Coronavirus Global Updates: Over 23.33 million cases of coronavirus have been reported globally and 910,299 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in over 210 countries since it was first detected in China in December 2019.
Coronavirus cases in the United States rose by at least 47,015 to touch 6.46 million on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally.
The confirmed coronavirus death toll in Mexico on Friday surpassed 70,000 after the government reported over 500 new deaths, reported Reuters. Excess mortality data from mid-March through early August indicates that the total number of deaths beyond the official count is likely tens of thousands higher. Mexico’s total coronavirus cases touched 6,58,299, with at least 70,183 deaths. The country has the fourth-highest death toll in the world.
Chile has extended the country’s state of catastrophe due to the coronavirus pandemic for a further 90-day period, Reuters quoted the government as saying.
The Czech Republic reported its highest single-day rise in new coronavirus cases on Saturday, according to Health Ministry data, reported Reuters. The country has witnessed one of the biggest spike in cases among European countries in recent weeks. It tightened mask-wearing restrictions, although it aims to avoid bringing back measures that would hurt businesses.
Indonesia Saturday reported 3,806 cases of coronavirus and at least 106 new deaths, according to data from the Health Ministry, Reuters reported.
Oxford, AstraZeneca to resume coronavirus vaccine trial
Oxford University says trials of a coronavirus vaccine that it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will resume, days after being paused due to a reported side-effect in a patient in the UK.
In a statement, the university said in large trials such as this “it is expected that some participants will become unwell and every case must be carefully evaluated to ensure careful assessment of safety.” It said that globally some 18,000 people have received the vaccine as part of the trial. (AP)
Istanbul introduces limits to gatherings as virus spreads
The governor of Istanbul has banned boating companies from hosting weddings and similar gatherings as part of new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Turkey’s most populous city.
The governor’s office also reintroduced a ban on concerts and festivals in open spaces. A statement from the office late Friday said the restrictions were needed because people were not adequately heeding precautions like physical distancing and confirmed virus cases have increased.
Coronavirus infections and deaths began increasing in Turkey after the government loosened restrictions on public activity in June, returning to levels last seen in mid-May.
On Friday, the Health Ministry announced 56 more deaths and 1,671 new cases, bringing the country’s total death toll in the pandemic to 6,951 and cases to nearly 290,000.
UK police urge weekend restraint ahead of ‘rule of 6’ lockdown
Police forces across the UK on Saturday urged the public to exercise restraint and stay away from large gatherings ahead of the new “rule of six” lockdown rules that will officially come into force from Monday, amid a spike in coronavirus infections across the country.
The chairman of the organisation representing police officers across England and Wales asked people to resist any temptation for a weekend of gatherings ahead of the stricter rules restricting indoor and outdoor gatherings to just six at a time, the breach of which comes with a GBP 100 fine.
“There is a real risk some members of the public will take advantage of the current situation and treat this weekend as a party weekend ahead of the tighter restrictions being introduced on Monday,” said John Apter, of the Police Federation of England and Wales.
In a series of tougher localised lockdowns, new measures banning people from mixing in homes and gardens will be imposed on Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell from Tuesday as the R number – or the rate of infection – crossed the crucial mark of one for the first time since the lockdown was gradually eased from June.
Singapore reports 42 new cases; mostly among foreigners
Singapore on Saturday reported 42 new coronavirus cases, mostly among foreign workers, taking the country’s infection count to 57,357.
“Based on our investigations, there are four cases in the community, of whom one is a Singapore permanent resident and three are work pass holders,” the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
“There are 10 imported cases, who have been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.” The rest were foreign workers living in dormitories
Canada reports zero Covid-19 deaths for first time since March
Canada reported zero Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 15, according to public health agency data released late on Friday, Reuters reported. Canada’s coronavirus death toll stood at 9,163 as of September 11. With 702 new cases, the country’s total tally rose to 135,626 on September 11.
New infections in Canada have seen an uptick in cases in the recent days, with most provinces easing lockdown restrictions and schools reopening for in-person classes. Authorities have been on high alert to avoid fresh outbreaks, and provinces including British Columbia have imposed new curbs to limit the spread of the virus.
No new nationwide lockdown, says French PM
French Prime Minister Jean Castex Friday said his government was not planning a new nationwide lockdown to contain a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, but would implement a raft of less radical measures, Reuters reported.
France has the seventh-highest Covid-19 death toll in the world, and President Emmanuel Macron’s government is trying to curb the spread of the virus while ensuring that economic and social activities such as school children’s education can continue.
“The virus is with us for several more months and we must manage to live with it without letting ourselves get drawn once again into a narrative of nationwide lockdown,” Castex said in a televised address.
France reported 9,406 new cases of coronavirus on Friday. The country has reported 30,983 casualties so far.
New daily infections fall in Australia
New daily infections in Australia’s largest hotspot continued to fall, even as deaths reached 803 on Saturday, reported Reuters.
Victoria state, the epicentre of the outbreak, reported six new deaths related to coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 716, or more than 90 per cent of all deaths in Australia.
Victoria accounts for about 75 per cent of the country’s more than 26,500 Covid-19 cases and its capital Melbourne, has been under a strict lockdown for weeks.
The lockdown, which was initially to end on Sunday, has been extended for another two weeks.
Crowds rally in New Zealand’s Auckland against coronavirus lockdown
Large crowds of people rallied in Auckland against the government’s social distancing restrictions imposed on the country’s largest city after an outbreak of the novel coronavirus last month, Reuters reported.
Local television footage showed tightly packed crowds, with many people not wearing masks, with estimates of the attendance varying in reports between a thousand and a few thousand people.
New Zealand appeared to have succeeded in halting community transmission of Covid-19, but a fresh outbreak in Auckland in August prompted the government to re-impose the lockdown.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who faces a general election on Oct 17, scaled back the restrictions earlier this month, but the city is still under alert level 2.5, meaning social gatherings of more than 10 people are not allowed. Masks are mandatory on public transport across the country. There were no immediate reports if arrests at the Sunday rally.