Coronavirus Live: Spain Cases Reach First 500,000 In Europe As Global Deaths Pass 890,000 | World news


Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.My name is Helen Sullivan and I will be bringing you the latest developments from around the world over the next few hours. What’s the biggest story of Covid-19 where you come from? Let me know on Twitter @helenrsullivan or by email: [email protected]

Coronavirus deaths worldwide have passed 880,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. A toll over 1 million seems inevitable at this point.

Meanwhile, Spain has become the first European country to pass 500,000 cases. The country has reported 2,440 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 525,549.

Recent infections have been more common in younger people who often develop no symptoms thanks to their stronger immune systems, and the death rate remains well below the peak in March-April when daily deaths consistently exceeded 800.

Here are the main developments of the last few hours:

  • Spain first passes 500,000 cases of coronavirus in Western Europe. Spain became the first country in Western Europe to record more than half a million cases of Covid-19, recording a total of 525,549 infections.
  • India becomes the country with the second highest number of Covid cases. India has passed Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of coronavirus cases, as the virus continues to spread across the 1.3 billion country at the fastest rate anywhere in the world.
  • France could face a “critical situation” in winter if cases continue to increase. A leading epidemiologist in France has warned that if the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise at the current rate, the country could face a “critical situation” in several regions in December.
  • UK cases on the rise because people have “relaxed too much”, according to a senior health official. England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said the rise in the number of coronavirus cases was of great concern, adding: “We have to start taking this very seriously again.”
  • Fatigue and Headaches Most Common Covid Symptoms in Children – Study. Fatigue, headaches and fever are the most common symptoms of the coronavirus in children, with few people developing a cough or losing their sense of taste or smell, the researchers found, adding to calls for age-specific symptom checklists.
  • French striker Mbappé is positive for Covid. French striker Kylian Mbappé has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the Nations League international this week against Croatia, the French football federation said.
  • Seven Greek Islands to be added to England’s quarantine list. Lesbos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos are removed from the English list of locations exempt from the 14-day Covid quarantine, in a significant change in the government’s travel corridor policy.
  • Local lockdown is to be enforced in Caerphilly, Wales after the increase in covid cases. The Welsh government has said coronavirus laws will be tightened in the borough to prevent a local outbreak from spreading the virus.
  • Scotland could reimpose restrictions amid a continuing rise in cases. The Scottish Prime Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has warned that the Scottish government could ‘curb’ a further easing of the lockdown, or even reimpose some restrictions later this week, after a continued rise in the number of Covid 19 cases.
  • French “anti-masks” are most likely to be educated women in their 50s, study finds. French people who refuse to wear masks are more likely to be older, educated women who support the vests yellow (Yellow vests) of the protest movement and controversial virus specialist Didier Raoult, and would refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus if it was available, according to a new study.


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