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The UK will introduce fines of up to 10,000 pounds ($ 12,917) for those who break self-isolation rules, local media reported, as the government ramps up efforts to contain the latest surge in cases of coronavirus.
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. said on Sunday that a Cathay Dragon service between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong would be suspended until October 3 after some connecting passengers on a flight from India were found to be infected.
The United States added nearly 50,000 cases, while nationwide deaths approached 200,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. France has reported the highest number of cases since a lockout ended in May, while new infections in Germany topped 2,000 for a second day in a row.
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Cathay’s flight suspended after discovery of infections (9:20 a.m. HK)
Cathay Pacific said in a statement that five Indian passengers who were on a Cathay Dragon flight between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong on September 18 tested positive for Covid-19, even after submitting negative nucleic acid tests before their trip. . The passengers were previously on an India Express flight.
Hong Kong authorities will ban passenger flights from Kuala Lumpur operated by the airline for two weeks, which will lead Cathay Dragon to suspend the service until Oct. 3, the statement said.
Decline of cases in South Korea (8:49 a.m. HK)
The country has reported 82 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, below 100 for the first time since August 12. Total infections reached 22,975. Yonhap earlier reported that the government will announce whether it will maintain Level 2 distancing rules for areas outside the greater Seoul area at 4:30 p.m. Sunday local time.
UK penalties for rule violations (5:52 am HK)
theTelegraph reported that fines for those refusing to self-isolate after being asked to do so start at £ 1,000 and can go Until 10,000 books for repeat offenders. Police will be ordered to patrol the most infected areas to make sure people comply with the new laws, the newspaper reported.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also considering several proposals to mitigate the latest wave. A three-week nationwide shutdown of pubs, bars and restaurants is under consideration, The Telegraph said. Johnson is also considering increasing the fine to 100 pounds for breaking the rule from six to 1,000 pounds for first offenders. The announcement of new restrictions could come as early as Tuesday.
Brazil Cases Steady (17h48 NY)
Brazil reported 33,057 cases, an increase of 0.7% in line with the average daily increase for the previous seven days. The total number of cases is 4,528,240. The country has reported an additional 739 deaths, for a total of 136,532.
California case, increased deaths (2:25 p.m. NY)
California’s latest figures have exceeded 14-day averages for new cases and deaths, according to the health department.website. The state has reported 4,304 new cases of the coronavirus, up from an average of 3,350 over 14 days. The number of deaths increased by 100, compared to 91 on average. There were 14,912 deaths in all.
France breaks another record since lockdown (2:15 p.m. NY)
Daily cases of coronavirus in France have reached their highest level since the national lockdown ended in May. Another 13,498 cases were reported on Saturday, the second day in a row over 13,000.
The higher numbers reflect to some extent an increase in testing, now five times the level performed in May at over one million per week. But the rate of infections is at an all-time high since the start of the epidemic, based on rolling 7-day data that dampens spikes in reporting.
The authorities called on the population to step up social distancing measures while the number of clusters has increased in recent weeks, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Friday became the highest official in the country to be infected.
Florida positive test rate rises (12:20 p.m. NY)
Florida has reported the most new cases and the highest positive test rate among residents since September 10, according to a report from the state Department of Health that reflects data received through Friday. The positivity of the test increased to 4.5% from 4.1% a day earlier.
Cases, including those diagnosed with Covid-19 who do not reside in Florida, increased from 3,573 to 681,233. Virus-related deaths among residents fell for the second day in a row to 67, bringing the total to 13 287.
Deaths in Italy return to July level (11:50 a.m. NY)
Italy reported 24 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, more than double the 10 recorded the day before at levels not seen since July.
While new cases have declined from nearly 300 to 1,638, the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care in hospitals has increased from seven to 215, according to health officials. This compares to a peak of more than 4,000 intensive care patients in April.
UK cases surpass 4,000 for second day (11:25 a.m. NY)
The UK reported 4,422 more cases on Saturday, the second day in a row with the most new infections since May 8. Another 27 people died within 28 days of a positive test.
Cases in the UK have increased in the past two weeks, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to warn that tighter restrictions on public lifemay be necessary.
The country faces a “perfect stormAfter easing controls over the summer, former government adviser Neil Ferguson told the BBC on Saturday. The government must resume some nationwide measures “as soon as possible” to prevent a new wave of deaths leading to more deaths, said Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College London whose modeling led to the lockdown. United Kingdom in March.
Scottish leader calls for emergency meeting (9:04 a.m. NY)
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reiterated her call on Prime Minister Johnson to call an emergency cabinet meeting for the UK’s four countries within the next 48 hours, as 350 new cases were recorded in Scotland, up from 203 the day before. Three people died. In a Twitter post, Sturgeon urged people to adhere to social distancing guidelines and to be “extremely careful.”
Saudi Arabia has 28 more deaths, rising cases in Kuwait (8:36 a.m. NY)
Saudi Arabia on Saturday recorded 551 new cases of Covid-19 and 28 deaths, the health ministry said. Kuwait has recorded 521 new infections and one death.
US Adds Nearly 50,000 Cases (8 a.m. NY)
Cases in the United States rose to 49,299 on Friday, an increase of 0.7% from a daily average of 0.6% in the previous week. It was the second highest number of new infections in a single day in the past two weeks.
Confirmed cases nationwide since the start of the pandemic have risen to more than 6.7 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. 932 other people have died from Covid-19.
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