International update: Global Covid infections pass 50 million – US nears 10 million

9 November 2020 (Last Updated November 9th, 2020 11:32)

9 November

Global: Global coronavirus infections have passed 50.4 million, meanwhile, the global coronavirus death toll exceeds 1.25 million according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

The latest seven-day average shows global daily infections are rising by more than 540,000 and October was the worst month of the pandemic so far, according to Reuters calculations.

US: COVID-19 infections near 10 million with 9,972,333 cases registered. The US coronavirus death toll is 237,584 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Utah, facing overcrowded hospitals, declared a state of emergency. Governor Gary Herbert ordered a statewide mask mandate, as well as two-week restrictions on casual social gatherings and extracurricular activities. The state plans to increase its testing.

New York reported 3,428 cases on Sunday, the third consecutive day with more than 3,000 infections, the highest levels since early May.

UK: Around half of the positive coronavirus cases in the UK are not being identified, according to a pandemics expert. Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, said these cases mean attempts to control the virus are being done “with one hand behind our back”.

The coronavirus pandemic has made the prospect of a third world war “a risk”, the UK’s most senior military commander has said. General Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the defence staff made the comments when asked by Sky News in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday whether he feared the global economic crisis brought on by coronavirus could lead to war.

The UK reported more than 20,000 cases for the sixth straight day, though the 20,572 reported Sunday were below the seven-day average of 22,826.

Germany: A protest in Leipzig against coronavirus restrictions turned violent on Saturday evening with attacks on police and journalists. The thousands of people who didn’t wear masks or observe social distancing showed “a height of irresponsibility and egotism,” Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said. “Such a situation cannot be allowed to happen again in the midst of a pandemic.”

China: China reported 33 new Covid-19 cases on 8 November, up from 28 cases a day earlier, the national health authority reported on Monday. The National Health Commission said 32 of the cases were imported in people returning from overseas.

France: France reported a further 38,619 coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the country’s total to 1,787,324. It follows a record daily increase on Saturday, when a staggering 86,852 cases were logged.

Algeria: President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has responded well to coronavirus treatment after being hospitalised 13 days ago. Algeria’s government has also extended a night-time curfew already in place in 20 of the country’s 48 regions to a further nine areas.

India: India reported 45,903 infections on Monday, bringing total cases to 8.55 million. The nation’s daily count has hovered around 45,000 over the past few weeks, after hitting a peak of nearly 100,000 in September. Total deaths rose to 126,611.

Japan: Daily coronavirus cases in Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido are set to surpass 200 on Monday, TBS reported. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said in his daily briefing Monday that infections are increasing across Japan.

South Korea: South Korea is expanding nationwide testing of all patients and workers at nursing homes and mental hospitals as health authorities look to stave off outbreaks at the high-risk facilities that have previously stymied the country’s efforts to contain the virus spread.

Greece: Greece reported 35 additional deaths from Covid-19 on Sunday, a record number for the second straight day. With patients swamping intensive-care units, Greece began a nationwide lockdown on Saturday that’s scheduled to stay in place through November. Cases increased by 1,914 on the day to 56,698.

Italy: Italy reported 32,616 new cases on Sunday, some 7,000 fewer than a record number the day before but the fifth consecutive day with more than 30,000. Another 331 deaths were blamed on Covid-19.

Belgium: Belgium reported fewer hospital admissions amid a slowing infection rate. There were 199 more fatalities were recorded.

Russia: Russia recorded over 20,000 daily coronavirus cases for a third consecutive day. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told state television that coronavirus numbers haven’t stabilized at a certain level and are growing. Moscow earlier requested firms to switch more employees to work remotely and extended remote learning in secondary schools.

Lockdown updates

Italy: Sees more regions considering lockdowns after authorities imposed tighter restrictions on the worst-hit areas, including Milan and Turin.

Germany: Enters its second week of “lockdown light” with authorities reporting an increase of 26,615 new cases in the last 24 hours. While that’s below the record 31,480 disclosed on Thursday, it’s notable because numbers at the weekend are depressed by less testing and fewer reports to health authorities.

Economy updates

China: Will disinfect all overseas shipments of cold-chain products to try and avoid any potential transmission of the coronavirus, after contaminated pork and seafood were implicated in the infection of port workers, according to the country’s public health commission. Contaminated frozen pork from Germany may have infected a port worker in China’s northern Tianjin city, the local health commission said on Sunday.

Italy: Will add over 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in spending with the latest relief package for businesses hit by the country’s second lockdown, Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri said on Facebook. Activities hurt by the latest restrictions will receive as much as 200% of the benefits they received during the first lockdown.