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Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (7) 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 (7) globally summarizes the events from the 30th of September until the 29th of October 2020.

Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (7) Globally

News Updates 29-10-2020
Headlines
07:31 am

  • France reimposes national lockdown 
  • Iran suffers record deaths; China reports the highest cases in two months.
  • India passes 8m cases as Germany sees record infections.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 16,774 to 481,013, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.EU leaders urged to aid the transfer of patients between countries.
  • Taiwan celebrated 200 days without a single locally transmitted case on Wednesday.
  • The Covid pandemic has reached a “critical” stage in England, with prevalence doubling since last month with the fastest increases in the south where the R number has risen above 2, research has found.
  • More than 300,000 migrant workers who have spent months mostly confined to dormitories in Singapore will soon be allowed to visit recreation centers on their days off, as coronavirus measures are relaxed.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 28-10-2020
Headlines
07:39 am

  • Nearly 500,000 people have contracted Covid-19 in the United States over the last seven days, as new cases and hospitalizations set records in the Midwest. The seven-day total is 491,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US has the highest number of infections worldwide, with more than 8.7 million people contracting the virus. Its death toll, also the world’s largest, stands at more than 226,000.
  • On Tuesday, the White House included a list of accomplishments this year, “Ending the Covid-19 pandemic”. A news release accompanying a 62-page report from the White House office of science and technology policy includes, among the “highlights” to be found in the report, the phrase “Ending the pandemic.”
  • On Tuesday, France’s prime minister, Jean Castex, told MPs that hospital intensive care units would be saturated with Covid-19 patients by 11 November if nothing is done to stop the country's epidemic. President Emmanuel Macron announced that he would be giving a televised address on Wednesday evening amid reports that his government considered placing the country under a month-long lockdown to stop the surge in cases.
  • German chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to push for a “lockdown light” in crisis talks with regional leaders on Wednesday. According to the best-selling Bild daily, the proposed new restrictions would include closing restaurants and bars and putting strict limits on private and public gatherings while keeping schools, daycares, and shops open.
  • India’s tally of coronavirus cases stood less than 10,000 away from the grim milestone of 8 million. As 43,893 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed.
  • China confirmed 42 new infections, the highest daily toll in more than two months. Due to a rise in infections in the northwestern Xinjiang region, the country’s health authority said on Wednesday. The daily toll marks the highest since 44 confirmed infections were reported on 10 August.
  • According to a Tuesday tally from the US Elections Project, more than 70 million Americans have cast ballots in the US presidential election, over half the total turnout of the 2016 election with one week to go until Election Day. The figure highlights voters’ desire to reduce their risk of exposure to Covid-19 as the pandemic regathers strength heading into winter.
  • French ICU units to hit record saturation in two weeks without new measures. The number of Covid-19 patients in French intensive care units could reach the same level as during the first wave peak in April in two weeks without new measures, a government spokesman said.
  • Nearly 200 airports in the UK and Europe could go bust due to a collapse in air travel. Airports Council International Europe, which represents airport operators, said it is estimated that 193 out of Europe’s 740 commercial airports face “insolvency in the coming months if passenger traffic does not start to recover by the year-end.”
  • Canada’s Justin Trudeau predicts ‘tough winter’ and says pandemic ‘sucks.’ As the second wave of Covid-19 infections engulfs much of the country, Trudeau called the pandemic a horrific national tragedy in5a rare show of emotion and frustration from the prime minister.
  • US coronavirus cases surge in the midwest as Trump heads there in campaign push. Trump traveled to a rally in Michigan and planned to go on to Wisconsin and Nebraska's events the same day, on a pre-election blitz across three states where cases are rising most steeply.
  • Obama ridicules Trump over Covid media coverage complaints at the Florida rally. He mocked the president for his complaints about the media closely covering the national coronavirus crisis,9saying, “He is jealous of Covid’s media coverage.”

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 27-10-2020
Headlines
07:27 am

  • Tock markets have opened sharply down in the Asia Pacific on Tuesday, taking their cue from the US and Europe, where shares fell on Monday amid concerns that the second wave of coronavirus is not being contained. In Sydney, the ASX200 has fallen 1.2%, and the Dow Jones New Zealand is down 1.3%. Markets in Asia are set to follow suit.
  • Trump to announce a plan to cover vaccine costs – report. The US Trump administration will this week announce a plan to cover out-of-pocket costs of Covid-19 vaccines for millions of Americans who receive Medicare or Medicaid. Politico reported late on Monday, citing four people with knowledge of the plan.
  • Mainland China reported 16 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on 26 October, down from 20 a day earlier, the country’s health authorities said on Tuesday. The number of new asymptomatic cases also fell to 50, from 161 reported a day earlier amid a fresh wave of symptomless infections reported in the northwestern Xinjiang region.
  • Victoria, Australia, recorded zero new cases for the second time. The epicenter of Australia’s Covid-19 infections said on Tuesday it had gone 48 hours without detecting any new cases for the first time in more than seven months. The state will allow restaurants and cafes in Melbourne to reopen from Wednesday after more than three months under a stringent lockdown.
  • According to tm Johns Hopkins Universi data, with the US Election Day just over a week away, average deaths per day across the country are up 10% over the past two weeks, from 721 to nearly 794 as of Sunday. Newly confirmed infections per day are rising in 47 states, and deaths are up in 34.
  • Protesters turned out by the hundreds in Turin, Milan, and other Italian cities and towns Monday to vent their anger, sometimes violently, at the latest pandemic restrictions that force restaurants and cafes to close early and shutter cinemas, gyms, and other leisure venues.
  • ‘We cannot give up,’ warned the WHO chief. The World Health Organization chief warned Monday that abandoning efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic, as suggested by a top US official, was “dangerous,” urging countries not to “give up.” He acknowledged that after months of battling the new coronavirus, which has claimed more than 1.1 million lives globally, a certain level of “pandemic fatigue” had set in.
  • Pope Francis will have to forego meeting Catholics at the annual Advent and Christmas masses in the Vatican due to the resurgent coronavirus pandemic. The specialist, Catholic News Agency, reported on Monday. The 83-year-old pontiff was deprived of a congregation at Easter when he had to celebrate mass at Saint Peter’s with very few people present.
  • France alone may be experiencing 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day – double the latest official figures – Prof Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the pandemic, said. Tougher coronavirus containment measures could be announced in the country later this week.
  • The Czech government tightens coronavirus measures with a curfew and retail curbs. The Czech government has ordered a 9 pm curfew and will limit retail sales on Sundays as part of tighter measures adopted to stem a surge in Covid-19 infections.
  • Germany is on the verge of losing control of its fight against the coronavirus, Angela Merkel has reportedly warned colleagues. As an indication of the growing concern, Merkel brought forward a meeting on additional coronavirus restrictions with Germany’s 16 states' leaders from Friday to Wednesday.
  • Belgium’s intensive care units will be overrun in a fortnight if the infection rate continues, a spokesman for the country’s Covid-19 crisis center has said. Dr. Yves Van Laethem said the 2,000 intensive care beds would be full of patients without a change, of course. On Monday morning, new regulations came into force in Brussels.
  • Italians have been advised against trips to other European countries because of surging coronavirus cases, with the foreign ministry warning they could get trapped overseas if travel bans became necessary.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 26-10-2020
Headlines
07:17 am

  • China has detected 137 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases in Kashgar in the north-western region of Xinjiang after one person was found to have the virus the previous day – the first new local cases for 10 days in mainland China. All the cases detected on Sunday were linked to a garment factory where the parents of a 17-year-old girl found on Saturday to have the virus – but showed no symptoms – worked, a Xinjiang health commission official told a press briefing.
  • The United States saw 83,718 new cases reported nationally on Saturday, nearly matching the record 83,757 infections reported on Friday. US Vice President Mike Pence announced that he would continue campaigning on Sunday, despite his chief of staff's four other top aides having tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, declared a new nationwide state of emergency on Sunday – including a curfew – in the hope of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections. The Socialist leader told the nation in a televised address that the extraordinary measure will affect Sunday from 11 pm to 6 am.
  • Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria on Monday reported zero coronavirus cases for the first time since June. The premier, Daniel Andrews, announced that restrictions would be eased – among these are that hospitality and beauty businesses could reopen.
  • Five aides to US Vice President Mike Pence tested positive. The coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the White House itself, with the chief of staff to Mike Pence and four others in the vice-president’s inner circle having tested positive. Despite Pence being exposed to the disease, he planned to continue an aggressive campaign schedule in the race's final nine days. The vice-president was scheduled to hold a rally on Sunday afternoon in Kinston, North Carolina.
  • India’s total coronavirus infections stood at 7.91 million on Monday, having risen by 45,148 cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed. India recorded its lowest death toll in about four months on Monday, with 480 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 119,014.
  • Mexican health authorities acknowledged Sunday that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to 26 September, 139,153 of those judged to be attributable to Covid-19. That is about 50,000 more deaths than Mexico’s official, test-confirmed death toll of about 89,000, and about 56% higher than the previous estimate of 103,882 pandemic deaths.
  • On Sunday, Malaysia’s king rejected a proposal by embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to declare a state of emergency to fight a new coronavirus outbreak. Muhyiddin's plan, which involves suspending Parliament, has sparked national outrage, with critics slamming the move as an undemocratic means for him to hang on to power amid challenges to his leadership.
  • Israel will begin its first clinical trials of a novel coronavirus vaccine next month, authorities said Sunday, as the country grapples with the second wave of infections.
  • The World Health Organization’s coronavirus dashboard showed a third consecutive daily record high in the number of new confirmed cases. Nearly half of Saturday’s new cases were registered in the WHO’s Europe region, which logged a one-day record high of 221,898 cases.
  • The WHO chief warned against “vaccine nationalism,” calling for global solidarity in the rollout of any future coronavirus vaccine, as the number of cases soared across the world. In a video address at the opening of the three-day World Health Summit in Berlin, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged leaders to choose to “vaccinate some people in all countries rather than all people in some countries.”
  • Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria on Monday reported zero coronavirus cases for the first time since June, a day after the state delayed the easing of restrictions because of a fresh outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
  • France registered 52,010 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, following a record 45,422 on Saturday, the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday. It also said that 116 people had died from coronavirus infection over the past 24 hours, compared to 137 on Saturday, taking the total confirmed death toll to 34,761.
  • An official from China’s Xinjiang health commission said that 137 new asymptomatic cases had been detected in the region. All of the new cases were linked to a garment factory.
  • The prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, announced a raft of new restrictions and warned that the country’s escalating coronavirus infection rate was already having a worrying impact on hospitals. Italy reported a new daily record of 21,273 coronavirus cases with 128 deaths; health ministry figures showed on Sunday, up from the 19,644 new infections reported on Saturday.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 25-10-2020
Headlines
07:08 am

  • Rush for results could lead to the inferior Covid vaccine, say scientists. Scientists have warned that early adoption of a Covid vaccine with only moderate effectiveness could disrupt efforts to test and create improved versions. Immunising against the disease will not be a simple business of turning off the virus once the first vaccine appears, they say. In fact, there could be considerable confusion as researchers struggle to pinpoint the best versions for different vulnerable groups, such as the elderly.
  • France, Italy, Austria, and Greece report record increases in Covid-19 cases
  • US coronavirus cases surge in the final days before the election.
  • Coronavirus vaccine final-stage testing to restart in the US
  • On Monday, Tasmania will reopen to much of mainland Australia, with the island state’s government insisting it is well prepared to handle any coronavirus cases.
  • “Vice-president Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for Covid-19 today, and remain in good health,” said Devin O’Malley, a Pence spokesman, on Saturday, adding that Donald Trump’s running mate would maintain his schedule “following the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”
  • More than 100 inmates have tested positive for covid-19 at Indonesia’s Kerobokan prison of Bali.
  • Italy saw the second night of street protests against curfews as it reported another daily record on Saturday.
  • After clashes in Naples' southern cits on Friday night, police again faced off against dozens of masked protestors in Rome's center after the far-right Forza Nuova group called for a protest against the curfews.
  • Mainland China reported 15 new cases on Saturday, all imported from other countries. There are 405 asymptomatic patients currently under observation, including a teenage girl in Kashgar.
  • Mexico’s health ministry reported on Saturday 6,025 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 431 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 886,800 and the death toll to 88,743.
  • Malaysia recorded its highest ever daily total on Saturday, with 1,228 new cases in the preceding 24 hours, surpassing last Sunday’s record of 871 cases. The country has recorded at least 700 daily cases for eight consecutive days.
  • The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is preparing to provide vaccinations for frontline staff to start before Christmas, the Mail on Sunday has reported.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 24-10-2020
Headlines
06:50 am

  • The Australian state of Victoria has recorded seven new cases of Covid-19 and no new deaths. There are fewer than 100 active cases in the state for the first time since late June, as Victoria seeks to contain an outbreak in Melbourne's northern suburb before more restrictions ease.
  • Mexico’s health ministry reported on Friday 6,604 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 418 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 880,775 and the death toll to 88,312.
  • The United States broke its daily record for new coronavirus infections on Friday as it reported at least 83,948 new cases due to outbreaks in virtually every part of the country.
  • Germany has reached 10,000 deaths from Covid-19. The country has reported 14,714 new cases of Covid-19 overnight and an additional 49 deaths. It takes the country’s totals to 418,005 cases and 10,003 deaths.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 23-10-2020
Headlines
08:56 am

  • Trump and Biden sparred over the coronavirus pandemic in the final presidential debate, with the president defending his response to a pandemic that has already claimed 223,000 American lives. Trump said of the pandemic, “I take full responsibility. It’s not my fault that it came here. It’s China’s fault.” Biden argued Trump had “no clear plan” to bring the virus under control.
  • Australia will slightly lift the cap on the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return each week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as local Covid-19 cases slow to single digits. Australia has since July capped the number of locals allowed to return home each week in an attempt to reduce the threat of spreading Covid-19 once they enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine in hotels. Morrison said the current cap would rise to 5,865 people in November, an increase of 290, after Western Australia and Queensland states said they would accommodate more locals.
  • The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat Covid-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing hospitalization. The drug, which California-based Gilead Sciences Inc is calling Veklury, cut the time to recovery from 15 days to 10 on average in a large study led by the US National Institutes of Health.
  • The study finds between 130,000 and 210,000 US deaths could have been avoided. According to a report from a team of disaster preparedness and public health experts, the Trump administration’s botched response to the pandemic has led to between 130,000 and 210,000 preventable deaths. The team calculated avoidable deaths by estimating how many people would have died in other nations, like Japan and South Korea, if they had the same population as the US and comparing those figures to the US death rate.
  • French health authorities reported another 41,622 confirmed Covid-19 cases over 24 hours on Thursday, an all-time daily high published shortly after the government announced a broad extension of the curfew put in place a week ago in Paris and other major cities.
  • Trump tests negative for virus pre-debate. The White House chief of staff says President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus ahead of Thursday night’s second and final presidential debate.
  • EU’s flagship Covid-19 recovery cash will come late -diplomat. States hit hardest by the pandemic will have to wait longer for €750bn meant to help restart their economies, a senior diplomat said, as a fresh rise in infections shuts down business on the continent again.
  • Supermarkets in Wales to sell only essentials during the lockdown. They will not be allowed to sell items such as clothing and hardware during the Covid-19 firebreak lockdown, first minister Mark Drakeford said, to ensure a “level playing field” as many retailers will be forced to shut.
  • Greece will impose a curfew in areas most affected by Covid-19, including Athens. The prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the movement would be banned from Saturday between 12.30 am, and 5 am in high-risk locations.
  • The Canary Islands, the Maldives, Denmark, and Mykonos were added to England’s travel corridor list. Travelers from those destinations will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days from 4 am on Sunday 25 October. The opposite is true for travelers arriving from Liechtenstein, which was removed from the list.
  • France extended a night-time curfew to more regions, affecting two-thirds of the French population. The prime minister Jean Castex said the 9 pm-6 am curfew would be extended to 38 departments and some overseas territories for six weeks, starting from midnight on Friday.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 22-10-2020
Headlines
07:33 am

  • France passed a 1m case. France has become the second country in Western Europe to record more than 1m coronavirus infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The current total is 1,000,357. France has recorded 34,075 deaths. There are now seven countries worldwide, with more than one million cases.
  • Six US states reported record day-over-day increases in Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, as infections rose across the Midwest and elsewhere, prompting new clampdowns on residents, schools, and businesses. Deaths attributed to Covid-19 hit daily records in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, Hawaii, and Wisconsin. Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Colorado, and Ohio reported record daily increases in new infections.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by more than 10,000 in a single day. For the first time, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The institute recorded 11,287 new cases in its daily update for a total of 392,049. The previous day’s increase was 7,830. According to Johns Hopkins University, the previous highest one-day total was 20 October, with over 8,500 new cases. The reported death toll rose by 30 to 9,905, the tally showed.
  • All of Puerto Rico’s 911 call centers were shut down Wednesday night after several employees tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced. Public Safety Secretary Pedro Janer said people should call the island’s emergency management agency at 787-724-0124 or police at 787-343-2020 in an emergency. He said both agencies are operating 24 hours a day. However, people calling the first number that Janer provided get a recording asking them to call 911 for an emergency. Then the recording provided callers with a directory.
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial Brazil volunteer dies, trial to continue. Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters the trial would have been suspended if the volunteer who died had received the Covid-19 vaccine, suggesting that the person was part of the control group given a meningitis jab.
  • New Zealand reported just two new cases of the virus on Thursday, a day after recording its highest number of new Covid-19 cases in a single day for more than six months – most of them diagnosed in border quarantine facilities. Both new cases were diagnosed in travelers returning to the country, who must spend two weeks in government-run quarantine, tested twice for the coronavirus.
  • Alabama lieutenant governor tests positive for coronavirus. Alabama’s lieutenant governor, who has called the state’s mask order a government overstep, announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Trump says he doesn’t see an agreement with Democrats on stimulus. Donald Trump has said he does not see any way house speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer “will be willing to do what is right for our great American workers, or our wonderful USA itself, on stimulus.”
  • Italy’s Lazio region, including the capital Rome, is set to introduce a curfew on Friday from midnight to 5 am to try to curb its surging Covid-19 infections, a regional government source told Reuters.
  • It comes as Italy registered a record of 15,199 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Greek authorities announced a regional lockdown of Kastoria's northern region after declaring the region an elevated risk, the highest of a four-tier risk assessment. Restrictions will be imposed on 23 October. The country reported 865 new cases of Covid-19, a new high since the outbreak began in late February.
  • Spain became the first western European country to surpass a million coronavirus cases. The unwelcome milestone comes as the government considers a curfew and political bickering threaten to jeopardize efforts to control the second wave of the virus.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 21-10-2020
Headlines
07:19 am

  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Protection has found that 300,000 excess deaths were recorded in the US this year – 66% of which is accounted for by the official coronavirus death toll of around 220,000. Excess deaths refer to how many more deaths have been reported in total this year compared with the same period last year. Usually, between the beginning of February and the end of September, about 1.9 million deaths are reported. This year, it is closer to 2.2 million – a 14.5% increase. The remaining deaths, the CDC wrote, “provide information about the degree to which Covid-19 deaths might be unascertained”.
  • Brazil’s health minister Eduardo Pazuello has fallen ill with a suspected case of Covid-19. The ministry said Pazuello had a fever on Tuesday and would be tested for Covid-19. On Monday, the minister had missed a public event with President Jair Bolsonaro.
  • Pazuello also announced that Brazil would add the Chinese-made CoronaVac vaccine against Covid-19 to its national immunization program, despite a political and diplomatic row over whether to use it.
  • Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways said it would cut 5,900 jobs on Wednesday and end its regional Cathay Dragon brand as it grapples with a plunge in demand. The restructuring will cost HK$2.2bn ($284m), and the airline will also seek changes to conditions in its contracts with cabin crew and pilots, it told the stock exchange China, a
  • A state-owned drugmaker sets up production lines to supply a billion doses of two possible vaccines tested on 50,000 people in 10 countries, the company chairman said on Tuesday. Testing by SinoPharm Group is “in the last kilometer of a long march,” chairman Liu Jingzhen said. He gave no indication when results were expected.
  • Health officials in New Zealand recorded 25 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday – the highest number in a single day in many weeks – with two of them diagnosed in the community.
  • Spain is nearing a total of a million infections over the course of the pandemic so far, with 988,322 registered on the Johns Hopkins database, which would make it the first European country and sixth country globally to do so. Its death toll stands at more than 34,000.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 20-10-2020
Headlines
07:52 am

  • In England, the strictest Covid restrictions will be imposed on nearly 3 million people across Greater Manchester if no deal is reached by midday on Tuesday, the government has said in a dramatic ultimatum. The communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, warned northern leaders late on Monday night that if they fail to agree to pub closures and a ban on household mixing, the tier 3 measures will be brought in unilaterally.
  • Ireland has announced a return to coronavirus lockdown. The prime minister, Micheal Martin, issued a nationwide “stay at home” order but insisted schools would stay open. Measures coming into effect for six weeks from midnight on Wednesday will see all non-essential retail businesses close and bars and restaurants limited to takeaway or delivery service only. “Everyone in the country is being asked to stay at home,” Martin said in a televised national address.
  • Wales is to go into a two-week “firebreak” lockdown, under which schools, shops, pubs, and hotels will close, and citizens will be told to stay at home. The government said it was needed to prevent thousands of more deaths and the NHS becoming overwhelmed.
  • Donald Trump has confirmed he will participate in the final presidential debate on Thursday. Topics will include the coronavirus pandemic. Both Trump and Joe Biden will be subject to having their mics muted if they interrupt during certain designated two-minute speaking periods. As Trump said, Americans were “tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots” discuss Covid. The president once again attacked his top public health expert, using a call with campaign staff to call Anthony Fauci “a disaster” and to claim “people are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots” discuss ways to combat the coronavirus.
  • The World Health Organization has warned that quarantine failures are partly responsible for rising Northern Hemisphere cases. The WHO’s emergency director, Michael Ryan, said the fact that self-isolation measures were not being enforced systematically was “a good part of the reason why we see such high numbers.”
  • China has reported 19 new coronavirus cases for 19 October, up from 13 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Tuesday. All of the new infections were imported. China also reported 24 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 33 a day earlier.
  • In New Zealand, 11 international seamen in a Christchurch hotel have tested positive for Covid, and 14 more cases are “under further investigation,” according to the ministry of health. Local media outlet Stuff reported that 440 fishermen from Russia and Ukraine arrived on Friday and were isolated at the Sudima Hotel, near Christchurch airport. Stuff said: “On Tuesday afternoon, in response to questions from Stuff, a Ministry of Health spokeswoman said there were 11 positive cases at the facility, and another 14 were ‘under further investigation.’”

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 19-10-2020
Headlines
06:35 am

  • Global coronavirus infections are nearing a staggering 40m cases, with 39.8m currently confirmed on the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
  • China became the first major economy to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. According to government data, the Chinese economy grew 4.9% between July and September, as China becomes the first major economy to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. While slightly lower than analyst expectations, the year-on-year expansion represents a dramatic reversal from the first quarter of this year when the economy shrunk by 6.8%, China’s first contraction since 1992 when officials began keeping quarterly GDP data.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was “absolutely not” surprised that Donald Trump contracted coronavirus. In an interview with 60 Minutes aired on Sunday, shortly before Trump held a rally in Nevada, the top US infectious diseases expert and sidelined White House coronavirus taskforce member said: “I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask.”
  • Europe’s death toll has passed 250,000, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.
  • At his rally in Nevada, Trump claimed that the US was “rounding the turn” of the pandemic, a common claim at his appearances, despite the weekly case average rising in 48 of the country’s 50 states. Friday saw the highest 24-hour infection total since July, with 68,000 new cases reported in one day. The US has 8.1m cases and nearly 220,000 deaths. Biden responded to Trump’s repeated claims: “As my grandfather would say, this guy’s gone around the bend if he thinks we’ve turned the corner. Turning the corner? Things are getting worse,” Biden said.
  • Italy’s mayors were given new coronavirus powers amid a record case rise. Among the powers is the ability to impose 9 pm curfews in their towns and cities. Italy reported a record figure of 11,705 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours; the health ministry has said, up from the previous peak of 10,925 posted on Saturday.
  • Restrictions have eased in the Australian city of Melbourne, which has been under a strict lockdown for more than 100 days. On Monday, hairdressers, dog grooming businesses, and real estate inspections reopened.
  • South Africa’s health minister tested positive for coronavirus. Zweli Mkhize announced that he and his wife had tested positive and were quarantined at home. South Africa reported 1,928 new cases on Saturday, pushing the total to just over 700,000 and 18,408 deaths.
  • Slovenia’s prime minister has said on Twitter that a 30-day epidemic would be declared on Monday, with stricter measures to be imposed nationally.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 18-10-2020
Headlines
06:48 am

  • The United States, which has suffered the worst toll with more than 218,000 fatalities, on Friday revealed a record deficit of $3.1tn in the fiscal year ended September 30.
  • It also announced that the number of cases there had passed 8 million, while global daily infections also hit a new record.
  • Britain is the hardest-hit country in Europe, with over 43,000 deaths from almost 700,000 cases.
  • But as the government there ramped up restrictions, banning indoor meetings between different households in London and several other English cities, there was growing criticism from some quarters.
  • About 28 million people – half of England’s population – are now subject to tight social restrictions under the new measures.
  • Some north-west England officials have objected to their cities being placed on the highest level of a new three-tier alert system.
  • The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has acknowledged that local restriction policies cannot be “pain-free.”
  • But the hope is that these measures will be enough to head off another full lockdown.
  • Northern Ireland meanwhile shut down pubs and restaurants on Friday for a month and extended the school holidays.
  • Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel urged citizens to stay at home whenever possible after 7,830 cases emerged over 24 hours.
  • “What will determine winter, and our Christmas will be decided in the weeks ahead,” she said in her weekly podcast address.
  • But on Friday, a Berlin court overturned an order for restaurants and bars to close early, the latest legal setback for Germany’s national and local governments' efforts to restrict coronavirus transmission.
  • In Italy, Lombardy's wealthy northern region, worst hit by the first wave of the virus in February, has ordered all bars to shut at midnight.
  • Slovakia announced Saturday it would test everyone over 10 for the virus, as infections surged there.
  • “Testing will be free of charge,” prime minister Igor Matoviche told reporters in the country of 5.4 million people, without specifying whether it will be mandatory or voluntary.
  • In the Czech Republic, the government has asked the army to set up a field hospital of 500 beds outside Prague.
  • Belgium will impose its own curfew, from midnight until 5 am, from Monday, and will also shut cafes and restaurants for four weeks.
  • And Poland has closed schools and colleges in major cities while restaurants will have to close from 9 pm.
  • Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary have all announced a surge in Slovenia cases, the compulsory wearing of masks in outdoor public spaces came into effect Saturday.
  • The death toll in Iran has crossed the 30,000 marks, the health ministry announced Saturday.
  • Israel is preparing to ease some lockdown restrictions from Sunday in the first phase of scaling back measures imposed last month.
  • Saudi Arabia allowed its citizens and residents to perform prayers in one of the holiest religious sites in Islam, Al-Haram mosque in Mecca. For the first time in seven months, state television reported early on Sunday.
  • New Zealand, which was twice eliminated the virus, reported its first local case for 22 days.
  • The French Collectivity of Wallis and Futuna in the South Pacific recorded its first case for the entire pandemic.
  • Saudi Arabia allowed its citizens and residents inside the kingdom to perform prayers in one of the holiest religious sites in Islam, Al-Haram mosque in Mecca, for the first time in seven months.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 17-10-2020
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  • In Soho, central London, police were forced to disperse groups of drinkers gathering in the streets ahead of new restrictions, which came in at midnight, to curcoronavirus' she spread in England's capital.
  • In the US, the White House quietly told Tennessee early this week that “a statewide mask mandate must be implemented” to curb its growing spread of Covid-19, instructions that were only revealed in a records request, AP reports.
  • Much like Ukraine, the Czech Republic has also recorded its highest daily total of new cases.
  • It reported 11,105 Covid-19 cases on Friday, its largest single-day tally so far of the pandemic, health ministry data showed on Saturday.
  • The foreign minister of Austria, Alexander Schallenberg, has tested positive for coronavirus – and might have caught it at a meeting with his European Union counterparts on Monday, a spokeswoman for his ministry has said.
  • Ukraine has registered a record of 6,410 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours; the national security council said on Saturday, up from a previous record of 5,992 reported on Friday.
  • Three new coronavirus cases have been recorded in South Australia – all are travelers from overseas.
  • Thailand has recorded its first two locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 in more than a month, Reuters reports.
  • Reuters reports that China has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases in the mainland, compared with 24 cases a day earlier.
  • All of the new infections were imported, according to a statement by the National Health Commission. China reported 11 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 10 a day earlier.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 16-10-2020
Headlines
07:02 am

  • Global deaths near 1.1m as US cases near 8m. The global death toll is nearing 1.1m – it is likely to pass this milestone within the next 24 hours. The current figure on Johns Hopkins is 1,096,833, and more than 5k new deaths are, on average, being reported daily worldwide. The number of cases in the US on the brink is 8m, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
  • London prepares for Tier 2 lockdown. The capital city is bracing Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday, which means a ban on separate households mixing indoors, including in pubs and restaurants.
  • The UK government’s flagship policy for tackling the coronavirus in England descended into chaos after mayors and MPs from the north-west of the country emphatically rejected being moved into the highest lockdown level and accused ministers of treating the region with contempt.
  • Russian disinformation campaign set up to spread fear about the Oxford vaccine - report. The Times reported that a Russian disinformation campaign had been set up to spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine, with pictures, memes, and video clips depicting the British-made inoculation as dangerous.
  • Germany sees a record daily case rise for the second consecutive day. According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 7,334 to 348,557, the highest one-day tally recorded in Germany over the course of the pandemic so far. It is the second day in a row that Germany has reported record new cases. The death toll rose by 24 to 9,734, the RKI data showed.
  • Premier of the Australian state of Victoria to announce ‘significant’ easing of restrictions. In Australia, Victorian state Premier Daniel Andrews has offered Victorians hope there will be a “significant” easing of restrictions soon, after only two new coronavirus cases and no deaths. The state capital city, Melbourne, has been under some form of stay-at-home orders for 99 days, including 75 days under the highest stage-4 restrictions. By comparison, Wuhan in China was under total lockdown for 76 days.
  • NHS in talks to potentially roll out vaccines from December. The National Health Service is in talks with the British Medical Association and others around mobilizing a potential Covid-19 vaccine from December, Pulse website for health professionals reported on Thursday.
  • France’s new infections set a 24-hour record, above 30,000. On Thursday,  French health authorities reported the number of new daily coronavirus infections rose above 30,000 for the first time since the start of the epidemic, with a total of 30,621 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours.
  • WHO warns Europe's case surge “of great concern.” At a press conference in Copenhagen, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge told reporters it was time to “step up the measures” as rising case numbers on the continent were of “great concern,” AFP reports.
  • Spain’s cumulative tally of coronavirus infections rose by over 13,300 to 921,374 in a slight acceleration from the previous few days, as Catalonia prepared to shut down bars and restaurants in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Germany’s foreign ministry has warned against non-essential travel to France, the Netherlands, Malta, and Slovakia from Saturday due to high coronavirus infection rates.
  • Europe has recorded its highest ever weekly number of new Covid-19 cases; the World Health Organization has said that daily death rates could reach four or five times their April peak within months without effective countermeasures.
  • More than half of the E and the U countries were on Thursday labeled red in a new map issued by the bloc’s disease control agency decisions on travel restrictions. The map was issued after EU member states decided on Tuesday to coordinate their travel restrictions on other countries in response to Covid-19 outbreaks.
  • As Switzerland sees record high Covid-19 infection numbers daily, the health minister warned Thursday that the situation is “deteriorating” at an alarming rate. On Thursday, 
  • US President Donald Trump said he is willing to raise his $1.8 trillion offer for a Covid-19 relief package to get a deal with House of Representatives Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A move is likely to raise concern among his fellow Republicans in the Senate.
  • Italy’s coronavirus infections reached 8,804 on Thursday, up by almost 1,500 in a day, while deaths almost doubled to 83. Daily records were registered in Lombardy, where there were over 2,000 new cases, Campania and Piedmont. Cases in the southern Campania region, which was relatively unscathed by the first wave of the pandemic, eclipsed 1,000 in a day for the first time.
  • The Czech Republic will start building Covid-19patients' capacity outside of hospitals, officials said on Thursday, as the country faces the fastest infection rate in Europe.
  • The president of the European Commission says she is going into self-isolation with immediate effect after a colleague tested positive for Covid-19.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 15-10-2020
Headlines
01:53 pm

  • EU governments not yet prepared for new Covid-19 surge says the commission. The European Commission has warned that EU governments are unprepared for the new surge of Covid-19 infections and recommended common measures to roll out vaccines should they become available.
  • The UK to impose tougher restrictions on London. The UK government will impose tougher Covid-19 restrictions on London from midnight on Friday. Household mixing indoors will be banned, and public transport use discouraged, but businesses will remain open.
  • French health minister’s home searched in Covid inquiry. French police searched the home of the health minister, Olivier Véran, on Thursday as part of an inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.
  • The Czech Republic to build field hospitals after record daily cases. The Czech Republic will start building Covid-19patients' capacity outside of hospitals, as the daily rise in new coronavirus cases hits fresh records.
  • Third of newborns with Covid infected before or during birth – study. Nearly one-third of coronavirus infections in newborn babies are picked up in the womb or from the mother during labor; a review of reported cases has been found.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 14-10-2020
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  • The number of infections worldwide has passed 38 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. There have now been 38,130,829 infections worldwide since the virus emerged at the end of last year, while 1,086,056 have died.
  • The US drugmaker Eli Lilly has paused the clinical trial of its antibody treatment LY-CoV555 because of a safety concern. The announcement comes one day after Johnson & Johnson said it was forced to pause a high-profile trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine because a volunteer fell ill.
  • Iran, the crucible of coronavirus in the Middle East, smashed two grim records this week, reporting its largest number of deaths in a single 24 hours since the outbreak started in March and the largest number of new infections. Iranian health officials openly admit Iran is deep into its third. The biggest, the wave of the disease, and evidence suggest an exhausted and impoverished country struggles to cope.
  • Finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s 20 leading economies will hold virtual talks on Wednesday to figure out how to reboot the world economy in the aftermath of the pandemic. The World Bank has committed another $12bn to help fund treatments in developing countries.
  • Oxfam said the world’s response to global food insecurity was “dangerously inadequate,” days after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the UN’s World Food Programme. The NGO said that funding for 55m people facing extreme hunger in seven worst-affected countries - Afghanistan, Somalia, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen - was “abysmally low.”
  • The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will give a televised address to the nation on Wednesday against a backdrop of a sharp rise in cases. He is expected to announce further restrictions to prevent the spread.
  • Donald Trump has held his second rally since being given the all-clear from the virus, addressing a packed event in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In Florida, his Democratic rival Joe Biden was wooing older voters by claiming that Trump’s handling of the pandemic showed he didn’t care about them.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 13-10-2020
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  • Johnson & Johnson has temporarily paused its Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials due to an unexplained illness in a study. The participant’s illness is being reviewed and evaluated by an independent data and safety monitoring board, as well as the company’s clinical and safety physicians, it said in a statement.
  • US President Donald Trump has tested negative for Covid-19, and he is not infectious to others, the White House physician said on Monday. In e White Hou memos, Dr. Sean Conley said Trump had tested negative on consecutive days using an Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW antigen card. He said the negative tests and other clinical and laboratory data “indicate a lack of detectable viral replication.”
  • As Donald Trump declared himself “immune” at his Florida rally, a new case study published in The Lancet revealed a 25-year-old man in Nevada was infected with coronavirus twice this year. This is the first confirmed case of reinfection in the US. The two infections in this one patient occurred six weeks apart. Reinfections are rare – there are only five such cases documented worldwide. But much is still unknown about how or why this happens.
  • Top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said the president Donald Trump’s campaign team should take down an advertisement that draws on a public statement Fauci made that he says is being used out of context. Fauci also said ahead of the Trump rally in Florida on Monday night that holding large rallies is “asking for trouble.”
  • Joe Biden told a drive-in rally in Ohio that Donald Trump ‘turned his back on you’ during the pandemic and economic fallout. Biden questioned why Republicans had time for supreme court hearings but no time to agree with House Democrats on another economic relief package to help individuals, businesses, and city and state governments.
  • New Zealand has recorded its 18th consecutive day of no new cases of Covid-19 spread in the community, health officials said on Tuesday. All 39 active cases of the virus in New Zealand were diagnosed in travelers returning to the country who remain in quarantine facilities run by the government Tuesday. One import reported was reported in a traveler who had entered New Zealand from the United States on 8 October.
  • South Korea reported 102 new coronavirus cases as of Monday midnight, marking a triple-digit increase in six days, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Tuesday. Daily infections had fallen largely into the double-digit range in the past two weeks, which led the government to relax some social distancing rules g this week.
  • The Czech government will order bars, restaurants, and clubs to close from Wednesday until 3 November and shift most schools to distance learning as it puts new measures in place to curb the fast spread of Covid-19 cases in the country. Public gatherings will also be limited to six people, alcohol consumption in public spaces will be banned, and masks will be required at public transport stops.
  • France reported a three-month high in ICU patients. Health authorities said the number of people treated in intensive care units for Covid-19 surpassed the 1,500 thresholds on Monday, for the first time since 27 May, raising fears of local lockdowns in the country.
  • In France, prime minister Jean Castex has urged people to limit gatherings in their homes but said he “cannot regulate” them. He added that the battle against the virus would last “several months more, I think.”
  • In Spain, the government agreed on protocols to establish travel corridors between European states and the Canary and Balearic Islands, both of which rely heavily on tourism and have been struck by the Covid crisis. Unemployment in the Balearics has risen by 90% since last year as a result of coronavirus.
  • For the second day in a row, Iran has announced the highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus, with 272 new victims, as well as its single-day highest count of new cases, with 4,206.
  • Malaysia announced that it would impose some restrictions on movement in its capital city and Selangor's neighboring start from Wednesday. The country grapples with a fresh surge of cases.
  • In China, the city of Qingdao in eastern Shandong province announced plans to test each of its 9 million residents after six new cases emerged linked to a hospital treating infections in returning international travelers.
  • The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, set out a new, three-tiered system for Covid restrictions to “simplify and standardize” rules in EnglandLiverpool'she city regio was immediately put into the “very high” category, with pubs and bars closed and almost all household mixing banned.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 12-10-2020
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07:07 am

  • Global coronavirus cases are nearing 37.5m, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, as surging infections in India and the US and Europe contribute to higher daily totals that show no sign of slowing. The death toll worldwide stands at 1,075,848.
  • Italy is planning to introduce new restrictions nationwide as infections climb to levels last seen in March. Italian experts meet on Monday to consider new restrictions, expected later in the week, as the country’s daily infections surpassed 5,000 in recent days for the first time since March. However, deaths linked to the virus are far lower than at the pandemic's peak in spring. The health minister, Roberto Speranza, said he had proposed a nationwide ban on private parties, while Rome would also target opening hours for bars and restaurants.
  • In Greece, health authorities announced a daily record of 13 deaths from Covid-19, along with 280 new confirmed infections. The country’s total number of cases since the pandemic started stands at 22,358, with 449 deaths. New restrictions on the number of people allowed inside restaurants, museums, and archaeological sites are being imposed on Monday in Athens and several regions around Greece where the incidence of new cases is considered particularly high.
  • More than half of France’s nurses are close to burning out, according to a survey of nearly 60,000 of them, which found they were struggling with canceled holidays and increased work due to coronavirus.
  • The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, is expected to unveil a three-tier alert system of COVID restrictions for England. The first tier is expected to include existing restrictions limiting gatherings to six people and a 10 pm curfew on pubs and restaurants, and existing rules on masks and social distancing. The second tier is likely to include bans on home visits and indoor socializing with other households in bars or restaurants, while the final tier could force bars and pubs to close. Places such as Merseyside, Manchester, and Newcastle – the worst-affected areas – are expected to face the toughest restrictions.
  • In China, Qingdao in the eastern Shandong province announced plans to test its nine million residents. Six new cases emerged linked to a hospital treating infections in returning international travelers. The exercise is expected to take place over five days. The city reported six new cases and six asymptomatic cases as of 11 October. Most of the cases were linked to the Qingdao chest hospital.
  • South Korea confirmed 97 new cases, a modest rise from the daily levels reported last week, just as officials eased social distancing restrictions after concluding that transmissions have slowed after a resurgence in mid-August.
  • A second case has been confirmed in the Solomon Islands, the Pacific archipelago that had, until this month, remained COVID-free. The first case, confirmed on 3 October, was a student who had been repatriated from the Philippines in late September. The second confirmed case is another student who was on the same flight.
  • French Polynesia’s president, Edouard Fritch, has tested positive on returning to Tahiti from France, where he met the French prime minister, Jean Castex, and the president, Emmanuel Macron.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 11-10-2020
Headlines
07:07 am

  • Trump no longer ‘a transmission risk to others’ says White House doctor. White House physician Sean Conley said President Donald Trump took a COVID-19 test on Saturday, which showed no longer a “transmission risk to others.” Conley said in a statement that tests show there is no longer evidence “of actively replicating virus.” The White House had no immediate comment on whether Conley’s statement indicated that the president had tested negative for the virus.
  • India cases pass 7m. India’s confirmed coronavirus toll crossed 7 million on Sunday, with many new cases dipping in recent weeks. The Health Ministry reported another 74,383 infections in the past 24 hours. India is expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country in the coming weeks, surpassing the US, where more than 7.7 million infections have been reported.
  • US President Donald Trump made his first public appearance since returning to the White House after a three-day hospital stay, an appearance seen as the first step toward returning to the election campaign trail next week.
  • The number of new infections in France jumped to over 26,000 in one day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
  • The UK recorded 15,166 new daily coronavirus cases on Saturday, a rise in the 13,864 cases reported the day before, bringing the total official death toll to 42,760.
  • The Australian state of Victoria has reported 12 new cases and one death over the past 24 hours, while the 14-day rolling average has slightly dropped.
  • Brazil surpassed the grim milestone of 150,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday.
  • Iran made mask-wearing mandatory in public in Tehran on Saturday with violations punishable by fines, after the daily death toll from Covid-19 peaked at 239 this week.
  • Ireland reported 1,012 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest daily figure since April and up from an average of 523 over the previous seven days.
  • The number of people in New Yorkers hospitalized with the coronavirus continues to rise, state governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.
  • Here is a summary of Australian news:
  • Australian state premier Daniel Andrews and his senior staff will hand over their text message and telephone records to the inquiry into Victoria’s hotel quarantine system after the board of inquiry requested the data on Saturday. The premier revealed the request at his press conference on Sunday morning, when Victoria recorded a further 12 cases of Covid-19 and one death, ending a three-day stretch without a fatality.
  • Andrews also announced new Covid-19 rules to come into effect from 11.59 pm on 11 October, which includes forcing close contacts who refuse a test on their 11th day of isolation to isolate for a further 10 days. Under another rule to come into effect simultaneously, regional Victorian businesses will have to take “all reasonable steps” to ensure patrons are not from Melbourne before seating them.
  • Andrews said the state of emergency and state of disaster in Victoria had been extended until 11.59 pm on 8 November, but no one should read the four-week extension as a guide to shifting rules.
  • Two new cases in Western Australia. The Western Australia state health department has confirmed two new coronavirus cases overnight in the state.
  • ‘New outbreak’ declared in Western Australia after a case confirmed among Vega Dream crew. The WA department of health has confirmed a crew member from the Vega Dream ship off Port Hedland has been transferred to the hospital overnight and has tested positive for coronavirus. A “new outbreak” has been declared by the department, which said in a statement that the situation is “a rapidly evolving situation.
  • The state of Queensland has recorded no new Covid-19 cases as health authorities urge Townsville residents to get tested after traces of the virus were detected in local sewage.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 10-10-2020
Headlines
07:07 am

  • In Australia, Victoria recorded 14 new cases, dashing hopes of a planned reopening on 19 October.
  • There were two local cases in New South Wales's neighboring state, as leaders there clashed with Queensland over its closed border.
  • The United States president, Donald Trump, said he felt “firm” in his first on-camera interview since he caught COVID.
  • But the second United States presidential debate was officially canceled after Trump declined to take part if the event was held virtually.
  • France is struggling to subdue a vicious second wave. The country recorded more than 20,000 new infections in the past 24 hours. Across Europe, there were 100,000 new cases recorded for the first time.
  • In a similarly grim milestone, the WHO reported more than 350,000 new cases on Friday.
  • The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has been canceled. The Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed Friday, a move that came as the president announced his first in-person events since being diagnosed with Covid-19.
  • One of the drugs taken by Donald Trump that he has touted as a potential “cure” for coronavirus was developed using human cells originally obtained from elective abortion, a practice repeatedly denounced by the president and many of his supporters.
  • The drug is a monoclonal antibody cocktail developed by Regeneron. The president received an 8-gram infusion under a “compassionate use” exemption when he was hospitalized over the weekend after testing positive for Covid-19. There is no cure for Covid-19, and the drug is not approved.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 09-10-2020
Headlines
07:51 am

  • Donald Trump, who is still recovering from Covid-19, suggested he might organize a rally in Florida on Saturday while continuing to ignore questions on whether he has yet tested negative for the disease. On Thursday night, Trump said: “I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we can if we have enough time to put it together. “But we want to do a rally in Florida, probably in Florida on Saturday night, might come back and do one in Pennsylvania, on the following night.”
  • The United States passed 7.6m cases. The US will likely have more than 8m cases by Thursday next week when Biden hosts a Town Hall in place of the virtual debate Trump refused to agree to. The US case total accounts for just over a fifth of the global case total. At more than 212,000, the US death toll accounts for over one in five deaths worldwide, too.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that Democrats in the US Congress would meet to discuss the 25th amendment to the constitution, which contains a clause that allows a president to be removed from office against his will because of physical or mental incapacity.
  • Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said he anticipated Trump would be able to return to public engagements on Saturday, after initially suggesting that the president might not be able to return to public life until Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Covid-19 patients can be around others 10 days after their symptoms first appear, provided they have not had a fever in the preceding 24 hours.
  • It emerged that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows held a 70-person indoor wedding for his daughter in Atlanta in May in defiance of state and municipal guidelines, the New York Times reported.
  • Wisconsin opened a field hospital amid a surge in cases that has overwhelmed the state’s health care system. Governor Tony Evers said in a statement, “We’re in a crisis right now and need to change our behavior to save lives immediately.”
  • In non-US news:
  • According to the ministry of foreign affairs, China has officially joined a global vaccine initiative for distributing 2bn doses of Covid-19 vaccines around the world by the end of next year. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday that Beijing had joined the initiative known as Covax, making China the largest economy to join to coalition aimed at countering so-called “vaccine nationalism.”
  • Cuba to open for tourism starting next week. Prime Minister Manuel Marrero said late on Thursday that most of the Caribbean island nation would open to international tourism starting next week as it moved towards a “new normality” after containing its coronavirus outbreak.
  • India nears 7m cases. India’s total coronavirus cases rose by 70,496 in the last 24 hours to 6.91 million on Friday morning, data from the health ministry showed. Deaths from Covid-19 infections rose by 964 to 106,490, the ministry said. India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating.
  • Australia reported its second straight day without any Covid-19 deaths on Friday, the longest stretch without any virus fatalities in three months. Australian states and territories reported 16 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, down from 28 on Thursday, and no deaths for two days, the first time Australia has gone 48 hours without a Covid-19 death since July 11. The results cement optimism that Australia has contained the second wave of Covid-19 infections.
  • Romania suspends flights to and from high-risk countries to stem a sharp rise in new coronavirus infections. Travelers from 49 high-risk countries will need to self-isolate for 10-14 days upon arrival, except those traveling for less than three days, who must have a negative coronavirus test. On Thursday, the government suspended flights from the countries on the list, except the European Union states, the UK, the UAE, and Qatar.
  • Madrid must impose travel restrictions or face a state of emergency, the Spanish government says. Madrid must enforce travel restrictions ordered by the health ministry to limit coronavirus outbreaks, or the national government will impose a state of emergency that would force it to comply, the Spanish government said late on Thursday.
  • Paris hospitals move into emergency mode amid rising in Covid-19 patients. Hospitals in the Paris region have moved into emergency mode, canceling staff holidays and postponing non-essential operations, as coronavirus patients made up close to half of all patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 08-10-2020
Headlines
07:35 am

  • White House security office head has been in hospital with coronavirus since late September – report. Bloomberg reported that the head of the White House security office, Crede Bailey, has coronavirus and has been in hospital since late September: “A White House spokesman declined to comment on Bailey. He is in charge of the White House security office, which handles credentialing for access to the White House and works closely with the U.S. Secret Service on security measures throughout the compound,” Bloomberg reported.
  • 34 people connected to White House infected – report. The ABC reports that an internal White House memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency lists 34 people connected to the White House are infected with the coronavirus.
  • Trump is considering holding an event in Pittsburgh on Monday - report. The New York Times reported that Trump is considering holding an event in Pittsburgh on Monday. Trump has not, as far as we know, yet tested negative for coronavirus. Traveling while positive would be expressly against CDC guidelines.
  • Trump’s public schedule cleared for the sixth day in a row. The White House published Trump’s daily guidance and schedule events for Thursday, which lists no public events, though this isn’t an indication that Trump won’t make an appearance. Sunday’s drive past fans outside Walter Reed and Trump’s departure from Walter Reed on Monday were not listed on his schedules. The sixth day in a row that his schedule has been clear since Trump tested positive on Thursday last week. Friday’s schedule last week listed “a phone call on Covid-19 support to vulnerable seniors”.
  • Trump described catching coronavirus as ‘a blessing in disguise.’ In a video posted from outside the Oval Office, to which Trump returned against the CDC’s isolation guidelines, the US President described having contracted coronavirus, the disease that has in just under ten months killed more than 210,000 Americans and over 1,052,269 people worldwide, as “a blessing in disguise.” “It was a blessing from God. It was a blessing in disguise that I caught it,” he said.
  • In the video, Trump also repeatedly describes the treatment he received, Regeneron, as a “cure” for the disease. There is no known cure for coronavirus.“They’re going to say it’s Some people don’t know how to define therapeutic. For me, it’s a cure,” he says and adds that he wants everyone to receive the same treatment he received – as he laments the FDA taking too long to approve experimental treatments. “I feel great. I feel like, perfect,” says Trump.
  • Trump has ties to the founder of a company that made treatment he touted as ‘cure.’ News that the president was treated with Regeneron’s experimental cocktail caused its stock to rise sharply. Donald Trump has ties to Regeneron’s CEO, Dr. Leonard Schleifer, a member of the president’s golf club in Westchester. Schleifer’s company received $450m in government funding this summer as part of the president’s program to encourage the development of a vaccine and treatment. Trump owned shares of Regeneron per his 2017 filing with the Office of Government Ethics. Neither holdings were listed on the president’s most recent filing.
  • Regeneron then asked the FDA for approval. On Wednesday night, the drugmaker Regeneron submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for “emergency approval” of the experimental treatment US President Donald Trump touted as a “cure” for coronavirus in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, the New York Times reports.
  • The Marine Corps assistant commandant tested positive for coronavirus. The US marines announced that marine corps assistant commandant Gary L. Thomas – the second-highest-ranking officer in the Marine Corps – had tested positive for coronavirus while in quarantine. Thomas had been isolating along with several other high-ranking US military officials. He is the second senior military official to test positive in the last week.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 07-10-2020
Headlines
07:11 am

  • Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, is the latest person in the president’s orbit to test positive for Covid-19. The immigration hardliner who has espoused white nationalist views said he would quarantine following his diagnosis. His wife, Katie Miller, the press secretary to Mike Pence, contracted the coronavirus earlier this year.
  • The White House shared rules for staff interacting with the infected president. In an email seen by the New York Times, White House staff were told to go to the second floor, where Trump is being treated, only if required. Those who had to go within six feet of the president were to wear gowns, surgical masks, eyewear, and gloves. Others on the floor would need to wear only surgical masks and use hand sanitizer, the guidance said.
  • Top US military chiefs are quarantining after a senior coast guard official tested positive. General Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and the vice-chairman, General John Hyten, were among those affected, US officials said. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement that none had exhibited symptoms or tested positive.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the White House is “in complete disarray” after Trump abruptly crushed talks between Democrats and Republicans on a fresh coronavirus economic relief bill. News that negotiations failed triggered an immediate stock market selloff though some markets later recovered. Pelosi accused Trump of “putting himself first at the expense of the country.”
  • Mike Pence is expected to debate Kamala Harris on Wednesday, as planned. Despite Pence being in contact with Donald Trump and others who have tested positive for Covid-19, the White House physician has given him the go-ahead to resume normal activity, contradicting CDC guidelines to quarantine for two weeks after exposure to the virus.
  • Joe Biden placed the next presidential debate in doubt. Biden told reporters: “I think if [Trump] still has COVID, we shouldn’t have a debate.” He will be “guided by the Cleveland Clinic guidelines and what the docs say is the right thing to do,” he said.
  • Californian Democratic representative Salud Carbajal has tested positive for coronavirus, joining the three GOP senators who have tested positive since Trump’s infection was confirmed. Carbajal said he initially tested negative after exposure to someone with the virus – reported to be Senator Mike Lee – but subsequently tested positive.
  • Doubts have been cast on White House contact-tracing efforts. CNN reported that staff working at the White House complex were told in an email that all contact tracing for positive cases at the White House had been completed. However, New York Times correspondent Michael D Shear, who tested positive for coronavirus, told CNN there had been “no outreach by the White House to do contact tracing or follow up on his condition.” CNN added that “At least one other White House official told CNN that they’ve also alerted officials that they have had direct contact with positive White House personnel, and received no guidance on how to proceed.”
  • Trump has no events scheduled for Wednesday. For the fifth day in a row, Trump’s official schedule lists no public events. The schedule for Friday last week was the last to list any public events, and it was just one: “a phone call on Covid-19 support to vulnerable seniors”.
  • Biden gave a speech on the historic fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Biden expressed concern that America is so divided in a “dangerous place” but not irretrievable. He also called on Americans to follow the “scientific recommendations” for how to protect themselves against coronavirus, including wearing a mask and social distancing, in his campaign speech this afternoon.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 06-10-2020
Headlines
07:45 am

  • Donald Trump has left Walter Reed hospital after three nights and returned to the White House. He wore a mask as he left but removed it to pose for photographs on the White House's balcony.
  • Trump tweeted a video in which he said he felt well and told Americans, “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it.” Coronavirus has already killed 210,117 Americans – or one in every 1,560 people in the country.
  • Trump’s personal physician said the president was “not entirely be out of the woods yet,” although he met the discharge requirements. The president still the virus and is still contagious. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious diseases expert, said Trump could have a “reversal” in his condition.
  • Mexico sees a record increase in deaths and daily cases on Monday, jumping by 2,789 and 28,115, respectively. But the deputy health minister dismissed it as a one-off event caused by a new method of classifying infections.
  • Japan and South Korea plan to open business travel between the two countries this week. Papua New Guinea is opening its borders to people from four countries, including Japan and Singapore.
  • In Britain, MPs are expected to rebel this week during votes on controversial pandemic curbs, such as a rule limiting gatherings to six people and the 10 pm pub curfew. The votes come amid anger at a data blunder that has left officials scrambling to trace 50,000 COVID contacts.
  • Stock markets in Asia have recovered some lost ground after Trump’s positive comments about his health. The FTSE100 in London is expected to open up about 0.2%.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 05-10-2020
Headlines
07:39 am

  • The UK reported 22,961 new cases on Sunday – a staggering figure that Public Health England has said is ‘artificially high’ due to case reporting backlogs. This has meant the 15,841 cases that went unreported between 25 September and 2 October were added onto Saturday and Sunday’s figures, with worrying implications for the country’s contact tracing system.
  • A new three-tier lockdown system is being planned for England, with leaked government documents paving the way for potential harsher restrictions, including the closure of pubs and a ban on all social contact outside of household groups.
  • Nine New York neighborhoods headed for lockdown. New York City’s mayor said Sunday that he had asked the state for permission to close schools and reinstate restrictions on nonessential businesses in several neighborhoods because of the coronavirus's resurgence. As many as 500,000 people live in the neighborhoods affected by the proposed shutdown, Bill de Blasio said. He said the lockdown could be lifted in 14 days or 28 days if the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 declines.
  • Auckland coronavirus restrictions to be lifted from Wednesday night. Coronavirus restrictions in New Zealand’s largest city will be lifted this week, prime minister Jacinda Ardern said, as she expressed confidence, the second wave of Covid-19 infections in Auckland has been almost eliminated.
  • Australia’s Bondi beach closed in response to holiday crowds. Sydney’s Bondi Beach was closed on Monday afternoon after as thousands of Sydneysiders flocked to the seaside to enjoy warm public holiday weather. The decision to close the beach came as the state of New South Wales – home to Bondi – celebrated its 10th straight day with no new locally acquired coronavirus cases – its longest stretch without community transmission since the pandemic began.
  • India recorded more than 74,000 cases. India’s coronavirus case tally rose by 74,442 in the last 24 hours to 6.63 million on Monday morning, data from the health ministry showed. Deaths from coronavirus infections rose by 903 to 102,685, the ministry said. India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating. Last week, India further eased restrictions and permitted states to open schools and movie theatres.
  • Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended that the entire country transition to the highest level of restrictions, Level 5. It follows 364 new coronavirus cases being reported on Sunday.
  • Reuters reported that all Paris bars would close from Tuesday after the capital was put on maximum alert level. It comes as France’s caseload rose by 12,565 to 619,190.
  • Brazil has reported 8,456 more cases, taking the total to 4,915,289. Deaths rose by 365, bringing the toll to 146,352, the health ministry said.
  • South Africa’s health minister said a further 1,573 coronavirus cases were confirmed on Sunday, bringing the total up to 681,289. Deaths rose by 38 to 16,976.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 04-10-2020
Headlines
08:15 am

  • Donald Trump posted a video message on Saturday evening saying that he is “doing well” his wife Melania is “doing very well,” and the next few days will be the “real test” after he was taken to hospital with Covid-19.
  • His medical team says: “while not out of the woods yet, the team remains cautiously optimistic.”
  • Top Trump aide Nick Luna has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Joe Biden’s campaign is committing to releasing the results of all future COVID tests the candidate takes.
  • US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, will depart for Japan on Sunday but will not go to Mongolia and South Korea as originally planned after Trump’s diagnosis.
  • Germany has reported 2,279 new cases, bringing the total number to 299,237. Two people were reported to have died, bringing the death toll to 9,529.
  • Victoria, the state of Australia most affected, recorded just 12 new cases and one life lost in the past 24 hours. That’s the equal lowest death toll for almost a month.
  • Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 757,953 on Saturday, according to the health ministry, with a total reported death toll of 78,880
  • France reported 16,972 new confirmed cases over the past 24 hours on Saturday, a new daily record, as well as 49 new deaths.
  • Italy on Saturday reported 2,844 new coronavirus cases, its highest daily tally since April when the country was still in lockdown.
  • The UK reported 12,872 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to Saturday, nearly double the number reported a day earlier, which was blamed on reporting delays from previous weeks, as it came to light that the government does not currently know Saturday’s actual number of new infections.
  • Brazil, on Saturday, registered 599 new coronavirus deaths and 26,310 new confirmed cases.
  • Tunisian authorities will ban all gatherings and reduce working hours for employees in the public sector to stop coronavirus's e rapid sprues.
  • Ireland sees a “significant escalation” in coronavirus infections after reporting the highest daily death toll since May and the third-highest number of daily cases recorded to date.
  • Thousands of Israelis protested again across the country on Saturday, flouting a new law meant to curb anti-government demonstrations during a new national coronavirus lockdown

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 03-10-2020
Headlines
07:37 am

  • Donald Trump tweeted an update from Walter Reed Hospital, saying he was “going well, I think.” He had earlier posted a video statement, saying: “I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure things work out.” He is expected to spend several days at Walter Reed.
  • Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, revealed the president is being treated with the therapeutic drug redeliver. The physician said Trump was “doing very well” and did not require supplemental oxygen. We already know that Trump has been given a cocktail of antibodies to treat Covid-19.
  • A growing list of Trump allies tested positive for Covid-19. His former counsel, Kellyanne Conway, tested positive, as did his campaign manager, Bill Stepien. We already know that Hope Hicks has tested positive.
  • The developments focused further attention on an event at the Rose Garden this week, during which Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his supreme court nominee. At least seven figures in attendance tested positive for coronavirus, including the president himself. Health experts have suggested the event may have been a “super spreader.”
  • Eric and Lara Trump said they had tested negative for Covid-19.
  • Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will maintain a distance of 12 feet at their vice presidential debate on Wednesday, CNN reported, following concerns about the initial distance of seven feet.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 02-10-2020
Headlines
06:51 am

  • Trump and Melania test positive; Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s most senior advisers, flew with Trump on Air Force One on Wednesday
  • Bars and restaurants in Paris face closure from Monday
  • India’s death toll nears 100,000
  • The crisis could force extra 2.5m girls into child marriage
  • Turkey and Poland added to England’s quarantine list
  • The COVID-19 vaccine alone won't defeat the spread of the virus, the report warns
  • Issues overproduction, efficacy, and public trust mean restrictions may be needed for some time

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 01-10-2020
Headlines
07:25 am

  • A major study suggests the COVID transmission rate slowing in England. Research conducted by Imperial College London using England’s largest community coronavirus testing program suggests that its infection rate n has decreased. The number of infections has increased “substantially” across age groups and areas of the country.
  • Residents of infection hotspot Madrid are barred from leaving except on essential trips under new rules to fight the coronavirus resurgence, Spain’s government said on Wednesday. But regional authorities said the decision had no legal basis, Reuters reports, setting the stage for a political showdown in an area accounting for more than a third of Spain’s 133,604 new cases in the past two weeks.
  • In Australia, the state of Victoria has recorded 15 new cases of coronavirus and two more fatalities, bringing the state’s death toll to 800 and the national figure to 888.
  • South Africa will reopen its borders to all African countries from today while barring tourists from around 50 nations with high infection rates, including Britain, France, India, Russia, and the US. The continent’s most industrialized economy shuttered its borders at the start of a strict nationwide lockdown on 27 March to limit the virus's spread.
  • Cuba lifts lockdown in Havana. On Wednesday, Cuba was lifting a curfew and partial lockdown in Havana, in place since 1 September to contain a second wave of the new coronavirus. The governor of Havana, Reinaldo García Zapata, said cases had dropped to an average of 21 per day over the last week for an infection rate of 0.87 in justifying the decision.
  • Stormont’s health minister recommends introducing further coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland, as it recorded its highest number of infections in a 24-hour period - 424 - since the region’s testing regime was expanded, PA Media reports. Northern Ireland’s seven-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 population has almost doubled to 103.6 from 58.1 in the last week.
  • Germany declares regions in 11 European countries as risk zones. Germany declared regions in 11 European countries to be areas where there was an elevated risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus. At the same time, existing warnings about parts of Belgium were extended to cover the entire country. In its list published late on Wednesday, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases also declared the whole of France except the Grand Est region to be risk zones, the whole of Iceland, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland to be risk zones. Risk zones were also declared in Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, Hungary, and Croatia.
  • 34m jobs lost in Latin America. The UN’s International Labour Organization said Wednesday that at least 34 million jobs had been lost in Latin America due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

News Updates 30-09-2020
Headlines
07:17 am

  • The global coronavirus death toll is 1,007,769, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. More than 33m cases have been confirmed. The true death 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 World Bank has announced plans for a $12bn (£9.3bn) initiative that will allow developing countries to purchase Covid-19 vaccines to treat up to 2 billion people as soon as effective drugs become available. To ensure that wealthy nations do not freeze out low-income countries, the organization asks its key rich-nation shareholders to back a scheme that will disburse cash over the next 12 to 18 months.
  • The director-general of the World Health Organization described the one-millionth death as a “difficult moment for the world.” Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus urged countries to “bridge national boundaries” to fight back against the virus and said it was never too late to turn the tide on the disease.
  • India could have 60 million COVID cases: 10 times the official figure. On Tuesday, the country’s lead pandemic agency cited a nationwide study measuring antibodies. According to official data India, home to 1.3 billion people, is the world’s second most infected nation, with more than 6.1 million cases, just behind the US. But the real figure could be much higher, according to the latest serological survey – a study testing blood for certain antibodies to estimate the proportion of a population that has fought off the virus,
  • New York City will impose fines on people who refuse to wear a face-covering as the rate of positive tests for coronavirus climbed above 3% for the first time in months, mayor Bill de Blasio has said. Officials will first offer free masks to those caught not wearing one. If the person refuses, they will face an unspecified fine; De Blasio told reporters. “Our goal, of course, is to give everyone a free face mask,” de Blasio said. “We don’t want to find people, but if we have to, we will.”
  • Germany is heading for nearly 20,000 new infections a day unless urgent action is taken, its chancellor Angela Merkel said. Merkel said she wanted to avoid another nationwide lockdown “at all costs,” but that measures were necessary on a state-by-state basis. Restrictions will include a cap on the number of people at parties and family gatherings in areas worst affected by the coronavirus.
  • The Netherlands is in the grip of a fast-growing second wave of coronavirus. The country reported 3,011 new cases on Tuesday, a daily record, as it imposed new measures to combat a resurgence of infections.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

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