The health secretary said hospital cases were doubling every week amid an alarming rise in infections. The government considered movement restrictions nationwide to be “the last line of defense,” he said.
Meanwhile, demand for tests in England exceeds supply by up to four times, warned Dido Harding, head of testing and tracking at the NHS.
Philippines sees more than 3,000 new cases for 11th day in a row
Manila reported 3,257 additional new coronavirus infections nationwide on Friday, marking the 11th day in a row the Philippines has recorded more than 3,000 cases daily.
In a bulletin, the health ministry said the total number of confirmed cases rose to 279,526, most of which are in the capital, while deaths rose by 47 to 4,830.
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 9:14 AM
Israel enters second lockdown
The Israeli government is imposing a second coronavirus lockdown from today.
We previewed the measurement earlier this week.
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 9:01 AM
Russia reported 5,905 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing its total to 1,091,186, the fourth largest in the world.
Authorities said 134 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 19,195.
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 8:46 AM
New lockdown planned in north-west England
New movement restrictions are expected to be introduced in the North West of England.
In Lancashire, where Preston, Blackburn along with Darwen and Pendle already have restrictions in place, it has been reported that measures will be introduced for the entire county except Blackpool.
Lancashire County Council said on Twitter: ‘We expect an announcement later today from the government on new measures to reduce the rate of Covid-19 infections in Lancashire.
“We’re waiting for the full details and will let you know what this means for you and our county as soon as possible. “
LancsLive reported that a local lockdown would prohibit households from mingling in any setting in all boroughs in the county except parts of the resort.
The news was not universally welcomed.
Neil Shaw, CEO of Rossendale Borough Council, tweeted: “To be clear, no Rossendale executive has called for the introduction of stricter restrictions. The government could impose them at some point, but we explain why they should not. “
Joe Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool, told BBC Breakfast he would welcome action in Merseyside.
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 8:36 AM
NHS worker knocked out ‘after row of face masks’
An NHS Test and Trace worker was repeatedly stunned and stepped on after walking away from a passenger on a bus who was not wearing a face mask.
The 63-year-old was punched on the floor of the vehicle in north London before his attacker – believed to be in his early 20s – was struck five times on the head.
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 8:12 AM
90-minute Covid test is accurate, scientists say
A new coronavirus test developed in the UK that produces “very accurate” results in just 90 minutes has been hailed by scientists as a potential game changer in controlling the pandemic.
The high-speed tests, which do not require a lab and are performed using cartridges smaller than a cell phone, were used on NHS staff and patients in a study conducted by scientists from Imperial College London.
The ‘CovidNudge’ rapid test device has been shown to have greater than 94% sensitivity and 100% specificity – meaning it produces very few false negatives and no false positives.
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 7:46 AM
Seoul city government sues Christian church for spreading virus
The Seoul city government plans to seek the equivalent of £ 3million in damage from a Christian mega-church whose members have spread the coronavirus and refused to be tested.
A new wave of infections erupted at Sarang Jeil Church after worshipers attended a large protest in the South Korean capital in mid-August, making it the country’s largest group in that region.
The outbreak has resulted in a triple-digit increase in daily Covid-19 cases for more than a month.
Seoul city government said it would take legal action against Sarang Jeil Church and its leader Jun Kwang-hoon, accusing them of disrupting coronavirus testing and providing inaccurate lists of its members who , he said, worsened the latest epidemic.
“The city seeks to hold the church and the pastor accountable for their contribution to the redistribution of Covid-19 across the country by denying and preventing epidemiological investigations or aiding and abetting such acts, as well as submitting false documents, ”he said in a statement. declaration.
Calls to the church by Reuters, asking for comment, went unanswered. Reverend Jun, a harsh critic of the government, was jailed earlier this month for attending the August 15 rally.
The National Health Insurance Service has also said it will sue the church for compensation, worth an additional £ 3.6million.
You can read our original report on the church below:
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 7:32 AM
Hancock warns of possible national lockdown
Asked by Kay Burley of Sky News whether England faces a full two-week lockdown in October, Matt Hancock said the country must “unite to fight this virus”.
He added: “The virus is clearly accelerating across the country. We need to take the necessary steps to keep people safe. The number of people hospitalized is doubling every eight days or so. We will do whatever it takes to keep people safe.
“We are absolutely ready to act if necessary.”
Pressed by Ms Burley, Mr Hancock said: ‘Well, we’ll do what’s necessary to keep people safe, and the first line of defense is that everyone should follow social distancing.
“The contact tracing system, which works very well, is the second line of defense.
“After that, we have local lockdowns. And the last line of defense is comprehensive national action. I don’t want to see this, but we will do whatever it takes to keep people safe in a very difficult pandemic.
On that Test and Trace claim, you can read our latest story on the numbers below:
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 7:40 AM
Global infections exceed 30 million
The number of positive coronavirus cases worldwide has now exceeded 30 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Health experts and scientists have warned that a second wave is knocking on the doors of countries that have relaxed lockdown restrictions to revive economies.
The European head of the World Health Organization, Dr Hans Kluge, warned on Thursday that Europe was facing a “very serious situation”, with the number of weekly cases surpassing 300,000 last week, or more than during the first peak in March.
You can read more about the data in our article on coronavirus tracking below:
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 7:16 AM
Cases in India increase by nearly 100,000 in one day – again
Coronavirus cases in India have increased by 96,424 other infections in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of slowing down, bringing the total to more than 5.21 million.
Some 1,174 more people have died in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday, for a total of 84,372.
India is expected to surpass infections reported in the United States within weeks, where more than 6.67 million people have contracted Covid-19, the most in the world.
Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, issued a new call for people to use face masks and maintain their social distance on Thursday.
Mr Modi’s government is making plans to handle the large congregations expected during a major Hindu festival season starting next month.
Jon SharmanSeptember 18, 2020 7:10 AM