COVID-19 Apocalypse : Over 9,000 new cases reported in France for 2 consecutive days, 3,636 cases reported in Indonesia


13th September 2020 – (Hong Kong)  Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 29,018,702 with 925,619 deaths as of 11pm today.


France reported more than 9,000 new COVID-19 infections for the second consecutive day and said hospitalisations are on the rise, signaling another worrisome turn in Europe’s pandemic.

Western Europe surpassed the U.S. in daily new infections this week, re-emerging as a global hot spot after governments squeezed by historic economic slumps lifted severe lockdowns and Europeans travelled during the summer vacation season. 

Austria is experiencing the start of a second wave of coronavirus infections, its chancellor has said, as cases spike in line with other EU countries. From Friday to Saturday, the Alpine nation of nearly nine million people reported 869 new cases – more than half of those in the capital Vienna.

Spain, the country with the most confirmed cases in Europe, reported 4,708 new infections over the latest 24-hour period, the most since mid-April.

Ireland plans to replace its current system of travel quarantines with the European Union’s proposed coordinated system as soon as it is ready, Prime Minister Micheal Martin has said. 

Lufthansa’s Swiss unit could cut up to 15 percent of its 9,500 jobs if it cannot agree on salary cuts with staff as it seeks to meet strict savings targets in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, Swiss weekly Sonntagszeitung said.

Germany has reported 948 new coronavirus cases.

Italy’s health ministry has reported 1,501 new coronavirus cases and six more deaths, bringing the total number of cases to more than 286,000 and at least 35,603 deaths.

Greece has the financial flexibility to implement 6.8 billion euros ($8bn) of tax relief measures, and the package has been agreed with EU institutions, its finance minister said.

The Czech Republic has reported its largest single-day increase in new coronavirus infections for a third straight day, recording 1,541 cases, according to Health Ministry data.

U.S. and Canada

Ohio State University plans to cancel spring break next year to reduce the exposure of its students, faculty and staff to coronavirus.  Instead of the traditional spring break, there will be two days without classes on Feb. 9 and March 31, according to an email from executive vice president and provost Bruce A. McPheron to students and faculty. 

The Federal Reserve’s policy-setting committee will meet on Tuesday amid a prolonged deadlock in Congress over how to support the US economy battered by the coronavirus downturn.

Central and Latin America

Mexico’s health ministry has reported 5,674 new confirmed coronavirus cases, as well as 421 additional fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 70,604 and 663,973 infections.

Mexico’s health ministry has reported 5,674 new confirmed coronavirus cases, as well as 421 additional fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 70,604 and 663,973 infections.

China and Hong Kong

 From 8am to 8pm in Hong Kong today, a total of about 53,000 persons registered at the community testing centres around the territory for specimen collection for COVID-19 testing under the Universal Community Testing Programme (UCTP). A total of about 1,719,000 persons have registered at the centres for testing since the launch of the UCTP on 1st September.

Elsewhere in the world

India’s parliament will resume its work on Monday amid increasing coronavirus numbers in the country. As per the notification released by authorities, Lok Sabha (the lower house) and Rajya Sabha (the upper house) will begin the monsoon session on Monday with various Covid-19 protocols. The session will end on 1st October. India reported more than 94,000 new coronavirus cases Sunday morning, making it the fourth day in a row the country has seen more than 90,000 new cases.

Iran registered 2,089 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections across the country to 402,029, according to data from the Health Ministry registered.

South Korea will ease the strict social distancing measures imposed in the greater Seoul Metropolitan area, returning to a looser regime, the South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Sunday.

Ninety UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a spokesman for the UNIFIL force said, the first reported cases of the illness.

At least 74 people were arrested on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia during the second day of anti-lockdown protests, according to Victoria Police.The police issued at least 176 infringement notices for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions, Victoria Police told CNN in a statement. The Australian state of Victoria will begin slowly lifting certain coronavirus lockdown restrictions on Sunday night as new infection numbers continue to drop, according to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Japan recorded 649 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing its total caseload to 75,980, the Japanese Health Ministry reported Sunday.

With increasing cases of COVID-19, Ethiopia has opened a facility to produce kits to test for the coronavirus and says its researchers are working to develop and test a vaccine.

The Philippines has recorded 3,372 new coronavirus cases and 79 more deaths.

Indonesia has reported 3,636 new coronavirus infections and 73 new deaths, data from the Health Ministry’s website showed.

Russia has reported 5,449 new coronavirus cases, pushing its national tally to 1,062,811, the fourth largest in the world.

Singapore reported 49 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday including one in the community and eight imported infections. Forty-seven of the cases were asymptomatic and were detected through screening and surveillance, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

A record of 294 people were booked on Saturday for flouting Malaysia’s COVID-19 recovery movement control order (RMCO) regulations.