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Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (9) 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 (9) Globally

News Updates 15-12-2020
Headlines
06:54 am

  • After reports that Trump and other White House staff would be offered the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, the US president said that he was not scheduled to receive the vaccine, tweeting, “People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!” Although Trump has had coronavirus and does not need to have the vaccine, his taking is meant to instill Americans' confidence that the vaccine is safe.
  • London mayor said the surge in cases “deeply concerning.” The surge in coronavirus cases across London is “deeply concerning” and requires further Government action to be brought under control, Sadiq Khan has said. He wrote to Boris Johnson on Sunday requesting an immediate increase in Covid-19 testing provision across the capital to respond to the rising number of infections.
  • Vaccination clinics run by family doctors will begin across England from Monday. Still, people have been warned that a rise in cases after Christmas socializing could disrupt protective jabs' rollout. GP practices in more than 100 locations will have the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine delivered to them on Monday, with some offering vaccinations within hours.
  • South Korea ordered schools to shut. South Korea ordered schools to close from Tuesday in the capital Seoul and surrounding areas. It battles its worst outbreak of novel coronavirus since the pandemic began, surpassing the previous peak in February.
  • The US is on the brink of marking the sad milestone of 300,000 dead from coronavirus in just under a year. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US death toll, a fifth of the global total, currently stands at 299,168.
  • Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, who tested positive for COVID-19 four weeks ago, has died at age 52 after being hospitalized in neighboring South Africa, the tiny absolute monarchy’s government said late on Sunday.
  • The Dutch government will decide on stricter measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the Netherlands on Monday. The country reported the biggest rise in infections in more than six weeks.
  • Schools in Greenwich, south-east London, have been asked to close from Monday evening after “exponential growth” of coronavirus demanded “immediate action,” the council said, amid reports that the capital is likely to enter tier 3 soon.
  • Bahrain has approved a Covid-19 vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and launched online registration for citizens' and residents' vaccines. Citizens and residents above 18 years of age could register online to receive the vaccine for free.
  • Mauritania has reimposed a night-time curfew in the face of a “worrying surge” in Covid-19 cases and deaths, the president’s office said.
  • Greece has reported 693 new coronavirus cases – the lowest daily figure since mid-October. There have been a further 85 deaths.
  • Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has said he is recovering from Covid-19, in his first televised appearance since he was treated in a German hospital almost two months ago.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 14-12-2020
Headlines
07:18 am

  • Pfizer says first Covid-19 vaccine supplies being prepared to ship from Michigan site
  • Brazil releases a vaccination plan that covers a quarter of the population, no start date
  • Germany to tighten restrictions
  • US deaths nearing 300,000 after another record day
  • South Korea reports a record daily case rise of 1,030 infections in 24 hours
  • Australian state of New South Wales marks nine days with no new cases
  • The Australian state of Victoria records 1 new case in hotel quarantine

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 13-12-2020
Headlines
08:25 am

  • The US president, Donald Trump, said the first US citizens would receive a Covid-19 vaccine in “less than 24 hours” after the country gave emergency approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
  • Mexico also approved the Pfizervaccine's emergency usee, a day after it recorded 12,253 new coronavirus cases and 693 additional deaths.
  • Australia’s acting chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, said Australia would not rush through the Pfizer vaccine and it “will be going through the full regulatory process.” The country has already ordered doses of the Pfizer vaccine and has a deal for millions of doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, said the country was in “an emergency” after its highest day of new case numbers. The country reported 950 new cases, the highest daily count since the peak of 909 reported on 29 February.
  • Peru temporarily suspended the Chinese Covidvaccine's clinical trials after detecting neurological problems in one of its test volunteers. Drug giant Sinopharm makes that vaccine.
  • Germany recorded 28,438 new cases and 496 new deaths.
  • New Zealand announced it would create a quarantine-free travel bubble with the Cook Islands in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Brazil’s health ministry is studying 58 suspected cases of Covid-19 reinfection after confirming the first case of a person getting reinfected with coronavirus, a ministry spokeswoman said. The first case was a health worker inNatal'se northern city, a 37-year-old woman who tested positive in June and again 116 days later in October, the ministry said.
  • Indoor dining restrictions will be reinstated indefinitely in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue climbing in the city and throughout the state.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 12-12-2020
Headlines
07:37 am

  • FDA panel approves Pfizer vaccine. A panel of outside advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted overwhelmingly to recommend emergency-use authorization of a vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and its German partner, BioNTech SE.
  • Canada could start vaccinations within days. Canada on Wednesday approved the use of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE and vaccinations are expected to start next week with high-risk people such as healthcare workers receiving the first doses.
  • Rebound in carbon emissions expected in 2021 after fall caused by Covid. Greenhouse gas emissions, which plunged by a record amount this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, are set to rebound next year as restrictions are lifted further, and governments strive to return their economies to growth, according to a global study.
  • Biden advisor delivers stern Christmas warning. A top coronavirus adviser to President-elect Joe Biden delivered a stern holiday message to Americans on Thursday - “no Christmas parties” - and warned they face a Covid-19 siege for weeks to come despite the latest moves toward US government approval of a vaccine.
  • South Korea mobilizes the military to help frontline workers. South Korea will mobilize military forces in the capital Seoul to help frontline health workers deal with a surge in coronavirus, with 689 new cases reported on Friday. The death toll and number of patients in critical care rose.
  • Advisers to Mexican health regulator to review Pfizer vaccine on Friday. An advisory committee for Mexican health regulator Cofepris will review Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine application on Friday, a health official said, as the country registered another 11,897 coronavirus cases and 671 more deaths.
  • Australia terminates vaccine to deal with after false positives for HIV. The Australian government has terminated its agreement with Australian biotech company CSL Limited to supply 51m doses of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Queensland after vaccine trial participants returned false-positive test results for HIV.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 11-12-2020
Headlines
06:59 am

  • Half of Americans would take the vaccine, poll shows. A survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows about a quarter of US adults aren’t sure if they want to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Roughly another quarter say they won’t.
  • A citizen journalist detained for more than six months after reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak has had a feeding tube forcibly inserted and her arms restrained to stop her pulling it out, her lawyer has claimed. Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old former lawyer, has been on a hunger strike at the shanghai detention facility. In May,  Zhang was arrested and accused of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” an accusation frequently used against critics and activists inside China, after reporting on social media and streaming accounts. Last month she was formally indicted on charges of spreading false information.
  • The US to confirm record daily death toll for Wednesday – reports. It looks like the US will again confirm a record new death toll for Wednesday, for the first time exceeding 3,000 deaths – higher than the toll of 9/11 – in 24 hours. The Guardian relies on Johns Hopkins for official data, and they have not yet posted 9 December’s toll, but the Washington Post, New York Times, and Covid-tracking Project’s figures each suggest that it will be a record day.
  • South Africa now experiencing Covid-19 ‘second wave’, the health minister declared Wednesday.“ As it stands as a country, we now meet that criteria,” Zweli Mkhize said in a statement, as the country registered nearly 7,000 new cases in the last 24-hour cycle. The country now counts 828,598 infections after 6,709 new cases were detected between Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • On Thursday, Australian scientists had developed a rapid genome sequencing method that would cut to within four hours the time taken to trace the source of coronavirus cases, helping contain any future outbreaks quickly.
  • Japan has reported a record daily number of coronavirus cases, prompting health experts to urge people not to travel in the run-up to the New Year holidays. The country reported 2,811 new infections on Wednesday, as well as a record 555 people with serious Covid symptoms, the Kyodo news agency said.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 10-12-2020
Headlines
09:01 am

  • Nine out of 10 people in 70 low-income countries are unlikely to be vaccinated against Covid-19 next year because the west has bought up most of the most promising vaccines coming on-stream, campaigners have said.
  • US coronavirus cases crossed the 15 million mark. Record cases in at least three states - Arizona, Alabama, and Ohio - pushed the cumulative caseload to over 15 million, according to a Reuters tally of state and county data.
  • UK’s science chief warned Britons may still need masks next winter. People in the United Kingdom may still be wearing face masks a year despite their national vaccination program getting underway. The UK’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, told the Telegraph. “It may be that next winter, even with vaccination, we need measures such as masks in place,” he said.
  • Kim Jong-un’s influential sister has launched a stinging verbal attack on South Korea’s foreign minister for questioning North Korean claims that the country does not have a single case of Covid-19. Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader’s younger sister, described the comments by Kang Kyung-Wha as “reckless” and accused her of seeking to damage already strained ties between Pyongyang and Seoul.
  • Rudy Giuliani is expected to leave the hospital on Wednesday. US President Donald Trump’s lawyer said he feels better after contracting Covid-19 and expects to leave the hospital on Wednesday.
  • South Korea reported its second-highest cases of the pandemic so far. South Korea reported 686 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday as it battles the third wave of infection, threatening to overwhelm its medical system. The daily tally was the second-highest since the start of the pandemic, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. New cases have been consistently around 600 over the past week.
  • Thailand will deploy drones and increase military patrols along its border with Myanmar following a small cluster of cases linked to people crossing undetected into the country. At least 19 cases of the coronavirus have been linked to people passing over the border without undergoing mandatory quarantine. Health workers have raced to trace hundreds of contacts, while some schools have also been closed as a precaution.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 09-12-2020
Headlines
08:46 am

  • The UK is set to administer the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday. The NHS gives top priority to people over 80, frontline healthcare workers and care, home staff, and residents.
  • Hong Kong to impose new virus restrictions. Hong Kong will ban evening dining at restaurants, and close fitness centers, the city’s leader said Tuesday, as part of new measures aimed at stemming the fourth wave of coronavirus infections. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the rules aim to reduce the “number of people on the streets,” echoing moves taken by authorities when cases spiked earlier this year.
  • The World Health Organization said Monday that persuading people on the merits of a Covid-19 vaccine would be far more effective than trying to make the jabs mandatory. The WHO said it would be down to individual countries as to how they want to conduct their vaccination campaigns against the coronavirus pandemic.
  • South Korea ordered vaccines for 44 million people. According to Yonhap, South Korea has secured 64 million doses for 44 million people (three of the vaccines need two shots). Vaccines for 34 million will come directly from the drugmakers and 10 million via the WHO. The vaccines ordered are sufficient to cover 88% of the population.
  • US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to ensure that priority access for Covid-19 vaccines is given to the American people, for doses procured by the US government, before assisting other nations, senior administration officials said on Monday.
  • Armed police raid home of Florida scientist fired over Covid-19 data. Rebekah Jones, the Florida data scientist, embroiled in a dispute with the state’s Republican governor over the handling of coronavirus figures, had her home raided on Monday by armed police who confiscated her computers.
  • India reports the lowest daily rise in coronavirus cases since 10 July. India reported 26,567 new coronavirus infections, data from the health ministry showed on Tuesday, the lowest daily increase since July 10. Daily cases have been falling in India since hitting a peak in September. The country has 9.7 million cases, the second-highest caseload in the world after the United States. Deaths rose by 385, the health ministry said, with the total now at 140,958.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 08-12-2020
Headlines
10:08 am

  • The UK to administer the first vaccine doses on Tuesday. Britain is set to administer the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. The NHSgivesg a top priority to vaccinating the over-80s, frontline healthcare workers, and care home staff and residents. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine needs to be kept at -70C (-94F) and only lasts five days in a regular fridge. For that reason, it will first be administered in 50 hospitals. About 800,000 doses are expected to be available within the first week.
  • Giuliani in hospital – reports. Multiple news outlets are reporting that Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer to Donald Trump, has been admitted to hospital following the announcement by Trump on Twitter that Giuliani had tested positive for coronavirus. CNN, the New York Times, and the ABC citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation report that Giuliani has been admitted to Georgetown University Hospital.
  • President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration’s coronavirus response. If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra, 62, will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Biden expected to nominate Massachusetts General Hospital chief to run US CDC. US President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Rochelle Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, to run the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with the decision.
  • In Australia, Melbourne's city has welcomed its first international passenger flight in five months, an arrival that will test the state of Victoria’s revamped hotel quarantine system. Australia has since March closed its borders to non-citizens. Still, airports serving Victoria’s capital stopped accepting any arrivals in late June after an outbreak of Covid-19 that began at two hotels where arrivals were quarantining.
  • South Korea expands testing. On Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered testing for the new coronavirus to be expanded by mobilizing the military and more public service people. The country continued to report triple-digit daily new cases.
  • South Korea reported 615 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said, capping a month of triple-digit daily increases that have driven the nation’s largest wave of infections in nine months. Monday’s total was down slightly from Sunday when the agency reported 631 new cases, the largest daily tally since a peak in February and early March.
  • Public support for Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has plummeted over the past month amid mounting criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Thee Kyodo newsagency's new Polly shows support for his cabinet at 50.3%, down 13 percentage points from a month earlier. Disapproval rose from 19.2% to 32.6%.
  • The Serum Institute of India has sought emergency use authorization from India’s drug regulator for AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday, according to several reports in Indian media, citing the Press Trust of India. It applied to the Drugs Controller General of India, citing unmet medical needs due to the pandemic. In the interest of the public at large, the agency report said, citing official sources. The Serum Institute was not immediately available to Reuter's request for comment.
  • Japan is preparing to send nurses from the Self-Defence Forces to Osaka and Hokkaido to help treat a surge in coronavirus infections as soon as the two prefecture governments request it, chief government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said on Monday.
  •  Indonesia receives the first vaccine shipment from China. Indonesia received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine from China on Sunday, President Joko Widodo said, as the government prepares a mass inoculation program. The vaccine still needs to be evaluated by the country’s food and drug agency while his administration prepares to distribute it across the vast archipelago of 270 million people, Jokowi said.
  • The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the Arizona state legislature will close for the whole of this coming week, “after at least 15 current or future Republican legislators may have been directly exposed to Covid-19 by meeting with Rudy Giuliani.”

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 07-12-2020
Headlines
08:01 am

  • Britain is preparing to become the first country to roll out the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine this week, initially making the shot available at hospitals before distributing stocks to doctors’ clinics. Tens of millions of doses of the vaccine manufactured in Belgium will be flown by military aircraft to avoid delays at ports caused by Brexit.
  • The US has seen a record number of coronavirus cases for the third day running. Nearly 230,000 new infections and 2,527 Covid-related deaths were recorded on Saturday alone. Areas across California will be under stay-at-home orders by Sunday night to ease the pressure on hospitals.
  • In South Korea, social distancing requirements were tightened in the capital of Seoul on Sunday. Health authorities recorded 631 new cases as of midnight Saturday - the largest daily tally since a peak in February and early March.
  • The Australian state of Victoria has announced a significant easing of its Covid-19 restrictions, opening up the state in time for summer. Victoria, once the worst-hit state in the country, has enjoyed 37 straight days free from Covid-19.
  • Portugal will ease coronavirus rules over the Christmas period to allow people to visit friends and family. Still, measures will be reinforced again a few days later to crack down on New Year’s Eve parties, the government said on Saturday.
  • In China, provincial governments are placing orders for experimental, domestically made coronavirus vaccines, though health officials have yet to say how well they work.
  • Russia has begun vaccinating vulnerable groups with the country’s Sputnik V Covid-19 jab. Full safety and efficacy trials have not yet been completed.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 06-12-2020
Headlines
06:56 am

  • In the US, more than 213,830 new cases of Covid-19 and 2,861 deaths were reported overnight. The figures set a new single-day record. Leaders urge everyone to wear masks, including indoors, while San Francisco will enter a strict lockdown from Sunday.
  • Progress on Covid-19 vaccines is positive, but the World Health Organization is concerned about a growing perception the pandemic has come to an end, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says. He says WHO also needs more funding to ensure the fair rollout of vaccines worldwide and “in the stampede for vaccines” rich countries must not trample on poorer ones.
  • Bahrain has become the second nation to approve the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the state-run Bahrain News Agency has announced.
  • A further 16,298 confirmed cases were announced in the UK on Friday.
  • In New South Wales, Australia, where there have been fears of a new cluster after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive last week, no new virus cases were reported overnight.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 05-12-2020
Headlines
06:22 am

  • Seoul to shut down most establishments at 9 p.m. to contain coronavirus
  • India records under 40,000 new cases for the fifth day in a row
  • South Korean authorities are concerned that university entrance exams - which nearly half a million students sat on Thursday - and admissions tests over the next two weeks could prove another source of contagion, Reuters reports.
  • In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, US president-elect Joe Biden says that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president. Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris also committed to receiving coronavirus vaccinations as soon as possible, when approved by US regulators:
  • Mainland China reported 17 new Covid-19 cases on 3 December, up from 16 cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Friday.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 23,449 to 1,130,238, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Friday.
  • Families across the UK are being allowed to gather over Christmas, even as tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases are recorded each day. Is it possible to have a safe holiday?
  • Costa Rica has signed an agreement with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE for the manufacture and delivery of 3 million Covid-19 vaccines next year, the office of President Carlos Alvarado said on Thursday.
  • California has announced sweeping plans for a new, regional stay-at-home order that is likely to affect nearly all of the state within days.
  • The order is pegged to hospital capacity – regions, where ICU capacity falls below 15% will come under the new restrictions.
  • South Korea said it is considering tightening its social distancing rules. It reported 629 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the most since the first wave of infections in the country peaked in late February, Reuters reports.
  • Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, is set to hold a news conference to provide an update on the country’s pandemic response on Friday, local media reported, his first since coronavirus case numbers surged in November.
  • South Korea reported 629 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number in nine months.
  • New Zealand’s Covid-19 minister has called for patience in its vaccine roll-out program, saying he was unlikely to follow the UK using emergency provisions to fast-track approval.
  • On Thursday, Mexico’s health ministry reported 11,030 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 608 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,144,643 cases and 108,173 deaths.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

 

News Updates 04-12-2020
Headlines
06:34 am

  • Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton have all volunteered to be vaccinated on camera to try to convince people to get vaccinated:
  • CDC chief warns Americans to face ‘rough’ winter from Covid-19 surge. The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Wednesday the Covid-19 pandemic, still raging with unprecedented fury nationwide, will pose the country’s grimmest health crisis yet over the next few months, before vaccines become widely available.
  • California’s agricultural workers have contracted Covid-19 nearly three times the rate of other residents in the state; a new study has found, laying bare the risks facing those who keep a $50bn industry afloat. Farmworkers have been deemed “essential” and thus continued to work throughout the duration of the pandemic.
  • China is carrying out sweeping inspections on food importers, supermarkets, e-commerce platforms, and restaurants to prevecoronavirusthe sprues through imported cold chain products, the country’s market regulator said on Wednesday.
  • South Korean drugmaker Daewoong Pharma said on Thursday it had sought regulatory approval for Phase II trials of its anti-parasite niclosamide drug to treat Covid-19 patients, sending its shares up nearly 6%.
  • Localized coronavirus outbreaks in parts of South Africa have raised fears that the country could see a resurgence in cases compounded by gatherings during the upcoming festive season. Officials in Africa’s hardest virus-hit country are scrambling to contain infections after a flare-up was reported in the impoverished Eastern Cape province and adjacent Western Cape province last month.
  • Former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing died on Wednesday from complications linked to Covid-19, his foundation said. Giscard was admitted to the hospital in September with respiratory problems. He recovered but was re-admitted in mid-November. He was 94.
  • Meanwhile, the global Covid death toll is nearing 1.5m, with 1,488,99According to Johns Hopkins University, the world is currently suffering more than 10,000 deaths per it. There are 64.3m cases worldwide.
  • Eli Lilly and Co said on Wednesday the US government had purchased 650,000 additional doses of its Covid-19 antibody drug for $812.5 million. The doses will be delivered through 31 January, with at least 350,000 delivered in December. The company saiThe UUS, Food, and Drug Administration has authorized the drug for emergency use, and the government bought 300,000 doses in October.
  • Brazil opens the route for emergency approval of Covid-19 vaccines and outlined the requirements for companies looking to do so. Authorizations will be analyzed on a case-by-case basis, and that to be considered, the vaccine must be in late-stage trials in Brazil. It said no requests had been received so far.
  • The US suffers the highest daily deaths since April. The United States has recorded 2,597 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is its worst toll since 15 April and its second-worst toll of the pandemic so far.15 April saw record deaths just shy of this week’s figure, at 2,607 dead in one day.
  • Covid vaccinations will begin next week, says Boris Johnson. Mass immunization against coronavirus will begin next week, UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday as he moved to defuse a diplomatic row over claims that Brexit was responsible for the fast-track approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 02-12-2020
Headlines
06:34 am

  • BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna file for EU approval of the Covid-19 vaccine. Germany’s BioNTech and its US partner, Pfizer, have applied for EU regulatory approval for their Covid-19 vaccine, raising hopes that the first jabs could be administered in December. If approved, the vaccine could potentially be rolled out “in Europe before the end of 2020”, the companies said in a statement. US biotech company Moderna said it had also sought regulatory approval for its Covid-19 shot in both the US and Europe.
  • Belgian police arrest 25 men, including MEP, as ‘sex party’ breaks curfew. A Hungarian MEP in Viktor Orbán’s rightwing party, spotted fleeing along a gutter to escape police raiding a “sex party” above a Brussels bar, has apologized for breaching Belgium’s lockdown rules. József Szájer was about 20 people, mainly men and including at least two EU diplomats, who attended a party held near the Grand Place on Friday evening.
  • Lewis Hamilton tests positive for Covid-19 and will miss F1 Sakhir GP. The driver9is “devastated” to miss Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix after contracting coronavirus. Hamilton tested positive the day after winning the Bahrain GP and is in isolation. His participation in the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi remains in the balance.
  • Lastminute.com to pay £7m in refunds for canceled holidays. The flight and hotel booking site has agreed to pay £7m in refunds to more than 9,000 customers whose holidays were canceled because of coronavirus. After an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority, lastminute.com has given undertakings that it will pay refunds as soon as possible, and by 31 January at the latest.
  • Turkey’s coronavirus death toll hits the record for the ninth consecutive day. Turkey’s daily Covid-19 death toll hit a record high for a ninth consecutive day on Tuesday, with 190 fatalities in the last 24 hours, as Turks braced for new restrictive measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.
  • Concerns in Ireland as shopping sprees follow Covid lockdown. Ireland emerged from maximum Covid-19 restrictions on Tuesday, prompting pre-dawn shopping sprees and appeals to the public to stay vigilant against infection.
  • Austria set to bow to pressure on Covid risk with ski holiday ban. Austria’s government appears to have bowed to pressure from Germany, France, and Italy and10will ban skiing holidays over the Christmas break in an attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic. The decision, expected to be officially announced on Wednesday, follows heated disagreements between Berlin and Vienna.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 01-12-2020
Headlines
06:31 am

  • Vietnam sees the first case in three months
  • WHO ‘will do everything’ to find Covid origin
  • Mexico and Brazil seeing ‘alarming’ case surge; Scott Atlas resigns as special adviser to Trump on coronavirus
  • The US may begin vaccinations before Christmas
  • Moderna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy; final results confirm
  • Scott Atlas resigns as Trump’s pandemic adviser after controversial tenure
  • With more than 530,000 infections and nearly 17,000 deaths, the country has the highest tallies in Southeast Asia. However, some health experts say limited testing and contact tracing is masking a far higher caseload.
  • Anies Baswedan, the governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, said on Tuesday he had tested positive for Covid-19, as the world’s fourth most populous country struggles to contain a spike in the number of infections.
  • Los Angeles, which on Tuesday entered stay-at-home order, has shut down a “heavily visited” testing site to allow a film shoot to happen there,
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 13,604 to 1,067,473, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday.
  • India recorded 31,118 new coronavirus cases, the lowest daily tally since 17 November, data from the health ministry showed on Tuesday.
  • According to Johns Hopkins University, Indonesia confirmed a national record case rise on 29 November, with 6,267 new infections reported. There are a total of 538,883 cases in the country, and 16,945 people have died.
  • Three more members of the touring Pakistan cricket party have returned positive tests to Covid-19, according to New Zealand’s health ministry.
  • The Japan Skating Federation has decided to cancel a competition this month in Yamanashi prefecture, west of the capital Tokyo, after eight-speed skaters were confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus, Reuters reports.
  • On Monday, the World Health Organization head said that Mexico is in “bad shape” regarding the coronavirus as infections and deaths surge. The Mexican government forecast the pandemic would likely continue worsening until January.
  • In the UK, local authorities in tier 3, with the toughest Covid restrictions, will be invited to apply for funds to run mass testing programs of people with no symptoms, in hopes of driving down the virus and moving to tier 2; the government has said.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 30-11-2020
Headlines
08:05 am

  • London has suffered the biggest fall in job opportunities among Europe’s biggest cities, according to a report showing that national capitals across the region have been damaged most by Covid-19.
  • India’s coronavirus cases rose by 38,772, the health ministry said on Monday, making it the 23rd straight day that daily cases have stayed below the 50,000 marks.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 11,169 to 1,053,869, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Monday.
  • The reported death toll rose by 125 to 16,248, the tally showed.
  • China’s factory activity expanded at the fastest pace in more than three years in November, while growth in the services sector also hit a multi-year high, as the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus stepped up, Reuters reports.
  • Six inmates were killed, and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital. Two guards were critically injured, they said.
  • AP reports: Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka’s overcrowded prisons. Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks at several prisons as the coronavirus causes surges in the facilities.
  • Japan will be saddled with a bill of almost $2bn to cover the additional cost of postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Sunday reported a total of 13,142,997 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 143,333 from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,210 to 265,166.
  • In Japan, the number of Covid-19 patients with serious symptoms has reached record levels as the country battles the third wave of infections. The number of people with severe symptoms rose to 462 on Sunday, the health ministry said - an increase of 22 from the previous day.
  • Australians wasted more food during the Covid-19 pandemic, largely thanks to panic buying and food delivery services.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

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  • Britain has secured an additional two million doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine candidate, meaning it will have access to enough doses of the vaccine for around 3.5 million people. Overall, it has access to 357 million doses of vaccines from seven different developers.
  • In the UK, a further 479 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, down from 521 the previous day. Police confirmed that 155 people were arrested at anti-lockdown protests in central London, with offenses including breaching coronavirus regulations, assaulting a police officer, and possession of drugs.
  • North Korea has further toughening restrictions on entering seawater as part of elevated steps to fight the coronavirus pandemic. State media said Sunday, two days after South Korea said the North had banned sea fishing.
  • South Korean authorities will consider tighter social distancing restrictions on Sunday to clamp down on economic activities after last week saw the fastest spread of infections since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • According to the country's health ministry, Brazil has registered 51,922 additional coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours and 587 new deaths.
  • Mexico reported 10,008 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 586 additional deaths on Saturday. This brings the official number of cases to 1,100,683 with a total death toll of 105,459.
  • The Australian state of Victoria, which has recorded 30 days with no confirmed coronavirus cases, has eased some of its restrictions. From 11.59 pm tonight, businesses will be allowed to open their workplaces to a quarter of their employees.
  • South Australian health authorities urge anyone who visited several “high-risk” locations to get tested for coronavirus immediately after a Covid-19-positive man broke his required home quarantine in Adelaide.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian

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Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 02-12-2020 Headlines 06:34 am BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna file for EU approval of the Covid-19 vaccine. Germany’s BioNTech and its US partner, Pfizer, have applied for EU regulatory approval for their Covid-19 vaccine, raising hopes that the first jabs could be administered in December. If approved, the vaccine could potentially be rolled out “in Europe before the end of 2020”, the companies said in a statement. US biotech company Moderna said it had also sought regulatory approval for its Covid-19 shot in both the US and Europe. Belgian police arrest 25 men, including MEP, as ‘sex party’ breaks curfew. A Hungarian MEP in Viktor Orbán’s rightwing party, spotted fleeing along a gutter to escape police raiding a “sex party” above a Brussels bar, has apologized for breaching Belgium’s lockdown rules. József Szájer was about 20 people, mainly men and including at least two EU diplomats, who attended a party held near the Grand Place on Friday evening. Lewis Hamilton tests positive for Covid-19 and will miss F1 Sakhir GP. The driver9is “devastated” to miss Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix after contracting coronavirus. Hamilton tested positive the day after winning the Bahrain GP and is in isolation. His participation in the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi remains in the balance. Lastminute.com to pay £7m in refunds for canceled holidays. The flight and hotel booking site has agreed to pay £7m in refunds to more than 9,000 customers whose holidays were canceled because of coronavirus. After an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority, lastminute.com has given undertakings that it will pay refunds as soon as possible, and by 31 January at the latest. Turkey’s coronavirus death toll hits the record for the ninth consecutive day. Turkey’s daily Covid-19 death toll hit a record high for a ninth consecutive day on Tuesday, with 190 fatalities in the last 24 hours, as Turks braced for new restrictive measures to curb the spread of the pandemic. Concerns in Ireland as shopping sprees follow Covid lockdown. Ireland emerged from maximum Covid-19 restrictions on Tuesday, prompting pre-dawn shopping sprees and appeals to the public to stay vigilant against infection. Austria set to bow to pressure on Covid risk with ski holiday ban. Austria’s government appears to have bowed to pressure from Germany, France, and Italy and10will ban skiing holidays over the Christmas break in an attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic. The decision, expected to be officially announced on Wednesday, follows heated disagreements between Berlin and Vienna. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 01-12-2020 Headlines 06:31 am Vietnam sees the first case in three months WHO ‘will do everything’ to find Covid origin Mexico and Brazil seeing ‘alarming’ case surge; Scott Atlas resigns as special adviser to Trump on coronavirus The US may begin vaccinations before Christmas Moderna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy; final results confirm Scott Atlas resigns as Trump’s pandemic adviser after controversial tenure With more than 530,000 infections and nearly 17,000 deaths, the country has the highest tallies in Southeast Asia. However, some health experts say limited testing and contact tracing is masking a far higher caseload. Anies Baswedan, the governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, said on Tuesday he had tested positive for Covid-19, as the world’s fourth most populous country struggles to contain a spike in the number of infections. Los Angeles, which on Tuesday entered stay-at-home order, has shut down a “heavily visited” testing site to allow a film shoot to happen there, The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 13,604 to 1,067,473, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. India recorded 31,118 new coronavirus cases, the lowest daily tally since 17 November, data from the health ministry showed on Tuesday. According to Johns Hopkins University, Indonesia confirmed a national record case rise on 29 November, with 6,267 new infections reported. There are a total of 538,883 cases in the country, and 16,945 people have died. Three more members of the touring Pakistan cricket party have returned positive tests to Covid-19, according to New Zealand’s health ministry. The Japan Skating Federation has decided to cancel a competition this month in Yamanashi prefecture, west of the capital Tokyo, after eight-speed skaters were confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus, Reuters reports. On Monday, the World Health Organization head said that Mexico is in “bad shape” regarding the coronavirus as infections and deaths surge. The Mexican government forecast the pandemic would likely continue worsening until January. In the UK, local authorities in tier 3, with the toughest Covid restrictions, will be invited to apply for funds to run mass testing programs of people with no symptoms, in hopes of driving down the virus and moving to tier 2; the government has said. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 30-11-2020 Headlines 08:05 am London has suffered the biggest fall in job opportunities among Europe’s biggest cities, according to a report showing that national capitals across the region have been damaged most by Covid-19. India’s coronavirus cases rose by 38,772, the health ministry said on Monday, making it the 23rd straight day that daily cases have stayed below the 50,000 marks. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 11,169 to 1,053,869, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by 125 to 16,248, the tally showed. China’s factory activity expanded at the fastest pace in more than three years in November, while growth in the services sector also hit a multi-year high, as the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus stepped up, Reuters reports. Six inmates were killed, and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital. Two guards were critically injured, they said. AP reports: Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka’s overcrowded prisons. Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks at several prisons as the coronavirus causes surges in the facilities. Japan will be saddled with a bill of almost $2bn to cover the additional cost of postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Sunday reported a total of 13,142,997 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 143,333 from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,210 to 265,166. In Japan, the number of Covid-19 patients with serious symptoms has reached record levels as the country battles the third wave of infections. The number of people with severe symptoms rose to 462 on Sunday, the health ministry said - an increase of 22 from the previous day. Australians wasted more food during the Covid-19 pandemic, largely thanks to panic buying and food delivery services. Source Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 29-11-2020 Headlines 08:05 am Britain has secured an additional two million doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine candidate, meaning it will have access to enough doses of the vaccine for around 3.5 million people. Overall, it has access to 357 million doses of vaccines from seven different developers. In the UK, a further 479 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, down from 521 the previous day. Police confirmed that 155 people were arrested at anti-lockdown protests in central London, with offenses including breaching coronavirus regulations, assaulting a police officer, and possession of drugs. North Korea has further toughening restrictions on entering seawater as part of elevated steps to fight the coronavirus pandemic. State media said Sunday, two days after South Korea said the North had banned sea fishing. South Korean authorities will consider tighter social distancing restrictions on Sunday to clamp down on economic activities after last week saw the fastest spread of infections since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the country's health ministry, Brazil has registered 51,922 additional coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours and 587 new deaths. Mexico reported 10,008 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 586 additional deaths on Saturday. This brings the official number of cases to 1,100,683 with a total death toll of 105,459. The Australian state of Victoria, which has recorded 30 days with no confirmed coronavirus cases, has eased some of its restrictions. From 11.59 pm tonight, businesses will be allowed to open their workplaces to a quarter of their employees. South Australian health authorities urge anyone who visited several “high-risk” locations to get tested for coronavirus immediately after a Covid-19-positive man broke his required home quarantine in Adelaide. Source Worldometers, The Guardian .  Cover photo  Hello, I'm Nik Before you go! Recommended:  Travel The World: Keeping The Environment Healthy Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the coronavirus? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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