15th September 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 29,284,484 with 929,999 deaths as of 1am today.
The World Health Organization received reports of 307,930 new COVID-19 cases worldwide in the past 24 hours — the highest single-day increase in global infections since the pandemic began. The previous daily high was set on 6th September, when 306,857 cases were reported.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) released its annual report Monday, noting that COVID-19 revealed the world’s “collective failure” to prepare and calling for a renewed commitment to collaboration and the World Health Organization (WHO).
A new coronavirus law affecting how people eat out and socialise will come into force this Friday in U.K.The rule for pubs, cafes and restaurants will also apply to other hospitality business, close contact venues such as beauty salons and tourist attractions such as zoos. The next change, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will make a difference to anyone planning on eating or drinking in a venue from this Friday. It could also apply to anyone getting a haircut, or visiting a cinema, bowling alley or amusement arcade. The change in the law means that all venues will have to take contact details for people who are eating or drinking in, but not those taking away.
Britain’s health care system is experiencing “significant demand” for coronavirus testing from people who do not have symptoms, its health department said Monday, amid reports that its testing program has a backlog of 185,000 test swabs. Researchers are beginning the first study of whether two of the U.K.’s experimental COVID-19 vaccines can be inhaled, a possible way of raising their ability to prevent the airborne infection.
Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been released from hospital in Milan where he was receiving treatment for coronavirus-related pneumonia, his press office told CNN Monday. Italy reported 1,008 new cases Monday, compared with 1,458 the previous day. After a six-month shutdown, the longest in Europe, Italy reopened most of its schools, testing the organisational skills of the government, the nerves of teachers and the self-control of excited students. Schools in 13 of the country’s 20 regions cautiously resumed face-to-face lessons, calling back 5.6 million students to their desks. The remaining seven regions have decided to delay for another week.
Pope Francis is being “constantly monitored” for signs of the coronavirus, a top Vatican official said, after the 83-year old pontiff met with a cardinal who later tested positive.
France’s southwestern region Nouvelle-Acquitaine announced stricter sanitary measures on Monday for public events and nursing homes aimed at containing a spike in coronavirus cases.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was concerned about a backlog of coronavirus test results which was starting to affect the swift reporting of the state of the national outbreak.
Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz said his country is experiencing a second wave of the pandemic. ”We are at the beginning of the second wave. We are facing difficult months in the autumn and winter,” tweeted Kurz on Sunday. “The number of infections is increasing from day to day.”
Sweden took Britain off its red-list of countries it advises citizens not to travel to, despite a pick-up in new coronavirus cases and restrictions on public gatherings.
Greek health authorities have reported 207 new coronavirus cases including 29 infections from abroad, with three more fatalities, as the country prepares to reopen its schools on Monday.
Portugal on Monday reported 613 new cases in a day, taking the total to 64,596, the government said.
Daily coronavirus infections dipped slightly in France on Sunday, a day after the country recorded more than 10,000 new cases for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Health authorities say Sunday’s total number of new cases was 7,183, down from Saturday’s record-breaking number of 10,561.
Case numbers continue to rise in Germany, albeit more slowly than in some other European countries. The number of total cases in the country increased by 927 to 260,335, said the Robert-Koch Institute, the national agency for disease control and prevention, on Monday. So far 9,350 people have died of the virus, with one additional death since Sunday.
The Czech Republic recorded 792 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, a drop after five consecutive days with more than 1,000 cases each, Health Ministry’s data showed.
Romania has reopened more than 17,000 schools for 2.8 million children after a six-month closure to fight the coronavirus outbreak, ordering pupils to wear face masks as infections rise.
Sweden has lifted its travel warning for non-essential travel to the UK. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the decision was taken because of the UK’s “reduced Covid-19 risk,” and will take immediate effect.
U.S. and Canada
The U.S. added 40,016 cases, a 0.6% rise in line with the average daily increase of the previous seven days. Total cases are now 6,483,064.
In New York City, 55 school-based staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 as a result of priority testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
As college students begin their fall semester, all 50 states have now reported positive cases of COVID-19 at colleges and universities.
Coronavirus has claimed the life of a Palm Beach County Sheriff deputy, the agency announced on Twitter Saturday.
Two Emory University doctors stressed the importance of getting a flu shot this year – to avoid what they call the “twindemic” of COVID-19 and influenza.
Texas has now recorded 14,405 coronavirus deaths, the third-most of any US state behind New Jersey and New York.
California reported 4,625 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the biggest jump in a week and more than the 14-day average of 3,930.
Central and Latin America
Mexico’s health ministry has reported 4,408 new coronavirus cases and 217 additional deaths, bringing the total number of infections to 668,381 and the death toll to 70,821 deaths.
Argentina’s coronavirus “positive rate,” the number of daily infections to the number of tests carried out, has topped 50 per cent, underscoring how much work the South American country has to do to bring the virus under control.
China and Hong Kong
China’s National Health Commission has reported 10 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s confirmed cases to 85,194.
In Hong Kong, the 14-day Universal Community Testing Programme (UCTP) concluded successfully yesterday. A total of about 1,783,000 persons have registered at the community testing centres around the territory for COVID-19 testing since the launch of the UCTP on 1st September.
As at 8pm of 14th September, a total of about 1,719,000 specimens collected under the UCTP had been tested. Specimens tested with positive COVID-19 result will be referred to the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the Department of Health for confirmatory tests. Confirmed cases will be followed up and announced by the Centre for Health Protection.
A total of about 1,376,000 persons had made appointments since 29th August when the online booking system opened.
Elsewhere in the world
Lebanon recorded at least 48 coronavirus cases among inmates and 13 guards in the country’s largest prison, infamous for poor living conditions and overpopulation.
Russia has recruited sufficient participants for its large-scale COVID-19 vaccine trial, known as a Phase III trial, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, which is backing the vaccine, said.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics estimated that around 1.7 million people have been made redundant due to the outbreak during this time.
The United Arab Emirates has allowed the use of vaccine for the coronavirus for front-line workers, saying that phase three testing of the vaccine has generated effective results.
AstraZeneca Plc is resuming clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine in Japan after restarting trials for the shot in the U.K., NHK reported, citing unnamed people.
Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has announced that it will partially lift restrictions on international flights beginning on Tuesday, six months after travel curbs were imposed due to the pandemic.
The Indian government is considering an “emergency authorization” of COVID-19 vaccines, the country’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, said Sunday. India’s health ministry reported on Monday at least 92,071 new cases of the coronavirus, taking total cases to 4.85 million.
Indonesia’s most-populous province of West Java plans to reimpose some movement restrictions in areas near the capital after Jakarta’s implementation of tighter curbs from Monday. Indonesia reported 3,141 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 221,523, data from the country’s COVID-19 task force showed.
The Philippines reported a record daily increase in new coronavirus deaths for the second time in three days, adding 259 more fatalities to bring the total to 4,630.
Information compiled from CNN, Bloomberg, CNA and Aljazeera