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Virus outbreak: News and analysis from 20 September

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The United States added nearly 50,000 cases of coronavirus, while deaths nationwide approached 200,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. Florida reported the most recent cases among residents in eight days.

The United Kingdom remained a focus in Europe, with the Scottish leader requesting an emergency meeting to coordinate policy after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said restrictions could “go further”

;. France again registered a record number of cases since the closure ended. New infections in Germany exceeded 2,000 for the second day in a row.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s most important politician opponent and French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire both tested positive for Covid-19.

Key development:

  • Global Tracker: Cases Exceed 30.5 Million; deaths exceed 953,000
  • Fewer people die from Covid, as doctors get practice, drugs improve
  • A rash of infections on trade floors threaten Wall Street to return to work
  • UBS is trying to simulate the trading floor experience with VR glasses, reports FT
  • Trump’s vaccine in weeks promises risks failure or public distrust
  • Girls are it graduate school to work in virus-abused rural Asia

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Grim Milestone

The United States is approaching 200,000 deaths in Covid-19

Source: Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg

Brazil cases stable (17:48 NY)

Brazil reported 33,057 cases, an increase of 0.7% in line with the average daily increase over the previous seven days. The total cases are 4,528,240. The nation reported 739 more deaths, a total of 136,532.

California Cases, Deaths Rise (14:25 NEW)

California’s latest numbers rose above the 14-day average for both new cases and deaths, according to the health department website. The state reported 4,304 new cases of coronavirus against the 14-day average of 3,350. The number of deaths increased by 100 compared to an average of 91. There have been 14,912 deaths in total.

France hits another record since Lockdown (14:15 NEW)

France’s daily cases of coronavirus have risen to the highest level since the national shutdown ended in May. A further 13,498 cases were reported Saturday, the second straight day over 13,000.

The higher numbers reflect to some extent increased testing, now five times the level conducted in May, to over a million a week. But the infection rate is at its highest since the start of the outbreak, based on rolling 7-day data that smooths out reporting peaks.

Authorities have urged the population to intensify social distancing measures as the number of clusters has increased in recent weeks. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Friday became the country’s highest official to be infected.

New York’s cases cross slightly (13:26 NEW)

New York reported 986 cases, most since early June. It was the last time infections in the state rose above 1,000. However, the daily increase remained at 0.2%, corresponding to the average increase over the previous seven days.

The transmission rate also remained less than one, still below the point where the virus is considered to be increasing. Two more deaths were reported, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press release.

Arizona Surge in Cases Eases (12:42 NY)

Arizona’s rise in cases escalated as the state added 610 infections compared to double the number reported Friday and nearly tripled the day before. The 0.3% increase on Saturday was slightly less than the average increase of 0.4% daily over the previous seven days. The total cases are now 213,551.

The death toll dropped to 16, the lowest in five days, a total of 5,467.

Florida Positive Test Rate Rises (12:20 NY)

Florida reported the most new cases and the highest positive test rate among residents since Sept. 10, according to a state Department of Health report reflecting data received by Friday. Test positivity increased to 4.5% from 4.1% a day earlier.

Cases, including people diagnosed with Covid-19 who do not live in Florida, increased by 3,573 to 681,233. Virus-related deaths among residents fell for the second day in a row to 67, bringing the total to 13,287.

Italy Deaths Return to July Level (11:50 NEW)

Italy reported 24 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, more than doubling the 10 recorded the day before to levels not seen since July.

While new cases fell by nearly 300 to 1,638, the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care in hospitals increased by seven to 215, according to health authorities. That compares with a peak of more than 4,000 ICU patients in April.

UK cases exceed 4,000 for second day (11:25 NEW)

The UK reported 4,422 more cases on Saturday, the second day in a row with the most new infections since May 8. Another 27 people died within 28 days of testing positive.

UK affairs have risen in the last two weeks, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to warn that stricter restrictions on public life may be necessary.

The country faces a “perfect storm“After easing controls over the summer, former government adviser Neil Ferguson told the BBC on Saturday. The government needs to resume some nationwide measures “sooner rather than later” to prevent a new wave leading to more deaths, said Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College London, whose modeling led to the UK shutdown in March.

Scottish leader seeks emergency meeting (9:04 NEW)

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon reiterated his request that Prime Minister Boris Johnson convene an emergency meeting of the four nations of Britain within the next 48 hours, as 350 new cases were registered in Scotland, compared to 203 the day before. Three people died. In a post on Twitter, Sturgeon urged people to adhere to social distance guidelines and be “extra careful”.

Saudi Arabia has 28 more deaths, cases in Kuwait rise (8:36 NEW)

Saudi Arabia registered 551 new Covid-19 cases and 28 deaths on Saturday, the health ministry said. Kuwait had 521 new infections and one death.

US adds nearly 50,000 cases (8am NY)

U.S. cases rose 49,299 on Friday, an increase of 0.7% compared to an average of 0.6% daily over the previous week. It was the second highest number of new infections in a single day in the last two weeks.

Confirmed cases nationwide since the start of the pandemic rose to more than 6.7 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. Another 932 people died in Covid-19.

Polish Coalition Disputes Stokes Early Election Speech (6:31 am NY)

Poland’s ruling coalition is in danger collapses over a proposal to grant limited immunity to officials who break the law while fighting the pandemic.

Joachim Brudzinski, a deputy head of the ruling Law & Justice party, told Radio RMF FM on Saturday that there is a 50% chance that its alliance with two smaller partners will fall apart, which will lead to a minority government and ultimately to a early parliamentary elections.

Iran’s deaths climb like new cases slowly (6:08 am NY)

Iran recorded 166 more coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, up from 144 a day earlier. The number of daily new cases eased to 2,845 from a three-month high of 3,049 reported the previous day. The country now has 24,118 deaths in 419,043 known cases.

Health Minister Saeed Namaki said an unidentified Indian company “has promised to sell 20 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine” to Iran, the semi-official news agency Tasnim reported on Saturday. “The United States has already pre-ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine … but we have promised to get it at a lower price and better payout conditions,” the minister said.

Poland records a record number of cases in one day (17:24 HP)

Poland had a daily record number of 1,002 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, the health ministry said. So far, the country has not seen a significant increase in cases since August, even when neighboring countries such as the Czech Republic and Ukraine are struggling to stem the pandemic.

UBS experiments with VR glasses for traders, says FT (17:08 HP)

UBS Group AG has experimented with virtual reality headsets for its bankers to simulate the experience on the trading floor at home, Financial Times reported.

The investment bank has tried Microsoft Corps HoloLenses with its London dealers, the newspaper said.

Germany New cases Top 2,000 for the second day (16:59 HP)

Germany added 2,179 cases of coronavirus on Friday. It marked the second day in a row that new cases exceeded 2,000, leaving infections rising at a pace not seen since April.

Merkel wants to speed up the digitization of German schools (16:35 HP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for greater use of digital tools in schools to reduce disruption to education. The government should speed up digitalisation to ensure that young people are not disadvantaged by the pandemic, she said in her weekly podcast.

Russia reports most new cases since July (15:40 HK)

Russia reported 6,065 cases of coronavirus in the past day, the first time the indicator has passed the 6,000 mark since July 19.

The Ministry of Health’s chief specialist for infectious diseases said the country is not facing a second wave, only a “small increase” in the number of infections in October, as the first wave has not gone, the Tass news service reported.

Russia remains fourth in the world after a total of 1,097,251 reported infections. Moscow reported 825 cases overnight, the highest since June 25. The death toll for the country was 144 as the weekly average rose to the level in early August.

Trudeau Rival Tests Positive (11:02 AM)

Justin Trudeau’s biggest rival tested positive for coronavirus five days before the Canadian Prime Minister is scheduled to unveil a new agenda that could trigger an election.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole received the diagnosis late on Friday, according to a statement from the party. An employee he traveled with received Covid-19 earlier this week.

– With the help of Ian Fisher, Vernon Silver, Sara Marley, Wojciech Moscow, Angeline Benoit, Virginia Van Natta and Rachel Gamarski

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