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Coronavirus - 7th November

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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 07 2020, 13:25

Summary for Saturday, 7th November


A summary of today's events so far:
The Guardian

  • Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has tested positive for the coronavirus. It is not clear when he contracted the virus, but Meadows was present at the election night party in the White House, along with hundreds of people.
  • In the United States, Texas is closing in on its one millionth case of Covid-19 . The US has also recorded more than 120,000 new daily infections, breaking a record set the day before.
  • Europe has surged past 300,000 deaths, as countries wrestle to bring the virus under control. The region has become the new epicentre of the virus, with two-thirds of the tally coming from the UK, Italy, France, Spain and Russia.
  • France recorded its highest one-day total since the pandemic began, recording more than 60,000 cases and 828 deaths in 24 hours. The country is in its second national lockdown, with restrictions expected to remain until December.
  • Italy also recorded its highest ever total, registering more than 37,000 cases in 24 hours.
  • Australia’s coronavirus numbers continue to decline, with Victoria recording its eighth straight day of zero infections and zero deaths. The state experienced a second wave of Covid-19 leading to hundreds of cases and dozens of deaths a day at its peak. More restrictions are expected to be eased tomorrow.


Travel to UK from Denmark banned amid worries over Covid in mink

Simon Murphy and Peter Beaumont - The Guardian
All travel to the UK from Denmark is being banned amid mounting concern over an outbreak in the country of a mutation of coronavirus linked to mink, the government has announced.
Downing Street had already taken action to remove Denmark from the travel corridor, forcing arrivals to quarantine for two weeks from Friday at 4am.
But following a Covid committee meeting on Friday afternoon, the UK government is halting all inbound travel from Denmark.
All non-British national or resident travellers who have been in or transited through Denmark in the past 14 days will be denied entry into the UK.
The rule came into force as of 4am on Saturday.
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Call for central NHS test and trace system to be scrapped

Aamna Mohdin - The Guardian
Sir John Oldham, adjunct professor in global health innovation at Imperial College London, has called for the central NHS test and trace system in England to be scrapped in favour of handing responsibility for contact tracing to local public health teams, PA Media reports.
It comes after the national tracing programme hit a new low, recording its worst weekly performance since being set up, with the latest figures showing 59.9% of close contacts of people who tested positive in England were reached through the system in the week ending 28 October.
Oldham, a former leader of large-scale change at the Department of Health, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:
:Left Quotes: I think the lockdown will be a letdown unless we increase trust and there is radical reform of test and trace, led by public health.
I think this probably includes increasing the number of small labs to increase turnaround time and, crucially, the results to go to local directors of health and for them to have teams to undertake the contact tracing.
I’d probably get the resources for that by scrapping the failing central call centres.
I think they have demonstrated that they have the capability and effectiveness – they are running at 95% contact tracing, the national call centre is at 40%.

Hungary reported a record high of 107 daily Covid-19 deaths on Saturday while new cases rose by 5,318, according to Reuters.

Indonesia, the south-east Asian country hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, reported 4,262 new infections on Saturday, taking the total to 433,836, Reuters said.
There were 98 new deaths, bringing the total to 14,540.

Poland reported a record 27,875 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the total number of reported cases to more than 500,000.
Reuters reports:
 :Left Quotes:  Infections have risen sharply over the last month, with doctors telling Polish media that the country is running out of hospital beds, ventilators and medics.
On Friday, Poland saw a record 445 coronavirus-related deaths. On Saturday, the country recorded 349.
The restrictions in force in Poland include shutting most shops in shopping malls, theatres, museums and galleries from Saturday onwards, but the government has insisted it wants to avoid a total lockdown.
Poland has 20,249 occupied hospital beds out of 30,896 available for Covid-19 patients.
Some 1,813 of its 2,357 ventilators are in use, health ministry data showed.
On Friday, the government introduced new economic support measures amounting to 9-10 billion zloty (£1.8bn-£2bn) to help businesses weather the second wave of the pandemic.

Bosnia's prime minister, Zoran Tegeltija, has tested positive for Covid-19

Tegeltija is is self-isolating at home, Reuters reports, citing a cabinet statement.
The prime minister is in a stable health condition with mild symptoms of the coronavirus, the statement said.

Donald Trump's chief of staff tests positive for Covid

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Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, has tested positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

The US president Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has tested positive for Covid-19, along with at least one other aide to the president, sources have told multiple news organisations.
It is not immediately clear when or how Meadows was infected, but the chief of staff has frequently appeared at public events without wearing a mask. The reports came just days after Meadows appeared with Trump at a White House event along with numerous people who were not wearing masks.
The New York Times is reporting that as well as Meadows, four White House officials tested positive for the virus. Bloomberg News is also reporting that four other officials tested positive, including Cassidy Hutchinson, one of Meadows’s closest aides.
Another campaign aide, Nick Trainer, has also tested positive for the virus, according to Reuters’ source.
Neither Meadows nor the White House has commented or confirmed that he contracted the virus and little is known about when or if he has developed symptoms, but advisers told reporters on Friday night that he shared the news with others at the White House after Tuesday’s election, AP reports.
Meadows, a former North Carolina lawmaker, regularly accompanied Trump on the final, frenzied days of the campaign rallies leading up to the presidential election on Tuesday.
He is the latest official within Trump’s close circle to have contracted Covid-19, which has killed more than 236,000 Americans.
The president was briefly hospitalised after he was infected with the virus. His wife and son Barron also tested positive for the coronavirus in October. His national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, was also infected with the virus.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 07 2020, 13:40

Austria has reported a record high of 8,421 new coronavirus infections within the last 24 hours, says Reuters , citing the Kronen Zeitung newspaper.
The number of deaths related to the virus has risen by 37, said the newspaper.

Iran announced new lockdown curbs on Saturday after registering a record daily number of Covid-19 cases and another 423 deaths from the disease.
Reuters reports:
:Left Quotes:  The latest health ministry data, which registered 9,450 new infections in the last 24 hours, took the total number of confirmed cases to 673,250 and raised the death toll to 37,832, a ministry spokeswoman told state television.
Iran’s government recently imposed new restrictions as the country battles a third wave of the virus, and the president, Hassan Rouhani, announced further measures on Saturday.

Starting on Tuesday, for one month, all non-essential businesses will have to close at 6pm.

Germany demonstrations

Thousands of people in Leipzig, Germany, have demonstrated against coronavirus after a court rejected the city’s attempt to move the protest somewhere more spacious where distancing could more easily be observed.
The demonstration came as Germany finished its first week into what is being called “lockdown light” with new restrictions to try and slow spiking coronavirus cases.
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Supporters of the Querdenken movement, which opposes coronavirus lockdown measures and has demanded the overthrow of the German government, gather to protest for what they claim are their basic rights. Photograph: Omer Messinger/Getty Images

Randomised evaluation of Covid-19 therapy (Recovery) trial

Thousands of coronavirus patients in Britain will be given aspirin as part of a trial to determine whether the painkiller can reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots.
The cheap and widely available drug has been added to a list of potential treatments to be tested as part of the Randomised Evaluation of Covid-19 therapy (Recovery) trial , one of the biggest in Britain.
People infected with coronavirus seem to have hyper-reactive platelets, the cell fragments that help stop bleeding, which means they are at higher risk of potentially deadly blood clots, scientists say .
Experts hope that aspirin, an anti-platelet agent that is commonly used as a blood thinner, can reduce the possibility of clotting complications.
Prof Martin Landray, co-chief investigator of the trial, said:
:Left Quotes:  Aspirin is widely used to prevent blood clots in many other conditions, including heart attack, stroke, and pre-eclampsia in pregnant women.
But enrolling patients in a randomised trial such as Recovery is the only way to assess whether there are clear benefits for patients with Covid-19 and whether those benefits outweigh any potential side-effects such as the risk of bleeding.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 07 2020, 14:09

Lockdown: Met apologises for arrest threats to journalists covering protest

The UK’s largest police force has apologised after journalists and photographers covering an anti-lockdown protest were told to leave and threatened with arrest.
Journalists at the demonstration protesting the new national lockdown in England in Trafalgar Square on Thursday were reportedly told by officers they were not seen as essential workers and needed special permission from London’s Metropolitan police service to be present.
The reported incidents took place as police clashed with protesters in the capital on the first day of the month-long second lockdown, with more than 200 arrests.
The Society of Editors (SoE) has written to the Home Office and the Met seeking “urgent clarification” that photographers and journalists will be able to cover protests which take place under the new lockdown measures in England.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 07 2020, 19:03

A man in the UK has been fined £10,000 after police found up to 60 people having a party inside a two-bedroom flat.
Last month, a more robust coronavirus regulations were introduced in England , with fines of up to £10,000 for people who refuse to self-isolate when asked and hold illegal gatherings, and enforcement including tip-offs from people who believe that others are breaching the rules.
Officers were called to reports of a disturbance at a residential property in Manchester city centre, at around 12.30am last Sunday.
Supt Chris Hill of Greater Manchester police said organising the flat party was “a clear act of non-compliance which put those in attendance at risk of Covid and could, ultimately, increase demand on the NHS”.

US confirms over 126,000 Covid cases on Friday, third daily record in a row

Martin Pengelly - The Guardian
The US confirmed 126,480 new coronavirus cases on Friday, a record number for a third day in a row. At the White House, chief of staff Mark Meadows was reported to have tested positive for Covid-19.
On Saturday afternoon, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland put the total number of cases in the US at 9,744,491, with 236,155 deaths.
States recording record daily highs on Friday included Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Utah.
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There have been a further 958 cases of coronavirus in Wales in the UK, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 59,237, PA Media reports.
Public Health Wales reported another 32 deaths, taking the total in Wales since the start of the pandemic to 2,014.

A further 283 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 34,374, NHS England said on Saturday, PA Media reports.
The atients were aged between 39 and 100. All except nine, aged between 39 and 88, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between 14 May and 6 November.

Italy has approved a new aid package to cushion the blow to its economy from restrictions introduced earlier this week in an effort to stem a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reuters reports:
The measures agreed by cabinet overnight are worth €2.9bn (£2.6bn), a source said.
Coronavirus curbs which came into force on Friday divide the country into three zones according to the severity of the latest outbreak.
The limitations are less severe than the nationwide lockdown imposed when the coronavirus first took hold in March, but many shops have been shut in the highest-risk zones such as the Lombardy region, where people can only leave their homes for work, health reasons or emergencies.
The package delays the spring tax payments due in November and increases transfers to businesses operating in regions classed as “red” or “orange”, which have been hit by the strictest limitations.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 07 2020, 19:05

Summary


  • Italy approved a new aid package to cushion the blow to its economy from the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The measures agreed by cabinet overnight are worth €2.9bn (£2.6bn), according to a report by Reuters.
  • The US confirmed 126,480 new coronavirus cases on Friday. It is the third day in a row that the US has reported a record-breaking number of Covid-19 cases. States recording record daily highs on Friday included Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Utah.
  • Thousands of people in Leipzig, Germany, have demonstrated against coronavirus restrictions. The demonstration came as Germany finished its first week of a “lockdown light” with new restrictions to try and slow rising coronavirus cases.
  • Iran registers a record daily number of Covid-19 cases and another 423 deaths from the disease. The worst-hit Middle Eastern country recently imposed new restrictions as the country battles a third wave of the virus.
  • Donald Trump’s chief of staff tests positive for Covid. Mark Meadows has tested positive for Covid-19, along with at least one other aide to the president, sources have told multiple news organisations. The reports came just days after Meadows appeared with Trump at a White House event along with several people who were not wearing masks.
  • Bosnia’s prime minister, Zoran Tegeltija, has tested positive for Covid-19. Tegeltija is is self-isolating at home, Reuters reports, citing a cabinet statement.
  • Poland reported a record 27,875 new coronavirus cases. Saturday’s figures takes the total number of reported cases to more than 500,000.
  • Travel to UK from Denmark has been banned amid worries over Covid in mink. All non-British national or resident travellers who have been in Denmark in the past 14 days will be denied entry into the UK .
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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 07 2020, 19:10

413 further Covid-linked deaths registered in the UK

In the UK overnight, 413 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.
This number is up from 355 the previous day, according to government data, which brings the UK total to 48,888.
There were 24,957 people in the UK that tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, up from 23,287 on Friday.
See the official release here .

UK and others look for lessons from Slovakia's Covid mass-testing project

Slovakia held a second round of nationwide Covid testing on Saturday in an attempt to curb rising infection rates, with more than half a million people screened by midday, Reuters reports.
The government called on people from regions where more than 0.7% tested positive for the virus last weekend to repeat the procedure, testing in 45 out of 79 of the nation’s counties.
As of noon on Saturday, official data showed 553,377 had been tested with 3,677 positive results. Prime Minister Igor Matovic said the country now had an effective way to handle the epidemic.
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A group of more than 100 mourners broke Covid restrictions in England when they gathered to release balloons, police have revealed.
The crowd, made up of 30 people thought to have attended a funeral at a nearby cemetery, was joined by 80 others at Swan Pool in Sandwell Valley Country Park.
West Midlands Police, who believe the group dispersed a short while afterwards, have reinstated that funerals are restricted to 30 attendees under the current guidelines.
Steve Radford, the force incident manager, said: “We understand that this is a deeply distressing time for bereaved families and friends but there are restrictions on the number of people permitted to attend funerals to protect everyone from the spread of Covid-19.”
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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 07 2020, 19:16

Hundreds of people have taken part in an anti-lockdown demonstration in Brighton, with many of the protestors reportedly not wearing masks.
George Taylor, 21, who lives in the area, said he was “very concerned” to see between 150 and 200 people walking closely together for the demonstration without face coverings.
“They were marching along Brighton seafront with speakers saying to take off masks, calling it a muzzle, saying to get your freedom back,” the call centre worker told PA.
The protest came after the Million Mask March, an annual anti-authoritarian demonstration, saw nearly 200 people arrested in central London for breaching coronavirus rules on Friday .







Hospitals in Greater Manchester have decided to suspend non-urgent care amid a surge in coronavirus admissions which threaten to overwhelm local health services.
Non-urgent hospital surgery and appointments will no longer go ahead as scheduled, although emergency care, such as cancer treatment, will continue.
NHS England said it needed to “expand critical care facilities” after coronavirus hospital admissions in the region rose to 132 in the week ending November 3, compared to 68 during the previous one.
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:Left Quotes:  Excl: All Greater Manchester trusts have decided to pause non-urgent and routine care as Covid cases surge
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