International update: Global Covid infections pass 48.6 million – US surge in Trump voting counties

6th November 2020 (Last Updated November 6th, 2020 10:55)

6 November

Global: Global coronavirus infections have passed 48.6 million, meanwhile, the global coronavirus death toll exceeds 1.2 million according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The world suffered the highest total one-day death toll of the pandemic so far, with 11,447 people lost in the last day.

Europe: WHO warns of ‘explosion’ of virus cases in Europe. The World Health Organization in Europe on Thursday said it was seeing an “explosion” of coronavirus cases in the region and warned of a “tough time” ahead as mortality rates rose.

US: Covid-19 infections have passed 9.6 million. The US coronavirus death toll is 234,937 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The United States has again recorded more cases in 24 hours than any country over the course of the pandemic, with 120,000 infections confirmed for Thursday 5 November.

A dozen US states reported record one-day increases in Covid-19 cases, a day after the country set a record with nearly 105,000 new infections reported on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally. The outbreak is spreading in every region of the country but is hitting the Midwest the hardest, based on new cases per capita

With Covid-19 surging around the nation, an Associated Press analysis concluded that 93% of the 376 US counties with the biggest increases in per-capita cases voted for President Donald Trump. Most were in rural parts of the Midwest and Plains states, according to the analysis.

UK: The UK death toll from coronavirus rose by 378, taking the tally of people who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 to 48,120, government data showed. As of 9am GMT on Thursday, there had been a further 24,141 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, taking the cumulative total of confirmed infections to 1,123,197.

Colombia: The lower house abruptly ended its session and asked lawmakers to quarantine after a member tested positive for Covid-19. At least 150 lawmakers could potentially have been exposed, the chamber’s press office said.

France: France posted a record number of new virus cases, 58,046, as the health minister warned of a “violent” second wave sweeping the country. France is also facing a surge in intensive care patients, Health Minister Olivier Veran said. Virus patients now account for more than 85% of French hospitals’ initial intensive-care capacity. Another 363 people died from the virus, bringing the total to 39,037.

Germany: Germany recorded 22,561 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours through Friday morning, down from the previous day’s record of 31,480, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

India: India added 47,638 Covid cases on Friday, easing slightly after infections a day earlier topped 50,000 for the first time since 24 October. Cases exceed 8.4 million.

Malaysia: New Covid cases have topped 1,000 for three straight days this week. The country has been struggling to contain a resurgence of coronavirus infections that emerged in late September after local elections in the eastern state of Sabah.

Japan: Hokkaido prefecture plans to raise its coronavirus alert as soon as Saturday after cases surged to record and will ask restaurants in the nightlife district of Susukino in Sapporo to close at 10 pm, broadcaster NTV reports, without attribution. Japan recorded over 1,000 coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest level the country has seen since August.

Australia: Victoria state, which ended a three-month lockdown in its capital Melbourne last week, has recorded a seventh-straight day with no new coronavirus cases.

South Korea: South Korea reported 145 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours compared with 125 a day earlier, according to data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. That was the biggest increase in newly confirmed cases in two weeks.

Vaccine news

US: A small study found that a nasal spray protected ferrets from absorbing the coronavirus, the New York Times reported. The study was released Thursday by an international team of scientists and hasn’t been peer-reviewed. The spray, which has only been tested on animals, contains a lipopeptide that attacks the virus directly, preventing it from attaching to lung cells.

Lockdown updates

US: Surging US Covid-19 cases have surpassed 100,000 per day and hospitalizations are also climbing. If the trend continues, hospitals could reach capacity and trigger lockdowns before Thanksgiving, according to a Height policy analyst.

UK: Denmark removed from UK travel corridor, meaning arrivals must self-isolate. The UK’s secretary of state for transport, Grant Schapps, has removed Demnark from the country’s “travel corridor”, which means all arrivals from Denmark will need to self-isolate for 14 days, starting at 4am Friday morning.The reason for the removal is the spread of coronavirus to people from an outbreak among mink on mink farms in the country, Shapps wrote in a statement.

Slovenia: Anti-virus shutdown protest turns violent. A protest against Slovenia’s coronavirus shutdown sparked some of the most violent scenes the country has seen in years, as police moved in with teargas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. The rally of several hundred in the capital Ljubljana, organised by activists calling themselves the Slovenian branch of cyber group Anonymous, started late in the afternoon and led to several injuries and arrests as the protesters clashed with police.

China: Beijing on Thursday banned foreign arrivals from France and a host of other countries, the latest in a growing number of entry bans as China closes itself off from a world still battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Greece: Greece will go back into lockdown from Saturday for three weeks to battle a second wave of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced.

Ireland: Ireland is on track to get its second wave of Covid-19 infections under control by the end of November when the government hopes to ease some of the strictest restrictions in Europe, a senior public health official said.

Economy updates

Japan: Japan Airlines Co. will raise up to 168 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in an overseas and domestic share sale, using the proceeds to reduce debt and bolster its financial base.