International update: Global Covid cases pass 35.8 million – new infection spike in France

7 October 2020 (Last Updated October 7th, 2020 10:45)

7 October

Global: The global coronavirus death toll is 1,050,188 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Covid-19 infections exceed 35.8 million world wide.

US: Covid-19 infections exceed 7.5 million, meanwhile, the US coronavirus death toll is 210,909 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Top US military chiefs are quarantining after a senior coast guard official tested positive. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Mark Milley, and the vice-chairman, General John Hyten, were among those affected, US officials said.

The White House shared rules for staff interacting with the infected president. Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, is the latest person in the president’s orbit to test positive for Covid-19.

Texas virus hospitalizations rose 2.3% in a 24-hour period to 3,394, the highest in more than three weeks, according to state health department data released Tuesday. The increase comes as Governor Greg Abbott prepares to lift some of the remaining restrictions.

Bulgaria: Bulgaria registered a record high 436 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, data from the national information platform on the disease showed on Wednesday.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong expects to add 11 new virus cases on Wednesday, “several” of which have unknown sources of infection, the South China Morning Post said.

Argentina: Argentina reported a daily record of 14,740 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total to 824,468.

South Korea: South Korea identified 114 more cases, the largest increase in almost two weeks.

France: France reported 10,489 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, with the weekly pace picking up for a fourth day and following a record number of infections on Saturday. The seven-day rolling average of new cases, which smooths out daily variations, rose above 12,000 for the first time in eight days.

Vaccine news

US: President Trump accused the US Food and Drug Administration of carrying out a “political hit job” against him by releasing new standards that could delay authorization of a coronavirus vaccine until after the November election. The guidelines are intended to reassure the American public any vaccine is safe and effective.

The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program asked vaccine makers to hold off filing for an emergency authorization of a Covid-19 shot until they can manufacture several million doses. Moncef Slaoui, Warp Speed’s chief adviser, suggested that authorizing a vaccine without being able to make it might be a “major disappointment” to the public.

Indonesia: Indonesia is seeking to secure vaccines from AstraZeneca Plc, part of its plan to procure doses from overseas while ramping up local output to inoculate its more than 270 million people. The Indonesian government seeks to get effective vaccines as soon as possible by securing deals with China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and the United Arab Emirates’ G42 Healthcare, but it’s also looking to supplement that by producing enough doses locally.

Lockdown updates

US: New York state will reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and near areas where coronavirus cases are spiking, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, saying the severity of shutdowns would vary by proximity to the hot spots.

Hong Kong: Health authorities are considering whether bars should be closed again, according to a South China Morning Post report citing an unidentified person in the government.

Economy updates

US: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the White House is “in complete disarray” after Trump abruptly crushed talks between Democrats and Republicans on a fresh coronavirus economic relief bill. Pelosi accused Trump of “putting himself first at the expense of the country”.

Germany: Germany’s economy is gradually recovering. As theFederal Statistical Office announced, the manufacturing sector recorded an order increase of 4.5 percent in August 2020 compared to the previous month.