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Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (6) Globally

by: The Guardian, Worldometer
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Public health experts worldwide are scrambling to understand, track, and contain the coronavirus COVID-19 - a new virus - that appeared in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of December 2019. The World Health Organization named the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. The WHO declared that the virus is a pandemic. Coronavirus updates 2020 history (6) globally summarizes the events from the 29th of August until the 29th of September 2020.

Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (6) Globally

News Updates 29-09-2020
Headlines
08:10 am

  • The global coronavirus death toll passed one million. The world has suffered the loss of more than one million people in just nine months since the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who rely on official government data. The current total is: 1,000,555The true toll is likely to be higher due to time lags, differing testing rates and definitions (of what constitutes a coronavirus-related death, for example), and suspected underreporting in some countries.
  • The White House coronavirus task force rift deepened. A rift is deepening between longtime US health officials coordinating the coronavirus response and Scott Atlas, a doctor and conservative commentator recently brought onto the team by Donald Trump. In an interview on Monday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious director, Anthony Fauci, said he is concerned the president’s new task force pick is spreading misinformation and implied he does not work with the other health officials. The interview comes after Fauci was noticeably absent from the president’s COVID briefing, as was the response coordinator, Deborah Birx.
  • Pence said Americans should expect cases to rise in the coming weeks. US Vice President Mike Pence claimed the country has “passed through a challenging time” with its coronavirus crisis. Still, he added, “The American people should anticipate that cases will arise in the days ahead.”
  • India saw its lowest deaths since 3 August. India reported its smallest daily rise in coronavirus deaths since 3 August. With 776 new fatalities, data from the health ministry showed that global deaths crossed 1 million, and infections surged in several countries. The country’s coronavirus case tally rose to 6.15 million after it reported 70,589 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data, while total deaths stood at 96,318.
  • Mexico revised its case and death toll. Mexico upped its estimated Covid-19 deaths to 89,612 on Monday and boosted estimates of its total number of cases to 870,699, almost 137,000 more than it previously recognized. With the new estimated death toll, Mexico is still in fourth place worldwide behind India, with 95,542 deaths. But in the case of infections, the new estimates would boost Mexico from eighth place in total cases to fifth place, behind Russia with about 1.15 million cases.
  • New Zealand reported a fourth consecutive day of no new Covid-19 cases spread in the community. There were two new diagnoses of the virus in the government-run isolation facilities for travelers returning to New Zealand, health officials said.
  • Slovakia to declare coronavirus state of emergency. Slovakia is set to declare a new state of emergency this week to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said on Monday following a sharp rise in cases.
  • Rapid Covid-19 tests are about to be rolled out across the world, the WHO announced. The move could save many thousands of lives and slow the pandemic spread in poor and rich countries.
  • The official global death toll probably underestimates the true total, the WHO’s top emergency expert warned. Dr. Mike Ryan suggested it could be more than a million already.
  • A host of new restrictions was introduced in the Netherlands. Travel was limited, bars and restaurants closed early public gatherings discouraged.
  • The UK government came under pressure to scrap its 10 pm closing time rule. The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, said there needed to be an “urgent review of the emerging evidence” after city center supermarkets were “packed” after closing time.
  • New rules came into effect in Paris and 11 other French cities. All bars must close at 10 pm and remain closed until at least 6 am. Restaurants can stay open later.

    Source Worldometers, The Guardian
      

News Updates 28-09-2020
Headlines
08:10 am

  • The global death toll is nearing the devastating milestone of 1m. There are currently 996,084 deaths confirmed on the Johns Hopkins University tracker. However, the true toll is likely already over 1m due to differing definitions, time lags, and suspected underreporting in some countries.
  • India’s confirmed coronavirus tally reached 6 million cases on Monday, keeping the country second to the United States in several reported cases since the pandemic began. The Health Ministry on Monday reported 82,170 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, driving the overall tally to 60,74,703. At least 1,039 deaths were recorded simultaneously, taking total fatalities up to 95,542 since the pandemic began.
  • South Korea confirms the lowest cases since 11 August. On Monday, South Korea reported 50 new coronavirus cases, the lowest since 11 August, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said. Of the new cases, 40 were domestic, and 10 were imported. The numbers were the lowest since a new wave of outbreaks emerged from a church whose members attended a large political rally in Seoul on 15 August, KDCA data showed.
  • Northern England and possibly London are facing a new lockdown. The UK government plans to impose a total social lockdown across most northern England and potentially London, to combat a second coronavirus wave, the Times reports. Under the new lockdown measures being considered, all pubs, restaurants, and bars would be ordered to shut for two weeks initially, the report said, citing a senior government source. The report added that households would also be banned indefinitely from meeting each other in any indoor location where they were not already under the order.
  • There have been a further 5,693 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, according to government data, taking the total to 429,277. Government figures show that 17 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus as of Sunday. This brings the official UK toll to 41,988.
  • Travel between New Zealand and some states of Australia is possible before the end of the year, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. Plans for a travel ‘bubble’ between Australia and New Zealand have been in discussions for months as both nations slowed the coronavirus spread. Still, they were disrupted after a resurgence of Covid-19 in Melbourne, Australia, followed by a second wave of infections in Auckland. With the virus largely contained in New Zealand, and as cases continue to decline in Australian regions, talks of a travel bubble with some states have been revived.
  • Greece has recorded its first coronavirus fatality among its large migrant community. Health authorities described the victim as a 61-year-old Afghan man, saying the father-of-two succumbed to Covid-19 in Athens’ Evangelismos hospital after being moved from Malakassa, a refugee camp east of the capital.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 27-09-2020
Headlines
06:36 am

  • France records more than 14,000 new COVID cases
  • Colombia passes 800,000 infections
  • Saudi Arabia plans to resume tourist visas by early 2021.
  • Boris Johnson faces revolt over forcing through COVID measures.
  • Ex-care home bosses charged over dozens of COVID deaths in Massachusetts
  • According to the country's official figures, India recorded 88,600 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking its official toll to just under 6 million (5,992,532). Deaths increased by 1,124 to 94,503.
  • Australia: ‘We should not pretend everybody is suffering equally.’
  • Victoria reaches the end of its second wave of the coronavirus; the focus is now on ensuring a third wave doesn’t hit as Australia heads into summer.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 26-09-2020
Headlines
06:36 am

  • Jenny Mikakos, health minister in the Australian state of Victoria, has resigned in the wake of an inquiry into using private contractors to guard hotel quarantine facilities. Since June, poor infection control procedures in the hotels, which are compulsory for returned international travelers, sparked a second wave of the virus. Other Australian states and territories used Australian Defence Force staff and police to monitor their hotel quarantine programs, raising questions about why Victoria didn’t do the same.
  • Meanwhile, Victoria recorded another day of low new case numbers on Friday, with 12 cases and one death overnight. The numbers add to hope that the state is on track to lift tough restrictions, including a curfew, by 26 October.
  • The global death toll from COVID-19 could double to 2m before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization says.
  • The number of confirmed COVID cases in the US has passed 7m. It means it took the US less than one month to jump the other 1m cases, with 6m recorded on 31 August. Earlier this week, the US surpassed 200,000 deaths.
  • The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has addressed the 75th UN general assembly, praising it for establishing an inquiry into the global response to coronavirus and saying: “There is also a clear mandate to identify the zoonotic source of the Covid-19 virus and how it was transmitted to humans.
  • The UK’s University and College Union said face-to-face teaching at universities should be halted until the government fixes test-and-trace failures and curbs the spread of COVID. It follows hundreds of students in Manchester being told to self-isolate on Friday after 127 tested positives.
  • Rio de Janeiro’s carnival has been postponed for the first time in 100 years, with the death toll in Brazil rising to 140,537. Brazil has the second-worst death toll worldwide with 139,000, and the third-most cases, with 4.6 million.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 25-09-2020
Headlines
07:04 am

The global death toll passed 980,000 on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. With the number of deaths confirmed daily averaging more than 5,000, it looks likely the toll will pass 1 million within days. There are 32m cases worldwide.

According to new research, the virus is continuing to mutate throughout the course of the pandemic, with experts believing it is probably becoming more contagious. The study did not find that the virus's mutations had made it more lethal or changed its effects.

India’s coronavirus case tally surged to 5.82 million after it recorded 86,052 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Friday. According to Johns Hopkins University, India has regularly confirmed daily case numbers above 80,000 since late August. A total of 1,141 people died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the ministry said, taking mortalities to 92,290, which is a relatively low 1.6% of all cases.

Brazil canceled its carnival parade, which usually occurs in February, for the first time in 100 years. Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of the coronavirus had made it impossible to hold the traditional event safely. Rio’s authorities are yet to announce a decision about the carnival street parties that also occur across the city. But its tourism promotion agency said in a statement to the Associated Press on 17 September that without a coronavirus vaccine, it was uncertain when large public events could resume.

In Europe, the pandemic is worse now than at the March peak in several member countries, the European Union warned, as governments reimpose drastic measures. New infections are soaring once again, prompting the bloc’s disease control agency to flag seven countries of “great concern.” The EU’s health commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, said in “some member states, the situation is now even worse than during the peak in March.”

Israel further toughened its lockdown measures on Thursday after existing restrictions failed to bring down the infection rate. The country has 212,115 cases out of a population of just under 9 million: roughly equivalent to one case per 23 people. The new rules will close the vast majority of workplaces, shutter markets, and limit prayers and demonstrations.

France set a new record for daily new cases. Health authorities reported 16,096 new confirmed cases on Thursday, a significant increase on the previous record of 13,498 and setting a fourth all-time high of daily additional infections in eight days.

Australia’s coronavirus hot spot, Victoria, looks set to ease restrictions over the weekend. The two-week average of new infections in Melbourne dropped below 26, well below the 30-50 level, which the state has set as a precondition to relax its strict curbs.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 24-09-2020
Headlines
07:04 am

  • Global deaths from the coronavirus have passed 975,000, according to figures from the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The number of confirmed cases is almost 31.8 million.
  • Excess deaths in private homes in the UK have reached 10,000 since June, indicating that many people have been reluctant to take their loved ones to hospital months after the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Israel’s cabinet has agreed to a tightening of its second national lockdown in a bid to stem a steep rise in cases. Businesses will face more curbs on operation times from Friday, and people will no longer attend street protests as part of travel curbs.
  • Stock markets have suffered heavy losses amid concerns about the global economy's ability to recover from the pandemic. Shares in the Asia Pacific are down 2% after more losses on Wall Street on Wednesday. The FTSE is set to drop by 1.15% when it opens in about 75 minutes.
  • The NHS COVID contact-tracing app is being launched in England and Wales on Thursday. But take-up could be as low as 10% in some places, government sources believe.
  • Victoria, the epicenter of Australia’s Covid-19 outbreak, said on Thursday the number of new daily infections was close to a three-month low, buoying hopes that restrictions will be eased sooner than expected.
  • New Zealand’s chief health officer has spoken about the toll on his mental health as he became the face of the country’s successful fight against the outbreak. Ashley Bloomfield said he often wondered, “can I do this?” as he faced another day of fronting media conferences to explain policy and statistics.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 23-09-2020
Headlines
07:52 am

  • In Scotland, hundreds of students have been told to isolate after a suspected Covid-19 outbreak in a hall of residence. NHS Tayside investigates a single positive COVID case and a small number of suspected cases linked to private student accommodation Parker House in Dundee.
  • The weekly number of new recorded infections worldwide was last week at its highest level ever, the WHO announced. With a new seven-day high of just short of 2 million new cases recorded, the latest tally represents a 6% increase on the previous week as well as “the highest number of reported cases in a single week since the beginning of the epidemic,” the UN health agency said.
  • In the UK, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, introduced new England restrictions that could last six months following a recent surge in cases. The raft of new measures includes telling the public to continue working from home, a 10 pm curfew for hospitality venues, and limiting weddings to 15 people.
  • President Donald Trump has said the 200,000 US deaths from coronavirus were “a shame” in response to a reporter’s question about the milestone in the country’s fight against the pandemic.
  • Japan is considering allowing more foreign arrivals into the country for longer stays starting as early as next month while keeping the Covid-19 entry curbs in place for tourists, the Asahi newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 22-09-2020
Headlines
07:52 am

  • According to Johns Hopkins University, there are 31.2m coronavirus cases worldwide, and 963,068 people have died over the course of the pandemic so far.
  • US President Donald Trump claimed falsely at a rally in Ohio that the country’s fatality rate was “among the lowest in the world.” According to Johns Hopkins, the US ranks 53rd highest out of 195 countries globally, with f 2. case fatality rate9%. It is the 11th worst on deaths per 100,000 people, at 60.98.
  • According to Johns Hopkins, at least 199,815 Americans are known to have died since the start of the pandemic, which relies on official government data. With the worst death toll globally, the US accounts for one in five coronavirus-related fatalities worldwide. Just under one in every 1,600 Americans has died.
  • In Europe, stocks posted their worst fall in three months on Monday as fears of a second wave hit travel and leisure shares, while banks tumbled on reports of about $2tn-worth of potentially suspect transfers by leading lenders.
  • Pubs, bars, and restaurants in England will have to shut by 10 pm from Thursday under new nationwide restrictions to halt an “exponential” rise in coronavirus cases. Boris Johnson is expected to address the nation on Tuesday, setting out the new measures.
  • Scotland is also expected to announce new restrictions on Tuesday.
  • The Czech Republic prime minister, Andrej Babiš, admitted that his government had made a mistake when it eased restrictions over the summer. “Even I got carried away by the coming summer and the general mood. That was a mistake I don’t want to make again,” the billionaire populist said in a televised speech.
  • New Zealand recorded no new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, as restrictions on much of the country were removed entirely, and measures imposed on Auckland, the largest city, were due to ease further. There was no recorded community spread of the virus in the rest of New Zealand, where the government has now lifted all physical distancing restrictions and limits on gatherings.
  • Mexico surpassed 700,000 confirmed cases on Monday after the health ministry reported 2,917 new confirmed cases in the Latin American country, bringing the total to 700,580 and a cumulative death toll of 73,697.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 21-09-2020
Headlines
06:04 am

  • The US is nearing the stark milestone of 200,000 deaths, nine months after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of deaths in the US, the highest globally, stood at 199,509 on the Johns Hopkins University tracker on Monday morning, roughly a fifth of the global total. The virus has killed people of color and immigrants (regardless of race) in the US at higher rates than their white and US-born counterparts. Among the dead are more than 1,000 healthcare workers.
  • Australia’s coronavirus hotspot of Victoria reported its lowest daily rise in infections in three months on Monday. However, state premier Daniel Andrews said there were no plans yet to ease restrictions sooner than expected. Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state and home to a quarter of the country’s 25 million people, reported 11 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the smallest one-day jump since 16 June. It also reported two deaths due to the virus. The premier said his government would not accelerate a timetable for easing restrictions imposed after daily case numbers topped 700 in early August.
  • Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, further eased restrictions on the country’s largest city, Auckland, and completely removed domestic restrictions on the rest of the nation, after zero new cases were reported. The country has recorded 1,464 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 25 deaths.
  • The UK’s most senior government scientists will make a direct appeal to the public on Monday, warning that the coronavirus trend is “heading in the wrong direction” and “a critical point has been reached.” The warning comes after the UK reported 3,899 new cases on Sunday after a four-month high of 4,422 on Saturday.
  • The French health ministry has reported 10,569 new cases in 24 hours, down from the previous day’s record increase of 13,498. 12 more deaths were registered in the past 24 hours, with the death toll rising to 31 585. According to Reuters, the latest increase in deaths from yesterday’s toll may reflect late-arriving data for earlier fatalities.
  • In Spain, Madrid’s transmission rate is more than double the national average, leading to European contagion charts.
  • In Israel, which on Friday became the first country globally to return to a strict nationwide lockdown, thousands of protesters gathered on Sunday in Jerusalem to demand the resignation of the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the first such demonstrations since the start of a new nationwide lockdown.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 20-09-2020
Headlines
08:04 am

  • NSW records two new cases and one death
  • Five deaths and 14 new cases in Victoria
  • Call for stronger measures as UK daily cases hit four-month high
  • Marathon man: Victorian premier briefs media for 77 days running – video
  • Mutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing
  • Three new community cases of Covid-19 this weekend will give the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, food for thought as she considers axing restrictions in New Zealand on Monday.
  • India’s coronavirus case tally surged to 5.4m after adding 92,605 new infections in the past 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed on Sunday.
  • In Australia, a teenage boy has tested positive for Covid-19 while in quarantine in Perth after returning overseas.
  • Health officials say the 13-year-old is a close contact of a previously confirmed case, and it takes Western Australia’s total since the start of the pandemic to 662. The state has three active infections.
  • Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the state of New South Wales will join the federal pandemic leave disaster payment scheme, which provides $1,500 to people living in NSW who can’t earn an income because they must self-isolate, quarantine, or care for someone who has Covid-19, and who doesn’t have sick leave.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 1,345 to 271,415; data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The reported death toll rose by two to 9,386, the tally showed.
  • Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, says a fifth wave of the virus in China is possible, amid warnings that vigilance was needed for the approaching winter.
  • The federal government has refused to release information on the number of Australians still using the Covidsafe contact tracing app because it could risk public safety and harm commonwealth-state relations.
  • Covidsafe relies on large numbers of the population running the app on their phones when out in the community to help identify close contacts in the event of an individual positive Covid-19 test.
  • Since the app’s launch in April, the government has used the number of downloads to sell the app's success and encourage more people to download it. More than seven million people in Australia have downloaded the app, but that metric doesn’t tell the full story of how and whether it is being used.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 19-09-2020
Headlines
08:04 am

  • Coronavirus live news: the UK could face the second lockdown as Melbourne sees more protests
  • The number of cases worldwide passes 30 million;
  • Victoria announces 21 new Covid-19 cases and seven more deaths
  • Mutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing?
  • ‘Shocking’: Trump under fire from ex-adviser for COVID failures

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

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,” particularly 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 US CDC website 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 unnecessary 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 resulted from a higher infection rate and a massive increase in testing, Reuters reported. Extra measures to curb the epidemic in Lyon and Nice's cities 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.

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 oxygen supplies 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 from 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 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 US CDC director said it would 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. On Tuesday, he 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 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 were increasing and said the same person could 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 – cannot 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 follow 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

  • According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are nearly 30m coronavirus cases worldwide, 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 vaccine producer, 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 infection rate 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 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 the 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's 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, Yonhap 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 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 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.

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 developing 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 are growing faster in India than anywhere globally; 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 how officials in Des Moines say 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. The governments take measures 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 a 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 coronavirus's spread but protect the most vulnerable elderly. 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. On Friday, the country’s national security council said 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. According to a large study conducted by a consortium of researchers, aA 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 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 its highly anticipated Covid-19 vaccine candidate's late-stage trial 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 tested 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 ask 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. Whitehall's spending watchdog has said the government response to the coronavirus pandemic is on track to cost £210bn for the first six months of the crisis.
  • 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. 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 of 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 globally 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.
  • On Monday, Australia said it would receive the first batches of a potential Covid-19 vaccine in January 2021. 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 a UK charity football match. Up to 300 people who attended a charity football match at a working men’s club on Sunderland and Durham's border 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, Victoria's premier 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 reported on 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 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.
    On Saturday, Judith Blake told BBC Breakfast that the council “fully expected” Leeds to be put on the government’s Covid-19 watchlist as an “area of concern” due to increased 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 reopening, Dr. Mike Tildesley, associate professor of infection modeling at the University of Warwick, said the vast majority of students had a shallow 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.
  • According to data from the federal health ministry, India added 86,432 cases of the new virus on Saturday, a global daily record.
    Infections rose across the country, including in 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 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 coronavirus pandemic's spread would be retained until mid-September. Auckland's largest city 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. According to statistical modeling, 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.
  • Mexico leads the world in healthcare worker deaths from Covid-19. Amnesty International has said in a new report that Mexico leads the world in coronavirus deaths among its healthcare workers. The report said Mexico had 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 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 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 Wednesday's 90 infections.
  • 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. According to a Reuters tally, 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.
  • 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 sees the second peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, the health minister says. Turkey sees the 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 being 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. Madrid's president, 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. According to a statement made by his staff, the 83-year-old is isolating and working from his home near Milan.
  • 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.
  • According to the UN, the pandemic will widen the gender poverty gap, pushing 47 million more women and girls into poverty by next year. According to UN estimates, more women than men worldwide 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.
  • 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 would 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 coronavirus cases on Sunday, just off its record high of 78,761 the day before.
  • According to the Indonesian Doctors Association, the number of doctors in Indonesia who have died after becoming infected with Covid-19 has passed 100. 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 of more than five months of lockdown. According to the health ministry, the Andean country has 607,938 cases of the virus after reporting 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. 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. 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 its 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 worldwide have been “selfish” in handling the pandemic.
  • Authorities in Istanbul announced curbs on weddings and other ceremonies in Turkey’s largest city. The number of daily coronavirus cases and deaths hit its 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.
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo said the New York state's infection rate has stayed below 1% for 22 consecutive days.
  • 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 expect thousands to protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions after a court ruled the protest could go ahead.
  • Health authorities monitor 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.
  • Bhutan's remote Himalayan kingdom has decided to reverse a ban on tobacco sales, blaming coronavirus.
  • According to the Public Health France figures released on Friday evening, France reported a jump of 7,379 new coronavirus cases 24 hours. 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 
  • One 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 
  • Five 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 The Guardian, Worldometer

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Source Worldometers, The Guardian    News Updates 27-09-2020 Headlines 06:36 am France records more than 14,000 new COVID cases Colombia passes 800,000 infections Saudi Arabia plans to resume tourist visas by early 2021. Boris Johnson faces revolt over forcing through COVID measures. Ex-care home bosses charged over dozens of COVID deaths in Massachusetts According to the country's official figures, India recorded 88,600 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking its official toll to just under 6 million (5,992,532). Deaths increased by 1,124 to 94,503. Australia: ‘We should not pretend everybody is suffering equally.’ Victoria reaches the end of its second wave of the coronavirus; the focus is now on ensuring a third wave doesn’t hit as Australia heads into summer. 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Extra measures to curb the epidemic in Lyon and Nice's cities 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. 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 oxygen supplies 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 from 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 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 US CDC director said it would 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. On Tuesday, he 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 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 were increasing and said the same person could 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 – cannot 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 follow 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 According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are nearly 30m coronavirus cases worldwide, 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 vaccine producer, 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 infection rate 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 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 the 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's 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, Yonhap 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 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 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. 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 developing 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 are growing faster in India than anywhere globally; 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 how officials in Des Moines say 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. The governments take measures 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 a 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 coronavirus's spread but protect the most vulnerable elderly. 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. On Friday, the country’s national security council said 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. According to a large study conducted by a consortium of researchers, aA 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 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 its highly anticipated Covid-19 vaccine candidate's late-stage trial 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 tested 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 ask 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. Whitehall's spending watchdog has said the government response to the coronavirus pandemic is on track to cost £210bn for the first six months of the crisis. 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. 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 of 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 globally 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. On Monday, Australia said it would receive the first batches of a potential Covid-19 vaccine in January 2021. 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 a UK charity football match. Up to 300 people who attended a charity football match at a working men’s club on Sunderland and Durham's border 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, Victoria's premier 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 reported on 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 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. On Saturday, Judith Blake told BBC Breakfast that the council “fully expected” Leeds to be put on the government’s Covid-19 watchlist as an “area of concern” due to increased 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 reopening, Dr. Mike Tildesley, associate professor of infection modeling at the University of Warwick, said the vast majority of students had a shallow 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. According to data from the federal health ministry, India added 86,432 cases of the new virus on Saturday, a global daily record. Infections rose across the country, including in 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 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 coronavirus pandemic's spread would be retained until mid-September. Auckland's largest city 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. According to statistical modeling, 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. Mexico leads the world in healthcare worker deaths from Covid-19. Amnesty International has said in a new report that Mexico leads the world in coronavirus deaths among its healthcare workers. The report said Mexico had 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 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 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 Wednesday's 90 infections. 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. According to a Reuters tally, 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. 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 sees the second peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, the health minister says. Turkey sees the 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 being 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. Madrid's president, 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. According to a statement made by his staff, the 83-year-old is isolating and working from his home near Milan. 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. According to the UN, the pandemic will widen the gender poverty gap, pushing 47 million more women and girls into poverty by next year. According to UN estimates, more women than men worldwide 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. 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 would 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 coronavirus cases on Sunday, just off its record high of 78,761 the day before. According to the Indonesian Doctors Association, the number of doctors in Indonesia who have died after becoming infected with Covid-19 has passed 100. 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 of more than five months of lockdown. According to the health ministry, the Andean country has 607,938 cases of the virus after reporting 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. 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. 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 its 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 worldwide have been “selfish” in handling the pandemic. Authorities in Istanbul announced curbs on weddings and other ceremonies in Turkey’s largest city. The number of daily coronavirus cases and deaths hit its 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. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the New York state's infection rate has stayed below 1% for 22 consecutive days. 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 expect thousands to protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions after a court ruled the protest could go ahead. Health authorities monitor 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. Bhutan's remote Himalayan kingdom has decided to reverse a ban on tobacco sales, blaming coronavirus. According to the Public Health France figures released on Friday evening, France reported a jump of 7,379 new coronavirus cases 24 hours. 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  One 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  Five 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 The Guardian, Worldometer Cover photo by  Matt Seymour  Unsplash Before you go! 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