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France Surpasses 1Million Corona Cases

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07:45 France has become the second country in Western Europe to record more than 1m coronavirus infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The current total is 1,000,357. France has recorded 34,075 deaths.There are now seven countries worldwide with more than one million cases.

New Record Corona Increases in Midwest

Six US states reported record day-over-day increases in Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, as infections rose across the Midwest and elsewhere, prompting new clampdowns on residents, schools and businesses. Deaths attributed to Covid-19 hit daily records in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, Hawaii and Wisconsin. Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Colorado and Ohio reported record daily increases in new infections.

More Than 10,000 Daily Corona Cases in Germany

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by more than 10,000 in a single day for the first time, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The institute recorded 11,287 new cases in its daily update for a total of 392,049. The previous day’s increase was 7,830.The previous highest one-day total was on 20 October, according to Johns Hopkins University, with over 8,500 new cases.The reported death toll rose by 30 to 9,905, the tally showed.

911 Call Centres Closed Wednesday in Puerto Rico as Employees Test Positive

All of Puerto Rico’s 911 call centers were shut down Wednesday night after several employees tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced. Public Safety Secretary Pedro Janer said people should call the island’s emergency management agency at 787-724-0124 or police at 787-343-2020 in an emergency. He said both agencies are operating 24 hours a day. However, people calling the first number that Janer provided get a recording asking them to call 911 for an emergency. Then the recording provided callers with a directory.

Brazilian Volunteer Dies in AstraZeneca Corona Vaccine Trial

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial Brazil volunteer dies, trial to continue. Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters the trial would have been suspended if the volunteer who died had received the Covid-19 vaccine, suggesting the person was part of the control group that was given a meningitis jab.

No Agreement in Sight with Democrats

Trump says he does not see agreement with Democrats on stimulus. Donald Trump has said he does not see any way house speaker Nancy Pelosi and senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer “will be willing to do what is right for our great American workers, or our wonderful USA itself, on stimulus.”

Lazio, Italy Will Introduce Curfew on Friday

Italy’s Lazio region, including the capital Rome, is set to introduce a curfew on Friday from midnight to 5am to try to curb its surging Covid-19 infections, a regional government source told Reuters. It comes as Italy registered a record of 15,199 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Greece Announces Regional Lockdown in the North

Greek authorities announced a regional lockdown of the northern region of Kastoria, after declaring the region an elevated risk, the highest of a four-tier risk assessment. Restrictions will be imposed from 23 October. It comes as the country reported 865 new cases of Covid-19, a new high since the outbreak began in late February.

Thursday 22nd October

300,000 Excess Deaths Recorded in US for 2020

07:10 The US Centers for Disease Control and Protection has found that 300,000 excess deaths were recorded in the US this year – 66% of which were accounted for by the official coronavirus death toll of around 220,000. Usually, between the beginning of February and the end of September, about 1.9 million deaths are reported. This year, it is closer to 2.2 million – a 14.5% increase. The remaining deaths, the CDC wrote, “provide information about the degree to which Covid-19 deaths might be under ascertained.”

Brazil’s Health Minister Announced a Chinese Vaccine Will Be Added to Immunisation Program

Brazil’s health minister, Eduardo Pazuello has fallen ill with a suspected case of Covid-19. The ministry said Pazuello had a fever on Tuesday and would be tested for Covid-19. Pazuello also announced that Brazil would add the Chinese-made CoronaVac vaccine against Covid-19 to its national immunisation program, despite a political and diplomatic row over whether to use it.

Cathay Pacific Reduces Workforce and Plans Contract Changes for Other Staff

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways said on Wednesday it would cut 5,900 jobs and end its regional Cathay Dragon brand as it grapples with a plunge in demand. The restructuring will cost HK$2.2bn ($284m) and the airline will also seek changes to conditions in its contracts with cabin crew and pilots, it told the stock exchange.

Two Potential Corona Vaccines Being Tested in 10 Countries by SinoPharm

A state-owned drugmaker in China is setting up production lines to supply a billion doses of two possible vaccines that are being tested on 50,000 people in 10 countries, the company chairman said on Tuesday. Testing by SinoPharm Group is “in the last kilometre of a long march,” chairman, Liu Jingzhen said. He gave no indication when results were expected.

Spain Approaches 1 Million Covid-19 Infections

Spain is nearing a total of a million infections over the course of the pandemic so far, with 988,322 registered on the Johns Hopkins database, which would make it the first European country and sixth country globally to do so. Its death toll stands at more than 34,000.

Wednesday 21st October

Manchester Will Suffer the Toughest Restrictions in the UK

07:20 In England, the strictest Covid restrictions will be imposed on nearly 3 million people across Greater Manchester if no deal is reached by midday on Tuesday, the government has said in a dramatic ultimatum. The communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, warned northern leaders late on Monday night that if they fail to agree to pub closures and a ban on household mixing, the tier 3 measures will be brought in unilaterally.

6 Weeks of Lockdown in Ireland Expected from Wednesday

Ireland has announced a return to coronavirus lockdown. The prime minister, Micheal Martin, issued a nationwide ‘stay at home’ order but insisted schools would stay open. Measures coming into effect for six weeks from midnight on Wednesday will see all non-essential retail businesses close and bars and restaurants limited to takeaway or delivery service only. “Everyone in the country is being asked to stay at home,” Martin said in a televised national address.

Wales Entering 2 Week Lockdown

Wales is to go into a two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown, under which schools, shops, pubs and hotels will close and citizens will be told to stay at home. The government said it was needed to prevent thousands more deaths and the NHS becoming overwhelmed.

Final Presidential Debate Includes Corona Pandemic Topic

Donald Trump has confirmed he will participate in the final presidential debate on Thursday. Topics will include the coronavirus pandemic. Both Trump and Joe Biden will be subject to having their mics muted if they interrupt during certain designated two-minute speaking periods. It comes as Trump said Americans were “tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots” discuss Covid. The president once again attacked his top public health expert, using a call with campaign staff to call Anthony Fauci ‘a disaster’ and to claim “people are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots” discuss ways to combat the coronavirus.

WHO Warns Quarantine Failures Responsible for Cases Increasing

The World Health Organization has warned that quarantine failures are partly responsible for rising cases in the Northern Hemisphere. The WHO’s emergencies director, Michael Ryan said the fact that self-isolation measures were not being enforced systematically was “a good part of the reason why we’re seeing such high numbers”.

Tuesday 20th October

40 Million Corona Cases Worldwide

07:40 Global coronavirus infections are nearing a staggering 40m cases, with 39.8m currently confirmed by the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Additionally, according to an AFP tally based on official sources, Europe’s death toll has passed 250,000 fatalities.

Chinese Economy Shows Improvement

China became the first major economy to recover from Covid-19 pandemic. The Chinese economy grew 4.9% between July and September, according to government data. The year-on-year expansion, while slightly lower than analyst expectations, represents a dramatic reversal from the first quarter of this year when the economy shrunk by 6.8%, China’s first contraction since 1992 when officials began keeping quarterly GDP data.

Biden Questions Trump’s Claims of ‘Rounding the Turn’ of the Pandemic 

At his rally in Nevada, Trump claimed that the US was ‘rounding the turn’ of the pandemic, despite the weekly case average rising in 48 of the country’s 50 states. Friday saw the highest 24-hour infection total since July, with 68,000 new cases reported in one day. The US has 8.1m cases and nearly 220,000 deaths. Biden responded to Trump’s repeated claims: “As my grandfather would say, this guy’s gone around the bend if he thinks we’ve turned the corner. Turning the corner? Things are getting worse,” Biden said.

Mayors in Italy Granted Extra Authority to Enforce Curfews

Italy’s mayors were given new coronavirus powers amid a record case rise. Among the powers is the ability to impose 9 pm curfews in their towns and cities. Italy reported a record figure of 11,705 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, the health ministry has said, this is up from the previous peak of 10,925 posted on Saturday.

Melbourne Restrictions Begin to Ease off

Restrictions have eased in the Australian city of Melbourne, which has been under a strict lockdown for more than 100 days. On Monday, hairdressers, dog grooming businesses and real estate inspections reopened.

South African Health Minister Tests Positive for Corona

Zweli Mkhize announced that he and his wife had tested positive and will quarantine at home. South Africa reported 1,928 new cases on Saturday, pushing the total to just over 700,000 and 18,408 deaths.

Monday 19th October

London Restrictions Moving Towards Tier 2

08:40 London prepares for Tier 2 lockdown. The capital city is bracing for Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday, which means a ban on separate households mixing indoors, including in pubs and restaurants. However, the UK government’s flagship policy for tackling the coronavirus has descended into chaos after mayors and MPs from the north-west region emphatically rejected being moved into the highest lockdown level and accused ministers of treating the region with contempt.

Russia Thwarts Oxford Vaccine through Disinformation Campaign

Russian disinformation campaign set up to spread fear about the Oxford vaccine report. The Times reported that a Russian disinformation campaign has been set up in order to spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine, with pictures, memes and video clips depicting the British-made inoculation as dangerous.

Germany Sees Corona Escalating to New Highs

Germany sees record daily case rise for the second consecutive day. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 7,334 to 348,557, the highest one-day tally recorded in Germany over the course of the pandemic so far, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Victoria, Australia Eases Restrictions Significantly

Premier of the Australian state of Victoria to announce ‘significant’ easing of restrictions. In Australia, Victorian state Premier, Daniel Andrews has offered Victorians hope there will be a ‘significant’ easing of restrictions soon, after only two new coronavirus cases and no deaths. The state capital city, Melbourne, has been under some form of stay-at-home orders for 99 days, including 75 days under the highest stage-4 restrictions.

Potential Covid-19 Vaccine May Be Distributed from December

NHS in talks to potentially roll out vaccine from December. The National Health Service is in talks with the British Medical Association and others around mobilising the rollout of a potential Covid-19 vaccine from December, Pulse website for health professionals reported on Thursday.

Corona Infection in France Amass to New Record Numbers

France’s new infections set a 24-hour record, above 30,000. French health authorities on Thursday reported the number of new daily coronavirus infections rose above 30,000 for the first time since the start of the epidemic, with a total of 30,621 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours.

Italy Covid-19 Infections up to 8,800

Italy’s coronavirus infections reached 8,804 on Thursday, up by almost 1,500 in a day, while deaths almost doubled to 83. Daily records were registered in Lombardy, where there were over 2,000 new cases, Campania and Piedmont. Cases in the southern Campania region, which was relatively unscathed by the first wave of the pandemic, eclipsed 1,000 in a day for the first time.

Friday 16th October

New Record Corona Numbers in Germany

07:50 Germany has recorded its highest daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. It added 6,638 new infections on Thursday, eclipsing the 28 March figure of 6,294.

Highest Infection Covid Cases in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has also set a new record for daily Covid cases, recording 9,544 new infections, the highest since the pandemic started, Health Ministry data showed.

Paris and 8 More Cities Under Curfew for Minimum 4 Week Period

Paris and eight other French cities will be subject to a curfew from Saturday. “We have to act. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a TV appearance, announcing the 9 pm – 6 am curfew that will remain in force for at least four weeks, except for essential reasons. The curfew will also apply in Rouen, Lille, St Etienne, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Marseille and Toulouse.

Increased Corona Restrictions on Social Venues in Catalonia

Spain will close bars and restaurants across Catalonia for the next 15 days following a surge in cases, as the country tackles one of the highest rates of infection in Europe. All bars and restaurants in the region will be limited to a takeaway and delivery service for two weeks from Thursday night. Shops and markets will operate at 30% capacity, gyms, cinemas and theatres at 50%, and children’s play areas will close at 8 pm. The strict measure comes after the weekly total cases in Catalonia rose from 7,000 to 11,000 over the course of a few days.

New Curbs in the Netherlands including on Alcohol Sales

Measures also came into force across the Netherlands, including restrictions on alcohol sales and new mask requirements.

Portugal Increase Restrictions as New Record Corona Numbers Reported

Tough measures are to be introduced in Portugal from Thursday as the country reported a new record in cases. Gatherings will be limited to five people. Fines for businesses which do not comply with the rules will be doubled from an upper limit of 5,000 to 10,000 euros. The prime minister, Antonio Costa, will also submit a proposal to parliament to make face masks compulsory in crowded outdoor spaces, and use of the government’s tracing app StayAway Covid compulsory for some workforces.

Chinese Hospital President Fired after Recent Corona Outbreak

In China, a hospital president and the director of the health commission in the northern city of Qingdao have been fired after China’s latest coronavirus outbreak, authorities said on Thursday. A brief notice on the Qingdao city government’s official microblog Thursday said Health Commission Director, Sui Zhenhua and Deng Kai, president of Qingdao’s thoracic hospital to which the cases have been linked, were placed under further investigation.

Thursday 15th October

Over 38 Million Infections Worldwide

07:30 The number of infections worldwide has passed 38 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. There have now been 38,130,829 infections around the world since the virus emerged at the end of last year while 1,086,056 have died.

Another Corona Clinical Trial on Hold

The US drugmaker, Eli Lilly has paused clinical trial of its antibody treatment LY-CoV555 because of a safety concern. The announcement comes one day after Johnson & Johnson said it was forced to pause a high-profile trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine because a volunteer fell ill.

Iran Deep into Third Corona Outbreak

Iran smashed two grim records this week, reporting its largest number of deaths in 24 hours since the outbreak began in March and the largest number of new infections. Iranian health officials openly admit Iran is deep into its third and biggest wave of the disease. Evidence suggests this exhausted and impoverished country is struggling to cope.

20 Leading Economies Discuss Global Economy Reboot

Finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s 20 leading economies will hold virtual talks on Wednesday to figure out how to reboot the world economy in the aftermath of the pandemic. The World Bank has committed another $12 billion to help fund treatments in developing countries.

The French President, Emmanuel Macron Is Likely to Increase Restrictions

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will give a televised address to the nation on Wednesday against a backdrop of a sharp rise in cases. He is expected to announce more restrictions to prevent the spread.

Fully Recovered Trump Addresses Packed Event in Johnstown

Donald Trump has held his second rally since being given the all-clear from the virus, addressing a packed event in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In Florida, his Democratic rival Joe Biden was wooing older voters by claiming that Trump’s handling of the pandemic showed did not care about them.

Wednesday 14th October

Covid-19 Vaccine Trials Provisionally on Hold by Johnson & Johnson

07:30 Johnson & Johnson said on Monday it has temporarily paused its Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials due to an unexplained illness in a study. The participant’s illness is being reviewed and evaluated by an independent data and safety monitoring board as well as the company’s clinical and safety physicians, it said in a statement.

Patient Reinfected with Corona as Trump Announces His Immunity

US President Donald Trump has tested negative for Covid-19 and he is not infectious to others, the White House physician said on Monday. In a memo released by the White House, Dr Sean Conley said Trump had tested negative on consecutive days using an Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW antigen card. As Donald Trump declared himself ‘immune’ at his Florida rally, a new case study published in The Lancet revealed a 25-year-old man in Nevada was infected with coronavirus twice this year. This is the first confirmed case of reinfection in the US. The two infections in this one patient occurred six weeks apart. 

Zero New Corona Cases in New Zealand for 2.5 Weeks

New Zealand has recorded its 18th consecutive day of no new cases of Covid-19 spread in the community, health officials said on Tuesday. All 39 active cases of the virus in New Zealand were diagnosed in travellers returning to the country, who remain in quarantine facilities run by the government. One imported case was reported on Tuesday, in a traveller who had entered New Zealand from the United States on 8 October.

South Korea Covid-19 Cases on the Up

South Korea reported 102 new coronavirus cases as of Monday midnight, marking a triple-digit increase in six days, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Tuesday. Daily infections had fallen largely into the double-digit range in the past two weeks, which led the government to relax some rules on social distancing this week.

New Regulations in Effect in the Czech Republic

The Czech government will order bars, restaurants and clubs to close from Wednesday until 3 November and shift most schools to distance learning as it puts new measures in place to curb the fast spread of Covid-19 cases in the country. Public gatherings will also be limited to 6 people, alcohol consumption in public spaces will be banned, and masks will be required at public transport stops.

France High Corona Case Numbers Lead to Fears of Lockdown

France reported a three-month high in ICU patients. Health authorities said the number of people treated in intensive care units for Covid-19 surpassed the 1,500 threshold on Monday, for the first time since 27 May, raising fears of local lockdowns in the country. In France, prime minister Jean Castex has urged people to limit gatherings in their homes but said he “cannot regulate” them. He added that the battle against the virus will last “several months more, I think.”

Highest Death Rate for Iran So Far

For the second day in a row, Iran has announced the highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus, with 272 new victims, as well as its single-day highest count of new cases, with 4,206.

Curfew Restrictions and Limitations in Malaysia

Malaysia announced that it will impose some restrictions on movement in its capital city and in the neighbouring state of Selangor from Wednesday, as the country grapples with a fresh surge of cases.

Tuesday 13th October

New Lockdown May Be Imposed by French Authorities

10:25 French authorities might be required to impose new lockdowns in a bid to contain a further surge in coronavirus cases that is putting a strain on hospitals, prime minister Jean Castex warned on Monday. “If over the next two weeks we see the epidemic indicators worsen, if intensive care beds fill up even more than we expect, we will indeed take additional measures,” Castex said in an interview with France Info radio. The national health agency reported a record of nearly 27,000 new daily virus cases on Saturday, and more than 16,000 on Sunday, with the overall death toll now standing at 32,730.

British Airways CEO Alex Cruz Has Chosen to Step Down

British Airways, slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, said on Monday that chief executive Alex Cruz is stepping down “with immediate effect” but gave no reason for his departure. Parent group IAG added in a statement that Cruz, who has been BA chief executive for 4.5 years, will be replaced by its Aer Lingus boss Sean Doyle but will remain non-executive chairman.

Covid-19 Tests to Be Carried Out on 9 Million People in Chinese Port City

In China, the city of Qingdao in the eastern Shandong province announced plans to test each of its 9 million residents, after 6 new cases emerged linked to a hospital treating infections in returning international travellers. The exercise is expected to take place over 5 days. The city reported 6 new cases and 6 asymptomatic cases as of 11 October. Most of the cases were linked to the Qingdao chest hospital.

New National Restrictions for Italy

Italy is planning to introduce new restrictions nationwide as infections climb to levels last seen in March. Italian experts meet on Monday to consider new restrictions, expected later in the week, as the country’s daily infections surpassed 5,000 in recent days for the first time since March. However, the deaths linked to the virus are far lower than at the peak of the pandemic in spring. The health minister, Roberto Speranza said he had proposed a nationwide ban on private parties, while Rome would also target opening hours for bars and restaurants.

Boris Johnson to Announce 3-Tier System Restrictions on Covid-19

The British prime minister, Boris, Johnson is expected to unveil a three-tier alert system of Covid-19 restrictions for England. The first tier is expected to include existing restrictions limiting gatherings to 6 people and a 10 pm curfew on pubs and restaurants, and existing rules on masks and social distancing. The second tier is likely to include bans on home visits and indoor socialising with other households in bars or restaurants, while the final tier could force bars and pubs to close. Places such as Merseyside, Manchester and Newcastle, the worst-affected areas, are expected to face the toughest restrictions.

Edouard Fritch, French Polynesia’s President, Tests Positive for Corona

French Polynesia’s president, Edouard Fritch, has tested positive on returning to Tahiti from France, where he met the French prime minister, Jean Castex, and the president, Emmanuel Macron.

Monday 12th October

US Corona Cases Equal One Fifth of World Cases

09:20 The United States passed 7.6m cases. The US will likely have more than 8m cases by Thursday next week when Biden hosts a Town Hall in place of the virtual debate Trump refused to agree to. The US case total accounts for just over a fifth of the global case total. The US death toll, at more than 212,000, accounts for over one in five deaths worldwide, too.

China Joins Distribution Vaccine Initiative – Covax

China has officially joined a global vaccine initiative for distributing 2bn doses of Covid-19 vaccines around the world by the end of next year, according to the ministry of foreign affairs. Foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying said on Friday that Beijing had joined the initiative known as Covax, making China the largest economy to join to coalition aimed at countering so-called ‘vaccine nationalism’.

Tourism Starts in Cuba

Cuba to open for tourism starting next week. Prime Minister Manuel Marrero said late on Thursday that most of the Caribbean island nation would open to international tourism starting next week as it moved towards a “new normality” after containing its coronavirus outbreak.

India’s Corona Case Numbers Approach 7 Million

India’s total coronavirus cases rose by 70,496 in the last 24 hours to 6.91 million on Friday morning, data from the health ministry showed. Deaths from Covid-19 infections rose by 964 to 106,490, the ministry said. India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating.

Australia May Have Suppressed Second Wave

Australia reported its second straight day without any Covid-19 deaths on Friday, the longest stretch without any fatalities from the virus in three months. Australian states and territories reported 16 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, down from 28 on Thursday, and no deaths for two days, the first time Australia has gone 48 hours without a Covid-19 death since July 11. The results cement optimism that Australia has contained the second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Romania Increases Restrictions on Flights

Romania suspends flights to and from high-risk countries to stem a sharp rise in new coronavirus infections. Travellers from 49 high-risk countries will need to self-isolate for 10-14 days upon arrival, except those travelling for less than three days, who must have a negative coronavirus test. On Thursday, the government suspended flights from the countries on the list, except European Union states, the UK, the UAE and Qatar.

Travel Restrictions vs Emergency in Madrid

Madrid must impose travel restrictions or face a state of emergency, Spanish government says. Madrid must enforce travel restrictions ordered by the health ministry to limit coronavirus outbreaks or the national government will impose a state of emergency that would force it to comply, the Spanish government said late on Thursday.

Corona Accounts for Half the Patients in Paris ICU’s

Paris hospitals move into emergency mode amid a rise in Covid-19 patients. Hospitals in the Paris region have moved into emergency mode, cancelling staff holidays and postponing non-essential operations, as coronavirus patients made up close to half of all patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Friday 9th October

Global Corona Exceed 36 Million Cases

08:05 Global cases pass 36m as Brazil tops 5m infected. The known number of coronavirus infections worldwide has passed another milestone, with more than 36m cases registered on the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Among these are the now 5m cases in Brazil, which has the third-highest total worldwide after India (6.7m) and the US (7.5m). The global death toll is 1,054,674.

Japan Removes 12 Countries from Travel Ban

Japan to lift travel bans in 12 countries. In a sign that restrictions are loosening in Asia, Yomiuri newspaper has reported that Japan plans to lift travel bans on people going to China and 11 other countries, including Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia, next month. Japan has banned travel to 159 countries and regions.

New Corona Daily Record for Bulgaria

Bulgaria reports national one-day case record. Bulgaria reported a daily record of 437 coronavirus cases on Thursday, as the country grapples with a rising number of infections, data from the national information platform on the disease showed. The Balkan country now has 22,743 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 873 deaths.

More Cafe and Bar Closures in Brussels

Brussels closes cafes and bars in new virus curbs. All bars, cafes and event halls in Brussels have been told they must shut down for at least a month as of 7 am on Thursday as the Belgian capital went beyond recently tightened national restrictions in Belgium.

Nightlife in Berlin Closed First Time in 70 Years

Berlin nightlife has given the first curfew in 70 years as COVID cases surge. Berlin’s nightlife is facing a closing time for the first time in 70 years as the party-loving German capital seeks to contain spiralling coronavirus infection rates. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by a staggering 4,058 to 310,144, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Thursday. The reported death toll rose by 16 to 9,578, the tally showed.

Italy’s Corona Numbers Escalate beyond April’s Numbers

Italy tops 3,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time since April. Italy’s coronavirus infections jumped by 1,000 to 3,678 on Wednesday – the highest daily tally since the middle of April. There were 31 new fatalities, bringing the total to 36,061. The country made it mandatory to wear face masks outdoors nationwide.

Baby Bonus Payment in Singapore

Singapore to offer a baby bonus as people put plans on hold in COVID crisis. Singapore plans to offer a one-off payment to encourage couples to have a baby during the coronavirus pandemic, fearing that the economic impact of the outbreak is worsening the city state’s already low birth rate.

Thursday 8th October

UK Covid-19 Testing for International Arrivals May Start Next Month

07:55 A UK government decision on plans to introduce Covid-19 testing for international arrivals to cut quarantine times will not come until next month at the earliest, with Downing Street instead setting up a global travel task force to look at proposals, the Guardian understands.

Countries in Europe Are Running Low of Covid-19 Drug

European countries face shortages of Covid-19 drug remdesivir. European countries are facing shortages of Covid-19 drug remdesivir because limited supplies are running out, with cases surging and the US having bought up most of drugmaker Gilead’s output.

White House West Wing Looks Deserted

White House likened to ‘ghost town’ as anxiety over coronavirus cluster grows. The West Wing has reportedly turned into a ‘ghost town’ amid complaints that the White House has failed to trace potential contacts of Trump and his infected aides, with many working from home even as the president exhorted Americans “not to be afraid of COVID”.

IMF Chief Announces World Economy Will Recover Slowly from COVID

IMF chief says world economy faces long ascent from COVID crisis. The head of the International Monetary Fund has said the recovery in the global economy since the spring is fragile and warned policymakers against an over-hasty withdrawal of support.

Poland’s Daily Corona Deaths at New High

Poland reports a new record of daily coronavirus-related deaths. Poland said it would enforce restrictions more strictly as it reported a daily record of 58 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, as well as sharp increases in the number of ventilators and hospital beds being used by Covid-19 patients.

Face Masks Might Be Obligatory in Italy

Italy prepares to make masks outdoors mandatory. Italy is considering making the use of masks outdoors mandatory nationwide to fight the coronavirus, health minister Roberto Speranza has said.

Belgium Restricts Social Contact Rules

Belgium tightens social contact rules as coronavirus cases surge. Belgium will tighten coronavirus restrictions at the end of the week, limiting groups to a maximum of four people in a bid to stem a sharp rise of Covid-19 infections.

New Daily Corona Case Record in Finland

Finland’s Covid-19 cases hit a new daily record. Finland has reported its highest daily number of Covid-19 infections since the start of the pandemic and they now exceed the rate that Helsinki sets for other countries before their citizens are allowed to visit without being quarantined.

Moscow Sets Limits on Public Transport as COVID Cases Escalate

Moscow restricts transport for students and elderly as Covid-19 cases jump. Russia’s daily tally of new coronavirus cases rose to its highest since 11 May on Tuesday, prompting Moscow to take measures to keep students and the elderly off the city’s sprawling public transport network.

Wednesday 7th October

Trump’s Condition Showing Improvement

09:00 Trump’s personal physician said the president was “not entirely be out of the woods yet” although he met the discharge requirements. The president still has the virus and is still contagious. Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious diseases expert, said Trump could have a “reversal” in his condition.

Additionally, Trump tweeted a video in which he said he felt well and told Americans “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it.” Coronavirus has already killed 210,117 Americans – or one in every 1,560 people in the country. He left Walter Reed hospital after three nights and returned to the White House. 

Record Increase in Daily Corona Cases and Mortality

Mexico sees a record increase in deaths and daily cases on Monday jumping by 2,789 and 28,115 respectively. But, the deputy health minister dismissed it as a one-off event caused by a new method of classifying infections.

Business Flights Liberated between Japan and South Korea

Japan and South Korea plan to open business travel between the two countries this week. Papua New Guinea is opening its borders to people from four countries including Japan and Singapore.

Anticipating MP’s Revolt in the UK on COVID Restrictions

MPs in Britain are expected to rebel this week during votes on controversial pandemic curbs, such as the rule limiting gatherings to six people and the 10 pm pub curfew. The votes come amid anger at a data blunder that has left officials scrambling to trace 50,000 COVID contacts.

Asian Stock Markets Are Starting to Bounce Back

Stock markets in Asia have recovered some lost ground after Trump’s positive comments about his health. The FTSE100 in London is expected to open up about 0.2%.

Tuesday 6th October

Corona Case Reporting ‘Artificially High’

09:00 The UK reported 22,961 new cases on Sunday. This is a staggering figure that the Public Health in England has said is ‘artificially high’ due to a backlog in case reporting. Therefore, the 15,841 cases that went unreported between 25 September and 2 October were added onto Saturday and Sunday’s figures, with worrying implications for the country’s contact tracing system. Additionally, a new three-tier lockdown system is being planned for England, with leaked government documents paving the way for potential harsher restrictions including the closure of pubs and a ban on all social contact outside of household groups.

New York City’s Mayor Requests Reinstatement of Restrictions on Unnecessary Businesses

Nine New York neighbourhoods headed for lockdown. New York City’s mayor said Sunday that he has asked the state for permission to close schools and reinstate restrictions on nonessential businesses in several neighbourhoods because of a resurgence of the coronavirus. As many as 500,000 people live in the neighbourhoods affected by the proposed shutdown, Bill de Blasio said.

India Corona Death Toll Passes 100,000

India recorded more than 74,000 cases. India’s coronavirus case tally rose by 74,442 in the last 24 hours to 6.63 million on Monday morning, data from the health ministry showed. Deaths from coronavirus infections rose by 903 to 102,685, the ministry said. India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating.

Highest Level of Restrictions Have Been Recommended for Ireland

Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended the entire country transitions to the highest level of restrictions, Level 5. It follows 364 new coronavirus cases being reported on Sunday.

Paris Bars Will Close Tuesday

All bars in Paris will close from Tuesday after the capital was put on maximum alert level, Reuters reported. It comes as France’s caseload rose by 12,565 to 619,190.

Brazil Corona Cases Are Heading Towards 5,000,000

Brazil has reported 8,456 more cases, taking the total to 4,915,289. Deaths rose by 365, bringing the toll to 146,352, the health ministry said.

South Africa Confirms Additional 1,573 Covid-19 Cases

South Africa’s health minister said a further 1,573 coronavirus cases were confirmed on Sunday, bringing the total up to 681,289. Deaths rose by 38 to 16,976.

Monday 5th October

Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19

07:05 Donald Trump and Melanie Trump have both tested positive for coronavirus. The news came after one of the president’s most senior advisers, Hope Hicks, tested positive on Wednesday. Trump broke the news on Twitter. Hicks had flown with the president on Air Force One earlier on Wednesday and accompanied him to the first presidential debate against Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Trump’s doctor confirmed that the president and first lady would ‘remain at home within the White House during their convalescence’. How long this convalescence lasts will depend on how ill they get. Even if Trump tests negative within the next 14 days, he will almost certainly be unable to attend rallies in three key states – Wisconsin, Florida and Arizona – as well as the next presidential debate, which is scheduled for 15 October. If Trump becomes too ill to lead the country, vice president Mike Pence will be placed in charge. If Pence is also incapacitated, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be the most likely person to take over.

Friday 2nd October

UK Study Shows COVID Transmission Lessening

07:35 A major study suggests the COVID transmission rate is slowing in England. Research conducted by Imperial College London making use of the results from England’s largest community coronavirus testing programme suggests that the rate of infection has eased up in the country. Although, the number of infections has increased ‘substantially’ across age groups and areas of the country.

Locals in Madrid Are Restricted from Leaving unless Crucial

Residents of infection hotspot Madrid are to be barred from leaving except on essential trips under new rules to fight the coronavirus resurgence, Spain’s government said on Wednesday. However, Reuters reported that regional authorities said the decision had no legal basis.

South Africa Reopens Doors in Africa but Closed to 50 Nations

South Africa will reopen its borders to all African countries from today while barring tourists from around 50 nations with high infection rates, including Britain, France, India, Russia and the US. The continent’s most industrialised economy shut its borders at the start of a strict nationwide lockdown on 27 March to restrict the escalation of the virus.

Cuba Cases Drop Considerably Lifting Lockdown

Cuba lifts lockdown in Havana. Cuba said on Wednesday it was lifting the curfew and partial lockdown in Havana, which has been in place since 1 September to contain a second wave of the coronavirus. The governor of Havana Reinaldo García Zapata said cases had dropped to an average of 21 per day over the last week for an infection rate of 0.87, justifying the decision.

Extra Restrictions May Be Applied in Northern Ireland

Stormont’s health minister is to recommend further coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland, as it recorded its highest number of infections in a 24-hour period. There have been 424 new cases since the region’s testing regime was expanded, PA Media reports. Northern Ireland’s seven-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 population has almost doubled from 58.1 to 103.6 in the last week.

Germany Announces 11 European Countries as Corona Risk Zones

Germany declared regions in 11 European countries to be areas where there was a higher risk of exposure to coronavirus, while previous warnings about parts of Belgium have been extended to cover the entire country. Additionally, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases also stated that the whole of France is a risk zone, with the exception of the Grand Est region. Furthermore, all of Iceland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia are also considered to be risk zones in the report.

Pandemic Leads to 34 Million Jobs Lost in Latin America

The UN’s International Labour Organization said Wednesday that at least 34 million jobs have been lost in Latin America due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday 1st October

World Bank Creates Fund Initiative for Poor Countries to Purchase Covid-19 Vaccines

07:35 The World Bank has announced plans for a $12bn (£9.3bn) initiative that will allow poor countries to purchase Covid-19 vaccines to treat up to 2 billion people as soon as effective drugs become available. The organisation is asking its key rich-nation shareholders to support a scheme that will distribute cash over the next 12 to 18 months to low-income countries.

India May Have up to 60 Million Covid-19 Cases

India’s lead pandemic agency cited a nationwide study measuring antibodies on Tuesday. According to official data, India, home to 1.3 billion people, is the world’s second most infected nation, with more than 6.1 million cases. However, the real figure could be considerably higher, according to the latest serological survey (a study testing blood for certain antibodies to estimate the proportion of a population that has fought off the virus).

New Yorkers Refusing to Wear Face Masks Are Being Subject to Fines

New York City will impose fines on people who refuse to wear a face-covering as the rate of positive tests for coronavirus climbed above 3% for the first time in months, mayor Bill de Blasio has stated. Officials will initially offer free masks to those identified not wearing one. If the person refuses, they will face an unspecified fine, De Blasio told reporters. “Our goal, of course, is to give everyone a free face mask,” De Blasio continued by adding. “We don’t want to fine people, but if we have to we will.”

Up to Almost 20,000 Daily New Covid-19 Infections in Germany

Germany is heading for nearly 20,000 new infections a day unless urgent action is taken, its chancellor Angela Merkel remarked. Merkel stated she wanted to avoid another nationwide lockdown “at all costs” but that measures were necessary on a state-by-state basis. Restrictions will include a limit on the number of people at parties and family gatherings in areas worst affected.

Second Wave of Corona Hits The Netherlands

The Netherlands is in grip of a fast-growing second wave of coronavirus. The country reported 3,011 new cases on Tuesday, a daily record, as it imposed new measures to combat a resurgence of infections.

Wednesday 30th September

1 Million Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeded Globally

07:55 The world has suffered the loss of more than one million people in just nine months since the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The existing total is 1,000,555. The true figure is most likely to be higher due to time lags, differing testing rates and definitions (of what constitutes a coronavirus-related death, for example) and suspected underreporting in some countries.

Pence States Americans Will See a Rise in Covid-19 Numbers

Pence said Americans should expect cases to rise in the coming weeks. US Vice President Mike Pence claimed the country has “passed through a challenging time” with its coronavirus crisis, but he added that, “The American people should anticipate that cases will rise in the days ahead.”

Biggest Decrease in Deaths in India

India saw its lowest deaths since 3 August. India reported its smallest daily rise in coronavirus deaths since 3 August, with of 776 new fatalities, data from the health ministry showed on Tuesday, as global deaths crossed 1 million and infections surged in several countries. The country’s coronavirus case tally rose to 6.15 million after it reported 70,589 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data, while total deaths stood at 96,318.

Mexico Estimates Higher Total Covid-19 Cases

Mexico upped its estimated Covid-19 deaths to 89,612 on Monday, and boosted estimates of its total number of cases to 870,699, almost 137,000 more than it previously recognised. Now, Mexico is still in fourth place globally behind India, which has 95,542 deaths. But, the new number of infections boost Mexico from eighth place to fifth place in total cases, just behind Russia with around 1.15 million cases.

Slovakia Proclaims Covid-19 New State of Emergency

Slovakia is set to declare a new state of emergency this week to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said on Monday following a sharp rise in cases.

Express Covid-19 Tests Will Be Delivered Across the Globe

Rapid Covid-19 tests are about to be rolled out across the world, the WHO announced. The move could potentially save many thousands of lives and slow the spread of the pandemic in both poor and rich countries.

New Restrictions Applied to the Netherlands

A host of new restrictions was introduced in the Netherlands. Travel was limited, bars and restaurants closed early public gatherings discouraged.

New Regulations in Paris and 11 More Cities in France

In Paris and eleven other French cities, all bars must close at 10 pm and remain closed until at least 6 am. However, restaurants can stay open later.

Tuesday 29th September

Global Deaths Likely to Reach a Million in Days

07:30 The global death toll passed 980,000 on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. With the number of deaths confirmed daily averaging more than 5,000, it looks likely the toll will pass 1 million within days. There are 32m cases worldwide.

In India Corona Cases Soar to 5.82 million

India’s coronavirus case tally surged to 5.82 million after it recorded 86,052 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Friday. Additionally, 1,141 people were reported to have died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the ministry said, taking overall deaths to 92,290, which is a relatively low percentage, 1.6% of all cases.

Brazil Carnival Cancelled, a First in 100 Years

Brazil has cancelled its carnival parade, which usually takes place in February, for the first time in 100 years. Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional event. Rio’s authorities are yet to announce a decision about the carnival street parties that also take place across the city.

Corona Cases in Europe Are More Damaging Now Than March Peak

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

Israel Intensified Lockdown on Thursday

Israel further toughened its lockdown measures on Thursday after existing restrictions failed to bring down the infection rate. The country has 212,115 cases out of a population of just under 9 million. That is roughly equivalent to 1 in 23 people. The new rules will close the vast majority of workplaces, shutter markets and further limit prayers and demonstrations.

France Reaches New High in Daily Covid-19 Cases

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

Australia Eases Restrictions in Victoria over Weekend

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

Friday 25th September

Total Global Corona Deaths Have Surpassed 975,000

07:30 According to figures from the Johns Hopkins University tracker, Global deaths from the coronavirus have passed 975,000. The confirmed number of cases is almost 31.8 million.

Surplus Deaths in UK Privates Home Have Amounted to 10,000 Since June

The number of excess deaths in private homes in the UK has reached 10,000 since June, indicating that many people have been reluctant to take their loved ones to hospital months after the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Israel Tightens Second National Lockdown

Israel’s cabinet has agreed to a tightening of its second national lockdown in an attempt to prevent a steep rise in cases. Businesses will face more constraints on operation times from Friday and people will no longer be able to attend street protests as part of travel restrictions.

Stock Markets Suffers Harsh Loses due to Concerns of the Recovery of World Economy

Stock markets have suffered heavy losses amid concerns about the ability of the global economy to recover from the pandemic. Shares in Asia Pacific are down 2% after more losses on Wall Street on Wednesday. The FTSE is set to drop 1.15% when it opens in about 75 minutes.

UK & Wales Launch NHS Covid-19 Contact Tracing App on Thursday

The NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app is being launched in England and Wales on Thursday according to reports. But, the take-up might be as low as 10% in some locations, government sources believe.

Thursday 24th September

Trump Confronts UN to Take Action against China

07:15 In a video address on Tuesday at the United Nations general assembly, Trump stated the UN must take action against China and called for Beijing to be held accountable by the UN for ‘releasing the virus’. He also falsely claimed the World Health Organization was ‘virtually controlled by China’. China’s UN representative, Zhang Jun, said the country rejected the ‘baseless accusations’ before introducing President Xi Jinping.

Japan Is Enabling an Increase in Foreign Arrivals

Japan is considering allowing more foreign arrivals into the country for longer stays starting as early as next month while keeping the Covid-19 entry curbs in place for tourists, the Asahi newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Highest Number of New Recorded Corona Cases Globally in a Week

The weekly number of new recorded infections worldwide was at its highest level ever last week, the WHO announced. With a new 7-day high, just short of 2m new cases recorded, the latest tally represents a 6% increase on the previous week as well as “the highest number of reported cases in a single week since the beginning of the epidemic,” the UN health agency said.

New Possible Long Term Restrictions in the UK

In the UK, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, introduced new restrictions for England that could last up to 6 months, following a surge in cases in recent weeks. The various measures include telling the public to continue working from home, a 10pm curfew for hospitality venues, and weddings have a limit of up to 15 people.

Wednesday 23rd September

Trump Claimed US Fatality Rate “among the Lowest in the World”

07:35 US president Donald Trump claimed falsely at a rally in Ohio that the country’s fatality rate was “among the lowest in the world”. The US ranks 53rd highest out of 195 countries in the world with a case-fatality rate of 2.9%, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is the 11th worst on deaths per 100,000 people, at 60.98.

Just Short of 200,000 Americans Have Died since the Outbreak Started

At least 199,815 Americans are known to have died since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins, which relies on official government data. With the worst death toll in the world, the US accounts for one in five coronavirus-related fatalities worldwide. Just under one in every 1,600 Americans has died.

Stocks Displayed Their Biggest Drop in Three Months in Europe

In Europe, stocks posted their worst fall in three months on Monday as fears of a second wave hit travel and leisure shares, while banks tumbled on reports of about $2 trillion of potentially suspect transfers by leading lenders.

New Nationwide Restrictions for Pubs, Bars and Restaurants

Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will have to shut by 10pm from Thursday under new nationwide restrictions to halt an ‘exponential’ rise in coronavirus cases. Boris Johnson is expected to make an address to the nation on Tuesday setting out the new measures.

No New Covid-19 Cases in New Zealand on Tuesday

New Zealand recorded no new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, as restrictions within most of the country were entirely removed, and the measures imposed on Auckland were due to ease further. There was no recorded community spread of the virus in the rest of New Zealand, where the government has now lifted all distancing restrictions and limits on gatherings.

Mexico Rises to 700,000 Confirmed Corona Cases

Mexico surpassed 700,000 confirmed cases on Monday after the health ministry reported 2,917 new cases in the Latin American country, bringing the total to 700,580 as well as a death toll of 73,697 to date.

Tuesday 22nd September

US Closing in on 200,000 Covid-19 Deaths

07:05 Nine months after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the total number of deaths in the US stood at 199,509 on the Johns Hopkins University tracker on Monday morning, roughly a fifth of the global total. The virus has killed people of indiscriminately (regardless of race) in the US at higher rates than their white and US-born counterparts. Among the dead are more than 1,000 healthcare workers.

Australia Reported Lowest Daily Rise of Infections in 3 Months

Although state premier Daniel Andrews said there were no plans yet to ease restrictions sooner than expected. Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state and home to a quarter of the country’s 25 million people, reported 11 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the smallest one-day jump since 16 June. It also reported two deaths due to the virus. The premier said his government would not accelerate a timetable for easing restrictions, which were imposed after daily case numbers topped 700 in early August.

New Zealand Further Eases Restrictions in Auckland

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, further eased restrictions on the country’s largest city, Auckland, and completely removed domestic restrictions on the rest of the nation, after zero new cases were reported.The country has recorded a total of 1,464 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 25 deaths.

UK Scientists Warn Corona Trend “Heading in Wrong Direction”

The UK’s most senior government scientists will make a direct appeal to the public on Monday, warning that the coronavirus trend is “heading in the wrong direction” and “a critical point has been reached”. The warning comes after the UK reported 3,899 new cases on Sunday, after four-month high of 4,422 on Saturday.

10,569 New Corona Cases Reported by French health ministry in Last 24 hours

This is down from the previous day’s record increase of 13,498. Though 12 more deaths were registered in the past 24 hours, with the death toll rising to 31,585. The latest increase in deaths from yesterday’s toll may reflect late-arriving data for earlier fatalities, according to Reuters.

Monday 21st September

Global Corona Cases

07:50 The number of coronavirus cases worldwide passed 30 million on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The global death toll stands at 943,203 people and is expected to pass 1 million by 1 October. The US accounts for than 22% of global cases, at 6.67m, and nearly 200,000 fatalities.

Doctors and Politicians Shocked by Political Interference

Reports emerged late on Thursday that guidance about the novel coronavirus testing posted last month on the website of the US CDC was not written by the agency’s scientists and was posted despite their objections. The guidance said it was not necessary to test people with no symptoms of Covid-19, even if they had been exposed to the virus. The agency’s previous position recommended testing all people who had close contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19. The reversal shocked doctors and politicians and prompted accusations of political interference.

WHO Warns of Alarming Transmission Rates

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of ‘alarming rates of transmission’ of Covid-19 across Europe and cautioned countries against shortening quarantine periods. The WHO stated the number of coronavirus cases in September “should serve as a wake-up call for all of us”.

New Record for Daily Corona Cases in France

France confirmed a new one day record late on Thursday, registering 10,593 new confirmed coronavirus cases and pushing the cumulative number to 415,481. The previous record was 10,561 new cases in a day on 12 September. This sharp increase is a result of a higher infection rate but also of a massive increase in testing, Reuters reported.

Preparations for Second National Lockdown in Israel

Israel is going to enter a second national coronavirus lockdown on Friday, becoming the first country to re-enter nationwide restrictions. The unpopular lockdown is expected to last at least three weeks, upending a normally festive period filled with Jewish holidays.

International Flights Are Returning to Wuhan

The Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak, is reopening for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium. China stopped international flights in March as Covid-19 swept the world, but has now largely brought the disease under control at home through travel restrictions, testing and lockdowns.

Friday 18th September

India Daily Infections Reach New Record High 97,894

07:30 India reported another global record jump in daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday. Coronavirus infections in India overshadow most countries with 5 million in total on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals that are grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients.

WHO Warned LATAM Countries Don’t Reopen Too Fast

The World Health Organization warned Latin American countries not to reopen too fast. WHO regional director, Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday that Latin America had started to resume normal social and public life at a time when the pandemic still required major control interventions.

New Zealand’s GDP Largest Fall since 1987

New Zealand saw its GDP decrease by 12.2% in the second quarter, the largest quarterly fall since such records began in 1987, as Covid restrictions affected economic activity, Stats NZ said today.

Germany Covid-19 Cases Increase

The number of confirmed cases in Germany increased by 2,194 to 265,857 on Thursday, the second-highest daily total since April.

One Year before a Vaccine Available to the American Public

The director of the US CDC said it will take one year before a coronavirus vaccine will be “generally available to the American public.” That estimation contrasts with recent bullish messaging by Donald Trump, who on Tuesday repeated his assertion that “we’re going to have a vaccine in a matter of weeks” even though a successful vaccine has yet to be released from ongoing US trials, and criticised the CDC director on Wednesday as ‘confused’ about the timeline.

Borders Reopening in South Africa

South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said on Wednesday, part of a wider easing of measures announced as figures continue to improve.

Thursday 17th September

India Has Surpassed 5 Million Corona Cases

07:40 India’s coronavirus cases have passed 5 million, putting the country’s feeble health care system to the test with tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The Health Ministry announced 90,123 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the nation’s confirmed total to 5,020,359, about 0.35% of its nearly 1.4 billion population. It stated 1,290 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 82,066. India’s total coronavirus caseload is closing in on the United States’ figures of more than 6.6 million cases and expected to surpass it within weeks.

Trump States That Covid-19 Would Simply Go Away

US President Donald Trump said that Covid-19 would go away without a vaccine. This would happen because of “herd mentality,” he said in an ABC town hall. It is unclear whether he meant heard immunity, as he repeated the phrase several times.“It would go away without the vaccine George,” he said speaking to ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos. “With time it goes away. And you’ll develop like a herd mentality. It’s going to be herd developed, and that’s going to happen. That will all happen.”

50% of Children Worldwide Are Unable to Go to School

Half the world’s schoolchildren are still unable to attend classrooms due to the pandemic. Around 872 million, more than half of whom have not been able to study remotely, are not allowed to attend school in person, Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore said.

Possibly 20% of South Africans Have Corona

Nearly a fifth of South Africans may have contracted coronavirus, the country’s health minister has said. South Africa has recorded 650,749 cases, but the actual number of infections could be ‘about 12 million’, Zweli Mkhize said.

Sweden Records Lowest Daily Cases since March

Sweden has recorded its fewest daily Covid-19 cases since March. The country’s rolling seven-day average of new cases stood at 108 on Tuesday, its lowest level since 13 March.

The Netherlands Hits Daily Record High of New Covid-19 Cases

A total of 1,379 new infections, the majority reported in Amsterdam and The Hague, were recorded in The Netherlands on Tuesday.

Wednesday 16th September

Almost 30 Million Covid-19 Cases Worldwide

07:44 There are nearly 30m coronavirus cases worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with 29,136,553 confirmed so far. The number of deaths has passed 925,000.

China Vaccine May Be Ready in November

China expects a vaccine to be ready as soon as November. Wu Guizhen, head of biosafety at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said she expected Chinese vaccines for Covid-19 would be available to the public in possibly November or December. China, the world’s largest producer of vaccines, accounts for nine of the 30 vaccines currently undergoing human trials. Last week, the University of Hong Kong, working with mainland Chinese researchers, said a nasal spray vaccine was entering clinical trials.

India Reached 80,000 Total Covid-19 Deaths on Tuesday

India’s death toll crossed 80,000 on Tuesday after 1,054 people died in 24 hours. India additionally reported 83,809 new coronavirus infections for its lowest daily jump in a week, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

South Korea Securing 30 Million Covid-19 Vaccines

South Korea will secure early supply of the novel coronavirus vaccines for 30 million people, or 60% of its population, Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

New Lockdown in Wales

A new national lockdown could be imposed in Wales within weeks unless people follow the updated rules on social gatherings, the country’s health minister has said.

Tuesday 15th September

WHO Europe: It’s Getting Tougher

09:00 The World Health Organization projects Europe to see an increase in the daily number of Covid-19 deaths in October and November, the head of the body’s European branch has told AFP. Though, the number of daily deaths has remained at around the same level since early June, with around 400-500 deaths per day linked to Covid-19, WHO data showed. The World Health Organization reported a record single-day rise in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the number surged by a further 307,930 infections in just 24 hours.

Israel to Impose New 3 Week Lockdown Starting Friday

Israel’s government will impose a new three-week nationwide lockdown that will start on Friday after the rate of infection during the past two weeks became the highest recorded number of infections since the outbreak began.

South Africa Economy Could Shrink 7% in 2020

South Africa’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, warned on Sunday the economy could shrink by more than the 7% forecast for 2020, stressing that public finances are ‘overstretched’.

New Zealand Staying at Covid-19 Alert Level

New Zealand will remain at its current Covid-19 alert level for at least another week. The country is under low-level restrictions due to continued community transmission of the coronavirus in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Physical distancing is required, and masks are legally mandated on public transport.

Saudi Arabia to Lift Suspension on International Flights

Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flights as of 15 September to allow ‘exceptional categories’ of citizens and residents to travel.

Monday 14th September

Ukraine Registered a Record Number of New Cases

Ukraine recorded 3,144 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the country’s national security council announced on Friday. This is up from a previous record of 2,836 registered on 5 September. The council said 148,756 Covid-19 cases had been recorded in Ukraine as of 11 September, with 3,076 deaths.

India Reported 96,551 New Cases in One Day

India has set another global one-day record for coronavirus infections. The country reported 96,551 new cases. Deaths have remained relatively low in the country, but are seeing an upward trend, with more than one thousand deaths being reported every day for the last ten days. The country’s total reported cases are 4,562,414, according to Johns Hopkins University data, and deaths stand at 76,271.

Global Infections Have Passed 28m

Global Covid-19 deaths stand at 909,479, with infections at 28 million according to Johns Hopkins data. The first four countries with the most number of infections, the US, India, Brazil and Russia, which account for almost 58% of all cases.

France Recorded Roughly 10,000 New Covid-19 Infections on Thursday

This is France’s highest ever single-day total, and a day before a cabinet meeting that might consider imposing fresh, local lockdowns to curb the spread of the disease.

UN Urged Countries to Find $15 Billion

The UN has called for immediate action in funding to fight coronavirusThe secretary general, Antonio Guterres, urged countries to find $15bn over the next three months to fund the ACT-Accelerator programme, which is a global collaboration for a vaccine and treatments led by the World Health Organization. “Either we stand together or we will be doomed,” Guterres said, calling the virus the “number one global security threat.”

South Korea with 176 New Cases

176 new cases of Covid-19 were reported by the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention as of midnight Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 21,919, with 350 deaths in South Korea.

Friday 10th September

Global Death Toll – 900,000

07:45 The global coronavirus death toll has passed 900,000. This is only 10 weeks since passing 500,000. If global deaths continue at the current rate, the toll is likely to pass 1 million before 1 October. That is 10 months after the World Health Organization first informed the public of the first cases in Wuhan, China. The number of cases worldwide is nearing 28 million.

Trumps ‘Amazing’ Work on the Virus

Donald Trump says he has done an ‘amazing’ job with regard to the virus. Trump told Fox News’s Sean Hannity late on Wednesday, “If you look at our numbers, our fatality numbers compared to other countries, it’s amazing what we’ve done. We’ve been able to do something … that especially with the country the size we have, we’ve done an incredible job.” Coronavirus-related deaths in the US, which stand at more than 190,000, account for a fifth of the global total. The figure is equivalent to one death per 1,700 Americans. 

Europe Covid-19 Infections on the Rise

COVID Infections continue to rise rapidly across Europe. France has seen its second-highest single day case total and hospitalisations are at a one-month high. Also, the Netherlands and Portugal both confirmed their highest daily infections since April.

Pope Wears Face Mask

Pope Francis was seen on Wednesday in the Vatican City wearing a face mask for the first time since the start of the pandemic but took it off to chat to the faithful. The pontiff quickly removed the mask as he exited the car carrying him to one of his traditional general audiences.

Mass Testing Programme Possibility for UK

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes a mass testing programme is the UK’s “only hope for avoiding a second national lockdown before a vaccine,” according to leaked official documents.

Thursday 10th September

AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford Put a Hold on Major Vaccine Trial

07:35 AstraZeneca Plc has put a hold on the late-stage trial of its highly-anticipated Covid-19 vaccine candidate after a suspected serious adverse reaction in a study participant, health news website Stat News reported on Tuesday. The study is testing a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford researchers at sites including the United States and the United Kingdom, where the adverse event was reported.

Canada Is Seeing a Worrying Increase in the Number of Corona Infections as Schools Start to Reopen

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said an average of 545 new cases had been reported daily over the past week, which is up from about 300 in July.

A Million Jobs Lost in Australia between March and June

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that total filled jobs fell by 6.4% and hours worked fell by 9.8% between the quarters of March and June.

France Recorded 6,544 New Daily Cases

New confirmed cases in France Covid-19 rose by 6,544 in the last 24 hours to amass a total of 335,524.

Spain Reported 3,168 New Cases in past 24 Hours

Spain’s health ministry reported 8,964 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, 3,168 of them diagnosed within the past 24 hours.

Coronavirus Has Cost UK Government £210bn

The government response to the coronavirus pandemic is estimated to cost £210bn for the first six months of the crisis, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has said.

Hong Kong Will Ease Coronavirus Restrictions

Hong Kong is expanding the size of public gatherings to four people and will reopen more sports venues from Friday as the Asian financial hub relaxes strict curbs against a third wave of the coronavirus.

Wednesday 9th September

Global Corona Deaths Have Passed 890,000

07:45 Another milestone is passed as confirmed Covid-19 cases reach 892,714, confirmed by researchers at John Hopkins University. However, the actual death toll is likely to higher than this since there are many differences in testing rates and definitions, as well as underreporting in some locations.

India Highest Death Toll in a Month, but Lowest Cases in a Week

The health ministry reported that India recorded its highest death rate with 1,133 people dying from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest since July, taking total mortalities to 72,775. However, new daily cases reduced to 75,809, which was the lowest in a week.

60,000 People in UK May Have ‘Long COVID’

There are residents in the UK that have been suffering from ‘long COVID’ for over 3 months. These individuals are unable to get the care that they need for their prolonged and debilitating symptoms.

Japan’s Economy Shrank More Than Expected in Q2

The world’s third largest economy suffered further financial consequences from Covid-19 in the second quarter shrinking 7.9% from the previous quarter. The Cabinet Office said that this is more than the initial 7.8% in the preliminary data.

Spain Reaches 500,000 Covid-19 Cases

Spain has become the first western European country to record this chaotic number, recording a total of 525,549 infections to date.

A ‘Critical Situation’ May Be Ahead for France If Cases Continue to Rise

A leading epidemiologist has warned in France that if the number of Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the present rate, the country could face a ‘critical situation’ in several regions in December.

Tuesday 8th September

India Again Surpasses Global One Day Record Cases

07:55 India has recorded a global record of more than 90,000 positive coronavirus cases in a single day. This takes the country ahead of Brazil as the second most infected country in the world with overall confirmed cases at 4.2 million.

UK New Corona Cases up to Nearly 3,000

Nearly 3,000 more individuals in the UK tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. This is a sharp increase from the previous number of highest cases with 1,813 since 23 May. However, fatalities remain low, with only two new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

Australia Will Receive 1st Batches of Vaccine in January 2021

Australia announced on Monday that it will receive the first batches of a potential Covid-19 vaccine in January 2021, as the country’s virus hotspot said the number of new daily infections has fallen to a 10-week low, Reuters reports.

US Corona Cases Rising in 22 States

Coronavirus cases are rising in 22 of the 50 US states, a Reuters analysis has found. Three weeks ago, cases were only rising in three states – Hawaii, Illinois and South Dakota.

Turkey Recorded 1,578 New Covid-19 Cases on Sunday

The Turkish health ministry said, It recorded 1,578 additional coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 279,806. Moreover, 53 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s official death toll to 6,673.

Greek Poll Shows 44% Would Refuse Vaccine

Almost half the Greeks (44%) are expected to refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a recent poll of 1,000 respondents published on Sunday. However, a survey in Brazil showed that the same number of Brazilians found only 5% would definitely snub a vaccine, while an additional 20% expressed reluctance.

Monday 7th September

Ryanair Raised €400m from shareholders

08:55 Ryanair raised €400m from shareholders via a share placement aimed at strengthening its balance sheet in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier reported today. The Irish airline issued 35,242,291 shares at a price of €11.35 per share, an approximate discount of 2.6% from its closing price on Thursday, it said in a statement.

Ukraine Sees Record High of New Cases

Ukraine registered a record 2,723 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the national security council said today. This is an increase from the previous record of 2,495 cases. Ukraine has imposed a temporary ban on most foreigners entering the country until 28 September.

Brazil Has Recorded More Than 4 Million Confirmed Cases of Covid-19

Brazil had 43,773 new cases and 834 new deaths caused by the virus in 24 hours, the health ministry stated on Thursday.

Israel New Lockdown That Will Affect 30 Areas

Israel grapples with one of the world’s highest detected per capita infection rates and a death toll nearing 1,000, AFP reports. From Monday, travel from 30 areas classified as ‘red’ will be limited and non-essential businesses shut down.

New Zealand Maintaining Current Restrictions until Mid-September

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said on Friday the country’s current restrictions to beat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic would be kept in place until mid-September. The largest city, Auckland, will remain on alert level 2.5, while the rest of the country will be on alert level 2.0, Ardern told a news conference.

France – More Than 7,000 New Infections for Second Day in a Row

France has registered more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections in the last day for the second time in two consecutive days, the health ministry said on Thursday, while hospitalisations for the virus rose again.

Friday 4th September

Global Deaths Surpass 860,000

According to Johns Hopkins University tracker, the current total of global deaths has reached 861,668 and 26,031,410 cases worldwide. The USA has the highest toll where 185,707 people have died. 

A Staggering Jump of 83,883 Daily Covid-19 Infections Were Reported in India Today

This takes its coronavirus tally to 3.85 million, just 100,000 behind Brazil, the world’s second most affected nation. According to Johns Hopkins, this is the second-highest single-day total ever reported, with India breaking the world record on 26 August with more than 85,000 cases.

Australia’s Victoria State Reports a Triple Digit Increase in New COVID Infections

In the last four days infections are up by triple the amount. Consequently, these results have dented the outlook that the second wave of cases has been contained. The Victoria state said 113 new cases have been detected in the past 24 hours, which is up on the 90 infections reported on Wednesday.

Brazil’s Covid-19 Death Toll Appears to Be Easing Off

For the first time since May, the Latin American country could finally be descending from the extensive infection rate it has suffered, which is the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States. With nearly 4 million confirmed cases, the virus has killed over 120,000 people in Brazil. However, the level of average daily deaths fell below 900 per day last week. This is the lowest in three and a half months, according to a Reuters tally.

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s Former Prime Minister, Announced He Had Tested Positive for Covid-19

On Wednesday Berlusconi tested positive for Coronavirus and is in quarantine at home. Berlusconi, who previously owned AC Milan, stressed that he would continue his political activities.

Turkey’s Health Minister Stated a Second Peak of Covid-19 Outbreak Is Arising

Turkey is seeing a second peak of its coronavirus outbreak due to ‘carelessness’ at weddings and other social gatherings, its health minister has said, amid a rapid rise in the number of daily cases and deaths.

France’s New Covid-19 infections Approach All-Time High

Daily new Covid-19 infections in France on Wednesday are almost at an all-time high. Additionally, the quantity of people hospitalised in intensive care units has grown at its fastest pace in almost two months.

Thursday 3rd September

Trump Refuses to Develop a Vaccine with Other Countries

07:40 The Trump administration announced it will not work to develop a Covid-19 vaccine with other countries. It stated that it did not want to be constrained by “multilateral organisations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organisation and China.”

Recession in Australia, First in 30 Years

Australia has finally ended its record run of 30 years of economic prosperity as growth fell 7% in the Q2. This is a record low as household spending dropped massively during the lockdown.

Mexico COVID Cases Reach 600,000

The Mexican health ministry announced that on Tuesday another 6,476 new cases were reported with 827 new deaths from Covid-19. This brings the total number of 606,036 cases with the mortality figure at 65,241.

Pakistan Puzzles Experts with Low Number of Corona Cases & Deaths

Experts are confused by this region as there are only 300,000 confirmed infections. However, its neighbour India has already reached 4 million cases for the country.

Wednesday 2nd September

Britain Launches Media Campaign to Get Economy up to Speed

14:50 Britain’s government is launching a media campaign this week to inspire people to return to their offices. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s calls to get the economy back up to speed up after its hammering during the lockdown.

Only 17% of workers in British cities had returned to their work offices by early August, as it was mentioned last week that big urban centres looked like ghost towns.

Russia Amasses over 1 Million Coronavirus Cases

The coronavirus crisis centre reported yesterday that the overall case numbers stood at 1,000,048 after 4,729 new infections were reported.
It stated 123 new deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours, taking the official death toll to 17,299.

Russia said that 167,044 people are currently infected with the virus.

Poland Is Banning Direct Flights from 44 COVID-Hit Countries

The central European country announced today that it is banning flights from countries including the USA, Spain, Israel, Romania, Mexico to halt the spread of the pandemic. The ban will be in place from tomorrow with restrictive measures to be reintroduced on public life in the worst affected areas. With a population of 38 million, the official registered infections amount to 67,922 and have in excess of 2,000 attributed deaths.

Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro Downplays Covid-19 Severity

07:45 The Brazilian president announced on Monday that nobody will be forced to take the Covid-19 vaccine once it has been developed, and called it a ‘small flu’. However, with 3,908,272 confirmed cases and 121,381 deaths with no sign of it slowing down leads to concern amongst its citizens.

The comments made by the president led to significant street demonstrations and a billboard campaign accusing him of mishandling the pandemic, at the cost of people’s lives.

Europe Sees Children Return to School Today

French students start school this week after six months of confinement. This is also true for many other schools in Europe that are trying to return to some sort of normalcy, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Many parents and teachers are equally concerned that this action will cause the pandemic to increase infection rates. However, governments have insisted it should go ahead, with teachers and students being required to wear masks indoors and out.

South Korea Has Passed 20,000 Covid-19 Mark

For the third day in a row, corona cases in S. Korea have lingered just below 300. Since the first infection that was reported back on 20 January, there have been a total of 20,182 of recorded cases in the region.

Tuesday 1st September

The US Is Quickly Approaching 6 Million Corona Infections

07:40 Currently, John Hopkins University has reported 5997,050 cases as of this morning, with 183,069 deaths attributed to this disease. This information arises at a rising number of cases in a few Midwestern states, including Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

India’s Daily Cases Continue to Peak

The Times of India has reported the country’s new Covid-19 cases at 78,512 on Sunday. This figure is just short of its record high 78,761 cases on the previous day.

India has catalogued above 3.5 million cases, with a tally of 63,000 deaths.

100 Doctors Have Died in Indonesia from Covid-19

The Indonesian Doctors Association has announced that the country is facing one of the worst outbreaks in south-east Asia, with growing concerns that this rise is cases will leave hospitals overwhelmed.

Colombia Surpasses 600,000 Covid-19 Cases on Sunday

As of this morning, the country has 607,904 total cases after five months of the lockdown. The additional new cases reported yesterday have dropped to 8,024, showing a steady decrease since 20th August with a total of 13,056 cases.

Monday 31st August

EU Commission is working further towards securing Covid-19 vaccines

13:40 Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, announced that the EU Commission is in the process of signing additional contracts with companies to find a Covid-19 vaccine.

A spokesman stated on Thursday that the Commission had deposited €336m (£300m, $399m) as a downpayment with the British pharmaceutical manufacturer, AstraZeneca, in order to secure a minimum of 300 million doses of the potential vaccine.

“Further such contracts are in the works,” Merkel informed journalists on Friday at a news conference.

Europe Tightens Restrictions on Covid-19

11:00 Following, the mask-wearing order in Paris, many countries in Europe have tightened their restrictions more recently, with escalating numbers in this pandemic.

In Spain, children from the age of six will be made to wear face coverings when they return to the country’s schools next month, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres.

Germany has extended the ban on major events until the end of the year. Additionally, most states in the country have agreed to a mandatory €50 fine for those failing to wear face masks in required areas.

While in England, secondary school students will be required to wear face coverings in school corridors and areas where there is a local lockdown, which is a U-turn on guidance from the government.

Ukraine Records Deadliest Day Yet

07:21 Ukraine has registered a record of 2,438 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours. It has so far reported a total of 114,497 infections and 2,451 deaths from the virus.

Friday 28th August

South Korea Closes Schools

08:20 South Korea on Tuesday ordered most schools in Seoul and surrounding areas to close and move classes back online, the latest in a series of precautionary measures aimed at heading off a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

Tuesday 25th August

Italy ‘Not Considering New Lockdown’ Despite Rise in Infections

10:10 Italy, one of Europe’s worst-hit countries with more than 35,000 deaths, reported 1,071 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, exceeding 1,000 cases in a day for the first time since the government eased its rigid lockdown measures in May.

However, the Italian government is not considering a new coronavirus lockdown according to health minister Roberto Speranza.

Indian Cases Pass Three Million

08:20 India’s coronavirus caseload has topped 3 million, as the virus spreads in the country’s southern states.

India has the third-highest caseload in the world after the US and Brazil, Associated Press has reported. But with the rate of infection growing in recent weeks, experts fear India could soon surpass those countries.

For 18 consecutive days, India has reported the highest amount of new cases in the world. At the same time, the mortality rate has dropped to 1.87% far lower than in the other hardest-hit countries.

Sunday 23rd August

South Korea Records 332 New Cases

13:40 South Korea has reported its ninth straight day of triple-digit case increases, with 332 new cases reported on Saturday.

The figure is the highest number of new infections since 8 March, when the country recorded 367 infections.

The government is considering economic restrictions to slow a resurgence, AP reports.

Over 2000 Daily Cases Reported in Germany

11:10 The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 2,034 to 232,082 on Saturday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.

The death toll also rose by seven, bringing the confirmed total to 9,267.

Saturday 22nd August

India in Record Daily Surge

10:29 India has recorded its highest daily total of new cases, with 69,672 infections. This is the fourth-highest daily total reported globally, only exceeded by the US on three occasions in the second half of July.

Thursday’s India case toll takes the total cases in the country to 2.84 million, data from the federal health ministry showed.

Total deaths stand at 53,886.

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Germany in Record Daily Surge

10:17 Germany has recorded 1,707 new cases. That is the highest number of new daily infections since 18 April, according to Our World in Data, when the country recorded 3,609 cases.

It takes the total number of German cases to 228,621.

Thursday 20th August

India Speeds Up Testing

11:32 India has carried out nearly 900,000 coronavirus tests in a single day, a record for the country, as it fights a surge of Covid-19 cases. It comes as the South Korean cluster linked to church in northern Seoul grew to 400 cases.

The Philippines Records Over 3,000 New Cases Seven Days in a Row

Tuesday 18th August

Russia Reports Nearly 5000 New Cases in One Day

08:35 Russia reported 4,892 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, pushing its tally so far to 927,745, the fourth largest in the world. Authorities said 55 people had died across the country in the last 24 hours, increasing Russia’s official death toll to 15,740.

Indian Death Toll Passes 50k

07:19 In India, the death toll from the virus passed 50,000 on Monday, according to the health ministry, after 941 new fatalities were reported in the previous 24 hours. India now has the fourth-worst death toll (behind the US, Brazil and Mexico) and the third highest rate of infections at 2.6m (behind the US and Brazil).

US Death Toll Tops 170k

07:00 The US death toll has passed 170,000, with 5.4m infections. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Protection, the rolling 7-day average for new cases now stands at 52,182.

Japan Suffers Heavy Economic Contraction

06:15 Japan has suffered its worst economic contraction of modern times, with April-June GDP falling a record 7.8%, which equates to an annualised rate of 27.8%. Private consumption, which accounts for more than half of Japan’s economy, fell 8.2% for the quarter. External demand, or exports minus imports, shaved 3.0% off GDP, as the pandemic hit global demand.

Monday 17th August

Global COVID-19 Deaths Near 750,000

09:30 There are 749,358 known coronavirus deaths globally, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, as the world nears the sombre milestone of 750,000 dead in nearly eight months since the first coronavirus cases were reported.

Two days ago, cases passed a staggering total of 20 million. Already, they stand at 20,620,847.

Record Rise in Ukraine

09:09 Ukraine reported a record daily jump of 1,592 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the national council of security and defence said on Thursday.

The number of infections has increased sharply in Ukraine in the past two months as authorities have eased some restrictions, allowing cafes, churches and public transport to reopen.

The total number of cases rose to 86,140, including 1,992 deaths and 46,216 recoveries, as of 13 August.

Thursday 13th August

Russia Numbers Continue to Rise

09:53 Authorities in Russia reported 5,267 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, pushing its national tally to 871,894, the fourth largest in the world.

The official death toll rose to 14,606 after officials said 116 people had died across the country in the last 24 hours.

France Sees Largest Increase in Cases Since May

09:50 France has seen its biggest jump in the number of new confirmed coronavirus cases since 30 May with 1,695 positive diagnoses in just 24 hours. The figures, released daily by the public health authority, Santé Publique France, confirmed the trend of a surge in Covid-19 in the country.

There were 581,779 tests carried out and the latest figures showed 1.6% of them were positive.

Thursday 6th August

36 New Cases in China

10:30 China has reported 36 new cases of Covid-19 (including 6 imported cases). Of the 30 local cases, 28 are in the western province of Xinjiang, and two in the eastern province of Liaoning.

Of the six imported cases four are in Guangdong, one in Shanghai, and one in Sichuan.

Philippines Lockdown Affecting 27 Million

09:37 More than 27 million people have been put back into lockdown in and around the Philippines’ capital, as stricter measures are imposed in an attempt to halt the country’s spiralling coronavirus case numbers.

The measures were reintroduced on Tuesday after the country’s infection tally topped 100,000

Tuesday 4th August

July ‘Worst Month’ for Coronavirus

09:22 July was the worst month of the coronavirus pandemic so far for many countries, with more than 8 million cases recorded – nearly as many as the first six months of the outbreak put together, figures have shown.

With global infections passing 18 million on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned over the weekend that the pandemic continues to accelerate, with cases doubling about every six weeks.

Eurozone Manufacturing Bounces Back in July

09:20 The easing of lockdowns in Europe seems to have had a positive economic impact. German, French, Italian and the Eurozone as a whole all registered strong growth in the manufacturing sector.

Although demand conditions continue to improve, and any reintroduction of lockdown measures due to a “second wave” of the pandemic has the potential to derail the recovery.

Monday 3rd August

Victoria in Australia Declares State of Disaster

09:51 Victoria declared a “state of disaster” after 671 new cases of coronavirus were recorded overnight, with the total number of cases now at 11,557.

The overall total has increased by 626, due to 45 cases being reclassified – largely due to duplication. Seven people died since yesterday’s announcement. They include three women in their 70s, two women in their 80s, one man in his 90s and one woman in her 90s.

Sunday 2nd August

Australian Cases Surge

09:19 Victoria, Australia recorded 295 new cases of coronavirus and nine more deaths.

The state has recorded 295 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24-hours, down 89 from yesterday’s figure of 384, which in turn was 150 fewer than were recorded in the record high numbers on Monday. Nine people have died, which is close to the national record ten deaths reported in the state last week.

China Reports Large Infection Increase

08:11 China reported 101 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for 28 July, the highest in over three and a half months, the health commission said on Wednesday.

China has moved quickly to stamp out eruptions by contact tracing and re-shuttering the affected areas. Recently, many of the new infections have come from the far western region of Xinjiang, where 89 have been tallied for 28 July.

One was recorded in Beijing, while three were imported cases, according to a statement by the National Health Commission.

Wednesday 29th July

Hong Kong Cases Increase

10:10 Hong Kong has reported 106 new coronavirus case, including 98 that were locally transmitted, Reuters reports.

Tuesday’s figure represents a drop in the 145 cases announced on Monday, but it is the seventh day in row that Hong Kong has reported a triple digit rise in cases.

Chinese Outbreak Spreads

09:19 Rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in the Xinjiang region has sparked fears the outbreak could reach the secretive internment camps where China is believed to have detained more than a million Muslim minority people.

On Monday, Chinese health authorities reported 68 new cases of Covid-19, including 57 in the far western region of Xinjiang, bringing the area’s reported total to 235. After a reported five-month streak of no infections in Xinjiang, the outbreak that began almost two weeks ago has appeared to take hold in the capital city of Urumqi, and spread to Kashgar about 300km away.

Tuesday 28th July

Hong Kong Announces New Covid Measures

10:46 Hong Kong’s chief secretary, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, is announcing new measures for the city as it battles a growing outbreak

The new measures will come into place from Wednesday:

Mask wearing is mandatory in all public places.
Apart from specified premises, all dine-in services are suspended. Take-away service can continue.
Sports venues, swimming pools will be included among businesses forced to close.
Group gatherings are restricted to no more than two people.

Vietnam Cases Reemerge

08:22 Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people from the central city of Danang and reimposed disease-prevention measures after four local coronavirus cases were detected, the first to be recorded in the country for more than three months

China to Test 6 Million

07:40 Chinese health authorities have announced they plan to test all six million plus residents of a northeastern city where a growing infection cluster has spread to seven other cities.

Dalian, in Liaoning province, reported 12 new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, and 14 asymptomatic cases.

The first of the 24 cases confirmed so far was reported on Wednesday, in a 58-year-old man working at a seafood processing facility. All employees and close contacts are now under quarantine. The national health commission said cases in seven other cities had links to the Dalian outbreak.

Monday 27th July

Global Cases Pass 16m

There are now more than 16 million known coronavirus cases worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, and 644,528 recorded deaths.

There are currently 16,046,986 confirmed cases.

Here are the ten countries with the highest numbers of cases:

US: 4,178,021
Brazil: 2,394,513
India: 1,385,635
Russia: 805,332
South Africa: 434,200
Mexico: 385,036
Peru: 375,961
Chile: 343,592
United Kingdom: 300,270
Iran: 288,839

On Saturday the World Health Organisation warned that cases have been growing at around 1m per week for the last few weeks.

Looking at the Johns Hopkins tracker, this looks set to change, as the last three days have seen more than 280,000 cases confirmed worldwide per day – if Covid-19 continues to grow at this rate, cases will increase by 2 million per week:

Sunday 2th July

Brazil Cases Soar

09:19 Brazil has confirmed 41,008 more cases in the past 24 hours, as well as 1,367 related deaths, the country’s health ministry has said.

Brazil has registered nearly 2.2m cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 81,487, according to ministry data.

Global Cases Near 15 Million

09:09 The number of coronavirus cases worldwide passed 14.9m on Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government data.

Known coronavirus deaths number 615,754

Wednesday 22nd July

EU Agrees Stimulus

07:30 The EU has finally agreed upon a COVID-19 Recovery plan.

The European council president Charles Michel said the agreement was a “pivotal moment” as heads of state finally thrashed out a deal on day five of their summit. It set out a €750bn pandemic recovery fund and long-term spending plans.

Tuesday 21st July

EU Divided on Stimulus

09:47 In Europe, a standoff between EU leaders at a summit in Brussels on Saturday threatened to derail plans for a massive stimulus fund to breathe life into their coronavirus-hammered economies.

Leaders on Saturday extended their summit by an extra day in the hope they were finally closing in on a deal for an unprecedented €1.85tn (US$2.1tn) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund

Global Death Toll Tops 600,000

09:13 After another daily record increase in infections, which currently stands at nearly 14.3 million, saw the global death pass 600,000.

The World Health Organization on Saturday reported a record one-day rise in coronavirus cases, with more than a quarter of a million cases confirmed in 24 hours.

The WHO also recorded the highest death toll since the 10th of May, with 7,360 people reported dead in a single day. Deaths have been averaging 4,800 a day in July, up slightly from an average of 4,600 a day in June.

Sunday 19th July

Australian Cases Surge

09:13 In Australia, the state of Victoria reported two more deaths and 317 cases on Thursday, the largest daily increase in cases for an Australian state since the start of the pandemic.

Two men in their 80s died, bringing the total coronavirus deaths in the state to 29 and upping the national toll to 113. There are 109 people in hospital with 29 in intensive care, with a total of 4750 cases since the pandemic began, state premier Daniel Andrews said.

China in Surprise Economic Growth

07:12 China’s economy returned to growth in the second quarter, rebounding more strongly than expected from a historic contraction caused by the coronavirus outbreak, official data showed Thursday.

Gross domestic product expanded a surprise 3.2% in April-June, the National Bureau of Statistics said, as workers, factories and firms cautiously returned to normality after harsh lockdowns brought the virus under control.

Thursday 15th July

Russian Cases Rise Again

09:07 Russia has just reported 6,422 new coronavirus cases, pushing its confirmed national tally to 746,369, the fourth highest in the world.

Officials said 156 people had died of the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 11,770.

125 Million in India Re-enter Lockdown

08:57 India’s coronavirus cases, the third-highest in the world, passed 900,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

The current total stands at 906,752, with 23,727 known deaths.

The northern Indian state of Bihar, which has a population of 125 million, has been ordered into a new 15-day lockdown to combat coronavirus, joining states and cities around the globe that have reintroduced restrictions in recent days to counter fresh resurgences of the disease.

Wednesday 15th July

Israel Sees Record Number of Cases

12:17 Israel sets a worrying new record with 1,681 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

Health authorities report almost as many infections in July as March and April combined; if the trend continues, the number of cases is set to double every 12 days. 177 patients in serious condition – double the number from a week ago.

Russia Fourth Highest in COVID Infections

10:20 Russia has reported 6,248 new cases on Tuesday, and 175 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The confirmed national tally is now 739,947, the fourth highest in the world, and the official death toll is 11,614.

Australia Passes 10,000 Cases

08:18 The Australian state of Victoria has recorded 270 new cases of coronavirus, which brings the national total to approximately 10,250.

Tuesday 14th July

Manilla to Return to Lockdown

13:21 Approximately 250,000 people in Manila will return to lockdown in an attempt to contain the infection rate there.

The Philippines has the second-highest number of infections in Southeast Asia.

Mexico Surpasses Russia in Death Toll

12:09 Mexico’s coronavirus death toll passed Italy’s on Sunday, AFP reports, becoming the fourth-highest globally, with at least 35,006 fatalities over the course of the pandemic so far.

Mexico has 295,268 confirmed cases.

Italy has 295,268 cases and 34,954 deaths.

Russian Cases Show No Signs of Abating

09:41 Russia on Monday reported 6,537 new cases of Covid-19, taking its overall tally to 733,699, the fourth largest reported in the world.
Authorities said 104 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 11,439.

WHO Reports Record Global Cases

07:42 The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours. The biggest increases were recorded in the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa.

Monday 13th July

Indonesia in Record Daily Increase

10:30 Indonesia, the fourth largest populated country has reported its biggest single-day rise in new coronavirus cases.

The country’s case total has risen by 2,657 to 70,736.

On Thursday, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said there were 58 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,417.

Japan in Record Daily Increase

10:14 Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said 224 new cases were recorded in the country’s capital on Thursday.

The total surpasses the previous record of 206 on April 17 when Tokyo and other major cities were under a state of emergency.

Global Cases Pass 12 Million Mark

9:05 The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide passed 12 million on Thursday, as cases continue to grow by roughly one million a week.

Thursday’s milestone was spurred by the United States recording the highest one-day increase in cases anywhere in the world since the pandemic began, with just over 60,000 cases reported in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

Thursday 9th July

African Cases Top 500,000

11:21 The total across the continent is now at least more than 504,000 after South Africa recorded another day of more than 10,000 confirmed cases as a new global hot spot. The true number of cases among Africas 1.3 billion people is unknown as its 54 countries continue to face a serious shortage of testing materials for the virus.

Brazil Cases Soar, President Infected

08:08 Brazil has recorded another 1,312 deaths and more than 48,000 new cases

Brazil’s total death toll to nearly 67,000, the second highest number in the world. Brazil has now registered 1.67 million confirmed cases, including that of Brazil’s leader who is facing domestic and international condemnation for his handling of the crisis.

UK to Unveil Recovery Plan Today

08:05 The UK will today reveal a mini-budget to kickstart the UK economy, hoping costly infrastructure investment will help build its way out of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Finance minister Rishi Sunak is due to deliver his spending plans at 1130 GMT, having already flagged £3 billion (US$3.7 billion, €3.3bn) of green investment.

Wednesday 8th July

US to Leave World Health Organisation

22: 22 The United States will leave the World Health Organization on 6 July 2021, the United Nations has said after receiving formal notification of the decision from Washington.

The US president Donald Trump had to give one year’s notice of for withdrawal from the Geneva-based UN agency under a 1948 joint resolution of the US Congress, which also obliges Washington to pay financial support. The United States currently owes the WHO more than $200m (approximately £160m) in assessed contributions, according to the WHO website.

Melbourne in Australia Back in Lockdown

12:12 Melbourne is to re-enter Stage 3 lockdown after a record increase in cases. Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews said there was “simply no alternative” to reimposing stay at home restrictions in Australia’s second-biggest city.

Indian Death Toll Passes 20,000

07:54 India reported 467 new deaths on Tuesday, taking the toll to 20,160. It also recorded 22,252 new infections, increasing the total to 719,665. India on Monday overtook Russia as the third most affected country globally, behind the United States and Brazil.

South Africa Infections Top 200,000

07:48 South Africa’s coronavirus cases have passed 200,000 this morning, the highest total in Africa. There are currently 205,721 cases

Tuesday 7th July

US Sees Surge in Cases

19:50 The US coronavirus death toll passed 130,000 following a massive surge of new cases that has put Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis under the microscope and derailed efforts to restart the economy.

The US has suffered 235 more deaths and registered 44,361 new cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said. That takes the respective totals to 129,811 and 2,886,267.

Russia Tally Rises

10:47 Russia’s official coronavirus case tally rose to 687,862 on Monday after officials reported 6,611 new infections in the last 24 hours, Reuters reports.

Authorities also said 135 people had died overnight, bringing Russia’s official death toll to 10,296.

India Now Third Worst Affected

08:50 According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, India has become the world’s third-worst affected country in terms of number of coronavirus cases, overtaking Russia.

India has 697,413 known coronavirus cases and 19,693 deaths.

Russia has reported 680,283 cases and 10,145 deaths so far.

The US, with nearly 3m infections, tops the list, with Brazil in second place, with 1.6m infections.

Monday 6th July

Brazil Cases Approach 1.5 Million

11.24 Brazil, second only to the US in terms of number of cases and deaths, has almost 1.5 million confirmed infections, after it added 48,105 new cases on Thursday. Cases there stand at 1,496,858, with deaths at 61,884. Brazil has reported more than 40,000 daily cases at least three times in the past week.

US Infection Rate Shows No Sign of Slowing

11:12 The past week has seen the United States break its own one-day case record four times, according data compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

In the seven days up to and including 1 July, the country, which has the highest number of cases and deaths worldwide, confirmed over 40,000 cases on four separate days.

Wednesday also saw cases rise by more than 50,000 for the first time in the US, with 51,200 confirmed in 24 hours.

Friday 3rd July

Russian Cases Surpass 660,000

09:28 Russia on Thursday reported 6,760 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its nationwide tally to 661,165.

The authorities said 147 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 9,683.

India Sees Rapid Increase

08:08 India has now recorded more than 600,000 coronavirus infections, and 17,834 deaths. The country has the fourth largest outbreak in the world, and the increase in infections presents a severe challenge for its overburdened health system.

Thursday 2nd July

Global Cases Top 10.5 Million

17:51 There are now 10,501,482 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker.

The virus has killed at least 511,909 people across 188 countries and regions, the data shows.

The tally likely only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections, with many countries testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.

The United States continues to be the worst-hit country with 127,425 deaths from 2,636,538 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 59,594 deaths from 1,402,041 cases, the United Kingdom with 43,815 deaths from 314,162 cases, Italy with 34,767 deaths from 240,578 cases, and France with 29,846 deaths from 202,063 cases.

China – excluding Hong Kong and Macau – has to date declared 84,813 cases, including 4,641 deaths.

Spanish Looking to Rebuild Employment Market

13:32 The Spanish government is working with Airbus to keep jobs in the country, prime minister Pedro Sanchez has said, a day after the aerospace giant announced it would cut 15,000 jobs as part of a global restructuring.

Speaking to journalists after the reopening of Spain’s border with Portugal, Sanchez highlighted the country’s role in the founding of Airbus and said he hoped to find solutions to retain some jobs.

US Sees More Record Cases

07:57 The US again reported a record one-day increase in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, with 44,358 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the country, according to the coronavirus database the,COVID Tracking Project as infections surge across the country, which is the worst-affected worldwide in terms of cases and deaths.

The US has more than 2.6m cases and accounts for approximately one in four known deaths worldwide, with the country’s toll at 127,410. There are close to 10.5m cases globally, with infections rising by around 150,000 in the last 24 hours alone to 10,450,628. The global death toll stands at 510,632.

Wednesday 1st July

US Cases Continue to Rise

20:57 Over the last 24 hours, the US has suffered 370 more deaths and registered 35,664 new cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said. That takes the respective totals to 126,739 and 2,581,229.

Chilean Unemployment Soars

15:37 Chile’s unemployment rate hit 11.2% between March and May amid the coronavirus lockdown, according to the country’s government.

People working in the commerce, accommodation, food services, and construction sectors were the worst impacted, the national statistics agency (INE) said, while self-employed people were the worst hit across the board in Chile, once among Latin America´s most stable economies.

Global Cases Top 10.3 Million

09:22 There are currently 10,302,052 known cases, and 505,505 deaths.

These are the ten worst-affected countries in terms of the number of confirmed cases.

US: 2,590,552 (Deaths: 126,140)
Brazil: 1,368,195 (Deaths: 58,314)
Russia: 640,246 (Deaths: 9,152)
India: 566,840 (Deaths: 16,893)
UK: 313,470 (Deaths: 43,659)
Peru: 282,365 (Deaths: 9,504)
Chile: 275,999 (Deaths: 5,575)
Spain: 248,970 (Deaths: 28,346)
Italy: 240,436 (Deaths: 34,744)
Iran: 225,205 (Deaths: 10,670)

French Consumer Spending Rises as Lockdown Eased

09:14 French consumer spending rebounded in May as the country emerged from a coronavirus lockdown that triggered an unprecedented spending slump the previous months, official data has revealed.

The Insee official stats agency said that consumer spending rose 36.6% in May from April, when it had plunged 19.1% and following a 16% drop in March. A Reuters poll of 16 economists had an average forecast for a 30% increase in May, though estimates of the jump had ranged from 6% to 42.5% in light of the exceptional circumstances.

Tuesday 30th June

10 Million Mark Passed

14:26 The total number of people to test positive for Covid-19 worldwide has exceeded 10million, according to Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, the number of global deaths stands at 499,296.

US Situation Worsens

10:21 The US states of Florida, Arizona, Nevada, South Carolina and Georgia each recorded daily highs for coronavirus infections on Saturday, highlighting the worsening spread of the virus in several southern and western states, which is prompting some of them to roll back their reopening plans.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States rose to more than 2.5 million on Saturday. More than 125,000 Americans have died of Covid-19, the highest known death toll from the disease in the world.

Sunday 28th June

Egypt Lifts Restrictions Despite Rising Infections

14:10 Egypt has today lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions, despite a rising number of cases.

Saturday saw the reopening of cafes, clubs, gyms and theatres after more than three months of closure. Mosques and churches were also reopened, while the nighttime curfew was lifted.

Egypt’s health ministry has reported 62,755 coronavirus infections, including 2,620 deaths, and the upward trend in new cases is continuing.

On Friday, the IMF approved a further $5.2 billion loan for the country, on top of the $2.8 billion already promised by the fund to support Egypt’s economy during the pandemic.

The Czech Republic Sees Largest Daily Increase

11:22 The Czech Republic has recorded its highest daily rise in cases since early April, reporting 168 new cases as the country starts a two-month summer holiday season.

As of Saturday morning, the country of 10.7 million had reported a total of 11,038 coronavirus cases, with 349 deaths.

Peru Cases Top 270,000

08:42 Peru, which has the sixth-largest number of Covid cases in the world, surpassed 270,000 infections on Friday.

That bleak milestone came after it recorded 3,762 new infections in the past 24 hours, according to the Spanish newswire Europa Press.

According to John Hopkins University, Peru has recorded 272,364 cases. About 9,000 people have died.

Indian Cases Surpass Half a Million

07:52 India reported more than 17,000 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, pushing the country’s total above 500,000, federal health ministry data showed on Saturday, with infections surging in major cities including the capital New Delhi, Reuters reported.

India has the world’s fourth-biggest outbreak of the virus that causes Covid-19, below only the United States, Brazil and Russia in confirmed infections, according to a Reuters tally.

Saturday 27th June

Israel Cases Increase After Lockdown Eased

14:11 With 532 new infections reported by the health ministry in the past 24 hours, Israel has seen the emergence of a number of hotspots including in the Sea of Galilee resort of Tiberias, as well as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem – the highest daily total in more than two months.

As of Thursday morning, the number of coronavirus cases had hit 22,139 since the beginning of the outbreak, with 49 in serious condition and 29 on ventilators, and 500 new cases being reported every day.

Cases Top 9.4 million

Thursday 25th June

IMF: Two Years to Recover From Covid-19

14:34 The International Monetary Fund has said the global economy will take a $12tn (£9.6tn) hit from the Covid-19 pandemic after slashing its already gloomy growth projections for the UK and other developed countries in 2020, writes Larry Elliott.

The IMF said it would take two years for world output to return to levels at the end of 2019 and warned that governments should be cautious about removing financial support to their fragile economies.

Bulgaria Extends State of Emergency

14:13 A state of emergency in Bulgaria will be extended until 15 July after a jump in coronavirus cases, the health minister, Kiril Ananiev, has said.

Bulgaria began to relax restrictions to stop the spread of the virus earlier this month, but last week it reported 606 new coronavirus cases, its highest weekly rise since the beginning of the pandemic, Reuters reports.

On Wednesday, 130 new cases were reported, bringing the total to date to 4,114, with 208 deaths.

India Sees Deadliest Day Yet

13:22 India has recorded its highest one-day rise in new coronavirus cases, with 15,968 infections detected in the past 24 hours, the Associated Press reports.

The health ministry also reported a record 24-hour increase of 465 deaths due to Covid-19 on Wednesday, driving fatalities to 14,476.

So far, 456,183 people in India have tested positive for the virus, making it the fourth hardest-hit country by the pandemic in the world after the US, Brazil and Russia.

Latin America Deaths Top 100K

13:00 Latin America’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 100,000 on Tuesday, according to Reuters, while the number of infections, at 2.2m, has doubled in less than a month.

The region has seen a spike in cases and deaths even as the tide of infection recedes in Europe and parts of Asia.

This week Latin America’s largest and most populous nation, Brazil, became the second country to reach 50,000 deaths, after the US. Mexico on Tuesday registered a one-day record for confirmed infections.

Wednesday 24th June

The Philippines Sees Biggest Daily Increase

12:34 The Philippines has reported 1,150 additional cases of coronavirus, the country’s biggest single-day increase in infections.

Tuesday 23rd June

India Reports Record Number of Infections

14:20 India has reported a record number of new coronavirus cases and a death toll of more than 400 people in the past 24 hours, Reuters reports.

The 15,000 new cases brought India’s total to more than 425,000, behind only the United States, Brazil and Russia, according to data from the federal health ministry.

Nearly 14,000 people have now died from the disease caused by the virus since the first case in India in January.

Nine New Cases in Beijing

08:43 Beijing’s municipal health authority reported on Monday nine new cases of the coronavirus in the city for June 21, down from 22 a day earlier.

The city of more than 20 million people reported its first case in the latest wave on 11 June.

The resurgence has been linked to a wholesale food centre in the southwest of Beijing. So far, 236 people in the city have been infected in the outbreak.

New Zealand Reports New Cases

06:58 New Zealand now has nine active cases of Covid-19 as more people start arriving into the country from overseas. Over the last two days the Ministry of Health has recorded several new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases recorded across the country to 1163

Confirmed Cases Worldwide Top 8.9 Million

06:52 The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases passed 8.9 million. The figure currently stands at 8,929,394, while the global death toll is at 467,676, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

Both figures are likely to be higher in reality, due to differing testing rates and definitions, time lags and suspected underreporting

Monday 22nd June

Apple to Close Some US Stores as Infection Rate Increases

18:53 Apple Inc will shut some stores again in Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and North Carolina in the United States due to a spike in novel coronavirus cases, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.

Italian Deaths Slow

18:22 Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 47 on Friday, against 66 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases decreased to 251 from 333 on Thursday.

UK Govt. Borrowing Exceeds 100% for First Time Since the1960s

08:37 The UK Government borrowing in May is predicted to have hit 55.2 billion – nearly nine times higher than in the same month a year ago.

Friday 19th June

Brazil Nears 1 Million Mark

16:32 Brazil recorded 1,269 additional Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its official death toll from the novel coronavirus to 46,510, the most in the world outside the United States.

The Health Ministry also registered 32,188 new cases of the virus since its Tuesday update, for a total of 955,377 confirmed cases, also second to the United States globally.

Spain Announces Economic Aid

14:22 The Spanish government has unveiled a €4.3bn (£3.9bn) plan to help the country’s lucrative and important tourist sector as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic and prepares to welcome visitors from EU and Schengen areas countries this Sunday.

Thursday 18th June

New York Cases Slow

17:15 The US state of New York recorded 17 coronavirus deaths on 16 June, its lowest daily death toll since the start of the outbreak.

Just 10 weeks ago 800 New Yorkers died in a single day.

UK Death Toll Increases But Slows Down

16:09 The UK death toll from confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has risen to 42,153, an increase of 184, the latest daily figures from the UK government show.

The daily increase is of 184 is down on the previous daily rise of 233.

A further 1,115 have tested positive for Covid-19, taking the UK total to 299,251 as of Wednesday morning.

Brazil Cases Soar

07:34 Brazil has had its worst day for new confirmed cases, recording 34,918 in 24 hours to bring its overall total to 923,189 total infections.

The health ministry said the country has also suffered 1,282 deaths since the last update on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities there to 45,241.In nominal terms, Brazil is the second-worst hit country in the world in both respects.

Global Deaths Pass 440,000

07:12 According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government data, the global coronavirus death toll stands at 441,668. There are 8,162,276 known infections.

Wednesday 17th June

Global Cases Edge Towards 8 Million

08:17 According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government figures, there have been 433,394 known coronavirus deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic. The number of confirmed cases stands at 7,912,981

New Outbreak in China Reported

07:37 Chinese health officials reported 49 new coronavirus cases on Monday, including 36 more in the capital Beijing where a fresh cluster linked to a wholesale food market has fuelled fears of a second wave of infections.

In response to the new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing, the city has locked down ten more neighborhoods

Monday 15th June

ADSS: COVID-19 is Much More Than Operational Risk

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many challenges, as well as highlighted weaknesses across the board – whether that be within health systems, company policies and more. In terms of the financial space, one thing that the virus has highlighted is the importance of risk management.

Finance Magnates caught up with Fabian Chui, the Global Head of Front Office and Risk, ADSS to see how the pandemic has influenced the risk management strategies at ADSS

Read the ADSS Interview here

India Reports Highest Number of Daily Cases

15:11 India has reported its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases, adding 11,458 confirmed infections and taking its total count to more than 300,000, according to official data, amid reports of people being turned away from hospitals.

Ayondo Seeks to Postpone AGM, Financial Reports Due to COVID-19

As Finance Magnates reported, Catalist-listed Ayondo said that due to logistics and delays caused by the COVID-19 virus, it is applying with the Singapore bourse to postpone holding its annual general meeting.

The troubled firm also seeks to push back the deadline for filing its financial reports.

The company has submitted to the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”) an application for an extension of time till August 17, instead of its original date that was scheduled for June 29.

Read more on the Ayondo AGM Postponement here

China Reports New Cases, Fresh Wave Feared

09:38 China reported 11 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, including six domestic cases in the capital that raised concerns about a resurgence, AFP reports.

The majority of China’s cases in recent months were overseas nationals tested as they returned home, with the domestic outbreak brought largely under control after the disease first emerged in the central city of Wuhan last year. But the new cases have prompted Beijing officials to delay the return of students to primary schools and suspend all sporting events and group dining.

City authorities on Friday also closed two markets visited by one of the known cases.

NZ COVID Free for 22 Days

08:23 New Zealand news service Newshub reports the latest figures from the ministry of health show no new cases of the virus in the last 24 hours. It means New Zealand hasn’t recorded any new cases for 22 days in a row.

Following the recovery of an Auckland woman on Monday, New Zealand has no known active cases of Covid-19, and no one is in a hospital with the virus.

Saturday 13th June

Russian Infections Surpass 500,000

10:17 Russia has reported 8,779 new cases of Covid-19, bringing its nationwide infection tally to 502,436.

Officials said 174 people had died in the past 24 hours, pushing the official national death toll to 6,532.

US Cases Pass 2 Million Mark

07:40 The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the US, which is by far the worst-affected country worldwide, passed 2 million on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, which lists 2,000,464 cases.

The country has recorded 112,908 deaths.

Thursday 11th June

France to Extend Health State of Emergency

11:39 France is expected to end the official “state of health emergency” introduced for the coronavirus crisis until the 10th of July.

A total of 29,296 people have died in France as a result of Covid-19.

African Infections Pass 200k

Russian Cases Rise

08:47 Russia has reported 8,404 new cases of the coronavirus today, taking the nationwide tally of infections to 493,657. The country’s coronavirus crisis response centre said 216 people had died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 6,358.

21 US States See Increase in Infections

07:29 21 US states reported weekly increases in new cases of Covid-19. Arizona, Utah and New Mexico all posted rises of 40% or higher for the week ended Sunday, compared with the prior seven days, according to a Reuters analysis.

Wednesday 10th June

US Hiding Beneficiaries of $500bn Covid-19 Corporate Aid

11:53 According to the Guardian, businesses in the US have taken at least half a trillion dollars in coronavirus aid from the American public, and the US government is refusing to disclose which companies are getting the money

As COVID-19 Volatility Drops, Volumes Fall on Gaitame in May

As Finance Magnates reported, after declaring its best transaction volume in the retail broker’s history in March, Gaitame has uploaded its trading volume for the month of May, showing that volumes are returning back to levels before coronavirus.

Read more on Gaitame May volumes here

World Health Organisation Issues Warning

07:27 The world has recorded its highest daily jump of cases (136,000), according to the WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said: “More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal.”

“Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening,” he said.

Nearly 75% of the 136,000 cases were reported from 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia.

Tuesday 9th May

After COVID-19, 2020 Could Be the Biggest Year Yet for Crypto Scams

Earlier this week, cybersecurity firm Cipher Trace published a report with findings that so far this year, nearly $1.4 billion dollars in cryptocurrency have been stolen by malicious actors.

In a widely-read Finance Magnates Analysis, we discussed why do these scams continue to be so effective? And has the crypto scam landscape changed–or do crypto criminals keep singing the same old song?

Read more on the 2020 Crypto scams here.

Infections Top 7M and Deaths Pass 400K

12:14 According to Johns Hopkins University, Covid-19 infections now stand at 7,031,249, after another rise in cases from Brazil. The South American country has 691,758 confirmed cases and 36,455 deaths, though their government has now stopped releasing relevant data.

The US is the worst-affected country, with 1,942,363 confirmed cases and more than a quarter of the world’s deaths: 110,514.

There are 16 countries with more than 100,000 confirmed cases.

Vietnam and EU Sign Tariff Agreement

08:23 Following import and export disruption by Corona, Vietnam ratified a free trade agreement with the European Union on Monday that will cut or eliminate 99% of tariffs on goods traded between the Southeast Asian country and the bloc, and provide Vietnam with a much-needed post-pandemic boost.

New Zealand Corona Free

07:32 Hours after New Zealand’s health officials announced there were no active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand for the first time since 28 February, Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, announced that her government would abandon all restrictions except border controls from midnight tonight.

Monday 8th June

German Economic Downturn Continues

09:33 New orders for German manufacturing firms saw their sharpest fall on record in April during the coronavirus shutdown, official data has shown, plunging a worse-than-expected 25.8% from March.

The closely-watched indicator of future industrial activity saw “the biggest fall since the beginning of the data series in 1991” just after German reunification, federal statistics authority Destatis said.

The reading was down 36.6% year-on-year, it added.

Russian Cases Soar

09:22 Russia has reported 8,726 new cases of Covid-19, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 449,834.

Officials said 144 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official nationwide death toll to 5,528.

Friday 5th May

US Jobless Passes 42 Million

18:16 Another 1.9 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the United States last week as the total number of claims passed 42m since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The pace of layoffs has slowed dramatically from its peak of 6.6m at the start of April as states begin to relax quarantine orders, and last week was the ninth consecutive week of declines. But the scale of layoffs remains staggeringly high. In the worst week of the last recession “just” 665,000 people filed for unemployment.

Virtu Financial is Looking at Remote Working Post-COVID-19

Is #WFH (working from home) the new norm? As Finance Magnates covered, the CEO of Virtu Financial, a large trading and market making firm, Doug Cifu, said that the company is looking at alternatives to having all of its employees work from an office once lockdown measures ease.

Read more on the Virtu Financial CEO post covid comments here.

WHO Reports 100,000 New Cases in Last 5 Days


Worldwide Deaths Top 385,000

08:43 The number of deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic globally has now passed 385,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.

A total of 385,991 fatalities have been recorded worldwide. The US is the worst-hit country, with 107,175 deaths, followed by the UK and Italy.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 6,430,705 known coronavirus cases so far.

Thursday 4th June

Unemployment Slows in Spain as Lockdown Eases

12:04 The number of new job seekers in Spain was close to 27,000 in May, around ten times lower than in March and April during the coronavirus lockdown, the labor ministry said today.

Spain imposed a nationwide lockdown on 14 March to slow the spread of the virus, and that month it counted more than 302,000 new jobseekers, followed by another 280,000 in April.

But in May, as the lockdown was gradually eased, the government counted a total of 26,573 new jobseekers in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy, where the total number of unemployed stands at 3.8 million. At the end of March, the National Statistics Institute (INE), which calculates figures in a different way, gave Spain’s jobless figure as 3.31 million.

South Koren GDP to Worsen More Than Expected

08:09 South Korea’s economic contraction will worsen in the current quarter, the central bank forecast Tuesday, as the coronavirus outbreak hits consumer demand and economic activity even harder, AFP reports.

The Bank of Korea predicted the world’s 12th-biggest economy would shrink at least 2.0 percent in the April-June period over the previous three months.

It already declined 1.3% quarter-on-quarter in the first three months, it said – a slight improvement from its first announcement in April of a 1.4% contraction, but still the biggest drop in the gross domestic product since the 2008 global financial crisis.

Tuesday 6th May

German New Cases Recorded

15:03 Germany recorded 333 confirmed new infections and 11 new deaths linked to Covid-19, the country’s disease control body said on Monday.

The reproduction number (R), indicating how many new cases one infected person generates on average, rose to 1.04 on Sunday, staying above the critical threshold of one for the second row in a day.

Iran Records Highest Increase in Two Months

12:26 Iran has counted its most new cases of coronavirus on any day for nearly two months, with 2,979 more people testing positive for the virus since yesterday, according to the health ministry.

It is the highest increase since April 1st.

Indonesia Death Toll Increase

11:37 Indonesia has reported 467 new infections, bringing their total to 26,940, of whom 7,637 have recovered. There have also been 28 deaths since yesterday, taking the country’s total to 1,641

Philippines Cases Increase

11:12 The Philippines has confirmed 552 new cases of Covid-19 and three deaths. That brings its total number of deaths to 960, with 18,738 confirmed cases of which 3,979 have recovered

Monday 1st June

How Has the BTC Futures Landscape Shifted After COVID-19 & Bitcoin Halving?

In a Finance Magnates Analysis, we looked at how Bitcoin futures trading has grown significantly on some exchanges and whether this occurred at the expense of others.

We discussed how has price volatility affected the crypto derivatives space and the crypto sphere post-COVID-19 and post Bitcoin Halving.

No stone was left unturned in this must-read analysis

Read more on the BTC Futures landscape here.

Did the 2008 Financial Crisis Hit the Market Harder Than COVID-19?

Finance Magnates Intelligence took the volatility during the last two crises – the financial crisis of 2008 and this year’s COVID-19-inspired volatility under the magnifying glass, checking when price fluctuations were greatest.

In an intriguing taster of the full report, the comparison between the two periods throws up some surprising results.

Read more on the 2008 v 2020 analysis here.

Thailand Passes Record Stimulus Package Bill

16:49 Thailand has passed a record stimulus package of nearly $60 billion to revive its economy, which has been hammered by the coronavirus.

Thailand’s parliament approved the 1.9 trillion baht ($59.7 billion) package – the kingdom%

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