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Second English area strikes to highest Covid-19 alert stage after case surge

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4 hr 6 min in the past

Second English area strikes to highest Covid-19 alert stage after case surge

From CNN’s Simon Cullen and Lauren Kent in London

People in Morecambe, England, wait for a bus on October 16.
Individuals in Morecambe, England, watch for a bus on October 16. Christopher Furlong/Getty Photos

Lancashire, in northwest England, can be positioned beneath stringent restrictions after shifting to the nation’s highest Covid-19 alert stage.

The UK authorities had clashed with native leaders who wished to keep away from the measure, however the council officers agreed to the restrictions Friday.

Beneath the federal government restrictions, pubs and bars not serving meals will shut and indoor social gatherings with individuals from totally different households are banned.

The principles can be imposed from 12:01am Saturday.

Officers additionally advocate in opposition to travelling out and in of the area, the place instances have surged in current days.

Lancashire is the second area in England to be positioned beneath Tier 3 guidelines after Liverpool earlier this week.

The choice comes as talks between leaders within the separate Larger Manchester space and the UK authorities stalled.

The federal government desires Manchester and surrounding areas to maneuver to the very best alert stage, however native leaders have rejected the request, fearing catastrophic financial harm.

Britain is within the midst of a second Covid-19 wave. The nation has reported a complete of 676,455 instances, based on Johns Hopkins College.

5 hr 37 min in the past

Poland experiences highest every day dying toll

From CNN’s Artur Osinski

Poland has suffered its highest every day Covid-19 dying depend, reporting 132 fatalities on Friday.

There have now been a complete of three,440 deaths based on the nation’s well being ministry.

Poland is seeing a steep rise in instances together with a lot of Europe. On Friday it additionally reported 7,705 new instances of the virus, the second-highest every day case depend after Thursday’s report of 8,099 instances.

Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, entered quarantine Tuesday after coming into contact with an contaminated particular person.

The nation has reported 157,608 instances in whole.

4 hr 37 min in the past

New Covid-19 instances in Europe are rising far faster than within the US

From CNN”s Tim Lister in Spain

A person is tested for Covid-19 in Lille, France, on October 15.
An individual is examined for Covid-19 in Lille, France, on October 15. Michel Spingler/AP

The rise in new Covid-19 instances in Europe is much larger than the rise within the US, based on information from the World Well being Group (WHO) and Johns Hopkins College (JHU).

The surge within the 5 worst-affected European nations was practically 42% larger than the rise within the US within the week from October 6 to 13, based on JHU’s seven-day shifting common of recent instances.

On October 13, that every day common within the US stood at 49,542. Within the 5 worst-hit European nations — France, the UK, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands — the entire every day common of recent instances stood at 70,158 on the identical day.

The inhabitants of the 5 European nations is 343 million, whereas the US inhabitants is 331 million. 

Europe is within the midst of a second wave of Covid-19 which has unfold quickly throughout the continent.

Poland, Belgium and the Czech Republic have all seen sharp will increase in Covid-19 infections in current weeks. Poland reported 8,099 new instances on Thursday — a 24% enhance on yesterday’s tally, itself a report.

France and the Netherlands have additionally seen dramatic will increase within the numbers of recent instances this month.  

However the US state of affairs stays essential. The nation’s shifting common of instances has begun trending upward once more after falling from a peak of nicely over 70,000 in July. 

The JHU information additionally reveals a speedy decline in new instances registered in India, and a notable if much less dramatic fall in Brazil. 

5 hr 53 min in the past

England’s larger Covid dying fee for ethnic minorities linked to inequality

The upper coronavirus dying fee for ethnic minority teams in England and Wales might be as a consequence of socio-economic components, based on the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS.)

The divide is most stark for males from Black African backgrounds, who die at a fee 3.8 occasions larger than White counterparts, whereas the speed for girls of Black African ethnicity is 2.9 occasions larger.

These charges drop barely when researchers accounted for geography, socio-economic traits and well being measures, together with pre-existing situations. However the fee for Black African males remained 2.5 occasions larger than White friends, whereas the speed for girls was 2.1 occasions larger.

“All ethnic teams apart from Chinese language females had been at larger danger of Covid-19 mortality than the White ethnic inhabitants,” the ONS discovered. The divide was “most strongly related to demographic and socio-economic components” and couldn’t be defined by “pre-existing well being situations.”

The development has been coated in a number of experiences and inquiries and the UK authorities stays beneath strain to deal with the difficulty.

As we speak’s report confirms that when adjusting for age, charges of dying involving Covid-19 stay higher for many ethnic minority teams, and most notably so for individuals of Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnic background,” Ben Humberstone, Deputy Director of the the ONS Well being and Life Occasions Division, mentioned in an announcement Friday.

He added that the distinction in danger of dying was partially defined by “demographic, geographical and socioeconomic components, corresponding to the place you reside or the occupation you’re in.”

“It additionally discovered that though particular pre-existing situations place individuals at higher danger of Covid-19 mortality typically, it doesn’t clarify the remaining ethnic background variations in mortality.”

6 hr 43 min in the past

Britain’s authorities clashes with regional leaders in lockdown standoff

From CNN’s Niamh Kennedy and Simon Cullen

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks during a press conference on July 21 in London.
UK International Secretary Dominic Raab speaks throughout a press convention on July 21 in London. Peter Summers/WPA Pool/Getty Photos

The UK authorities is locked in a rare standoff with leaders in northwest England over proposed native lockdowns.

Boris Johnson’s administration desires to maneuver the areas of Lancashire and Larger Manchester to the very best Covid-19 alert stage – Tier 3 – which requires important restrictions on every day life.

Family mixing indoors is barred beneath Tier 3 guidelines and pubs and bars which don’t serve meals have to shut.

Mayor of Larger Manchester Andy Burnham mentioned Thursday that he and different metropolis areas within the northwest “unanimously oppose authorities plans for Tier 3 lockdowns.”

UK International Secretary Dominic Raab urged Burnham to just accept the restrictions on Friday.

Talking throughout a BBC interview, Raab mentioned the rising case numbers meant the authorities “should take motion, within the curiosity of the individuals of Manchester.” He known as on Burnham “to do the best factor by the individuals of Manchester.”

Raab defended the federal government’s method and denied claims that the UK’s scientific and medical advisers had recommended one other full-blown lockdown.

“The recommendation the federal government has had very clearly is that we take this tiered, focused geographic method,” Raab mentioned.

Manchester metropolis council chief Richard Leese mentioned Friday that the conflict was unlikely to be resolved earlier than the weekend.

7 hr 34 min in the past

Russia experiences highest single-day enhance with greater than 15,000 new Covid-19 instances

From CNN’s Mary Ilyushina in Moscow

Medical workers carry a suspected coronavirus patient at a hospital in Kommunarka, Russia, on Thursday, October 15.
Medical staff carry a suspected coronavirus affected person at a hospital in Kommunarka, Russia, on Thursday, October 15. Pavel Golovkin/AP

Russia reported 15,150 new Covid-19 instances on Friday, nearly a thousand extra infections than the earlier excessive reported on October 14, based on the info from the nation’s coronavirus response heart. 

The whole variety of instances reported in Russia as of Friday is 1,369,313. 

Russia has seen a surge in infections previously two weeks, with its highest one-day enhance rising nearly daily. Russian officers beforehand mentioned the rising numbers may require further motion however added they imagine they’ll keep away from a repeat of the complete lockdown that was imposed within the spring when the nation was reporting on common round 10,000-11,000 new instances every day. 

Capital’s instances rise: Of the brand new infections reported Friday, about 5,000 had been recognized in Moscow, which is probably the most affected metropolis.

Late Thursday, metropolis officers mentioned that management over mask-wearing on public transportation has been elevated. All amenities stay open, together with bars and evening golf equipment.

Vaccine race: Russia has registered two coronavirus vaccines for home use however they’re to this point not out there for most people.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin mentioned final week in an interview with state TV that residents must “maintain on for a few months” earlier than the mass manufacturing of the vaccines begins. Russian Well being Minister Mikhail Murashko mentioned Thursday the “wider provide” of vaccines is envisioned for late November or December of this yr, based on state-run company TASS.

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7 hr 44 min in the past

Indoor sports activities are potential superspreader occasions, CDC says. This is why

From CNN’s Shelby Lin Erdman

One hockey participant contaminated as many as 14 different individuals at a single indoor ice hockey sport final spring, Florida well being division officers reported Thursday.

Which means indoor sports activities video games can flip into superspreader occasions, the researchers mentioned within the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s weekly report.

The sport was performed on June 16 at an ice rink in Tampa and by the next day, a participant, thought of the index affected person, skilled signs of Covid-19, together with fever, cough, sore throat and a headache. Two days later, he examined optimistic for the virus, the Florida Division of Well being reported.

Superspreader occasion: Every crew had 11 gamers, all male, between the ages of 19 and 53, with six on the ice and 5 on the bench at any given time through the sport, the researchers reported. Every crew additionally shared separate locker rooms, sometimes for 20 minutes earlier than and after the 60-minute sport, and nobody wore material face masks for illness management.

“Throughout the 5 days after the sport, 15 individuals skilled indicators and signs appropriate with coronavirus illness 2019; 13 of the 15 sick individuals had optimistic laboratory check outcomes indicating an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” researchers wrote. Two of the sick people didn’t get examined.

Whereas 62% of the gamers skilled Covid-19 signs, the on-ice referees didn’t, nor did the one spectator within the stands.

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Indoor sports potential superspreader events, CDC says, after most ice hockey players in Florida game infected with Covid-19

8 hr 4 min in the past

China’s Qingdao Covid cluster traced again to 2 dock staff, officers say

From CNN’s Jessie Yeung

coronavirus outbreak within the Chinese language metropolis of Qingdao, which prompted mass testing of tens of millions of residents, has been traced again to 2 dock staff, authorities mentioned on Friday.

A complete of 12 domestically transmitted instances had been reported final weekend on the Qingdao Chest Hospital, sparking fears of a wider outbreak. Metropolis officers took fast motion and in simply 4 days, they examined greater than 10 million individuals, based on Qingdao’s Info Workplace.

Up to now, no new instances have been recognized in relation to the cluster. One new case has been discovered, separate from the cluster.

The 2 dock staff, named Dong and Chen, examined optimistic for Covid-19 on September 24 and had been despatched for remedy and quarantine at Qingdao Chest Hospital, based on metropolis officers.

Officers mentioned that the boys had CT scans, and the room was not disinfected within the appropriate means — contamination that then brought about the hospital cluster.

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China's Qingdao Covid cluster traced back to two dock workers, officials say

8 hr 14 min in the past

Czech Republic experiences practically 10,000 new Covid-19 instances — one other every day excessive

From CNN’s Simon Cullen in London

A healthcare worker puts on personal protective equipment (PPE) in front of the room for Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) at Thomayer hospital on October 14, in Prague.
A healthcare employee places on private protecting gear (PPE) in entrance of the room for Covid-19 sufferers in an intensive care unit (ICU) at Thomayer hospital on October 14, in Prague. Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Photos

The Czech Republic has recorded 9,721 new coronavirus instances in its highest one-day enhance because the pandemic started.

In line with the most recent figures from the nation’s Well being Ministry, at the very least 149,010 instances have now been recorded nationwide.

The variety of new infections has been quickly rising within the nation. Friday is the second day in a row that the Czech Republic reported its highest enhance in infections.

There have been at the very least 1,230 deaths from the virus within the nation.

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