Britain will face a soaring death rate from the COVID-19 within weeks unless urgent action is taken to stop a rapidly spreading second wave of the outbreak, the country’s senior medics claimed on Monday. New COVID-19 cases are rising by at least 6,000 per day in Britain. Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance claimed that if left unrestricted, the epidemic would reach 50,000 cases a day by mid-October.
Lebanon could have to go through ’hell’ if a new government is not formed, according to President Michel Aoun. The country continues to struggle due to increase in cases and deaths due to COVID-19 and a spiraling economic and financial crisis. The PM-designate, Mustapha Adib was also criticized by the President for imposing names of cabinet positions without consultation with the parliament blocs
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has led to a lockdown being imposed in poorer areas of the Spanish capital. The Spanish army has also been requested by Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the regional chief of Madrid to help fight the surge in and around the city. Protests were seen after fears that another lockdown could be imposed. The government has also been requested to set up a makeshift hospital again.
The COVID-19 alert level has been raised by British medical officers due to high levels of transmission of the disease. Further restrictions are set to be announced by PM Boris Johnson, as Britain looks to try and slow the spread of the virus. On the advice of the Joint Biosecurity Center, the threat level was increased to the second-highest level when it was moved from 3 to 4.
Hitting out against the Democrats, President Donald Trump claimed that the Dems do not want the coronavirus vaccine to come out before the presidential election in November, because if it does, he will get the credit for the same and this will boost his chances of winning a second term. The President also expressed confidence and said that the novel coronavirus was going away.
An Indian Nobel peace laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, who for decades has rescued thousands of children from the scourge of slavery and trafficking, now fears his efforts could reverse as the COVID-19 pandemic forces children into labor. This comes as the pandemic pummels the Indian economy, and pushes millions of people into poverty, forcing kids to work to make ends meet.
Connecticut Democrat Rep. Jahana Hayes announced on Sunday that she had been diagnosed with COVID-19. ’After going to 2 urgent care centers yesterday, I finally got an appointment at a 3rd site and was tested this morning’, Hayes added. Hayes said she was asymptomatic, other than some breathing issues.
Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives said recently that she has no interest in allowing the government to shut down. Claiming that a government shutdown has a ’harmful and painful’ impact on people, she expressed hopes that the Republican Party ’would address’ the COVID-19 pandemic amid renewed discussion on health care issues.
A ship from Viking land has gone aground and over 200 passengers are being evacuated. The ship had fewer passengers on board because of the coronavirus.
On Saturday, the number of lives lost to Covid-19 in the US surpasses 200,000. The number of cases in the country is closing in on the 7M mark. As per the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, a surge in the number of new infections, combined with growing fatigue over social distancing and other measures, could result in more than 415K deaths by January.
Australia reported the lowest number of daily coronavirus increase in three months on Sunday, with just 18 new cases. In the country’s virus epicenter, Victoria, 14 new cases of the virus were reported on Sunday, down from 21 new cases the day before and the lowest number since 19 June. New South Wales and Queensland reported two cases each. Figures were last this low on 23 June.
More than a thousand people gathered in central London on Saturday to protest against lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The protest led to 32 arrests and came as PM Johnson considers whether to reimpose some lockdown restrictions across the country. Demonstrators carried banners saying ’Covid is a hoax’ as well as chanting at police: ’Choose your side’.
The English government is changing the rules around self-isolation in a move to force more people to stay at home if they have coronavirus. The new rules apply in England, but the government says it is ’engaging’ with Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to develop a system which is aligned across the UK. There will be fines of £1,000 up to £10,000 for repeated or severe violations.
On Tuesday, North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire witnessed a new set of restrictions imposed by Britain due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in a single day. The UK reported that the daily tally doubled to 6,000 because of which Britain is considering another national lockdown.
Thousands of protesters in Bangkok, Thailand, demonstrated against the government of the former coup leader and PM Prayuth Chan-ocha on Saturday. The city has seen weeks of daily rallies since July. There are also calls for royal reforms which are particularly sensitive in the monarchy. A series of political scandals and the COVID-19 impact have led to growing discontent in the country.
On Thursday, during a CNN town hall speech, Joe Biden voiced that President Trump is responsible for ’every single coronavirus death’. He stated, ’If the president had done his job... had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive.’ He urged the audience to verify his claim by referring to the data recorded by the Health Ministry.
CDC has clarified guidance that people who have come in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 need to get tested and self-quarantine until they receive their results. Previous guidance was unclear and interpreted that people who were asymptotic did not require testing.
Moderna said on Friday it was on track to produce 20M doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year. Moderna had enrolled 25,296 participants out of a planned 30,000 in its late-stage study. The company is working with Switzerland’s Lonza Group and Spain’s Laboratorios Farmacéuticos Rovi to make the vaccine outside the US.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday he had tested positive for COVID-19, but had no symptoms and would continue to carry out his duties while quarantined. Separately, another world leader, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Friday he’s tested positive for the coronavirus. Giammettei said he’s asked his entire cabinet to be tested and to work remotely.
The U.S. Agriculture Department released details of a second round of COVID-19 aid for farmers, which will pay up to $14B to growers of major crops. President Trump announced the assistance on Thursday at a campaign rally in Wisconsin. The aid follows a $19B relief program announced in April to help US farmers cope with disruptions to the food supply chain and plummeting demand.
EU is again witnessing an alarming rise in Covid-19 transmission which should be seen as a wake-up call to avoid quarantine ’fatigue,’ warned WHO. Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in EU in March, highlighting last week’s infections exceeding 300,000 cases with seven countries seeing cases doubling in the previous two weeks.
Queen Elizabeth’s UK real estate portfolio value dropped £500mn in last report as COVID-19 crisis aggravated existing struggles for its tenants. The Crown Estate which looks after the vast holdings in UK took loss in its regional property segment, which includes shopping centers and business parks across country. The drop came from the challenging operational markets faced by the retail customers.
As per a survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, roughly 7 in 10 Americans think the nation is on the wrong track. Only 39% of 1,108 Americans polled approve of how Trump is handling the COVID-19 outbreak. 78% have some or great confidence in the CDC. Overall, Trump’s approval rating sits at 43%.
Israel has decided for a second lockdown to curb surging Covid-19 cases. Under the new three-week lockdown, citizens must stay within 1km of their homes, with exceptions, and the number of people allowed in synagogues has been reduced. In the past week, new cases have touched daily highs of more than 6,000 cases and total deaths stood at 1,169 while total cases stood at ~177,000.