- The World Health Organization official says the official global COVID-19 death toll likely underestimates the true total, suggesting it may already be over a million.
- India reports a total of six million cases as it comes close to the United States as the most infected nation.
- Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is “deeply concerned” by the drastic increase in new coronavirus infections in Germany, adding that daily cases could increase nearly tenfold by Christmas.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday 28 September:
20:18 GMT – Premier League returns 10 positive cases of coronavirus
Ten Premier League players or staff members have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the past week, the most infections since England̵
19:58 GMT – Mayor of Chicago eases restrictions on COVID
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has eased COVID-19-related capacity limitations for businesses such as bars, restaurants, and spas.
The new guidelines, which will take effect Thursday, will increase indoor capacity to 40% for some activities, reopen bars for internal services and increase maximum group sizes for fitness classes and after-school programs, says a statement from the office of the mayor.
19:20 GMT – Slovakia bans most public sporting and cultural events on COVID-19
The Slovak government is banning most public cultural and sporting events due to the alarming spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said.
Matovic said at a press conference that people should wear face masks, avoid family reunions, and keep their distance to avoid further restrictions.
“All measures will be in effect from October 1st until further notice. Until we break the rising curve into a falling curve, ”said Matovic.
The exact wording of the rules has yet to be finalized and some exceptions will be made such as sport where all participants have a new negative test for coronavirus, meaning some professional matches may be able to take place.
18:53 GMT – Discontent boils as Spanish authorities fight for the blockade of Real Madrid
A clash between Madrid’s regional authorities and the Spanish government over how to contain the city’s growing coronavirus case load is causing growing discontent among residents in poorer areas who say they have been unfairly targeted.
The region extended a partial lockdown on Friday to 45 districts with high rates of infection, most of which are in low-income neighborhoods.
18:24 GMT – US CDC reports 204,328 deaths from coronavirus
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 7,095,422 cases of the new coronavirus at 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 27, an increase of 36,335 cases from the previous tally the day before, and said the death toll increased from 295 to 204,328.
CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
18:10 GMT – The number of new COVID-19 cases in France decreases, victims increase
French health authorities have reported 4,070 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, down sharply from Saturday’s third highest tally of 14,412 and Sunday’s 11,123.
The seven-day moving average of new infections, which mitigates the reporting of irregularities, stood at 12,083 – above the 12,000 mark for the fourth consecutive day – versus a low of 272 on May 27, two weeks after the country finished his two. block for a month.
The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 infections has increased from 81 to 31,808.
17:59 GMT – The Dutch Prime Minister says there is no audience at sports meetings for three weeks
The Dutch government has announced new measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including limiting travel, closing bars and restaurants early, and discouraging public gatherings.
The measures came in the midst of a second wave of infections.
17:53 GMT – New cases of COVID-19 in the United States increase in 27 states
According to a Reuters analysis, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has increased for two consecutive weeks in 27 out of 50 states, with North Carolina and New Mexico both reporting increases of more than 50 percent last week.
The United States recorded 316,000 new cases in the week ending September 27, up 10% from the previous seven days and the highest in six weeks, according to analysis of state and county data.
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, told ABC News that the country “was not in a good position.”
“There are states that are starting to show (an) increase in cases and even an increase in hospitalizations in some states. And, I hope not, but we could very well start to see an increase in deaths. “
17:46 GMT – Canadian Quebec is expected to announce new restrictions as coronavirus cases rise
Quebec, the Canadian province most affected by the novel coronavirus, reported another steep rise in daily infections, amid media reports that Premier Francois Legault announced new restrictions on Montreal and the capital Quebec City.
Quebec has reported an additional 750 coronavirus cases despite existing restrictions on the use of masks and social gatherings put in place by Canada’s second most populous province to contain the spread.
Health Minister Christian Dube told a French-language talk show Sunday night that the two cities would almost be listed as red zones, referring to the province’s traffic light system for designating the broadcast, with red being most affected. .
17:33 GMT – Panama will pay $ 1.9 million for the WHO COVID-19 vaccine
Panama’s health ministry agreed to spend $ 1.9 million next month as an initial payment for COVID-19 vaccines through the World Health Organization’s COVAX vaccination program, officials said.
Deputy Health Minister Ivette Berrio said the Panama government hopes to make 1.3 million shots available through COVAX, about one-fifth of the Central American nation’s overall vaccine needs.
17:21 GMT – Official COVID-19 death toll likely underestimates true total, WHO says
The official global COVID-19 death toll likely underestimates the true total, suggesting it may already be over a million, a WHO official said.
17:03 GMT – Pelosi says Trump administration needs to increase COVID-19 aid supply
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called on the Trump administration to increase its offer of further financial aid amid the new coronavirus pandemic, saying it plans further talks with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin later. today.
Pelosi, in an interview on MSNBC, said the two had spoken briefly on Sunday and that she still hoped the Democrats and the White House could find common ground.
16:45 GMT – Spain has reported 31,785 new coronavirus cases since Friday
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain reached 748,266, up 31,785 from Friday’s total, data from the health ministry showed.
The cumulative death toll is up to 31,411 from 31,232 on Friday.
Daily deaths are now around their highest levels since early May, but are well below the late-March record of nearly 900.
16:32 GMT – UN says most countries fail to meet women’s needs during the pandemic
Only one in eight countries in the world has taken measures to specifically protect women from the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a database of government responses to COVID-19 launched by two UN agencies.
The crisis offers the opportunity to reshape societies for a more just future, but many nations fail to protect women and girls from pandemic-related risks, such as increased domestic abuse, UN Women and the Development Program said. United Nations (UNDP).
16:01 GMT – WHO says 120 million COVID-19 rapid tests will be provided to poorer countries
About 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 will be made available to low- and middle-income countries over a six-month period, the WHO said.
The tests provide reliable results in just 15 minutes, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference in Geneva.
15:36 GMT – UK health minister moves to defuse dispute with lawmakers
British Health Minister Matt Hancock has moved to defuse a dispute with some lawmakers over the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, saying he was looking for ways to better involve Parliament in shaping any national measures.
“We are looking for further ways to ensure that the House (of Commons) can be properly involved in the process, in advance if possible. I hope to provide more details to the House soon,” he told parliament.
15:05 GMT – President of Kenya extends national curfew, shortens hours
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the nationwide curfew set up to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, but said it would end two hours later at 11pm local time.
Kenyatta, who said the COVID-19 infection curve had been flattened, also lifted the ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars.
14:45 GMT – The UK government introduces new legal restrictions for the North East
British Health Minister Hancock said on Monday that the government is introducing legal restrictions on families mingling in north-east England to try and reduce a growing number of coronavirus cases.
“Unfortunately, the number of cases continues to grow dramatically,” Hancock told Parliament.
“We know that a large number of these infections occur indoors outside the home. And so, at the request of local councils, with whom we have worked closely, we will introduce legal restrictions on internal mixing between families in any environment. “
14:30 GMT – UK reports 4,044 new cases of COVID-19, 13 deaths
The UK has reported 4,044 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 439,013, according to government data.
The daily case figure dropped from 5,693 on Sunday.
The UK also recorded 13 new deaths from the virus, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 42,001.
14:00 GMT – The Dutch consider limiting travel to Amsterdam
The Dutch government is considering limiting travel to and from the nation’s largest cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague – as part of measures to counter a second wave of coronavirus infections, broadcaster NOS reported.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was considering further “regional” measures as the country’s COVID-19 outbreak rose from low levels in late August to more than 2,500 cases a day, more than at the height of the first wave. of April. Rutte rejected the idea of a second block or of making masks mandatory.
13:45 GMT – Oman will reopen mosques
Oman will reopen mosques for prayer on November 15 with strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, state media reported, citing a statement from the Islamic Affairs Ministry.
13:25 GMT – France unveils big budget as virus cases worsen
France launched a cost-free budget plan saying a new spike in COVID-19 cases justified its unprecedented loosening of purse strings.
After 460 billion euros ($ 537 billion) of emergency spending this year to save the economy from relapse, the government built its 2021 budget around a 100 billion euro “recovery plan”. ($ 117 billion), first announced this month and partly funded with EU money.
The budget came after French health services reported 14,412 new cases of the virus in the previous 24 hours on Saturday – only slightly below the record of 16,000 recorded on both Thursday and Friday.
The spike threatens to overwhelm hospitals, health officials have warned, while the government has imposed new curbs to limit the spread of the virus, including on restaurants, bars and sports facilities.
13:20 GMT – UK government pledges to partner with Parliament on COVID-19 plan
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government will work with Parliament where possible to keep Members of Parliament updated on the latest COVID-19 data and any plans to limit the spread of the virus.
13:00 GMT – Coronavirus cases in India exceed six million
The number of coronavirus cases in India has surpassed six million after reporting 82,170 new infections in the past 24 hours, as the pandemic rages across the vast South Asian nation.
With 6.1 million infections according to the health ministry, India in the coming weeks will move to the United States as the country with the most cases.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Arwa Ibrahim.
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