According to data from Johns Hopkins University, global Covid-19 infections have surpassed 30 million, with the United States, India and Brazil having the most cases. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said further measures could be announced amid reports of an increase in the number of viruses.
The situation continued to deteriorate in Europe with the German economy minister warning of the impact of further restrictions. Thailand has recorded its first coronavirus death since June. Democratic candidate Joe Biden, speaking at a CNN town hall, criticized President Donald Trump̵
Roche Holding AG said its drug Actemra reduced the need for ventilation in a third-phase clinical trial of hospitalized patients with Covid-19 and pneumonia.
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London Faces Restrictions (5:49 pm HK)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he would announce restrictions in “the coming days and weeks”. While keen to avoid a version of the blockade used in other parts of the country, such measures were still a possibility, he said, according to LBC.
On Friday, the Evening Standard reported a spate of Covid-19 cases in London. The capital has recorded about 25 in 100,000 cases in the past seven days, up from 18.8, according to the report, which did not say how it obtained the information.
The UK is not ruling out any measures in response to the pandemic, but will try to do so avoid another national blockade, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Radio.
Ghana Data Traffic Surge (5:24 HK)
According to the head of Vodafone’s local unit, demand for data increased in Ghana as more people worked from home after the government imposed restrictions on virus-related movements, increasing by 50%.
While Ghana’s gross domestic product shrank 3.2% in the three months to June from the previous year, its information and technology sector grew 74.2%.
Eastern European documents (16:10 HK)
Several Eastern European nations posted record numbers of infections on Friday as the pandemic continued to spread in a region that mostly avoided mass contagion earlier this year.
The Czechs added 3,123 cases, more than eight times the peak in April, while Slovenia had 137 new infections confirmed before stricter regulations on wearing masks were introduced.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary, where the count rose by 941 on Friday, said his cabinet would decide over the weekend whether to extend a moratorium on loan repayments.
Election delay in Myanmar (16:35 HK)
Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is under pressure to delay November’s general election as a resurgence in coronavirus cases has led to a rigorous blockade in parts of the nation.
Opposition parties led by the military-backed Solidarity and Development Union wrote to the Union Electoral Commission this week to ask for the postponement of the November 8 ballot.
First Thai death since June (4:09 pm HK)
Thailand reported his first death from coronavirus infection since June 2, two weeks after the nation ended a 100-day streak with no local transmission.
With the latest death, Thailand’s total pandemic death toll rose to 59. Earlier on Friday, the country reported seven imported Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 3,497.
Thailand, which was the first country outside of China to detect the coronavirus, is among the few nations in the region that have managed to contain the pandemic.
French official warns that the virus is still “very active”: (14:39 HK)
Daily coronavirus cases in France have increased by more than 10,000 the highest since the end of the blockade in May, with Health Minister Olivier Veran warning that the disease “is very active again” in the country.
The rise in French infections mirrors a steady rise across Europe, with the number of new cases in Germany rising by more than 2,000 on Friday, the highest since late April. Portugal reported the highest number of new infections in five months on Thursday, with 770, while Spanish cases increased at a slower pace than the previous day, but still more than 4,500.
Health officials blame the increase in social gatherings, especially among young people, and travelers who bring the virus back from holidays. The upward trend risks derailing Europe’s recovery from a slump in activity in the second quarter, should governments be forced to further tighten movement restrictions.
Virus raises banks’ interest in issuing social bonds: ANZ (13:54 HK)
The Covid-19 epidemic is arousing the interest of commercial banks and private entities in issuing social bonds, typically the prerogative of the national and supranational public sector, ANZ said in a report.
The issuance of social bonds – the proceeds of which help pay for socially beneficial projects such as job creation and poverty reduction – amounted to $ 37.9 billion as of June 22, exceeding $ 18.5 billion for all last year.
Roche drug reduces the need for ventilation for trial patients (13:52 HK)
Roche Holding AG said its Actemra drug reduced the need for ventilation in a third-phase clinical trial of hospitalized patients with Covid-19 and pneumonia. Patients who received the drug were 44 percent less likely to switch to ventilators than others who just received standard care, Roche said Friday.
Separately, the company told a The newly developed test can quantitatively measure the level of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in patients who have been exposed to the virus.
Pakistan sees most cases in five weeks (13:38 HK)
Pakistan has reported 752 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the highest in five weeks.
The country, which has the third number of cases in Asia, has seen new cases gradually decline over the past three months. Pakistan opened schools and wedding halls this month after recently reopening most industries, including tourism.
Maritime crisis that puts lives, trade at risk (HK 13:26)
The coronavirus pandemic has Shattered labor standards in the maritime sector, with violations of worker protections becoming common as countries remain cautious in easing port and border restrictions.
Nearly 20% of the world’s 1.6 million seafarers are stranded at sea, but industry officials say their options are limited as changing immigration rules and limited air travel make it difficult and expensive to replace workers.
If the crisis isn’t resolved soon, it threatens to fall back into the supply chain, hitting commodity companies and retailers just in time for the Christmas shopping season.
Maximum number of new cases in Germany since April (13:00 HK)
Germany has recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus cases per day for the first time since late April, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
There were 2,179 new infections in the 24 hours through Friday morning, up from 1,855 the day before and the maximum since April 24. This is still well below the daily earnings of nearly 7,000 visas at the peak of the outbreak in late March and early April.
India Records Another Massive Daily Case Load (12:34 HK)
India’s outbreak shows no signs of a peak as the country added more than 96,000 cases overnight, bringing its tally – the highest in the world after the US – to more than 5.2 million.
In the midst of the outbreak, economists and institutions such as the Asian Development Bank cut India’s growth projections from historic lows. Goldman Sachs now estimates that the Indian economy will shrink by 14.8% for the year through March 2021, while ADB expects a 9% contraction. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development predicts that the Indian economy will shrink by 10.2%.
Biden calls Trump’s virus response “near-criminal” (12:12 HK)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said President Donald Trump’s political responses to the pandemic were designed to boost stocks and corporations, rather than frontline workers and families.
“It was about making sure the stock market didn’t go down, his rich friends didn’t lose money,” Biden said in a CNN town hall Thursday night. Trump “waved the white flag. He left, he did nothing. Think about it. Think about what he didn’t do. And it’s almost criminal. “
Trump announces $ 13 billion in New Farm Aid (11:05 HK)
President Donald Trump announced it $ 13 billion in virus aid to farmers in an election campaign Thursday night in Wisconsin, a critical electoral battlefield where it is queuing in polls.
Congress had cleared additional borrowing authorities for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in coronavirus relief legislation passed earlier this year, and the second round has been widely anticipated. Trump did not detail the new assistance, but people familiar with the matter said the Department of Agriculture will explain how the aid will be distributed on Friday.
US Plans for Millions of Rapid COVID-19 Tests: Reuters (9:50 HK)
U.S. manufacturers are significantly increasing production of cheap, fast but less accurate COVID-19 tests, aiming for 100 million per month by the end of the year which will allow schools and workplaces to significantly expand testing. Reuters reported.
Manufacturing and government sources say more than half a dozen antigen tests are likely to be authorized by the end of October. This would bring the United States’ overall monthly testing capacity to over 200 million by the end of the year, the the sources said.
Viral antibodies decline over two months, study results (08:49 HK)
The infection-fighting antibodies that people with Covid-19 naturally produce appear to decline over time, with 58 percent of volunteers in one study showing no sign of them two months after testing positive.
The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association raises questions about when people who have been infected can donate blood for use in convalescent plasma therapies and whether they have lasting protection against repeat infections. The report tracked nearly 250 volunteers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Antibodies were identified in 19 participants after the first test in April, but only eight had them two months later. Volunteers who suffered from Covid-19 symptoms were more likely to continue producing antibodies.
China Finds Viruses In Indonesian Frozen Fish Packaging (8:47 HK)
China to suspend imports of aquatic products from PT Putri Indah for a week after finding coronavirus particles on frozen hair tail packaging, customs said in a statement.
South Korea marks another day under 200 cases (8:42 HK)
South Korea added 126 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, down from 153 the day before, the sixteenth consecutive day the workload was less than 200, according to data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. The total number of confirmed cases reached 22,783, while the death toll rose from five to 377.
Singapore-based company develops faster Covid-19 test, ST says (8:17 h.m. HK)
Singapore-based Veredus Laboratories has developed a Covid-19 test kit that saves about 40 minutes by reducing total processing time to 90 minutes, according to the Straits Times.
The kit allows the virus to be detected directly from the sample, without the need to extract its viral ribonucleic acid. The company has obtained provisional clearance from the Health Sciences Authority to supply medical hospitals and clinics, the report said.
– With the assistance of Marton Eder, Michael Arnold, Ruth Pollard, Nour Al Ali, Iain Rogers, Natnicha Chuwiruch and Moses Mozart Dzawu