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France Surpasses 1Million Corona Cases
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 coronavirus. The 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
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.