- Latin America started opening too early, WHO regional director Carissa Etienne warned.
- India has now reported more than five million coronavirus cases, the second country after the United States to report so many cases.
- Melbourne appears to be on track to free itself from the strict lockdown and curfew from 28 September as the average number of cases decreases in the Australian city.
- Nearly 29.7 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 937,543 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 20 million people have recovered from the disease.
Here are the latest updates:
20:23 GMT – Canada aims to triple coronavirus testing capacity per day to 200,000
Canada aims to more than triple its daily novel capacity nationwide coronavirus tests at 200,000 and the federal government is providing $ 4.28 billion Canadian dollars ($ 3.25 billion) to provinces to meet the target, the government said.
The funds are part of the 19 billion Canadian dollars (14.42 billion dollars) that the government has earmarked for Canada’s safe restart agreement reached in July with the provinces to help them restart their economies and contain the pandemic.
The test money can also be used to trace contacts and share public health data.
Canada has tested 56,695 people a day as of Tuesday, according to government data. Canada has the capacity to perform more than 60,000 tests per day, public health chief Theresa Tam said Tuesday.
19:10 GMT – WHO director warns Latin America is opening too soon
Latin America has begun to resume normal social and public life at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic still requires major control interventions, World Health Organization regional director Carissa Etienne said.
Speaking during a virtual briefing from Washington with other directors of the Pan American Health Organization, Etienne said coronavirus cases in the border area of Colombia with Venezuela have increased tenfold in the past two weeks.
Mortality rates are rising in areas of Mexico and similar trends are seen in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Bolivia, he said. Read more here.
18:50 GMT – French COVID-19 cases rise again, ICU figure at most over three months
The number of Frenchmen being treated in intensive care units for COVID-19 increased for the 20th consecutive day to a three-month high of 803, while the number of new cases per day was the third highest on record.
French health authorities reported 9,784 new infections, just below the all-time high of 10,561 reached on Saturday, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 404,888, the second highest in Western Europe behind Spain.
The number of people in intensive care is still nearly nine times lower than the peak of 7,148 on 8 April, but the rising trend is putting a strain on the hospital system in parts of the country, such as Marseille.
The total COVID-19 hospitalization figure increased by 140, to 5,819, increasing by more than 100 for the third consecutive day, a sequence not seen since April 14, when that number hit its all-time high of 32,292.
The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 infections has increased from 46 to 31,045. This figure is above the seven-day moving average of 36, which itself is at its highest since the beginning of the month.
18:15 GMT – Irish modeling group COVID-19 warns of an exponential increase in cases
The head of the Republic of Ireland’s COVID-19 modeling group said he was more concerned about the increase in disease cases in the country than at any time since its first peak in April and warned of “exponential growth”.
“The number of cases appears to grow exponentially and is likely to double every 10-14 days if each of us does not take immediate action to break the transmission chains of the virus,” said Professor Philip Nolan, President of Irish Epidemiological Modeling. Advisory Group, told reporters.
The Irish health service reported 254 new cases and three new deaths related to COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,788.
17:45 GMT – Germany adds Vienna and Budapest to the risk list
Germany has added the Austrian capital Vienna and Hungary’s capital Budapest to its pandemic risk list due to the growing number of coronavirus infections there, authorities said.
Germany has also added the Hauts-de-France region in neighboring France and the canton of Friborg in Switzerland to the list, the Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control said.
17:30 GMT – US CDC reports 195,053 coronavirus deaths
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 6,571,867 cases of virus for September 15th, an increase of 34,240 cases from its previous tally, and said the death toll had increased from 961 to 195,053.
CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
17:05 GMT – WHO warns of coronavirus momentum as winter looms in the north
WHO has warned that COVID-19 is spreading at a worrying rate in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, just months into the winter flu season.
“We are starting to see troubling trends in some countries,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical director for COVID-19, during a social media webcast.
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“We are seeing an increase in ICU admissions, particularly in Spain, France, Montenegro, Ukraine and some US states. This is worrying because we haven’t seen flu season yet.”
Van Kerkhove also said that hospitalizations of people aged 15 to 49 infected with COVID-19 are on the rise in several countries.
Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergency expert, has advised people at high risk of COVID-19 infections to get vaccinated against the flu.
17:00 GMT – The United States outlines a broad plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines
The U.S. federal government has outlined a radical plan to make COVID-19 vaccines available for free to all Americans, although polls show many people are skeptical.
Read more here.
16:00 GMT – US Supreme Court extends restrictions related to pandemic
The US Supreme Court will remain closed to the public and conduct its October oral arguments by teleconference as it extends coronavirus– restrictions on his new mandate, a court spokeswoman said.
The court’s announcement means that members of the public cannot visit the building and lawyers will present their oral arguments over the telephone instead of in the courtroom itself.
The court first heard the arguments over a conference call in May as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.
The next term starts on October 5th and runs until June 2021.
15:50 GMT – New York Mayor quits, staffed for a week to alleviate pandemic budget gap
Everyone in the New York City mayor’s office – including the mayor himself – will be fired for a week without pay starting October 1 to fill a budget deficit created by the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.
The coronavirus The outbreak had lost the city $ 9 billion in revenue and forced it to cut $ 7 billion in the city’s annual budget, de Blasio told reporters.
The permits will only save about $ 1 million, the mayor said, but can serve as a useful symbol as he continues to negotiate with unions representing municipal employees about larger payroll savings.
De Blasio plans to work without pay during his one-week leave, the New York Times reported.
The policy will affect 495 staff members, according to the Times, and one-week permits will be staggered between them between October and March 2021.
De Blasio warned that he may have to lay off 22,000 municipal employees if savings cannot be found in negotiations with trade unions.
15:30 GMT – British Prime Minister Johnson does not want the second national coronavirus blockade
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he did not want to see a second national bloc to fight the coronavirus pandemic, saying it would be completely wrong for the UK and would be financially disastrous.
The UK’s COVID-19 testing system struggles to cope
“I don’t want a second national bloc,” he told a parliamentary committee.
“I think it would be completely wrong for this country and we will do everything in our power to prevent it … I highly doubt that the financial consequences would be anything but disastrous.”
14:40 GMT – The coronavirus pandemic will cost football $ 14 billion this year, FIFA says
FIFA has estimated the cost of the worldwide football coronavirus pandemic at $ 14 billion in lost revenue.
This figure represents about a third of the global economic value of the game with the club and the national game valued at approximately $ 46 billion worldwide.
The pandemic has already led to more than 150 football associations seeking financial help from the $ 1.5 billion emergency relief fund set up by the football governing body.
Read more here.
14:00 GMT – Coronavirus cases in Peru show signs of stabilization
The authorities of Peru reported this coronavirus cases are stabilizing in the Andean country, with some regions showing a downward trend after months of lockdown.
Peru has recorded nearly 740,000 cases of coronavirus, the fifth highest number of cases in the world and 30,927 deaths as of Tuesday (September 15).
It tracked one of the deadliest per capita death rates in the world, with 94 deaths per 100,000 residents.
However, authorities say positive results are starting to occur from the blockade.
12:46 GMT – Palestinian refugee agency warns of instability amid the crisis
The United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) it is experiencing a financial crisis that could force it to suspend some services to an already impoverished population of more than five million people, the head of the agency said.
Philippe Lazzarini also warned in an interview with The Associated Press news agency in Beirut that the spread of the novel coronavirus, an economic collapse in Lebanon and a huge deficit in the UNRWA budget are aggravating despair among Palestinian refugees, some of which they are trying to flee the Mediterranean nation on migrant boats.
12:20 GMT – Johnson says UK test record compares well with European peers
The UK’s record on COVID-19 tests compares well with other European countries and the government is working hard to change them even faster, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
“Most people who look at this country’s record of providing tests nationwide will see that it actually compares very well to any other European country. We have done more testing than any other European country,” he told parliament.
11:48 GMT – Global economic outlook is not as bad as expected – OECD
The global economy is not doing as badly as previously predicted, especially in the US and China, but it has nonetheless experienced an unprecedented decline due to the coronavirus pandemic, an international watchdog said.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a report that world gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to decline by 4.5% this year, less than the 6% decline forecast by the OECD in June .
The global economy is expected to recover and grow by 5% next year, the organization said.
11:11 GMT – Lilly says the antibody reduces the need for hospitalization for moderate COVID-19 patients
Eli Lilly and Company said its investigational antibody reduced the need for hospitalization and emergency room visits for patients with moderate COVID-19 symptoms, according to an interim analysis of a mid-stage clinical trial.
The study tested three different doses of LY-CoV555, an antibody manufactured designed to recognize and block the novel coronavirus, preventing the spread of infection.
10:30 GMT – Russia sells 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to India
Russia’s sovereign wealth fund has agreed to provide 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik-V, to Indian pharmaceutical company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, the fund said Wednesday as Moscow accelerates plans to distribute its shot overseas. .
The deal comes after the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) reached agreements with Indian producers to produce 300 million doses of the vaccine in India, which is a major consumer of Russian oil and weapons.
10:13 GMT – Ukraine bans 1,000 Jewish pilgrims from entering due to the virus
More than 1,000 Hasidic Jewish pilgrims – including children – were herded on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border after Kiev denied them entry due to coronavirus restrictions, the two countries said.
Tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews travel every Jewish New Year to the central Ukrainian city of Uman to visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.
09:45 GMT – Infections on the rise in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has seen another sharp rise in coronavirus infections, with the number of new confirmed cases exceeding 1,600 in one day for the first time.
The health ministry says the daily increase hit a new high of 1,677 on Tuesday. The record was broken four times last week.
09:10 GMT – Vietnam will resume international flights, but not tourism
Vietnam will resume international commercial flights connecting the country to several Asian destinations starting Friday, after a months-long closure to curb the coronavirus epidemic.
Flights, on the other hand, are reserved for Vietnamese citizens, diplomats, experts, managers, skilled workers, investors and their families. They are not yet available for tourists.
08:30 GMT – Philippines confirms 3,550 new coronavirus infections, 69 deaths
The Philippine health ministry recorded 3,550 new coronavirus infections and another 69 deaths.
In a bulletin, the ministry said the total of confirmed cases rose to 272,934, the highest in Southeast Asia, while confirmed deaths hit 4,732.
07:53 GMT – More than 300 Indian prisons infected with COVID-19 – NCAT
At least 351 prisons across India, from a total of 1,350, have reported coronavirus infections, according to The National Campaign Against Torture.
Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra were the states with the highest number of infected prisons.
07:17 GMT – Serum Institute obtains approval to resume Indian trial on the origin of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine
The Serum Institute of India has received Indian regulatory approval to resume local clinical trials of AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, a source familiar with the matter said.
The approval came from the Drugs Controller General of India, the source said.
AstraZeneca resumed British clinical trials of the vaccine – one of the most advanced in development against COVID-19 – after they were suspended earlier this month following a serious side effect in a study participant.
06:45 GMT – Infographic: How the coronavirus spread across India
06:10 GMT – Ukraine reports a daily record of coronavirus deaths
Ukraine has recorded a record 76 deaths related to the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the National Security Council said Wednesday, up from a record 72 deaths recorded last week.
The council said 162,660 cases had been registered in Ukraine as of Sept. 16, with 3,340 dead and 72,324 people cured.
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05:30 GMT – China begins trial of world’s first nasal spray vaccine: report
Caixin reports that China has begun human testing of a coronavirus vaccine administered as a nasal spray that could provide an alternative to injections.
It is the first vaccine of its kind in the world to go into human testing, Caixin said, citing the latest WHO candidate vaccine list.
The vaccine was developed by Hong Kong University, Xiamen University and a Beijing-based vaccine manufacturer.
04:40 GMT – ‘Not comfort food’: Scorsese speaks at the Toronto Film Festival
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese warned that cinema is becoming “marginalized and devalued” as a “form of comfort food” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Scorsese made the comments in an introductory video at the Toronto Film Festival, where he praised the organizers for running the event, North America’s largest film festival.
Toronto will take place mostly online this year, along with a handful of drive-ins and limited capacity indoor screenings.
04:00 GMT – Cases in India exceed five million
Coronavirus cases have passed the five million mark in India after authorities confirmed 90,123 new cases on Wednesday.
India is second only to the United States in the number of confirmed cases.
However, the death toll is much lower.
The health ministry said Wednesday that another 1,290 people died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 82,066. Nearly 196,000 people have died from the disease in the United States.
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03:30 GMT – The United Nations could meet in the event of a pandemic, in person, before the end of the year
The United Nations could hold an in-person meeting of the New York General Assembly as early as November to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assembly Speaker Volkan Bozkir says discussions are continuing with some countries worried about meeting so soon, especially in the United States, where the virus continues to spread widely.
Bozkir is eager to start as soon as possible the UN meetings in person, which have been held by videoconference since March, saying that such a summit should have taken place “in June”.
02:55 GMT – Air New Zealand plans to lay off more cabin crew
Air New Zealand plans to cut up to 385 more cabin crew jobs because the coronavirus has forced it to cut international routes.
The reductions would bring COVID-19-related job losses to about 37% of its workforce, more than both Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
announcing the decision, Air New Zealand noted the decline in demand on North American routes. It now operates round-trip flights to Los Angeles three times a week rather than daily and has converted its San Francisco flights to freight only.
02:35 GMT – Japan commits $ 135 million to WHO’s global vaccination program
Japan has pledged 17.2 billion yen ($ 165 million) in funding for the WHO’s global COVID-19 vaccination program, known as COVAX.
The initiative aims to help purchase and fairly distribute a COVID-19 vaccine in countries around the world. But some countries that secured their supplies through bilateral agreements, including the United States, have said they will not join.
Japan has also pursued independent agreements with global pharmaceutical companies to secure the vaccines, with the government committing to have sufficient supply for the entire population by the first half of 2021. The COVAX program has set a deadline for contributions from the September 18.
02:30 GMT – Hong Kong concludes the mass testing program
Hong Kong has concluded a mass testing program that has fueled controversy due to the involvement of experts from the mainland.
According to the government, approximately 1.78 million samples were collected during the two-week exercise with 45 COVID-19 cases found as a result of associated testing and contact tracing.
The territory, which is home to around 7.5 million people, will begin easing some of its coronavirus curbs from Friday.
02:20 GMT – China suspends poultry imports from second US plant
China has suspended imports from an OK Foods poultry plant in Arkansas due to cases of coronavirus among workers, according to the US Poultry & Egg Export Council.
It is the second U.S. poultry factory to be shut down due to an employee epidemic. “We don’t think either of these is justified, especially considering the fact that the virus cannot be transmitted in poultry meat,” said Jim Sumner, president of the US Poultry & Egg Export Council.
China’s customs authority GACC has suspended imports from the OK Foods plant, he said. The Arkansas plant became ineligible to ship products to China on September 13, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
02:00 GMT – Trump questioned the COVID-19 response at the Electoral Hall
US President Donald Trump was questioned by voters about his coronavirus response tot a city hall meeting in Pennsylvania.
Asked by an uncommitted Pennsylvania voter why he downplayed a pandemic that was known to endanger low-income families and minority communities, he said he did the opposite.
“I haven’t played it down. In many ways I played it in terms of action,” Trump said at the event, sponsored by ABC News.
“Don’t you admit it yourself?” the elector, Ajani Powell, interrupted him.
Trump continued: “Yes, because what I did is with China, I put a ban. With Europe, I put a ban and we would have lost thousands more people if I didn’t put the ban. So, it was called action. Not with the mouth but in reality. “
Hehe also said a vaccine would likely be available soon. “We are very close to having a vaccine,” he told the audience. “We’re a few weeks away from getting it, you know it could be three weeks, four weeks.”
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01:00 GMT – Victoria on course to loosen the Melbourne lockdown by the end of the month
The Australian state of Victoria appears to be on track to loosen a tight lockdown in the city of Melbourne by the end of the month, after the average number of cases in the past two weeks has dropped below 50, which is within the target range. for the state to ease restrictions from 28 September.
The decline in cases over the past few days – 42 were reported statewide on Wednesday – from triple-digit highs in early August means some curbs will be eased in rural areas of the state late Wednesday.
In these places, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed, residents of one family will be able to visit another house and the cafes will be able to accommodate up to 50 people outside.
# COVID19VicData UPDATED: We have reprinted today’s data as there are 81 cases with unknown source in Metro Melbourne, not 82, as previously tweeted. Yesterday 42 new cases and 8 lost lives were reported. Information: https://t.co/eTputEZdhs pic.twitter.com/buI8b9yv7J
– VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) September 15, 2020
00:00 GMT – Maschere che indossano male aumentano il rischio per gli operatori sanitari che sono donne o asiatiche: studio
Un nuovo studio ha rilevato che le lavoratrici sanitarie e il personale medico con origini asiatiche sono più vulnerabili all’infezione da COVID-19 perché è meno probabile che utilizzino maschere facciali che si adattano correttamente.
L’analisi pubblicata sulla rivista Anesthesia ha esaminato gli studi sulla valutazione delle maschere di filtrazione come i modelli N95 e FFP2, che vengono utilizzate dagli operatori sanitari in situazioni ad alto rischio.
La loro revisione ha esaminato la ricerca che mostrava tassi di fit-pass iniziali più elevati nei caucasici (90%) rispetto agli asiatici (84%) e ha affermato che tassi di fit-pass iniziali particolarmente bassi sono stati trovati nelle donne asiatiche, con una media segnalata di appena il 60%.
Negli Stati Uniti, il rapporto afferma che le autorità utilizzano un pannello di fit-test per valutare l’idoneità delle maschere N95 fornite agli operatori sanitari, ma hanno notato che le dimensioni del viso rappresentate dal pannello erano basate su un gruppo di persone in cui donne e asiatici erano “sottorappresentati”.
In molti paesi del mondo, le donne costituiscono almeno i tre quarti di tutto il personale sanitario. Gli autori hanno affermato che per garantire che una maschera non sia soggetta a perdite, deve adattarsi adeguatamente alla forma del viso di chi la indossa, aggiungendo che la vestibilità sembra essere più importante per la protezione dalla diffusione virale per via aerea rispetto alla capacità di filtrazione della maschera stessa.
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