The World Health Association reported that 2 million Covid-19 cases were reported globally prior to now week, a new record, as Europe moved towards new restrictions and lockdowns to curb an unabated second wave.
Global cases have passed 44 million, according to a Johns Hopkins university tally.
Reports said France may enter into a fresh month-long national lockdown as President Emmanuel Macron prepares to address the nation on Wednesday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel met state premiers in a video convention on Wednesday and agreed on a partial lockdown that will see bars and restaurants closing from November 2 to 30. Shops will be allowed to remain open on condition that they set strict social distancing limits, people familiar with the talks said.
Records were broken in day-to-day infections and deaths in several countries: Germany reported a new high of 14,964 new infections; Russia saw unprecedented day-to-day deaths at 346 and Iran registered 415 fatalities, its worst ever. America added almost 500,000 cases in a week.
The situation is so naughty in Belgium that even Covid-positive doctors and nurses have been asked to work so long as they don’t have any symptoms. Belgian hospital admissions soared to a record 689, surpassing the peak reached on March 28.
UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure for a new lockdown amid 367 more deaths recorded on Tuesday, and warnings that hospital patient numbers could double in weeks to more than 25,000. In Italy, commerce owners and opposition politicians rebelled against new virus restrictions, even as the country registered 24,991 day-to-day cases, a record for the second one consecutive day.
China has reported 42 new cases of Covid-19 including 22 native transmissions, recording the sharpest increase in several weeks, national health authorities said on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s tally was once sharply up from 16 on Monday, with all of the 22 new native cases reported prior to now 24 hours from the remote Xinjiang region’s Kashgar prefecture.
Canada’s death toll has crossed 10,000, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said the situation “truly sucks”, warning that whether the current trajectory continues, it’s going to affect circle of relatives gatherings all over the Christmas season.
On the vaccine and remedy front, america agreed to pay Eli Lilly & Co $375 million for 300,000 vials of its experimental Covid-19 antibody.
Drugmakers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Plc agreed to make 200mn doses of their experimental vaccine to be had to Covax, a global effort to supply shots for developing nations.
The drugmakers signed the provide arrangement with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, according to a observation. Gavi is likely one of the groups working with the World Health Association to verify access to immunization for people world wide.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has submitted applications to the World Health Association for an Emergency Use Listing and prequalification of its coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said on Tuesday.
The only good news came from Melbourne. There was once exhilaration and relief as the five million people of Australia’s second largest city were in a position to go back to shops and restaurants after months at home. The pandemic lockdown in the city had lasted 111 days.