two new COVID cases. One is an imported case in managed isolation, and the other is a worker at one of the managed quarantine facilities, the Jet Park Hotel in Auckland. The health ministry says the returnee in controlled isolation arrived from South Africa on 8 September and remains in quarantine in Canterbury. Brazil has recorded 814 coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, and 33,523 additional cases, the nation’s health ministry said on Saturday evening. {youtube}                                                     Coronavirus: How much is it costing, and who will pay? - BBC Newsnight   Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 12-09-2020 Headlines 07:12 am In Australia, Victoria recorded its lowest new infections since 26 June, with 37 new cases and six further deaths over the past 24 hours. Premier Daniel Andrews said that regional Victoria was “on track” to relax restrictions by two steps by the “middle of next week,” after it recorded no new cases, and one previous case was found to be a false positive. At least three people were arrested at an unlawful anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne, with many more fined. Queensland reported three new cases, two of whom are children under the age of nine. New South Wales reported six new cases, five of which were locally acquired. Four of the people are associated with Concord Hospital. Canada has reported zero Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 15. However, the country has reported 702 new cases. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 11-09-2020 Headlines 06:12 am Understanding antibody responses against Covid-19 is fundamental for the development of effective treatments and a preventive vaccine, experts say. But if antibodies decline over time, it could suggest immunity from a potential vaccine would also fade, rendering it less effective or require boosters. India reports a daily tally of 96,000 cases, a global record. Infections growing faster in India than anywhere in the world; Fauci warns the US to ‘hunker down’ this winter. France records nearly 10,000 new cases. Macron to layout COVID plan as India sets another global one-day record. World map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? In one of the US’s sharpest clashes over school reopening, the paper reports on how officials in Des Moines are saying Iowa’s Republican governor is pushing them to risk public safety. The United Nations independent expert on poverty is warning that the worst impacts from the coronavirus pandemic on poverty are yet to come and that measures are taken by governments to protect people so far have been insufficient. The social safety nets put into place are full of holes, said Olivier De Schutter, a Belgian legal scholar appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. A high school senior was arrested on Thursday in Long Island, in the US state of New York, after repeatedly showing up to the building in protest on days he had been scheduled for remote learning. Maverick Stow, 17, was issued a five-day suspension for appearing on Tuesday at William Floyd high school and returned on the following two days, Newsday reported. He said he believes students should be in school five days a week. Hungary will not impose blanket school closures to curb the spread of the coronavirus but will aim to protect the most vulnerable elderly as the goal is to keep the economy going, the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, said on Friday. Myanmar has imposed its strictest measures so far to control the spread of coronavirus; AP is reporting, banning travel out of the country’s biggest city, Yangon, and grounding all domestic flights. Both measures announced just hours before taking effect, will be in place until 1 October. Ukraine registered a record 3,144 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the country’s national security council said on Friday, up from a previous history of 2,836 registered on 5 September. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 10-09-2020 Headlines 06:12 am Trump says he 'perhaps' misled Americans as global deaths pass 900,000. Trump said he ‘played down’ threat because he ‘didn’t want to create panic’. France sees the second-highest one-day case total. Netherlands and Portugal see the highest cases since April. Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial participant is undeterred by a pause. The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”, pose far more significant risks to human health than Covid-19, threatening to put modern medicine “back into the dark ages”, an Australian scientist has warned, ahead of a three-year study into drug-resistant bacteria in Fiji. Although the four most populous US states - California, Florida, New York, and Texas - account for about 40% of the 6.3 million US infections, the Midwest has been the hardest hit in recent weeks. New York City restaurants struggling to stay in business after months of closures imposed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic won a long-awaited approval on Wednesday to resume limited indoor dining. But Los Angeles County health officials have prohibited Halloween parties and said children should not be allowed to trick or treat during the popular holiday on 31 October. New Zealanders are experiencing more depression and anxiety since the coronavirus lockdown, doctors say, despite the country leading the world in its battle against the pandemic. A risk calculator that takes seconds to produce a score indicating a Covid-19 patient’s risk of death could help clinicians make care decisions soon after patients arrive in hospital, according to a large study conducted by a consortium of researchers across the UK. President Jair Bolsonaro, whose administration has tense relations with China, has criticized the vaccine and lashed out at Doria, a leading opponent, for supposedly backing it. The far-right president has instead allocated 1.9bn reals ($360m) to purchase another vaccine candidate, developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 09-09-2020 Headlines 08:04 am AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford pause major vaccine trials for the second time. AstraZeneca Plc has put a hold on the late-stage trial of its highly anticipated Covid-19 vaccine candidate after a suspected serious adverse reaction in a study participant, health news website Stat News reported on Tuesday. It quoted an AstraZeneca spokesperson as saying in a statement that the “standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow the review of safety data”. The study is testing a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford researchers at sites, including the US and the UK, where the adverse event was reported. Canada is seeing a worrying increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus as schools across the country start to reopen, a top medical official said on Tuesday. Chief public health officer Theresa Tam said an average of 545 new cases had been reported daily over the past week, up from about 300 in July. Disruptions to health services due to the pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at risk worldwide, the United Nations said Wednesday, warning that Covid-19 could reverse decades of progress in reducing child mortality. A million jobs were lost in Australia between March and June quarters. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that the total number of filled jobs fell by 6.4% and hours worked fell by 9.8% between the March and June quarters. New Zealand reported six new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, all spread by community transmission and connected to an outbreak in the largest city, Auckland. Health authorities are asking all members of a particular church, Mt. Roskill Evangelical Fellowship, to be tested for the coronavirus –even if they are not symptomatic or have been tried before. All six of the new cases have links to the church. Gatherings of more than six people to be banned in England. Social groups of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday after the number of daily positive Covid-19 cases in the UK rose to almost 3,000.  France recorded 6,544 new daily cases. The number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in France rose by 6,544 over the last 24 hours to stand at a total of 335,524. Three migrant camps near Athens were placed in quarantine as concerns mount overspread of the virus. Three migrant camps near Athens were placed in quarantine on Tuesday as concerns mounted over the spread of Covid-19 among thousands of asylum seekers living in squalid conditions in Greece. Spain reported 3,168 new cases in the past 24 hours. Spain’s health ministry said 8,964 new COVID cases on Tuesday, 3,168 of them diagnosed over the past 24 hours. The coronavirus bill has cost the UK government £210bn, spending watchdog says. The government response to the coronavirus pandemic is on track to cost £210bn for the first six months of the crisis, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has said. Hong Kong will ease coronavirus curbs. Hong Kong will expand the size of public gatherings to four people and reopen more sports venues from Friday as the Asian financial hub relaxes strict curbs against a third wave of the coronavirus. School disruption could have a century-long economic impact: OECD. Disruption to schooling stemming from the Covid-19 epidemic will cause a skill loss that could result in a 1.5% drop in global economic output for the rest of this century, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has estimated. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 08-09-2020 Headlines 10:41 am India suffers almost daily deaths in a month as the global toll passes 890,000 Japanese economy shrinks more than expected; Ash Barty to skip French Open title defense over COVID concerns Spain first country in western Europe to pass 500,000 cases Seven Greek islands to be added to England quarantine list UK health secretary says young people mostly behind case rise The US economy could reach its pre-COVID 19 levels by the second quarter of next year, while the entire developed markets could reach that level by the third quarter of next year, they said. The Philippines’ health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 3,281 new coronavirus infections and 26 additional deaths. Russia reported 5,099 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, pushing its national tally to 1,035,789, the fourth largest in the world. Cheers can be heard from Ireland, where the government is likely to authorize the reopening of more than half the country’s pubs that do not serve food on 21 September after health officials advised they should not open before that date, the Irish Times reported on Tuesday. Ukraine registered a record 57 deaths related to the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours; the national security council said on Tuesday, up from a previous record of 54 deaths registered last week. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 07-09-2020 Headlines 07:04 am India has recorded a global one-day record of more than 90,000 positive coronavirus cases, taking the country past Brazil as the second most infected country in the world in terms of overall cases, with 4.2m confirmed cases. Global coronavirus cases have passed 27m, with 883,339 deaths confirmed, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Nearly 3,000 more people in the UK tested have positive for Covid-19, with 2,988 new cases reported on Sunday - a sharp increase from 1,813, and the highest number of new cases since 23 May. However, fatalities remain low, with two new deaths within 28 days of a positive test reported in the last 24 hours. In France, authorities have placed seven more departments covering major cities such as Lille, Strasbourg, and Dijon on high alert. The move comes as the nation reported a record of nearly 9,000 daily cases on Friday and a further 8,550 cases in the past 24 hours on Saturday when the nationwide test positivity rate increased to 4.7%. South Korea has added 119 more cases, its lowest daily jump in more than three weeks amid a downward trend in new cases. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the additional figures took the country’s total to 21,296 with 336 deaths. Australia on Monday said it would receive the first batches of a potential Covid-19 vaccine in January 2021, as the country’s virus hotspot said the number of new daily infections has fallen to a 10-week low, Reuters reports. Coronavirus cases are rising in 22 of the 50 US states, a Reuters analysis has found. Three weeks ago, cases were only rising in three states - Hawaii, Illinois, and South Dakota. Turkey recorded 1,578 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the health ministry said, bringing the country’s total to 279,806. A further 53 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s official death toll to 6,673. Nearly half of Greeks (44%) would refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a poll of 1,000 respondents published on Sunday. Meanwhile, a survey of the same number of Brazilians found 5% would definitely snub a vaccine, while a further 20% expressed reluctance.  Hundreds asked to self-isolate after the outbreak at UK charity football match. Up to 300 people who attended a charity football match at a working men’s club on the border of Sunderland and Durham have been asked to self-isolate after 28 tested positive for Covid-19. Israel is set to lock down several cities after passing the milestone of 1,000 coronavirus deaths this weekend. The government will hold a vote on the renewed lockdowns tomorrow. The Isle of Man has recorded its first confirmed Covid-19 case since May, the chief minister has said. The person had returned to the island a week ago on a flight in which all passengers wore masks and has been self-isolating at home for seven days. The chief minister stressed there is “no need for concern” as the case has been contained. The Australian government has announced COVID vaccine deals to provide 84.8m doses. The country will buy 84.8m vaccine doses for $1.7bn if two promising Covid-19 vaccine candidates prove successful. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 06-09-2020 Headlines 09:04 am In Australia, the premier of Victoria state has extended tough lockdown conditions in Melbourne for six more weeks as Australia’s second-largest city works to contain the second wave of Covid-19 cases that has caused 646 deaths to date. Mexico has recorded an extra 122,765 deaths above expectations during the pandemic up to August, the health ministry said on Saturday in a report about excess mortality rates, suggesting Mexico’s true coronavirus toll could be much higher. Portugal reported 486 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, its biggest daily increase since the week its lockdown was lifted in May. The UK recorded 1,813 new infections on Saturday, slightly down from the 1,940 cases that were reported Friday, the highest figure since 30 May. Brazil recorded 30,168 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as well as 682 deaths from the disease, and remains the second-worst affected country globally. France reported 8,550 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, slightly down from Friday’s new all-time record of 8,975 daily additional infections. Covid-19 could now be endemic in some parts of England that combine severe deprivation, poor housing, and large BAME communities, according to a highly confidential government analysis. Democratic US vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris said she would not trust Donald Trump with a potential coronavirus vaccine. The lengthy coronavirus shutdown of pubs in Ireland that’s been in place since mid-March has hit rural communities particularly hard. Several thousand people rallied on Saturday in the Croatian capital Zagreb to protest against coronavirus measures, which they said endangered human rights and freedoms. About 1,000 people demonstrated in the heart of Rome on Saturday against the mandatory wearing of face masks and compulsory vaccination for schoolchildren. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 05-09-2020 Headlines 09:14 am Health authorities in South Australia will look to expand testing across the state after Covid-19 was detected in sewage water. The announcement that coronavirus was detected at two wastewater treatment facilities has prompted SA Health to expand regional testing from three to six sites. India’s coronavirus cases crossed 4m on Saturday, leading the world in new infections and deepening misery in the country’s vast hinterlands where surges have crippled the underfunded healthcare system. Iran on Saturday opened the new school year after nearly seven months of closure. In a video conference, president Hassan Rouhani said the education of 15 million students is as important as the health system. Education will not be closed in our country even under the worst situation, he said, urging authorities to implement health measures in schools to the level of those in military garrisons. In England, seven 10,000 fines were issued to organizers of illegal raves in Leeds last weekend, the city’s council leader has said. Judith Blake told BBC Breakfast on Saturday that the council “fully expected” Leeds to be put on the government’s Covid-19 watchlist as an “area of concern” due to an increase in cases. She said: “We have been monitoring our number every single day and we recognize that the numbers have been creeping up, so we fully expected to be on the list to become an area of concern In the UK, as the school’s reopen Dr. Mike Tildesley, associate professor of infection modeling at the University of Warwick, said the vast majority of students had a very low risk of developing severe symptoms of Covid-19. India’s total coronavirus cases surged beyond 4 million with a record rise on Saturday, making it the third country in the world to surpass that mark, following the United States and Brazil. India added 86,432 cases of the new virus on Saturday, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry. Infections rose across the country, including in the capital New Delhi and the large states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 04-09-2020 Headlines 08:14 am Brazil has recorded more than 4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 43,773 new cases and 834 deaths from the disease caused by the virus reported in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday. Israel announced Thursday a new lockdown affecting 30 areas as it grapples with one of the world’s highest detected per capita infection rates and a death toll nearing 1,000, AFP reports. From Monday, travel from 30 areas classified as “red” will be limited and non-essential businesses shut down. The Australian state of Victoria has confirmed 81 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours. It also added 50 deaths from people who passed away in aged care facilities in July and August. New Zealand to retain current restrictions until mid-September. New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said on Friday the country’s current restrictions to beat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic would be retained until mid-September. The largest city, Auckland, will remain on alert level 2.5, while the rest of the country will be on alert level 2.0, Ardern told a news conference. The settings would be reviewed on 14 September, she said. France counts more than 7,000 new infections for the second day. France registered more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections over 24 hours for the second time in two days, the health ministry said on Thursday, while hospitalizations for the virus also rose again. Robert Pattinson tests positive for Covid-19, halting Batman production. The actor Robert Pattinson has tested positive for Covid-19, pausing production in the UK of Warner Bros movie The Batman, US media reports. US public health officials prepare for the October vaccine rollout. Federal public health officials in the US have asked their state counterparts to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk individuals as early as late October. Tracing apps may stem Covid-19 spread even when only a few use them - study. Contact tracing apps can sharply reduce the spread of Covid-19 even when only a few people use them, a study published on Thursday by researchers at Google and Oxford University showed. An app used by 15% of the population together with a well-staffed contact-tracing workforce can lead to a 15% drop in infection rates and an 11% drop in Covid-19 deaths, according to statistical modeling. Mexico leads the world in healthcare worker deaths from Covid-19. Mexico leads the world in coronavirus deaths among its healthcare workers, Amnesty International has said in a new report. The report said Mexico has reported 1,320 confirmed deaths among health workers from Covid-19 so far, surpassing the US at 1,077, the UK at 649, and Brazil at 634. Thailand reports the first locally transmitted case in 100 days. Thailand has reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus case in 100 days after a prison inmate was confirmed to have Covid-19. Dozens of contacts are now being tested, including his family members, people he met in court, and other inmates. He had been arrested for drug offenses on 26 August. Greece and Portugal stay on England’s list of quarantine-free travel. English tourists in Greece and Portugal have been spared the cost and chaos of rushing back to the UK after the British government defied expectations and maintained quarantine-free travel from both countries for the time being. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 03-09-2020 Headlines 10:14 am Global deaths passed 860,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with the current total at 861,668. The highest toll is in the US, where 185,707 people have died. There are 26,031,410 cases worldwide. India reported a staggering daily jump of 83,883 coronavirus infections on Thursday, taking its tally to 3.85 million, just 100,000 behind Brazil, the world’s second most affected nation, health ministry data showed. According to Johns Hopkins, this is the second-highest one day total ever reported, with India breaking the world record on 26 August with more than 85,000 cases. US public health departments being told to prepare the November vaccine distribution. Health officials across the US have reportedly been notified that they should expect a coronavirus vaccine available to health workers and high-risk groups by November, amid concerns the accelerated vaccine development process has become politicized. Trump plans to cut dues to WHO immediately. The Trump administration is planning to cut its membership dues to the World Health Organization, in a legally controversial move that will be challenged by Congress. Australia’s Victoria state on Thursday reported a triple-digit rise in new Covid-19 infections for the first time in four days, denting optimism that the second wave of cases has been contained. Victoria state said 113 new cases were detected in the past 24 hours, upon the 90 infections reported on Wednesday. Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll appears to be easing for the first time since May, a sign the Latin American country could be descending from a long infection plateau that has seen it suffer the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States. With nearly 4 million confirmed cases, the virus has killed over 120,000 people in Brazil. But the level of average daily deaths dropped below 900 per day last week - the lowest in three and a half months and below the rate of both the United States and India, according to a Reuters tally. Italy’s former prime minister the media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi announced Wednesday that he had tested positive for coronavirus and is in quarantine at home. Berlusconi, who once owned AC Milan, stressed that he would continue his political activities. Turkey seeing the second peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, health minister says. Turkey is seeing a second peak of its coronavirus outbreak due to “carelessness” at weddings and other social gatherings, its health minister has said, amid a rapid rise in the number of daily cases and deaths. France’s new Covid-19 infections near an all-time high. Daily new Covid-19 infections in France neared an all-time high on Wednesday and the number of people hospitalized in intensive care units for the disease grew at its fastest pace in almost two months. Nancy Pelosi claims to have been “set up” after she was photographed in a San Francisco hair salon without a face covering. “I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to many times,” the House speaker said. “It was a setup, and I take responsibility for falling for a setup.” Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has tested positive for coronavirus. Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon who served as Italy’s prime minister in four governments, has tested positive for Covid-19. The 83-year-old is currently in isolation and working from home at his house in Arcore, near Milan, his staff said. Madrid president says most returning schoolchildren likely to contract Covid-19. The president of Madrid, the Spanish area hardest hit by the coronavirus, has said that “practically all the children” about to return to school in the region are likely to pick up the virus over the coming months. A major study finds steroids cut death rates among Covid-19 patients. Treating critically ill Covid-19 patients with corticosteroid drugs reduces the risk of death by 20%, an analysis of seven international trials has found, prompting the World Health Organization to update its advice on treatment. A nasal swab followed by an antibody test may catch incorrect Covid-19 diagnoses. Testing people twice for the coronavirus, with a nasal swab followed by an antibody finger prick test, would catch most of those people who fail to get the right Covid-19 diagnosis, researchers believe. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 02-09-2020 Headlines 20:38 am Italy’s former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has tested positive for Covid-19. The 83-year-old is isolating and working from his home near Milan, according to a statement made by his staff. Madrid’s president has said most children returning to schools are likely to catch coronavirus. Isabel Díaz Ayuso insisted that the necessary steps had been taken to make the Spanish capital’s schools “very safe places”, but that such measures were not in a place away from the classroom. Steroids cut death rates among critical Covid-19 patients, a major study has found. The analysis – which pooled data from separate trials of low dose hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, and methylprednisolone – found that steroids reduced the risk of death by 20% in those sick enough to be in intensive care in hospital. The pandemic will widen the gender poverty gap, pushing 47 million more women and girls into poverty by next year, according to the UN. Worldwide more women than men will be made poor by the economic fallout and massive job losses caused by a coronavirus, with informal workers worst hit in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, according to UN estimates. German prosecutors have ruled that anti-lockdown protesters can be called “Covidiots”. The ruling came after legal complaints against Social Democrat co-leader Saskia Esken, who used the term on Twitter, were dismissed. Germany has ruled out a winter lockdown despite rising coronavirus infections. The health minister, Jens Spahn, said the country would not need another nationwide lockdown to keep the virus under control. Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful elected US Democrat, has been pictured without a face covering in a hair salon. Footage obtained by Fox News shows Pelosi breaking San Francisco rules that only allow hairdressing services outdoors. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 01-09-2020 Headlines 07:38 am The number of infections in the United States surpassed six million. India has added nearly 2m coronavirus cases in one month, jumping from 1.64m infections at the end of July to 3.62m at the end of August. Spain has registered more than 23,000 new COVID-19 cases since Friday. France’s new Covid-19 infections surged by almost 50% in August, hitting 281,025 cases, versus 187,919 at the end of July. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, said nobody will be forced to have the vaccine against Covid-19 once it is developed. News Updates 31-08-2020 Headlines 07:55 am The United States is approaching six million coronavirus infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. It currently sits on 5,996,431, with 183,066 deaths. The milestone comes amid rising infection in some Midwestern states, including Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Australia has reported a record daily toll of 41 deaths from Covid-19, all in the state of Victoria. The southern state has been gripped by an outbreak that prompted a strict, stage-four lockdown. The Victorian Department of Health confirmed that 33 of the 41 new deaths were aged care residents who had died in the weeks leading up to 27 August but were only reported to the department by the facilities on Sunday. Next weekend the state premier will outline a plan for moving Melbourne out of stage-four lockdown. China has reported 17 new Covid-19 cases, up from 9 reported a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Monday. The National Health Commission said all of the new cases were imported infections involving travelers returning from abroad, marking the 15th straight day of no local infections for the country. India reported 78,512 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, just off its record high of 78,761, the day before. The number of doctors in Indonesia who have died after becoming infected with Covid-19 has passed 100, according to the Indonesian Doctors Association. The country is facing one of the worst outbreaks in south-east Asia, and there are growing concerns that a recent rise in cases is leaving hospitals overwhelmed. New Zealand has reported five new community cases of transmission of Covid-19, and four in managed isolation. All of the new community cases are linked to the Auckland cluster. Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 610 to 242,381, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Monday. Coronavirus cases in Colombia surpassed 600,000 on Sunday as deaths from the virus approach 19,400, ahead of the end to more than five months of lockdown. The Andean country has 607,938 cases of the virus according to the health ministry after it reported 8,024 cases on Sunday. Daily cases have begun to fall since their peak on 20 August of 13,056. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 30-08-2020 Headlines 06:59 am The number of global Covid-19 cases is approaching 25 million (currently 24,914,000 according to the Johns Hopkins tracker). More than 840,000 people have died from the virus. Far-right extremists tried to storm the German parliament building Saturday following a mass protest against the country’s pandemic restrictions in Berlin. France reported 5,453 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, and the health ministry described the situation as “worrying” following a spike the previous day when the country registered its highest number of cases since mid-March. The state of Victoria in Australia recorded 114 new cases of coronavirus and 11 new deaths. The premier, Daniel Andrews, has said it is too early for the state to open up, despite falling numbers of new infections. Australia’s worst-affected state must “stay the course” of lockdowns. New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, comes out of lockdown tonight. The country recorded just two new cases in the past 24 hours. Brazil has registered another 758 coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 41,350 new cases, taking the nation’s death toll to 120,262 3,846,153 confirmed infections. Costa Rica’s government has requested $1.75bn (£1.31bn) in financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the nation’s economy has been reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of Israelis demonstrated again on Saturday in Jerusalem, demanding the resignation of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces accusations of mishandling the coronavirus crisis. The former head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) said countries across the world have been “selfish” in their handling of the pandemic. Authorities in Istanbul announced curbs on weddings and other ceremonies in Turkey’s largest city as the number of daily coronavirus cases and deaths hit their highest level nationwide in more than two months. India will reopen underground train networks and allow sports and religious events in a limited manner from next week, despite soaring coronavirus infections. The infection rate in New York state has stayed below 1% for 22 consecutive days, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. The UK recorded 1,108 new confirmed cases over the last 24 hours, the government said on Saturday, down slightly from the figure recorded on Friday. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:58 143 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan  108 new cases and 1 new death in Kyrgyzstan   264 new cases and 4 new deaths in Pakistan  3,021 new cases in India   102 new cases and 1 new death in Jamaica  647 new cases and 5 new deaths in Belgium  126 new cases in Kazakhstan  835 new cases and 15 new deaths in Honduras  16 new cases in Myanmar  945 new cases and 92 new deaths in Bolivia  123 new cases and 11 new deaths in Australia      299 new cases and 2 new deaths in South Korea  Two new cases in New Zealand  5,974 new cases and 673 new deaths in Mexico  9 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 29-08-2020 Headlines 08:58 am The number of new daily Covid-19 cases in the Australian state of Victoria dipped below 100 (to 94) for the first time in two months. There were another 18 deaths in the past 24 hours, 16 of those linked to aged care. Authorities in Germany are expecting thousands to protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions after a court ruled the protest could go ahead. Health authorities are monitoring community transmission in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland, particularly a cluster linked to the Sydney CBD. England’s children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, has urged the government to step up its support for children who she says have made huge sacrifices during the pandemic. Mexico recorded 5,824 new Covid-19 cases and 552 deaths. The remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has decided to reverse a ban on the sale of tobacco, blaming coronavirus. France reported a jump of 7,379 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours according to the Public Health France figures released on Friday evening. This is the highest figure for new cases since 31 March. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 08:46 521 new cases and 64 new deaths in the United States 2,481 new cases and 41 new deaths in Ukraine  Six new cases in Latvia  175 new cases and 3 new deaths in Armenia  Three new cases in Afghanistan  122 new cases and 6 new deaths in El Salvador  1 new case in Taiwan  7,032 new cases and 37 new deaths in India   Seven new cases in Georgia  99 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      130 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan  125 new cases in Kyrgyzstan   319 new cases and 1 new death in Pakistan  11 new cases in Bhutan  Eight new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  One new case in Thailand  1,141 new cases and 24 new deaths in Honduras  5 new cases in Curaçao  150 new cases in Kazakhstan  452 new cases and 2 new deaths in Belgium  141 new cases in Jamaica  1,280 new cases and 55 new deaths in Bolivia  323 new cases and 5 new deaths in South Korea  13 new cases in New Zealand  5,824 new cases and 552 new deaths in Mexico  Nine new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 28-08-2020 Headlines 07:58 am Indonesia has reported its biggest increase in new coronavirus infections for a second day after 3,003 cases were recorded in 24 hours. Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has announced his resignation amid growing concerns about his health as the country battles it biggest economic slump on record due to the pandemic. The Philippines, which has the most confirmed Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia, has confirmed 3,999 additional coronavirus infections and 91 more deaths. South Korea has ramped up its efforts to end a strike by thousands of doctors, while eateries in Seoul have been restricted in a bid to curb a surge in coronavirus cases. Coronavirus cases in Russia have surpassed 980,000 after the country reported 4,829 new infections on Friday. Following the introduction of the mask-wearing order across Paris, here is a general update on how countries in Europe have tightened Covid-19 restrictions in recent days. In Spain, children as young as six will be required to wear face coverings when the country’s schools reopen next month where a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained and on school transport. Previously, masks were required only for pupils aged 12 and over in some regions. Yesterday, Germany called on its citizens to stop traveling to countries and regions considered to be high risk, while a ban on major events has been extended to the end of the year. Most states in the country have also agreed to a uniform fine of €50 for those who fail to wear face masks in areas where they’re required. And in England, secondary school pupils will have to wear face coverings in school corridors in areas where there is a local lockdown, after a government U-turn on guidance. The Dutch airport group Schiphol has become the latest to make drastic cuts to its workforce as a result of a loss of traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic. Singapore is experiencing a record outbreak of the tropical disease dengue, which is carried and spread to humans by infected mosquitoes. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 08:07 18 new cases in Estonia  4,829 new cases and 110 new deaths in Russia  48 new cases and 1 new death in Lithuania  2,438 new cases and 48 new deaths in Ukraine  181 new cases and 5 new deaths in Armenia  132 new cases in Hungary  131 new cases in Czechia  7,720 new cases and 31 new deaths in India   Eight new cases in Georgia  Two new deaths in China, Hong Kong SAR  1,683 new cases and 7 new deaths in the United States 166 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan   128 new cases in Kyrgyzstan   126 new cases and 11 new deaths in Australia      415 new cases and 9 new deaths in Pakistan  Two new cases in Bhutan  Six new cases in Thailand  Two new cases in Curaçao  165 new cases in Kazakhstan  18 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  Two new cases in Sint Maarten  470 new cases and 5 new deaths in Belgium  1,020 new cases and 56 new deaths in Honduras  1,035 new cases and 65 new deaths in Bolivia  371 new cases and 3 new deaths in South Korea  12 new cases in New Zealand  66 new cases in Jamaica  6,026 new cases and 518 new deaths in Mexico  9 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 27-08-2020 Headlines 07:58 am India has passed 60,000 deaths from Covid-19, according to the country’s health ministry, and reported its highest daily case to rise of more than 75,000. There are growing concerns about the spread of the virus to rural areas. The previous highest daily count was 70,488 (22 August), according to The Times of India. On Wednesday, 925,000 tests were carried out, according to the ministry. South Korea has recorded its highest daily tally since March, as the country’s central bank cut its growth outlook, predicting the world’s 12th-largest economy would shrink more than 1%. There were 441 new cases reported on Thursday, the highest since 5 March. Of them, 434 were locally transmitted. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 1,507 to 237,936, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Thursday. In Australia, numbers of new infections in the southern state of Victoria appeared to be stabilizing. On Thursday, 113 cases were reported – the lowest increase since 5 July, when 74 cases were reported. However, the state reported 23 deaths associated with Covid-19 on Thursday. New Zealand reported seven new cases, including one imported infection. The six other cases were all linked to the Auckland cluster. France and Italy reported post-lockdown daily case highs on Wednesday. France’s 5,429 new cases raised concerns ahead of the new school year starting next week. Italy reported 1,367 new coronavirus cases, its highest daily tally since May when the country was still in lockdown. Argentina posted a record daily rise of 10,550 confirmed Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the health ministry said, taking the total caseload to 370,188 as the South American nation struggled to rein in the spread of infections while trying to ease open its crisis-hit economy. Gaza will remain in lockdown at least until Sunday, health officials said on Wednesday, after reporting two deaths and 26 cases in the first public outbreak of coronavirus in the blockaded Palestinian enclave. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 08:07 1,974 new cases and 49 new deaths in Ukraine  144 new cases and seven new deaths in El Salvador  231 new cases and four new deaths in Uzbekistan   Ten new cases in Bhutan  One new death in Fiji  561 new cases in Israel  101 new cases in Kyrgyzstan   445 new cases and seven new deaths in Pakistan  Six new cases in Myanmar  One new case in Thailand  2,485 new cases in India   72 new cases in Jamaica  Four new cases in Curaçao  One new case in Mongolia  One new death in Vietnam  168 new cases in Kazakhstan  583 new cases and one new death in Belgium  33 new cases and one new death in the Turks and Caicos Islands  772 new cases and 44 new deaths in Honduras  1,095 new cases and 62 new deaths in Bolivia  One new death in China, Hong Kong SAR  24 new cases in Sint Maarten  441 new cases and one new death in South Korea  118 new cases and 23 new deaths in Australia      Seven new cases in New Zealand  5,267 new cases and 626 new deaths in Mexico  Eight new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 26-08-2020 Headlines 07:28 am Rates of transmission are easing in many parts of the world; the World Health Organisation has suggested. Governments have been ramping up efforts to contain the disease, which has claimed the lives of almost 814,000 people and infected at least 23 million since late last year. WHO data said fatality and infection rates were easing in most regions, notably in the hard-hit Americas, except Southeast Asia and the eastern Mediterranean. Residents in the capital of Xinjiang are being forced to take traditional Chinese medicine, being handcuffed to buildings, and ordered to stay inside for weeks as part of a harsh range of measures to tackle coronavirus, according to posts online. Urumqi, the capital of the semi-autonomous region known for its draconian security measures, has been in a “wartime state” of lockdown for more than a month after a cluster of cases emerged in July when the outbreak had been mostly contained elsewhere in China. South Korea has ordered doctors in Seoul to return to work on Wednesday as they began a three-day strike in protest against several government proposals, including one to boost the number of doctors to deal with health crises like the coronavirus. Trainee doctors have been staging ongoing walkouts, and thousands of additional doctors were due to stage a three-day strike starting on Wednesday. South Korea is battling one of its worst outbreaks of the coronavirus, with 320 new cases reported in the 24 hours to midnight Tuesday. UK prime minister Boris Johnson drops advice against face mask use in English schools. Pupils in England will no longer be advised against using face masks in schools after prime minister Boris Johnson made an 11th-hour U-turn days before students head back to the classroom. The number of Americans newly diagnosed with the coronavirus is falling. About 43,000 new cases are being reported daily across the country, down 21% from early August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Experts credit the development at least partly to the increased wearing of masks, even as the outbreak continues to claim nearly 1,000 lives in the US each day. Turkey recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases since mid-June. Another 1,502 infections were confirmed on Tuesday, according to government data, taking the official tally over 261,000. India reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases globally for the 18th straight day. Infections rocketed by another 1.5 million since the start of August, taking India’s total to around 3.1 million, more than in the US and Brazil. The rate of new cases in the country is increasing rapidly, climbing by 60,975 in the latest 24-hour period, according to the federal health ministry. Gaza entered a 48-hour lockdown after the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the general population. Four instances of coronavirus were confirmed in a single-family in a refugee camp, the first in Gaza that did not involve people quarantined in border facilities after crossing over from Egypt and Israel. Health authorities in the Hamas Islamist-run territory of 2 million people are concerned over the potentially disastrous combination of poverty, densely populated refugee camps, and limited hospital facilities in dealing with an outbreak. Two European patients were confirmed to have been reinfected with coronavirus, raising concerns about immunity. Regional public broadcasters said a patient in the Netherlands and another in Belgium had also been reinfected. It follows a report this week by researchers in Hong Kong about a man there who had been reinfected four and a half months after recovering. The German economy contracted by a record of 9.7% in the second quarter, the sharpest decline since Germany began to record quarterly GDP calculations in 1970. The government has extended by a year, a scheme topping up the pay of workers who have lost hours because of the pandemic. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 05:57 One new case in Thailand  17 new cases in Bhutan  2,720 new cases in India   120 new cases and three new deaths in Jamaica  Two new cases in Mongolia  Two new cases in Curaçao  173 new cases in Kazakhstan  151 new cases and 24 new deaths in Australia      355 new cases in Belgium  398 new cases and 20 new deaths in Honduras  851 new cases and 86 new deaths in Bolivia  320 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea  Five new cases in New Zealand  4,916 new cases and 650 new deaths in Mexico  15 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 25-08-2020 Headlines 07:28 am Gaza reported its first Covid-19 cases outside quarantine areas and declared lockdown. The first cases of coronavirus have been detected outside of quarantine facilities within the Gaza Strip, a potentially disastrous development given the enclave’s fragile health system. MPs urge Boris Johnson to meet ‘forgotten victims’ of coronavirus. Boris Johnson must meet families whose relatives have been killed by coronavirus and fund research into the longer-term effects, known as “long COVID,” to help the pandemic’s forgotten victims, MPs have said. Their recommendations form part of a fresh set of demands made on the prime minister intended to shape how he prepares for a potential second wave of the illness this autumn. “Meager evidence’ for plasma therapy authorized by Trump,” says WHO. In case you missed this in the earlier blog: Donald Trump, on Sunday, announced the emergency authorization of convalescent plasma, a method involving taking plasma from people who have recovered from Covid-19 for coronavirus patients. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the chief scientist at the WHO, stressed that it was still unproven and that there was 'meager evidence' it was safe and effective. Dr. Fauci warned against rushing out vaccines. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, warned that distributing a Covid-19 vaccine under particular emergency use guidelines before it has been proved safe and effective in large trials is a bad idea that could have a chilling effect on the testing of other vaccines. Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus. World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus and is self-isolating at his home in Jamaica after last week celebrating his 34th birthday with a big bash mask-free, Reuters reports. South Korea orders most Seoul schools to close. South Korea on Tuesday ordered most schools in Seoul and surrounding areas to close and move classes back online, the latest in a series of precautionary measures aimed at heading off a resurgence in coronavirus cases, Reuters reports. A Hong Kong man has been re-infected with Covid-19 after four-and-a-half months, leading to immunity concerns. A Hong Kong man who recovered from Covid-19 was infected again four-and-a-half months later in the first documented instance of human re-infection, researchers at the University of Hong Kong said on Monday. Sweden is not expecting a big second wave: chief epidemiologist. Sweden is likely to see local outbreaks but no big second wave of Covid-19 cases in the autumn, such as inundated hospitals a few months ago, Sweden’s top epidemiologist and architect of its different pandemic strategy said. Brazil’s Bolsonaro said journalists “wimps” are more likely to die of Covid-19. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro continued his attack on journalists during a public event on Monday, describing reporters as “wimps” and saying they have a heightened chance of dying of Covid-19 because they are not athletic. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:50 16 new cases and eight new deaths in Afghanistan  Nine new deaths in El Salvador  119 new cases in Kyrgyzstan   591 new cases in Israel  450 new cases and 11 new deaths in Pakistan  Five new cases in Thailand  One new case in Bhutan  2,442 new cases in India   Four new cases in Curaçao  184 new cases in Kazakhstan  Seven new cases in New Zealand  156 new cases and four new deaths in Belgium  968 new cases and 29 new deaths in Honduras  999 new cases and 69 new deaths in Bolivia  280 new cases and one new death in South Korea  137 new cases and eight new deaths in Australia      83 new cases in Jamaica  3,541 new cases and 320 new deaths in Mexico  14 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 24-08-2020 23:48 751 new cases and ten new deaths in Canada  751 new cases and ten new deaths in Canada  12 new cases in Sint Maarten  One new case in Bermuda  14 new cases and two new deaths in the Bahamas  74 new cases in French Polynesia  Two new cases in the Channel Islands  18 new cases in Burkina Faso  60 new cases in Aruba  35 new cases in Montenegro  25 new cases and two new deaths in Suriname  19 new cases in Luxembourg  148 new cases and three new deaths in Gambia  35 new cases in Cuba  3,644 new cases and 91 new deaths in Iraq  One new case in Mauritius  389 new cases and one new death in Bahrain   41,484 new cases and 510 new deaths in the United States Note Massachusetts: "Testing numbers will not be updated Monday, Aug. 24. A network outage affecting multiple state agencies means not all labs were able to report their test results through the electronic lab reporting system, and DSHS was not able to run quality checks on the testing data."  21,434 new cases and 679 new deaths in Brazil   258 new cases and three new deaths in Czechia  74 new cases in Guyana  10,549 new cases and 296 new deaths in Colombia  72 new cases in Norway  Six new cases in Uruguay  321 new cases and two new deaths in Nigeria  760 new cases and five new deaths in Japan  345 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  585 new cases and 14 new deaths in Panama  Five new cases in Sierra Leone  18 new cases in Togo  8,713 new cases and 381 new deaths in Argentina  23 new cases in Cabo Verde  138 new cases and 18 new deaths in Egypt  129 new cases and one new death in Congo  79 new cases in Eswatini  447 new cases and six new deaths in the Dominican Republic   Five new cases and one new death in Malawi  140 new cases in Zimbabwe  23 new cases in Mauritania  21 new cases in Gabon  67 new cases and three new deaths in Sudan  66 new cases in Zambia  51 new cases and four new deaths in Angola  92 new cases and one new death in Trinidad and Tobago  6,112 new cases and 150 new deaths in Peru  109 new cases and two new deaths in Guinea  78 new cases and one new death in French Guiana  133 new cases and one new death in the Maldives  99 new cases and 18 new deaths in Bulgaria  One new case in Chad  217 new cases and two new deaths in Rwanda  35 new cases and one new death in Côte d'Ivoire  1,628 new cases and four new deaths in Germany  1,677 new cases and 100 new deaths in South Africa  35 new cases in Réunion  Five new cases and two new deaths in Yemen  27 new cases and four new deaths in Belize  1,809 new cases and 13 new deaths in Israel  75 new cases in Tunisia  15 new cases in Andorra  643 new cases and seven new deaths in Costa Rica  254 new cases in Botswana  402 new cases and seven new deaths in Uzbekistan  176 new cases and four new deaths in Namibia  59,696 new cases and 854 new deaths in India   411 new cases and five new deaths in the State of Palestine  1,955 new cases and 15 new deaths in France   Two thousand eighty new cases and 12 new deaths in Spain, Data from Aug. 17 onward reflects the daily cases reported to - and validated by - the Ministry of Health, as shown in the daily PDF report. As the validation process takes time to complete, additional cases are expected to be added retroactively to the week of Aug. 17 - Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 -  Aug. 30 at the time of the weekly (Thursday) time series release and in the following weeks. Data over the weekend (Aug. 22 and Aug. 23) is estimated pending the official time series release on Aug. 27.  76 new cases and three new deaths in Syria  398 new cases and 11 new deaths in Algeria  1,472 new cases and 14 new deaths in Ethiopia  853 new cases and four new deaths in the United Kingdom  147 new cases in Ireland  903 new cases and 32 new deaths in Morocco  45 new cases and one new death in Mozambique  520 new cases and 12 new deaths in Ecuador  1,443 new cases and 18 new deaths in Turkey  Five new cases in South Sudan  457 new cases and three new deaths in Lebanon  30 new cases and two new deaths in Jordan  28 new cases in Haiti  178 new cases and four new deaths in Albania  One hundred fifty-five new cases in Greece. The Government has revised the total number of confirmed cases after checking the data. The figure of 8819 confirmed cases reflects this.  Three new cases in Mali  953 new cases and four new deaths in Italy  1,903 new cases and 64 new deaths in Chile  Four new cases in Liberia  30 new cases in Cyprus  One new case in Djibouti  Six new cases in Sri Lanka  12 new cases in the DR Congo  350 new cases and 5 new deaths in Moldova  35 new cases and 1 new death in Tajikistan  24 new cases in Myanmar  10 new cases and 1 new death in Georgia  99 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uganda  152 new cases and 1 new death in Azerbaijan  57 new cases and 3 new deaths in Serbia   432 new cases and 3 new deaths in Kuwait  193 new cases and 6 new deaths in Kenya  1,175 new cases and 42 new deaths in Saudi Arabia  574 new cases and 2 new deaths in the Netherlands   78 new cases and 4 new deaths in the Republic of North Macedonia  123 new cases and 5 new deaths in Portugal  9 new cases in Iceland  136 new cases and 2 new deaths in Croatia  80 new cases and 1 new death in Denmark  1 new case in Dominica  117 new cases and 2 new deaths in Ghana  18 new cases in Burkina Faso  314 new cases and 15 new deaths in Bosnia and Herzegovina  18 new cases and 1 new death in Finland  740 new cases and 28 new deaths in Oman  6 new cases in Vietnam  75 new cases in Madagascar  2 new cases in Gibraltar  743 new cases and 8 new deaths in Nepal  177 new cases and 4 new deaths in Belarus  55 new cases in Malta  258 new cases and 1 new death in Qatar  275 new cases and 1 new death in the United Arab Emirates  26 new cases in the Faeroe Islands  64 new cases and 3 new deaths in Senegal  157 new cases in Switzerland   825 new cases and 37 new deaths in Romania  2,245 new cases and 133 new deaths in Iran  1 new case in Liechtenstein  2,485 new cases and 42 new deaths in Bangladesh  572 new cases and 11 new deaths in Libya  55 new cases and 2 new deaths in Afghanistan  9 new cases in China, Hong Kong SAR  14 new cases and 2 new deaths in Slovenia   548 new cases and 5 new deaths in Poland  68 new cases in Slovakia  7 new cases in Malaysia  242 new cases and 1 new death in Austria  1,877 new cases and 79 new deaths in Indonesia  38 new cases and 1 new death in Lithuania  4,686 new cases and 13 new deaths in the Philippines  3 new cases and 1 new death in Estonia: a 76-year-old woman   51 new cases in Singapore  4,744 new cases and 65 new deaths in Russia  1,799 new cases and 22 new deaths in Ukraine  36 new cases in Hungary  189 new cases and 8 new deaths in El Salvador  33 new cases and 2 new deaths in Armenia  4 new cases in Curaçao  104 new cases and 15 new deaths in Australia     496 new cases and 9 new deaths in Pakistan  103 new cases and 1 new death in Kyrgyzstan   2 new cases in Thailand  175 new cases in Kazakhstan  468 new cases and 4 new deaths in Belgium  528 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  369 new cases and 14 new deaths in Paraguay  722 new cases and 67 new deaths in Bolivia  116 new cases in Jamaica  266 new cases in South Korea  9 new cases in New Zealand  3,948 new cases and 226 new deaths in Mexico  16 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 23-08-2020 Headlines 07:28 am India’s coronavirus caseload has topped 3 million, as the virus spreads in the country’s southern states. There is concern that authorities are using cheaper, faster but less accurate tests to scale up testing, and that cases may be going undetected. Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus deaths have now passed 60,000, though new cases have eased since reaching a record daily number at the start of August. South Korea reported its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases since early March on Sunday, as outbreaks continued to spread from a Seoul church and from political demonstrations its members had attended. In Australia, the Covid-19 death toll has topped 500, with many new fatalities again coming from the aged care sector in virus-hit Victoria. England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, said it would be “foolish” to plan for winter on the basis of having a coronavirus vaccine. “I would obviously be delighted if it came earlier, but I’d be quite surprised if we had a highly effective vaccine ready for mass use in a large percentage of the population before the end of winter,” he said. Irish premier Micheal Martin announced on Sunday he would recall parliament following a scandal over politicians breaching coronavirus rules. US President Donald Trump accused members of an alleged “deep state” at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), without providing evidence, of working to slow testing of Covid-19 vaccines until after the November presidential election. The World Health Organization (WHO) said children aged 12 and over should wear masks to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic under the same conditions as adults. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:50 46 new cases and 2 new deaths in Afghanistan  Seven new deaths in El Salvador  286 new cases and 4 new deaths in Uzbekistan  134 new cases and 1 new death in Kyrgyzstan   67 new cases in Jamaica  62 new cases and 2 new deaths in the Bahamas  147 new cases in Israel  591 new cases and 4 new deaths in Pakistan  Five new cases in Thailand  1,504 new cases in India   One new case in Bhutan  209 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      230 new cases in Kazakhstan  36 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  602 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  574 new cases and Three new deaths in Belgium  992 new cases and 76 new deaths in Bolivia  One new death in Sri Lanka  Two new cases in Curaçao  397 new cases in South Korea  Three new cases in New Zealand  6,482 new cases and 644 new deaths in Mexico  12 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 22-08-2020 Headlines 07:54 am The Australian state of Victoria reported 182 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths. It is the second day in a row of cases under 200 for the first time since mid-July as Melbourne edges towards the halfway mark of stage four restrictions. New South Wales reported nine new cases. In addition to those cases, a security guard who worked at a Sydney quarantine hotel has tested positive. Queensland reimposed restrictions after six new cases linked to a youth detention center. People living in the greater Brisbane area will only be allowed to have 10 guests at home, and aged care residences are closed to visitors after the outbreak. New Zealand reported six new cases. Four are connected to the cluster in Auckland and two are under investigation. Mexico reported 5,928 new cases and 510 deaths. South Korea reported 332 new cases. The government is considering new economic restrictions in a bid to slow the resurgence in cases. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:50 nine new cases in Georgia  220 new cases and eight new deaths in El Salvador  157 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan  186 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  586 new cases and 12 new deaths in Pakistan  One new case in Bhutan  13 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  2,333 new cases in India   56 new cases and 1 new death in Jamaica  562 new cases and 13 new deaths in Honduras  Nine new cases in the British Virgin Islands  716 new cases and 9 new deaths in Belgium  242 new cases in Kazakhstan  1,370 new cases and 61 new deaths in Bolivia  16 new cases in Myanmar  332 new cases in South Korea  195 new cases and 13 new deaths in Australia      Six new cases in New Zealand  5,928 new cases and 504 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 21-08-2020 Headlines 06:54 am Citizens of Beijing can go mask-free for the first time in months, health authorities said on Friday, as new cases continued to decline in the Chinese capital. The United States has the most deaths, with nearly 175,000, while Brazil is the second-highest on 112,304 and Mexico third on 56,100. A cross-party group of MPs has accused the UK’s privacy watchdog of failing to hold the government to account for its failures in the NHS coronavirus test-and-trace program. The group of 22 MPs says the government has been allowed to play “fast and loose” with data protection issues during the pandemic. Birmingham, Britain’s second-biggest city, could be placed back into lockdown after a 27% rise in new coronavirus cases in a week. Vanuatu’s economy has been hit hard by the virus-like many others, but one unusual source of income has kept money coming into the pacific island nation’s coffers: passport fees. India has edged closer to 3 million coronavirus cases, reporting 68,898 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. South Korean’s vice health minister has warned of the “very serious situation” facing the country as it tries to contain the latest coronavirus outbreak. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported 324 new cases as of midnight Thursday, bringing the country’s total to 16,670, with 309 deaths. It was the highest daily count since 8 March. Disaster-hit Lebanon is about to lockdown for two weeks from Friday to stem a string of record daily infection rates that have brought the number of Covid-19 cases to 10,952, including 113 deaths. A top US health regulator has vowed to resign if the Trump administration approves a vaccine before it is shown to be safe and effective. Eleven new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in New Zealand on Friday, nine of them related to the community outbreak in south Auckland. Half of the cases came from churches and the rest from family contacts. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:50 196 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 146 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan  One new case in Thailand  630 new cases and 10 new deaths in Pakistan  3 new cases in Bhutan  1,494 new cases in India   7 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  98 new cases and 1 new death in Jamaica  256 new cases in Kazakhstan  Five new cases in Sint Maarten  699 new cases and 7 new deaths in Belgium  521 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  1,015 new cases and 72 new deaths in Bolivia  171 new cases and 9 new deaths in Australia      324 new cases and 2 new deaths in South Korea  11 new cases in New Zealand  6,775 new cases and 625 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 20-08-2020 Headlines 07:09 am South Korea has recorded seven straight days of new cases in triple figures, as authorities warn of a grave situation, with infections seeding across the country.  It comes as Australia’s Qantas airline reported a 91% drop in profit and says travel to the US was unlikely to happen before there’s a vaccine. India has recorded its highest daily total of new cases, with 69,672 infections. It is the fourth-highest daily total reported globally, only exceeded by the US on three occasions in the second half of July. In Australia, the chief executive of Qantas declared its worst financial year in a century, with profits falling 91%. “The US, with the level of prevalence, is probably going to take some time,” he said. “It will probably need a vaccine before we could see that happening,” adding that treatment might not be available until the end of 2021. Elsewhere in Australia, the outbreak in the state of Victoria continued to stabilize, with 240 new infections and 13 deaths. Neighbouring New South Wales reported just five new cases. New Zealand reported five new cases of Covid-19, all related to the community outbreak in Auckland. It comes as a survey suggested three-quarters of all New Zealanders intended to get immunized when a vaccine became available, putting it ahead of the UK, US, and Germany in citizens’ willingness to be vaccinated. In the US, Florida passed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus, almost six months after the first case in the state was identified. Florida now has the fifth-highest death toll in the US. The only other states to have reached 10,000 deaths are New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas. France on Wednesday recorded new coronavirus cases at the fastest daily rate since May, official figures showed, as the country prepared for the return from the summer holidays. Almost 3,800 infections were confirmed. “All indicators continue to climb, and transmission of the virus is intensifying,” the health ministry’s DGS public health division said in a statement. Nationwide, more than 16,700 infections have been detected over the past week. Global infections stand at 22.3m and deaths at 786,000, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker. China has reported seven new cases of Covid-19, all of which the national health commission says were imported (three in Jiangxi, one in Tianjin, one in Shanghai, one in Shandong, and one in Sichuan). There were no new deaths and no new suspected cases, it said. Italy recorded 642 new infections in a day on Wednesday, hitting a new record since May when the country cautiously emerged from one of the longest lockdowns in the world after more than 30,000 COVID-related deaths. Spain’s health ministry said 3,715 coronavirus infections were diagnosed in the 24 hours to Wednesday, a new single-day record since the country emerged from a three-month lockdown in mid-June. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 12:38 182 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  Seven new deaths in El Salvador  1,927 new cases and ten new deaths in India   474 new cases in Israel  254 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  513 new cases and eight new deaths in Pakistan  Seven new cases in Thailand  Three new cases in Bhutan  46 new cases in Jamaica  244 new cases in Kazakhstan  628 new cases and 15 new deaths in Honduras  582 new cases and ten new deaths in Belgium  243 new cases and 13 new deaths in Australia       12 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  Five new cases in New Zealand  15 new cases in Sint Maarten  2,031 new cases and 61 new deaths in Bolivia  288 new cases and one new death in South Korea  5,792 new cases and 707 new deaths in Mexico  Seven new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 19-08-2020 Headlines 12:54 am Global trade in goods suffered an unprecedented fall in the second quarter of 2020, as fear of the coronavirus pandemic shut down large parts of the world economy, according to the World Trade Organization. South Korea’s health ministry has warned that the country is facing a “desperately dangerous crisis” of spreading coronavirus after the country reported its highest daily rise in cases since early March. It took a weekend to take Italy back three months in its struggle against the pandemic, writes Lorenzo Tondo, in Caltanissetta. The first nine days of coronavirus movement restrictions in New Zealand were unlawful, a court has found. Iran surpassed 20,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday; the health ministry said: the highest death toll for any Middle East country so far in the pandemic. Nepal temporarily banned public and religious gatherings and most transportation in its capital, Kathmandu, and surrounding areas on Wednesday, asking residents to stay home to control the spread of the coronavirus as cases surge. Indonesia reported 1,902 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the south-east Asian country to 144,945, data from the country’s health ministry showed. The data recorded an additional 69 deaths, taking the total to 6,346. The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday confirmed 4,650 new coronavirus infections and 111 additional deaths. In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had risen to 173,774, the highest in south-east Asia, while deaths had increased to 2,795. Finland said on Wednesday it would bring back travel restrictions for several countries that it had for months considered safe destinations, including Germany and its Nordic neighbors, to stop the spread of Covid-19. A fresh outbreak of infections in Australia’s coronavirus hot zone of Victoria eased further on Wednesday. At the same time, the country agreed on a deal to secure a potential Covid-19 vaccine that it plans to roll out cost-free to citizens. The British government said on Wednesday it would expand its Covid-19 national testing study, to reach 400,000 people to provide weekly data on the spread of the infection and better locate future local outbreaks. In the UK, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted a rise in a new cohort of rough sleepers, and charities warn as data shows reports of homelessness witnessed by members of the public surged during lockdown months. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 12:38 Four new cases in Vietnam  65 new cases in Madagascar  311 new cases and four new deaths in Switzerland   681 new cases and six new deaths in Nepal  2,747 new cases and 41 new deaths in Bangladesh  One new case in Liechtenstein  47 new cases in Malta  141 new cases and two new deaths in Senegal  5,332 new cases and 32 new deaths in India   435 new cases and one new death in the United Arab Emirates  1,409 new cases and 32 new deaths in Romania  230 new cases and 18 new deaths in the United States 255 new cases and eight new deaths in El Salvador  20 new cases and three new deaths in the DR Congo  Three new cases in Myanmar  188 new cases and six new deaths in Oman  29 new cases in Finland  735 new cases and 17 new deaths in Poland  16 new cases in Malaysia  26 new cases and two new deaths in China, Hong Kong SAR  587 new cases and 11 new deaths in Israel  1,902 new cases and 69 new deaths in Indonesia  One new case in Brunei Darussalam  37 new cases in Slovenia   100 new cases and two new deaths in Slovakia  255 new cases in Austria  4,650 new cases and 111 new deaths in the Philippines  1,967 new cases and 28 new deaths in Ukraine  22 new cases in Lithuania  4,828 new cases and 117 new deaths in Russia  93 new cases in Singapore  Seven new cases in Estonia  220 new cases and 12 new deaths in Australia      Three new cases in Latvia  210 new cases and one new death in Armenia  32 new cases in Hungary  61 new cases and three new deaths in Sudan  Ten new cases in Georgia  166 new cases and one new death in Uzbekistan  613 new cases and 11 new deaths in Pakistan  78 new cases in Belize  One new case in Bhutan  One new case in Thailand  363 new cases and 15 new deaths in Belgium  271 new cases in Kazakhstan  17 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  Seven new cases in Sint Maarten  675 new cases and ten new deaths in Honduras  1,796 new cases and 49 new deaths in Bolivia  297 new cases in South Korea  Six new cases in New Zealand  17 new cases in Jamaica  5,506 new cases and 751 new deaths in Mexico  17 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 18-08-2020 Headlines 06:54 am Jacinda Ardern says Trump's 'patently wrong' on New Zealand's COVID cases Trump described NZ’s ‘terrible’ surge, despite 90 active cases in-country Ibiza to ban pool parties, as Spain infections surge. Alarm over COVID case rates in 19 European countries ‘Unprecedented’: Los Angeles schools to test all 600,000 students Australia: hotel quarantine linked to 99% of Victoria’s cases Covid-19 climbdowns: the UK government’s U-turns and missteps India has carried out nearly 900,000 coronavirus tests in a single day, a record for the country, as it fights a surge of Covid-19 cases. It comes as the South Korean cluster linked to a church in northern Seoul grew to 400 cases. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he would be among the first to receive a Russian coronavirus vaccine if it is shown to be effective. Russia’s announcement last week that it was the first in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine was met with caution from Western scientists who said it still needed to be proved safe and effective. More than 400 coronavirus cases have been identified about a church in northern Seoul as of Tuesday, the news agency Yonhap reports. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reports that the city has banned flights from India, due to rising COVID cases. Nigeria will resume international flights on 29 August as it eases restrictions over the novel coronavirus pandemic, the country’s aviation minister said Monday. The world-famous Mariinsky ballet company has called off performances after some 30 members, mostly dancers, contracted the coronavirus, St Petersburg health authorities said on Monday. China has reported 22 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the same as the tally a day earlier, the health authority said. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:46 1,913 new cases and 11 new deaths in India   398 new cases and four new deaths in Uzbekistan  617 new cases and 15 new deaths in Pakistan  Five new cases in Bhutan  Three new cases in Thailand  23 new cases and one new death in Belize  One new death in Vietnam  493 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras  211 new cases and five new deaths in Belgium  267 new cases in Kazakhstan  213 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      Four new cases in Bermuda  879 new cases and 65 new deaths in Bolivia  Nine new cases in Sint Maarten  12 new cases in New Zealand  246 new cases and one new death in South Korea  16 new cases in Jamaica  3,571 new cases and 266 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 17-08-2020 Headlines 07:05 am US death toll passes 170,000 New Zealand postpones election Australia records deadliest day 25 deaths  India death toll passes 50,000  Japan GDP falls at an annual rate of 27.8% Italy closes nightclubs. Japan hit by the biggest GDP fall in 40 years. New Zealand delays election by month amid the Auckland outbreak. Island nations have the edge in keeping COVID away – or most do Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 135 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan   184 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  Three new cases in Bhutan  498 new cases and seven new deaths in Pakistan  One new case in Thailand  347 new cases in India   270 new cases and 25 new deaths in Australia      523 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in Vietnam  454 new cases and four new deaths in Belgium  337 new cases in Kazakhstan  17 new cases in Sint Maarten  1,198 new cases and 55 new deaths in Bolivia  Nine new cases in New Zealand  197 new cases in South Korea  Seven new cases in Jamaica  4,448 new cases and 214 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 16-08-2020 07:05 410 new cases and 11 new deaths in Paraguay  22,365 new cases and 582 new deaths in Brazil   55 new cases and five new deaths in Suriname  1,275 new cases and 21 new deaths in Panama  63 new cases and one new death in the Bahamas  36,843 new cases and 522 new deaths in the United States 121 new cases and two new deaths in Czechia  75 new cases and two new deaths in Montenegro  46 new cases and four new deaths in Malawi  55 new cases and one new death in Trinidad and Tobago  35 new cases and one new death in Guyana  32 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria  5,469 new cases and 66 new deaths in Argentina  Six new cases in Uruguay  11,643 new cases and 287 new deaths in Colombia  1,137 new cases and three new deaths in Japan  298 new cases and one new death in Nigeria  764 new cases and 15 new deaths in the Dominican Republic  40 new cases in Norway  139 new cases and 19 new deaths in Egypt  1,148 new cases and five new deaths in Venezuela  48 new cases in Haiti  10,143 new cases and 206 new deaths in Peru  One new case in Barbados  249 new cases and 24 new deaths in Guatemala  Two new cases in Niger  198 new cases and two new deaths in Canada  One new case in South Sudan  27 new cases and two new deaths in Angola  854 new cases and five new deaths in Ecuador  801 new cases and seven new deaths in Uzbekistan  22,365 new cases and 582 new deaths in Brazil  405 new cases in Bahrain  139 new cases and one new death in Guinea  27 new cases and one new death in Burkina Faso  33 new cases and two new deaths in Côte d'Ivoire  17 new cases in Togo  101 new cases in Rwanda  519 new cases in Germany  728 new cases and three new deaths in Costa Rica  Two new cases in Sierra Leone  85 new cases and two new deaths in Zimbabwe  16 new cases and one new death in Cabo Verde  66 new cases in Uganda  94 new cases and one new death in Eswatini  86 new cases and 16 new deaths in Congo  Eight new cases in Mauritania  183 new cases and nine new deaths in Gambia  26 new cases in Mali  3,692 new cases and 162 new deaths in South Africa  247 new cases in Namibia  84 new cases and four new deaths in Syria  Four new cases in Chad  58,108 new cases and 961 new deaths in India   106 new cases in the Maldives  439 new cases and six new deaths in Lebanon  Seven new cases in Cyprus  54 new cases in Aruba  39 new cases in Réunion  11 new cases and two new deaths in Yemen  1,192 new cases and 19 new deaths in Turkey  3,015 new cases and one new death in France   2,044 new cases and 57 new deaths in Chile  322 new cases in Ghana  982 new cases and 19 new deaths in Ethiopia  1,472 new cases and 26 new deaths in Morocco  3,420 new cases and 65 new deaths in the Philippines  447 new cases and 11 new deaths in Israel  66 new cases in Ireland  450 new cases and ten new deaths in Algeria  Two new cases in Djibouti  84 new cases in Tunisia  120 new cases and three new deaths in Albania  39 new cases in Jordan  19 new cases in Luxembourg  157 new cases in Zambia  217 new cases and two new deaths in Greece  64 new cases in Mozambique  One new case in Myanmar  278 new cases and one new death in Moldova  92 new cases and three new deaths in Belarus  130 new cases and two new deaths in Senegal  479 new cases and four new deaths in Italy  Six new cases in Somalia  1,040 new cases and five new deaths in the United Kingdom  36 new cases in Tajikistan  271 new cases and two new deaths in Kenya    162 new cases and ten new deaths in Oman  24 new cases in Cuba  86 new cases and five new deaths in the Republic of North Macedonia  4,348 new cases and 75 new deaths in Iraq  211 new cases and four new deaths in Serbia   Two new cases in the Faeroe Islands  1,227 new cases and 39 new deaths in Saudi Arabia  121 new cases and three new deaths in Portugal  112 new cases in Azerbaijan  507 new cases and three new deaths in the Netherlands   Three new cases in Sri Lanka  151 new cases and one new death in Croatia  134 new cases in Denmark  293 new cases and nine new deaths in El Salvador  12 new cases in Iceland  11 new cases and one new death in Vietnam  Six new cases in Gibraltar  641 new cases and two new deaths in Nepal  2,024 new cases and 32 new deaths in Bangladesh  103 new cases and four new deaths in Madagascar  Two new cases in Comoros  200 new cases in Switzerland    One new case in Burundi  381 new cases and two new deaths in the State of Palestine  508 new cases and three new deaths in Kuwait  52 new cases in Papua New Guinea  210 new cases and three new deaths in the United Arab Emirates  271 new cases and one new death in Qatar  1,087 new cases and 37 new deaths in Romania  2,133 new cases and 147 new deaths in Iran  45 new cases and five new deaths in Afghanistan  Five new cases in Bhutan  30 new cases in Lithuania  11 new cases in Finland  38 new cases and one new death in the DR Congo  Two new cases in Taiwan  74 new cases and one new death in China, Hong Kong SAR  25 new cases in Malaysia  47 new cases in Slovakia  594 new cases and eight new deaths in Poland  15 new cases in Slovenia   2,081 new cases and 79 new deaths in Indonesia  191 new cases in Austria  86 new cases in Singapore  1,637 new cases and 26 new deaths in Ukraine  Six new cases in Estonia  4,969 new cases and 68 new deaths in Russia  39 new cases and one new death in Hungary  One new case in Curaçao  Seven new cases in Latvia  103 new cases and two new deaths in Sudan  168 new cases and one new death in Armenia  24 new cases in Jamaica  15 new cases in Georgia  211 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   64 new cases in Belize  670 new cases and six new deaths in Pakistan  One new case in Thailand  409 new cases in Kazakhstan  24 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  31 new cases in Sint Maarten  410 new cases and 11 new deaths in Paraguay  253 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      756 new cases and 11 new deaths in Belgium  512 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras  434 new cases and eight new deaths in Libya  1,196 new cases and 64 new deaths in Bolivia  13 new cases in New Zealand  279 new cases in South Korea  6,345 new cases and 635 new deaths in Mexico  19 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 15-08-2020 Headlines 06:31 am Victoria in Australia adds 303 cases Restrictions tighten in Europe The Australian death toll stands at 379 France removed from UK travel corridor Greece and Croatia impose midnight curfew on bars and restaurants France could add British visitors to the quarantine list after UK measures The UK adds France to the COVID-19 14-day quarantine list ‘Critical moment’: Spain sees cases rise again US coronavirus death toll ‘to hit 200,000 by Labor Day.’ Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 196 new cases and one new death in Uzbekistan  747 new cases and nine new deaths in Pakistan  32 new cases and one new death in Belize  21 new cases and four new deaths in Haiti  Two new cases in Bhutan  One new case in Mongolia  Six new cases in Sint Maarten  16 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  439 new cases in Kazakhstan  922 new cases and eight new deaths in Belgium  425 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  1,491 new cases and 55 new deaths in Bolivia  292 new cases and four new deaths in Australia      166 new cases in South Korea  Seven new cases in New Zealand  11 new cases in Jamaica  5,618 new cases and 615 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 14-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am France hits back at UK quarantine New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown. New Zealand outbreak spreads beyond Auckland; France and Spain report highest post-lockdown Covid-19 cases   Australia records the youngest coronavirus death. The UK adds France to the Covid-19 14-day quarantine list. UK government quietly drops 1.3m COVID tests from England tally. France says UK quarantine will lead to reciprocal measures. Mobile crematorium in Bolivia as deaths surge Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 461 new cases in Israel  1,929 new cases and nine new deaths in India   238 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  29 new cases in Haiti  304 new cases and four new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   17 new cases in Thailand  One new case in Antigua and Barbuda  385 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras  383 new cases and 14 new deaths in Australia      One new case in Cambodia   17 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  15 new cases in Sint Maarten  476 new cases in Kazakhstan  544 new cases and 16 new deaths in Belgium  1,388 new cases and 57 new deaths in Bolivia  103 new cases in South Korea  13 new cases in New Zealand  Six new cases in Jamaica  7,371 new cases and 627 new deaths in Mexico  30 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 13-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Global deaths near 750,000. There are 749,358 known coronavirus deaths globally, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, as the world nears the somber milestone of 750,000 dead in nearly eight months since the first coronavirus cases were reported. Two days ago, cases passed the staggering total of 20m. Already, they stand at 20,620,847. India reported another record daily rise in novel coronavirus infections on Thursday, while the death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 47,000. Infections grew by 66,999 on Thursday from a day earlier to reach a total of nearly 2.4 million to date, India’s health ministry said. The country, with the world’s most significant caseload behind the United States and Brazil, has now reported a jump of 50,000 cases or more each day for 15 straight days. France sees most new daily virus cases since May. More than 2,500 new coronavirus cases were registered in France in 24 hours in the sharpest increase since May, government data showed on Wednesday, as officials said indicators were “clearly worsening.” Of 600,000 tests over the past week, more than 11,600 were positive, the health ministry’s DGS public health division said. Jordan will close its border with Syria for a week starting Thursday after staff at their only open land crossing tested positive for coronavirus, state media said. Jordan has seen a drop in virus cases, with new infections recorded mainly among travelers arriving from abroad. Still, it registered 25 cases of the Covid-19 illness in the past two days, mostly at the Jaber crossing with its war-torn northern neighbor. The Australian state of Victoria has recorded 278 new coronavirus cases overnight, consistent with a recent downward trend that is bringing cases to numbers closer to those seen in mid-July, after increases to the 600s in early August. Eight people have died overnight. Venezuela’s communications minister and close adviser to President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, as the daily cases in the nation steadily rise. Jorge Rodríguez becomes the latest of several high-ranking officials in Maduro’s government to become infected in the pandemic, following the July announcement by Venezuela’s socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello, who says he is recovering. Germany on Wednesday added Bucharest and several other areas of Romania to a list of places considered high risk for coronavirus infections, forcing a German minister to cancel a work trip to the Romanian capital. Peru extended its lockdowns following a surge in coronavirus cases. The Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra has banned family gatherings and extended lockdowns to five more regions of the country amid a fresh surge in cases of coronavirus. Rolling lockdowns already covered fifteen of Peru’s 25 regions. Italy has ordered travelers arriving from Croatia, Greece, Malta, and Spain to be tested for Covid-19 and added Colombia to a list of countries under a complete travel ban amid growing concern over new infections. With the annual summer holiday reaching its peak, health services are bracing for a return of travelers from destinations where social distancing, face masks, and other protective measures appear to have been widely ignored. France reported 2,524 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, a new post-lockdown daily record. Despite the rise in infections, the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 continued to fall and was down by 121 to 4,891, the first time it fell below 5,000 since 19 March. Turkey is to delay the reopening of schools by almost a month. Students will return to classrooms in Turkey in late September, nearly a month after the start of the new academic year, the government announced, as daily coronavirus cases remain above 1,000. It will be a gradual transition, starting with online learning before transitioning to in-person education. Chile will lift one of the world’s longest lockdowns on Monday. The capital Santiago’s central business district and adjoining Central Station will move to a “transitional” stage under a “Step by Step” reopening. The mayor said citizens should remain indoors whenever possible, wear masks in public and wash their hands. People may leave their homes on weekdays without the previously required police permissions, and meet in small groups, while businesses can gradually reopen. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 1,592 new cases and 22 new deaths in Ukraine  One new case in Fiji  Five new cases in Georgia  38 new cases and five new deaths in Haiti  12 new cases in Bhutan  79 new cases and nine new deaths in Afghanistan  Seven new deaths in El Salvador  1,932 new cases and 11 new deaths in India  403 new cases in Israel  372 new cases and three new deaths in Uzbekistan   86 new cases in Belize  310 new cases and three new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   753 new cases and ten new deaths in Pakistan  231 new cases and nine new deaths in Australia      Three new cases in Thailand  Four new cases in Cambodia    18 new cases in Jamaica  Four new cases in Mongolia  17 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  29 new cases in Sint Maarten  517 new cases in Kazakhstan   One new death in Vietnam  639 new cases and 15 new deaths in Belgium  254 new cases and 18 new deaths in Honduras  1,743 new cases and 66 new deaths in Bolivia  56 new cases in South Korea  Ten new cases in New Zealand  5,858 new cases and 737 new deaths in Mexico  19 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 12-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Lebanon registered a daily record number of coronavirus cases. As the country grapples with the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion that has rocked the political sphere and overwhelmed hospitals, Lebanon’s totals now stand at 7,121 cases and 87 deaths since February, according to health ministry data. Even before the blast, there had been a recent surge in infections. New Zealand’s largest city is to go into lockdown. Restrictions were announced for Auckland after the first community transmission in more than 100 days was detected. All limitations on daily life had eased in early June when the last remaining Covid-19 case recorded in the community recovered. Auckland residents were told that from midday Wednesday, they were not to gather in large numbers and to work from home if possible. The rest of New Zealand will have measures imposed too. The Netherlands plans to introduce mandatory home quarantine for people identified by local authorities as having been in close contact with somebody infected with coronavirus, and for travelers returning from high-risk countries. The Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge said in a letter to lawmakers that mandatory quarantine could be imposed if people refuse to isolate voluntarily. It comes amid rising infection rates in the Netherlands and an unwillingness among some people to adhere to social distancing measures and cooperate with contact tracing. Germany has extended a partial travel warning for Spain to the capital of Madrid and the Basque region amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The foreign ministry said it was warning against any unnecessary tourist trips to both regions because of a rising number of new infections and local restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the virus. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said his country had granted the first regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine. The announcement came after less than two months of human testing. The country’s sovereign wealth fund said the vaccine would be named Sputnik V, about the cold war space race. The news from Moscow was greeted with some skepticism. Experts highlighted the lack of proper phase-3 testing, with one warning that “collateral damage from the release of any vaccine that was less than safe and effective would exacerbate our current problems insurmountably.” The WHO said it had not received enough information to evaluate the Russian vaccine. The Pan American Health Organization said the vaccine should not be introduced in Brazil, as has been reportedly planned until phase 2 and 3 trials are completed. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 304 new cases and six new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   730 new cases and 17 new deaths in Pakistan  Five new cases in Thailand  1,922 new cases and nine new deaths in India   One new death in Vietnam  531 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras  16 new cases in Jamaica  Two new cases in Cambodia   691 new cases in Kazakhstan  388 new cases and six new deaths in Belgium  1,693 new cases and 49 new deaths in Bolivia  54 new cases in South Korea  414 new cases and 21 new deaths in Australia      6,686 new cases and 926 new deaths in Mexico  25 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 11-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Covid-19 infections have passed 20 million cases. In acknowledging the milestone, the health body’s chief warned against despair, saying if the virus could be suppressed effectively, “we can safely open up societies.” The Trump administration is reportedly considering a measure to block US citizens and permanent residents from returning home if they are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus. A senior US official told Reuters that draft regulation, which has not been finalized and could change, would give the government authorization to block individuals who could “reasonably” be believed to have contracted Covid-19 or other diseases. Singapore’s virus-hammered economy shrank almost 43% in the second quarter, in a sign that the country’s first recession in more than a decade was more profound than initially estimated, official data showed Tuesday, AFP reports. , as it warned of a “true resurgence” or “risk of further escalation of Covid-19” in several countries. The concern is growing that a resurgence of coronavirus in Europe will lead to a “second wave” of uncoordinated border restrictions. In a letter, the European Commission warns that “while we must ensure that the EU is ready for possible resurgences of Covid-19 cases ... we should, at the same time, avoid the second wave of uncoordinated actions at the internal borders of the EU.” Greece is “formally” in the midst of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the country’s top infectious disease experts said, adding: “We can say that Greece has formally entered a second wave of the epidemic. This is the point that we could win or lose the battle.” Wearing a face mask became compulsory on dozens of busy Paris shopping streets and in other popular parts of the city from 8 am on Monday as coronavirus numbers continued to rise in and around the French capital. Authorities in Iran shut down a newspaper after it published remarks by an expert who cast doubt on official coronavirus figures, claiming they only account for 5% of the real toll. Meanwhile, 189 more people died from Covid-19, and 2,132 more people had tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry said. There is a huge gap between funds needed to fight the coronavirus and funds committed worldwide, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said. Tedros said that ACT accelerator, an initiative established to develop and distribute tools to counter the spread of the pandemic, had received just one-tenth of the funding it needed. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 15 new cases in Haiti  Seven new deaths in El Salvador  241 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan   500 new cases in Israel  278 new cases and four new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   Three new cases in Bhutan  531 new cases and 15 new deaths in Pakistan  15 new cases in Cambodia   1,899 new cases and eight new deaths in India   23 new cases in Belize  418 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  722 new cases in Kazakhstan  468 new cases and seven new deaths in Belgium  1,636 new cases and 72 new deaths in Bolivia  316 new cases and 18 new deaths in Australia      34 new cases in South Korea  One new case in New Zealand  Eight new cases in Jamaica  5,558 new cases and 705 new deaths in Mexico  44 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 10-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Globally, coronavirus cases are nearing 20m, with almost 730,000 known deaths. The current number of confirmed infections stands at 19,792,519, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with total new cases daily averaging more than 250,000. Australia recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic on Monday, with 19 deaths. The nation is dealing with an outbreak in its second-largest city, Melbourne, where authorities have struggled to contain the spread of the virus, which began in quarantine facilities.  In China, new locally transmitted cases fell to just 14 in the past 24 hours, the National Health Commission reported on Monday. The low figure was offset, however, by 35 cases brought into the country by Chinese travelers from overseas arriving in seven different cities and provinces across the country. All the cases of local transmission were in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose central city Urumqi is the center of China’s latest outbreak. There are now 29 countries with higher cases than China, which has 88,793 confirmed infections and fewer than 5,000 deaths. Britain saw cases rise by 1,062 on Sunday, going over 1,000 for the first time since late June. As cases rose in the country, new local lockdowns have been implemented in some areas, and worries over the second wave of infections were rife. In Greece, authorities announced a daily record number of 203 new coronavirus cases, with one death. The total number of cases is now 5,623, with 212 deaths. Greece introduced an early lockdown in mid-March, which buffered the country from the devastating effects of the pandemic seen in many of its European counterparts. US Health Secretary Alex Azar is in Taipei, Taiwan, for a three-day visit to promote shared democratic values and the island’s success in taming the coronavirus. Azar said: “Taiwan’s response to Covid-19 has been among the most successful in the world, and that is a tribute to the open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture.” New Zealand has reported its 101st day in a row with no recorded community transmission of Covid-19 from an unknown source. All 21 active cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in travelers returning to New Zealand from other countries; all of them are in quarantine at the government’s managed isolation facilities. There were no new cases of the coronavirus recorded in the quarantine hotels on Monday. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 211 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan   166 new cases and six new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  539 new cases and 15 new deaths in Pakistan  937 new cases in India   23 new cases and one new death in Haiti  20 new cases and one new death in Jamaica  Two new cases in Bhutan  741 new cases in Kazakhstan  19 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  One new case in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  481 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras  Three new cases in Cambodia   One new death in China, Hong Kong SAR  Two new deaths in Vietnam  751 new cases and two new deaths in Belgium  944 new cases and 53 new deaths in Bolivia  28 new cases in South Korea  323 new cases and 19 new deaths in Australia      4,376 new cases and 292 new deaths in Mexico  49 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 09-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am The US nears 5m cases as Australian border closures ramp-up Border restrictions tightened in the Australian state of New South Wale Brazil passes 100,000 deaths. Ex-health minister attacks Bolsonaro as Brazil Covid-19 deaths tops 100,000 Trump signs order for relief, with less help for jobless ‘Queensland first’: Palaszczuk closes the borders and amps up election rhetoric Boris Johnson ‘would close pubs before schools’ in local Covid-19 lockdown India: seven coronavirus patients have died in a fire that broke out early on Sunday at a hotel being used as a Covid-19 facility, officials said, in the second such incident this month. New South Wales: Anyone who attended a church service at St Agatha’s in Pennant Hills on Wednesday 5 August and Thursday 6 August has been warned to be alert for symptoms of Covid-19. A projection on a building honoring the 100,000 victims who died of Covid-19 in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the distribution of aid to the border city of Kaesong after the area was locked down last month to fight the coronavirus, state media said Sunday. Authorities raised the state of emergency to the maximum level for the city in July, saying they had discovered the country’s first suspected virus case. Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 6,495 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 695 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 475,902 cases and 52,006 deaths. Officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 141 new cases and one new death in Israel  545 new cases and three new deaths in Uzbekistan  Three new cases in Thailand  990 new cases in India   872 new cases in Kazakhstan  12 new cases and five new deaths in Haiti  608 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in Cambodia   617 new cases and four new deaths in Belgium  386 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      1,164 new cases and 63 new deaths in Bolivia  36 new cases and one new death in South Korea  16 new cases in Jamaica  6,495 new cases and 695 new deaths in Mexico  23 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 08-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Anti-Bolsonaro protests as Brazil cases near 3m. Brazil's death toll nears 100,000. The Australian state of Victoria reports 466 new cases. Health authorities in New South Wales, Australia, have closed a school in suburban Sydney after a student returned a positive Covid-19 test. Italy cases soar. Trump poised to intervene in relief plans after talks break down. European doctors brace for the second wave. Tens of thousands of mask-making companies mushroomed across China at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, many are struggling to survive as they face stricter quality control measures and falling domestic demand. California has recorded 7,527 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday. That brings the total number of cases to 548,889. New Zealand, prime minister Jacinda Ardern, has launched her “COVID election” campaign, promising a “laser-like focus” on the economic recovery from Covid-19. One in six people in the UK says they are unlikely or definitely will not get a Covid-19 vaccination when one becomes available, according to a survey by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 168 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  409 new cases and eight new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   842 new cases and 16 new deaths in Pakistan  Three new cases in Thailand  1,747 new cases in India   17 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  29 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  907 new cases in Kazakhstan  768 new cases and five new deaths in Belgium  610 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras  29 new cases and one new death in Jamaica  Three new cases in Cambodia   1,468 new cases and 59 new deaths in Bolivia  6,717 new cases and 794 new deaths in Mexico  43 new cases and one new death in South Korea  425 new cases and 12 new deaths in Australia 31 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 07-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Coronavirus live news: Deaths in the US 'could reach 300,000' as German numbers worsen WHO says the milestone is a warning for each of the continent’s 53 countries; interstate travelers face checks before entering New York; cases continue to surge in Europe US: Fauci tells of death threats over virus policy Japan: Shinzo Abe accused of going awol as the nation faces a surge Global report: WHO warns against the dangers of 'vaccine nationalism.' The Australian state of Victoria has racked up another 450 cases in the past 24 hours, state premier Daniel Andrews said a few minutes ago. China has logged 37 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to midnight on Thursday, the country’s health authority has announced – the same as the day before. The mayor of Los Angeles has threatened to cut water and power supplies to houses where people hold large parties after a spate of gatherings violating Covid-19 restrictions at mansions in the Hollywood hills. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 782 new cases and 17 new deaths in Pakistan  15 new cases in Thailand  1,665 new cases in India   Three new cases in Bhutan  28 new cases in Belize  Three new cases in Vietnam  38 new cases in Haiti  16 new cases in Sint Maarten  657 new cases and 23 new deaths in Honduras   858 new cases and two new deaths in Belgium  980 new cases in Kazakhstan  408 new cases and 11 new deaths in Australia     12 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  1,282 new cases and 80 new deaths in Bolivia  20 new cases and one new death in South Korea  30 new cases in Jamaica  6,590 new cases and 819 new deaths in Mexico  37 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 06-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Donald Trump on Wednesday repeated that he believes coronavirus will “go away,” despite his top public health expert warning that it could take most of 2021 or longer to get the pandemic under control and that it is “unlikely” the virus can ever be eradicated. At a White House briefing, the US president said of Covid-19: “It’s going away, it will go away, things go away. No question in my mind, sooner rather than later.” Facebook has removed a post from Donald Trump’s page for spreading false information about the coronavirus, a first for the social company that has been harshly criticized for repeatedly allowing the president to break its content rules. Michelle Obama has said she has been suffering from “low-grade depression,” prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, racial problems in the US, and what she describes as the “hypocrisy” of the Trump administration. WHO surge team arrives in South Africa. The World Health Organization has deployed a “surge team” of 43 health experts to South Africa to help the country deal with the pandemic, which has seen nearly 530,000 cases confirmed in the country – the fifth-highest in the world – and 9,298 deaths. In Australia, Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews has announced that 471 new coronavirus cases were confirmed overnight, along with eight new deaths. Both figures are lower than Wednesday’s, which marked Victoria’s most devastating day of Covid-19 cases and deaths, with a man in his 30s among 15 people who died overnight including many from aged care, and 725 new cases of the virus identified. Global deaths pass 700,000. The coronavirus pandemic death toll passed 700,000 late on Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government data. The US accounts for the highest portion of those deaths, with 157,690. The next worst-affected in terms of the number of lives lost in Brazil with 95,819. A fire killed eight coronavirus patients at a hospital in western India early Thursday, fire officials said. Firefighters and 15 fire engines contained the fire to the intensive care unit at Shrey Hospital, and it was extinguished in half an hour. The cause of the fire at the hospital in the city of Ahmadabad was being investigated. Amsterdam enforces face masks in crowded places. Amsterdam and the port of Rotterdam on Wednesday made face masks compulsory in some busy regions, including the Dutch capital’s Red Light district, as coronavirus infections showed a worrying spike. The new measures come as the number of infections doubled in a week in the country, where more than 55,000 people have now been infected, and some 6,150 have died. Italy threatens to ban Ryanair for alleged virus rule-breaking. Italy’s national civil aviation authority has threatened to suspend Ryanair’s permit to fly in the country over suspected non-compliance with coronavirus safety rules, but the low-cost carrier denied flouting them. France’s daily Covid-19 cases highest since the end of May. France’s daily Covid-19 infections reached the highest in more than two months on Wednesday, with 1,695 new cases. The seven-day moving average stood above the 1,300 thresholds for the first time since the end of April when the country was still in lockdown. Covid-19 job losses see record numbers in the UK seeking temporary work. Record numbers of people in Britain are looking for temporary work as job losses across the country mount, according to recruitment firms that have been flooded with CVs.The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and the accountancy firm KPMG said the number of people signing up to find temporary work rose in July at the fastest pace since records began in 1997. Fears grow in Turkey as daily virus cases top 1,000. Officials have expressed concern over the rising number of coronavirus cases as the daily infection toll exceeded 1,000 for the second day in a row. Florida tops 500,000 virus cases as testing resumes after the storm. The state has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases as testing ramps up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias. Former Colombian president Uribe tests positive for coronavirus. Colombia’s former president Álvaro Uribe has tested positive for Covid-19, just a day after he was placed under house arrest as part of a witness tampering probe. Germany adds Belgium’s virus-hit Antwerp to the quarantine list. Antwerp province was added to the list of coronavirus risk zones, requiring travelers arriving from the region to go into quarantine for 14 days unless they can produce a negative Covid-19 test. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 233 new cases and two new deaths in Armenia  2,762 new cases and 22 new deaths in India   Four new cases in Sint Maarten  173 new cases and six new deaths in the United States One new case in Taiwan  Nine new cases in Georgia  15 new deaths in El Salvador  67 new cases and four new deaths in Afghanistan  276 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  405 new cases in Israel  549 new cases and nine new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  727 new cases and 21 new deaths in Pakistan  Two new cases in Thailand  1,060 new cases in Kazakhstan   14 new cases in Belize  12 new cases in Haiti  13 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  Eight new cases in Jamaica  799 new cases and 23 new deaths in Honduras  One new death in Vietnam  510 new cases and seven new deaths in Belgium  446 new cases and eight new deaths in Australia      1,780 new cases and 65 new deaths in Bolivia  43 new cases in South Korea  6,139 new cases and 829 new deaths in Mexico  37 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 05-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am The global death toll passes 700,000 as Europe faces the second wave US health secretary Alex Azar to visit Taiwan in a veiled attack on China France could lose control ‘at any time.’ US: Biden tells Trump to ‘step up and do your job.’ We’re fighting a ghost: six months on victories over the virus remain fragile. UK's largest firms fail to cut CEO pay to navigate the Covid-19 crisis. Keeping England's schools open 'must take priority' in the second wave of Covid-19. One death every 15 seconds around the world Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 569 new cases and 11 new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  444 new cases in Israel  675 new cases and 15 new deaths in Pakistan  Seven new cases in Thailand  21 new cases and five new deaths in Haiti  15 new cases in Belize  1,641 new cases in India   One new case in Myanmar  Two new cases in Bhutan  1,062 new cases in Kazakhstan  505 new cases and 16 new deaths in Honduras  334 new cases and two new deaths in Belgium  714 new cases and 15 new deaths in Australia      Three new cases in Cambodia   One new death in China, Hong Kong SAR  1,515 new cases and 92 new deaths in Bolivia  33 new cases and one new death in South Korea  Two new cases in New Zealand  15 new cases in Jamaica  6,148 new cases and 857 new deaths in Mexico  27 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 04-08-2020 Headlines 07:15 am Authorities in the Philippines have reimposed curbs after infections surged past 100,000, forcing more than 27 million people – including in the capital, Manila – back into lockdown for two weeks from Tuesday. China reported 36 new cases of Covid-19, including six imported cases. Of the 30 local cases, 28 were in the western province of Xinjiang and two in the eastern province of Liaoning. Of the six imported cases, four were in Guangdong, one in Shanghai, and one in Sichuan. Iran reported its highest single-day infection count in nearly a month, warning that most of its provinces were facing a resurgence. One person was dying from Covid-19 every seven minutes in the country, state television said on Monday, as another 215 new deaths from the disease were reported, taking total fatalities to 17,405 from 312,000 infections. For the first time in two weeks, Hong Kong reported fewer than 100 new cases of Covid-19 in a day. The city is experiencing its third and worst wave of the outbreak since the virus first appeared there in January. Driven mainly by community transmission, 2,342 of Hong Kong’s 3,590 total cases have been recorded in the past month. New Zealand has recorded no new cases of Covid-19. There are 22 cases of the disease in the country, all in managed isolation. The country’s health director-general, Ashley Bloomfield, warned that a single case outside of quarantine facilities could turn into a broader outbreak if people were not vigilant. “We have worked too hard to let that happen here,” he said at a news conference. Global report: COVID risks 'generational catastrophe' warns UN; Latin America exceeds 5m cases. Brazil has continued to drive the regional surge of the virus in Latin America, with more than 2.75m infections and close to half of the 202,000 deaths. On Monday, it was revealed that President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff, General Walter Souza Braga Netto, had tested positive for Covid-19. Last week Bolsonaro’s wife tested positive, following the president’s infection in early July. Mexico has racked up record numbers of new confirmed infections in recent days, registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time on Saturday, a day after overtaking Britain as the country with the third-highest number of deaths in the pandemic. In Australia, the state of Victoria recorded another 439 cases and 11 deaths, all in aged care settings, the day after the premiere, Daniel Andrews, announced a six-week lockdown with much more significant restrictions including a night-time curfew in the state capital, Melbourne, for the next six weeks, the closure of non-essential businesses, and a ban on weddings. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:09 268 new cases and five new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  One new case in Thailand  432 new cases and 15 new deaths in Pakistan  1,423 new cases and 13 new deaths in India   1,158 new cases in Kazakhstan   One new death in Vietnam  597 new cases and seven new deaths in Honduras  35 new cases and one new death in Haiti  Four new cases in Sint Maarten  465 new cases and five new deaths in Belgium  1,693 new cases and 75 new deaths in Bolivia  410 new cases and 11 new deaths in Australia      34 new cases in South Korea  11 new cases in Jamaica  4,767 new cases and 266 new deaths in Mexico  36 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 03-08-2020 Headlines 07:15 am The United States reported a record 1.87 million cases in July, more than twice the figure for the previous record month, April, when 860,000 new cases were reported, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. May saw 690,200 new infections, while June saw 820,000 cases. US infections are approaching 5 million, with 4,657,693 confirmed, or more than a quarter of the global total. India reported nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, down from the previous day’s record of 57,118. At least 37,364 people have died in India during the pandemic so far. Residents in the Australian city of Melbourne will be subject to an overnight curfew for the next six weeks and be banned from traveling more than 5km to go shopping or to exercise, as Victoria attempts to get the number of new coronavirus cases under control. The premier, Daniel Andrews, announced that from 6 pm on Sunday, residents in the Melbourne metropolitan area would be under curfew for six weeks until 13 September. Vietnam is rushing to build a 700-bed makeshift hospital to cope with an outbreak in the central city of Da Nang, as the health minister warned the current strain of the virus is more contagious than those previously seen in the country. Honduras will extend its curfew for another week to curb the pandemic. Honduras first imposed a curfew, which is in effect daily between 5 pm and 7 am, in March. The number of new Covid-19 cases in China’s far north-western region of Xinjiang continues to fall, with 28 reported on Monday. China reported 43 new cases nationwide, seven of them imported and eight in the north-eastern province of Liaoning. Seven Chinese health officials arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday, the first of a 60-person team that will carry out widespread COVID-19 testing in the territory as it races to halt another wave. A group of local Hong Kong councilors said on Sunday that some residents fear China may use their presence as an opportunity to collect DNA samples for surveillance purposes. A major incident has been declared in Greater Manchester in England in response to increases in coronavirus infection rates across “multiple localities.” Nancy Pelosi says she has no confidence in Deborah Birx over the handling of a pandemic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi escalated an attack on Dr. Deborah Birx, a senior scientist on Donald Trump’s coronavirus taskforce, in television comments on Sunday as Birx defended the administration’s handling of the pandemic. Media to be banned from the Republican convention due to coronavirus restrictions. The media will reportedly not be allowed to witness Donald Trump’s formal renomination as the Republican party’s choice for president at its national convention later this month. UK prime minister Boris Johnson is considering new lockdown measures in England should there be a second wave of coronavirus infections. Plans are being assessed after a rise in Covid-19 cases forced the prime minister to slow the lockdown easing on Friday, with proposed relaxations for the leisure and beauty sectors delayed. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:09 395 new cases and 13 new deaths in Australia    Three new deaths in China, Hong Kong SAR  217 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan Three new cases in Thailand 331 new cases and eight new deaths in Pakistan One new case in Bhutan 1,136 new cases and 15 new deaths in India  447 new cases in Belgium  512 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras  1,069 new cases in Kazakhstan  Two new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  1,360 new cases and 89 new deaths in Bolivia  11 new cases and two new deaths in Jamaica  43 new cases in China  23 new cases in South Korea   Two new cases in New Zealand  One new case in Vietnam  4,853 new cases and 274 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 02-08-2020 Headlines 07:25 am South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus infections had surpassed half a million, the health ministry said on Saturday, while cases in Africa as a whole approached a million. The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Belgium has doubled in one week, as an average of 448.1 people per day tested positive for Covid-19 in the last week of July. Travelers entering France from 16 countries where coronavirus is spread widely must now undergo tests upon arrival at French airports and ports. At least 14 members of the US House of Representatives and Senate - seven Republicans and seven Democrats - have tested positive or are presumed to have had Covid-19 since the coronavirus pandemic began earlier this year. Several thousand demonstrators gathered outside the official residence of Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader showed no signs of slowing. Thirty-six crew members confined on the Norwegian cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Saturday. Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos will allow churches and mosques to resume in-person services from 7 August, and restaurants, social clubs, and recreational centers will also be allowed to reopen with limited capacity from 14 August as the state, the center of Nigeria’s coronavirus outbreak, eases restrictions despite a continued rise in infections. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Saturday; the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be “lengthy” after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm. Ireland’s chief medical officer described a recent spike in Covid-19 infections as “concerning,” as the average number of cases per day doubled from around 20 in the last weeks to over 40 over the past five days. Spain’s labor minister, Yolanda Díaz Pérez, suggested on Saturday that the government would extend its coronavirus furlough scheme for an extra three months. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:20 420 new cases and 12 new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  65 new cases and one new death in Israel  2,198 new cases and 12 new deaths in India   Eight new deaths in El Salvador  257 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  1,226 new cases in Kazakhstan  Five new cases in Thailand  613 new cases and seven new deaths in Australia      One new case in Bhutan  44 new cases and four new deaths in Haiti  Two new cases in Mongolia  671 new cases and 31 new deaths in Honduras   651 new cases and four new deaths in Belgium  One new case in Cambodia  One new case in Saint Barthélemy  Eight new cases in Belize  Five new cases in Jamaica  2,004 new cases and 87 new deaths in Bolivia  30 new cases in South Korea  Three new cases in New Zealand  9,556 new cases and 784 new deaths in Mexico  49 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 01-08-2020 Headlines 07:05 am For the third consecutive day, new cases of Covid-19 cases topped 1,300 in France. The number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in Tokyo; Japan was around 472 on Saturday, a new record, NHK public television, quoted Tokyo officials as saying. It was the second day in a row that the number of cases in the capital rose by more than 400. A week is a long time in a coronavirus pandemic – a fact the UK government has learned all too painfully. Avoiding a one-week delay to lockdown in March would potentially have halved the death toll, it has previously emerged. Health officials in the Australian state of Victoria say there are now 1,008 active cases within the aged care sector, which has emerged as a critical area of concern for authorities. There are 399 people in Australian hospitals, including 50 people in intensive care units and 28 on ventilators, authorities say. The overwhelming majority of those were in Victoria. Gambling revenue in Macau plunged 94.5% in July year-on-year, with casinos reeling from a lack of visitors in the world’s biggest casino hub despite a loosening of quarantine restrictions, which have led to only a modest rise in gamblers. China recorded 45 new cases on Friday, mostly from outbreaks in the provinces of Zinjiang and Liaoning, the National Health Commission has announced. Egypt reported 321 new Covid-19 infections on Friday, the health ministry said, the lowest figure since 3 May, according to Reuters. In total, 94,078 cases have been reported in Egypt, of which 39,638 have recovered, and 4,188 have died, including 31 on Friday, the ministry said in a statement late on Friday. Japan’s Okinawa region has declared a state of emergency and asked people to stay home for two weeks as the popular tourist destination sees an “explosive spread” of coronavirus cases. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 955 to 209,653, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:51 4,253 new cases and 32 new deaths in India   Three new cases in Georgia  Seven new cases in Taiwan  35 new cases and 11 new deaths in Afghanistan  170 new cases and five new deaths in the United States 377 new cases and four new deaths in Australia      Two new deaths in China, Hong Kong SAR  494 new cases and 19 new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  295 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  Two new cases in Thailand  12 new cases and one new death in Vietnam  1,289 new cases in Kazakhstan  12 new cases in Haiti  Five new cases in Cambodia   588 new cases and 25 new deaths in Honduras   745 new cases and one new death in Belgium  1,555 new cases and 83 new deaths in Bolivia  14 new cases in Jamaica  31 new cases in South Korea  Two new cases in New Zealand  8,458 new cases and 688 new deaths in Mexico  45 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 31-07-2020 Headlines 07:05 am Some French cities to introduce more mask rules Several French cities will introduce additional face mask requirements from Friday (masks are already required in all enclosed public spaces nationwide, including public transport). The UK’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, said “households gathering and not abiding by the social-distancing rules” was a reason for the stricter rules, announced late on Thursday evening, and that the move was to “keep the country safe.” Tens of thousands of people in the north of England are waking up to new restrictions that came into force at midnight on Thursday night (approximately 6 hours ago). The new requirements (below) will apply in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, and East Lancashire after an increase in cases. (Specifically: Greater Manchester, Pendle, Hyndburn, Burnley, Rossendale, Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leicester City). People in the affected areas will not be permitted to mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubbles) in private homes or gardens. Some exemptions will be put in place, including for the vulnerable. The government will sign new regulations to make these changes legally enforceable. The regulations will give local authorities and police forces the powers to enforce these restrictions, and more details on these will be set out when the rules are published. Households may go to hospitality, for instance, bars and pubs, but new guidance will make clear that two households should not go to hospitality together. In case you missed it, the US economy shrank by an annual rate of 32.9% between April and June, its sharpest contraction since the second world war, government figures revealed on Thursday. China has recorded its highest daily total of new Covid-19 cases since early March, the vast majority of them in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. On Thursday, health authorities confirmed 127 new cases, including four imported and 123 local transmissions. There were 112 in Xinjiang, and 11 were in the province of Liaoning. Vietnam has reported 45 new coronavirus infections in the city of Danang, marking the country’s most significant single-day jump in cases, as the health ministry sent more health experts to the central city in a bid to combat the outbreak. US economy shrinks massively in the second quarter. New patients, aged between 27 and 87, are linked to three hospitals and two clinics in Danang. On this tourism hot spot, Vietnam last week detected its first locally transmitted infections in more than three months, the ministry said in a statement. The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, says restrictions in the capital Manila will remain until mid-August. He also announced free vaccines to combat a surge in infections that have overwhelmed health care workers and facilities. Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak. Reuters reported that he was chuckling in an online video about 'mold' in his lungs, having spent weeks in isolation after catching coronavirus. Mexico’s health ministry posted 639 new deaths from coronavirus on Thursday bring the country’s toll to 46,000, almost the same as the United Kingdom, which has the third-highest death toll worldwide from the pandemic. Japan does not need to reimpose a state of emergency chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said on Friday, reiterating the government’s stance amid a surge in new infections across the country. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:51 123 new cases and two new deaths in Malawi  Two new deaths in China, Hong Kong SAR  One new death in Fiji  396 new cases and eight new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  903 new cases and 27 new deaths in Pakistan  Nine new cases in Papua New Guinea  Six new cases in Thailand  1,414 new cases in Kazakhstan  671 new cases and four new deaths in Belgium  482 new cases and 53 new deaths in Honduras  34 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  1,700 new cases and 86 new deaths in Bolivia  36 new cases and one new death in South Korea  600 new cases and seven new deaths in Australia      Eight new cases in Jamaica  7,730 new cases and 639 new deaths in Mexico  127 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 30-07-2020 Headlines 07:55 am Australia has reported a record rise in coronavirus infections and deaths, with the state of Victoria announcing more than 700 new cases and 13 deaths, as the state continues to battle significant outbreaks in the aged care sector and among healthcare workers. It comes as global cases passed 17m after five of the last seven days saw one-day jumps of more than 250,000 new infections. The United States, meanwhile, continues to have by far the highest number of cases and deaths, passed 150,000 fatalities late on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. Brazil’s outbreak set a national daily record on Wednesday with 69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 related deaths. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned the city is on the brink of a large-scale outbreak and urged people to stay indoors as much as possible as strict new measures take effect. In New Zealand, a 32-year-old man has been arrested after attempting to escape a managed quarantine facility. In Saudi Arabia, a scaled-down hajj has begun. This year, for the first time in modern history, Saudi officials have drastically restricted the number of pilgrims allowed to participate and enforced strict new health measures. Just 10,000 Muslims, all already inside the kingdom, is being allowed to perform the hajj – 0.4% of last year’s 2.5 million attendees from across the globe. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:51 259 new cases and five new deaths in Armenia  Four new cases in Latvia  1,197 new cases and 23 new deaths in Ukraine  Five new cases in Georgia  Eight new cases in Cambodia  257 new cases in Israel  287 new cases and one new death in Uzbekistan  3,598 new cases and 32 new deaths in India   Two new cases in Myanmar  11 new cases in Sint Maarten  One new case in Grenada  Two new cases in Bhutan  631 new cases and 17 new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  1,114 new cases and 32 new deaths in Pakistan  Six new cases in Thailand  Five new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  1,472 new cases in Kazakhstan  Seven new cases and one new death in Haiti  484 new cases and 45 new deaths in Honduras  673 new cases and three new deaths in Belgium  1,207 new cases and 88 new deaths in Bolivia  18 new cases in South Korea  One new case in New Zealand  716 new cases and 13 new deaths in Australia      One new case in Jamaica  5,752 new cases and 485 new deaths in Mexico  105 new cases in China  338 new cases and five new deaths in the United States Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 29-07-2020 Headlines 06:41 am US deaths near 150,000 as Hong Kong warns hospitals could collapse Hong Kong outbreak ‘overwhelming’ medical system, says Carrie Lam; Pilgrims quarantined in Mecca as hajj begins; WHO warns pandemic is “one big wave,” not seasonal. Follow the latest updates Covid-19 still accelerating, warns WHO, as restrictions return in Europe Trump praises doctor who dismissed face masks after viral video Global report: downsized hajj pilgrimage begins amid Covid-19 restrictions The outbreak in Xinjiang prompts fears of a spread inside Uighur camps Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:41 1,801 new cases and 16 new deaths in India   748 new cases and 18 new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  One new case in Thailand  1,063 new cases and 27 new deaths in Pakistan  1,544 new cases in Kazakhstan  Two new cases in Mongolia  One new case in Myanmar  234 new cases and 11 new deaths in Belgium  719 new cases and 48 new deaths in Honduras  276 new cases and nine new deaths in Australia     1,146 new cases and 73 new deaths in Bolivia  48 new cases in South Korea  Two new cases in New Zealand  Two new cases in Jamaica  7,208 new cases and 854 new deaths in Mexico  101 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 28-07-2020 Headlines 07:41 am Global virus deaths passed 650,000 as new surges prompt fresh curbs. More than 100,000 deaths have been recorded since 9 July, and the global toll has doubled in just over two months. Donald Trump wore a mask and talked up the possibility of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year in the battleground state North Carolina. During a visit to a Fujifilm plant in Morrisville, the president wore a mask publicly for a second time and expressed confidence in the country’s economic recovery. Spain’s PM said the UK quarantine decision was not justified. Britain’s decision to impose a two-week quarantine on people traveling from Spain is unfair, Pedro Sánchez said. He added that the Spanish government is in touch with British authorities in a bid to get the country to reconsider its position. Google employees will work from home until at least the summer of 2021. The company will keep its employees home until at least next July, the Wall Street Journal reported, marking the most significant tech firm to commit to such a timeline in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Lebanon reimposed severe Covid-19 restrictions for the next two weeks. It has shut places of worship, cinemas, bars, nightclubs, sports events, and famous markets, after a sharp rise in infections. The International Monetary Fund approved $4.3bn in aid to South Africa to help it fight the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, in June predicted the economy would shrink 7.2% in 2020, its deepest slump in 90 years. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli issued scathing criticism of the Italian government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. He said he was humiliated by a recent lockdown, surprise comments as the 61-year-old superstar was a symbol of national unity at the height of the lockdown. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:03 Five new cases in Taiwan  239 new cases and eight new deaths in Armenia  One new case in Latvia  105 new cases and one new death in Afghanistan  45 new cases and four new deaths in Malawi  Eight new cases in Georgia  473 new cases in Israel  297 new cases and one new death in Uzbekistan  936 new cases and 23 new deaths in Pakistan  422 new cases and 28 new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  Two new cases in Thailand  Four new cases in Bhutan  1,526 new cases in Kazakhstan  1,633 new cases and 13 new deaths in India   2,917 new cases and 58 new deaths in Brazil  One new case in Mongolia  25 new cases and one new death in Haiti  465 new cases and 50 new deaths in Honduras  402 new cases and one new death in Belgium  367 new cases and six new deaths in Australia       One new case in Cambodia   1,752 new cases and 64 new deaths in Bolivia  28 new cases and one new death in South Korea  One new case in New Zealand  11 new cases in Jamaica  4,973 new cases and 342 new deaths in Mexico  68 new cases in China    Source Worldometers, The Guardian .    4 Online Tools Provide Up-to-Date Tracking of The New Coronavirus Spread WHO and Centres for Disease Control data to track outbreaks and recoveries, while others are aimed only at a Chinese audience, and focused on controlling the infection be helping people track who they might have contacted. Using these tools, along with preventative measures like handwashing and avoiding contact with sick people, could slow the spread of the coronavirus. The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and is now in at least 26 countries. Experts are now calling it a 'mild pandemic' and theorizing that it could become a permanent virus that humans face, akin to the seasonal flu. Here are five tools to follow the coronavirus: Johns Hopkins CSSE map This online dashboard from Johns Hopkins uses CDC and WHO data to track the outbreak in real-time. Click here for Johns Hopkins CSSE map . Health Map This map also tracks outbreaks of the virus, but it uses AI to scrape posts on news sites and social media to create a heat map of the virus, which can be useful to health officials. Click here for the Health Map, which tracks outbreaks of the coronavirus worldwide . Coronavirus app This app from two French ex-pats in Taiwan has a useful breakdown of infections, deaths, and recoveries by region. Click here for the Coronavirus Map 4. Chinese flight and train checker A Chinese cybersecurity firm created a tool available in China that lets people input flight or train numbers to see if they have traveled with anyone infected with the coronavirus. Click here for the Chinese flight and train tracker . Recommended previous updates from this article back to the 24th of January 2020:  Coronavirus History Updates 2020 Globally Before you go! Recommended:  Travel The World: Keeping The Environment Healthy Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the coronavirus, the possible relation with the winter season, or climate change? Click on  'Re g ister'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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The Coronavirus, COVID-19 News Jump quickly to 4 Online Tools by clicking on: 4 Online Tools Provide Up-to-Date Tracking History global updates about the coronavirus, COVID-19: Recommended:  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (1) Globally, the 24 of January till the 13th of April Recommended:  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (2) Globally, the 15th of April till the 13th of May Recommended:  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (3) Globally, the 14th of May till the 12th of July Recommended: Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (4) Globally, the 13th of July till the 27th of July Recommended: Coronavirus, COVID-19 Travel Updates By Tu i   Coronavirus Kills Businesses Globally. Updates Coronavirus Global Roundup: A tidal wave of coronavirus business failures Retailers, restaurants, airlines, tech companies, oil producers, fitness centers, travel agencies the list goes on and on. Coronavirus Kills Businesses Businesses across the globe have declared bankruptcy this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has triggered economic turmoil and hardship. For many companies worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic could be the toughest challenge they've ever met: Cash flow dried up, financial problems deepened, customers stopped buying, stores shut down, and lockdown orders returned over and over again.  Some are experiencing domestic political and social turbulence; others were struggling even before the pandemic began. The current situation has made it worse, as companies try to survive in an environment where a vaccine has yet to be found, and economies are still reeling. Coronavirus Kills: Stores Closed, Jobs Cut In the United States, nearly a third of the more than 40 large companies seeking bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic awarded bonuses to executives within a month of filing their cases, according to an analysis of securities filings and court records. J.C. Penney, the retailer founded more than a century ago, was forced to temporarily close its 846 department stores and furlough about 78,000 of its 85,000 employees worldwide as the pandemic spread. It approved nearly 10 million U.S. dollars in payouts just before its May 15 filing. The company has said it would permanently close 152 stores and lay off 1,000 employees. Neiman Marcus Group, the century-old American retailer, is one of several traditional department stores that could be headed for trouble. The group in March temporarily closed all of its 67 stores, and in April furloughed more than 11,000 employees. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 7. The company paid four million U.S. dollars in bonuses to Chairman and Chief Executive Geoffroy van Raemdonck in February and more than four million U.S. dollars to other executives in the weeks before its May 7 bankruptcy filing, court records show.  So far, the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy has been that of American car-rental company Hertz. After the travel industry hit the brakes, the company began selling off much of its fleet to meet demands from creditors.  The slowdown of the travel industry caused by coronavirus has also crippled the aviation sector. Latin America's largest airline, LATAM, filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection in May. Before the novel coronavirus outbreak, the airline had 43,000 workers worldwide, most of them in Brazil and Chile. LATAM is seeking to restructure 18 billion U.S. dollars in debt. It is the world's largest airline to date to seek an emergency reorganization due to the pandemic. LATAM will also make redundant "at least" 2,700 workers in Brazil, including pilots, its Brazilian arm said on Saturday, as the bankrupt carrier struggles to cut costs and cope with an industry collapse sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus Kills Businesses Globally: Struggles  Bankruptcies among Japanese companies in the first half of the year rose for the first time in 11 years, partly due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit hotels and restaurants, according to data compiled by a Japanese research firm.  While the coronavirus is one of the triggers of the rise in bankruptcies, increased labor costs and October's sales tax hike are also factors. Bankruptcies in industries including accommodation and food services came in at 1,295, up 3.8 percent year on year, as declines in inbound tourism hit the sectors, the firm said. The famous U.S. department stores Macy's said its net sales for the fiscal first quarter ended May nearly halved to 3.02 billion U.S. dollars. The company, which on June 25 said it would lay off about 3,900 employees in corporate and management positions in a bid to save cash, did not provide an updated outlook amid the surge of coronavirus cases in the country.   Companies, iconic names, or SMEs, we're in deep financial trouble despite selling equipment and property and cutting jobs, even before non-essential businesses were ordered to shut down. The hardest hit is selling off assets and closing for good. "More than 6,800 companies filed for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year, and this year you can expect more," said financial experts from McKinsey and Company. "The wave of petitions from this worst economic downturn since the Great Depression could ruin the business system, making it even harder to save the companies that can be rescued." In many cases, the coronavirus crisis has exposed deeper problems, including over-dependence on traditional supply chains and offline stores, or staggering debts run up by companies whose business models were already struggling to deal with changes in consumer behavior. Coronavirus Kills: Forge Ahead.  Airlines are among the worst-hit industries. Last week, a rescue plan for South African Airways (SAA) was finalized and can be implemented once funding for the restructuring is found, the state-owned airline's administrators said.   The administrators took over SAA in December after almost a decade of financial losses. They published their restructuring plan for SAA last month, after repeated delays and fierce wrangling over the airline's future.  British Airways is planning to sell its multimillion-pound art collection as it attempts to raise funds. The sales include works by Bridget Riley and Damien Hirst, which may fetch six-figure sums. The artworks previously decorated BA's executive lounges and company headquarters.  But amid all the challenges, some companies are finding ways to forge ahead by expanding online-friendly business options, and web-based businesses are thriving. Netflix reported almost 16 million new subscribers in the first three months of 2020, nearly double the number of new sign-ups in the final months of 2019.  This article was earlier published in the CTGN. Starting today, the 31st of August 2020, WhatsOrb will only publish headlines from news worldwide. WhatsOrb stops by posting the amount of death and infected people by country. We have concluded that posting these numbers  gives an incomplete picture of the situation  without knowing the underlying health condition from the people who get infected or pass away from the coronavirus. Best Updates On The Coronavirus News Updates 18-09-2020 Headlines 08:04 am The number of coronavirus cases worldwide passed 30 million on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The global death toll stands at 943,203 people and is expected to pass 1 million by 1 October. The US accounts for more than 22% of global cases, at 6.67m, and nearly 200,000 fatalities. The Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, again criticized President Trump’s handling of the pandemic as “close to criminal”, in particular Trump’s supposedly intentional downplaying of the severity of the virus. Biden also questioned Trump’s claims on a vaccine: “I don’t trust the president on vaccines,” he said, adding that he trusted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious diseases expert sidelined by Trump. “If Fauci says a vaccine is safe, I would take the vaccine. We should listen to the scientists, not to the president,” said Biden. Roughly one in every 50 Americans is infected, and one in every 1,600 has died since the start of the pandemic. Reports emerged late on Thursday that guidance about the novel coronavirus testing posted last month on the website of the US CDC was not written by the agency’s scientists and was posted despite their objections. The New York Times reported the story, citing people familiar with the matter and internal documents. The guidance said it was not necessary to test people with no symptoms of Covid-19, even if they had been exposed to the virus. The agency’s previous position recommended testing all people who had close contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19. The reversal shocked doctors and politicians and prompted accusations of political interference. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of “alarming rates of transmission” of Covid-19 across Europe and cautioned countries against shortening quarantine periods. The WHO said the number of coronavirus cases in September “should serve as a wake-up call for all of us”. France confirmed a new 24-hour record late on Thursday, registering 10,593 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours and pushing the cumulative number to 415,481. The previous high was 10,561 new cases in a day, recorded on 12 September. The sharp increase is a result of a higher infection rate but also of a massive increase in testing, Reuters reported. Extra measures to curb the epidemic in the cities of Lyon and Nice were announced by the health minister on Thursday, adding to the three other regions already deemed as virus “red zones”. Israel is preparing to enter a second national coronavirus lockdown on Friday, becoming the first country to re-enter nationwide restrictions. The unpopular lockdown is expected to last at least three weeks, upending a normally festive period filled with Jewish holidays. The Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak, is reopening for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium. China stopped international flights in March as Covid-19 swept the world, but has now largely brought the disease under control at home through travel restrictions, testing, and lockdowns. China reported 32 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, marking the highest daily increase in more than a month and up sharply from nine cases reported a day earlier, the Chinese health authority said on Friday. The National Health Commission said in a statement that all new cases were imported infections among returned travelers.   {youtube}                                                     Coronavirus: How much is it costing and who will pay? - BBC Newsnight   Source Worldometers, The Guardian      News Updates 17-09-2020 Headlines 07:54 am India reported another global record jump in daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday. Coronavirus infections in India surged past 5 million on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients. China has locked down a city on its border with Myanmar and launched a campaign to test the city’s entire population of more than 200,000 people. Officials in Ruili in Yunnan province said the city had entered a state of “wartime” defenses against Covid-19 after two new cases emerged among travelers from Myanmar. Residents have been ordered to stay at home and authorities have set up checkpoints to prevent anyone entering or leaving Ruili and restricting access to border areas nearby. Most businesses have been closed. The World Health Organization warned Latin American countries not to reopen too fast. WHO regional director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday that Latin America had started to resume normal social and public life at a time when the pandemic still required major control interventions. New Zealand saw its GDP fall by 12.2% in the June quarter, the largest quarterly fall since such records began in 1987, as COVID restrictions affected economic activity, Stats NZ said today. The number of confirmed cases in Germany increased by 2,194 to 265,857 on Thursday, the second-highest daily total since April. The director of the US CDC said it will take one year before a coronavirus vaccine will be “generally available to the American public”. That estimation contrasts with recent bullish messaging by Donald Trump, who on Tuesday repeated his assertion that “we’re going to have a vaccine in a matter of weeks” even though a successful vaccine has yet to be unveiled from ongoing US trials, and attacked the CDC director on Wednesday as “confused” about the timeline. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is to furlough himself and his staff for a week in order to close a $7bn budget shortfall created by the pandemic. The average age of people infected with Covid-19 is coming down, according to a World Health Organization expert Dr Maria Van Kerkhove. She told a Q&A that incidences of hospitalization among those aged 15 to 49 years are increasing and said it was possible for the same person to be infected with influenza and Covid-19. South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said on Wednesday, part of a wider easing of measures announced as figures continue to improve. Source Worldometers, The Guardian      News Updates 16-09-2020 Headlines 06:26 am India’s coronavirus cases have passed 5 million, testing the country’s feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The Health Ministry reported 90,123 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the nation’s confirmed total to 5,020,359, about 0.35% of its nearly 1.4 billion population. It said 1,290 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 82,066. India’s total coronavirus caseload is closing in on the United States’ highest tally of more than 6.6 million cases and is expected to surpass it within weeks. In the US, at least seven people have died in connection to an outbreak in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public health authorities said. US President Donald Trump said that Covid-19 would go away without a vaccine. This would happen because of “herd mentality,” he said in an ABC town hall. It is unclear whether he meant herd immunity, as he repeated the phrase several times.“It would go away without the vaccine George,” he said, speaking to ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos. “With time, it goes away. And you’ll develop like a herd mentality. It’s going to be herd developed, and that’s going to happen. That will all happen.” New Zealand reported a second consecutive day of no new community cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday. Half the world’s schoolchildren are still unable to attend classrooms due to the pandemic. Around 872 million – more than half of whom have not been able to study remotely – are not allowed to attend school in person, Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore said. Dáil reconvenes after the Irish minister tests negative for Covid-19. Ireland’s minister for health Stephen Donnelly has told RTE that his Covid-19 test has come back negative. Earlier today, Irish cabinet ministers were told to restrict their movements as a precaution after Donnelly contacted his GP to request a test after feeling unwell. However, ministers no longer needed to do this following the negative test result and were back in the chamber by 8 pm. Nearly a fifth of South Africans may have contracted coronavirus, the country’s health minister has said. South Africa has recorded 650,749 cases, but the actual number of infections could be “about 12 million”, Zweli Mkhize said. Sweden has recorded its fewest daily Covid-19 cases since March. The country’s rolling seven-day average of new cases stood at 108 on Tuesday, its lowest level since 13 March. The Netherlands has hit a daily record of new coronavirus cases. A total of 1,379 new infections – the majority reported in Amsterdam and The Hague – were recorded in the country on Tuesday. Source Worldometers, The Guardian      News Updates 15-09-2020 Headlines 06:26 am There are nearly 30m coronavirus cases worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with 29,136,553 confirmed so far. The number of deaths has passed 925,000. China expects a vaccine to be ready as soon as November. Wu Guizhen, head of biosafety at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said she expected Chinese vaccines for Covid-19 would soon be available to the public as soon as November or December. China, the world’s largest producer of vaccines, accounts for nine of the 30 vaccines undergoing human trials. Last week, the University of Hong Kong, working with mainland Chinese researchers, said a nasal spray vaccine was entering clinical trials. India’s death toll crossed 80,000 on Tuesday after 1,054 people died in 24 hours. India also reported 83,809 new coronavirus infections for its lowest daily jump in a week, the health ministry said on Tuesday. South Korea will secure early supply of the novel coronavirus vaccines for 30 million people, or 60% of its population, prime minister Chung Sye-Kyun told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. A new national lockdown could be imposed in Wales within weeks unless people follow the updated rules on social gatherings, the country’s health minister has said. At least 14 refugees have tested positive for Covid-19, according to officials on Lesbos where efforts are underway to move thousands of people left homeless by devastating fires, in what had once been Europe’s biggest migrant camp in Moria, into a new facility. Jordan will suspend schools for two weeks from Thursday and close places of worship, restaurants, and public markets as part of renewed restrictions after a record rise in coronavirus cases in the last few days, Reuters reports. Source Worldometers, The Guardian      News Updates 14-09-2020 Headlines 06:26 am US President Donald Trump held a Nevada campaign rally at an indoor venue on Sunday despite public health professionals’ warnings against large indoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. People in the crowd were seated close together and many did not wear masks. The World Health Organization reported a record single-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the tally surged by further 307,930 infections in just 24 hours. Israel’s government will impose a new three-week nationwide lockdown that will start on Friday after the rate of infection during the past two weeks became the highest recorded since the outbreak began. South Africa’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, warned Sunday the economy could shrink by more than the 7% forecast for 2020, stressing that public finances are “overstretched”. Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria on Monday reported seven deaths from the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 35 new cases, its lowest daily rise in infections since late June. New Zealand will remain at its current Covid-19 alert level for at least another week. The country is currently under low-level restrictions due to continued community transmission of the coronavirus in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Physical distancing is required, and masks are legally mandated on public transport. Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flights as of 15 September to allow “exceptional categories” of citizens and residents to travel. Around 4,000 health workers demonstrated in Brussels on Sunday, calling for more spending on the healthcare system. Source Worldometers, The Guardian                                             News Updates 13-09-2020 Headlines 06:48 am France daily cases top 10,000; Victoria reports 41 new infections Cases are also rising in England and Scotland as Europe outbreak worsens; seven more deaths in the worst-hit Australian state; Oxford University vaccine trials to resume. Oxford University resumes the Covid-19 vaccine trials. Trump ally who tried to change COVID reports was ‘fighting deep state.’ Australian diplomats sent to Heathrow to help stranded citizens Victorian parliament shut down after security guard tests positive The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 948 in the past 24 hours, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. South Korea is set to decide on Sunday whether it will extend its coronavirus restrictions in the greater Seoul area for another week, Yohnap reports New Zealand has reported two new COVID cases. One is an imported case in managed isolation, and the other is a worker at one of the managed quarantine facilities, the Jet Park Hotel in Auckland. The health ministry says the returnee in controlled isolation arrived from South Africa on 8 September and remains in quarantine in Canterbury. New Zealand has reported two new COVID cases. One is an imported case in managed isolation, and the other is a worker at one of the managed quarantine facilities, the Jet Park Hotel in Auckland. The health ministry says the returnee in controlled isolation arrived from South Africa on 8 September and remains in quarantine in Canterbury. Brazil has recorded 814 coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, and 33,523 additional cases, the nation’s health ministry said on Saturday evening. {youtube}                                                     Coronavirus: How much is it costing, and who will pay? - BBC Newsnight   Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 12-09-2020 Headlines 07:12 am In Australia, Victoria recorded its lowest new infections since 26 June, with 37 new cases and six further deaths over the past 24 hours. Premier Daniel Andrews said that regional Victoria was “on track” to relax restrictions by two steps by the “middle of next week,” after it recorded no new cases, and one previous case was found to be a false positive. At least three people were arrested at an unlawful anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne, with many more fined. Queensland reported three new cases, two of whom are children under the age of nine. New South Wales reported six new cases, five of which were locally acquired. Four of the people are associated with Concord Hospital. Canada has reported zero Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 15. However, the country has reported 702 new cases. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 11-09-2020 Headlines 06:12 am Understanding antibody responses against Covid-19 is fundamental for the development of effective treatments and a preventive vaccine, experts say. But if antibodies decline over time, it could suggest immunity from a potential vaccine would also fade, rendering it less effective or require boosters. India reports a daily tally of 96,000 cases, a global record. Infections growing faster in India than anywhere in the world; Fauci warns the US to ‘hunker down’ this winter. France records nearly 10,000 new cases. Macron to layout COVID plan as India sets another global one-day record. World map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? In one of the US’s sharpest clashes over school reopening, the paper reports on how officials in Des Moines are saying Iowa’s Republican governor is pushing them to risk public safety. The United Nations independent expert on poverty is warning that the worst impacts from the coronavirus pandemic on poverty are yet to come and that measures are taken by governments to protect people so far have been insufficient. The social safety nets put into place are full of holes, said Olivier De Schutter, a Belgian legal scholar appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. A high school senior was arrested on Thursday in Long Island, in the US state of New York, after repeatedly showing up to the building in protest on days he had been scheduled for remote learning. Maverick Stow, 17, was issued a five-day suspension for appearing on Tuesday at William Floyd high school and returned on the following two days, Newsday reported. He said he believes students should be in school five days a week. Hungary will not impose blanket school closures to curb the spread of the coronavirus but will aim to protect the most vulnerable elderly as the goal is to keep the economy going, the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, said on Friday. Myanmar has imposed its strictest measures so far to control the spread of coronavirus; AP is reporting, banning travel out of the country’s biggest city, Yangon, and grounding all domestic flights. Both measures announced just hours before taking effect, will be in place until 1 October. Ukraine registered a record 3,144 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the country’s national security council said on Friday, up from a previous history of 2,836 registered on 5 September. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 10-09-2020 Headlines 06:12 am Trump says he 'perhaps' misled Americans as global deaths pass 900,000. Trump said he ‘played down’ threat because he ‘didn’t want to create panic’. France sees the second-highest one-day case total. Netherlands and Portugal see the highest cases since April. Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial participant is undeterred by a pause. The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”, pose far more significant risks to human health than Covid-19, threatening to put modern medicine “back into the dark ages”, an Australian scientist has warned, ahead of a three-year study into drug-resistant bacteria in Fiji. Although the four most populous US states - California, Florida, New York, and Texas - account for about 40% of the 6.3 million US infections, the Midwest has been the hardest hit in recent weeks. New York City restaurants struggling to stay in business after months of closures imposed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic won a long-awaited approval on Wednesday to resume limited indoor dining. But Los Angeles County health officials have prohibited Halloween parties and said children should not be allowed to trick or treat during the popular holiday on 31 October. New Zealanders are experiencing more depression and anxiety since the coronavirus lockdown, doctors say, despite the country leading the world in its battle against the pandemic. A risk calculator that takes seconds to produce a score indicating a Covid-19 patient’s risk of death could help clinicians make care decisions soon after patients arrive in hospital, according to a large study conducted by a consortium of researchers across the UK. President Jair Bolsonaro, whose administration has tense relations with China, has criticized the vaccine and lashed out at Doria, a leading opponent, for supposedly backing it. The far-right president has instead allocated 1.9bn reals ($360m) to purchase another vaccine candidate, developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 09-09-2020 Headlines 08:04 am AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford pause major vaccine trials for the second time. AstraZeneca Plc has put a hold on the late-stage trial of its highly anticipated Covid-19 vaccine candidate after a suspected serious adverse reaction in a study participant, health news website Stat News reported on Tuesday. It quoted an AstraZeneca spokesperson as saying in a statement that the “standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow the review of safety data”. The study is testing a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford researchers at sites, including the US and the UK, where the adverse event was reported. Canada is seeing a worrying increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus as schools across the country start to reopen, a top medical official said on Tuesday. Chief public health officer Theresa Tam said an average of 545 new cases had been reported daily over the past week, up from about 300 in July. Disruptions to health services due to the pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at risk worldwide, the United Nations said Wednesday, warning that Covid-19 could reverse decades of progress in reducing child mortality. A million jobs were lost in Australia between March and June quarters. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that the total number of filled jobs fell by 6.4% and hours worked fell by 9.8% between the March and June quarters. New Zealand reported six new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, all spread by community transmission and connected to an outbreak in the largest city, Auckland. Health authorities are asking all members of a particular church, Mt. Roskill Evangelical Fellowship, to be tested for the coronavirus –even if they are not symptomatic or have been tried before. All six of the new cases have links to the church. Gatherings of more than six people to be banned in England. Social groups of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday after the number of daily positive Covid-19 cases in the UK rose to almost 3,000.  France recorded 6,544 new daily cases. The number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in France rose by 6,544 over the last 24 hours to stand at a total of 335,524. Three migrant camps near Athens were placed in quarantine as concerns mount overspread of the virus. Three migrant camps near Athens were placed in quarantine on Tuesday as concerns mounted over the spread of Covid-19 among thousands of asylum seekers living in squalid conditions in Greece. Spain reported 3,168 new cases in the past 24 hours. Spain’s health ministry said 8,964 new COVID cases on Tuesday, 3,168 of them diagnosed over the past 24 hours. The coronavirus bill has cost the UK government £210bn, spending watchdog says. The government response to the coronavirus pandemic is on track to cost £210bn for the first six months of the crisis, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has said. Hong Kong will ease coronavirus curbs. Hong Kong will expand the size of public gatherings to four people and reopen more sports venues from Friday as the Asian financial hub relaxes strict curbs against a third wave of the coronavirus. School disruption could have a century-long economic impact: OECD. Disruption to schooling stemming from the Covid-19 epidemic will cause a skill loss that could result in a 1.5% drop in global economic output for the rest of this century, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has estimated. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 08-09-2020 Headlines 10:41 am India suffers almost daily deaths in a month as the global toll passes 890,000 Japanese economy shrinks more than expected; Ash Barty to skip French Open title defense over COVID concerns Spain first country in western Europe to pass 500,000 cases Seven Greek islands to be added to England quarantine list UK health secretary says young people mostly behind case rise The US economy could reach its pre-COVID 19 levels by the second quarter of next year, while the entire developed markets could reach that level by the third quarter of next year, they said. The Philippines’ health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 3,281 new coronavirus infections and 26 additional deaths. Russia reported 5,099 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, pushing its national tally to 1,035,789, the fourth largest in the world. Cheers can be heard from Ireland, where the government is likely to authorize the reopening of more than half the country’s pubs that do not serve food on 21 September after health officials advised they should not open before that date, the Irish Times reported on Tuesday. Ukraine registered a record 57 deaths related to the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours; the national security council said on Tuesday, up from a previous record of 54 deaths registered last week. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 07-09-2020 Headlines 07:04 am India has recorded a global one-day record of more than 90,000 positive coronavirus cases, taking the country past Brazil as the second most infected country in the world in terms of overall cases, with 4.2m confirmed cases. Global coronavirus cases have passed 27m, with 883,339 deaths confirmed, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Nearly 3,000 more people in the UK tested have positive for Covid-19, with 2,988 new cases reported on Sunday - a sharp increase from 1,813, and the highest number of new cases since 23 May. However, fatalities remain low, with two new deaths within 28 days of a positive test reported in the last 24 hours. In France, authorities have placed seven more departments covering major cities such as Lille, Strasbourg, and Dijon on high alert. The move comes as the nation reported a record of nearly 9,000 daily cases on Friday and a further 8,550 cases in the past 24 hours on Saturday when the nationwide test positivity rate increased to 4.7%. South Korea has added 119 more cases, its lowest daily jump in more than three weeks amid a downward trend in new cases. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the additional figures took the country’s total to 21,296 with 336 deaths. Australia on Monday said it would receive the first batches of a potential Covid-19 vaccine in January 2021, as the country’s virus hotspot said the number of new daily infections has fallen to a 10-week low, Reuters reports. Coronavirus cases are rising in 22 of the 50 US states, a Reuters analysis has found. Three weeks ago, cases were only rising in three states - Hawaii, Illinois, and South Dakota. Turkey recorded 1,578 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the health ministry said, bringing the country’s total to 279,806. A further 53 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s official death toll to 6,673. Nearly half of Greeks (44%) would refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a poll of 1,000 respondents published on Sunday. Meanwhile, a survey of the same number of Brazilians found 5% would definitely snub a vaccine, while a further 20% expressed reluctance.  Hundreds asked to self-isolate after the outbreak at UK charity football match. Up to 300 people who attended a charity football match at a working men’s club on the border of Sunderland and Durham have been asked to self-isolate after 28 tested positive for Covid-19. Israel is set to lock down several cities after passing the milestone of 1,000 coronavirus deaths this weekend. The government will hold a vote on the renewed lockdowns tomorrow. The Isle of Man has recorded its first confirmed Covid-19 case since May, the chief minister has said. The person had returned to the island a week ago on a flight in which all passengers wore masks and has been self-isolating at home for seven days. The chief minister stressed there is “no need for concern” as the case has been contained. The Australian government has announced COVID vaccine deals to provide 84.8m doses. The country will buy 84.8m vaccine doses for $1.7bn if two promising Covid-19 vaccine candidates prove successful. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 06-09-2020 Headlines 09:04 am In Australia, the premier of Victoria state has extended tough lockdown conditions in Melbourne for six more weeks as Australia’s second-largest city works to contain the second wave of Covid-19 cases that has caused 646 deaths to date. Mexico has recorded an extra 122,765 deaths above expectations during the pandemic up to August, the health ministry said on Saturday in a report about excess mortality rates, suggesting Mexico’s true coronavirus toll could be much higher. Portugal reported 486 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, its biggest daily increase since the week its lockdown was lifted in May. The UK recorded 1,813 new infections on Saturday, slightly down from the 1,940 cases that were reported Friday, the highest figure since 30 May. Brazil recorded 30,168 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as well as 682 deaths from the disease, and remains the second-worst affected country globally. France reported 8,550 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, slightly down from Friday’s new all-time record of 8,975 daily additional infections. Covid-19 could now be endemic in some parts of England that combine severe deprivation, poor housing, and large BAME communities, according to a highly confidential government analysis. Democratic US vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris said she would not trust Donald Trump with a potential coronavirus vaccine. The lengthy coronavirus shutdown of pubs in Ireland that’s been in place since mid-March has hit rural communities particularly hard. Several thousand people rallied on Saturday in the Croatian capital Zagreb to protest against coronavirus measures, which they said endangered human rights and freedoms. About 1,000 people demonstrated in the heart of Rome on Saturday against the mandatory wearing of face masks and compulsory vaccination for schoolchildren. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 05-09-2020 Headlines 09:14 am Health authorities in South Australia will look to expand testing across the state after Covid-19 was detected in sewage water. The announcement that coronavirus was detected at two wastewater treatment facilities has prompted SA Health to expand regional testing from three to six sites. India’s coronavirus cases crossed 4m on Saturday, leading the world in new infections and deepening misery in the country’s vast hinterlands where surges have crippled the underfunded healthcare system. Iran on Saturday opened the new school year after nearly seven months of closure. In a video conference, president Hassan Rouhani said the education of 15 million students is as important as the health system. Education will not be closed in our country even under the worst situation, he said, urging authorities to implement health measures in schools to the level of those in military garrisons. In England, seven 10,000 fines were issued to organizers of illegal raves in Leeds last weekend, the city’s council leader has said. Judith Blake told BBC Breakfast on Saturday that the council “fully expected” Leeds to be put on the government’s Covid-19 watchlist as an “area of concern” due to an increase in cases. She said: “We have been monitoring our number every single day and we recognize that the numbers have been creeping up, so we fully expected to be on the list to become an area of concern In the UK, as the school’s reopen Dr. Mike Tildesley, associate professor of infection modeling at the University of Warwick, said the vast majority of students had a very low risk of developing severe symptoms of Covid-19. India’s total coronavirus cases surged beyond 4 million with a record rise on Saturday, making it the third country in the world to surpass that mark, following the United States and Brazil. India added 86,432 cases of the new virus on Saturday, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry. Infections rose across the country, including in the capital New Delhi and the large states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 04-09-2020 Headlines 08:14 am Brazil has recorded more than 4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 43,773 new cases and 834 deaths from the disease caused by the virus reported in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday. Israel announced Thursday a new lockdown affecting 30 areas as it grapples with one of the world’s highest detected per capita infection rates and a death toll nearing 1,000, AFP reports. From Monday, travel from 30 areas classified as “red” will be limited and non-essential businesses shut down. The Australian state of Victoria has confirmed 81 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours. It also added 50 deaths from people who passed away in aged care facilities in July and August. New Zealand to retain current restrictions until mid-September. New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said on Friday the country’s current restrictions to beat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic would be retained until mid-September. The largest city, Auckland, will remain on alert level 2.5, while the rest of the country will be on alert level 2.0, Ardern told a news conference. The settings would be reviewed on 14 September, she said. France counts more than 7,000 new infections for the second day. France registered more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections over 24 hours for the second time in two days, the health ministry said on Thursday, while hospitalizations for the virus also rose again. Robert Pattinson tests positive for Covid-19, halting Batman production. The actor Robert Pattinson has tested positive for Covid-19, pausing production in the UK of Warner Bros movie The Batman, US media reports. US public health officials prepare for the October vaccine rollout. Federal public health officials in the US have asked their state counterparts to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk individuals as early as late October. Tracing apps may stem Covid-19 spread even when only a few use them - study. Contact tracing apps can sharply reduce the spread of Covid-19 even when only a few people use them, a study published on Thursday by researchers at Google and Oxford University showed. An app used by 15% of the population together with a well-staffed contact-tracing workforce can lead to a 15% drop in infection rates and an 11% drop in Covid-19 deaths, according to statistical modeling. Mexico leads the world in healthcare worker deaths from Covid-19. Mexico leads the world in coronavirus deaths among its healthcare workers, Amnesty International has said in a new report. The report said Mexico has reported 1,320 confirmed deaths among health workers from Covid-19 so far, surpassing the US at 1,077, the UK at 649, and Brazil at 634. Thailand reports the first locally transmitted case in 100 days. Thailand has reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus case in 100 days after a prison inmate was confirmed to have Covid-19. Dozens of contacts are now being tested, including his family members, people he met in court, and other inmates. He had been arrested for drug offenses on 26 August. Greece and Portugal stay on England’s list of quarantine-free travel. English tourists in Greece and Portugal have been spared the cost and chaos of rushing back to the UK after the British government defied expectations and maintained quarantine-free travel from both countries for the time being. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 03-09-2020 Headlines 10:14 am Global deaths passed 860,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with the current total at 861,668. The highest toll is in the US, where 185,707 people have died. There are 26,031,410 cases worldwide. India reported a staggering daily jump of 83,883 coronavirus infections on Thursday, taking its tally to 3.85 million, just 100,000 behind Brazil, the world’s second most affected nation, health ministry data showed. According to Johns Hopkins, this is the second-highest one day total ever reported, with India breaking the world record on 26 August with more than 85,000 cases. US public health departments being told to prepare the November vaccine distribution. Health officials across the US have reportedly been notified that they should expect a coronavirus vaccine available to health workers and high-risk groups by November, amid concerns the accelerated vaccine development process has become politicized. Trump plans to cut dues to WHO immediately. The Trump administration is planning to cut its membership dues to the World Health Organization, in a legally controversial move that will be challenged by Congress. Australia’s Victoria state on Thursday reported a triple-digit rise in new Covid-19 infections for the first time in four days, denting optimism that the second wave of cases has been contained. Victoria state said 113 new cases were detected in the past 24 hours, upon the 90 infections reported on Wednesday. Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll appears to be easing for the first time since May, a sign the Latin American country could be descending from a long infection plateau that has seen it suffer the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States. With nearly 4 million confirmed cases, the virus has killed over 120,000 people in Brazil. But the level of average daily deaths dropped below 900 per day last week - the lowest in three and a half months and below the rate of both the United States and India, according to a Reuters tally. Italy’s former prime minister the media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi announced Wednesday that he had tested positive for coronavirus and is in quarantine at home. Berlusconi, who once owned AC Milan, stressed that he would continue his political activities. Turkey seeing the second peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, health minister says. Turkey is seeing a second peak of its coronavirus outbreak due to “carelessness” at weddings and other social gatherings, its health minister has said, amid a rapid rise in the number of daily cases and deaths. France’s new Covid-19 infections near an all-time high. Daily new Covid-19 infections in France neared an all-time high on Wednesday and the number of people hospitalized in intensive care units for the disease grew at its fastest pace in almost two months. Nancy Pelosi claims to have been “set up” after she was photographed in a San Francisco hair salon without a face covering. “I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to many times,” the House speaker said. “It was a setup, and I take responsibility for falling for a setup.” Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has tested positive for coronavirus. Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon who served as Italy’s prime minister in four governments, has tested positive for Covid-19. The 83-year-old is currently in isolation and working from home at his house in Arcore, near Milan, his staff said. Madrid president says most returning schoolchildren likely to contract Covid-19. The president of Madrid, the Spanish area hardest hit by the coronavirus, has said that “practically all the children” about to return to school in the region are likely to pick up the virus over the coming months. A major study finds steroids cut death rates among Covid-19 patients. Treating critically ill Covid-19 patients with corticosteroid drugs reduces the risk of death by 20%, an analysis of seven international trials has found, prompting the World Health Organization to update its advice on treatment. A nasal swab followed by an antibody test may catch incorrect Covid-19 diagnoses. Testing people twice for the coronavirus, with a nasal swab followed by an antibody finger prick test, would catch most of those people who fail to get the right Covid-19 diagnosis, researchers believe. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 02-09-2020 Headlines 20:38 am Italy’s former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has tested positive for Covid-19. The 83-year-old is isolating and working from his home near Milan, according to a statement made by his staff. Madrid’s president has said most children returning to schools are likely to catch coronavirus. Isabel Díaz Ayuso insisted that the necessary steps had been taken to make the Spanish capital’s schools “very safe places”, but that such measures were not in a place away from the classroom. Steroids cut death rates among critical Covid-19 patients, a major study has found. The analysis – which pooled data from separate trials of low dose hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, and methylprednisolone – found that steroids reduced the risk of death by 20% in those sick enough to be in intensive care in hospital. The pandemic will widen the gender poverty gap, pushing 47 million more women and girls into poverty by next year, according to the UN. Worldwide more women than men will be made poor by the economic fallout and massive job losses caused by a coronavirus, with informal workers worst hit in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, according to UN estimates. German prosecutors have ruled that anti-lockdown protesters can be called “Covidiots”. The ruling came after legal complaints against Social Democrat co-leader Saskia Esken, who used the term on Twitter, were dismissed. Germany has ruled out a winter lockdown despite rising coronavirus infections. The health minister, Jens Spahn, said the country would not need another nationwide lockdown to keep the virus under control. Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful elected US Democrat, has been pictured without a face covering in a hair salon. Footage obtained by Fox News shows Pelosi breaking San Francisco rules that only allow hairdressing services outdoors. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 01-09-2020 Headlines 07:38 am The number of infections in the United States surpassed six million. India has added nearly 2m coronavirus cases in one month, jumping from 1.64m infections at the end of July to 3.62m at the end of August. Spain has registered more than 23,000 new COVID-19 cases since Friday. France’s new Covid-19 infections surged by almost 50% in August, hitting 281,025 cases, versus 187,919 at the end of July. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, said nobody will be forced to have the vaccine against Covid-19 once it is developed. News Updates 31-08-2020 Headlines 07:55 am The United States is approaching six million coronavirus infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. It currently sits on 5,996,431, with 183,066 deaths. The milestone comes amid rising infection in some Midwestern states, including Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Australia has reported a record daily toll of 41 deaths from Covid-19, all in the state of Victoria. The southern state has been gripped by an outbreak that prompted a strict, stage-four lockdown. The Victorian Department of Health confirmed that 33 of the 41 new deaths were aged care residents who had died in the weeks leading up to 27 August but were only reported to the department by the facilities on Sunday. Next weekend the state premier will outline a plan for moving Melbourne out of stage-four lockdown. China has reported 17 new Covid-19 cases, up from 9 reported a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Monday. The National Health Commission said all of the new cases were imported infections involving travelers returning from abroad, marking the 15th straight day of no local infections for the country. India reported 78,512 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, just off its record high of 78,761, the day before. The number of doctors in Indonesia who have died after becoming infected with Covid-19 has passed 100, according to the Indonesian Doctors Association. The country is facing one of the worst outbreaks in south-east Asia, and there are growing concerns that a recent rise in cases is leaving hospitals overwhelmed. New Zealand has reported five new community cases of transmission of Covid-19, and four in managed isolation. All of the new community cases are linked to the Auckland cluster. Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 610 to 242,381, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Monday. Coronavirus cases in Colombia surpassed 600,000 on Sunday as deaths from the virus approach 19,400, ahead of the end to more than five months of lockdown. The Andean country has 607,938 cases of the virus according to the health ministry after it reported 8,024 cases on Sunday. Daily cases have begun to fall since their peak on 20 August of 13,056. Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 30-08-2020 Headlines 06:59 am The number of global Covid-19 cases is approaching 25 million (currently 24,914,000 according to the Johns Hopkins tracker). More than 840,000 people have died from the virus. Far-right extremists tried to storm the German parliament building Saturday following a mass protest against the country’s pandemic restrictions in Berlin. France reported 5,453 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, and the health ministry described the situation as “worrying” following a spike the previous day when the country registered its highest number of cases since mid-March. The state of Victoria in Australia recorded 114 new cases of coronavirus and 11 new deaths. The premier, Daniel Andrews, has said it is too early for the state to open up, despite falling numbers of new infections. Australia’s worst-affected state must “stay the course” of lockdowns. New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, comes out of lockdown tonight. The country recorded just two new cases in the past 24 hours. Brazil has registered another 758 coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 41,350 new cases, taking the nation’s death toll to 120,262 3,846,153 confirmed infections. Costa Rica’s government has requested $1.75bn (£1.31bn) in financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the nation’s economy has been reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of Israelis demonstrated again on Saturday in Jerusalem, demanding the resignation of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces accusations of mishandling the coronavirus crisis. The former head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) said countries across the world have been “selfish” in their handling of the pandemic. Authorities in Istanbul announced curbs on weddings and other ceremonies in Turkey’s largest city as the number of daily coronavirus cases and deaths hit their highest level nationwide in more than two months. India will reopen underground train networks and allow sports and religious events in a limited manner from next week, despite soaring coronavirus infections. The infection rate in New York state has stayed below 1% for 22 consecutive days, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. The UK recorded 1,108 new confirmed cases over the last 24 hours, the government said on Saturday, down slightly from the figure recorded on Friday. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:58 143 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan  108 new cases and 1 new death in Kyrgyzstan   264 new cases and 4 new deaths in Pakistan  3,021 new cases in India   102 new cases and 1 new death in Jamaica  647 new cases and 5 new deaths in Belgium  126 new cases in Kazakhstan  835 new cases and 15 new deaths in Honduras  16 new cases in Myanmar  945 new cases and 92 new deaths in Bolivia  123 new cases and 11 new deaths in Australia      299 new cases and 2 new deaths in South Korea  Two new cases in New Zealand  5,974 new cases and 673 new deaths in Mexico  9 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 29-08-2020 Headlines 08:58 am The number of new daily Covid-19 cases in the Australian state of Victoria dipped below 100 (to 94) for the first time in two months. There were another 18 deaths in the past 24 hours, 16 of those linked to aged care. Authorities in Germany are expecting thousands to protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions after a court ruled the protest could go ahead. Health authorities are monitoring community transmission in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland, particularly a cluster linked to the Sydney CBD. England’s children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, has urged the government to step up its support for children who she says have made huge sacrifices during the pandemic. Mexico recorded 5,824 new Covid-19 cases and 552 deaths. The remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has decided to reverse a ban on the sale of tobacco, blaming coronavirus. France reported a jump of 7,379 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours according to the Public Health France figures released on Friday evening. This is the highest figure for new cases since 31 March. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 08:46 521 new cases and 64 new deaths in the United States 2,481 new cases and 41 new deaths in Ukraine  Six new cases in Latvia  175 new cases and 3 new deaths in Armenia  Three new cases in Afghanistan  122 new cases and 6 new deaths in El Salvador  1 new case in Taiwan  7,032 new cases and 37 new deaths in India   Seven new cases in Georgia  99 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      130 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan  125 new cases in Kyrgyzstan   319 new cases and 1 new death in Pakistan  11 new cases in Bhutan  Eight new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  One new case in Thailand  1,141 new cases and 24 new deaths in Honduras  5 new cases in Curaçao  150 new cases in Kazakhstan  452 new cases and 2 new deaths in Belgium  141 new cases in Jamaica  1,280 new cases and 55 new deaths in Bolivia  323 new cases and 5 new deaths in South Korea  13 new cases in New Zealand  5,824 new cases and 552 new deaths in Mexico  Nine new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 28-08-2020 Headlines 07:58 am Indonesia has reported its biggest increase in new coronavirus infections for a second day after 3,003 cases were recorded in 24 hours. Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has announced his resignation amid growing concerns about his health as the country battles it biggest economic slump on record due to the pandemic. The Philippines, which has the most confirmed Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia, has confirmed 3,999 additional coronavirus infections and 91 more deaths. South Korea has ramped up its efforts to end a strike by thousands of doctors, while eateries in Seoul have been restricted in a bid to curb a surge in coronavirus cases. Coronavirus cases in Russia have surpassed 980,000 after the country reported 4,829 new infections on Friday. Following the introduction of the mask-wearing order across Paris, here is a general update on how countries in Europe have tightened Covid-19 restrictions in recent days. In Spain, children as young as six will be required to wear face coverings when the country’s schools reopen next month where a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained and on school transport. Previously, masks were required only for pupils aged 12 and over in some regions. Yesterday, Germany called on its citizens to stop traveling to countries and regions considered to be high risk, while a ban on major events has been extended to the end of the year. Most states in the country have also agreed to a uniform fine of €50 for those who fail to wear face masks in areas where they’re required. And in England, secondary school pupils will have to wear face coverings in school corridors in areas where there is a local lockdown, after a government U-turn on guidance. The Dutch airport group Schiphol has become the latest to make drastic cuts to its workforce as a result of a loss of traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic. Singapore is experiencing a record outbreak of the tropical disease dengue, which is carried and spread to humans by infected mosquitoes. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 08:07 18 new cases in Estonia  4,829 new cases and 110 new deaths in Russia  48 new cases and 1 new death in Lithuania  2,438 new cases and 48 new deaths in Ukraine  181 new cases and 5 new deaths in Armenia  132 new cases in Hungary  131 new cases in Czechia  7,720 new cases and 31 new deaths in India   Eight new cases in Georgia  Two new deaths in China, Hong Kong SAR  1,683 new cases and 7 new deaths in the United States 166 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan   128 new cases in Kyrgyzstan   126 new cases and 11 new deaths in Australia      415 new cases and 9 new deaths in Pakistan  Two new cases in Bhutan  Six new cases in Thailand  Two new cases in Curaçao  165 new cases in Kazakhstan  18 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  Two new cases in Sint Maarten  470 new cases and 5 new deaths in Belgium  1,020 new cases and 56 new deaths in Honduras  1,035 new cases and 65 new deaths in Bolivia  371 new cases and 3 new deaths in South Korea  12 new cases in New Zealand  66 new cases in Jamaica  6,026 new cases and 518 new deaths in Mexico  9 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 27-08-2020 Headlines 07:58 am India has passed 60,000 deaths from Covid-19, according to the country’s health ministry, and reported its highest daily case to rise of more than 75,000. There are growing concerns about the spread of the virus to rural areas. The previous highest daily count was 70,488 (22 August), according to The Times of India. On Wednesday, 925,000 tests were carried out, according to the ministry. South Korea has recorded its highest daily tally since March, as the country’s central bank cut its growth outlook, predicting the world’s 12th-largest economy would shrink more than 1%. There were 441 new cases reported on Thursday, the highest since 5 March. Of them, 434 were locally transmitted. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 1,507 to 237,936, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Thursday. In Australia, numbers of new infections in the southern state of Victoria appeared to be stabilizing. On Thursday, 113 cases were reported – the lowest increase since 5 July, when 74 cases were reported. However, the state reported 23 deaths associated with Covid-19 on Thursday. New Zealand reported seven new cases, including one imported infection. The six other cases were all linked to the Auckland cluster. France and Italy reported post-lockdown daily case highs on Wednesday. France’s 5,429 new cases raised concerns ahead of the new school year starting next week. Italy reported 1,367 new coronavirus cases, its highest daily tally since May when the country was still in lockdown. Argentina posted a record daily rise of 10,550 confirmed Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the health ministry said, taking the total caseload to 370,188 as the South American nation struggled to rein in the spread of infections while trying to ease open its crisis-hit economy. Gaza will remain in lockdown at least until Sunday, health officials said on Wednesday, after reporting two deaths and 26 cases in the first public outbreak of coronavirus in the blockaded Palestinian enclave. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 08:07 1,974 new cases and 49 new deaths in Ukraine  144 new cases and seven new deaths in El Salvador  231 new cases and four new deaths in Uzbekistan   Ten new cases in Bhutan  One new death in Fiji  561 new cases in Israel  101 new cases in Kyrgyzstan   445 new cases and seven new deaths in Pakistan  Six new cases in Myanmar  One new case in Thailand  2,485 new cases in India   72 new cases in Jamaica  Four new cases in Curaçao  One new case in Mongolia  One new death in Vietnam  168 new cases in Kazakhstan  583 new cases and one new death in Belgium  33 new cases and one new death in the Turks and Caicos Islands  772 new cases and 44 new deaths in Honduras  1,095 new cases and 62 new deaths in Bolivia  One new death in China, Hong Kong SAR  24 new cases in Sint Maarten  441 new cases and one new death in South Korea  118 new cases and 23 new deaths in Australia      Seven new cases in New Zealand  5,267 new cases and 626 new deaths in Mexico  Eight new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 26-08-2020 Headlines 07:28 am Rates of transmission are easing in many parts of the world; the World Health Organisation has suggested. Governments have been ramping up efforts to contain the disease, which has claimed the lives of almost 814,000 people and infected at least 23 million since late last year. WHO data said fatality and infection rates were easing in most regions, notably in the hard-hit Americas, except Southeast Asia and the eastern Mediterranean. Residents in the capital of Xinjiang are being forced to take traditional Chinese medicine, being handcuffed to buildings, and ordered to stay inside for weeks as part of a harsh range of measures to tackle coronavirus, according to posts online. Urumqi, the capital of the semi-autonomous region known for its draconian security measures, has been in a “wartime state” of lockdown for more than a month after a cluster of cases emerged in July when the outbreak had been mostly contained elsewhere in China. South Korea has ordered doctors in Seoul to return to work on Wednesday as they began a three-day strike in protest against several government proposals, including one to boost the number of doctors to deal with health crises like the coronavirus. Trainee doctors have been staging ongoing walkouts, and thousands of additional doctors were due to stage a three-day strike starting on Wednesday. South Korea is battling one of its worst outbreaks of the coronavirus, with 320 new cases reported in the 24 hours to midnight Tuesday. UK prime minister Boris Johnson drops advice against face mask use in English schools. Pupils in England will no longer be advised against using face masks in schools after prime minister Boris Johnson made an 11th-hour U-turn days before students head back to the classroom. The number of Americans newly diagnosed with the coronavirus is falling. About 43,000 new cases are being reported daily across the country, down 21% from early August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Experts credit the development at least partly to the increased wearing of masks, even as the outbreak continues to claim nearly 1,000 lives in the US each day. Turkey recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases since mid-June. Another 1,502 infections were confirmed on Tuesday, according to government data, taking the official tally over 261,000. India reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases globally for the 18th straight day. Infections rocketed by another 1.5 million since the start of August, taking India’s total to around 3.1 million, more than in the US and Brazil. The rate of new cases in the country is increasing rapidly, climbing by 60,975 in the latest 24-hour period, according to the federal health ministry. Gaza entered a 48-hour lockdown after the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the general population. Four instances of coronavirus were confirmed in a single-family in a refugee camp, the first in Gaza that did not involve people quarantined in border facilities after crossing over from Egypt and Israel. Health authorities in the Hamas Islamist-run territory of 2 million people are concerned over the potentially disastrous combination of poverty, densely populated refugee camps, and limited hospital facilities in dealing with an outbreak. Two European patients were confirmed to have been reinfected with coronavirus, raising concerns about immunity. Regional public broadcasters said a patient in the Netherlands and another in Belgium had also been reinfected. It follows a report this week by researchers in Hong Kong about a man there who had been reinfected four and a half months after recovering. The German economy contracted by a record of 9.7% in the second quarter, the sharpest decline since Germany began to record quarterly GDP calculations in 1970. The government has extended by a year, a scheme topping up the pay of workers who have lost hours because of the pandemic. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 05:57 One new case in Thailand  17 new cases in Bhutan  2,720 new cases in India   120 new cases and three new deaths in Jamaica  Two new cases in Mongolia  Two new cases in Curaçao  173 new cases in Kazakhstan  151 new cases and 24 new deaths in Australia      355 new cases in Belgium  398 new cases and 20 new deaths in Honduras  851 new cases and 86 new deaths in Bolivia  320 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea  Five new cases in New Zealand  4,916 new cases and 650 new deaths in Mexico  15 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 25-08-2020 Headlines 07:28 am Gaza reported its first Covid-19 cases outside quarantine areas and declared lockdown. The first cases of coronavirus have been detected outside of quarantine facilities within the Gaza Strip, a potentially disastrous development given the enclave’s fragile health system. MPs urge Boris Johnson to meet ‘forgotten victims’ of coronavirus. Boris Johnson must meet families whose relatives have been killed by coronavirus and fund research into the longer-term effects, known as “long COVID,” to help the pandemic’s forgotten victims, MPs have said. Their recommendations form part of a fresh set of demands made on the prime minister intended to shape how he prepares for a potential second wave of the illness this autumn. “Meager evidence’ for plasma therapy authorized by Trump,” says WHO. In case you missed this in the earlier blog: Donald Trump, on Sunday, announced the emergency authorization of convalescent plasma, a method involving taking plasma from people who have recovered from Covid-19 for coronavirus patients. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the chief scientist at the WHO, stressed that it was still unproven and that there was 'meager evidence' it was safe and effective. Dr. Fauci warned against rushing out vaccines. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, warned that distributing a Covid-19 vaccine under particular emergency use guidelines before it has been proved safe and effective in large trials is a bad idea that could have a chilling effect on the testing of other vaccines. Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus. World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus and is self-isolating at his home in Jamaica after last week celebrating his 34th birthday with a big bash mask-free, Reuters reports. South Korea orders most Seoul schools to close. South Korea on Tuesday ordered most schools in Seoul and surrounding areas to close and move classes back online, the latest in a series of precautionary measures aimed at heading off a resurgence in coronavirus cases, Reuters reports. A Hong Kong man has been re-infected with Covid-19 after four-and-a-half months, leading to immunity concerns. A Hong Kong man who recovered from Covid-19 was infected again four-and-a-half months later in the first documented instance of human re-infection, researchers at the University of Hong Kong said on Monday. Sweden is not expecting a big second wave: chief epidemiologist. Sweden is likely to see local outbreaks but no big second wave of Covid-19 cases in the autumn, such as inundated hospitals a few months ago, Sweden’s top epidemiologist and architect of its different pandemic strategy said. Brazil’s Bolsonaro said journalists “wimps” are more likely to die of Covid-19. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro continued his attack on journalists during a public event on Monday, describing reporters as “wimps” and saying they have a heightened chance of dying of Covid-19 because they are not athletic. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:50 16 new cases and eight new deaths in Afghanistan  Nine new deaths in El Salvador  119 new cases in Kyrgyzstan   591 new cases in Israel  450 new cases and 11 new deaths in Pakistan  Five new cases in Thailand  One new case in Bhutan  2,442 new cases in India   Four new cases in Curaçao  184 new cases in Kazakhstan  Seven new cases in New Zealand  156 new cases and four new deaths in Belgium  968 new cases and 29 new deaths in Honduras  999 new cases and 69 new deaths in Bolivia  280 new cases and one new death in South Korea  137 new cases and eight new deaths in Australia      83 new cases in Jamaica  3,541 new cases and 320 new deaths in Mexico  14 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 24-08-2020 23:48 751 new cases and ten new deaths in Canada  751 new cases and ten new deaths in Canada  12 new cases in Sint Maarten  One new case in Bermuda  14 new cases and two new deaths in the Bahamas  74 new cases in French Polynesia  Two new cases in the Channel Islands  18 new cases in Burkina Faso  60 new cases in Aruba  35 new cases in Montenegro  25 new cases and two new deaths in Suriname  19 new cases in Luxembourg  148 new cases and three new deaths in Gambia  35 new cases in Cuba  3,644 new cases and 91 new deaths in Iraq  One new case in Mauritius  389 new cases and one new death in Bahrain   41,484 new cases and 510 new deaths in the United States Note Massachusetts: "Testing numbers will not be updated Monday, Aug. 24. A network outage affecting multiple state agencies means not all labs were able to report their test results through the electronic lab reporting system, and DSHS was not able to run quality checks on the testing data."  21,434 new cases and 679 new deaths in Brazil   258 new cases and three new deaths in Czechia  74 new cases in Guyana  10,549 new cases and 296 new deaths in Colombia  72 new cases in Norway  Six new cases in Uruguay  321 new cases and two new deaths in Nigeria  760 new cases and five new deaths in Japan  345 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  585 new cases and 14 new deaths in Panama  Five new cases in Sierra Leone  18 new cases in Togo  8,713 new cases and 381 new deaths in Argentina  23 new cases in Cabo Verde  138 new cases and 18 new deaths in Egypt  129 new cases and one new death in Congo  79 new cases in Eswatini  447 new cases and six new deaths in the Dominican Republic   Five new cases and one new death in Malawi  140 new cases in Zimbabwe  23 new cases in Mauritania  21 new cases in Gabon  67 new cases and three new deaths in Sudan  66 new cases in Zambia  51 new cases and four new deaths in Angola  92 new cases and one new death in Trinidad and Tobago  6,112 new cases and 150 new deaths in Peru  109 new cases and two new deaths in Guinea  78 new cases and one new death in French Guiana  133 new cases and one new death in the Maldives  99 new cases and 18 new deaths in Bulgaria  One new case in Chad  217 new cases and two new deaths in Rwanda  35 new cases and one new death in Côte d'Ivoire  1,628 new cases and four new deaths in Germany  1,677 new cases and 100 new deaths in South Africa  35 new cases in Réunion  Five new cases and two new deaths in Yemen  27 new cases and four new deaths in Belize  1,809 new cases and 13 new deaths in Israel  75 new cases in Tunisia  15 new cases in Andorra  643 new cases and seven new deaths in Costa Rica  254 new cases in Botswana  402 new cases and seven new deaths in Uzbekistan  176 new cases and four new deaths in Namibia  59,696 new cases and 854 new deaths in India   411 new cases and five new deaths in the State of Palestine  1,955 new cases and 15 new deaths in France   Two thousand eighty new cases and 12 new deaths in Spain, Data from Aug. 17 onward reflects the daily cases reported to - and validated by - the Ministry of Health, as shown in the daily PDF report. As the validation process takes time to complete, additional cases are expected to be added retroactively to the week of Aug. 17 - Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 -  Aug. 30 at the time of the weekly (Thursday) time series release and in the following weeks. Data over the weekend (Aug. 22 and Aug. 23) is estimated pending the official time series release on Aug. 27.  76 new cases and three new deaths in Syria  398 new cases and 11 new deaths in Algeria  1,472 new cases and 14 new deaths in Ethiopia  853 new cases and four new deaths in the United Kingdom  147 new cases in Ireland  903 new cases and 32 new deaths in Morocco  45 new cases and one new death in Mozambique  520 new cases and 12 new deaths in Ecuador  1,443 new cases and 18 new deaths in Turkey  Five new cases in South Sudan  457 new cases and three new deaths in Lebanon  30 new cases and two new deaths in Jordan  28 new cases in Haiti  178 new cases and four new deaths in Albania  One hundred fifty-five new cases in Greece. The Government has revised the total number of confirmed cases after checking the data. The figure of 8819 confirmed cases reflects this.  Three new cases in Mali  953 new cases and four new deaths in Italy  1,903 new cases and 64 new deaths in Chile  Four new cases in Liberia  30 new cases in Cyprus  One new case in Djibouti  Six new cases in Sri Lanka  12 new cases in the DR Congo  350 new cases and 5 new deaths in Moldova  35 new cases and 1 new death in Tajikistan  24 new cases in Myanmar  10 new cases and 1 new death in Georgia  99 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uganda  152 new cases and 1 new death in Azerbaijan  57 new cases and 3 new deaths in Serbia   432 new cases and 3 new deaths in Kuwait  193 new cases and 6 new deaths in Kenya  1,175 new cases and 42 new deaths in Saudi Arabia  574 new cases and 2 new deaths in the Netherlands   78 new cases and 4 new deaths in the Republic of North Macedonia  123 new cases and 5 new deaths in Portugal  9 new cases in Iceland  136 new cases and 2 new deaths in Croatia  80 new cases and 1 new death in Denmark  1 new case in Dominica  117 new cases and 2 new deaths in Ghana  18 new cases in Burkina Faso  314 new cases and 15 new deaths in Bosnia and Herzegovina  18 new cases and 1 new death in Finland  740 new cases and 28 new deaths in Oman  6 new cases in Vietnam  75 new cases in Madagascar  2 new cases in Gibraltar  743 new cases and 8 new deaths in Nepal  177 new cases and 4 new deaths in Belarus  55 new cases in Malta  258 new cases and 1 new death in Qatar  275 new cases and 1 new death in the United Arab Emirates  26 new cases in the Faeroe Islands  64 new cases and 3 new deaths in Senegal  157 new cases in Switzerland   825 new cases and 37 new deaths in Romania  2,245 new cases and 133 new deaths in Iran  1 new case in Liechtenstein  2,485 new cases and 42 new deaths in Bangladesh  572 new cases and 11 new deaths in Libya  55 new cases and 2 new deaths in Afghanistan  9 new cases in China, Hong Kong SAR  14 new cases and 2 new deaths in Slovenia   548 new cases and 5 new deaths in Poland  68 new cases in Slovakia  7 new cases in Malaysia  242 new cases and 1 new death in Austria  1,877 new cases and 79 new deaths in Indonesia  38 new cases and 1 new death in Lithuania  4,686 new cases and 13 new deaths in the Philippines  3 new cases and 1 new death in Estonia: a 76-year-old woman   51 new cases in Singapore  4,744 new cases and 65 new deaths in Russia  1,799 new cases and 22 new deaths in Ukraine  36 new cases in Hungary  189 new cases and 8 new deaths in El Salvador  33 new cases and 2 new deaths in Armenia  4 new cases in Curaçao  104 new cases and 15 new deaths in Australia     496 new cases and 9 new deaths in Pakistan  103 new cases and 1 new death in Kyrgyzstan   2 new cases in Thailand  175 new cases in Kazakhstan  468 new cases and 4 new deaths in Belgium  528 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  369 new cases and 14 new deaths in Paraguay  722 new cases and 67 new deaths in Bolivia  116 new cases in Jamaica  266 new cases in South Korea  9 new cases in New Zealand  3,948 new cases and 226 new deaths in Mexico  16 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 23-08-2020 Headlines 07:28 am India’s coronavirus caseload has topped 3 million, as the virus spreads in the country’s southern states. There is concern that authorities are using cheaper, faster but less accurate tests to scale up testing, and that cases may be going undetected. Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus deaths have now passed 60,000, though new cases have eased since reaching a record daily number at the start of August. South Korea reported its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases since early March on Sunday, as outbreaks continued to spread from a Seoul church and from political demonstrations its members had attended. In Australia, the Covid-19 death toll has topped 500, with many new fatalities again coming from the aged care sector in virus-hit Victoria. England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, said it would be “foolish” to plan for winter on the basis of having a coronavirus vaccine. “I would obviously be delighted if it came earlier, but I’d be quite surprised if we had a highly effective vaccine ready for mass use in a large percentage of the population before the end of winter,” he said. Irish premier Micheal Martin announced on Sunday he would recall parliament following a scandal over politicians breaching coronavirus rules. US President Donald Trump accused members of an alleged “deep state” at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), without providing evidence, of working to slow testing of Covid-19 vaccines until after the November presidential election. The World Health Organization (WHO) said children aged 12 and over should wear masks to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic under the same conditions as adults. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:50 46 new cases and 2 new deaths in Afghanistan  Seven new deaths in El Salvador  286 new cases and 4 new deaths in Uzbekistan  134 new cases and 1 new death in Kyrgyzstan   67 new cases in Jamaica  62 new cases and 2 new deaths in the Bahamas  147 new cases in Israel  591 new cases and 4 new deaths in Pakistan  Five new cases in Thailand  1,504 new cases in India   One new case in Bhutan  209 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      230 new cases in Kazakhstan  36 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  602 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  574 new cases and Three new deaths in Belgium  992 new cases and 76 new deaths in Bolivia  One new death in Sri Lanka  Two new cases in Curaçao  397 new cases in South Korea  Three new cases in New Zealand  6,482 new cases and 644 new deaths in Mexico  12 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 22-08-2020 Headlines 07:54 am The Australian state of Victoria reported 182 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths. It is the second day in a row of cases under 200 for the first time since mid-July as Melbourne edges towards the halfway mark of stage four restrictions. New South Wales reported nine new cases. In addition to those cases, a security guard who worked at a Sydney quarantine hotel has tested positive. Queensland reimposed restrictions after six new cases linked to a youth detention center. People living in the greater Brisbane area will only be allowed to have 10 guests at home, and aged care residences are closed to visitors after the outbreak. New Zealand reported six new cases. Four are connected to the cluster in Auckland and two are under investigation. Mexico reported 5,928 new cases and 510 deaths. South Korea reported 332 new cases. The government is considering new economic restrictions in a bid to slow the resurgence in cases. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 07:50 nine new cases in Georgia  220 new cases and eight new deaths in El Salvador  157 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan  186 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  586 new cases and 12 new deaths in Pakistan  One new case in Bhutan  13 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  2,333 new cases in India   56 new cases and 1 new death in Jamaica  562 new cases and 13 new deaths in Honduras  Nine new cases in the British Virgin Islands  716 new cases and 9 new deaths in Belgium  242 new cases in Kazakhstan  1,370 new cases and 61 new deaths in Bolivia  16 new cases in Myanmar  332 new cases in South Korea  195 new cases and 13 new deaths in Australia      Six new cases in New Zealand  5,928 new cases and 504 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 21-08-2020 Headlines 06:54 am Citizens of Beijing can go mask-free for the first time in months, health authorities said on Friday, as new cases continued to decline in the Chinese capital. The United States has the most deaths, with nearly 175,000, while Brazil is the second-highest on 112,304 and Mexico third on 56,100. A cross-party group of MPs has accused the UK’s privacy watchdog of failing to hold the government to account for its failures in the NHS coronavirus test-and-trace program. The group of 22 MPs says the government has been allowed to play “fast and loose” with data protection issues during the pandemic. Birmingham, Britain’s second-biggest city, could be placed back into lockdown after a 27% rise in new coronavirus cases in a week. Vanuatu’s economy has been hit hard by the virus-like many others, but one unusual source of income has kept money coming into the pacific island nation’s coffers: passport fees. India has edged closer to 3 million coronavirus cases, reporting 68,898 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. South Korean’s vice health minister has warned of the “very serious situation” facing the country as it tries to contain the latest coronavirus outbreak. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported 324 new cases as of midnight Thursday, bringing the country’s total to 16,670, with 309 deaths. It was the highest daily count since 8 March. Disaster-hit Lebanon is about to lockdown for two weeks from Friday to stem a string of record daily infection rates that have brought the number of Covid-19 cases to 10,952, including 113 deaths. A top US health regulator has vowed to resign if the Trump administration approves a vaccine before it is shown to be safe and effective. Eleven new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in New Zealand on Friday, nine of them related to the community outbreak in south Auckland. Half of the cases came from churches and the rest from family contacts. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:50 196 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 146 new cases and 2 new deaths in Uzbekistan  One new case in Thailand  630 new cases and 10 new deaths in Pakistan  3 new cases in Bhutan  1,494 new cases in India   7 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  98 new cases and 1 new death in Jamaica  256 new cases in Kazakhstan  Five new cases in Sint Maarten  699 new cases and 7 new deaths in Belgium  521 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  1,015 new cases and 72 new deaths in Bolivia  171 new cases and 9 new deaths in Australia      324 new cases and 2 new deaths in South Korea  11 new cases in New Zealand  6,775 new cases and 625 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 20-08-2020 Headlines 07:09 am South Korea has recorded seven straight days of new cases in triple figures, as authorities warn of a grave situation, with infections seeding across the country.  It comes as Australia’s Qantas airline reported a 91% drop in profit and says travel to the US was unlikely to happen before there’s a vaccine. India has recorded its highest daily total of new cases, with 69,672 infections. It is the fourth-highest daily total reported globally, only exceeded by the US on three occasions in the second half of July. In Australia, the chief executive of Qantas declared its worst financial year in a century, with profits falling 91%. “The US, with the level of prevalence, is probably going to take some time,” he said. “It will probably need a vaccine before we could see that happening,” adding that treatment might not be available until the end of 2021. Elsewhere in Australia, the outbreak in the state of Victoria continued to stabilize, with 240 new infections and 13 deaths. Neighbouring New South Wales reported just five new cases. New Zealand reported five new cases of Covid-19, all related to the community outbreak in Auckland. It comes as a survey suggested three-quarters of all New Zealanders intended to get immunized when a vaccine became available, putting it ahead of the UK, US, and Germany in citizens’ willingness to be vaccinated. In the US, Florida passed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus, almost six months after the first case in the state was identified. Florida now has the fifth-highest death toll in the US. The only other states to have reached 10,000 deaths are New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas. France on Wednesday recorded new coronavirus cases at the fastest daily rate since May, official figures showed, as the country prepared for the return from the summer holidays. Almost 3,800 infections were confirmed. “All indicators continue to climb, and transmission of the virus is intensifying,” the health ministry’s DGS public health division said in a statement. Nationwide, more than 16,700 infections have been detected over the past week. Global infections stand at 22.3m and deaths at 786,000, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker. China has reported seven new cases of Covid-19, all of which the national health commission says were imported (three in Jiangxi, one in Tianjin, one in Shanghai, one in Shandong, and one in Sichuan). There were no new deaths and no new suspected cases, it said. Italy recorded 642 new infections in a day on Wednesday, hitting a new record since May when the country cautiously emerged from one of the longest lockdowns in the world after more than 30,000 COVID-related deaths. Spain’s health ministry said 3,715 coronavirus infections were diagnosed in the 24 hours to Wednesday, a new single-day record since the country emerged from a three-month lockdown in mid-June. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 12:38 182 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  Seven new deaths in El Salvador  1,927 new cases and ten new deaths in India   474 new cases in Israel  254 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  513 new cases and eight new deaths in Pakistan  Seven new cases in Thailand  Three new cases in Bhutan  46 new cases in Jamaica  244 new cases in Kazakhstan  628 new cases and 15 new deaths in Honduras  582 new cases and ten new deaths in Belgium  243 new cases and 13 new deaths in Australia       12 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  Five new cases in New Zealand  15 new cases in Sint Maarten  2,031 new cases and 61 new deaths in Bolivia  288 new cases and one new death in South Korea  5,792 new cases and 707 new deaths in Mexico  Seven new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 19-08-2020 Headlines 12:54 am Global trade in goods suffered an unprecedented fall in the second quarter of 2020, as fear of the coronavirus pandemic shut down large parts of the world economy, according to the World Trade Organization. South Korea’s health ministry has warned that the country is facing a “desperately dangerous crisis” of spreading coronavirus after the country reported its highest daily rise in cases since early March. It took a weekend to take Italy back three months in its struggle against the pandemic, writes Lorenzo Tondo, in Caltanissetta. The first nine days of coronavirus movement restrictions in New Zealand were unlawful, a court has found. Iran surpassed 20,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday; the health ministry said: the highest death toll for any Middle East country so far in the pandemic. Nepal temporarily banned public and religious gatherings and most transportation in its capital, Kathmandu, and surrounding areas on Wednesday, asking residents to stay home to control the spread of the coronavirus as cases surge. Indonesia reported 1,902 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the south-east Asian country to 144,945, data from the country’s health ministry showed. The data recorded an additional 69 deaths, taking the total to 6,346. The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday confirmed 4,650 new coronavirus infections and 111 additional deaths. In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had risen to 173,774, the highest in south-east Asia, while deaths had increased to 2,795. Finland said on Wednesday it would bring back travel restrictions for several countries that it had for months considered safe destinations, including Germany and its Nordic neighbors, to stop the spread of Covid-19. A fresh outbreak of infections in Australia’s coronavirus hot zone of Victoria eased further on Wednesday. At the same time, the country agreed on a deal to secure a potential Covid-19 vaccine that it plans to roll out cost-free to citizens. The British government said on Wednesday it would expand its Covid-19 national testing study, to reach 400,000 people to provide weekly data on the spread of the infection and better locate future local outbreaks. In the UK, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted a rise in a new cohort of rough sleepers, and charities warn as data shows reports of homelessness witnessed by members of the public surged during lockdown months. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 12:38 Four new cases in Vietnam  65 new cases in Madagascar  311 new cases and four new deaths in Switzerland   681 new cases and six new deaths in Nepal  2,747 new cases and 41 new deaths in Bangladesh  One new case in Liechtenstein  47 new cases in Malta  141 new cases and two new deaths in Senegal  5,332 new cases and 32 new deaths in India   435 new cases and one new death in the United Arab Emirates  1,409 new cases and 32 new deaths in Romania  230 new cases and 18 new deaths in the United States 255 new cases and eight new deaths in El Salvador  20 new cases and three new deaths in the DR Congo  Three new cases in Myanmar  188 new cases and six new deaths in Oman  29 new cases in Finland  735 new cases and 17 new deaths in Poland  16 new cases in Malaysia  26 new cases and two new deaths in China, Hong Kong SAR  587 new cases and 11 new deaths in Israel  1,902 new cases and 69 new deaths in Indonesia  One new case in Brunei Darussalam  37 new cases in Slovenia   100 new cases and two new deaths in Slovakia  255 new cases in Austria  4,650 new cases and 111 new deaths in the Philippines  1,967 new cases and 28 new deaths in Ukraine  22 new cases in Lithuania  4,828 new cases and 117 new deaths in Russia  93 new cases in Singapore  Seven new cases in Estonia  220 new cases and 12 new deaths in Australia      Three new cases in Latvia  210 new cases and one new death in Armenia  32 new cases in Hungary  61 new cases and three new deaths in Sudan  Ten new cases in Georgia  166 new cases and one new death in Uzbekistan  613 new cases and 11 new deaths in Pakistan  78 new cases in Belize  One new case in Bhutan  One new case in Thailand  363 new cases and 15 new deaths in Belgium  271 new cases in Kazakhstan  17 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  Seven new cases in Sint Maarten  675 new cases and ten new deaths in Honduras  1,796 new cases and 49 new deaths in Bolivia  297 new cases in South Korea  Six new cases in New Zealand  17 new cases in Jamaica  5,506 new cases and 751 new deaths in Mexico  17 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 18-08-2020 Headlines 06:54 am Jacinda Ardern says Trump's 'patently wrong' on New Zealand's COVID cases Trump described NZ’s ‘terrible’ surge, despite 90 active cases in-country Ibiza to ban pool parties, as Spain infections surge. Alarm over COVID case rates in 19 European countries ‘Unprecedented’: Los Angeles schools to test all 600,000 students Australia: hotel quarantine linked to 99% of Victoria’s cases Covid-19 climbdowns: the UK government’s U-turns and missteps India has carried out nearly 900,000 coronavirus tests in a single day, a record for the country, as it fights a surge of Covid-19 cases. It comes as the South Korean cluster linked to a church in northern Seoul grew to 400 cases. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he would be among the first to receive a Russian coronavirus vaccine if it is shown to be effective. Russia’s announcement last week that it was the first in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine was met with caution from Western scientists who said it still needed to be proved safe and effective. More than 400 coronavirus cases have been identified about a church in northern Seoul as of Tuesday, the news agency Yonhap reports. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reports that the city has banned flights from India, due to rising COVID cases. Nigeria will resume international flights on 29 August as it eases restrictions over the novel coronavirus pandemic, the country’s aviation minister said Monday. The world-famous Mariinsky ballet company has called off performances after some 30 members, mostly dancers, contracted the coronavirus, St Petersburg health authorities said on Monday. China has reported 22 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the same as the tally a day earlier, the health authority said. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:46 1,913 new cases and 11 new deaths in India   398 new cases and four new deaths in Uzbekistan  617 new cases and 15 new deaths in Pakistan  Five new cases in Bhutan  Three new cases in Thailand  23 new cases and one new death in Belize  One new death in Vietnam  493 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras  211 new cases and five new deaths in Belgium  267 new cases in Kazakhstan  213 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      Four new cases in Bermuda  879 new cases and 65 new deaths in Bolivia  Nine new cases in Sint Maarten  12 new cases in New Zealand  246 new cases and one new death in South Korea  16 new cases in Jamaica  3,571 new cases and 266 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 17-08-2020 Headlines 07:05 am US death toll passes 170,000 New Zealand postpones election Australia records deadliest day 25 deaths  India death toll passes 50,000  Japan GDP falls at an annual rate of 27.8% Italy closes nightclubs. Japan hit by the biggest GDP fall in 40 years. New Zealand delays election by month amid the Auckland outbreak. Island nations have the edge in keeping COVID away – or most do Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 135 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan   184 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  Three new cases in Bhutan  498 new cases and seven new deaths in Pakistan  One new case in Thailand  347 new cases in India   270 new cases and 25 new deaths in Australia      523 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in Vietnam  454 new cases and four new deaths in Belgium  337 new cases in Kazakhstan  17 new cases in Sint Maarten  1,198 new cases and 55 new deaths in Bolivia  Nine new cases in New Zealand  197 new cases in South Korea  Seven new cases in Jamaica  4,448 new cases and 214 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 16-08-2020 07:05 410 new cases and 11 new deaths in Paraguay  22,365 new cases and 582 new deaths in Brazil   55 new cases and five new deaths in Suriname  1,275 new cases and 21 new deaths in Panama  63 new cases and one new death in the Bahamas  36,843 new cases and 522 new deaths in the United States 121 new cases and two new deaths in Czechia  75 new cases and two new deaths in Montenegro  46 new cases and four new deaths in Malawi  55 new cases and one new death in Trinidad and Tobago  35 new cases and one new death in Guyana  32 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria  5,469 new cases and 66 new deaths in Argentina  Six new cases in Uruguay  11,643 new cases and 287 new deaths in Colombia  1,137 new cases and three new deaths in Japan  298 new cases and one new death in Nigeria  764 new cases and 15 new deaths in the Dominican Republic  40 new cases in Norway  139 new cases and 19 new deaths in Egypt  1,148 new cases and five new deaths in Venezuela  48 new cases in Haiti  10,143 new cases and 206 new deaths in Peru  One new case in Barbados  249 new cases and 24 new deaths in Guatemala  Two new cases in Niger  198 new cases and two new deaths in Canada  One new case in South Sudan  27 new cases and two new deaths in Angola  854 new cases and five new deaths in Ecuador  801 new cases and seven new deaths in Uzbekistan  22,365 new cases and 582 new deaths in Brazil  405 new cases in Bahrain  139 new cases and one new death in Guinea  27 new cases and one new death in Burkina Faso  33 new cases and two new deaths in Côte d'Ivoire  17 new cases in Togo  101 new cases in Rwanda  519 new cases in Germany  728 new cases and three new deaths in Costa Rica  Two new cases in Sierra Leone  85 new cases and two new deaths in Zimbabwe  16 new cases and one new death in Cabo Verde  66 new cases in Uganda  94 new cases and one new death in Eswatini  86 new cases and 16 new deaths in Congo  Eight new cases in Mauritania  183 new cases and nine new deaths in Gambia  26 new cases in Mali  3,692 new cases and 162 new deaths in South Africa  247 new cases in Namibia  84 new cases and four new deaths in Syria  Four new cases in Chad  58,108 new cases and 961 new deaths in India   106 new cases in the Maldives  439 new cases and six new deaths in Lebanon  Seven new cases in Cyprus  54 new cases in Aruba  39 new cases in Réunion  11 new cases and two new deaths in Yemen  1,192 new cases and 19 new deaths in Turkey  3,015 new cases and one new death in France   2,044 new cases and 57 new deaths in Chile  322 new cases in Ghana  982 new cases and 19 new deaths in Ethiopia  1,472 new cases and 26 new deaths in Morocco  3,420 new cases and 65 new deaths in the Philippines  447 new cases and 11 new deaths in Israel  66 new cases in Ireland  450 new cases and ten new deaths in Algeria  Two new cases in Djibouti  84 new cases in Tunisia  120 new cases and three new deaths in Albania  39 new cases in Jordan  19 new cases in Luxembourg  157 new cases in Zambia  217 new cases and two new deaths in Greece  64 new cases in Mozambique  One new case in Myanmar  278 new cases and one new death in Moldova  92 new cases and three new deaths in Belarus  130 new cases and two new deaths in Senegal  479 new cases and four new deaths in Italy  Six new cases in Somalia  1,040 new cases and five new deaths in the United Kingdom  36 new cases in Tajikistan  271 new cases and two new deaths in Kenya    162 new cases and ten new deaths in Oman  24 new cases in Cuba  86 new cases and five new deaths in the Republic of North Macedonia  4,348 new cases and 75 new deaths in Iraq  211 new cases and four new deaths in Serbia   Two new cases in the Faeroe Islands  1,227 new cases and 39 new deaths in Saudi Arabia  121 new cases and three new deaths in Portugal  112 new cases in Azerbaijan  507 new cases and three new deaths in the Netherlands   Three new cases in Sri Lanka  151 new cases and one new death in Croatia  134 new cases in Denmark  293 new cases and nine new deaths in El Salvador  12 new cases in Iceland  11 new cases and one new death in Vietnam  Six new cases in Gibraltar  641 new cases and two new deaths in Nepal  2,024 new cases and 32 new deaths in Bangladesh  103 new cases and four new deaths in Madagascar  Two new cases in Comoros  200 new cases in Switzerland    One new case in Burundi  381 new cases and two new deaths in the State of Palestine  508 new cases and three new deaths in Kuwait  52 new cases in Papua New Guinea  210 new cases and three new deaths in the United Arab Emirates  271 new cases and one new death in Qatar  1,087 new cases and 37 new deaths in Romania  2,133 new cases and 147 new deaths in Iran  45 new cases and five new deaths in Afghanistan  Five new cases in Bhutan  30 new cases in Lithuania  11 new cases in Finland  38 new cases and one new death in the DR Congo  Two new cases in Taiwan  74 new cases and one new death in China, Hong Kong SAR  25 new cases in Malaysia  47 new cases in Slovakia  594 new cases and eight new deaths in Poland  15 new cases in Slovenia   2,081 new cases and 79 new deaths in Indonesia  191 new cases in Austria  86 new cases in Singapore  1,637 new cases and 26 new deaths in Ukraine  Six new cases in Estonia  4,969 new cases and 68 new deaths in Russia  39 new cases and one new death in Hungary  One new case in Curaçao  Seven new cases in Latvia  103 new cases and two new deaths in Sudan  168 new cases and one new death in Armenia  24 new cases in Jamaica  15 new cases in Georgia  211 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   64 new cases in Belize  670 new cases and six new deaths in Pakistan  One new case in Thailand  409 new cases in Kazakhstan  24 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  31 new cases in Sint Maarten  410 new cases and 11 new deaths in Paraguay  253 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      756 new cases and 11 new deaths in Belgium  512 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras  434 new cases and eight new deaths in Libya  1,196 new cases and 64 new deaths in Bolivia  13 new cases in New Zealand  279 new cases in South Korea  6,345 new cases and 635 new deaths in Mexico  19 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 15-08-2020 Headlines 06:31 am Victoria in Australia adds 303 cases Restrictions tighten in Europe The Australian death toll stands at 379 France removed from UK travel corridor Greece and Croatia impose midnight curfew on bars and restaurants France could add British visitors to the quarantine list after UK measures The UK adds France to the COVID-19 14-day quarantine list ‘Critical moment’: Spain sees cases rise again US coronavirus death toll ‘to hit 200,000 by Labor Day.’ Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 196 new cases and one new death in Uzbekistan  747 new cases and nine new deaths in Pakistan  32 new cases and one new death in Belize  21 new cases and four new deaths in Haiti  Two new cases in Bhutan  One new case in Mongolia  Six new cases in Sint Maarten  16 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  439 new cases in Kazakhstan  922 new cases and eight new deaths in Belgium  425 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  1,491 new cases and 55 new deaths in Bolivia  292 new cases and four new deaths in Australia      166 new cases in South Korea  Seven new cases in New Zealand  11 new cases in Jamaica  5,618 new cases and 615 new deaths in Mexico  22 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 14-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am France hits back at UK quarantine New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown. New Zealand outbreak spreads beyond Auckland; France and Spain report highest post-lockdown Covid-19 cases   Australia records the youngest coronavirus death. The UK adds France to the Covid-19 14-day quarantine list. UK government quietly drops 1.3m COVID tests from England tally. France says UK quarantine will lead to reciprocal measures. Mobile crematorium in Bolivia as deaths surge Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 461 new cases in Israel  1,929 new cases and nine new deaths in India   238 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  29 new cases in Haiti  304 new cases and four new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   17 new cases in Thailand  One new case in Antigua and Barbuda  385 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras  383 new cases and 14 new deaths in Australia      One new case in Cambodia   17 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  15 new cases in Sint Maarten  476 new cases in Kazakhstan  544 new cases and 16 new deaths in Belgium  1,388 new cases and 57 new deaths in Bolivia  103 new cases in South Korea  13 new cases in New Zealand  Six new cases in Jamaica  7,371 new cases and 627 new deaths in Mexico  30 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 13-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Global deaths near 750,000. There are 749,358 known coronavirus deaths globally, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, as the world nears the somber milestone of 750,000 dead in nearly eight months since the first coronavirus cases were reported. Two days ago, cases passed the staggering total of 20m. Already, they stand at 20,620,847. India reported another record daily rise in novel coronavirus infections on Thursday, while the death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 47,000. Infections grew by 66,999 on Thursday from a day earlier to reach a total of nearly 2.4 million to date, India’s health ministry said. The country, with the world’s most significant caseload behind the United States and Brazil, has now reported a jump of 50,000 cases or more each day for 15 straight days. France sees most new daily virus cases since May. More than 2,500 new coronavirus cases were registered in France in 24 hours in the sharpest increase since May, government data showed on Wednesday, as officials said indicators were “clearly worsening.” Of 600,000 tests over the past week, more than 11,600 were positive, the health ministry’s DGS public health division said. Jordan will close its border with Syria for a week starting Thursday after staff at their only open land crossing tested positive for coronavirus, state media said. Jordan has seen a drop in virus cases, with new infections recorded mainly among travelers arriving from abroad. Still, it registered 25 cases of the Covid-19 illness in the past two days, mostly at the Jaber crossing with its war-torn northern neighbor. The Australian state of Victoria has recorded 278 new coronavirus cases overnight, consistent with a recent downward trend that is bringing cases to numbers closer to those seen in mid-July, after increases to the 600s in early August. Eight people have died overnight. Venezuela’s communications minister and close adviser to President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, as the daily cases in the nation steadily rise. Jorge Rodríguez becomes the latest of several high-ranking officials in Maduro’s government to become infected in the pandemic, following the July announcement by Venezuela’s socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello, who says he is recovering. Germany on Wednesday added Bucharest and several other areas of Romania to a list of places considered high risk for coronavirus infections, forcing a German minister to cancel a work trip to the Romanian capital. Peru extended its lockdowns following a surge in coronavirus cases. The Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra has banned family gatherings and extended lockdowns to five more regions of the country amid a fresh surge in cases of coronavirus. Rolling lockdowns already covered fifteen of Peru’s 25 regions. Italy has ordered travelers arriving from Croatia, Greece, Malta, and Spain to be tested for Covid-19 and added Colombia to a list of countries under a complete travel ban amid growing concern over new infections. With the annual summer holiday reaching its peak, health services are bracing for a return of travelers from destinations where social distancing, face masks, and other protective measures appear to have been widely ignored. France reported 2,524 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, a new post-lockdown daily record. Despite the rise in infections, the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 continued to fall and was down by 121 to 4,891, the first time it fell below 5,000 since 19 March. Turkey is to delay the reopening of schools by almost a month. Students will return to classrooms in Turkey in late September, nearly a month after the start of the new academic year, the government announced, as daily coronavirus cases remain above 1,000. It will be a gradual transition, starting with online learning before transitioning to in-person education. Chile will lift one of the world’s longest lockdowns on Monday. The capital Santiago’s central business district and adjoining Central Station will move to a “transitional” stage under a “Step by Step” reopening. The mayor said citizens should remain indoors whenever possible, wear masks in public and wash their hands. People may leave their homes on weekdays without the previously required police permissions, and meet in small groups, while businesses can gradually reopen. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 1,592 new cases and 22 new deaths in Ukraine  One new case in Fiji  Five new cases in Georgia  38 new cases and five new deaths in Haiti  12 new cases in Bhutan  79 new cases and nine new deaths in Afghanistan  Seven new deaths in El Salvador  1,932 new cases and 11 new deaths in India  403 new cases in Israel  372 new cases and three new deaths in Uzbekistan   86 new cases in Belize  310 new cases and three new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   753 new cases and ten new deaths in Pakistan  231 new cases and nine new deaths in Australia      Three new cases in Thailand  Four new cases in Cambodia    18 new cases in Jamaica  Four new cases in Mongolia  17 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  29 new cases in Sint Maarten  517 new cases in Kazakhstan   One new death in Vietnam  639 new cases and 15 new deaths in Belgium  254 new cases and 18 new deaths in Honduras  1,743 new cases and 66 new deaths in Bolivia  56 new cases in South Korea  Ten new cases in New Zealand  5,858 new cases and 737 new deaths in Mexico  19 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 12-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Lebanon registered a daily record number of coronavirus cases. As the country grapples with the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion that has rocked the political sphere and overwhelmed hospitals, Lebanon’s totals now stand at 7,121 cases and 87 deaths since February, according to health ministry data. Even before the blast, there had been a recent surge in infections. New Zealand’s largest city is to go into lockdown. Restrictions were announced for Auckland after the first community transmission in more than 100 days was detected. All limitations on daily life had eased in early June when the last remaining Covid-19 case recorded in the community recovered. Auckland residents were told that from midday Wednesday, they were not to gather in large numbers and to work from home if possible. The rest of New Zealand will have measures imposed too. The Netherlands plans to introduce mandatory home quarantine for people identified by local authorities as having been in close contact with somebody infected with coronavirus, and for travelers returning from high-risk countries. The Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge said in a letter to lawmakers that mandatory quarantine could be imposed if people refuse to isolate voluntarily. It comes amid rising infection rates in the Netherlands and an unwillingness among some people to adhere to social distancing measures and cooperate with contact tracing. Germany has extended a partial travel warning for Spain to the capital of Madrid and the Basque region amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The foreign ministry said it was warning against any unnecessary tourist trips to both regions because of a rising number of new infections and local restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the virus. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said his country had granted the first regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine. The announcement came after less than two months of human testing. The country’s sovereign wealth fund said the vaccine would be named Sputnik V, about the cold war space race. The news from Moscow was greeted with some skepticism. Experts highlighted the lack of proper phase-3 testing, with one warning that “collateral damage from the release of any vaccine that was less than safe and effective would exacerbate our current problems insurmountably.” The WHO said it had not received enough information to evaluate the Russian vaccine. The Pan American Health Organization said the vaccine should not be introduced in Brazil, as has been reportedly planned until phase 2 and 3 trials are completed. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 304 new cases and six new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   730 new cases and 17 new deaths in Pakistan  Five new cases in Thailand  1,922 new cases and nine new deaths in India   One new death in Vietnam  531 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras  16 new cases in Jamaica  Two new cases in Cambodia   691 new cases in Kazakhstan  388 new cases and six new deaths in Belgium  1,693 new cases and 49 new deaths in Bolivia  54 new cases in South Korea  414 new cases and 21 new deaths in Australia      6,686 new cases and 926 new deaths in Mexico  25 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 11-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Covid-19 infections have passed 20 million cases. In acknowledging the milestone, the health body’s chief warned against despair, saying if the virus could be suppressed effectively, “we can safely open up societies.” The Trump administration is reportedly considering a measure to block US citizens and permanent residents from returning home if they are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus. A senior US official told Reuters that draft regulation, which has not been finalized and could change, would give the government authorization to block individuals who could “reasonably” be believed to have contracted Covid-19 or other diseases. Singapore’s virus-hammered economy shrank almost 43% in the second quarter, in a sign that the country’s first recession in more than a decade was more profound than initially estimated, official data showed Tuesday, AFP reports. , as it warned of a “true resurgence” or “risk of further escalation of Covid-19” in several countries. The concern is growing that a resurgence of coronavirus in Europe will lead to a “second wave” of uncoordinated border restrictions. In a letter, the European Commission warns that “while we must ensure that the EU is ready for possible resurgences of Covid-19 cases ... we should, at the same time, avoid the second wave of uncoordinated actions at the internal borders of the EU.” Greece is “formally” in the midst of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the country’s top infectious disease experts said, adding: “We can say that Greece has formally entered a second wave of the epidemic. This is the point that we could win or lose the battle.” Wearing a face mask became compulsory on dozens of busy Paris shopping streets and in other popular parts of the city from 8 am on Monday as coronavirus numbers continued to rise in and around the French capital. Authorities in Iran shut down a newspaper after it published remarks by an expert who cast doubt on official coronavirus figures, claiming they only account for 5% of the real toll. Meanwhile, 189 more people died from Covid-19, and 2,132 more people had tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry said. There is a huge gap between funds needed to fight the coronavirus and funds committed worldwide, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said. Tedros said that ACT accelerator, an initiative established to develop and distribute tools to counter the spread of the pandemic, had received just one-tenth of the funding it needed. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 15 new cases in Haiti  Seven new deaths in El Salvador  241 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan   500 new cases in Israel  278 new cases and four new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   Three new cases in Bhutan  531 new cases and 15 new deaths in Pakistan  15 new cases in Cambodia   1,899 new cases and eight new deaths in India   23 new cases in Belize  418 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  722 new cases in Kazakhstan  468 new cases and seven new deaths in Belgium  1,636 new cases and 72 new deaths in Bolivia  316 new cases and 18 new deaths in Australia      34 new cases in South Korea  One new case in New Zealand  Eight new cases in Jamaica  5,558 new cases and 705 new deaths in Mexico  44 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 10-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Globally, coronavirus cases are nearing 20m, with almost 730,000 known deaths. The current number of confirmed infections stands at 19,792,519, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with total new cases daily averaging more than 250,000. Australia recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic on Monday, with 19 deaths. The nation is dealing with an outbreak in its second-largest city, Melbourne, where authorities have struggled to contain the spread of the virus, which began in quarantine facilities.  In China, new locally transmitted cases fell to just 14 in the past 24 hours, the National Health Commission reported on Monday. The low figure was offset, however, by 35 cases brought into the country by Chinese travelers from overseas arriving in seven different cities and provinces across the country. All the cases of local transmission were in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose central city Urumqi is the center of China’s latest outbreak. There are now 29 countries with higher cases than China, which has 88,793 confirmed infections and fewer than 5,000 deaths. Britain saw cases rise by 1,062 on Sunday, going over 1,000 for the first time since late June. As cases rose in the country, new local lockdowns have been implemented in some areas, and worries over the second wave of infections were rife. In Greece, authorities announced a daily record number of 203 new coronavirus cases, with one death. The total number of cases is now 5,623, with 212 deaths. Greece introduced an early lockdown in mid-March, which buffered the country from the devastating effects of the pandemic seen in many of its European counterparts. US Health Secretary Alex Azar is in Taipei, Taiwan, for a three-day visit to promote shared democratic values and the island’s success in taming the coronavirus. Azar said: “Taiwan’s response to Covid-19 has been among the most successful in the world, and that is a tribute to the open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture.” New Zealand has reported its 101st day in a row with no recorded community transmission of Covid-19 from an unknown source. All 21 active cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in travelers returning to New Zealand from other countries; all of them are in quarantine at the government’s managed isolation facilities. There were no new cases of the coronavirus recorded in the quarantine hotels on Monday. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 211 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan   166 new cases and six new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  539 new cases and 15 new deaths in Pakistan  937 new cases in India   23 new cases and one new death in Haiti  20 new cases and one new death in Jamaica  Two new cases in Bhutan  741 new cases in Kazakhstan  19 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  One new case in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  481 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras  Three new cases in Cambodia   One new death in China, Hong Kong SAR  Two new deaths in Vietnam  751 new cases and two new deaths in Belgium  944 new cases and 53 new deaths in Bolivia  28 new cases in South Korea  323 new cases and 19 new deaths in Australia      4,376 new cases and 292 new deaths in Mexico  49 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 09-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am The US nears 5m cases as Australian border closures ramp-up Border restrictions tightened in the Australian state of New South Wale Brazil passes 100,000 deaths. Ex-health minister attacks Bolsonaro as Brazil Covid-19 deaths tops 100,000 Trump signs order for relief, with less help for jobless ‘Queensland first’: Palaszczuk closes the borders and amps up election rhetoric Boris Johnson ‘would close pubs before schools’ in local Covid-19 lockdown India: seven coronavirus patients have died in a fire that broke out early on Sunday at a hotel being used as a Covid-19 facility, officials said, in the second such incident this month. New South Wales: Anyone who attended a church service at St Agatha’s in Pennant Hills on Wednesday 5 August and Thursday 6 August has been warned to be alert for symptoms of Covid-19. A projection on a building honoring the 100,000 victims who died of Covid-19 in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the distribution of aid to the border city of Kaesong after the area was locked down last month to fight the coronavirus, state media said Sunday. Authorities raised the state of emergency to the maximum level for the city in July, saying they had discovered the country’s first suspected virus case. Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 6,495 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 695 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 475,902 cases and 52,006 deaths. Officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 141 new cases and one new death in Israel  545 new cases and three new deaths in Uzbekistan  Three new cases in Thailand  990 new cases in India   872 new cases in Kazakhstan  12 new cases and five new deaths in Haiti  608 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in Cambodia   617 new cases and four new deaths in Belgium  386 new cases and 17 new deaths in Australia      1,164 new cases and 63 new deaths in Bolivia  36 new cases and one new death in South Korea  16 new cases in Jamaica  6,495 new cases and 695 new deaths in Mexico  23 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 08-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Anti-Bolsonaro protests as Brazil cases near 3m. Brazil's death toll nears 100,000. The Australian state of Victoria reports 466 new cases. Health authorities in New South Wales, Australia, have closed a school in suburban Sydney after a student returned a positive Covid-19 test. Italy cases soar. Trump poised to intervene in relief plans after talks break down. European doctors brace for the second wave. Tens of thousands of mask-making companies mushroomed across China at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, many are struggling to survive as they face stricter quality control measures and falling domestic demand. California has recorded 7,527 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday. That brings the total number of cases to 548,889. New Zealand, prime minister Jacinda Ardern, has launched her “COVID election” campaign, promising a “laser-like focus” on the economic recovery from Covid-19. One in six people in the UK says they are unlikely or definitely will not get a Covid-19 vaccination when one becomes available, according to a survey by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 168 new cases and two new deaths in Uzbekistan  409 new cases and eight new deaths in Kyrgyzstan   842 new cases and 16 new deaths in Pakistan  Three new cases in Thailand  1,747 new cases in India   17 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  29 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  907 new cases in Kazakhstan  768 new cases and five new deaths in Belgium  610 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras  29 new cases and one new death in Jamaica  Three new cases in Cambodia   1,468 new cases and 59 new deaths in Bolivia  6,717 new cases and 794 new deaths in Mexico  43 new cases and one new death in South Korea  425 new cases and 12 new deaths in Australia 31 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 07-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Coronavirus live news: Deaths in the US 'could reach 300,000' as German numbers worsen WHO says the milestone is a warning for each of the continent’s 53 countries; interstate travelers face checks before entering New York; cases continue to surge in Europe US: Fauci tells of death threats over virus policy Japan: Shinzo Abe accused of going awol as the nation faces a surge Global report: WHO warns against the dangers of 'vaccine nationalism.' The Australian state of Victoria has racked up another 450 cases in the past 24 hours, state premier Daniel Andrews said a few minutes ago. China has logged 37 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to midnight on Thursday, the country’s health authority has announced – the same as the day before. The mayor of Los Angeles has threatened to cut water and power supplies to houses where people hold large parties after a spate of gatherings violating Covid-19 restrictions at mansions in the Hollywood hills. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:35 782 new cases and 17 new deaths in Pakistan  15 new cases in Thailand  1,665 new cases in India   Three new cases in Bhutan  28 new cases in Belize  Three new cases in Vietnam  38 new cases in Haiti  16 new cases in Sint Maarten  657 new cases and 23 new deaths in Honduras   858 new cases and two new deaths in Belgium  980 new cases in Kazakhstan  408 new cases and 11 new deaths in Australia     12 new cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands  1,282 new cases and 80 new deaths in Bolivia  20 new cases and one new death in South Korea  30 new cases in Jamaica  6,590 new cases and 819 new deaths in Mexico  37 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian News Updates 06-08-2020 Headlines 06:45 am Donald Trump on Wednesday repeated that he believes coronavirus will “go away,” despite his top public health expert warning that it could take most of 2021 or longer to get the pandemic under control and that it is “unlikely” the virus can ever be eradicated. At a White House briefing, the US president said of Covid-19: “It’s going away, it will go away, things go away. No question in my mind, sooner rather than later.” Facebook has removed a post from Donald Trump’s page for spreading false information about the coronavirus, a first for the social company that has been harshly criticized for repeatedly allowing the president to break its content rules. Michelle Obama has said she has been suffering from “low-grade depression,” prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, racial problems in the US, and what she describes as the “hypocrisy” of the Trump administration. WHO surge team arrives in South Africa. The World Health Organization has deployed a “surge team” of 43 health experts to South Africa to help the country deal with the pandemic, which has seen nearly 530,000 cases confirmed in the country – the fifth-highest in the world – and 9,298 deaths. In Australia, Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews has announced that 471 new coronavirus cases were confirmed overnight, along with eight new deaths. Both figures are lower than Wednesday’s, which marked Victoria’s most devastating day of Covid-19 cases and deaths, with a man in his 30s among 15 people who died overnight including many from aged care, and 725 new cases of the virus identified. Global deaths pass 700,000. The coronavirus pandemic death toll passed 700,000 late on Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government data. The US accounts for the highest portion of those deaths, with 157,690. The next worst-affected in terms of the number of lives lost in Brazil with 95,819. A fire killed eight coronavirus patients at a hospital in western India early Thursday, fire officials said. Firefighters and 15 fire engines contained the fire to the intensive care unit at Shrey Hospital, and it was extinguished in half an hour. The cause of the fire at the hospital in the city of Ahmadabad was being investigated. Amsterdam enforces face masks in crowded places. Amsterdam and the port of Rotterdam on Wednesday made face masks compulsory in some busy regions, including the Dutch capital’s Red Light district, as coronavirus infections showed a worrying spike. The new measures come as the number of infections doubled in a week in the country, where more than 55,000 people have now been infected, and some 6,150 have died. Italy threatens to ban Ryanair for alleged virus rule-breaking. Italy’s national civil aviation authority has threatened to suspend Ryanair’s permit to fly in the country over suspected non-compliance with coronavirus safety rules, but the low-cost carrier denied flouting them. France’s daily Covid-19 cases highest since the end of May. France’s daily Covid-19 infections reached the highest in more than two months on Wednesday, with 1,695 new cases. The seven-day moving average stood above the 1,300 thresholds for the first time since the end of April when the country was still in lockdown. Covid-19 job losses see record numbers in the UK seeking temporary work. Record numbers of people in Britain are looking for temporary work as job losses across the country mount, according to recruitment firms that have been flooded with CVs.The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and the accountancy firm KPMG said the number of people signing up to find temporary work rose in July at the fastest pace since records began in 1997. Fears grow in Turkey as daily virus cases top 1,000. Officials have expressed concern over the rising number of coronavirus cases as the daily infection toll exceeded 1,000 for the second day in a row. Florida tops 500,000 virus cases as testing resumes after the storm. The state has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases as testing ramps up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias. Former Colombian president Uribe tests positive for coronavirus. Colombia’s former president Álvaro Uribe has tested positive for Covid-19, just a day after he wa