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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 21 2020, 11:05

Summary for Saturday, 21st November

from The Guardian:
Welcome to our ongoing live coronavirus coverage. Here is what you need to know about events around the world so far today:

  • The number of coronavirus cases in Brazil has surpassed 6 million, becoming the third country in the world to pass that milestone after the United States and India. Brazil recorded 38,397 additional confirmed cases in the past 24 hours and 552 deaths from Covid-19, the health ministry said. The official death toll has risen to 168,613, according to ministry data.
  • Donald Trump Jr tested positive for Covid-19 this week. A spokesman says he is quarantining but has had no symptoms.
  • The city of Toronto has returned to lockdown amid a surge of coronavirus cases in Canada.
  • France has recorded a further 1,138 deaths over the past 24 hours from the virus, taking the total to 48,265. France has also reported 22,882 cases in the past 24 hours, compared with 21,150 on Thursday.
  • Iran will impose tougher restrictions nationwide as the Middle East country hardest hit by the coronavirus battles a third wave of infections. The toughest measures, under which non-essential businesses and services are to close, will be imposed in the capital Tehran and about 160 other high risk “red” cities and towns, state media said.
  • In South Australia, police continue to investigate a Covid-19 case linked to a pizza bar in Adelaide after a worker lied to contact tracers about his job at there. South Australia recorded one new Covid-19 case on Saturday, a close contact of another case. The state’s lockdown lifts at midnight, Australian time.
  • The Australian state of Victoria has recorded its 22nd day of no new coronavirus cases but authorities are asking anyone in the Altona catchment to get tested if they have symptoms after coronavirus was detected in sewage. NSW recorded no new locally acquired Covid-19 cases. Two new cases were reported in Queensland today, both in hotel quarantine.
  • Portugal’s parliament approved a 15-day extension of a state of emergency from next week to allow continuation of coronavirus measures as the government considers fresh steps.
  • Drugmaker Pfizer Inc is hoping to rapidly roll out its experimental Covid-19 vaccine around Latin America soon after it gets emergency authorisation in the US, a senior executive said, which could be as early as next month.

Mexico records more than 6,000 new Covid cases

In Mexico, the Covid-19 death toll has passed 100,000, with more than 1 million cases.
Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 6,426 new confirmed coronavirus infections in the country and 719 deaths, bringing the official totals to 1,025,969 cases and 100,823 dead, Reuters reports.
Health officials have said the real number of cases is likely significantly higher than the official tally.

Donald Trump Jr tests positive for coronavirus

Calla Wahlquist - The Guardian
In case you missed this news earlier, Donald Trump Jr has tested positive for Covid-19 . That takes the number of Trumps to have tested positive to the virus to four.
The outgoing president, Donald Trump, the first lady, and their son Barron tested positive to the virus last month and have since recovered. Trump Jr’s girlfriend also tested positive back in July.
It comes as the United States recorded 2,015 deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday, the highest single day death toll since May . The US also set a new daily record for the number of new infections recorded in one day, with 187,000 cases on Thursday.
A quarter of a million people have now died of Covid-19 in the US.
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Victorian premier 'very confident' Australian Open will go ahead in early 2021

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says he is “very confident” the Australian Open tennis tournament will go ahead in early 2021.
Key to this going ahead is the return of international flights to Melbourne, which will happen from 7 December with the resumption of the hotel quarantine system.

386 new Covid cases reported in South Korea

South Korea has reported 386 new Covid cases. Authorities are warning tougher measures will be needed if the country’s third wave of the virus is not quickly contained, Reuters reports:
South Korea’s third wave of Covid-19 continued on Saturday after medical groups called for stricter social-distancing curbs and the government warned of tougher measures if infections are not quickly contained.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 386 new daily coronavirus cases as of Friday midnight, bringing total infections to 30,403, with 503 deaths.
New cases topped 300 for the fourth day in a row, after Tuesday saw the highest since August.
Without effective measures such as stricter distancing, the daily tally could reach 1,000 in the next two weeks, the Korean Society of Infectious Diseases and eight other medical societies warned.
“This winter is expected to be the biggest challenge in the Covid-19 response,” the groups said in a statement on Friday, calling on the public to take steps voluntarily.
“There has been good news on successful development of Covid-19 vaccines, but this winter we have to stop it without a vaccine.”
Although South Korea tightened prevention guidelines on Thursday and the prime minister, Chung Sye-kyun, called on Friday for all social gatherings to be cancelled, bars, nightclubs, religious services and sports events are still allowed with attendance restrictions.

White House aide Andrew Giuliani tests positive for Coronavirus

Reuters reports Andrew Giuliani, a White House aide and son of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, said on Friday he had tested positive for Covid-19.
“I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including being in quarantine and conducting contact tracing,” he said on Twitter.
Andrew attended his father’s press conference on Thursday at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, according to multiple reports.
Jenna Ellis, another Trump lawyer who spoke at the press conference, said on Twitter on Friday that she and the elder Giuliani “have both tested negative for Covid-19”.
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Andrew Giuliani at his father’s press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

This weekend's G20 summit to be held virtually because of the pandemic

Leaders of the 20 biggest world economies (G20) will debate this weekend how to deal with the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic that has caused a global recession and how to manage the recovery once the coronavirus is under control.
High on the agenda are purchases and global distribution of vaccines, drugs and tests for low income countries that cannot afford such expenses themselves. The European Union will urge the G20 on Saturday to invest $4.5bn to help.
“The main theme will be to step up global cooperation to address the pandemic,” said a senior G20 official taking part in the preparations for the two-day summit, chaired by Saudi Arabia and held virtually because of the pandemic.
To prepare for the future, the EU will propose a treaty on pandemics.

Ban on deploying healthcare workers in the Philippines to be lifted

In the Philippines, the president, Rodrigo Duterte, has approved ending a ban on deploying the nation’s healthcare workers, clearing the way for thousands of nurses to take up jobs overseas.
“The president already approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment of nurses and other medical workers,” the labour secretary, Silvestre Bello, told Reuters on Saturday.
But to ensure the Philippines, which has the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in south-east Asia, will have enough medical professionals to fight the pandemic, only 5,000 healthcare workers will be allowed to leave every year, Bello said.

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NHS could start using Covid vaccine next month, says Hancock

In the UK, the NHS could start immunising people against Covid-19 next month, if the medicines regulator approves a vaccine in time, Matt Hancock has said.
The health secretary held out the prospect of the unprecedented vaccination programme starting before Christmas, if the vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech has been given the green light.
You can read the full story here .

Trials to begin in UK for Covid antibody cocktail drug treatment

Still in the UK, major trials will begin this weekend of an antibody cocktail that scientists hope will protect people against Covid-19 and could be swiftly used in care homes or on cruise ships in the event of an outbreak.
A UK volunteer will be given the first dose of a drug that is expected to give vulnerable people immediate protection.
The jab into the muscle of the arm takes effect straight away and could last for six months to a year. If it works as well as scientists predict, it could be used to protect those who cannot be given vaccines because of their state of health.
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Latest data globally from Johns Hopkins University

Global cases stand at 57.5m.
These are the countries with the highest total number of cases:
1. United States: 11,908,396
2. India: 9,004,365
3. Brazil: 6,020,164
4. France: 2,160,343
5. Russia: 2,023,025

Globally, these are the countries that have recorded the highest death toll from the virus:
1. United States: 254,383
2. Brazil: 168,613
3. India: 132,162
4. Mexico: 100,823
5. United Kingdom: 54,381

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Tokyo confirms record daily coronavirus increase

Tokyo confirmed a record 539 new Covid cases on Saturday, beating its previous high of 534 cases, according to the Tokyo metropolitan government.
Saturday marks the third day that the daily number of cases has topped 500, according to the public broadcaster NHK, Reuters said.

Ukraine reports a record 14,580 new cases

Ukraine registered a record 14,580 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the health minister, Maksym Stepanov, said on Saturday, surpassing the previous day’s record of 14,575.
The total tally climbed to 612,665 cases, with 10,813 deaths, Reuters reported.

Japan reports a record of 539 new infections

Japan has reported a record 539 new coronavirus cases , the third day with more than 500 cases. The Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has suspended a domestic travel campaign in areas with high case numbers.

Italian children take lessons outside school in protest at Covid closures

Angela Giuffrida - Rome correspondent, The Guardian
Temperatures have dropped in recent days in Turin, northern Italy, but that hasn’t prevented Anita Iacovelli from persevering in her protest against the closure of her school.
Every day since 6 November, when schools across the city and the wider Piedmont region were closed because of escalating coronavirus infections, the 12-year-old, wearing a hat, gloves and face mask, has sat outside Italo Calvino school and continued with her lessons remotely on a tablet computer. Behind her is a handwritten poster that reads: “Learning at school is our right.”
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Anita Iacovelli, left, and her friend Lisa Rogliatti, both 12, sit in front of the Italo Calvino school in Turin, Italy. Photograph: Marco Alpozzi/AP

It began as a lone protest but Anita was soon joined by her friend Lisa Rogliatti and other classmates, before the initiative gathered momentum across Italy.
It is not the most ideal way to study, but the children simply want to go back to class, having spent months cooped up indoors in front of computers during the first wave of the pandemic.
“At the very beginning, when they announced that schools were closing, we were happy as we had weeks of tests coming up and so we thought we would skip them,” Anita told the Guardian. “But then it became extremely heavy and we got very tired.”
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Coronavirus-linked deaths in the Czech Republic pass 7,000

The number deaths in the Czech Republic linked to coronavirus doubled in November and passed the 7,000 mark, health ministry data showed on Saturday, according to Reuters.
Recorded fatalities reached 7,021 as of Saturday, compared with the 3,523 recorded by the end of October, according to the figures. According to the Worldometers website, the country has a rate of 655 coronavirus-related deaths per million inhabitants, and 45,495 infections per million.
The country has experienced a fall in the number of new cases and patients sent to hospital in recent weeks, allowing the government to ease some curbs.
The health ministry reported 5,809 new cases for Friday, less than half the peak numbers at the turn of October and November. The number of hospital admissions dropped to 6,307 compared with a peak of 8,283 recorded on 6 November.

Planned travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore has been scrapped

A planned travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was scrapped a day before its launch on Saturday after the southern Chinese city announced a sudden spike in coronavirus cases, according to AFP.
The two financial hubs have both suffered mild outbreaks. But with small populations and a heavy dependence on links to the outside world they have been hard hit as the global economy collapsed.
Desperate to help their key tourism and aviation sectors, they came up with the plan allowing limited, quarantine-free travel between the cities as long as visitors test negative for Covid-19.
The travel corridor was set to kick off on Sunday morning. But on Saturday, Hong Kong announced the scheme would have to be delayed for two weeks following a sudden rise in coronavirus infections.
“In the light of recent surge of local cases we have decided, together with the Singapore government, to defer the air travel bubble’s launch by two weeks,” the commerce secretary, Edward Yau, told reporters.

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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 21 2020, 11:49

Hi Folks!

The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, has used a video update from his self-isolation at Number 10 to urge people who are self-isolating to keep themselves socially distanced from those they live with.
Tweet  Boris Johnson:
:Left Quotes: Hi folks, quick update from me. Still self-isolating and working from my office in Downing St, leading on our response to the pandemic.

Johnson has been self-isolating for six days after a meeting with Tory MP Lee Anderson, who later tested positive for coronavirus. Johnson said he wanted to “reach out” to other people forced to self-isolate.
:Left Quotes:  NHS Test and Trace, which is getting ever better, has achieved what so many of my political foes have wanted to achieve for many years, put me under house arrest.

I know how frustrating it can be, so I just wanted to say to everybody else who is in my shoes, don’t forget that, of course, the isolation doesn’t necessarily apply to the people you share your home with - your partner can still go out shopping or whatever.

Your housemates can still go out to exercise but you have got to make sure that you continue to observe social distancing from them. Your kids can obviously continue to go to school but you’ve got to make sure you observe social distancing from them and follow the basics: hands, face, space.

And bear in mind what you are doing is incredibly important because that is how we are going to break the chain of transmission, stop the disease, get the R down - as I believe we are doing at the moment - and get in under control.

Thank you very much everybody for what you are doing, and if you do find it a strain and you do feel under mental pressure because of what’s going on, then get onto the web and look at Every Mind Matters.

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Poland's prime minister asks people not to travel over Christmas

Poland’s prime minister has asked people in the country not to travel over Christmas, and announced that while shops would reopen most coronavirus restrictions would be extended.
“Please do not plan any trips,” Mateusz Morawiecki said at a press conference, adding that the government was looking at ways of imposing movement restrictions, according to the AFP news agency.
Morawiecki said theatres, bars and restaurants would remain closed until after Christmas, and schools would continue to be on distance learning.
“The situation is still very serious,” he said, voicing concern about Poland’s high death rate but pointing out that the number of new cases had stabilised.
The health ministry on Saturday reported 574 deaths over 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 13,288.
The number of new daily infections in Poland was 24,213.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Poland over the past week has been the third highest in the EU after Italy and France, according to an AFP tally.

The tally of coronavirus cases in the eastern European sub-region passed 5 million on Saturday, according to a tally kept by Reuters.
The region, which comprises Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine, has the highest count of reported cases in Europe.
They collectively reported over 82,000 cases in a single day on an average in the last week, while adding over 1,500 deaths daily on average.
Russia, Poland, and Ukraine are among the top 20 countries with the most cases in the world.
Europe has so far reported more than 15 million coronavirus cases, making it the region with the highest number of cases. It has recorded more than 346,000 deaths, the second-highest in the world by region after Latin America, according to a Reuters tally.

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Iran imposes tougher restrictions

Tougher restrictions have come into force in Iran, including closing non-essential businesses and restrictions on travel, in an effort to curb a third wave of coronavirus infections - as state media reported widespread flouting of the rules.
“Tehran streets are crowded despite the restrictions,” state TV said on Saturday morning, according to Reuters. It said some non-essential businesses were open, but later showed mostly empty streets and shuttered shops.
The semi-official ISNA news agency posted photos of crammed metro trains with the hashtag “Coronavirus kills.” Other media sites posted photos of packed buses.
The deputy health minister, Alireza Raisi, said the 10% of people who ignore the health regulations could spread the virus to 80% of the population, adding that family gatherings were the main cause of infections.
President Hassan Rouhani said in televised remarks on Saturday the two-week restrictions could be extended if the desired results were not achieved.
Iran’s health ministry reported 431 COVID-19 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 44,327. The ministry spokeswoman, Sima Sadat Lari, said total cases rose by 12,931 to 841,308.

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Post by Kitkat on Sat Nov 21 2020, 12:13

Mass testing pilot scheme launched in Wales

A mass coronavirus testing pilot scheme has been launched today in Wales.
Lisa Mytton, the deputy leader of Merthyr Tydfil county borough council, said she believed the mass testing pilot was the best way to try and reduce the area’s high levels of coronavirus transmissions.
She told the PA news agency:  
:Left Quotes: I just wonder what other way there would be to do it apart from this way?
I really am hopeful that it will get everybody out there so we can find and see those people who are asymptomatic walking around unknowingly with coronavirus, so they can then self-isolate so we can reduce our transmission rate.
This will help in the end; people being able to see relatives, to get back to some sort of normality.
Obviously we didn’t want as many people having coronavirus in Merthyr Tydfil as the numbers have shown, that’s saddened us.
But I’m pleased we’ve been chosen to undertake this pilot because if it helps reduce the transmission rate in Merthyr Tydfil then that’s a good thing, definitely.

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Almost 200,000 attend funeral of a hardline cleric in Pakistan

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Tens of thousands of people in Pakistan defied a government ban on large gatherings on Saturday to attend the funeral of a hardline cleric in Lahore, according to Reuters.
Khadim Hussain Rizvi, 54, died of a heart attack on Thursday, just days after leading a violent protest march to the capital, Islamabad, against the publication in France of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad.
With coronavirus infections rising, the government this month declared the country was experiencing a “second wave” of contagion and banned large events and meetings.
Official data released on Saturday showed 2,843 people had tested positive for the virus and 42 had died in the last 24 hours – both figures the highest for a single day since July.
Despite the coronavirus curbs, tens of thousands turned out to mourn Rizvi, and organisers of the funeral said the government had not told them to limit the gathering.
Government officials did not respond to a request for comment about the funeral, which wreaked havoc in Lahore as mobile phone services were shut down and major roads blocked for security reasons.
A local official, who asked not to be named, said he estimated that close to 200,000 people had attended the event. The gathering was so large that Rizvi’s coffin could not be carried through the crowd to the site set up for the ceremony, and had to be positioned on a nearby bridge for the prayers, said Reuters.
Rizvi, known for his fiery sermons, headed the Tehreek-e Labbaik Pakistan party, which has pressured the government on a number of issues in recent years by denouncing alleged blasphemy and staging protests.
Earlier this month, the cleric led a march of thousands of protesters to Islamabad that blocked a main entry road for hours and saw demonstrators clash with police.

Several thousand mourners pay their respects to head of Serbian Orthodox Church

Several thousand worshippers and clergy have paid their respects to the head of the Serbian Orthodox church, Patriarch Irinej, in a Belgrade church after he died aged 90 after contracting coronavirus.
Irinej, who was born Miroslav Gavrilović, tested positive for Covid-19 on 4 November and died on Friday, prompting the Serbian government to declare three days of national mourning in the predominantly Orthodox Christian country.
Some maintained tradition by kissing the glass-covered casket containing the patriarch’s body, which was dressed in a gold-embroidered robe and an ornate crown.
Most, however, solemnly walked past it wearing protective masks as they paid their respects to Irinej, who was enthroned as the church’s 45th patriarch and spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Serbs a decade ago, Reuters reported.

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Several arrests made at anti-lockdown protest march in Liverpool

Police have imposed a dispersal zone in Liverpool, north west England, until midnight, as they attempt to clear the street of anti lockdown protesters.
According to the Liverpool Echo , about 200 protesters were marching through the streets of the city on Saturday afternoon, chanting “freedom” as they were shepherded by police.
Several arrests have been made, the Echo reports.
In a statement on the Merseyside police website, chief supt Ngaire Waine said warned that anyone taking part in an unlawful gathering of more than two people could face arrest and prosecution or a fine:
:Left Quotes:  Such gatherings in Liverpool in recent weeks have involved several hundred people showing a lack of social distancing with many not wearing face coverings, and last weekend we brought in a Section 34 dispersal zone to disperse an unlawful gathering that formed at the Bombed Out Church.
We arrested a number of people on suspicion of breaching the dispersal zone after they had returned to the area, and investigations are ongoing. If people continue to gather unlawfully, we will not hesitate to take the same course of action.

Donald Trump Jr doing "very well" in quarantine after testing positive for Coronavirus

The US president, Donald Trump, said on Saturday that his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, is doing “very well” in quarantine after being infected with coronavirus, the Associated Press reports.
“My son Donald is doing very well. Thank you!” Trump tweeted, following Friday’s disclosure that the 42-year-old Trump scion had become one of the nearly 12 million Americans infected by the virus.
Donald Trump Jr. learned of his positive test result earlier this week, has had no symptoms and was following all medically recommended guidelines for treating the illness, said a spokesperson, who was granted anonymity to discuss private medical information.

[h3Lockdown restrictions are likely to continue beyond 30 November in Greece[/h3]
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Over in Greece officials are warning that lockdown restrictions are likely to continue beyond 30 November when the measures were initially meant to end, writes Helena Smith, the Guardian’s Athens correspondent.
Although transmissions have gradually begun “to stabilise,” infectious disease experts say the decline in infection rates has been slower than expected.
Speaking to Thema 104.6 FM radio today, leading epidemiologist Alkiviadis Vatopoulos who sits on the scientific committee that advises prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ centre right government, said: “The curve appears to be flattening, cases don’t seem to be increasing but this has happened very late in the lockdown to be honest. We were expecting it to occur earlier … the feeling is people haven’t taken [it] as seriously as they did [during the first lockdown] in March.”
It was vital that Greeks remained on guard, he added, insisting that infection rates could “get out of control at any moment” again.
Greece has seen a surge in confirmed transmissions especially in and around Thessaloniki, the country’s northern metropolis where hospitals are at breaking point.
On Friday the National Organisation for Public Health announced a record 72 patients had died from Covid-19 raising the total number of fatalities to 1,419.
A further 2,581 people had been diagnosed with the virus bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 87,812.
With the case load not being reduced adequately, government ministers are now saying next week will be critical in determining when, and if, curbs are lifted. Measures include a 9PM to 5 AM curfew, with citizens having to inform authorities of their movements via text before they venture outdoors. Exercise in groups of no more than three is allowed as is dog walking.
“The response to the measures hasn’t produced enough yet in terms of lessening of cases so it’s best to re-evaluate the data again when the time comes,” said minister of state Giorgos Gerapetritis adding the coming days would be critical.
Another minister contacted by the Guardian, echoing Gerapetritis, said the intention remained to open the country’s retail market ahead of Christmas “because commercially and economically December is such an important month” but emphasised that everything would depend on epidemiological data.

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341 further Covid-linked deaths registered in the UK

In the UK, 341 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, official figures show. The total official death toll is now 54,626.
There were 19,875 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday- a drop from Friday’s data which showed a daily rise in cases of 20,252 cases and 511 deaths.

A further 316 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 38,112, NHS England said on Saturday.
Patients were aged between 28 and 102. All except five, aged between 64 and 96, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between 3 June and 20 November.
Twenty-two other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

Hundreds of mink farmers and breeders have paraded their tractors through Copenhagen in protest against a decision by Denmark’s government to cull the nation’s entire mink herd to halt the spread of a mutant strain of coronavirus.
More than 500 tractors, many decked out with the Danish flag, drove past the government’s offices and parliament to the port, reports AFP, the French state-backed news agency. Another 400 staged a similar protest in the country’s second city, Aarhus.
Mette Frederiksen’s government has acknowledged that its decision to cull more than 15 million minks had no legal basis for those not contaminated by the Covid-19 variant, infuriating breeders.
Denmark, a country of around 5.8 million people, has been the world’s leading exporter of mink fur for several decades. It sells pelts for around 670 million euros ($792 million) annually, and is the second-biggest producer worldwide, behind China.
The mutated version of the new coronavirus detected in Danish minks that raised concerns about the effectiveness of a future vaccine has likely been eradicated, the health ministry said Thursday.
“It is not fair what has happened to the breeders,” said Daniel, 19, a mink farm worker.
“The entire sector will now have to shut down,” he added.

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Brutal Covid second wave exposes Italy's shortage of intensive care staff

Italy registered 34,767 new coronavirus infections in the space of 24 hours on Saturday, slightly down from 37,242 the day before.
The health ministry also reported 692 Covid-19-related deaths after 699 on Friday.
The northern region of Lombardy, centred on Italy’s financial capital Milan, remained the hardest-hit area, as it registered 8,853 new cases.
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Don't let England return to the pre-lockdown "shambles"

Labour has warned the government not to let England return to the “shambles” seen before the current national lockdown.
Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said there were 11 days until the lockdown was due to lift on 2 December and no word from ministers on what was going to follow.
She called for clarity about what economic support measures will accompany different types of restrictions after the lockdown ends.
Speaking to the Co-operative party’s local government conference, Dodds said:
It’s extraordinary that the lockdown is due to lift in just 11 days, and we still haven’t heard a peep from government as to what comes next. We need clarity about what economic support package will go alongside different types of restrictions. We can’t go back to the shambles we had before this lockdown.

Turkey reports highest daily number of new coronavirus cases since start of the outbreak

Figures from the health ministry showed that 5,532 people had been diagnosed with Covid-19 symptoms in the previous 24 hours.
Since July, Ankara has only reported symptomatic cases of coronavirus, a move that critics say hides the true scale of the outbreak.
The daily death toll from the coronavirus was 135, bringing the cumulative total to 12,219.
To battle a surge in cases, Turkey this week introduced partial weekend curfews and limited the opening hours of restaurants, cafes and shopping malls.

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France reports 276 new hospital deaths from the virus

The number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, lower than the 22,882 reported the previous day.
The health ministry also reported 276 new deaths from the virus in hospitals over 24 hours, compared with 386 on Friday.
On Tuesday, French president Emmanuel Macron will address the nation about the virus situation and may announce a partial relaxation of nationwide lockdown rules which have been in place since 30 October.

US Coronavirus cases surpasses 12 million

The number of Covid-19 cases in the United States surpassed 12 million on Saturday, just days ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday that health experts have warned could fuel the surging spread of infection around the country.
The milestone marks a worsening of the country’s Covid-19 epidemic , which has claimed a quarter of a million lives across America, more than in any other nation.
Reuters data shows the pace of new infections in the United States has quickened, with nearly one million more cases recorded in just the last six days since the country recorded 11 million.

Outbreak at a school in Cumbria as 149 pupils test positive for Covid-19

149 pupils at a boarding school in Cumbria have tested positive for Covid-19 following an outbreak.
Students at Sedbergh School who tested positive, and those in a bubble with a positive case, have been told to isolate at home – if appropriate to do so.
In a letter to parents, Daniel Harrison, the school’s headmaster, said that none of the results received from staff testing this week have returned positive tests.

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Greece reports daily record of 108 covid-related deaths

Greece reported 108 Covid-19-related deaths on Saturday, a daily record, with intensive care beds in many hospitals quickly filling due to increasing demand.
Health authorities reported 2,311 confirmed Covid-19 cases, bringing the total since the first case was detected in February to 90,121. The death toll is 1,527.
After a two-month lockdown in March , which helped contain the spread of infections, a spike since October forced the government to impose a second nationwide lockdown that officially expires at the end of the month.
However, this could be in doubt.
“Lifting the lockdown on 1 December does not seem realistic right now,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told state TV ERT on Friday.

Portugal to impose domestic travel ban ahead of Christmas

Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced on Saturday.
Travel between municipalities will be banned from 11pm on 27 November to 5am on 2 December, and then again from 11pm on 4 December to 5am on 9 December, to prevent movement around national holidays at the start of next month.
Schools will close on the Mondays before both holidays, while businesses must shut early.
Employers are being encouraged to give workers the day off in order to minimise travel activity.

Christmas in lockdown preferred by UK public over new restrictions in January

Conservative rebels are preparing to resist Boris Johnson’s plans for restrictions to replace the national lockdown without extensive evidence they will save more lives than they cost.
The Covid Recovery Group (CRG) , led by former chief whip Mark Harper and ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker, is threatening to withhold support for the prime minister’s measures when the four-week lockdown in England ends on 2 December.
In a letter, understood to have been signed by 70 Tory MPs, the CRG said that “even the tiered system of restrictions infringes deeply upon people’s lives with huge health and economic costs”.
The closure of non-essential retail, outside sport restrictions and care home visits were among the specific concerns raised.
It comes as a new poll reveals most of the public would prefer to have a locked-down Christmas than have another lockdown imposed in January.
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