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Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (8) Globally

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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 (8) globally summarizes the events from the 31st of October until the 25th of November 2020. Only odd dates are published alternately.

Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (8) Globally

News Updates 25-11-2020
Headlines
06:08 am

  • According to a draft proposal, Germany’s 16 federal states are likely to approve gatherings of a maximum of 10 people during the festive season due to being discussed on Wednesday by state premiers and the country’s chancellor, Angela Merkel.
  • In the UK, families will be able to gather in three-household groups of any size over Christmas, bringing warnings from scientists that the plan will almost inevitably see a rise in the number of coronavirus cases. Ministers said the “Christmas bubbles” would require people to make a “personal judgment” over risk for older relatives and others. The new rules will allow people to travel around freely from 23 to 27 December, irrespective of what local tier of Covid restrictions they live in.
  • According to a leaked document seen by Spanish newspapers, the Spanish government plans to limit festive gatherings to six people and set a 1 am to 6 am curfew for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. “Concerning family gatherings, we recommend they be limited to members of the same household.
  • Meanwhile, the Finnish capital, Helsinki, introduces strict new restrictions after a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases, with high schools, libraries, and swimming pools closed and public events banned outright.
  • In Sweden, whose light-touch anti-lockdown approach has attracted international attention, the country’s health watchdog criticized “serious shortcomings” in nursing homes, which account for nearly half of Sweden’s 6,400 Covid-19 deaths.
  • Russia’s deputy prime minister, Tatiana Golikova, said that its coronavirus situation was becoming “more complicated” with the onset of autumn and winter. Russia recorded a record 25,173 new daily infections on Monday.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

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News Updates 21-11-2020
Headlines
07:39 am

  • South Australia’s 1.6 million residents will be allowed out of their homes at midnight but must wear masks for the next eight days and comply with new restrictions. SA was put into a six-day hard lockdown on Wednesday, under the most stringent rules ever seen in Australia. Still, it was shortened to three days after authorities learned one of the 26 positive cases in the Parafield cluster had lied in a contact tracing interview.
  • The person who allegedly lied to contact tracers is a 36-year-old man from Spain on a temporary graduate student visa, which expires next month. A team of 20 detectives is investigating the alleged deception.
  • SA recorded just one new case on Saturday, connected to the Parafield cluster.
  • Victoria recorded no new cases for the 22nd day in a row and now has just one active case. Virus fragments were detected in wastewater testing in the Altona area.
  • Victoria will lift its border restrictions against South Australia from midnight, with a new permit system to apply.
  • New South Wales recorded no new locally acquired cases for the 14th day in a row, but 10 in hotel quarantine. That’s one full infection cycle – it has to record 28 days with no new cases for Queensland and WA to reopen their borders. Victoria is just six days away from that target.
  • WA recorded one new case in hotel quarantine. Queensland recorded two recent cases, also in people who are in hotel quarantine.
  • The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says he is “very confident” the Australian Open tennis tournament will go ahead in early 2021.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 17-11-2020
Headlines
06:23 am

  • Mainland China reported 15 new Covid-19 cases on 16 November, up from eight cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Tuesday. The National Health Commission said in a statement all new cases were imported infections originating from overseas.
  • India’s daily cases fall to the lowest number since mid-July. Everyday coronavirus infections in India fell to their lowest since mid-July, with 29,163 new cases reported for the last 24 hours, taking the total to 8.87 million, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
  • Parts of west Scotland braced for Level 4 restrictions, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to announce her decision on Tuesday. On Monday, Ms. Sturgeon said at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing that rates in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lanarkshire health board areas are “stubbornly high.”
  • Virus vaccine to be free in Belgium. The Belgian government said Monday it intends to make any coronavirus vaccine available to around 70% of the population, some eight million people, and free of charge. The jab will not be compulsory, added Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke and regional counterparts attended an interministerial health conference.
  • Philadelphia bans indoor gatherings. In one of the most aggressive actions taken in the US to confront the looming crisis, Philadelphia officials on Monday ordered a ban on “indoor gatherings of any size in any location, public or private,” except among individuals who live together.
  • WHO hails ‘encouraging’ virus vaccine news. Reported breakthroughs in Covid-19 vaccine research are “encouraging,” the World Health Organization’s chief said on Monday but voiced concern about surging cases and warned against complacency.
  • California will dramatically roll back its reopening efforts, the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, announced on Monday, saying he was pulling the “emergency brake” amid a troubling surge in cases. The changes, which take effect Tuesday, will see more than 94% of California’s population. Most businesses across the state return to the most restrictive tier of rules to slow the virus's spread.
  • The US biotech firm Moderna has claimed that its Covid-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective, according to an interim analysis released on Monday and based on 95 patients with confirmed Covid infections. The company plans to apply to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorization.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 13-11-2020
Headlines
06:40 am

  • Portugal announced an expansion of a nightly curfew and weekend lockdown already in place across more than 100 municipalities to a further 77 areas as it scrambles to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The UK government said a further 563 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the official tally to 50,928. However, separate figures from the UK’s statistics agencies, which consider all deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, put the death toll at almost 67,000.
  • The Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot, issued a 30-day advisory telling residents to stay at home and not have visitors in the house, including Thanksgiving. If residents travel out of the state, they must quarantine for 14 days or submit a negative virus test, she said.
  • Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government has agreed to extend Covid-19 restrictions between one and two weeks, falling short of stricter measures demanded by Irish nationalist parties. The five-party power-sharing executive agreed the reopening of cafes and close-contact services such as hairdressers would be delayed by a week, and the reopening of bars and restaurants serving alcohol will be delayed by two weeks.
  • Italy recorded 636 Covid-related deaths over the past 24 hours – its highest daily figure since 6 April. The number of new infections also rose by more than 5,000 compared with Wednesday – up from 32,961 to 37,978. The northern region of Lombardy remains the hardest-hit area.
  • Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has risen above 40,000 after 457 more fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours. The number of people who have died from Covid in Iran, which has the highest death count in the Middle East, now stands at 40,121.
  • A senior health department official in Delhi has said that Diwali, starting on 14 November, could be “a super spreader event.” India has reported about 8.6 million coronavirus infections – the world’s second-highest after the US – and 127,571 deaths. But overall, it has been adding fewer cases daily since a mid-September peak, and its fatality figure of 92 per million people is well below the world’s tally of 160 and the US’s 711.
  • A controversial French professor who touts the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment – without evidence, scientists say – appears before a disciplinary panel charged with ethics breaches. His peers accuse Marseille-based Didier Raoult of spreading false information about the drug's benefits, trumpeted by the US and Brazilian presidents, Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro.
  • Russia, Croatia, Greece were among the countries to report respective daily records in the number of infections.
  • Germany sees tentative signs that a surge in coronavirus infections may be easing, officials said today. “The curve is flattening,” said Lothar Wieler, who heads the country’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). He said it showed anti-transmission measures were working but warned there was still scope for the situation to deteriorate in the coming weeks.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 09-11-2020
Headlines
06:30 am

  • The US currently has 9.62m confirmed Covid cases; pandemic expert says half positive cases not being identified; economic fallout makes the prospect of third world war ‘a risk.’
  • Global coronavirus cases pass 50m with the US worst affected country.
  • UK test and trace needs radical reform, experts say
  • UK government fails to publish details of £4bn Covid contracts with private firms.
  • New Zealand and the Cook Islands are set to open a ‘travel bubble’ between them. NZ prime minister Jacinda Ardern confirms that officials from her government would visit the South Pacific archipelago later this week.
  • With its borders sealed for months, the Cook Islands have remained Covid-19 free throughout the pandemic. But the closure of borders - especially with New Zealand - has cruelled the Cooks’ economy, and the country is desperate to re-open travel with safe countries.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 07-11-2020
Headlines
07:27 am

  • In Victoria's Australian state – which experienced a second wave of Covid-19 leading to hundreds of cases and dozens of deaths a day at its peak – there are now just eight active cases of the virus. The state recorded another day of zero cases for the eighth day in a row.
  • Meanwhile, as the state opens up and people once again meet in cafes and bars and go to shopping centers, the state government announced a workplace compliance blitz. Over the weekend, hundreds of police-authorized officers and workplace inspectors will visit venues to ensure Covid-safe plans are being followed.
  • On Sunday, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce further easing of restrictions, including details about when the “ring of steel” preventing travel between rural and Metropolitan Melbourne and the 25km curfew might be lifted. There are no active cases of the virus in regional Victoria.
  • NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has ramped up pressure on her WA and Queensland counterparts to follow Tasmania’s lead in reopening borders to avoid the “devastating impact” of job losses.
  • Tasmania is to resume international flights with New Zealand for the first time in more than two decades.
  • In the US, Texas is closing in on its one-millionth case of Covid-19. The US has also recorded more than 120,000 new daily infections, breaking a record set the day before.
  • Italy has registered 37,809 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the country’s highest-ever daily tally, the health ministry said.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 03-11-2020
Headlines
07:32 am

  • China reports 49 new cases. China reported 49 new Covid-19 cases for 2 November, up from 24 a day earlier, the national health authority reported on Tuesday. The National Health Commission said in statement 44 of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas.
  • Panama president self-isolating. Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has begun self-isolating after a close coworker tested positive for the coronavirus. The presidency said on Monday, without revealing the name or position of the infected person. Cortizo has taken two coronavirus tests, which were both negative, but will continue isolating “until he repeats the tests in a few days,” the presidency said on Twitter.
  • Canada announced new requirements for travelers on Monday and fines of up to $1,000 for those who do not comply.
  • New Zealanders coming home for Christmas warned quarantine hotels might be full. New Zealand’s quarantine hotels are approaching capacity as the military warns there may not be room to house Kiwis planning to return home for Christmas.
  • WHO warns it’s ‘not too late to take critical action. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in some countries in Europe and North America presented leaders with a “critical moment for action.” “This is another critical moment for action,” he said. “Another critical moment for leaders to step up. And another critical moment for people to come together for a common purpose. Seize the opportunity; it’s not too late.”
  • France reported a record 52,518 new Covid-19 on Monday, and the number of people hospitalized with the disease rose by more than 1,000 for the fourth time in eight days, as the pandemic showing no signs of abating despite a new lockdown.
  • Portugal is considering a state of emergency to tackle Covid-19. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he is pondering declaring a state of emergency as a preventive measure to fight the spread of the coronavirus at a time when infections are soaring.
  • Italy’s coronavirus strategy is ‘wasting time,’ says a scientific advisor. Italy is working towards measures that could include a national 9 pm curfew, a ban on inter-regional travel, and shopping malls' closure at weekends.
  • Slovakia carries out Covid mass testing of two-thirds of the population. Two-thirds of Slovakia’s population of 5.4 million people were tested for coronavirus over the weekend as part of a program to make it one of the first countries to test its entire population.
  • Germany begins ‘light lockdown.’ Germany goes into “lockdown light” mode today, as the country’s disease control agency recorded 12,097 new confirmed Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. Bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, fitness studios, and swimming pools will remain closed today, while cafes and restaurants are only allowed to offer takeaway food. Meetings in public are restricted to two households and no more than 10 people. Unlike during the first lockdown in the spring, schools and nurseries will stay open.
  • Coronavirus infections fall for the third day straight in the Netherlands. The number of new coronavirus infections in the Netherlands rose by nearly 8,300 over the past 24 hours, the slowest pace in roughly two weeks.
  • Iran reports recording a high Covid death toll as travel bans go into force. Iran reported a record 440 Covid deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the country’s death toll to 35,738 as a ban on travel in and out of major cities came into force.
  • Donald Trump tries to stoke fears of Covid lockdown under Joe Biden. In the final hours before election day, one of Trump’s closing messages to Americans was an exaggerated threat: a Joe Biden presidency will result in a national Covid-19 lockdown. Speaking in Iowa on Sunday, the president said the election was a “choice between a deadly Biden lockdown … or a safe vaccine that ends the pandemic”.
  • The European Union (EU) has agreed to provide Mozambique with 100 million euros ($116.30 million) in coronavirus-related aid. The EU cut off direct budget support to Mozambique in 2016 after the country revealed hefty state-guaranteed loans that it had not previously disclosed.
  • T-cell Covid immunity ‘present in adults six months after the first infection’. Cellular (T-cell) immunity against the virus that causes Covid-19 is likely to be present within most adults six months after primary infection. With levels considerably higher in patients with symptoms, a study suggests.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

 

News Updates 31-10-2020
Headlines
07:53 am

  • England lockdown expected early next week 
  • The US passes 9m infections
  • New South Wales records four new infections, Victoria one.
  • Belgium is facing a new lockdown as Germany takes in patients.
  • Europeans seek ways to ride out Covid winter.
  • ‘An operational tsunami’: preparing for a winter surge of Covid
  • Paris sees record traffic jams before lockdown.
  • A Covid-hit Slovenia has apparently cooled on its famous daughter, Melania Trump.
  • The Australian government will spend A$500m (£270m) on purchasing and distributing Covid-19 vaccines for Pacific countries.
  • Several United States retail pharmacy chains have agreed to serve as Covid-19 vaccination sites under a federal government plan.
  • The United States saw a record number of new coronavirus infections for the second day running Friday, with more than 94,000 cases reported just days before voters decide if Donald Trump should remain in the White House.
  • Office workers in the Australian city of Melbourne may return to their workplaces before Christmas as Victoria’s Covid-19 numbers remain low.
  • Colombia has recorded more than 10,000 new cases, as it surpassed more than 31,000 deaths.
  • Mainland China reported 33 new Covid-19 cases on 30 October, up from 25 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Saturday.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

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NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has ramped up pressure on her WA and Queensland counterparts to follow Tasmania’s lead in reopening borders to avoid the “devastating impact” of job losses. Tasmania is to resume international flights with New Zealand for the first time in more than two decades. In the US, Texas is closing in on its one-millionth case of Covid-19. The US has also recorded more than 120,000 new daily infections, breaking a record set the day before. Italy has registered 37,809 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the country’s highest-ever daily tally, the health ministry said. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 03-11-2020 Headlines 07:32 am China reports 49 new cases. China reported 49 new Covid-19 cases for 2 November, up from 24 a day earlier, the national health authority reported on Tuesday. The National Health Commission said in statement 44 of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas. Panama president self-isolating. Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has begun self-isolating after a close coworker tested positive for the coronavirus. The presidency said on Monday, without revealing the name or position of the infected person. Cortizo has taken two coronavirus tests, which were both negative, but will continue isolating “until he repeats the tests in a few days,” the presidency said on Twitter. Canada announced new requirements for travelers on Monday and fines of up to $1,000 for those who do not comply. New Zealanders coming home for Christmas warned quarantine hotels might be full. New Zealand’s quarantine hotels are approaching capacity as the military warns there may not be room to house Kiwis planning to return home for Christmas. WHO warns it’s ‘not too late to take critical action. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in some countries in Europe and North America presented leaders with a “critical moment for action.” “This is another critical moment for action,” he said. “Another critical moment for leaders to step up. And another critical moment for people to come together for a common purpose. Seize the opportunity; it’s not too late.” France reported a record 52,518 new Covid-19 on Monday, and the number of people hospitalized with the disease rose by more than 1,000 for the fourth time in eight days, as the pandemic showing no signs of abating despite a new lockdown. Portugal is considering a state of emergency to tackle Covid-19. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he is pondering declaring a state of emergency as a preventive measure to fight the spread of the coronavirus at a time when infections are soaring. Italy’s coronavirus strategy is ‘wasting time,’ says a scientific advisor. Italy is working towards measures that could include a national 9 pm curfew, a ban on inter-regional travel, and shopping malls' closure at weekends. Slovakia carries out Covid mass testing of two-thirds of the population. Two-thirds of Slovakia’s population of 5.4 million people were tested for coronavirus over the weekend as part of a program to make it one of the first countries to test its entire population. Germany begins ‘light lockdown.’ Germany goes into “lockdown light” mode today, as the country’s disease control agency recorded 12,097 new confirmed Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. Bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, fitness studios, and swimming pools will remain closed today, while cafes and restaurants are only allowed to offer takeaway food. Meetings in public are restricted to two households and no more than 10 people. Unlike during the first lockdown in the spring, schools and nurseries will stay open. Coronavirus infections fall for the third day straight in the Netherlands. The number of new coronavirus infections in the Netherlands rose by nearly 8,300 over the past 24 hours, the slowest pace in roughly two weeks. Iran reports recording a high Covid death toll as travel bans go into force. Iran reported a record 440 Covid deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the country’s death toll to 35,738 as a ban on travel in and out of major cities came into force. Donald Trump tries to stoke fears of Covid lockdown under Joe Biden. In the final hours before election day, one of Trump’s closing messages to Americans was an exaggerated threat: a Joe Biden presidency will result in a national Covid-19 lockdown. Speaking in Iowa on Sunday, the president said the election was a “choice between a deadly Biden lockdown … or a safe vaccine that ends the pandemic”. The European Union (EU) has agreed to provide Mozambique with 100 million euros ($116.30 million) in coronavirus-related aid. The EU cut off direct budget support to Mozambique in 2016 after the country revealed hefty state-guaranteed loans that it had not previously disclosed. T-cell Covid immunity ‘present in adults six months after the first infection’. Cellular (T-cell) immunity against the virus that causes Covid-19 is likely to be present within most adults six months after primary infection. With levels considerably higher in patients with symptoms, a study suggests. Source Worldometers, The Guardian    News Updates 31-10-2020 Headlines 07:53 am England lockdown expected early next week  The US passes 9m infections New South Wales records four new infections, Victoria one. Belgium is facing a new lockdown as Germany takes in patients. Europeans seek ways to ride out Covid winter. ‘An operational tsunami’: preparing for a winter surge of Covid Paris sees record traffic jams before lockdown. A Covid-hit Slovenia has apparently cooled on its famous daughter, Melania Trump. The Australian government will spend A$500m (£270m) on purchasing and distributing Covid-19 vaccines for Pacific countries. Several United States retail pharmacy chains have agreed to serve as Covid-19 vaccination sites under a federal government plan. The United States saw a record number of new coronavirus infections for the second day running Friday, with more than 94,000 cases reported just days before voters decide if Donald Trump should remain in the White House. Office workers in the Australian city of Melbourne may return to their workplaces before Christmas as Victoria’s Covid-19 numbers remain low. Colombia has recorded more than 10,000 new cases, as it surpassed more than 31,000 deaths. Mainland China reported 33 new Covid-19 cases on 30 October, up from 25 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Saturday. Source Worldometers, The Guardian   Cover photo by Alexas_Fotos Unsplash Before you go! Recommended:  Travel The World: Keeping The Environment Healthy Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the coronavirus? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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