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Belgium tops 100,000 instances; world nears 1m COVID-19 deaths: Reside

  • Australia reported 14 new instances on Sunday – the bottom each day enhance in new coronavirus instances in three months as strict lockdown in Melbourne reduces infections sharply.
  • Brazil and Argentina have introduced that they’re becoming a member of a worldwide alliance searching for to pool the acquisition and distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Regardless of threats of heavy fines as much as virtually $1,300, greater than a thousand individuals gathered in central London to protest, defying lockdown measures geared toward slowing the resurgence of COVID-19.

Greater than 30.8 million individuals all over the world have been identified with the novel coronavirus and virtually 957,000 have died, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College. Greater than 21 million individuals have recovered.

Listed below are the most recent updates:

Sunday, September 20

15:40 GMT – Madrid braces for partial lockdown as virus surges

Practically one million Madrid residents have been bracing for a partial lockdown with a number of hundred marching in protest as Spanish authorities search to place a brake on a second wave of Covid-19.

The restrictions, which take impact Monday for 2 weeks, have an effect on 850,000 individuals residing primarily in densely-populated, low-income neighbourhoods within the south – or 13 p.c of the 6.6 million individuals residing in and across the capital.

Like many nations in Europe, Spain is battling a coronavirus surge and, as soon as once more, Madrid is the worst-hit area.

A number of districts of southern Madrid have counted greater than 1,000 instances per 100,000 inhabitants – round 5 occasions the nationwide common, which in itself is the very best within the European Union.

15:10 GMT – US units report with over 1 million coronavirus checks in a day

The US set a one-day report with over 1 million coronavirus diagnostic checks being carried out, however the nation wants 6 million to 10 million a day to carry outbreaks below management, in accordance with numerous consultants.

The nation carried out 1,061,411 checks on Sunday, in accordance with knowledge from The COVID Monitoring Venture, a volunteer-run effort to trace the outbreak.

The report comes after testing has fallen for a number of weeks.

The US examined on common 650,000 individuals a day within the week ended September 13, down from a peak in late July of over 800,000 individuals a day.

14:14 GMT – Coronavirus discovered on imported squid packaging in China

Authorities in China’s northeastern Jilin province have discovered the novel coronavirus on the packaging of imported squid, well being authorities within the metropolis of Fuyu stated, urging anybody who might have purchased it to get themselves examined.

One of many packages had arrived within the metropolis through the provincial capital Changchun, Fuyu metropolis’s well being workplace stated on its official WeChat account.

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It requested individuals who had purchased and eaten imported squid on the native Sanjia Deda frozen seafood wholesale store August 24-31 to report back to neighbourhood authorities and search a COVID take a look at.

The Changchun COVID-19 prevention workplace stated the squid had been imported from Russia by an organization in Hunchun metropolis and dropped at the provincial capital.

Chinese language customs stated on Friday they’d droop imports from firms for every week if frozen meals merchandise examined optimistic for coronavirus and for a month if a provider’s merchandise examined optimistic for a 3rd time or extra.

12:07 GMT – Czech authorities may declare state of emergency, says minister

The Czech authorities may declare a state of emergency if a latest spike in coronavirus instances continues within the coming days, Well being Minister Adam Vojtech stated.

“Ought to we have to have some deeper measures [against the epidemic], then the emergency state shall be crucial,” Vojtech stated in a televised debate.

Czech blog entry

The Czech Republic has been been going through the second wave of infections of COVID-19 [Petr David Josek/AP]

The federal government ought to debate this step on Monday, Vojtech stated, added that he wouldn’t but suggest declaration of a state of emergency.

“We now have not seen an escalation. The ‘R’ [reproduction] quantity is round 1.6. We should assess it based mostly on weekdays when extra checks are accomplished,” he stated.

The ‘R’ quantity measures how many individuals are prone to get contaminated by one person who carries the virus.

11:48 GMT – England imposes as much as $13,000 nice for breaking COVID-19 guidelines

Folks in England who refuse to self-isolate to cease the unfold of the virus may face fines of as much as £10,000 ($13,000, 11,000 euros) below robust new rules to deal with a surge in instances.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that from September 28 individuals in England shall be legally obliged to self-isolate in the event that they take a look at optimistic or are instructed to by the Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) tracing programme. 

11:45 GMT – Belgium instances surpass 100,000 following sharp enhance

Belgium handed the 100,000 milestone of infections following a pointy enhance in instances in latest weeks, in accordance with figures from the analysis institute Sciensano.

Belgium blog entry

Medical employees, sporting protecting gear, await passengers to take nostril swab samples to be examined for coronavirus COVID-19 in a take a look at centre at Zaventem worldwide airport in Brussels [Francisco Seco/AP]

The pattern accelerated markedly within the first half of September, reaching a mean of 1,000 new each day infections in the course of the week of September 9 to fifteen, in accordance with the info.     

09:59 GMT – Tunisia, Bahrain, report new instances and deaths

Well being authorities in Tunisia and Bahrain reported extra coronavirus fatalities.

The Tunisian Well being Ministry stated 17 individuals had died from COVID-19, taking the nation’s dying toll to 155.

Tunisia blog entry Tunisian college students stand with their mother and father as they hearken to announcement outdoors a main faculty on September 15, 2020 within the Ariane area close to Tunis [AFP]

The virus contaminated 625 individuals over the previous 24 hours, taking the whole quantity to 9,736, whereas recoveries rose to 2,386, the ministry assertion stated in an announcement.

In Bahrain, the well being ministry stated the nationwide dying dying toll rose to 221 after 5 individuals died from the virus, whereas 2,856 new infections have been registered, taking the whole depend to 64,499. The nation reported 57,299 recoveries.

08:40 GMT – UK well being minister: Second nationwide lockdown attainable

British Well being Minister Matt Hancock stated a second nationwide lockdown was one attainable step to curb the unfold of the coronavirus, but it surely was not what he needed to occurred.

“If everyone follows the foundations then we will keep away from additional nationwide lockdowns, however we, after all, need to be ready to take motion if that is what’s crucial,” Hancock instructed the BBC.

“I do not rule it out, I do not need to see it.” 

08:30 GMT – Indonesia studies 3,989 new infections, 105 deaths 

Indonesia reported 3,989 new coronavirus instances, taking the whole to 244,676, knowledge from the nation’s well being ministry confirmed.

The information added 105 new deaths, taking the whole to 9,553, the largest dying toll in Southeast Asia. 

Jakarta To Reimpose Restrictions As Coronavirus Cases Rise

Indonesian medical employees at work throughout a drive by COVID-19 testing operation in entrance of a hospital in Jakarta [Ed Wray/Getty Images]

08:25 GMT – S.Korea retains social distancing curbs forward of main nationwide vacation

South Korea prolonged degree 2 social distancing for every week till September 27, which limits indoor gatherings to beneath 50 and out of doors to lower than 100, and should tighten limits for the Chuseok vacation when individuals historically reunite with households.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun stated the extent 2 restrictions must be saved forward of Chuseok as “instances with untraceable origins are steadily rising and fewer checks being carried out on weekends means we must be on excessive alert”.

Social distancing insurance policies for the September 30-October 2 vacation shall be introduced within the coming days.

South Korea reported 82 new instances as of midnight Saturday, the bottom each day infections since mid August, in accordance with the Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

07:22 GMT – Czech republic’s each day depend of latest instances drops to 2,046

The Czech Republic’s each day depend of latest coronavirus instances dropped to 2,046 on Saturday, nonetheless a report quantity for a weekend day when fewer checks are accomplished, knowledge from the Well being Ministry confirmed.

The general depend of confirmed instances rose to 48,306 within the nation of 10.7 million individuals.

The Czechs have been reporting new instances of the an infection at certainly one of Europe’s quickest paces in latest weeks and the authorities have returned to among the measures utilized in spring when the pandemic first reached the nation. 

07:19 GMT – Indonesia halts exports from seafood producer after virus checks

Indonesia has suspended exports from an Indonesian seafood firm PT Putri Indah into China after its frozen fish merchandise examined optimistic for the coronavirus, the nation’s fisheries ministry stated in an announcement.

The ministry stated that an investigation was underway and that the suspension would solely apply to PT Putri Indah “whereas the others can nonetheless do export actions as normal.”

The virus was detected on the outermost facet of the package deal, not on the fish, the ministry stated.

The seven-day suspension started on Friday, it stated.

Howdy, that is Farah Najjar taking up from my colleague Ted Regencia.

05:45 GMT – WHO endorses protocol for virus natural medication trials

The World Well being Group has endorsed a protocol for testing African natural medicines as potential therapies for the coronavirus and different epidemics.

WHO consultants and colleagues from two different organisations “endorsed a protocol for part III scientific trials of natural medication for Covid-19 in addition to a constitution and phrases of reference for the institution of an information and security monitoring board for natural medication scientific trials,” an announcement stated, in accordance with an AFP new company report.

“Section III scientific trials are pivotal in totally assessing the security and efficacy of a brand new medical product,” it famous.

05:14 GMT – India’s coronavirus infections surge to five.4 million

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India reported on Sunday a minimum of 1,113 new deaths, taking the nation’s dying toll to 86,752 [Harish Tyagi/EPA]

India’s federal well being ministry reported 92,605 new infections within the final 24 hours, elevating the whole variety of instances to five.4 million – second solely to the US.

India additionally reported 1,113 new deaths, taking the dying toll to 86,752 – or about 1.6 p.c of all instances.

04:34 GMT – Italy studies 1,638 COVID-19 instances

The Italian well being ministry reported one other 1,638 new instances of coronavirus, bringing the variety of instances to extra 297,000.

The federal government additionally added 24 deaths with the whole toll rising to 35,692 – the second highest in Europe subsequent to the UK.

04:10 GMT – Greece studies 240 coronavirus instances, 4 deaths

Greek authorities have introduced 240 coronavirus instances, bringing the whole variety of instances to 14,978. 

Greece additionally reported 4 deaths, elevating the dying toll to 331.

03:38 GMT – Australia studies lowest COVID-19 instances in three months

Australia regarded set to report its lowest each day enhance in new coronavirus instances in three months on Sunday as a tough lockdown within the metropolis of Melbourne introduced the nation’s virus epicentre down sharply.

The second-most populous state Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, reported 14 new infections within the 24 hours to Sunday morning, down from 21 new instances the day prior and its lowest since June 19, in accordance with Reuters information company.

That put Victoria, which has spent months below lockdown to sluggish a second wave of infections, on monitor to satisfy a goal of conserving common each day will increase beneath 50 by September 28 when the authorities have stated they might elevate restrictions.

03:20 GMT – Germany’s studies 1,345 new coronavirus instances

Germany’s company for infectious illnesses has reported a minimum of 1,345 new coronavirus instances, elevating the nation’s complete to 271,415.

The Robert Koch Institute additionally reported two new deaths, with a complete dying toll of 9,386.

02:29 GMT – Brazil studies 33,057 new COVID-19 instances, 739 deaths

Brazil’s well being ministry has recorded 33,057 extra confirmed instances of the novel coronavirus previously 24 hours, bringing the whole variety of instances to greater than 4.5 million. 

Brazil additionally reported 739 extra deaths for a complete dying toll of greater than 136,000 – the second highest on the earth subsequent solely to the US.

02:18 GMT – China studies 10 new COVID-19 instances

China’s Nationwide Well being Fee has reported 10 new coronavirus instances, brining the whole variety of instances to virtually 85,300.

All new instances have been imported. No less than 21 instances have been additionally reported as “asymptomatic”.

No new deaths have been reported conserving the dying toll at 4,634.

Coronavirus cases - China

All new instances reported in China on Sunday have been imported, though the origin of the opposite 21 asymptomatic instances was unclear [Alex Plavevski/EPA]

01:40 GMT – Mexico studies 5,167 new coronavirus instances, 455 new deaths

Mexico’s well being ministry has reported a minimum of 5,167 extra coronavirus instances, bringing the whole to 694,121 instances.

No less than 455 new deaths have been additionally reported pushing the dying toll to 73,258. Earlier, the federal government has reported an estimated 120,000 “extra deaths”.

01:10 GMT – South Korea studies lowest each day infections in virtually 40 days

South Korea’s Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has reported 82 new coronavirus instances – the bottom each day infections since mid August.

Of the brand new instances reported, a minimum of 72 have been native transmission. The nation has a complete of twenty-two,975 infections with 383 deaths.

00:35 GMT – Brazil, Argentina be part of COVID-19 vaccine alliance

Brazil and Argentina have introduced that they’re becoming a member of a worldwide alliance searching for to pool COVID-19 vaccines, after lacking an earlier deadline.

Peru stated it signed a deal giving the nation entry to 12 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by the COVID-19 Vaccines World Entry Facility (COVAX), a scheme for pooled buy and distribution of future vaccines.

Argentina requested for extra time to organize the required paperwork, but it surely expects on Wednesday to signal its dedication to the vaccine mechanism led by the World Well being Group (WHO), a well being ministry official instructed Reuters information company.

The Brazilian authorities stated in an announcement late on Friday that it’s going to join COVAX after negotiations with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which is the COVAX secretariat.

00:05 GMT – Italy to permit followers at soccer video games from Sunday

Starting on Sunday, Italian soccer arenas will open their doorways to a restricted variety of spectators, because the nation managed to keep away from a resurgence in coronavirus instances.

Sports activities Minister Vincenzo Spadafora introduced that as much as a thousand supporters will have the ability to attend Serie A soccer matches nationwide, after the regional governments, the sports activities departments and soccer golf equipment reached an settlement.

00:01 GMT – France’s financial system minister checks optimistic of COVID-19

French Financial system Minister Bruno Le Maire has introduced that he has contracted the coronavirus – this because the nation’s variety of infections is surging anew with almost 13,500 new infections in 24 hours.

Le Maire stated that he has thus far not proven any signs however is below quarantine because of the illness. He’s the fourth French minister to check optimistic of COVID-19.

France has over 467,000 instances and greater than 31,200 deaths.


Howdy and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

For all the important thing developments from yesterday, September 19, go here.


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