What we've learned so far todayA summary of today’s events.
- In Australia, the state of Victoria recorded 14 new cases, dashing hopes of a planned reopening on 19 October.
- There were two local cases in the neighbouring state of New South Wales, as leaders there clashed with Queensland over its closed border.
- The United States president, Donald Trump, said he felt “very strong” in his first on-camera interview since he caught Covid.
- But the second United States presidential debate was officially cancelled after Trump declined to take part if the event was held virtually.
- France is struggling to subdue a vicious second wave. The country recorded more than 20,000 new infections in the past 24 hours. Across Europe, there were 100,000 new cases recorded for the first time.
- In a similarly grim milestone, the WHO reported more than 350,000 new cases on Friday.
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Peru reports 2,151 new cases and 238 deathsThe ministry of health in Peru has said the country recorded 2,151 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
Over the same period, there were 238 deaths linked to Covid-19.
Overall, the Andean country has recorded 843,355 cases and 33,158 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Currently, 6,544 people are hospitalised due to the virus, according to Informa Europa Press.
Fines in Australia for lockdown breaches
Police in the Australian state of Victoria have issued fines after detecting an unauthorised party in locked-down Melbourne.
Officers were called to the birthday party of 20 people in the suburb of Bentleigh, where they found loud music and no one wearing masks or social distancing.
AAP reports that several guests climbed onto the roofs of neighbouring buildings and fled, police said.
But they caught four people hiding on a roof and fined them when they came down.
Thirteen partygoers were fined $1,652 each.
Ukraine records 108 new deaths from CovidThe number of daily coronavirus deaths in Ukraine has exceeded 100 for the first time since the epidemic began, jumping to 108, the national security council said on Saturday, Reuters reports.
The previous record of 93 deaths was registered on 8 October. The council said a total of 256,266 cases had been registered in Ukraine as of 10 October, with 4,887 deaths and 112,570 people recovered.
The government said on Friday it would open more hospitals to accept coronavirus patients amid a recent spike in cases.
It is also mulling ways to toughen lockdown measures, which have been gradually eased since June to help the economy, which plunged 11.4% in the second quarter.
Tighter lockdown restrictions expected in the UK
In the United Kingdom, the mayor of Liverpool has told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he expects the city will be put in a tier three lockdown within days.
Joe Anderson said:
We had some conversations with Downing Street yesterday, we have got further conversations, discussions with them this afternoon.
And I expect that Liverpool will be one of those announced. We will be in the local lockdown, new local lockdown, which is announced, which will probably be, well, will be tier three, and that that will be enacted in Parliament on Tuesday.
We are continuing the discussions and conversations today.
Germany records 4,721 new casesGermany recorded 4,721 new cases over the past 24 hours, and another 15 deaths, according to the country’s Instituto Robert Koch (RKI).
The new infections are an increase on the approximately 4,500 cases reported on Friday.
India reports 73,000 new cases, nearly 1,000 deathsThe ministry of health in India has said there were 73,272 new infections in the country over the past 24 hours.
There were also 926 new deaths, taking the death toll to 107,416. It is the seventh straight day where deaths have been below 1,000.
The country is averaging about 70,000 cases daily, down from a peak of 97,894 new cases mid-September.
France struggles to contain virus spread as Europe spikesFrance is now experiencing a sharp rise in cases and is one of several countries in Europe struggling to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Reuters reports new infections in France jumped more than 20,000 in one day for the first time. This from the news agency.
The country’s ministry reported 20,330 new infections, taking the cumulative total to 691,977 since the start of the year.
In the past two days the ministry had reported more than 18,000 daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases.
On Thursday, France’s health minister said that Lyon - the country’s third-biggest city - and three other cities will have to close their bars in coming days, as Paris and Marseille have done, in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.
The number of deaths from the virus increased by 109 to 32,630, the most in a week but below highs of around 150 seen earlier this month.
The death toll figures can be skewed as the ministry often reports several days of senior citizen residence data in one batch.
The number of people in hospital jumped by another 240 to 7,864 nationwide and the number of people in intensive care units - the best measure of a health system’s ability to deal with the epidemic -rose by 21 to 1,448.
At the height of the crisis in early April, more than 7,000 people were in intensive care with COVID.
A China update from Reuters
Mainland China reported 15 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on 9 October, down from 21 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Saturday.
All the new cases were imported infections involving travellers from overseas, the National Health Commission said in a statement.
The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 39 from 15 a day earlier. All of them were imported.
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 85,536, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.