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Coronavirus - 24th October


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Post by Kitkat Sat Oct 24 2020, 13:42

Summary for Saturday, 24th October

From The Guardian

Summary of what we have learned so far today:

  • The Australian state of Victoria has recorded seven new cases of Covid-19, and no new deaths. There are fewer than 100 active cases in the state for the first time since late June, as Victoria seeks to contain an outbreak in the northern suburbs of Melbourne before more restrictions ease.
  • Mexico’s health ministry reported on Friday 6,604 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 418 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 880,775 and the death toll to 88,312.
  • The United States broke its daily record for new coronavirus infections on Friday as it reported at least 83,948 new cases due to outbreaks in virtually every part of the country.
  • Germany has reached 10,000 deaths from Covid-19. The country has reported 14,714 new cases of Covid-19 overnight, and an additional 49 deaths.It takes the country’s totals to 418,005 cases and 10,003 deaths.

European Union fights second wave

The AFP has provided this wrap of the current Covid-19 situation in Europe:
The European Union’s disease control agency has joined frantic health workers to sound the alarm over a coronavirus surge across the continent, as the World Health Organization warned of an “exponential” rise in infections.
Even countries that avoided severe outbreaks during Europe’s first wave of contagion in the spring have watched their case numbers surge, with Germany’s death toll passing 10,000 on Saturday.
Governments have reintroduced containment measures to slow the renewed spread of the virus in nations that only weeks earlier believed they had triumphed over the crisis.
But populations weary of social isolation and economic hardship have pushed back against fresh restrictions, including overnight clashes in Italy’s hard-hit Naples between police and hundreds of protesters.
After Spain became the first European country to officially record a million Covid-19 cases earlier in the week, the prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, said on Friday the real number of infections was likely more than triple that number.
France followed Spain past the million-case milestone on Friday while Germany hit a fresh daily record of nearly 15,000 new cases, with health authorities urging the public to follow social distancing measures.
Urgent new restrictions on daily life have come into effect in several nations, with France extending a curfew to cover 46 million people.
Wales entered a full lockdown on Friday evening, a day after Ireland shut down, while Poland adopted a nationwide “red zone” lockdown mandating the partial closure of primary schools and restaurants.
Only Sweden, which famously refused to lock down earlier this year, continued to stick to its guns despite a rise in cases.
Belgium has seen one of Europe’s deadliest per capita outbreaks and has found itself suffering some of the highest second-wave infection rates in Europe.
“We’re losing. We’re overwhelmed. We’re bitter,” said Benoit Misset, the head of the intensive care unit at the University hospital in the city of Liege, where several of his staff are having to work despite being positive – if asymptomatic – themselves.

Thailand records another locally transmitted case

Thailand reported one more locally transmitted case of the coronavirus on Saturday, after confirming five domestic infections last week.
The new patient is a 57-year-old French woman in the southern province of Surat Thani who tested positive for the virus a few days after she had completed a 14-day quarantine, the country’s coronavirus taskforce said.
The patient’s husband and child tested negative, health officials said.
Earlier in the week five people in the town of Mae Sot, on the border with Myanmar, tested positive, and in September a prison inmate in the Bangkok area tested positive.
Before these six cases, Thailand reported its first confirmed local transmission in more than 100 days on 3 September. In total, Thailand has reported 3,731 cases of the virus and 59 deaths.

South Yorkshire moves to tier 3 restrictions

More than a million people in South Yorkshire are now living under the strictest coronavirus rules in England after the region moved into the tier 3 controls as health officials battle to stem the spread of the disease.
The region joined Liverpool city region, greater Manchester and Lancashire on the highest alert level for England with the new rules kicking in on Saturday at 12.01am.
Meanwhile, talks were continuing between the government and local leaders in Nottinghamshire, with parts of the county expected to enter tier 3 on Wednesday. And the council in Warrington in Cheshire – where many residents commute to Manchester and Liverpool – has confirmed that it will be moving to tier 3 on Thursday.
It means households will be banned from mixing except in parks and other open spaces while pubs and bars will have to close unless they serve meals.
Three more areas – Coventry, Stoke and Slough – have now also moved into tier 2, the second highest alert level.
It came as Wales began a two-week national “firebreak” at 6pm on Friday evening with a return to the “stay at home” message of the initial lockdown in March. In Scotland, the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has set out a five-tier series of controls that will come into force on 2 November if they are approved next week by the Holyrood parliament.
In England, ministers have said they hope the latest measures will suppress the virus sufficiently to enable families to spend Christmas together.

President of Poland tests positive to Covid-19

Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, has tested positive for coronavirus but is feeling good, the presidential minister Blazej Spychalski announced on Saturday.
“The president yesterday was tested for the presence of coronavirus. The result turned out to be positive. The president is fine. We are in constant contact with the relevant medical services,” Spychalski said on Twitter.
Duda’s infection comes as the country faces a surge in the Covid-19 epidemic, with new infections hitting a daily record of more than 13,600 on Friday.
Duda, 48, holds a mainly ceremonial role, but has the power to veto legislation. He is an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party.
From Saturday, more restrictions to curb the spread of the virus are due to come into force in Poland, including a two-week shutdown of restaurants and bars.
The health ministry reported 153 coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking the total toll to 4,172.

Highest ever daily Covid-19 tally for Czech Republic

The Czech Republic recorded 15,252 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the country’s highest ever daily increase.
It also recorded 126 deaths overnight, bringing the death toll to 1,971.
The Czech Republic managed to escape the first wave of Covid-19 relatively unscathed, with case numbers rarely rising above 200 a day prior to September, but has been hit extremely hard as Europe battles a resurgence in the virus.

Western Australia has reported four new cases of Covid-19 overnight.
The positive cases – all males aged between 30 and 57 – returned to Perth from overseas. They are all in hotel quarantine, and none are in hospital.

Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah will consult with other rulers to discuss proposals by the prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, the palace said on Saturday, after sources told Reuters the PM had asked the king to declare a state of emergency.
Muhyiddin met with the king on Friday to present the emergency proposal that includes a suspension of parliament, sources said – a move the opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, denounced as an attempt by the PM to cling to power amid a power struggle.
The proposal comes as Malaysia sees a resurgence in coronavirus cases and as Muhyiddin faces a leadership challenge from Anwar, who last month said he had majority support in parliament to oust the PM.
The palace did not identify the recommendations made by Muhyiddin, and said the king would soon hold the consultation with other Malay rulers.
“Al-Sultan Abdullah greatly understands the need for the country’s administration to continue to tackle the threat of Covid-19,” the palace said in a statement. The Council of Rulers, which groups the heads of Malaysia’s nine royal houses, has the power to withhold consent from any law and deliberate on questions of national policy.
A source familiar with the matter said the rulers would meet on Sunday.
Muhyiddin’s office has not commented on the emergency proposal.
The government is scheduled to propose its 2021 budget on 6 November, and there have been questions over whether it can muster a majority in parliament for that. Defeat on the budget would count as a vote of no-confidence in Muhyiddin and could trigger an election. Emergency rule might mean the budget would not be put to a vote at that time.

South Korea has reported 77 new cases of Covid-19, AP reports, mostly from the greater capital area where officials are scrambling to stem transmissions at hospitals and nursing homes.

Russia has reported 16,521 new coronavirus cases and 296 deaths in the past 24 hours, up from 17,340 new cases and 283 deaths the previous day.

The Czech Republic reported 15,252 new cases for 23 October, the highest daily tally. Deaths rose by 126 to 1,971.

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Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, home to about 2 million people, will close nightclubs and discos on Sunday for two weeks in an effort to contain a surge in coronavirus infections straining its health system.
Speaking on national BTV television on Saturday, the city’s mayor, Yordanka Fankakova, also urged Sofia universities to switch to online education and appealed to businesses to let as many employees as possible work from home.
“The situation is Sofia is becoming increasingly alarming. We have a new increase in infections and of people who need hospital treatment. This is straining the hospitals,” she said.

Ministers may be forced to close schools in England to older children if coronavirus cases continue to increase at the current rate, a scientist has said.
Prof Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the original lockdown in March, said the NHS would soon be unable to cope unless the spread of the disease was stemmed.
He said there were 8,000 people in hospital with coronavirus - around a third of the peak earlier this year - and that numbers were continuing to rise. “It is a worrying situation,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“If the rate of growth continues as it is, it means that in a month’s time we will above that peak level in March and that is probably unsustainable.
“We are in a critical time right now. The health system will not be able to cope with this rate of growth for much longer.”
His warning came as South Yorkshire became the latest region to enter the tightest Tier 3 restrictions in England following Liverpool city region, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
Ferguson said it would be another week or two before it became clear whether the stricter measures would have an impact on case numbers. He said the restrictions on households mixing should have a significant effect, but that further action may also be needed.

Malaysia reported 1,228 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a record daily jump since the start of the pandemic, bringing the total number of cases to 25,742.
The health ministry also said seven new deaths had also been recorded.

Spanish regions have urged the central government to take measures that would give them legal backing to impose curfews as coronavirus cases rise.
As of Saturday, 10 of Spain’s 17 regions, including Valencia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha and the Basque Country, had called on the government to decree a state of emergency, which would allow regions to limit people’s movement, Reuters reported.
Regions expect the government to call an extraordinary council of ministers on Sunday to approve the measure, Spanish media including El País reported.
Many regions favour some form of curfew, but the powerful Madrid region opposes it, which has so far prevented a nationwide decision.
Spain has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 infections in western Europe. Total cases rose to 1,046,132 on Friday, and the death toll is nearing 38,000.
Catalonia said on Friday night that it would impose a curfew across the region, which includes Barcelona, as soon as the central government acted.
The deputy Catalan leader, Pere Aragones, told a press conference:
:Left Quotes:  We need a decentralised state of emergency in which the Catalan government maintains all management capacity. The evolution is very worrying. Either we increase our efforts or Covid-19 increases.
Some regions are considering imposing curfews by alternative means, such as going through regional courts, if the central government does not act.
“We cannot wait any longer and we have to take steps forward,” Murcia’s regional president, Fernando López Miras, told the Spanish broadcaster TVE on Saturday. “If the central government does nothing, we will approve a curfew.”

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Istanbul’s mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus and suffering a fever.
“Yesterday evening around 9pm I got a fever and with a temperature of 38 degrees. I came and spent the night in hospital,” he said in a video.
“Now I am actually well. My fever is not bad. The process is continuing. There is nothing that can be viewed as negative in a medical sense.”
Istanbul’s American hospital said in a statement that Imamoğlu, an opponent of the country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was admitted at 10pm (1900 GMT) after displaying symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection. It said he tested positive for coronavirus and that his treatment was continuing.
Imamoğlu, from the secular Republican People’s party (CHP), was elected mayor in a re-run election in June 2019 in a blow to Erdoğan and his ruling AK party.
There have since been sporadic tensions between his municipality and the central government, including disputes over fundraising and measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic in its early stages.

New coronavirus restrictions are to take effect in Madrid on Saturday as the Spanish government weighs declaring a national state of emergency to allow curfews to be imposed.
Days after the country registered more than a million cases of Covid-19, the regions - which are responsible for managing public healthcare - have put pressure on the government to give them legal right to impose tighter restrictions.
In practice, that would involve the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez declaring a national state of emergency that would enable the regions to impose curfews, a measure increasingly applied across Europe.
Nine of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions have formally requested such a move, and a decision is expected to be at an extraordinary meeting of ministers on Sunday.
The government can impose an emergency for up to a fortnight, but it would need parliamentary approval to extend it.
Spain used the powers in spring to enforce one of the world’s tightest lockdowns, and a similar measure has been in force in Madrid for the past fortnight, although only to impose movement restrictions on the capital and various nearby towns.
That measure ends at 4:47 pm (1447 GMT) on Saturday, when new restrictions drawn up by the regional authorities will come into force.

The Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus has killed at least 1,145,847 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
At least 42,262,290 cases have been registered, of which at least 28,754,900 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected from national authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.
On Friday, 482,954 new cases and 6,366 new deaths and were recorded worldwide.


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Post by Kitkat Sat Oct 24 2020, 13:59

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

More than 1.1 million dead

The virus has claimed at least 1,145,847 lives worldwide since it first emerged in China late last year, according to an AFP tally based on official sources. At least 42,262,299 cases have been registered across the globe. The US is the worst-affected country with 223,998 deaths, followed by Brazil with 156,471, India with 117,956, Mexico with 88,312 and Britain with 44,571.

WHO warning

The WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said “too many countries are seeing an exponential increase in Covid-19 cases and that is now leading to hospitals and intensive care units running close to or above capacity - and we’re still only in October.”
The message was echoed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), whose director, Andrea Ammon, spoke of a “highly concerning epidemiological situation”.

Germany deaths top 10,000

The Robert Koch Institute, a federal government agency, has recorded a total of 10,003 coronavirus deaths in Germany, where 14,714 new cases have also been diagnosed in the last 24 hours, a record figure.
Lothar Wieler, the president of the institute’s disease control authority, said the country was facing a very serious situation. The chancellor, Angela Merkel, told citizens in a weekly video podcast that “the order of the day is to reduce contacts, to meet as few people as possible”.

New daily record cases in US

Johns Hopkins University has reported 79,963 new US cases in 24 hours, a record, although the number of daily deaths has remained broadly stable since the beginning of autumn at between 700 and 800.

Poland president tests positive

Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, has tested positive, adding another name to the list of leaders to have been diagnosed with the virus.
Aside from the diagnosis, the 48-year-old Duda is believed to be in good general health.

Naples clashes

Hundreds of protesters in Naples threw projectiles at police and set rubbish bins on fire late on Friday during a demonstration against restrictions in the southern Italian city.
A mostly young crowd marched through the streets of the regional capital and chanted as a curfew in the Campania region started at 11:00 pm. Some protesterslit smoke bombs.

Grants for UK arts institutions

The British government has announced a £75m rescue package to save 35 cultural institutions hit by the pandemic, including London’s Globe Old Vic theatres.

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Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters have begun a noisy march through central London
Damien Gayle - The Guardian
After gathering at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, crowds began to walk down Oxford Street in the direction of Oxford Circus.

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Before leaving, they heard from Piers Corbyn, the brother of the former Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who exhorted followers to “stop new normal, save lives”.
Louise Creffield, the founder of Save Our Rights UK, one of the groups behind the protest, told the crowd: “Today we are standing in our power and we are not abiding by their rules.
“It doesn’t matter what they say, it doesn’t matter what threats they bring, it doesn’t matter if they try and intimidate us, we are not going to accept it, because we don’t abide by their rules. We don’t listen because we do not consent.”
As they marched down Oxford Street, protesters chanted for freedom and told passersby to take off their masks. Others played the drums, blew whistles and played music on portable sound systems.
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:Left Quotes:  London #Antilockdown protesters will be marching towards Oxford Street. The route had been kept secret to avoid giving police a chance to block it.

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:Left Quotes:  “We don’t listen because we do not consent.”

Louise Creffield of @saveourrightsuk speaks before the beginning of the anti #lockdown #NoNewNormal march.

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Spanish regions call on central government to decree a state of emergency

Spanish regions are urging the central government to take measures that would give them legal backing to impose curfews as the country battles a resurgent coronavirus epidemic.

As of Saturday, 10 of Spain’s 17 regions, including Valencia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha and the Basque Country, had called on the government to decree a state of emergency, which would allow regions to limit people’s movement.
Regions expect the government to call an extraordinary Council of Ministers on Sunday to approve the measure, Spanish media including El Pais reported. “I would say with almost total certainty there will be one. But it has not officially been called yet,” a source from the Spanish government told Reuters.

While many regions favour some form of curfew, the powerful Madrid region opposes it, which has so far prevented a nationwide decision.

Spain has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 infections in Western Europe.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Saturday for strict punishments for violators of COVID-19 restrictions as the Middle East’s hardest-hit nation battled the third wave.
Latest officials figures showed the coronavirus had killed 32,320 Iranians and infected 562,705, with 5,814 new cases and 335 fatalities in the previous 24 hours. Taking a swipe at arch-foe the United States, Khamenei said Iran must enforce curbs better and end disputes between institutions over the pandemic.

UK could be urged to keep windows open in effort to curb Covid-19
Scientists call for information campaign as evidence on role of poor ventilation mounts.
Britons could be urged to throw open the windows in an effort to keep coronavirus at bay as scientists call for a public information campaign to stress the importance of ventilation in reducing its spread.
A paper by the Environmental and Modelling group for the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), dated 30 September, reveals concerns over the role of poor ventilation in the spread of the coronavirus, noting evidence that suggests insufficient airflow could increase the risk of transmission from tiny airborne particles known as aerosols that can carry the virus more than 2 metres.
“Ventilation should be integral to the Covid-19 risk mitigation strategy for all multi-occupant public buildings and workplaces,” the team write.
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A further 1,324 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 41,577. Public Health Wales said 16 people with Covid-19 had died, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,772.

The organiser of a party attended by more than 50 people has been handed a £10,000 fine for “blatant disregard” of Covid-19 regulations.
Police were called to a flat in Simpson Street, Angel Meadows, Manchester, shortly after 11.20 pm (BST) on Friday. Officers found DJ mixing decks, speakers, a buffet and about 50 people in attendance, Greater Manchester Police said.
The force said the party was closed down and the organiser given a £10,000 fixed penalty notice for breaching coronavirus legislation, one of the first issued since Greater Manchester entered tier 3 restrictions.

Chile has identified more than 500,000 cases of the new coronavirus since the outbreak began in March, the health ministry said on Saturday.
The ministry said 500,542 Chileans were now confirmed to have suffered from the virus, including 1,631 cases added in the past day and 48 deaths, taking fatalities to a total of 13,892. Active cases are at a record low of 9,900, it added.
Chile, which was among the worst-hit nations by Covid-19 in July, ranking only behind Qatar globally for cases per head of the population, has in the past two months gradually eased lockdowns.
Restaurants and bars have opened with limited capacity, office workers are returning and some schools have reopened.
On Sunday, millions of Chileans are expected to decide in a historic referendum whether to replace the country’s Pinochet-era constitution.
The charter, drawn up by a key lieutenant of military leader Augusto Pinochet in 1980, is blamed for segmenting pension, health and education provisions and entrenching inequality.

Colombia is set to surpass 1 million infections on Saturday, becoming the eighth country globally to do so.
As scientists around the world race to find a coronavirus inoculation, Colombia says it is ready to distribute any vaccine which proves effective.
Its preparedness is thanks to decades of work on a free government immunization program which offers 21 vaccines to everyone in the South American nation - among the region’s most generous for vaccine provision.
“We have a really strong vaccination program that serves as a model and which will incorporate the new formula that will arrive against Covid,” Gerardo Burgos, secretary-general of the health ministry, told Reuters.
The program covers not just Colombia’s own population of about 50 million people but also more than 1.7 million Venezuelan migrants and includes everything from infant shots to human papillomavirus. The country distributes about 23 million doses per year.
Colombia has already committed $213 million to the global COVAX initiative, guaranteeing Covid-19 vaccinations for about 10 million people. People over 60, those with pre-existing conditions and healthcare workers will be immunized first.
Colombia’s cases have climbed steadily despite more than five months of a gradually loosened quarantine which has battered the economy and sent unemployment soaring. Its Covid-19 death toll is set to top 30,000 people over the weekend.

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Arrests made at anti-lockdown demonstration in London
Damien Gayle - The Guardian
Arrests have been made on the anti lockdown demonstration in London after a group of protesters decided not to disperse and instead carried on a march from Trafalgar Square to Westminster Bridge.
Police blocked the path of protesters at the north end of the bridge, leading to scuffles as some tried to carry on marching and calls went up from some to rush the police lines.
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:Left Quotes: And police have now called time on the #NoNewNormal demonstration. The Met says it will now start asking people to leave.

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:Left Quotes: #THREAD | The protest under the name of “Stop The New Normal” have failed to comply with the terms of their risk assessment, Government guidelines and they are not maintaining social distancing.

:Left Quotes: Things are getting heated at the #nonewnormal demo after some protesters decided not to disperse and carried on a march to Westminster bridge

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:Left Quotes:  The Guardian saw police making at least three arrests.
One group of protesters tried to stage a sit down protest on the bridge. They were being forced south by a line of police.

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:Left Quotes:  Protesters sat down on Westminster Bridge now
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Italy reports record 19,644 daily cases

Italy reported a new daily record of 19,644 new coronavirus infections on Saturday as the government considered further measures to limit the surge in cases.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he wants to avoid a nationwide lockdown like the one during spring. Several regions have imposed overnight curfews.
It follows clashes between protesters and police in Naples late on Friday night after a nighttime curfew was ordered in the Campania region.

New coronavirus measures have been announced for Brussels
From 26 October, masks will be compulsory throughout the country, while cultural venues (museums, galleries) and sports facilities will be closed.
Other measures include shops closing at 8pm, and takeaways operating until 10pm.

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Algerian president self-isolates after officials show symptoms

Algeria’s president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, entered self-isolation on Saturday after several senior officials displayed coronavirus symptoms, the presidency has said in a statement.
Tebboune, who is 74, has been advised by medical staff to isolate for five days.
Algeria has officially recorded 55,630 coronavirus cases and 1,897 deaths so far.
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Austria has reported a record daily rise in coronavirus cases,
with 3,614 infections in the last 24 hours. It is a significant increase from the 2,571 announced on Friday.
Last Saturday, 1,747 cases were reported – which was also a record at the time.
The total confirmed cases in Austria rose to 79,770 cases,
There are currently 25,825 active cases in the country, according to Metropole.

Luxembourg reports highest daily rise with 862 cases

Coronavirus cases have risen by the record figure of 862 in Luxembourg, while a further three deaths being reported.
The previous record daily increase in cases was on Thursday, when 595 infections were added to the tally.
This brings the country’s total number of cases to 13,713, while the death toll stands at 144.
It follow Friday’s announcement of new measures to tackle the virus’s resurgence, including a curfew between 11 and 6pm.

18 arrests at today's anti-lockdown protest in central London
Damien Gayle
The Metropolitan police have said they made 18 arrests at today’s anti-lockdown protest in central London, for offences including breaching coronavirus regulations, assaulting an emergency service worker, violent disorder and for being already wanted.
Three officers suffered minor injuries, the force said.
Commander Ade Adelekan, the Met’s gold commander for the protest, said: “Organisers did not take reasonable steps to keep protesters safe which then voided their risk assessment. At this point, officers then took action to disperse crowds in the interests of public safety.
“I am grateful that the vast majority of people listened to officers and quickly left the area. Frustratingly, a small minority became obstructive, deliberately ignoring officers’ instructions and blocking Westminster Bridge.”

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Greece reports record 935 new cases

Greece announced a record 935 new infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 29,992.
Five further deaths were also reported, taking the country’s toll to 564.
The previous highest increase in cases was on Thursday, when 882 cases were reported.
New measures were announced on Thursday, including a 12.30am-5am curfew in areas with high numbers of infections which comes into force tonight.
Face masks are now compulsory in outdoor spaces as well as indoors.

'On the brink': US coronavirus cases surge in final days before election
The US is surging towards record numbers of new coronavirus infections above 100,000 a day, health experts have warned, just as a presidential campaign with the pandemic as its core issue enters its final week.
In a further blow to Donald Trump’s hopes of keeping the White House, the US death toll from Covid-19 will pass 225,000 by early this week, bringing extra scrutiny to the president’s repeated but evidently false claims that the crisis is “rounding the turn ”.
Richard Luscombe has the story here

Spain’s cabinet will meet on Sunday morning to discuss announcing a national state of emergency, the government announced on Saturday.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez “has called an extraordinary cabinet meeting at 10am to study the conditions for a new state of emergency,” it said, saying such a proposal had been “positively welcomed by most of Spain’s autonomous communities, who had requested it”.
The meeting comes just days after Spain registered more than one million virus cases, becoming the sixth country in the world to pass the grim milestone – and the first in the European Union.

The Welsh first minister has said the government will be “reviewing how the weekend has gone with the supermarkets”, amid anger over a ban on selling non-essential items during the firebreak lockdown.
A petition to reverse the ban has gathered more than 30,000 signatures.
Guidance published by the Welsh government says certain sections of supermarkets must be “cordoned off or emptied, and closed to the public”.
Mark Drakeford has said the restriction is in place as a “matter of fairness” to non-essential shops that have been ordered to close.

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France reports record rise of 45,422 infections

France reported 45,422 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, compared to 42,032 on Friday.
A further 138 people have died.

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