International update: Global Covid infections pass 36.5 million as India nears 7 million

9th October 2020 (Last Updated October 9th, 2020 10:39)

9 October

Global: The global coronavirus death toll is 1,062,075 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Covid-19 infections exceed 36.5 million world wide.

US: Covid-19 infections exceed 7.6 million, meanwhile, the US coronavirus death toll is 212,784 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

POTUS Donald Trump suggested he might organise a rally in Florida on Saturday, while continuing to ignore questions on whether he has yet tested negative for the disease.

Trump’s physician, Dr Sean Conley, said he anticipated Trump would be able to return to public engagements on Saturday, after initially suggesting that the president might not be able to return to public life until Monday.

Trump says he wants emergency use authorization signed “immediately” for the Covid-19 treatment that he received. Trump didn’t name specific drugs in his video. On Wednesday, he called Regeneron’s antibody cocktail a “cure” that was “key” to his recovery.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi, announced that Democrats in the US Congress would discuss the 25th amendment to the constitution, which contains a clause that allows a president to be removed from office against his will because of physical or mental incapacity.

Texas virus hospitalizations rose for a fourth straight day to 3,556 – the highest since 10 September, according to state health department data. It’s the longest stretch of daily increases since July, when the state’s outbreak was at its worst.

New Jersey recorded 1,301 new cases, the most since May. It hadn’t exceeded 1,000 new cases in a single day since May 29.

New York City is closing an additional 61 public schools, bringing to 169 the number shut to combat Covid-19 hot spots, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, as opposition to community restrictions intensified in Orthodox Jewish areas. The earliest reopening would be 21 October, he said. Closings are now affecting about 10% of the city’s public schools.

India: 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.

UK: Newcastle University said 1,003 of its 28,000 students tested positive for Covid-19 this month and 12 staff members were also found to have the virus, the Telegraph reported, citing the university.

Australia: 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.

France: 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).

Mexico: Mexico’s health ministry on Thursday reported 5,300 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and 370 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 804,488 infections and 83,096 deaths.

Brazil: Brazil added 27,750 cases, bringing the total to 5,028,444. The number of deaths reached 148,957 after adding 729 new fatalities, the Heath Ministry said.

Argentina: In Argentina, 15,454 new cases were reported, for a total of 856,369. The number of new deaths rose by 485 to 22,710, the government said.

Germany: Germany recorded more than 4,000 new Covid cases for a second day, as major cities including the capital Berlin experience a surge in infections fuelled by social gatherings and returning travellers. The number of cases rose by 4,804 in the 24 hours through Friday morning, the most since April 10, after a gain of 4,010 on Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Japan: Suicides rose in Japan in August due to an increase in women and school-aged children taking their own lives, a first glimpse into the consequences of the mental health strain brought about by Covid-19 around the globe.

Vaccine news

China: 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”.

Thailand: Thailand is in talks with several Chinese, Russian and U.K. vaccine developers to secure viable inoculations against the coronavirus as soon as they became available. The Southeast Asian nation also expects to reach agreements with the University of Oxford and Covax, a World Health Organization-backed initiative, by the end of October, according to Nakorn Premsri, director of Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute.

Lockdown updates

Cuba: 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.

Romania: Romania has suspended 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.

Spain: 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.

Economy updates

US: The White House is again leaning toward a large-scale stimulus bill after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back on the idea of individual measures for parts of the economy hit by the Covid-19 crisis. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Pelosi in a 40-minute call that Trump wants agreement on a comprehensive stimulus package, her spokesman said.