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Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (8) 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 (8) globally summarizes the events from the 30th of October until the 28th of November 2020.

Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (8) Globally

News Updates 28-11-2020
Headlines
08:05 am

  • Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said he expects more than half of Canadians to receive a Covid-19 vaccine by next September after receiving criticism for saying the country will not be among the first to get doses.
  • Belgium will allow shops to reopen from Tuesday, prime minister Alexander De Croo said, but the country’s semi-lockdown will remain in place to bring down coronavirus infections. “The situation in our country is improving... but it’s important to keep a lid on things,” De Croo said, warning that the Christmas and New Year holidays would be “different” this year.
  • Hospitals in England have been told to prepare for the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine in as little as 10 days, with NHS workers expected to be at the front of the queue, the Guardian has learned.
  • Europe remains the center of the pandemic, with an average of 236,900 new cases daily - far ahead of the US and Canada’s 174,000 a day. But the rise in infections has slowed for the second week in a row, falling back 10% with many countries in lockdown.
  • The number of Covid0-19 patients being treated in hospitals across the US nearly doubled in the past month, reaching 90,000 on Friday. Since the pandemic began, the rate of hospitalizations - now at the highest level - has reportedly pushed some hospitals beyond capacity.
  • Italy will ease coronavirus restrictions in five regions, including Lombardy, the country’s richest and most populous region, from Sunday. Lombardy, Piedmont, and Calabria will be downgraded from red to orange zones, while Sicily and Liguria will be designated as yellow rather than orange zones.
  • Italy reported another 827 Covid 19-related deaths on Friday, the highest number so far of its second wave coronavirus outbreak, and 28,352 new infections, the health ministry said. The rise in hospital admissions and intensive care occupancy has slowed.
  • Russia reported a record high of 27,543 new coronavirus infections, including 7,918 in Moscow, bringing the national tally to 2,215,533. Authorities also reported 496 deaths related to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 38,558.
  • Iran reported a new daily record in coronavirus infections, as the country tightened its pandemic measures even further by all but closing government offices for an indefinite period. Iran recorded 14,051 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 922,397 and 406 deaths.
  • In Cyprus, authorities in the war-divided island’s south have announced new curbs on movement, including a nationwide nighttime curfew. While the government had decided to end local lockdowns across the island’s entire south-west, it will introduce a nationwide nighttime curfew as of 30 November.
  • Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said he would not take a coronavirus vaccine, the latest in a series of statements he has made expressing skepticism toward coronavirus vaccination programs. “I’m telling you, I’m not going to take it. It’s my right.”
  • AstraZeneca may begin another trial of its vaccine. The company, which is developing treatment with Oxford University, is working with regulators to investigate a lower dosage of its vaccine that performed better than a full dosage.
  • Public health authorities in Switzerland have advised the public against oom-pah brass bands this Christmas. “Singing together and playing wind instruments can increase the risk of infection,” the federal office of public health said. Bands are usually a common sight at Christmas events and parties across Switzerland.
  • Denmark plans to exhume and burn 17 million mink slaughtered to curb the spread of coronavirus's mutant strain. The decision comes after hundreds of dead mink, tipped into trenches at a military site in western Denmark, began rising from the grave due to gases from their decomposition.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 27-11-2020
Headlines
07:26 am

  • Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has said he will not take a coronavirus vaccine, the latest in a series of statements he has made expressing skepticism toward coronavirus vaccination programs. “I’m telling you, I’m not going to take it. It’s my right.”
  • Germany has surpassed 1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, recording another 22,806 cases in the past 24 hours.
  • South Korea’s intelligence agency foiled North Korean attempts to hack into South Korean companies developing coronavirus vaccines, a member of a parliamentary intelligence committee was quoted as saying. It follows revelations last week that hackers working for the Russian and North Korean governments have tried to break into the networks of seven pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in South Korea, Canada, France, India, and the United States.
  • AstraZeneca may begin another trial of its vaccine. The company, which is developing treatment with Oxford University, is working with regulators to investigate a lower dosage of its vaccine that performed better than a full dosage.
  • Almost all of England’s 55 million population faces tough post-lockdown restrictions. Tough new tier-based curbs will affect 99% of people in England when the national lockdown ends next week, prompting a furious backlash from MPs.
  • Thanksgiving celebrations in the US have been muted. As people traveled to see families, the US reported 181,490 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a third daily rise in a row, as hospitalizations hit a record for the 16th day in succession, at 89,959.
  • US President Donald Trump claims deliveries of a vaccine would begin next week. Speaking to US troops overseas via video link to mark the Thanksgiving holiday, Trump said the vaccine would initially be sent to frontline workers, medical personnel, and senior citizens.
  • The Australian state of Victoria has achieved “Covid” elimination. The state had an almost three-month lockdown to contain a second-wave outbreak but has now had 28 days without one new case.
  • Mass vaccination against Covid-19 is unlikely to start in Africa until midway through next year. Keeping vaccines cold could be a big challenge, the continent’s disease control group said on Thursday.
  • France reported 13,563 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, compared with 16,282 on Wednesday and 21,150 a week ago, suggesting the virus's spread continued to slow in the fourth week of a national lockdown. Italy reported 822 Covid 19-related deaths on Thursday, up from 722 the day before.
  • Croatia will close cafes and restaurants and ban weddings until Christmas as the number of coronavirus cases hit a record high for the second day in a row, the government said. The country of 4 million reported 4,009 new cases and 51 deaths on Thursday, with 21,725 active cases.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 26-11-2020
Headlines
06:08 am

  • Germany extends partial lockdown. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors on Wednesday agreed to extend a partial shutdown well into December to reduce the rate of Covid-19 infections further ahead of the Christmas period.
  • South Korea reports the highest cases since March. Since March, South Korea has reported its highest daily number of Covid-19 cases despite the recent introduction of stricter social distancing measures in Seoul and other virus hotspots. The country reported 583 infections on Thursday, the first time they had topped 500 since 6 March.
  • CDC estimates only 1 in 8 infections caught. A new government report says the US is still missing nearly eight coronavirus infections for everyone counted. By the end of September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates that as many as 53 million Americans had been infected. That is just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time. Previously, the CDC estimated that one of every 10 infections were being missed.
  • Global cases surpassed 60m, according to researchers at both Johns Hopkins University. According to Reuters, the pace of new infections is accelerating, and the United States reports its worst numbers of hospitalizations.
  • Authorities in Sicily asked Cuba’s government to send to the region about 60 health operators, including doctors and nurses, as hospitals are struggling with a shortage of medical personnel during the second wave. The request was filed this week to the Italian embassy in Cuba and consisted of intensive care specialists, nurses, anesthetists, resuscitators, virologist, and pneumologists, the Italian newspaper la Repubblica reported.
  • The Americas reported more than 1.5m cases in the last seven days, the highest weekly number since the pandemic's start, the World Health Organization regional branch PAHO said. The rapid surge of infections in the US continued, and cases accelerated in countries of North, Central, and South America, PAHO said. In Canada, infections were rising, particularly among the elderly and indigenous communities.
  • The daily death toll in the US reached 2,157 – one person every 40 seconds. It was the first time since May that deaths had passed 2,000 in 24 hours.
  • Germany reported 410 deaths in 24 hours; it's the worst toll since the pandemic began. The chancellor Angela Merkel met with 16 federal state leaders to discuss restrictions for the Christmas and new year holidays.
  • Iran recorded its worst daily caseload, with the health ministry reporting 13,843 new infections. That pushed the national tally to 894,385 in the Middle East’s worst-hit country. The ministry’s spokeswoman, Sima Sadat Lari, told state TV the death toll rose by 469 in 24 hours to 46,207.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

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 tough 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 

News Updates 24-11-2020
Headlines
08:08 am

  • International virus sleuths expected to go to China soon: WHO. The World Health Organization said Monday it had received reassurances from Beijing that international experts would soon be able to travel to China to help investigate the animal origins of Covid-19. “We fully expect and have reassurances from our Chinese government colleagues that the trip to the field... will be facilitated, and as soon as possible,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a virtual press briefing.
  • The WHO also said Monday that avoiding family gatherings would be “the safest bet” over Christmas, insisting there is no zero-risk option for traditional holiday merry-making during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • England to cut quarantine period for arrivals from abroad. Travelers arriving in England from abroad face a shorter spell in quarantine from mid-December if they test negative for coronavirus five days after their arrival. The UK government announced Tuesday. It hopes the new rules will revive the ailing travel industry, particularly aviation, which has suffered a steep drop in ridership because of restrictions imposed to fight the pandemic.
  • Japan’s government is preparing to pause its domestic travel campaign in two cities following sharp rises in Covid-19 cases, the minister handling the government’s coronavirus response said on Tuesday.
  • Border restrictions ease in Australia. The border between NSW and Victoria (the worst affected state in the country) opened earlier this week, and this morning, Queensland has announced its barrier to NSW will come down on December 1. NSW and Queensland have been isolated for most of this year, the first time the country’s internal borders have been closed since the Spanish Flu.
  • Daily Covid-19 cases in France at a near two-month low. France reported 4,452 new Covid-19 infections on Monday, the lowest daily tally since 28 September, suggesting a second national lockdown has an impact.
  • The UK aims to inoculate those most at risk from Covid by Easter. The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, said he hoped almost all Britons at high risk from Covid-19 would be vaccinated against the disease by Easter. He also said people would not be forced to have vaccinations against Covid-19.
  • Spain’s king self-isolating after virus contact. Spain’s King Felipe VI has started 10 days of quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who later tested positive for Covid-19, the palace said.
  • Pope says anti-maskers stuck in ‘their own little world of interests.’ Pope Francis has12taken aim at protests against coronavirus restrictions, contrasting them with the “healthy indignation” seen in demonstrations against racism after the death of George Floyd.
  • New infections in Gaza spiraling out of control. The mounting number of coronavirus infections in densely populated Gaza is spinning out of control, Palestinian health officials warned. Bassem Naim, a senior Hamas official, said the health ministry “expects the worst if the epidemiological situation remains the same,” citing “a health system at the end of its rope,” “severe drug shortages,” and “extreme overcrowding.”

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 23-11-2020
Headlines
07:28 am

  • Global cases approach 60m. The global coronavirus infections total is currently 58,563,451, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker – less than 2.5m cases from 60m. With current daily totals averaging at around 600,000, the global infections total is likely to pass 60m this week – just under three weeks after it passed 50m. The global death toll is nearing 1.4m people. It currently stands at 1,386,465.
  • Chaos at Shanghai airport after sudden decision to test thousands - reports. The Global Times reports that Shanghai Pudong Airport has started testing thousands of staff and passengers after several cargo handlers tested positive for coronavirus. Hundreds of flights have also been canceled, and videos posted online appear to show people panicking as they are told they will all be tested for the virus.
  • South Korea reported another daily rise of over 200 new coronavirus cases on Monday, a day before tighter social distancing rules aimed at blunting the third wave of infections take effect. The daily tally of 271 new cases fell from 330 reported on Sunday after hovering above 300 for five straight days, a level not seen since August, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.
  • Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble pops. The much-hyped Hong Kong-Singaporetravel bubble has postponed, one day before the first flights were set to depart. The bubble was postponed after Hong Kong health authorities reported a rise in new cases, including 43 on Saturday alone, 13 of which were untraced local infections. The bubble allows people to travel between Singapore and Hong Kong for leisure and take a Covid test instead of quarantine or home isolation.
  • The US suffers one Covid death every minute. In the US, 1,448 people died on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University – the equivalent of a person every minute, as Bloomberg’s Steven Dennis pointed out on Twitter on Sunday.
  • UK government to ease isolation requirements for Covid contacts. The UK government will announce on Monday that self-isolation will no longer be required for those who have come into contact with people who have tested positive for Covid-19, the Telegraph reported. Contacts of those who test positive will be asked to undergo daily tests for seven days and will be allowed to go about their business in the meantime, the newspaper said.
  • The first Americans could be vaccinated on 11 December. US Covid-19 vaccine program head Moncef Slaoui said the first Americans to receive a coronavirus vaccine could get it as soon as 11 December, CNN reported on Sunday.“We plan to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I expect maybe on day two after approval on the 11th or the 12th of December,” he said in an interview to CNN.
  • Germany may start the Covid-19 vaccine program in December. Germany could start administering shots of Covid-19 vaccines as soon as next month, Health Minister Jens Spahn was quoted as saying. “There is reason to be optimistic that there will be approved for a vaccine in Europe this year,” Spahn said in an interview with publishing group RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland. “And then we can start right away.”
  • NHS told to be ready to administer vaccine by 1 December. Britain could give regulatory approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine this week, even before the United States authorizes it, the Telegraph news site reported on Sunday. Citing government sources, it said British regulators were about to start a formal appraisal of the vaccine, made by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, and that the National Health Service had been told to be ready to administer it by 1 December. The US Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that it would meet on 10 December to discuss whether to authorize the vaccine.
  • Spain to begin vaccinations in January. Spain will begin a comprehensive coronavirus vaccination program in January and expects to have covered a substantial part of the population within three months, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday. He said Spain and Germany were the first European Union countries to have a complete vaccination plan in place.
  • Experts have urged Americans against traveling for family gatherings at Thanksgiving this week even though millions were set to defy the advice, as the US crossed the threshold of more than 12m cases of coronavirus. Ominous warnings came as Donald Trump appeared to admit that coronavirus is “running wild” across the US, in contrast with his statements throughout the election campaign that the virus would simply “go away” or “disappear” and, more recently, that the country was “rounding the turn” on the pandemic.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 22-11-2020
Headlines
07:28 am

  • Donald Trump appears to admit Covid is ‘running wild’ in the US. Donald Trump appears to have admitted that coronavirus is “running wild” across the US, contrasting with his statements throughout the election campaign that the country was “rounding the turn” on the pandemic.
  • US Senator Kelly Loeffler is quarantining after receiving mixed results from recent coronavirus tests. A spokesperson for the Georgia senator’s campaign said in a statement Saturday night, Loeffler took two rapid Covid tests on Friday morning, which came back negative.
  • Japan may reimpose attendance limits for sports and other large events to curb a spike in Covid-19 infections, economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Sunday. Nishimura said the limits would be applied in areas of the country, seeing a sharp increase in cases on a talk show on public broadcaster NHK. The government imposed attendance limits earlier in the year but relaxed them in recent months.
  • South Korea reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day on Sunday, as officials warned that stricter rules could be imposed if the trend continues to threaten Seoul's highly populated capital and surrounding areas.
  • The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued emergency use authorization for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc’s Covid-19 antibody therapy, an experimental treatment given to US President Donald Trump that he said helped cure him of the disease.
  • England will enter a strengthened three-tiered local restrictions system when the national lockdown ends on 2 December, Downing Street has said. Boris Johnson is expected to detail his plan for winter, including details on how families can see their loved ones at Christmas, to MPs on Monday.
  • On Saturday, leaders of the 20 biggest economies vowed to ensure a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, drugs, and tests worldwide and do what was needed to support poorer countries struggling to recover from the pandemic.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday it recommended that all people avoid cruise ship travel as the risk of Covid-19 on liners is very high. It advised passengers who decide to go on a cruise to get tested three to five days after their trip and stay home for seven days after travel, even if they test negative.
  • Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays to try to halt the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas.
  • In the UK, 341 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the death toll to 54,626.
  • The number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, and there were 276 new deaths reported in hospitals over 24 hours.
  • Rapid Covid-19 tests were offered to hundreds in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales as part of a pilot scheme of mass coronavirus testing. On Saturday evening, 560 people had attended the testing center on its first day, with 554 negative tests and six positive recorded.
  • Russia reported a daily record of 24,822 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 2,064,748. The official death toll is 35,778.
  • In Australia:
  • Victoria in Australia has recorded zero new cases and deaths for the 23rd day in a row. With expectations this morning, restrictions will be further eased, including relaxing of mask use.
  • On Sunday, South Australia came out of its six-day lockdown a few days early after determining an outbreak's risk was greatly reduced.
  • New South Wales reported zero new local coronavirus cases overnight and 11 in hotel quarantine. 12,000 tests were done. The border between NSW and Victoria will open at midnight on Sunday after being closed for three months.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

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 toughest 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 new 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 20-11-2020
Headlines
07:52 am

  • India has recorded more than 9 million coronavirus cases. The country added 45,882 new infections in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday, and now has 9,004,365 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker site, and 132,162 deaths.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US disease expert, is back. After months of sparring with Donald Trump, the scientist spoke at a White House briefing again as the outbreak continues to spread rapidly. It is the only country with more cases than India, with the national total now on 11.72 million with 250,000 dead. California has imposed a curfew on most of its 40 million residents.
  • Mexico passed the 100,000 marks in Covid-19 deaths Thursday, becoming only the fourth country — behind the United States, Brazil, and India — to do so.
  • The EU will pay more than $10bn to secure 425m doses of vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and CureVac, Reuters reports. The bloc has agreed to pay €15.50 ($18.34) per dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine and slightly less for the Curevac treatment.
  • Almost a million people in China have taken an emergency Covid-19 vaccine in its testing phase, the company Sinopharm has said.
  • Remdesivir should not be used in hospitals to treat Covid-19, the WHO has warned. Donald Trump tried to push the treatment and took it himself when he contracted Covid-19. But the WHO says there is no evidence it works.
  • South Australia’s six-day lockdown is being cut short three days early at midnight on Saturday after it emerged that a man infected with Covid-19 had lied to contact trace investigators.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 19-11-2020
Headlines
07:33 am

  • Deaths from Covid-19 have passed 250,000 in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins University, 250,520 Americans have now died of the virus, and there have been more than 11.5 million confirmed cases.
  • There are now more than 76,000 people hospitalized with Covid in the US. Officials said hospitals were straining to cope with the volume of patients. Still, some hope that Republicans were beginning to pave the way for cooperation with president-elect Joe Biden as he tries to coordinate a response to the crisis.
  • Japan has recorded a record number of new daily coronavirus infections. The health ministry said it had found 2,179 new cases in the previous 24 hours. Tokyo's capital also recorded a new daily record as it went into its highest level of alert.
  • India has edged closer to 9 million cases. It added another 45,576 new cases of the coronavirus, taking its total infections to 8.96 million, data from the health ministry said on Thursday.
  • Mass vaccination planned in England. Britain’s National Health Service is assembling a huge team of retired doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists to implement its biggest ever mass vaccination program.
  • Ukraine has also seen its highest ever daily infection total with a record of 13,357 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Turkey plans to buy 20m doses of the Chinese vaccine. The government is also in talks to buy vaccine doses from Pfizer and BioNTech, MPs were told on Thursday.
  • The Pacific nation of Samoa has recorded its first-ever case of Covid-19. Prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said a sailor who had returned from New Zealand on a repatriation flight tested positive in a quarantine facility.
  • A hospital doctor gave birth to twins while in a coronavirus coma. Perpetual Uke was 26 weeks pregnant when she was put in an induced coma in a hospital in Birmingham, but doctors delivered the babies by Caesarean.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 18-11-2020
Headlines
07:49 am

  • The US medical establishment has urged Donald Trump to share crucial data with the president-elect, Joe Biden, to save lives and prevent the country’s healthcare system from being overwhelmed.
  • Several US states, including Iowa, have backtracked on earlier policies and recommended that people wear masks as US cases continue to spread. Senator Chuck Grassley, at 87, the oldest member of the US upper house, has become the latest high-profile figure in Washington to test positive.
  • According to a union survey, almost half the headteachers in England consider quitting after the virus is brought under control. It comes as 598 more people died on Tuesday within 28 days of testing positive for Covid 19, bringing the UK total to 52,745. This represents the highest daily increase since 12 May.
  • Businesses in Tokyo could be asked to shorten opening hours to contain a worsening outbreak of the virus that has seen cases in the Japanese capital reach a record daily high of 472 on Wednesday.
  • Turkey is imposing fresh restrictions in the wake of a sharp rise in cases. Restaurants and cafes will be asked to close at 5 pm from Friday, and a partial lockdown will be imposed on the country at weekends.
  • British Airways is to launch a voluntary coronavirus test for passengers traveling to the UK from three American airports. The airline said it would trial a testing regime, which will involve hundreds of travelers on particular routes from the US to Heathrow.
  • South Australia has imposed a six-day “circuit-breaker” lockdown to beat an outbreak of cases in the state’s capital, Adelaide. Most schools will be closed, as will universities, pubs, cafes and food courts.

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. Daily 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 as he 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 

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News Updates 16-11-2020
Headlines
06:23 am

  • Young and previously healthy people with ongoing symptoms of Covid-19 are showing signs of damage to multiple organs four months after the initial infection, a study suggests.
  • The US confirms 1m cases in a week; Boris Johnson self-isolating
  • according to the World Health Organization, North Korea had tested over 12,000 people and reported no confirmed cases of the coronavirus; as of early November,
  • Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining, and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — in an attempt to curb the state’s spiking case numbers.
  • Algeria imposed new coronavirus restrictions on Sunday, closing sport and cultural centers and beaches after a spike in infections.
  • Germany has warned its anti-coronavirus measures are likely to stay in place for several months.
  • The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has said that the country will follow in Slovakia’s footsteps by mass testing its population to get out of lockdown in time for Christmas.
  • The UK reported 24,962 new Covid cases on Sunday, down by 1,898 from Saturday’s 26,860.
  • Italy has reported 546 Covid-related deaths, up from 544 the day before, the health ministry said on Sunday. The country also registered 33,979 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, down from 37,255 on Saturday.
  • In a Sunday statement, the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, declared “the general mobilization of the nation and the government” after health authorities announced its highest-ever several daily cases. 
  • India is expected to fly doctors in from other regions of the country to double its testing capacity to contain the spread of coronavirus in the capital New Delhi.
  • The prime minister of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ambrose Dlamini, has tested positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic.
  • France reports 302 deaths and 27,228 new cases in the last 24-hours, according to the French health ministry website.
  • WHO registers the highest Covid-19 cases in one-day over the weekend, reports AFP. Saturday’s figures of 660,905 and Friday’s 645,410 both surpassed the previous set highest daily total of cases recorded at 614,013 on 7 November.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 15-11-2020
Headlines
07:47 am

  • South Australia confirms three local cases,
  • The US records 177,000 new cases, according to Johns Hopkins University;
  • Zero new infections in Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria
  • Covid vaccine hopes must not make Britons complacent, warns adviser
  • Covid vaccine rally fuels market optimism of a faster global recovery
  • ‘Failure is not an option’: Biden’s Covid taskforce ready to step up
  • Scientists warn of Christmas Covid surge if tier system returns

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 14-11-2020
Headlines
07:10 am

  • Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has announced stricter lockdown restrictions from next Saturday. Non-essential businesses and services will be shut, and cars will not be allowed to leave or enter Tehran and 100 other towns and cities. Iran announced 452 Covid deaths – a near-record.
  • Police have made 14 arrests after protesters defied a ban on an anti-lockdown rally in Bristol, in England. Those arrested included Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers, according to video footage.
  • Lebanon has started a new two-week lockdown after coronavirus infections crossed the 100,000 marks. Beirut’s roads were largely empty, and police checkpoints were set up at several locations.
  • Russia and Ukraine have both reported record highs in daily cases. Russia has reported a record daily number of 22,702 new infections and 391 deaths. Ukraine registered 12,524 new cases.
  • Poland has reported a record of 548 new coronavirus deaths, taking the country’s total above 10,000. Poland also reported 25,571 new cases.
  • Greece and Austria have set out plans to tighten lockdown restrictions. Austria is planning to impose a full lockdown from Tuesday. Greece has announced the closure of nurseries and primary schools until the end of November as its death toll surpassed 1,000.
  • The development of an effective vaccine should not make people complacent about coronavirus spread in England, a government adviser has warned. Prof Susan Michie warned that the country was entering a “very challenging” fortnight.
  • A group of religious leaders has launched a legal challenge against the decision to close churches for public worship in England and Wales during the second lockdown. More than 100 church leaders seek a judicial review of the UK government's decision to ban people from worshipping together in England.

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 home, 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 12-11-2020
Headlines
08:12 am

  • The US confirmed its highest 24-hour infection total to date – with a world record of 136,000 cases recorded in one day. The US also suffered its highest death toll since early May, with 1,984 coronavirus deaths.
  • Texas passes 1m cases. On Wednesday, Texas became the first state with more than 1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, and California closed in on that mark as a surge of coronavirus infections engulfs the country.
  • Auckland, New Zealand, asks people to work from home tomorrow. The department of health has asked all New Zealanders who live or work in Auckland central city to stay home tomorrow after further details emerged of the mystery case of Covid-19, whose point of infection is as yet unknown.
  • Athletes arriving at the Tokyo Olympic Games will be exempt from isolation requirements. Athletes arriving in Tokyo for next year’s Olympic Games, postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be exempt from Japan's 14-day isolation period on anyone arriving overseas to help stop the virus from spreading.
  • Cyprus has announced partial lockdowns in Limassol and Paphos's towns to curb a surge in Covid-19 cases. The local measures, which include a ban on travel into and out of the towns and a nightly curfew, will take effect from Thursday and last until the end of November.
  • Sweden’s PM, Stefan Lofven, said his government plans to ban nationwide the sale of alcohol after 10 pm in bars, restaurants, and night clubs from 20 November to curb the spread of Covid-19. Sweden has witnessed record numbers of new coronavirus infections in past weeks, which burden the country’s health care system and intensive care wards.
  • Spain’s coronavirus death toll surged to over 40,000, with infections passing the 1.4 million mark, while the rate of new cases continued to grow, health ministry data showed. A further 349 people died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 40,105 in Spain - the fourth-highest within the European Union after the United Kingdom, France, and Italy.
  • South Africa will open up travel to all countries and restore normal trading hours of alcohol, despite having the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the continent, to boost the tourism and hospitality sectors, president Cyril Ramaphosa said.
  • Officials and doctors in Pakistan urged people to stay at home as the air quality in Lahore deteriorated to hazardous levels, putting an additional burden on the fragile healthcare system amid a surge in coronavirus deaths and new infections.
  • The New York governor Andrew Cuomo imposed a new round of restrictions to curb the coronavirus's spread as the infection rate climbed and hospitalizations soared in the state. Taking effect on Friday, Cuomo ordered bars, restaurants, and gyms in the state to shut down on-premises services at 10 pm nightly and capped the number of people who could attend private parties at 10.
  • Turkey banned smoking in crowded public places to slow a recent surge in symptomatic patients with coronavirus, as the government warned citizens to abide by protective measures. It comes as daily cases surged to 2,693 on Wednesday.
  • Greek authorities announced stricter restrictions on movement, extending a curfew nationwide after infections broke fresh records, reporting 2,752 new cases on Wednesday. Four days after the country went into a second lockdown to curb the surge in cases, the government said all circulation would be banned between 9 pm and 5 am.
  • Spain will demand a negative Covid-19 test for all travelers arriving from countries with a high risk for coronavirus from 23 November. Visitors will need to show evidence of a negative PCR test result within the previous 72 hours to be granted entry, and officials will be allowed to ask for proof of the test results.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 11-11-2020
Headlines
08:12 am

  • Vanuatu, one of the last remaining countries to be free of Covid, confirms the first case. One of the last remaining Covid-free countries in the world has announced its first positive test. Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman announced in an address to the nation. Loughman told a press conference that the indigenous Ni-Vanuatu person had arrived from the USA, transiting through Sydney and Auckland.
  • Iran imposed a lockdown. Iran imposed a nightly curfew on businesses in Tehran and other cities on Tuesday, as it battles a major surge in coronavirus infections. Restaurants and nonessential businesses in Tehran and 30 other cities were ordered to close at 6 pm for one month to keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and to slow the worsening outbreak, which has killed more than 39,000 — the highest toll in the Middle East.
  • Lebanon imposed a lockdown. In Lebanon, caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced a lockdown on Tuesday night that will begin on Saturday and last until the end of the month. Lebanon has broken daily records in recent weeks, straining the country’s medical sector where intensive care units are almost full and cannot take more cases. The World Health Organization says 1,527 health workers have tested positive since the first case was reported in Lebanon in late February.
  • More than 15,000 mink in the United States have died of the coronavirus since August, and authorities keep about a dozen farms under quarantine while investigating the cases, state agriculture officials said.
  • England’s students get a six-day window to get home before Christmas.
    Students in England will be given a six-day window next month to travel home before Christmas, with mass testing carried out on campus before they are allowed to leave.
  • Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble to begin on 22 November. A travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will begin on 22 November. Singapore’s airline regulator announced on Wednesday, as the two cities move to re-establish overseas travel links and lift the hurdle of quarantine for visiting foreigners.
  • China reports 17 new cases, down from the day before. Mainland China reported 17 new Covid-19 cases on 10 November, down from 22 reported a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Wednesday. The National Health Commission said one of the new cases was a local infection reported in Anhui, the first such infection in the eastern Chinese province since 27 February. The other 16 cases were imported infections originating from overseas, it said.
  • The US sees record Covid hospitalizations. The Covid-Tracking project reports that the US on Tuesday saw its highest number of people hospitalizes with coronavirus of the pandemic so far – a day after breaking the record on Monday. The number of hospitalizations currently stands at 61,964.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 10-11-2020
Headlines
06:12 am

  • According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 50 million, which shows that the US, India, and Brazil have the highest figures. More on that here.
  • France reported a further 38,619 coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the country’s total to 1,787,324. It followed a record daily increase on Saturday when a staggering 86,852 cases were logged.
  • Algeria’s president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has responded well to coronavirus treatment after being hospitalized 13 days ago.
  • Greece has reported a record daily rise of 35 coronavirus deaths and 1,914 new cases of the virus. The authorities announced 34 deaths on Saturday.
  • Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Manchester on Sunday to object against the national lockdown in England, resulting in four arrests and several fines.
  • Italy has registered 32,616 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, down from 39,811 on Saturday.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported further 93,811 coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 9,808,411. It follows a string of record figures, with the country tallying more than 100,000 new cases for four consecutive days.
  • The UK has reported 20,572 new infections and 156 deaths, taking its caseload to 1,192,013 and its official toll to 49,044.

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 08-11-2020
Headlines
08:41 am

  • US president-elect Joe Biden said he would appoint a team of leading scientists and experts as transition advisors to start work immediately on a Covid response plan “built on a bedrock of science” for as soon as he’s inaugurated.
  • In Australia, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced the further easing of Covid restrictions over regional parts of the state after it recorded no new coronavirus cases for the ninth consecutive day on Sunday.
  • New South Wales reported zero new local cases but is still investigating an emerging cluster in the Southern Highlands region, south of Sydney.
  • Weekly figures for England show the central NHS test and trace system is reaching just under 60% of the close contacts of people testing positive, the lowest since the service began.
  • Hospitals in Greater Manchester have suspended non-urgent appointments and surgery following a surge in Covid patients' number being treated.
  • 413 people with coronavirus have died across the UK in the last 24 hours, up from 355 the previous day, government figures show. It brings the overall UK death toll to 48,888.
  • In France, the total number of deaths from coronavirus has exceeded 40,000 for the first time, the health ministry announced. New deaths from the virus reached 40,169.
  • India reported 50,356 new Covid-19 infections in the past day, as New Delhi cases surpassed 7,000 on Saturday.
  • Papua New Guinea has reported a second case in New Ireland province, bringing the total number to 599. However, testing has been minimal, and the infection rate is expected to be much higher than 599, with cases reported in 15 of the 20 provinces.
  • Italy approved a new aid package to cushion the blow to its economy from the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The measures agreed by the cabinet overnight are worth €2.9bn (£2.6bn).
  • The US confirmed 126,480 new coronavirus cases on Friday. On the third day in a row, the US has reported a record-breaking number of Covid-19 cases.
  • Polls opened in Myanmar this morning for a vote expected to return to power the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, in an election which went ahead despite virus fears.
  • Scientists have warned that several hundred thousand extra deaths from tuberculosis are likely to occur this year due to Covid-19’s effect on global health services.
  • Thousands of people in Leipzig, Germany, have demonstrated against coronavirus restrictions. The demonstration came as Germany finished its first week of a “lockdown light” with new restrictions to try and slow rising coronavirus cases.
  • Travel to the UK from Denmark has been banned amid worries over Covid in mink.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

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

  • In the Australian state of Victoria – 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 06-11-2020
Headlines
07:08 am

  • The UK death toll from coronavirus rose by 378, taking the tally of people who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 to 48,120, government data showed. As of 9 am GMT on Thursday, there had been a further 24,141 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, taking the cumulative total of confirmed infections to 1,123,197.
  • Colombia’s lower house abruptly ended its session and asked lawmakers to quarantine after a member tested positive for Covid-19. At least 150 lawmakers could potentially have been exposed, the chamber’s press office said. They have been told to avoid travel to their home regions and remain in Bogota while waiting 72 hours from potential exposure to have a test.
  • According to a Reuters tally, a dozen US states reported record one-day increases in Covid-19 cases a day after the country set a record with nearly 105,000 new infections reported on Wednesday. The outbreak is spreading in every region of the country but is hitting the Midwest the hardest, based on new cases per capita. Illinois reported nearly 10,000 new cases and, along with Texas, is leading the nation in most cases reported in the last seven days. Other Midwestern states with record increases on Thursday were Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, and Ohio. Arkansas, Maine, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and West Virginia also set records for new infections.
  • Ireland is on track to get its second wave of Covid-19 infections under control by the end of November when the government hopes to ease some of Europe's strictest restrictions, a senior public health official said. “The way case numbers are behaving would suggest that case numbers are declining rapidly and that we are on target for the sort of end position we want to be in at the end of the six weeks,” on 1 December, Philip Nolan, the chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, told a press briefing.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 05-11-2020
Headlines
07:05 am

  • England entered its second national lockdown, placing 56 million people under new coronavirus restrictions for at least the next four weeks. Despite a bruising vote in why dozens of his own MPs rejected the prime minister Boris Johnson’s strategy maps, the stay-at-home order was approved in parliament on Wednesday by 516 votes to 38.
  • Indonesia fell into its first recession in over 20 years. Indonesia’s virus-hit economy contracted in the third quarter, plunging it into its first recession since the archipelago was mired in the Asian financial crisis more than 20 years ago. Activity in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy slumped 3.49% on-year in July-September, the statistics agency said Thursday, with tourism, construction, and trade among the hardest-hit sectors. The data marked the second consecutive quarter of contraction after a 5.3% decline in April-June.
  • China bars entry to travelers from Britain and Belgium. Mainland China has barred entry to some travelers from Britain and Belgium. It sets strict testing requirements on visitors from the United States, France, and Germany, Reuters reports, as it reimposed border restrictions in response to rising global cases.
  • Sydney Mardi Gras will go ahead but will look very different. Sydney’s iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which traditionally draws hundreds of thousands of revelers and international tourists, will not march through the city’s center in 2021. Instead, the 43rd edition of the parade on Oxford Street, which has been celebrated annually along the strip since 1978, will move to the nearby Sydney Cricket Ground in a scaled-back, Covid-safe event.
  • India reported over 50,000 cases for the first time in 10 days. India reported a daily jump of 50,210 coronavirus infections, taking its total to 8.36 million, the health ministry said on ThursdaAccording to a Reuters tally, this is was the highest daily jump in cases since 25 Actually, and the first time over 50,000 cases was reported in the 10 days since then. Cases in India have been dipping since hitting a peak in September, but experts warn that the Diwali festival season could lead to a spike. Deaths rose by 704, with total mortalities now at 124,315, the ministry said.
  • Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Latvia, and Estonia see record daily case rises. At least six European nations have seen record case rises in the last 24 hours. Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Latvia, and Estonia each confirmed their highest new infections according to Johns Hopkins University, e. With the fourth-highest cases globally, Russia added over 18,000 new infections on Wednesday, bringing its total to 1,680. Swiss authorities announced a record of 10,043 coronavirus cases in Switzerland in the last 24 hours. Austria’s daily tally of new coronavirus infections climbed above 6,000 for the first time on Wednesday to a new record of 6,211, data from the health ministry showed. Poland hit a daily high of nearly 24,700 coronavirus cases as the government introduced new restrictions on shops, schools, and cultural institutions through November. And finally, the Baltic nations of Estonia and Latvia say they have both registered a record daily number of coronavirus infections since the start of the outbreak.
  • The US set a record for daily new cases averages one day after the election. Daily new coronavirus cases in America have increased 45% over the past two weeks to a record seven-day average of 86,352, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Deaths are also on the rise, up 15% to an average of 846 deaths every day. There were more than 91,000 new cases recorded on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins. The university counted nearly 99,000 US cases on 30 October.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 04-11-2020
Headlines
08:11 am

  • The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has ordered extra lockdown measures to slow the coronavirus spread in the Netherlands and said the government is also considering curfews and school closures. The new measures, which include a ban on public meetings of more than two people not in the same family, were imposed amid signs the epidemic had reached a second peak. 
  • The number of coronavirus patients in US hospitals breached 50,000 on Tuesday, the highest level in nearly three months, as a surge in infections threatens to push the nation’s healthcare system to the edge of capacity.
  • Seven US states report record hospitalizations. Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and New Mexico reported record high hospitalizations this week.
  • India recorded fewer than 50,000 cases for the tenth day. India recorded 46,253 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Wednesday, with cases rising again in some parts, including the capital, New Delhi. With 8.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases, India is the world’s second most affected country, behind only the United States. But the spread has slowed down since a September peak, and the country has reported less than 50,000 infections daily for 10 straight days.
  • The recovery in China’s service sector activity extended into a sixth straight month in October. An industry survey showed on Wednesday, with hiring picking up to the highest level in a year but overseas demand slipping.
  • The border between the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria – the country’s two most populous states – will reopen on 23 November, NSW state premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced.
  • The UK registers the highest daily increase in Covid-related deaths registered in five months. A further 397 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. It brings the UK government’s tally to 47,250. The Tuesday tally each week tends to be higher owing to a delay in reporting deaths over the weekend, but the latest figure is still the highest recorded since 422 people were reported as having died on 27 May. Full story here.
  • After reporting more than 11 million coronavirus cases, Europe passed a bleak milestone, as Austria and Greece became the latest countries on the continent to impose shutdowns. The continent has now registered 11,008,465 infections and almost 285,000 deaths, according to an AFP tally of official sources on Tuesday.
  • France’s daily Covid-19 death toll rose by 854 on Tuesday, an increase unseen since 15 April, while the number of people hospitalized for the disease went up by more than 1,000 for the fifth time in nine days. More here.
  • Hungary will close bars and entertainment venues and impose a night-time curfew as of midnight to curb a fast spread of coronavirus infections, the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, said. On Monday, those violating rules on wearing face masks risk stiff fines, with offending restaurants and shops closed by authorities if necessary.

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 02-11-2020
Headlines
07:59 am

  • World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he had been identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19, but added that he was feeling well and did not have any symptoms. Tedros said in a tweet that he would be self-quarantining “over the coming days.”
  • US President Donald Trump threatened to fire the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. At Trump’s rally in Florida, a “Fire Fauci” chant broke out when Trump defended his coronavirus handling. Anthony Fauci, a highly respected member of his coronavirus task force, has been increasingly critical of Trump’s handling of the virus. In response to the “Fire Fauci” chant, Trump said: “Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait until a little bit after the election.”
  • Trump broke a curfew at a rally in Miami-Dade county. Trump spoke until well after midnight in Miami-Dade county, breaking a midnight coronavirus curfew intended to mitigate infections.
  • Japan has used new technology to determine if large crowds can watch sports events in safety, less than a year before Tokyo is due to host the coronavirus-postponed Olympics.
  • South Korea will fine people for not wearing masks from later this month, as the country expands its rules on mandatory face coverings. Although South Korea has fared better than many other countries containing the coronavirus outbreak, daily cases have risen to over 100 in recent days.
  • The trial over the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack has been delayed for at least a week after two more defendants tested positive for coronavirus, Agence France-Presse reports.
  • Brazilian health minister returns to the hospital. The Brazilian health minister, Eduardo Pazuello, who is ill with Covid-19, will stay in a military hospital overnight on Sunday, after having been discharged from a civilian facility earlier in the day.
  • England’s lockdown could be extended – Gove. The one-month lockdown for England announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this weekend could be extended as Britain struggles to contain a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Michael Gove told Sky News on Sunday.
  • The Duke of Cambridge tested positive for coronavirus in April, according to reports. The BBC said Buckingham palace sources had been told that Prince William had contracted Covid-19 that month.
  • Brexit Party to rebrand as ‘anti-lockdown’ party, Farage says. Nigel Farage plans to rebrand the Brexit Party as an anti-lockdown party called Reform UK. The party leader has announced in an article in the Telegraph where he says, “it is time to redirect our energies.”
  • More than 300 Brazilians gathered on São Paulo’s main commercial thoroughfare on Sunday to protest state Governor João Doria’s support for mandatory Covid-19 immunization and to test the potential vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac.
  • Iran’s true death toll is likely to be at least three times higher than the reported figure, the head of Iran’s medical council has said.
  • Brazil’s health minister has been discharged from the hospital. He was admitted to the hospital with coronavirus and dehydration two days ago.
  • There have been a further 23,254 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, according to government data. This compares to 21,915 new cases registered on Saturday.
  • According to a Stanford University paper posted online this weekend, Donald Trump’s campaign rallies may have led to 30,000 additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 and likely resulted in more than 700 deaths overall.
  • Greece has reported a further 1,678 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total to 40,929. It comes after a record daily increase of 2,056 was announced on Saturday.
  • Geneva will impose a partial lockdown on Monday after the Swiss canton reported more than 1,000 new cases on several days.
  • France reported 46,290 further coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to over 1.4 million cases. Infections rose by 35,641 the previous day.
  • Slovakia tested almost half of its entire population yesterday as part of a two-day mass testing program designed to bring coronavirus under control without implementing further lockdown measures. Of the 2.58 million people tested, 1% were positive and will have to quarantine.
  • Russia’s daily tally of coronavirus cases hit a record high of 18,665, taking the national total to 1,636,781. Meanwhile, Iran has marked the highest daily increase in its coronavirus death toll, with 434 recorded on Saturday.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 01-11-2020
Headlines
07:59 am

  • The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a second month-long national lockdown for England as the UK surpassed 1m infections on Saturday.
  • Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has urged Scots not to travel to England.
  • The number of Covid-related hospitalizations hit record numbers in at least 14 European countries this week as the second wave of the pandemic hit.
  • Austria announced a night-time curfew and the closure of cafes, bars, and restaurants on Saturday amid “exploding” coronavirus infections.
  • In cities across Spain, where a state of emergency was introduced this week, protesters opposing coronavirus measures clashed with police on Saturday.
  • Brazil’s health minister, Eduardo Pazuello, is in stable condition in a hospital after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
  • The trial over the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre has been suspended until Wednesday after the main suspect tested positive for coronavirus.
  • England’s Catholic Church has criticized the government for banning communal worship under new lockdown measures, saying such gatherings helped wellbeing.
  • In the Philippines, almost 1 million people have been evacuated from the projected path of Super Typhoon Goni, prompting concern over the possible spread of the virus in emergency centers.
  • Australia has recorded a day of no new community cases for the first time in nearly five months.

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  

News Updates 30-10-2020
Headlines
07:35 am

  • The US nears 9m cases. The United States, the worst-affected country worldwide in terms of the number of coronavirus cases and national death doll, is on the brink of the terrible milestone of 9m cases. In recent days the US has twice reported daily infection totals of over 80,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. It currently has 8,944,632, with the next daily infection figure expected to take that number over 9m.
  •  Record 17m guns bought this year in the US. According to estimates from a firearms analytics company, Americans have bought nearly 17m guns so far in 2020, more than in any other single year. Gun sales across the United States first jumped in the spring, driven by fears about the coronavirus pandemic, and spiked even higher in the summer during massive racial justice protests across the country, prompted by black police killings of Americans.
  • Australian active cases lowest in four months. On Friday, Australian officials said there just under 200 active cases of Covid-19 in the country, the lowest number in more than four months and well down from a peak of just over 8,000 in mid-August. Officials reported just 11 new infections in the past 24 hours, the bulk of which were already in hotel quarantine after arriving overseas. Australian states and territories have begun further relaxing domestic travel bans, although some restrictions remain.
  • Mainland China reported 25 new Covid-19 cases on 29 October, down from 47 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Friday. Of the new cases, 24 were imported infections originating from overseas. The National Health Commission said that one local infection was reported in the eastern province of Shandong.
  • Japan passes 100,000 cases. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Japan has topped 100,000, as experts warned that Tokyo - the most-affected part of the country - should prepare for another wave of infections this winter. Japan had recorded 100,516 cases and 1,761 deaths as of Thursday, according to a tally by public broadcaster NHK.
  • The New Zealand government orders Air New Zealand to freeze bookings to the country. New Zealand’s government has ordered Air New Zealand to freeze all international bookings to the country as quarantine facilities near capacity, as more citizens try to return home ahead of the Christmas holidays. From Tuesday, they will need to have a voucher to board a flight home.
  • EU to fund the transfer of Covid-19 patients across borders to prevent hospital collapse. The EU will finance patients' transfer across the bloc borders to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed as Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations rise across the continent. “The spread of the virus will overwhelm our healthcare systems if we do not act urgently,” said Ursula von der Leyen, head of the EU Commission.
  • Spain hit a new record in daily cases, recording another 23,580 infections. It brought the nation’s tally to 1,136,503, health ministry data showed. The government voted in favor of a six-month extension of the state of emergency, allowing Spain’s 17 regional governments to limit mobility, impose curfews, and shut their borders with other regions.
  • France will restrict outdoor movement and make working from home mandatory under new lockdown rules, coming into effect at midnight. People will only be able to leave their own homes for certain essential purposes, as the country tries to put the brakes on a Covid-19 outbreak that the president Emmanuel Macron said risked accelerating out of control. More details here.
  • West Yorkshire in England will move into tier 3 restrictions from 12.01 on Monday. The ‘very high’ restrictions - the strictest level in England - will see indoor social mixing banned and the closure of pubs and bars unless they can operate as a restaurant. More details here.
  • Greece will impose regional lockdowns on its second-largest city of Thessaloniki and two other regions from Friday after a rise in cases of Covid-19, the government said.
  • Italy registered a record of 26,831 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Under new restrictions, bars and restaurants must stop serving customers at 6 pm while cinemas, theatres, swimming pools, and gyms must close completely.
  • Sweden registered 2,820 new coronavirus cases, the highest since the start of the pandemic and the third record number in days. Hospitals are feeling the strain, with the number of patients with Covid-19 in need of care in the region have risen about 60% over the past week after a near 80% surge in recorded infections.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian  

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England will enter a strengthened three-tiered local restrictions system when the national lockdown ends on 2 December, Downing Street has said. Boris Johnson is expected to detail his plan for winter, including details on how families can see their loved ones at Christmas, to MPs on Monday. On Saturday, leaders of the 20 biggest economies vowed to ensure a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, drugs, and tests worldwide and do what was needed to support poorer countries struggling to recover from the pandemic. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday it recommended that all people avoid cruise ship travel as the risk of Covid-19 on liners is very high. It advised passengers who decide to go on a cruise to get tested three to five days after their trip and stay home for seven days after travel, even if they test negative. Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays to try to halt the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas. In the UK, 341 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the death toll to 54,626. The number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, and there were 276 new deaths reported in hospitals over 24 hours. Rapid Covid-19 tests were offered to hundreds in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales as part of a pilot scheme of mass coronavirus testing. On Saturday evening, 560 people had attended the testing center on its first day, with 554 negative tests and six positive recorded. Russia reported a daily record of 24,822 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 2,064,748. The official death toll is 35,778. In Australia: Victoria in Australia has recorded zero new cases and deaths for the 23rd day in a row. With expectations this morning, restrictions will be further eased, including relaxing of mask use. On Sunday, South Australia came out of its six-day lockdown a few days early after determining an outbreak's risk was greatly reduced. New South Wales reported zero new local coronavirus cases overnight and 11 in hotel quarantine. 12,000 tests were done. The border between NSW and Victoria will open at midnight on Sunday after being closed for three months. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  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 toughest 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 new 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 20-11-2020 Headlines 07:52 am India has recorded more than 9 million coronavirus cases. The country added 45,882 new infections in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday, and now has 9,004,365 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker site, and 132,162 deaths. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US disease expert, is back. After months of sparring with Donald Trump, the scientist spoke at a White House briefing again as the outbreak continues to spread rapidly. It is the only country with more cases than India, with the national total now on 11.72 million with 250,000 dead. California has imposed a curfew on most of its 40 million residents. Mexico passed the 100,000 marks in Covid-19 deaths Thursday, becoming only the fourth country — behind the United States, Brazil, and India — to do so. The EU will pay more than $10bn to secure 425m doses of vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and CureVac, Reuters reports. The bloc has agreed to pay €15.50 ($18.34) per dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine and slightly less for the Curevac treatment. Almost a million people in China have taken an emergency Covid-19 vaccine in its testing phase, the company Sinopharm has said. Remdesivir should not be used in hospitals to treat Covid-19, the WHO has warned. Donald Trump tried to push the treatment and took it himself when he contracted Covid-19. But the WHO says there is no evidence it works. South Australia’s six-day lockdown is being cut short three days early at midnight on Saturday after it emerged that a man infected with Covid-19 had lied to contact trace investigators. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 19-11-2020 Headlines 07:33 am Deaths from Covid-19 have passed 250,000 in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins University, 250,520 Americans have now died of the virus, and there have been more than 11.5 million confirmed cases. There are now more than 76,000 people hospitalized with Covid in the US. Officials said hospitals were straining to cope with the volume of patients. Still, some hope that Republicans were beginning to pave the way for cooperation with president-elect Joe Biden as he tries to coordinate a response to the crisis. Japan has recorded a record number of new daily coronavirus infections. The health ministry said it had found 2,179 new cases in the previous 24 hours. Tokyo's capital also recorded a new daily record as it went into its highest level of alert. India has edged closer to 9 million cases. It added another 45,576 new cases of the coronavirus, taking its total infections to 8.96 million, data from the health ministry said on Thursday. Mass vaccination planned in England. Britain’s National Health Service is assembling a huge team of retired doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists to implement its biggest ever mass vaccination program. Ukraine has also seen its highest ever daily infection total with a record of 13,357 new cases in the past 24 hours. Turkey plans to buy 20m doses of the Chinese vaccine. The government is also in talks to buy vaccine doses from Pfizer and BioNTech, MPs were told on Thursday. The Pacific nation of Samoa has recorded its first-ever case of Covid-19. Prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said a sailor who had returned from New Zealand on a repatriation flight tested positive in a quarantine facility. A hospital doctor gave birth to twins while in a coronavirus coma. Perpetual Uke was 26 weeks pregnant when she was put in an induced coma in a hospital in Birmingham, but doctors delivered the babies by Caesarean. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 18-11-2020 Headlines 07:49 am The US medical establishment has urged Donald Trump to share crucial data with the president-elect, Joe Biden, to save lives and prevent the country’s healthcare system from being overwhelmed. Several US states, including Iowa, have backtracked on earlier policies and recommended that people wear masks as US cases continue to spread. Senator Chuck Grassley, at 87, the oldest member of the US upper house, has become the latest high-profile figure in Washington to test positive. According to a union survey, almost half the headteachers in England consider quitting after the virus is brought under control. It comes as 598 more people died on Tuesday within 28 days of testing positive for Covid 19, bringing the UK total to 52,745. This represents the highest daily increase since 12 May. Businesses in Tokyo could be asked to shorten opening hours to contain a worsening outbreak of the virus that has seen cases in the Japanese capital reach a record daily high of 472 on Wednesday. Turkey is imposing fresh restrictions in the wake of a sharp rise in cases. Restaurants and cafes will be asked to close at 5 pm from Friday, and a partial lockdown will be imposed on the country at weekends. British Airways is to launch a voluntary coronavirus test for passengers traveling to the UK from three American airports. The airline said it would trial a testing regime, which will involve hundreds of travelers on particular routes from the US to Heathrow. South Australia has imposed a six-day “circuit-breaker” lockdown to beat an outbreak of cases in the state’s capital, Adelaide. Most schools will be closed, as will universities, pubs, cafes and food courts. 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. Daily 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 as he 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  Recommended:  The Best Explanation Ever About The Coronavirus News Updates 16-11-2020 Headlines 06:23 am Young and previously healthy people with ongoing symptoms of Covid-19 are showing signs of damage to multiple organs four months after the initial infection, a study suggests. The US confirms 1m cases in a week; Boris Johnson self-isolating according to the World Health Organization, North Korea had tested over 12,000 people and reported no confirmed cases of the coronavirus; as of early November, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining, and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — in an attempt to curb the state’s spiking case numbers. Algeria imposed new coronavirus restrictions on Sunday, closing sport and cultural centers and beaches after a spike in infections. Germany has warned its anti-coronavirus measures are likely to stay in place for several months. The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has said that the country will follow in Slovakia’s footsteps by mass testing its population to get out of lockdown in time for Christmas. The UK reported 24,962 new Covid cases on Sunday, down by 1,898 from Saturday’s 26,860. Italy has reported 546 Covid-related deaths, up from 544 the day before, the health ministry said on Sunday. The country also registered 33,979 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, down from 37,255 on Saturday. In a Sunday statement, the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, declared “the general mobilization of the nation and the government” after health authorities announced its highest-ever several daily cases.  India is expected to fly doctors in from other regions of the country to double its testing capacity to contain the spread of coronavirus in the capital New Delhi. The prime minister of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ambrose Dlamini, has tested positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic. France reports 302 deaths and 27,228 new cases in the last 24-hours, according to the French health ministry website. WHO registers the highest Covid-19 cases in one-day over the weekend, reports AFP. Saturday’s figures of 660,905 and Friday’s 645,410 both surpassed the previous set highest daily total of cases recorded at 614,013 on 7 November. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 15-11-2020 Headlines 07:47 am South Australia confirms three local cases, The US records 177,000 new cases, according to Johns Hopkins University; Zero new infections in Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria Covid vaccine hopes must not make Britons complacent, warns adviser Covid vaccine rally fuels market optimism of a faster global recovery ‘Failure is not an option’: Biden’s Covid taskforce ready to step up Scientists warn of Christmas Covid surge if tier system returns Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 14-11-2020 Headlines 07:10 am Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has announced stricter lockdown restrictions from next Saturday. Non-essential businesses and services will be shut, and cars will not be allowed to leave or enter Tehran and 100 other towns and cities. Iran announced 452 Covid deaths – a near-record. Police have made 14 arrests after protesters defied a ban on an anti-lockdown rally in Bristol, in England. Those arrested included Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers, according to video footage. Lebanon has started a new two-week lockdown after coronavirus infections crossed the 100,000 marks. Beirut’s roads were largely empty, and police checkpoints were set up at several locations. Russia and Ukraine have both reported record highs in daily cases. Russia has reported a record daily number of 22,702 new infections and 391 deaths. Ukraine registered 12,524 new cases. Poland has reported a record of 548 new coronavirus deaths, taking the country’s total above 10,000. Poland also reported 25,571 new cases. Greece and Austria have set out plans to tighten lockdown restrictions. Austria is planning to impose a full lockdown from Tuesday. Greece has announced the closure of nurseries and primary schools until the end of November as its death toll surpassed 1,000. The development of an effective vaccine should not make people complacent about coronavirus spread in England, a government adviser has warned. Prof Susan Michie warned that the country was entering a “very challenging” fortnight. A group of religious leaders has launched a legal challenge against the decision to close churches for public worship in England and Wales during the second lockdown. More than 100 church leaders seek a judicial review of the UK government's decision to ban people from worshipping together in England. 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 home, 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 12-11-2020 Headlines 08:12 am The US confirmed its highest 24-hour infection total to date – with a world record of 136,000 cases recorded in one day. The US also suffered its highest death toll since early May, with 1,984 coronavirus deaths. Texas passes 1m cases. On Wednesday, Texas became the first state with more than 1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, and California closed in on that mark as a surge of coronavirus infections engulfs the country. Auckland, New Zealand, asks people to work from home tomorrow. The department of health has asked all New Zealanders who live or work in Auckland central city to stay home tomorrow after further details emerged of the mystery case of Covid-19, whose point of infection is as yet unknown. Athletes arriving at the Tokyo Olympic Games will be exempt from isolation requirements. Athletes arriving in Tokyo for next year’s Olympic Games, postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be exempt from Japan's 14-day isolation period on anyone arriving overseas to help stop the virus from spreading. Cyprus has announced partial lockdowns in Limassol and Paphos's towns to curb a surge in Covid-19 cases. The local measures, which include a ban on travel into and out of the towns and a nightly curfew, will take effect from Thursday and last until the end of November. Sweden’s PM, Stefan Lofven, said his government plans to ban nationwide the sale of alcohol after 10 pm in bars, restaurants, and night clubs from 20 November to curb the spread of Covid-19. Sweden has witnessed record numbers of new coronavirus infections in past weeks, which burden the country’s health care system and intensive care wards. Spain’s coronavirus death toll surged to over 40,000, with infections passing the 1.4 million mark, while the rate of new cases continued to grow, health ministry data showed. A further 349 people died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 40,105 in Spain - the fourth-highest within the European Union after the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. South Africa will open up travel to all countries and restore normal trading hours of alcohol, despite having the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the continent, to boost the tourism and hospitality sectors, president Cyril Ramaphosa said. Officials and doctors in Pakistan urged people to stay at home as the air quality in Lahore deteriorated to hazardous levels, putting an additional burden on the fragile healthcare system amid a surge in coronavirus deaths and new infections. The New York governor Andrew Cuomo imposed a new round of restrictions to curb the coronavirus's spread as the infection rate climbed and hospitalizations soared in the state. Taking effect on Friday, Cuomo ordered bars, restaurants, and gyms in the state to shut down on-premises services at 10 pm nightly and capped the number of people who could attend private parties at 10. Turkey banned smoking in crowded public places to slow a recent surge in symptomatic patients with coronavirus, as the government warned citizens to abide by protective measures. It comes as daily cases surged to 2,693 on Wednesday. Greek authorities announced stricter restrictions on movement, extending a curfew nationwide after infections broke fresh records, reporting 2,752 new cases on Wednesday. Four days after the country went into a second lockdown to curb the surge in cases, the government said all circulation would be banned between 9 pm and 5 am. Spain will demand a negative Covid-19 test for all travelers arriving from countries with a high risk for coronavirus from 23 November. Visitors will need to show evidence of a negative PCR test result within the previous 72 hours to be granted entry, and officials will be allowed to ask for proof of the test results. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 11-11-2020 Headlines 08:12 am Vanuatu, one of the last remaining countries to be free of Covid, confirms the first case. One of the last remaining Covid-free countries in the world has announced its first positive test. Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman announced in an address to the nation. Loughman told a press conference that the indigenous Ni-Vanuatu person had arrived from the USA, transiting through Sydney and Auckland. Iran imposed a lockdown. Iran imposed a nightly curfew on businesses in Tehran and other cities on Tuesday, as it battles a major surge in coronavirus infections. Restaurants and nonessential businesses in Tehran and 30 other cities were ordered to close at 6 pm for one month to keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and to slow the worsening outbreak, which has killed more than 39,000 — the highest toll in the Middle East. Lebanon imposed a lockdown. In Lebanon, caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced a lockdown on Tuesday night that will begin on Saturday and last until the end of the month. Lebanon has broken daily records in recent weeks, straining the country’s medical sector where intensive care units are almost full and cannot take more cases. The World Health Organization says 1,527 health workers have tested positive since the first case was reported in Lebanon in late February. More than 15,000 mink in the United States have died of the coronavirus since August, and authorities keep about a dozen farms under quarantine while investigating the cases, state agriculture officials said. England’s students get a six-day window to get home before Christmas. Students in England will be given a six-day window next month to travel home before Christmas, with mass testing carried out on campus before they are allowed to leave. Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble to begin on 22 November. A travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will begin on 22 November. Singapore’s airline regulator announced on Wednesday, as the two cities move to re-establish overseas travel links and lift the hurdle of quarantine for visiting foreigners. China reports 17 new cases, down from the day before. Mainland China reported 17 new Covid-19 cases on 10 November, down from 22 reported a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Wednesday. The National Health Commission said one of the new cases was a local infection reported in Anhui, the first such infection in the eastern Chinese province since 27 February. The other 16 cases were imported infections originating from overseas, it said. The US sees record Covid hospitalizations. The Covid-Tracking project reports that the US on Tuesday saw its highest number of people hospitalizes with coronavirus of the pandemic so far – a day after breaking the record on Monday. The number of hospitalizations currently stands at 61,964. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 10-11-2020 Headlines 06:12 am According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 50 million, which shows that the US, India, and Brazil have the highest figures. More on that here. France reported a further 38,619 coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the country’s total to 1,787,324. It followed a record daily increase on Saturday when a staggering 86,852 cases were logged. Algeria’s president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has responded well to coronavirus treatment after being hospitalized 13 days ago. Greece has reported a record daily rise of 35 coronavirus deaths and 1,914 new cases of the virus. The authorities announced 34 deaths on Saturday. Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Manchester on Sunday to object against the national lockdown in England, resulting in four arrests and several fines. Italy has registered 32,616 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, down from 39,811 on Saturday. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported further 93,811 coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 9,808,411. It follows a string of record figures, with the country tallying more than 100,000 new cases for four consecutive days. The UK has reported 20,572 new infections and 156 deaths, taking its caseload to 1,192,013 and its official toll to 49,044. 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 08-11-2020 Headlines 08:41 am US president-elect Joe Biden said he would appoint a team of leading scientists and experts as transition advisors to start work immediately on a Covid response plan “built on a bedrock of science” for as soon as he’s inaugurated. In Australia, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced the further easing of Covid restrictions over regional parts of the state after it recorded no new coronavirus cases for the ninth consecutive day on Sunday. New South Wales reported zero new local cases but is still investigating an emerging cluster in the Southern Highlands region, south of Sydney. Weekly figures for England show the central NHS test and trace system is reaching just under 60% of the close contacts of people testing positive, the lowest since the service began. Hospitals in Greater Manchester have suspended non-urgent appointments and surgery following a surge in Covid patients' number being treated. 413 people with coronavirus have died across the UK in the last 24 hours, up from 355 the previous day, government figures show. It brings the overall UK death toll to 48,888. In France, the total number of deaths from coronavirus has exceeded 40,000 for the first time, the health ministry announced. New deaths from the virus reached 40,169. India reported 50,356 new Covid-19 infections in the past day, as New Delhi cases surpassed 7,000 on Saturday. Papua New Guinea has reported a second case in New Ireland province, bringing the total number to 599. However, testing has been minimal, and the infection rate is expected to be much higher than 599, with cases reported in 15 of the 20 provinces. Italy approved a new aid package to cushion the blow to its economy from the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The measures agreed by the cabinet overnight are worth €2.9bn (£2.6bn). The US confirmed 126,480 new coronavirus cases on Friday. On the third day in a row, the US has reported a record-breaking number of Covid-19 cases. Polls opened in Myanmar this morning for a vote expected to return to power the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, in an election which went ahead despite virus fears. Scientists have warned that several hundred thousand extra deaths from tuberculosis are likely to occur this year due to Covid-19’s effect on global health services. Thousands of people in Leipzig, Germany, have demonstrated against coronavirus restrictions. The demonstration came as Germany finished its first week of a “lockdown light” with new restrictions to try and slow rising coronavirus cases. Travel to the UK from Denmark has been banned amid worries over Covid in mink. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 07-11-2020 Headlines 07:27 am In the Australian state of Victoria – 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 06-11-2020 Headlines 07:08 am The UK death toll from coronavirus rose by 378, taking the tally of people who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 to 48,120, government data showed. As of 9 am GMT on Thursday, there had been a further 24,141 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, taking the cumulative total of confirmed infections to 1,123,197. Colombia’s lower house abruptly ended its session and asked lawmakers to quarantine after a member tested positive for Covid-19. At least 150 lawmakers could potentially have been exposed, the chamber’s press office said. They have been told to avoid travel to their home regions and remain in Bogota while waiting 72 hours from potential exposure to have a test. According to a Reuters tally, a dozen US states reported record one-day increases in Covid-19 cases a day after the country set a record with nearly 105,000 new infections reported on Wednesday. The outbreak is spreading in every region of the country but is hitting the Midwest the hardest, based on new cases per capita. Illinois reported nearly 10,000 new cases and, along with Texas, is leading the nation in most cases reported in the last seven days. Other Midwestern states with record increases on Thursday were Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, and Ohio. Arkansas, Maine, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and West Virginia also set records for new infections. Ireland is on track to get its second wave of Covid-19 infections under control by the end of November when the government hopes to ease some of Europe's strictest restrictions, a senior public health official said. “The way case numbers are behaving would suggest that case numbers are declining rapidly and that we are on target for the sort of end position we want to be in at the end of the six weeks,” on 1 December, Philip Nolan, the chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, told a press briefing. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 05-11-2020 Headlines 07:05 am England entered its second national lockdown, placing 56 million people under new coronavirus restrictions for at least the next four weeks. Despite a bruising vote in why dozens of his own MPs rejected the prime minister Boris Johnson’s strategy maps, the stay-at-home order was approved in parliament on Wednesday by 516 votes to 38. Indonesia fell into its first recession in over 20 years. Indonesia’s virus-hit economy contracted in the third quarter, plunging it into its first recession since the archipelago was mired in the Asian financial crisis more than 20 years ago. Activity in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy slumped 3.49% on-year in July-September, the statistics agency said Thursday, with tourism, construction, and trade among the hardest-hit sectors. The data marked the second consecutive quarter of contraction after a 5.3% decline in April-June. China bars entry to travelers from Britain and Belgium. Mainland China has barred entry to some travelers from Britain and Belgium. It sets strict testing requirements on visitors from the United States, France, and Germany, Reuters reports, as it reimposed border restrictions in response to rising global cases. Sydney Mardi Gras will go ahead but will look very different. Sydney’s iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which traditionally draws hundreds of thousands of revelers and international tourists, will not march through the city’s center in 2021. Instead, the 43rd edition of the parade on Oxford Street, which has been celebrated annually along the strip since 1978, will move to the nearby Sydney Cricket Ground in a scaled-back, Covid-safe event. India reported over 50,000 cases for the first time in 10 days. India reported a daily jump of 50,210 coronavirus infections, taking its total to 8.36 million, the health ministry said on ThursdaAccording to a Reuters tally, this is was the highest daily jump in cases since 25 Actually, and the first time over 50,000 cases was reported in the 10 days since then. Cases in India have been dipping since hitting a peak in September, but experts warn that the Diwali festival season could lead to a spike. Deaths rose by 704, with total mortalities now at 124,315, the ministry said. Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Latvia, and Estonia see record daily case rises. At least six European nations have seen record case rises in the last 24 hours. Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Latvia, and Estonia each confirmed their highest new infections according to Johns Hopkins University, e. With the fourth-highest cases globally, Russia added over 18,000 new infections on Wednesday, bringing its total to 1,680. Swiss authorities announced a record of 10,043 coronavirus cases in Switzerland in the last 24 hours. Austria’s daily tally of new coronavirus infections climbed above 6,000 for the first time on Wednesday to a new record of 6,211, data from the health ministry showed. Poland hit a daily high of nearly 24,700 coronavirus cases as the government introduced new restrictions on shops, schools, and cultural institutions through November. And finally, the Baltic nations of Estonia and Latvia say they have both registered a record daily number of coronavirus infections since the start of the outbreak. The US set a record for daily new cases averages one day after the election. Daily new coronavirus cases in America have increased 45% over the past two weeks to a record seven-day average of 86,352, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Deaths are also on the rise, up 15% to an average of 846 deaths every day. There were more than 91,000 new cases recorded on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins. The university counted nearly 99,000 US cases on 30 October. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 04-11-2020 Headlines 08:11 am The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has ordered extra lockdown measures to slow the coronavirus spread in the Netherlands and said the government is also considering curfews and school closures. The new measures, which include a ban on public meetings of more than two people not in the same family, were imposed amid signs the epidemic had reached a second peak.  The number of coronavirus patients in US hospitals breached 50,000 on Tuesday, the highest level in nearly three months, as a surge in infections threatens to push the nation’s healthcare system to the edge of capacity. Seven US states report record hospitalizations. Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and New Mexico reported record high hospitalizations this week. India recorded fewer than 50,000 cases for the tenth day. India recorded 46,253 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Wednesday, with cases rising again in some parts, including the capital, New Delhi. With 8.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases, India is the world’s second most affected country, behind only the United States. But the spread has slowed down since a September peak, and the country has reported less than 50,000 infections daily for 10 straight days. The recovery in China’s service sector activity extended into a sixth straight month in October. An industry survey showed on Wednesday, with hiring picking up to the highest level in a year but overseas demand slipping. The border between the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria – the country’s two most populous states – will reopen on 23 November, NSW state premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced. The UK registers the highest daily increase in Covid-related deaths registered in five months. A further 397 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. It brings the UK government’s tally to 47,250. The Tuesday tally each week tends to be higher owing to a delay in reporting deaths over the weekend, but the latest figure is still the highest recorded since 422 people were reported as having died on 27 May. Full story here. After reporting more than 11 million coronavirus cases, Europe passed a bleak milestone, as Austria and Greece became the latest countries on the continent to impose shutdowns. The continent has now registered 11,008,465 infections and almost 285,000 deaths, according to an AFP tally of official sources on Tuesday. France’s daily Covid-19 death toll rose by 854 on Tuesday, an increase unseen since 15 April, while the number of people hospitalized for the disease went up by more than 1,000 for the fifth time in nine days. More here. Hungary will close bars and entertainment venues and impose a night-time curfew as of midnight to curb a fast spread of coronavirus infections, the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, said. On Monday, those violating rules on wearing face masks risk stiff fines, with offending restaurants and shops closed by authorities if necessary. 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 02-11-2020 Headlines 07:59 am World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he had been identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19, but added that he was feeling well and did not have any symptoms. Tedros said in a tweet that he would be self-quarantining “over the coming days.” US President Donald Trump threatened to fire the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. At Trump’s rally in Florida, a “Fire Fauci” chant broke out when Trump defended his coronavirus handling. Anthony Fauci, a highly respected member of his coronavirus task force, has been increasingly critical of Trump’s handling of the virus. In response to the “Fire Fauci” chant, Trump said: “Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait until a little bit after the election.” Trump broke a curfew at a rally in Miami-Dade county. Trump spoke until well after midnight in Miami-Dade county, breaking a midnight coronavirus curfew intended to mitigate infections. Japan has used new technology to determine if large crowds can watch sports events in safety, less than a year before Tokyo is due to host the coronavirus-postponed Olympics. South Korea will fine people for not wearing masks from later this month, as the country expands its rules on mandatory face coverings. Although South Korea has fared better than many other countries containing the coronavirus outbreak, daily cases have risen to over 100 in recent days. The trial over the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack has been delayed for at least a week after two more defendants tested positive for coronavirus, Agence France-Presse reports. Brazilian health minister returns to the hospital. The Brazilian health minister, Eduardo Pazuello, who is ill with Covid-19, will stay in a military hospital overnight on Sunday, after having been discharged from a civilian facility earlier in the day. England’s lockdown could be extended – Gove. The one-month lockdown for England announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this weekend could be extended as Britain struggles to contain a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Michael Gove told Sky News on Sunday. The Duke of Cambridge tested positive for coronavirus in April, according to reports. The BBC said Buckingham palace sources had been told that Prince William had contracted Covid-19 that month. Brexit Party to rebrand as ‘anti-lockdown’ party, Farage says. Nigel Farage plans to rebrand the Brexit Party as an anti-lockdown party called Reform UK. The party leader has announced in an article in the Telegraph where he says, “it is time to redirect our energies.” More than 300 Brazilians gathered on São Paulo’s main commercial thoroughfare on Sunday to protest state Governor João Doria’s support for mandatory Covid-19 immunization and to test the potential vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac. Iran’s true death toll is likely to be at least three times higher than the reported figure, the head of Iran’s medical council has said. Brazil’s health minister has been discharged from the hospital. He was admitted to the hospital with coronavirus and dehydration two days ago. There have been a further 23,254 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, according to government data. This compares to 21,915 new cases registered on Saturday. According to a Stanford University paper posted online this weekend, Donald Trump’s campaign rallies may have led to 30,000 additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 and likely resulted in more than 700 deaths overall. Greece has reported a further 1,678 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total to 40,929. It comes after a record daily increase of 2,056 was announced on Saturday. Geneva will impose a partial lockdown on Monday after the Swiss canton reported more than 1,000 new cases on several days. France reported 46,290 further coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to over 1.4 million cases. Infections rose by 35,641 the previous day. Slovakia tested almost half of its entire population yesterday as part of a two-day mass testing program designed to bring coronavirus under control without implementing further lockdown measures. Of the 2.58 million people tested, 1% were positive and will have to quarantine. Russia’s daily tally of coronavirus cases hit a record high of 18,665, taking the national total to 1,636,781. Meanwhile, Iran has marked the highest daily increase in its coronavirus death toll, with 434 recorded on Saturday. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 01-11-2020 Headlines 07:59 am The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a second month-long national lockdown for England as the UK surpassed 1m infections on Saturday. Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has urged Scots not to travel to England. The number of Covid-related hospitalizations hit record numbers in at least 14 European countries this week as the second wave of the pandemic hit. Austria announced a night-time curfew and the closure of cafes, bars, and restaurants on Saturday amid “exploding” coronavirus infections. In cities across Spain, where a state of emergency was introduced this week, protesters opposing coronavirus measures clashed with police on Saturday. Brazil’s health minister, Eduardo Pazuello, is in stable condition in a hospital after being diagnosed with Covid-19. The trial over the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre has been suspended until Wednesday after the main suspect tested positive for coronavirus. England’s Catholic Church has criticized the government for banning communal worship under new lockdown measures, saying such gatherings helped wellbeing. In the Philippines, almost 1 million people have been evacuated from the projected path of Super Typhoon Goni, prompting concern over the possible spread of the virus in emergency centers. Australia has recorded a day of no new community cases for the first time in nearly five months. 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   News Updates 30-10-2020 Headlines 07:35 am The US nears 9m cases. The United States, the worst-affected country worldwide in terms of the number of coronavirus cases and national death doll, is on the brink of the terrible milestone of 9m cases. In recent days the US has twice reported daily infection totals of over 80,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. It currently has 8,944,632, with the next daily infection figure expected to take that number over 9m.  Record 17m guns bought this year in the US. According to estimates from a firearms analytics company, Americans have bought nearly 17m guns so far in 2020, more than in any other single year. Gun sales across the United States first jumped in the spring, driven by fears about the coronavirus pandemic, and spiked even higher in the summer during massive racial justice protests across the country, prompted by black police killings of Americans. Australian active cases lowest in four months. On Friday, Australian officials said there just under 200 active cases of Covid-19 in the country, the lowest number in more than four months and well down from a peak of just over 8,000 in mid-August. Officials reported just 11 new infections in the past 24 hours, the bulk of which were already in hotel quarantine after arriving overseas. Australian states and territories have begun further relaxing domestic travel bans, although some restrictions remain. Mainland China reported 25 new Covid-19 cases on 29 October, down from 47 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Friday. Of the new cases, 24 were imported infections originating from overseas. The National Health Commission said that one local infection was reported in the eastern province of Shandong. Japan passes 100,000 cases. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Japan has topped 100,000, as experts warned that Tokyo - the most-affected part of the country - should prepare for another wave of infections this winter. Japan had recorded 100,516 cases and 1,761 deaths as of Thursday, according to a tally by public broadcaster NHK. The New Zealand government orders Air New Zealand to freeze bookings to the country. New Zealand’s government has ordered Air New Zealand to freeze all international bookings to the country as quarantine facilities near capacity, as more citizens try to return home ahead of the Christmas holidays. From Tuesday, they will need to have a voucher to board a flight home. EU to fund the transfer of Covid-19 patients across borders to prevent hospital collapse. The EU will finance patients' transfer across the bloc borders to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed as Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations rise across the continent. “The spread of the virus will overwhelm our healthcare systems if we do not act urgently,” said Ursula von der Leyen, head of the EU Commission. Spain hit a new record in daily cases, recording another 23,580 infections. It brought the nation’s tally to 1,136,503, health ministry data showed. The government voted in favor of a six-month extension of the state of emergency, allowing Spain’s 17 regional governments to limit mobility, impose curfews, and shut their borders with other regions. France will restrict outdoor movement and make working from home mandatory under new lockdown rules, coming into effect at midnight. People will only be able to leave their own homes for certain essential purposes, as the country tries to put the brakes on a Covid-19 outbreak that the president Emmanuel Macron said risked accelerating out of control. More details here. West Yorkshire in England will move into tier 3 restrictions from 12.01 on Monday. The ‘very high’ restrictions - the strictest level in England - will see indoor social mixing banned and the closure of pubs and bars unless they can operate as a restaurant. More details here. Greece will impose regional lockdowns on its second-largest city of Thessaloniki and two other regions from Friday after a rise in cases of Covid-19, the government said. Italy registered a record of 26,831 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Under new restrictions, bars and restaurants must stop serving customers at 6 pm while cinemas, theatres, swimming pools, and gyms must close completely. Sweden registered 2,820 new coronavirus cases, the highest since the start of the pandemic and the third record number in days. Hospitals are feeling the strain, with the number of patients with Covid-19 in need of care in the region have risen about 60% over the past week after a near 80% surge in recorded infections. 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  hansvanderbroek@whatsorb.com , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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