COVID-19: Coronavirus news and updates for Sunday October 18, 2020

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“The government will act tomorrow, the action will be decisive and it will be national action,” said Harris, who was the health minister during one of Europe’s toughest lockdowns at the end of March. in mid-May, on the national television channel RTE.

ITALY

Italy approved a new stimulus package in its 2021 budget to foster an economic rebound from the recession caused by the coronavirus crisis, a government statement said on Sunday after a late-night cabinet meeting. Among the measures to support the health and education system, the government will set up a fund of 4 billion euros (6.1 billion Canadian dollars) to compensate the companies most affected by the coronavirus lockdowns.

Italy, one of the European countries most affected by the pandemic, forecasts an economic contraction of 9% for 2020 and a budget deficit equivalent to 10.8% of gross domestic product.

RUSSIA

Russia registered 15,099 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the national total to 1,399,334, officials said. They also said 185 people had died in the previous 24 hours, bringing the official toll to 24,187, and 1,070,576 people had recovered from the virus.

A pro-democracy protester attends an anti-government protest in Bangkok, Thailand, October 18, 2020. Photo by JORGE SILVA /REUTERS

THAILAND

Thailand reported three more cases of locally transmitted coronavirus on Sunday, a day after reporting its first local infections in more than a month. Ahead of this week’s five cases, Thailand last reported confirmed local transmission on September 11. In total, Thailand has reported 3,686 cases of the virus and 59 deaths.

UNITED STATES

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen announced on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Mullen is the sixth known FBS football coach to test positive for COVID-19 this season. Blake Anderson (Arkansas State), Les Miles (Kansas), Mike Norvell (Florida State), Nick Saban (Alabama) and Kevin Sumlin (Arizona) have also tested positive since Labor Day.

-With files from the Canadian Press, Reuters and Postmedia.

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