The National Health Authority of China said on Monday that mainland China reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on September 20, up from 10 the previous day.
The National Health Committee said in a statement that all the new cases were imported infections, including travelers from abroad. It also reported 25 new infections without symptoms, up from 21 the day before, although China does not classify these asymptomatic patients as confirmed cases of Covid-19.
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in mainland China is now 85,291, while the number of deaths has remained unchanged at 4,634.
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The Air New Zealand CEO says a Trans-Tasman travel bubble is unlikely in the next six months
Charlotte Graham McClay reports for the Guardian:
Australians and New Zealanders have long pinned their hopes on an eventual cross-Tasman bubble that would allow travel between the two countries to resume without two weeks in government-run quarantine at both ends.
But the Air New Zealand CEO told an Australian newspaper that he did not expect the “bubble” to be in place for at least another six months.
Greg Furan, who heads Air New Zealand, made the comments to the Sydney Morning Herald, adding that he “definitely does[es] I can’t believe we’ll see anything across Tasman in this calendar year. “
He said, “It is difficult to believe that it will be before March of next year and it may be longer.”
The prime ministers of the two countries have been asked repeatedly about the proposed “bubble” since the idea was first floated, but neither of them adhered to a timetable before controlling the Coronavirus.
There are 909 active cases of the virus in Australia and Melbourne remains in lockdown. New Zealand has 71 active cases.
The UK is at a “tipping point” over Covid-19, the leading scientists need to tell the public
Heather Stewart and Josh Halliday report:
Leading British government scientists will make a direct appeal to the public on Monday, warning that the direction of the coronavirus is “going in the wrong direction” and that “a critical point has been reached.”
As Downing Street contemplates nationwide restrictions to contain a sharp jump in cases, England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, will deliver a rare live televised address alongside the UK’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.
Scientists will identify the latest data on the spread of the disease, and urge people to be careful. “We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus before this very difficult winter period,” Witty is expected to warn.
Their intervention comes after ministers have been accused of undermining confidence, from failures and flawed testing and tracing obligations to scandals like Dominic Cummings’ closed flights.
London may become the latest region to be subject to territorial restrictions, as Mayor Sadiq Khan meets council leaders on Monday. A spokesperson for Khan said: “The situation is clearly getting worse … it is better for both the health and business sector to act early than it is too late”:
Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic.
My name is Helen Sullivan And I’ll bring you the latest, with the United States close to 200,000 dead.
The death toll is currently 199,481 on the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The total US state stands at 6,792,075.
Meanwhile, Britain is in a critical phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and faces an extremely difficult winter, as one of the government’s top medical advisors warned in a public briefing on Monday.
“The trend in the UK is going in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic,” England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is expected at a specific address at 10am on Monday.
Here are the key developments from the past few hours:
- Cases are increasing in Britain, in what Boris Johnson described as the second wave of the virus, With large areas of the country subject to restrictions on social freedom, London is expected to be next in line. The United Kingdom reported 3,899 new cases on Sunday after a four-month high of 4,422 on Saturday.
- Tens of thousands of private renters in England and Wales could be at risk of losing their homes when the ban on evictions ends on Monday. Campaign groups say renters in England and Wales were protected from eviction during the Covid-19 outbreak by the ban announced in March that was then extended, meaning that anyone who received an eviction notice since August 29 was given a six-month grace period.
- Lebanon On Sunday, it said it had confirmed 1,006 new cases of coronavirus And 11 deaths due to disease within 24 hours, in a new record for the country afflicted by the crisis, according to Agence France-Presse.
- Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Jerusalem to demand the resignation of Benjamin Netanyahu, Despite the Israeli national lockdown that took effect on Friday.
- The French Ministry of Health reported 10,569 new cases within 24 hours, Down from the previous day’s record increase of 13498. 12 more deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, and the death toll rose to 31585. The recent increase in deaths from yesterday’s outcome may reflect the late arrival of data on previous deaths, according to Reuters.
- On Saturday, the United States conducted a record one million tests But experts say the country needs to achieve targets of between six and ten million a day to control the outbreak.
- Myanmar Announced the application to stay at home for its largest city, YangonAs of Monday, after a record daily rise in new coronavirus cases on Sunday.
- The United Kingdom has reported 3,899 laboratory confirmed cases of coronavirus. This brings the total to 394,257, according to government data, the number of deaths increased by 18 to 41,777.
- Authorities in northeast China’s Jilin Province detected the coronavirus on packages of imported squidFuyu City health authorities said on Sunday, and urged everyone who bought it to get tested.
- Russia reported 6,148 new cases. It was the second day in a row that the daily number of cases exceeded 6,000, bringing the national number of infections to 1,103,399.
- Indonesia reported 3,989 new cases, taking the total number to 244,676. Data from the country’s Ministry of Health showed 105 new deaths, bringing the total to 9,553, the largest number of deaths in Southeast Asia.
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