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Post by Kitkat on Sun Nov 08 2020, 14:44

Summary for Sunday, 8th November

A quick wrap of the latest developments:

  • US president-elect Joe Biden said he will appoint a team of leading scientists and experts as transition advisors to start work immediately on a Covid response plan “built on a bedrock of science” for as soon as he’s inaugurated.
  • In Australia the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced the further easing of Covid restrictions over regional parts of the state after it recorded no new coronavirus cases for the ninth consecutive day on Sunday.
  • New South Wales reported zero new local cases but is still investigating an emerging cluster in the Southern Highlands region, south of Sydney.
  • Weekly figures for England show the central NHS test and trace system is reaching just under 60% of the close contacts of people testing positive, the lowest since the service began.
  • Hospitals in Greater Manchester have suspended non-urgent appointments and surgery following a surge in the number of Covid patients being treated.
  • 413 people with coronavirus have died across the UK in the last 24 hours, up from 355 the previous day, government figures show. It brings the overall UK death toll to 48,888.
  • In France, the total number of deaths from coronavirus has exceeded 40,000 for the first time, the health ministry announced. Deaths from the virus reached 40,169.
  • India reported 50,356 new Covid-19 infections in the past day, as cases in New Delhi surpassed 7,000 on Saturday.
  • Papua New Guinea has reported a second case in New Ireland province, bringing the total number to 599. However testing has been minimal and the infection rate is expected to be much higher than 599, with cases reported in 15 of the 20 provinces.
  • 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.
  • Polls opened in Myanmar this morning for a vote expected to return to power the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, in an election which went ahead despite virus fears.
  • Scientists have warned that several hundred thousand extra deaths from tuberculosis are likely to occur this year as a result of Covid-19’s effect on global health services.
  • 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.
  • Travel to UK from Denmark has been banned amid worries over Covid in mink.


Portugal to impose curfews

Reuters: Portugal will impose localised night-time curfews from Monday to contain the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases reached a record high, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced in the early hours of Sunday.
The overnight curfew, from 11pm to 6am, will come into force across 121 of the country’s 308 municipalities, including Lisbon and Porto, on Monday as the country enters a 15-day state of emergency.
Costa also announced people will not be able to leave their homes between 1pm and 5am during the next two weekends - on both Saturday and Sunday. Some commercial outlets will close during these times, he said.

Russia reports 20,498 new coronavirus cases

Russia reported 20,498 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, slightly below a record high it recorded on Friday, and 286 coronavirus-related deaths. This brings the national tally to 1,774,334 cases of infection and takes the official death toll to 30,537.
I’ll be looking after the global coronavirus liveblog today, my thanks to Helen Davidson for her sterling work from Australia. Please do get in touch from where you are. I’m on alexandra.topping@theguardian.com and @lexytopping on Twitter. My DMs are open.

Biden to appoint Covid expert advisors on Monday

In his victory speech just now, the US president-elect Joe Biden has said he will - on Monday - be appointing a team of leading scientists and experts as transition advisors to start work immediately on the Biden-Harris administration Covid response, and convert it to “an action blueprint” to start as soon as he takes office.[/h3]
:Left Quotes:  That plan will be built on bedrock science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern. I will spare no effort, none. Or any commitments to turn around this pandemic.”
The US has posted record case numbers for three consecutive days and is the worst hit nation in the world.

Third world war a risk in wake of pandemic, says UK defence chief

PA: The economic fallout during the coronavirus pandemic has made the prospect of a third world war “a risk”, the UK’s most senior military commander has said .
General Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the defence staff made the comments when asked by Sky News in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday whether he feared the global economic crisis brought on by coronavirus could lead to war.
He told the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme there was a worry that the increase in regional conflicts playing out across the world could ramp up into “a full-blown war”, mirroring the run-up to the two world wars in the 20th century when a series of alliances between countries led to years of bloodshed.
The senior official argued that, with the world being “a very uncertain and anxious place” during the pandemic, there was the possibility “you could see escalation lead to miscalculation”.
“We have to remember that history might not repeat itself but it has a rhythm and if you look back at the last century, before both world wars, I think it was unarguable that there was escalation which led to the miscalculation which ultimately led to war at a scale we would hopefully never see again,” said Carter.
Asked whether he was saying there was a “real threat” of a third world war, he replied: “I’m saying it’s a risk and we need to be conscious of those risks

2,442 new coronavirus cases reported in the Philippines

The Philippines reported 2,442 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, its biggest daily increase since Oct. 19, taking the total to 396,395, its health ministry said.
The Department of Health also reported 54 more coronavirus-related deaths, taking the official death toll to 7,539.
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Germany records 16,017 cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 16,017 to 658,505, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The reported death toll rose by 63 to 11,289.

Covid set to cause 400,000 surge in TB deaths as medics diverted

Robin McKie - The Guardian
Scientists have warned that several hundred thousand extra deaths from tuberculosis are likely to occur this year as a result of Covid-19’s effect on global health services.
In many countries – including South Africa, India and Indonesia – doctors and health workers have been shifted from tracking TB cases to tracing people infected with Covid-19. Equipment and budgets have also been reassigned, an investigation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed.
As a result, millions of TB diagnoses have been missed, and according to the WHO this is likely to result in 200,000 to 400,000 excess deaths from the disease this year alone, with a further million new cases occurring every year after that for the next five years.
“This is just one example of the very difficult choices that had to be taken to contain Covid-19,” said Thomas Kenyon, chief health officer of Project Hope, the humanitarian NGO. “It was obviously crucial that we tackle the pandemic but we cannot forget that we have other killers in our midst. We are going to have to be innovative in addressing them.”
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Marcus Rashford ‘overwhelmed’ as government pledges £170m to help families

The footballer Marcus Rashford has described being “overwhelmed with pride” at the progress of his campaign to fight child food poverty as ministers announced a £170m winter grant scheme aimed at helping low-income families struggling as a result of Covid-19.
Rashford said he had talked with Boris Johnson after his Manchester United team played Everton on Saturday, and was told of the latest plans. While he said many of the campaign’s objectives had yet to be met, he was proud and grateful for the positive steps taken.
“Following the game today, I had a good conversation with the prime minister to better understand the proposed plan, and I very much welcome the steps that have been taken to combat child food poverty in the UK,” the England striker said.
“There is still so much more to do, and my immediate concern is the approximate 1.7 million children who miss out on free school meals, holiday provision and Healthy Start vouchers because their family income isn’t quite low enough. But the intent the government have shown today is nothing but positive and they should be recognised for that. The steps made today will improve the lives of near 1.7 million children in the UK over the next 12 months.”
Ministers had faced fierce criticism for refusing to extend free school meals to children from low-income families during the half-term holiday, as demanded by Rashford.
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Indonesia reports surge of new infections and deaths

In Indonesia, there have been 3,880 new cases and 74 new deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.

Salud! Barcelona’s tiny local bodegas saved for posterity

Stephen Burgen - The Guardian
In Spain, Barcelona council has come to the rescue of some of the city’s most emblematic and best-loved bars by adding them to the list of protected sites and buildings. However, thanks to Covid-19 restrictions , you won’t be able to get a drink in any of them for at least the next few weeks.
The city has added 11 bodegas to the list of 220 shops that are considered part of the city’s cultural heritage. The move has been widely welcomed, though it comes too late to save many small businesses, from toy and book shops to grocery and furniture stores, that were part of the fabric and essence of the city but were forced out by soaring rents. In most cases they have been replaced by chain stores.
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Czech Republic reports 7,722 new infections

The Czech Republic reported 7,722 new coronavirus cases for the latest 24-hour period, the third time this month that the daily tally fell below 10,000, Health Ministry data showed on Sunday.
Saturday’s daily tally was the lowest since 1 November and brings the total number of cases reported since the outbreak started to 411,220 in the country of 10.7 million, Reuters reports. Cases have risen tenfold since mid-September.
The health ministry reported 155 new deaths on Sunday, which included 99 on Saturday along with revisions to previous days. In total 4,681 people have died.
The country is facing one of Europe’s biggest per capita spikes in infections in recent weeks, including a record daily count of over 15,000 on 4 November, although Czech health authorities said on Friday new cases may have plateaued.
Hospitals, though, would still feel strain and cases among vulnerable senior citizens are on the rise, they said.
Deaths related to Covid-19 in the Czech Republic have been highest in Europe on a per-capita basis in recent weeks, according to European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control data.
For more on the Czech Republic’s response, and where it went wrong, this piece by the BBC’s Prague correspondent is very informative .

Hauliers arriving in UK after passing through Denmark will have to self-isolate

Following concerns over a new coronavirus strain that has spread from mink to humans in Denmark, the UK has stated that lorry drivers who are not UK citizens and have been through Denmark in the last fortnight will have to self-isolate for 14 days along with their households.
The new rules , which began at 4am on Sunday, follow a ban on non-UK citizens coming to the UK from Denmark.
Passenger planes and ships carrying freight from Denmark will also be preveented from stopping in UK docks, while cabin crew will also not be exempted from the quarantine rules.
Ryanair has cancelled all flights to and from Denmark while the rules remain in place. Scottish airline Loganair said it has suspended flights between Scotland and Denmark from 9-22 November.
Veterinary workers have begun a mass extermination of mink, gassing and then burning 17 million of the creatures in Danish farms in a bid to halt further spread of a Covid-19 mutation from the animals to humans.
You can read that story here .
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Malaysia has imposed a month-long conditional movement order in most states

There have been 852 new cases and four new deaths in Malaysia recorded.
Malaysia has imposed a month-long conditional movement order in most states. According to this report from Bloomberg, defence minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob told reporters on Saturday that the restrictions will end on 6 December. The story states:
:Left Quotes: The partial lockdown in capital Kuala Lumpur, as well as the states of Selangor and Sabah will be extended when it expires on Monday, he said.

The curbs won’t apply to the states of Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan in peninsular Malaysia, and the state of Sarawak on Borneo island, he said, without elaborating. The country reported 1,168 new cases Saturday, down from a record 1,755 on Friday.

Malaysia has been struggling to stem a resurgence of coronavirus infections that emerged in late September. The country’s biggest-ever spending plan announced Friday will help the nation cope with the economic impact of the pandemic, prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday.

Iran: 459 recorded deaths from coronavirus on Sunday hits a record daily high

Iran’s daily tally of coronavirus deaths hit a record high of 459 on Sunday, the health ministry announced, increasing the official toll to 38,291 in the Middle East’s worst-hit country.
Reuters reports:
Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 9,236 to 682,486.
Last week, the head of Iran’s Medical Council, Mohammadreza Zafarghandi, doubted the accuracy of the official toll and warned that Iran had reached a “catastrophic mortality rate”, the Students News Agency ISNA reported.
To stem a third wave of the virus, the government has shut schools, mosques, shops and restaurants in most of the country. Authorities have warned that coronavirus tolls will further spike if Iranians failed to respect health protocols.

Welsh first minister: time is right to end 17-day Covid 'firebreak'

Steven Morris - The Guardian
The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford , has said it is the right time for his country to emerge from its 17-day “firebreak” despite sharp rises in Covid cases and the decision by the UK government to begin a lockdown in England .
Drakeford said the impact of the Welsh firebreak, which ends on Monday, would not be felt for a week or two but expressed confidence that Wales’s early action means the country will get to Christmas without a further national lockdown.
In an interview with the Guardian, the Labour leader in Wales took a swipe at Boris Johnson for repeatedly insisting that an end to the crisis is in sight, claiming this undermined trust.
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'Very worst of the pandemic' ahead in US with no apparent strategy, experts say

Jessice Glenza - The Guardian
A lame-duck presidency and political gridlock in the US after a bitterly fought election are set to worsen the country’s coronavirus crisis just as the pandemic enters its deadliest phase, according to health experts.
With two months to go before a presidential handover from Donald Trump to Joe Biden, the federal government’s strategy for containing the virus has experts worried.
Outside of embracing conspiracy theories , Trump administration officials appear to have pinned their hopes on improved testing and eventual vaccine approval.
Dr Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean of the Emory School of Medicine and Grady Health System in Georgia, said:
:Left Quotes:  The strategy, if you can summarise in one word, is hope. And hope is not a strategy.
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US posts fourth consecutive daily Covid record as Joe Biden prepares taskforce

Martin Pengelly - The Guardian
As Joe Biden announced he would name his own coronavirus taskforce on Monday, the US recorded its fourth consecutive record daily total of new Covid cases, close to 130,000.
“That plan will be built on a bedrock of science,” Biden said, promising to “spare no effort or commitment to turn this pandemic around.”
Johns Hopkins University recorded 127,399 cases across the US on Saturday, bringing the total to nearly 9.9m. More than 1,000 deaths were recorded, bring the national toll close to 237,000 .
Bearing out Dr Anthony Fauci’s recent warning of cases rising and staying above 100,000 a day, the seven-day average for cases was 103,973. Hospital admissions were also rising, at around 56,000.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told the Washington Post last week:
:Left Quotes:  We’re in for a whole lot of hurt. It’s not a good situation. All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.
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Reuters: October was the worst month for the pandemic so far

October was the worst month for the pandemic so far, according to a Reuters tally, with a second wave of the virus in the past 30 days accounting for a quarter of the total.
The United States became the first country to report more than 100,000 daily cases, while a surge in Europe contributed to the rise.
Meanwhile the Johns Hopkins coronavirus dashboard reveals that global coronavirus cases are approaching 50m.
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According to Reuters calculations, the latest seven-day average shows global daily infections are rising by more than 540,000.
More than 1.25 million people have died from the respiratory disease so far.
Reuters reports:
The pandemic’s recent acceleration has been ferocious. It took 32 days for the number of cases to rise from 30 million to 40 million. It took just 21 days to add another 10 million.
Europe, with about 12 million cases, is the worst-affected region, overtaking Latin America. Europe accounts for 24% of COVID-19 deaths.
The region is logging about 1 million new infections every three days or so, according to a Reuters analysis. That is 51% of the global total.
France is recording 54,440 cases a day on the latest seven-day average, a higher rate than India with a far bigger population.
The global second wave is testing healthcare systems across Europe, prompting Germany, France and Britain to order many citizens back to their homes again.
Denmark, which imposed a new lockdown on its population in several northern areas, ordered the culling of its 17 million minks after a mutation of the coronavirus found in the animals spread to humans.
The United States, with about 20% of global cases, is facing its worst surge, recording more than 100,000 daily coronavirus cases on the latest seven-day average, Reuters data showed. It reported a record of more than 130,000 cases on Saturday.
The latest U.S. surge coincided with the last month of election campaigning in which President Donald Trump minimised the severity of the pandemic and his successful challenger, Joe Biden, urged a more science-based approach.
Trump’s rallies, some open-air and with few masks and little social distancing, led to 30,000 additional confirmed cases and likely led to more than 700 deaths, Stanford University economists estimated in a research paper.
In Asia, India has the world’s second-highest caseload but has seen a steady slowdown since September, despite the start of the Hindu festival season. Total cases exceeded 8.5 million cases on Friday and the daily average is 46,200, according to Reuters data.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Nov 08 2020, 16:05

Contact Tracing apps across European borders

An increasing number of countries in Europe are making their contract tracing apps work across borders, according to the European Commission.
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The coronavirus does not stop at borders. Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, and Spain made their contact and warning apps work across borders. Other EU countries will follow soon. More: https://europa.eu/!QC36xr #StrongerTogether #DigitalEU

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Levelling off of Covid-19 case rates in Wales

Wales is starting to see a “levelling off” of Covid-19 case rates, according to the country’s health minister.
On the final day of a 17-day lockdown Vaughan Gething also said Wales was considering introducing mass testing, as being trialled in Liverpool in England, in high case rate areas like Merthyr and the valleys.
But he warned against early conclusions, saying that the full impact of the “firebreak” lockdown would only be seen in two weeks time.
He said the full impact of the lockdown would not be seen for two weeks yet.
The differing approach of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has exposed significant rifts between the UK government in Westmintser and the devolved administrations. Wales’ lockdown ends on Monday just a few days after England’s four-week lockdown started.
Latest NHS Wales figures show 1,344 people are being treated in hospital for Covid-19. There are currently 163 requiring critical care, including 54 patients with coronavirus. Wales usually has a 152-bed capacity in intensive care.
Gething warned treatment for cancer, heart and stroke could be affected if Covid infection rates increase again. He said:
:Left Quotes: We think we’re starting to see a plateauing, a levelling off, in the rates of coronavirus across the country.
It’s still at a high rate which means that there’s still a reservoir of coronavirus within our communities.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Nov 08 2020, 16:13

Summary


  • October was the worst month of the coronavirus pandemic so far, according to a Reuters tally, with its second wave in the past 30 days accounting for a quarter of all cases recorded so far.
  • US president-elect Joe Biden said he would name his own coronavirus taskforce on Monday, the US recorded its fourth consecutive record daily total of new Covid cases, close to 130,000.
  • US health experts warned that lame-duck presidency and political gridlock in the US are set to worsen the country’s coronavirus crisis just as the pandemic enters its deadliest phase.
  • Following concerns over a new coronavirus strain that has spread from mink to humans in Denmark, the UK told lorry drivers who are not UK citizens they will have to self-isolate for 14 days if they have passed through the country.
  • Sweden has seen an outbreak of coronavirus cases on mink farms, but the mutated version has not been identified.
  • Wales is starting to see a “levelling off” of Covid-19 case rates, according to the country’s health minister after a 17-day “firebreaker” lockdown.
  • In the UK Queen Elizabeth II wore a face mask in public for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic when attending a ceremony at Westminster Abbeyin London.
  • Iran’s daily tally of coronavirus deaths hit a record high of 459 on Sunday, the health ministry announced, increasing the official toll to 38,291 in the Middle East’s worst-hit country.
  • In Australia the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced the further easing of Covid restrictions over regional parts of the state after it recorded no new coronavirus cases for the ninth consecutive day on Sunday.
  • New South Wales reported zero new local cases but is still investigating an emerging cluster in the Southern Highlands region, south of Sydney.
  • Weekly figures for England show the central NHS test and trace system is reaching just under 60% of the close contacts of people testing positive, the lowest since the service began.
  • Hospitals in Greater Manchester have suspended non-urgent appointments and surgery following a surge in the number of Covid patients being treated.
  • 413 people with coronavirus have died across the UK in the last 24 hours, up from 355 the previous day, government figures show. It brings the overall UK death toll to 48,888.
  • In France, the total number of deaths from coronavirus has exceeded 40,000 for the first time, the health ministry announced. Deaths from the virus reached 40,169.
  • India reported 50,356 new Covid-19 infections in the past day, as cases in New Delhi surpassed 7,000 on Saturday.
  • Papua New Guinea has reported a second case in New Ireland province, bringing the total number to 599. However testing has been minimal and the infection rate is expected to be much higher than 599, with cases reported in 15 of the 20 provinces.
  • 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.
  • Polls opened in Myanmar this morning for a vote expected to return to power the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, in an election which went ahead despite virus fears.
  • Scientists have warned that several hundred thousand extra deaths from tuberculosis are likely to occur this year as a result of Covid-19’s effect on global health services.
  • 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.
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UK reports 20,572 new infections

Clea Skopeliti - The Guardian
There have been a further 20,572 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, according to government data. This compares to 24,957 new cases registered on Saturday.
A total of 1,192,013 people have tested positive.
A further 156 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported on Sunday, bringing the total to 49,044. There were 413 on Saturday.
It is important to note that Sunday figures are often lower due to delays in reporting over the weekend.



Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s condition is improving and he has almost completed treatment, the presidency has announced 13 days after he was flown to a German hospital.
Authorities last week said Tebboune, 75, had tested positive for the virus.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Nov 08 2020, 17:12

Global coronavirus infections pass 50 million

Global coronavirus cases have passed 50 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker , which shows the US, India and Brazil leading with the highest numbers of infections.
A total of 50,052,204 infections have been reported around the world.
Countries with the highest infection figures:

  • US: 9,879,323
  • India: 8,507,754
  • Brazil: 5,653,561
  • Russia: 1,760,420
  • France: 1,709,773

The death toll stands at 1,253,110 – the US, Brazil and India have the recorded the most fatalities.





Nurses will be allowed to look after two critically ill Covid-19 patients at the same time after NHS bosses relaxed the rule requiring one-to-one treatment in intensive care as hospitals come under intense strain.
NHS England has decided to temporarily suspend the 1:1 rule as the number of people who are in hospital very sick with Covid has soared to 11,514, of whom 986 are on a ventilator.
The move comes amid concern that intensive care units, which went into the pandemic already short of nurses, are being hit by staff being off sick or isolating as a result of Covid.
Read Denis Campbell’s report here .
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Nov 08 2020, 17:35

Hundreds stage anti-lockdown protest in Manchester

Nazia Parveen - The Guardian
Hundreds of protestors gathered in central Manchester to object against the national lockdown.
People started to gather in Piccadilly Gardens from around 1pm with numbers swelling as the day went on.
Social media footage captured hundreds of people, many of them carrying placards, objecting to the government’s decision for a second national shutdown.
There appeared to be little social distancing with few protesters wearing masks as they chanted “rise up” and “freedom”. Police vehicles and officers remained nearby but appeared not to intervene with Greater Manchester Police issuing a dispersal order and urging people to leave.
A spokesperson said: “Greater Manchester Police is aware of a large gathering in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre and officers are in attendance.
“Prior to this gathering, officers engaged with the organiser; explained the restrictions; and encouraged compliance and are continuing to do so.
“Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, a Section 34 Dispersal Order has been authorised for Manchester City Centre until 6.45pm today (Sunday 8 November 2020). This means members of the public must not gather in the area. Failure to comply is a criminal offence.”
Meanwhile, councillor Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s spokesman, condemned protestors. “I can completely condemn this disgraceful gathering in Piccadilly Gardens. These people should check out the ambulances going in and out of our hospitals at the moment to see the massive health crisis we are all facing,” he said.
He added: “If you disagree with the restrictions, write to your MP but don’t endanger people’s health.”
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Some photos from Manchester anti-lockdown protest today:

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Anti-lockdown protest in Manchester, UK - 08 Nov 2020
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Italy reports 32,616 new cases

Italy has registered 32,616 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, compared to 39,811 on Saturday.
The ministry also reported 331 Covid-19 related deaths, down from 425 the day before.
But the number of swab tests carried out was lower than Saturday’s count.
A total of 41,394 people have died because of Covid-19 in Italy, which has registered 935,104 infections since the start of its outbreak.
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US reports 93,811 coronavirus cases

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a further 93,811 coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 9,808,411.
It said the number of deaths had risen by 1,072 to 236,547.
The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

122 more coronavirus hospital deaths in UK

A further 122 people have died in hospital in England after testing positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 34,496, NHS England said on Sunday.
Patients were aged between 44 and 98. All except four, aged between 61 and 95, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between 15 October and 7 November.

Farage party's relaunch marked with low-key anti-lockdown protest

Brexit party renamed Reform UK as anti-lockdown protesters gather in London and Manchester.
Nigel Farage and his allies have relaunched their political party, encouraging people to walk past their local war memorial on Remembrance Sunday in a low-key anti-lockdown protest that marks a fresh attempt to restore their political relevance.
The leaders of the Reform UK party – renamed from the Brexit party – hope to occupy a political space until now dominated by a few rebel Conservatives at Westminster, and by conspiracy theorists on the streets and online.
The party chairman, Richard Tice, and a few dozen others stood to watch an official wreath-laying ceremony at the Royal Artillery memorial on Hyde Park Corner in central London on Sunday morning, joined by curious joggers and walkers, to the surprise of those officiating who had not expected any more than a handful to turn up.
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Greece registers highest daily death toll

Greece has reported a record daily rise of 35 coronavirus deaths, along with 1914 new cases of the virus. 34 deaths were announced on Saturday.
It brings the country’s toll to 734, while the total number of confirmed cases stands at 56,698.

The Associated Press bureau chief for southeast Europe has this breakdown of the cases:
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Of #Greece 's 1914 #coronavirus cases:
483 Thessaloniki
396 Attica
125 Pella
106 Kilkis
86 Serres
68 Larissa
65 Pieria
59 Magnissia
53 Chalkidiki
42 from abroad, Evros
41 Kavala
31 Drama
24 Rodopi
22 Ioannina
18 Achaia, Trikala
17 Karditsa, Kozani
16 Lesvos
15 Chania

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France reports 38,619 new cases

France reported a further 38,619 coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the country’s total to 1,787,324.
It follows a record daily increase on Saturday, when 86,852 cases were logged.
The health ministry also announced 271 more coronavirus patients had died in the country’s hospitals, down from 306 on Saturday.

Four people arrested at Manchester's anti-lockdown protest on Sunday

Four people were arrested and a number of officers were injured at Manchester’s anti-lockdown protest, Greater Manchester Police have said in a statement where they strongly condemned the gathering of more than 600 demonstrators.
Assistant Chief Constable Mabs Hussain said: “Today, Greater Manchester Police responded to a large gathering in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre. At the peak of the gathering, in excess of 600 people were in attendance.
“I would like to use this opportunity to publicly condemn this gathering. Both the organisers and attendees were irresponsible - increasing demand on police who are also responding to calls regarding serious incidents and people who are in immediate danger across Greater Manchester.
“Before and during this gathering, officers followed guidance to engage with the organiser and attendees, explain the restrictions and encourage compliance. Unfortunately, the encouragement was ignored which resulted in officers progressing to enforcement.”
Officers arrested four people on suspicion of public order offences and issued 24 £200 Fixed Penalty Notices at the protest, he said, adding that police are looking to issue an FPN to the organiser.
Police have learned that one group travelled to the protest from Cumbria via coach, Hussain said, explaining that the driver and coach company have since been reported to the regulator.
He added: “Whilst responding to this gathering, a number of officers were injured. This is unacceptable behaviour towards officers who were simply doing their job and protecting people. Investigators will now work to identify those responsible and ensure they face justice.
“I would also like to remind members of the public that these restrictions are to control the spread of Covid-19 and protect everyone - including you and your loved ones as well as the NHS. I encourage you to do your bit to fight the virus by complying with the restrictions and staying at home.”
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Nov 08 2020, 20:56

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has said he thinks Joe Biden ’s election will be a turning point in America’s battle against Covid-19.
“I think you’ll see a different tone now. I think you’ll even see some governors start to take a different tone now that Mr Trump is out of office,” Cuomo said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
“I think the political pressure of denying Covid is gone. I think you’ll see scientists speak with unmuzzled voice now. And I think the numbers are going to go up and Americans are going to get how serious this is.”

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