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The coronavirus continued to spread relentlessly, withresurgences in Europe and North America. India’s cases topped 7 million, while China recorded itsbiggest cluster for months.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing tostep up efforts to contain Covid-19 on Monday. South Korea has eased social distancing requirements and the governor of Jakarta has eased restrictions in the Indonesian capital.
US President Donald Trump was reported on Twitter for speaking outimmune to the Covid-19 virus, a day before returning to the campaign trail.
- Global Tracker: cases exceed 37.3 million; deaths exceed 1.07 million
- Inhaled vaccines aim to fight the coronavirus at its point of attack
- UK is set tostep up efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19
- The new coronavirus could remain infectious for weeksBank notes
- Fauci says he was taken out of context in Trump campaign announcement
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South Korea confirms 97 more cases (8:36 a.m. HK)
South Korea added 97 cases in 24 hours, according to data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. The death toll in the country has risen by one to 433.
Over the weekend, South Korea revised its social distancing alert to its lowest level, lifting restrictions on indoor meetings and outdoor gatherings and opening sporting events to spectators.
Singapore, Indonesia to start traveling on the Green Lane (8:28 HK)
Singapore and Indonesia will establish a reciprocal green lane for travel, according to a joint statement from the countries’ foreign ministries. The green lane will allow cross-border travel for essential professional and official purposes. Applications for the greenway will open on October 26 and travel will begin shortly thereafter.
Qingdao in China Reports More Cases (7:48 a.m. HK)
The coastal city of Qingdao in eastern China reported four confirmed infections and five asymptomatic cases as of Oct. 11, the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission said on its website. The latest cases come after Qingdao reported over the weekend the first asymptomatic infections transmitted locally in China since September 24. The new cases are all linked to a hospital that treats imported Covid-19 infections.
Trump Irks Fauci campaign ad (6.30am HK)
Anthony Fauci, America’s foremost infectious disease expert, says he has been taken out of context in a new campaign ad that praises Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. theAn ad was released by the Trump campaign last week, after hospital president Walter Reed was discharged.
“Comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign announcement were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of officials federal public health, ”Fauci said in a statement.
Asset replied on Twitter that the favorable comments “are indeed Dr Fauci’s own words”, adding that “a lot of people agree… .. And now comes the Vaccines & Cures, well before the screenings!” “
UK to Tighten Restrictions (5:30 p.m. HK)
The British Prime Minister is set to announce on Monday a new tiered alert level system that would see millions of Britons placed under tighter restrictions in their daily lives.
Johnson will unveil plans to divide England into ‘medium’, ‘high’ and ‘very high’ alert zones, with the levels determining the extent of restrictions imposed. The government said it was working with local leaders to decide which places should be in the top category and what curbs are needed in those areas.
Deaths in Brazil hit six-month low (5:20 p.m. NY)
Brazil reported 290 virus-related deaths in its latest daily count, the fewest since April 5, according to the health ministryThe data. New weekly cases fell to their lowest since early June in the seven days that ended on Saturday.
The country, which has the most reported infections behind the United States and India, added 12,342 cases, bringing the total to nearly 5.1 million. The official death toll rose to 150,488.
Decline of new French cases (1:46 p.m. NY)
France reported a drop in new coronavirus cases to 16,101, the lowest number in five days after two record 24-hour periods. Deaths have increased at a slower rate.
Several provincial cities have been added to a list of urban centers, including Paris, which are most on the alert for the spread of Covid-19. The most recent is Toulouse, where bars will be ordered to close.
Trump, Pelosi Spar Over Stimulus (13 h 06 NY)
Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosiblamed each other for the lack of progress on the new plan to support the U.S. economy, while a senior White House official said he expects talks to continue and an official Fed called for tax help.
New York Jovows Enforcement in Hot Spots (12:17 pm NY)
The surge in cases in New York City slowed slightly as it reported 1,143 new infections, a 0.2% increase from the average daily increase of 0.3% over the previous seven days. It was the sixth day in a row with more than 1,000 cases as the state battled hot spots in New York City and upstate.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday the state was doing “very well” overall, with a positive test rate of 0.84% excluding hot spots. The rate in “clusters” where cases are high is 5.7%, he said.
“Clusters generate new cases, proportionately, because that’s what clusters do,” he said. Last week, Cuomo ordered the closure of schools and non-essential businesses in the worst affected areas, and he reiterated that those areas will be targeted for increased enforcement of public health measures.
Trump says he’s now immune, unlike Biden (12:02 a.m. NY)
Assetpresented what he called his post-infection immunity to Covid-19 as an advantage over Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, in his first interview since doctors certified he was no longer at risk of transmitting the deadly virus.
“Once you recover you are immune, so you don’t have a president who has to hide in his basement like his opponent,” Trump said Sunday in a lengthy interview on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” News Channel.
“Looks like I’m safe for, I don’t know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time, it could be a lifetime, nobody really knows – but I’m immune,” said Trump, adding that he had a “protective glow.”
Twitter disputed a tweet from Trump on the matter, flagging it as a violation of the rules for “disseminating misleading and potentially harmful information related to Covid-19.”
The Centers for Disease Control said in their advice last month that the agency “doesn’t know if anyone can be re-infected with Covid-19,” but also said there were no confirmed reports of reinfection within 3 months of the initial infection.
Italy cases above 5,000 for third consecutive day (11:10 a.m. NY)
Italy reported 5,456 new cases on Sunday, the second highest since late March, despite the lower number of tests processed. The positivity rate, which has almost doubled in the past 10 days, has jumped to 5.2%.
The Italian government is consideringstep up measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic as infections rise. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Health Minister Roberto Speranza and some members of the ruling coalition on Saturday discussed additional measures, including restrictions on private parties, amateur sporting activities and social gatherings, according to SkyTG24.
Coronavirus May Linger on Banknotes, Study Finds (9:40 a.m., NY)
The new coronavirus could remain infectious for weeksbanknotes, glass and other common surfaces, according to a study from Australia’s largest biosecurity lab that highlights the risks associated with paper money, touchscreen devices and handles and rails.
Scientists at the Australian Center for Disease Preparedness have shown that SARS-CoV-2 is “extremely hardy”, surviving for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass found on cellphone screens and hot plastic tickets. 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). This compares to 17 days of survival for the influenza virus.
More Spanish Areas Tighten Restrictions (8:05 a.m. NY)
After a state of emergency was imposed on Madrid last week, other parts of Spain are tightening restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Authorities in Navarra have said they plan to cut capacity to 30% in restaurants and bars, which are now due to close at 10 p.m., and limit social gatherings to a maximum of six people, according to El Mundo. Unlike Madrid, the government of Navarre has said it will not ban people from leaving the area.
Top 50,000 U.S. Cases for Day Four (8:00 a.m. NY)
The United States added 54,600 cases on Saturday, the fourth day in a row of more than 50,000 as the nation’s case count rises again, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.
The 0.7% increase was higher than the 0.6% average daily increase for the previous seven days. The total number of cases is 7,717,633. 628 more people have died, in line with recent increases. The total number of deaths is 214,367.
– With the help of Jeff Sutherland