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French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned on Friday that the viral situation “is clearly getting worse” as health authorities continue to record a steady increase in cases.Despite this, Castex announced that France was reducing the period of self-isolation from 14 days to 7 days because it is “when there is a real risk of contagion”. France hopes that the shorter isolation period will be easier to apply.

Nearly 10,000 new cases have been registered daily over the past two days – a record since large-scale testing began. Castex said the increase in hospitalizations was of particular concern. Scores of people died around the world during the initial viral wave when intensive care units were overwhelmed.

The latest figures for France show a total death toll of 30,893 with more than 401,000 infections.

Around the world

A UN resolution for a “comprehensive and coordinated response” to the COVID-19 pandemic was passed by a majority of 169 member countries in a vote on Friday.

The measure, which has been negotiated since May, “recognizes the key leadership role of WHO and the fundamental role of the United Nations system in catalyzing and coordinating the overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ”

The text “calls for intensified international cooperation and solidarity to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic and its consequences”.

He calls on nations to maintain food and agricultural supply chains and called on governments to think about climate change while rebuilding their economies.

The resolution is a demonstration of unity for the UN body, but it is not legally binding.

The United States and Israel voted against the resolution. Hungary and Ukraine abstained.

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Italy has increased its testing program

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In the UK, trials of a coronavirus vaccine produced by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford resumed after the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) confirmed it was safe to do so, said on Saturday the society.

Trials of the experimental vaccine, one of the most advanced currently in development, had been suspended after a study subject in Britain fell ill this week.

In Germany, the country’s public health body, the Robert Koch Institute, reported an increase of 1,630 new infections in the past day.

The increase comes as protests have taken place in several German cities against coronavirus lockdown measures. On Saturday, a protest march in the southern city of Munich was called off soon after police intervened to enforce hygiene measures. A larger rally took place later in the afternoon. Other demonstrations took place in Wiesbaden and Hanover.

In more news from Germany: The entire national amateur boxing team, including coaches and supervisors, have been infected with coronavirus at a training camp in Austria. Athletes and staff will be allowed to return home after a 14-day quarantine. No serious cases have been reported.

In Italy, the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus continued to increase for the sixth week in a row.

The increase was driven by people returning from vacation and the country increasing its testing capacity.

Asia and Oceania

India reported a record rise in coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, registering 97,570 new infections, according to the federal health ministry.

With a total of more than 4.65 million cases, India is the second most affected country in the world after the United States.

The Australian government has extended its lockdown – which is due to end on Sunday – by two more weeks. “You can only keep the numbers low if you first bring them down to very low levels,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said at a press briefing.

Victoria – Australia’s second most populous state – was the epicenter of the outbreak in the country.

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Zambia’s bars are set to reopen, President Edgar Lungu said in a speech to lawmakers. They have been closed since March but will open on a limited basis on weekends. Lungu warned, “If I fail to follow these public health guidelines, I will have no choice but to shut them down again. ”

Zambia was among a number of southern African countries restricting alcohol sales during the pandemic, including South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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Mexico’s death toll has exceeded worst-case scenario forecasts


Mexico has hit the dark threshold of 70,000 coronavirus deaths after 534 people have died from the virus in the past 24 hours.

Previously, authorities estimated that the virus would cause between 8,000 and 60,000 deaths – in the worst case of “disaster.”

For the first time since March, Canadian health authorities have not reported any coronavirus deaths. So far, during the pandemic, there have been a total of 9,163 deaths and over 135,000 infections in the country.

U.S. hospitals have refused about a third of their allocated supplies of remdesivir, the COVID-19 drug since July, the Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed.

Demand for a costly antiviral has dropped, in part because hospitals are saving the drug for the most seriously ill patients.

Read more: Coronavirus: Rich nations compete for remdesivir supplies

kmm / rc (dpa, Reuters, AFP)


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