International update: Global Covid cases pass 36.2 million – infections reach record daily levels in several countries

8th October 2020 (Last Updated October 8th, 2020 15:52)

8 October

Global: The global coronavirus death toll is 1,057,102 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Covid-19 infections exceed 36.2 million world wide.

US: Covid-19 infections exceed 7.5 million, meanwhile, the US coronavirus death toll is 211,917 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Top US immunologist quits health role over Trump Covid response. The ousted director of the office involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine has quit his post at the National Institutes of Health, charging that the Trump administration “ignores scientific expertise, overrules public health guidance and disrespects career scientists”.

CME Group Inc. reported a third case of Covid-19 on its trading floor in Chicago despite strict safety measures, highlighting the challenges businesses are facing to reopen during the pandemic.

Wisconsin is activating a Milwaukee-area alternative care facility as the state’s hospitals are increasingly overwhelmed by surging Covid-19 cases. The move comes as the state’s seven-day daily average of new Covid-19 cases reached 2,346, up from 879 just one month ago, said Andrea Palm, the Department of Health Services secretary-designee.

Brazil: Brazil tops 5m infected. There are the now more than 5m cases in Brazil, which has the third-highest total worldwide after India (6.8m) and the US (7.5m).

India: India’s total coronavirus cases rose by 78,524 in the last 24 hours to 6.84 million on Thursday morning, data from the health ministry showed.

Argentina: Argentina reported a daily record of 16,447 new Covid-19 cases, for a total of 840,915 cases, according to the government’s evening report.

Myanmar: Myanmar reports 1,400 new Covid-19 cases and 39 fatalities on Wednesday, the nation’s highest one-day spike in infections, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Germany: 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.

Bulgaria: Bulgaria reports national one-day case record. Bulgaria reported a daily record of 437 coronavirus cases on Thursday. The Balkan country now has 22,743 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 873 deaths.

France: Covid-19 hospitalisations are at a three-month high and new cases at an all-time high. French health authorities reported 18,746 new confirmed Covid-19 cases over 24 hours on Wednesday, a new all-time daily high, and almost double of Tuesday’s tally of 10,489. More than 7,500 patients are being treated in hospital for Covid-19.

Italy: 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.

Therapeutic developments

US: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. has asked federal regulators to authorize its antibody treatment for Covid-19 for emergency use. President Donald Trump received the antibody cocktail last Friday under a compassionate use program after becoming sick with the coronavirus. He hailed the treatment in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday.

Eli Lilly & Co. has approached the US FDA for authorization of a treatment it is developing with Canadian biotech AbCellera Biologics Inc., according to a statement Wednesday. It would allow high-risk patients recently diagnosed with mild-to-moderate Covid-19 to receive the therapy.

Lockdown updates

Belgium: 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 7am on Thursday as the Belgian capital went beyond recently tightened national restrictions in Belgium. Berlin nightlife given first curfew in 70 years as Covid cases surge.

Germany: 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.

Italy: Italy confirms swab tests for travellers from four countries, following growing concerns about rising cases across Europe, and makes face masks compulsory outdoors. Swab tests for Covid-19 will be compulsory for people travelling from the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic, the health minister Roberto Speranza said on Wednesday.

Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s chief health inspector has said new restrictions may be imposed if the confirmed cases continue to rise, but ruled out a full lockdown.

Japan: Japan is to lift travel bans on 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.

UK: First minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a nationwide ban on drinking indoors in licensed premises in Scotland for more than two weeks, with a full shutdown of all premises across the central belt where infection rates are accelerating most rapidly.

Economy updates

Singapore: 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.