Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 from around the world - Monday, October 19

Here are the latest developments.
Here are the latest developments. Photo credit: Reuters

A divided world has failed to rise to the challenge of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday (local time) and warned concerted action was needed to prevent millions of people being pushed into poverty and hunger.

There have been nearly 40.2 million confections of coronavirus confirmed to date, and almost 1.2 million deaths.

Europe

  • The continent surpassed 150,000 daily coronavirus cases on Friday just a week after reporting 100,000 cases for the first time, according to a Reuters tally, with countries such as France, Germany reporting record daily numbers of infections this week
  • Britain needs to impose a three-week period of national lockdown restrictions immediately to stop cases of COVID-19 spiralling, Government scientific adviser Jeremy Farrar said, adding that current regional measures would not be effective
  • Ireland will bring in "decisive" nationwide COVID-19 restrictions on Monday but will stop short of reintroducing the kind of lockdown imposed earlier this year, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said on Sunday
  • Austria and Belgium's Foreign Ministers have tested positive for coronavirus after attending a meeting with EU colleagues earlier last week, raising concerns the gathering may have been a so-called "super-spreader" event
  • Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will announce on Sunday (local time) another set of measures to counter the new wave of COVID-19 cases, his office said, after the country registered a new daily record in infections on Saturday.

Americas

  • President Donald Trump called for a big economic stimulus as US infections surpassed 8 million, with record spikes in several states
  • Mexico's health ministry on Friday (local time) reported 6751 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 419 additional fatalities, bringing the country's total to 841,661 cases and 85,704 deaths.
Donald Trump.
Donald Trump. Photo credit: Getty

Asia-Pacific

Middle East and Africa

  • Iran, the hardest hit Middle Eastern country, extended coronavirus restrictions and closures in Tehran into a third week on Saturday as its death toll rose above 30,000.

Medical developments

  • China's disease control authority said on Saturday that contact with frozen food packaging contaminated by living new coronavirus could cause infection
  • The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd have received renewed approval to conduct late-stage clinical trials in India of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, the sovereign wealth fund said on Saturday
  • Pfizer Inc said it could file in late November for US authorisation of the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing, suggesting that a vaccine could potentially be available in the country by the end of the year.
Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 from around the world - Monday, October 19
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Economic impact

  • The risk that the second wave of the pandemic could derail the Euro zone's recovery from deep recession makes ultra-easy monetary policy all the more necessary, European Central Bank board member Fabio Panetta has told a Greek newspaper.