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Latest: Italy joins other EU countries to ban flights to the UK | Instant News

ROME – Italy’s foreign minister announced Sunday that Italy was suspending flights from Britain “to protect Italians” from a new coronavirus variant.

Luigi Di Maio tweeted that the government was preparing measures that would block flights. It was not immediately clear when that would take effect.

Italian media reports suggest about two dozen flights are scheduled to arrive in Italy on Sunday, mostly in the northern region of Lombardy but also in Veneto and Lazio, which include Venice and Rome respectively.

More than 327,000 Italians are registered as living in the UK, with the unofficial number reaching 700,000. Sunday is the last day Italians can travel from region to region before the Christmas holidays, due to a new partial lockdown imposed by the government to prevent a spike in new infections.



European countries cut British flights, afraid of the new coronavirus variant.

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BANGKOK – Thousands of people queued for coronavirus tests in a province near Bangkok on Sunday, as Thai authorities struggle to contain an outbreak that has infected nearly 700 people.

The line of mostly migrant workers stretches about 100 meters across just one location in Mahachai in Samut Sakhon province, as health workers in a mobile unit methodically take nose swabs.

There are a total of three locations in the area. Nearby, razor wire and police officers blocked access to one of Thailand’s largest seafood markets and a related residential complex, the center of the new cluster.

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control said on Sunday that it had found 141 more cases linked to the market outbreak. On Saturday, the department reported 548 cases, Thailand’s biggest daily spike.


PRAGUE – The Czech Republic has imposed travel restrictions from the UK following the discovery of a new strain of the coronavirus suspected to be highly contagious in southern England.

The Czech Health Ministry said that given the risks associated with the new variant confirmed in the UK, everyone arriving in the country who spent at least 24 hours on British territory in the past two weeks should be isolated.

The ministry said they should remain isolated for 10 days unless they test negative with a five to seven day PCR test in self-isolation.

He said it was a measure whose aim was to increase public security to be effective on Sunday.

Belgium and the Netherlands began banning flights from Britain in reaction to tougher measures imposed in London and beyond on Saturday by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Germany, a neighbor of the Czech Republic, are considering doing the same.

Johnson said a new, fast-moving variant of the virus that is 70% more contagious than existing strains appears to be driving the rapid spread of new infections in London and southern England.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Planning Minister who also heads the national agency for coronavirus control tested positive and left in isolation at home as Federal authorities reported 80 new deaths and 3297 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours on Sunday.

Asad Umar on Saturday announced his isolation due to the virus. Umar appealed to fellow residents to always obey physical distancing precautions and wear masks at all times in public or when gathering. But it has been observed that people in this country of 22 million people rarely follow rules to avoid COVID-19.

Authorities continue to partially or completely shut down in many neighborhoods across the country. With the new deaths, the country’s tally stands at 9330 while the number of people affected is now 457288. Pakistan will likely get the vaccine by the end of February and will start vaccinations in March prioritizing frontline health workers and the elderly.


BERLIN – Germany is considering limiting flights from the UK to ensure that the new, suspected highly contagious strain of coronavirus that has hit southern England does not spread to Germany, the dpa news agency reported Sunday.

A top German government official told dpa that restricting flights from Britain was a “serious option”.

Belgium and the Netherlands began banning flights from Britain in reaction to tougher measures imposed in and around London on Saturday by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Johnson said a new, fast-moving variant of the virus that is 70% more contagious than existing strains appears to be driving the rapid spread of new infections in London and southern England.

The German government, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU, is in close contact with its European neighbors in developing situations, dpa reported.


BRUSSELS – Belgium has joined the Netherlands in banning flights from Britain and has also banned rail connections in a bid to ensure that the new strain of coronavirus that has hit southern England does not spread to its territory.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on Sunday said he was issuing orders for 24 hours starting at midnight “just in case.”

“There are a lot of big questions about this new mutation and whether it’s not on land yet,” he said. He hopes there will be more clarity on Tuesday.

The Netherlands is banning flights from Britain for at least the rest of the year.

Both Belgium and the Netherlands reacted to tougher measures imposed in and around London on Saturday by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands is banning flights from Britain for at least the rest of the year in an effort to ensure that the new strain of coronavirus that has hit southern England doesn’t reach its shores.

The ban came into effect Sunday morning and the government said it was reacting to tougher measures imposed in London and beyond on Saturday by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Netherlands said it would assess “with other EU countries the possibility to contain imports of the virus from the UK.”

Johnson said a new, fast-moving variant of the virus that is 70% more contagious than existing strains appears to be driving the rapid spread of new infections in London and southern England.

“There is no evidence to suggest that it is more lethal or causes more severe disease,” stressed the prime minister, or that a vaccine would be less effective against it.

The Dutch government has strongly advised its citizens not to travel unless absolutely necessary.


JERUSALEM – Israel on Sunday began a coronavirus inoculation effort, which aims to vaccinate around 60,000 people a day in an effort to eradicate a disease that is once again surging among its population.

The country will first immunize healthcare workers, followed by older people, high-risk Israelis and those over 60. Israel says it has obtained sufficient doses for most of the country’s 9 million people from Pfizer and Moderna, whose vaccines US authorities approved this week for emergency use.

With public opinion polls showing many Israelis are reluctant to accept an immediate injection, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would set a “personal example” and insisted on being the first Israeli to be vaccinated. He received gunfire on Saturday night.

Netanyahu called it an “exciting moment” that will put Israel on the path to returning to its normal routine. The country’s health minister also received a vaccine shot.


SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for the fifth day in a row, putting pressure on authorities to enforce the toughest distancing rules that will further hurt the economy.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said it had found 1,097 additional cases over the past 24-hour period, the highest daily tally since the pandemic began. That puts the national caseload at 49,665, including 674 deaths.

About 70% of the new cases come from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the epicenter of the virus’ revival.

The rate of spread has met the government’s requirements to raise social distancing rules to the highest level. But officials are reluctant to move forward with the move because of concerns over the economy. The new move will ban gatherings of more than 10 people and close hundreds of thousands of nonessential businesses.


SYDNEY – The outbreak on Sydney’s northern coast has grown to 70 with an additional 30 in the past 24 hours, and authorities say they may never be able to trace the source.

While the numbers are increasing, New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday there had not been any evidence of massive seeding outside the north shore community. However, the list of new cases suggests the virus has spread to greater Sydney and other parts of the state.

The government has imposed a lockdown in the area until Wednesday. Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for five basic reasons, including medical care, sports, grocery stores, work or for reasons of compassionate care.

State Health Service head Kerry Chant said the contact tracer had not found patient zero yet, but an extensive investigation was underway.


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South Korea reported 950 cases, the biggest daily increase | Instant News

– Eight predominantly Western countries have accused North Korea of ​​using the pandemic “to further act on the human rights of its own people,” citing reports of increased executions linked to the coronavirus and tight controls on movement in and around the capital. Their remarks were read after the UN Security Council discussed North Korea’s human rights situation behind closed doors on Friday. Germany has sought open meetings but Russia and China, both North Korean neighbors, object. Seven council members – Germany, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Britain and the United States – who joined Japan said in a statement that North Korea places nuclear power and military power over its people. The government’s decision “to prioritize its weapons program above the needs of its people and their isolation from the international community will inevitably exacerbate the impact of the pandemic on the North Korean population,” they said. North Korea closed its border with China, its biggest trading partner and aid provider, when the coronavirus began spreading in January. Kim Jong Un’s government said it had not found a single coronavirus case in its territory, a claim disputed by outside experts.


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HARRISBURG, Pa. – States face a deadline on Friday to order a coronavirus vaccine as many have reported reported infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

The number of Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 reached an all-time high in the US on Thursday at 100,667, according to the COVID-Tracking Project. That number has more than doubled over the past month.

New daily cases averaged 210,000 and deaths averaged 1,800 per day, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Arizona on Friday reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases for a second straight day as the number of available intensive care unit beds fell below 10% statewide. Pennsylvania’s top health official said intensive care beds could be full this month.

SALEM, Ore. – As Oregon hit new record numbers for daily reported COVID-19 cases and deaths, lawmakers, advocates and others continued to ask Democratic Governor Kate Brown to announce a special legislative session.

The Oregon Health Authority on Friday reported 2,100 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 deaths. The previous diary was 1,699 cases and 24 deaths. Oregon has also surpassed 80,000 cases since the start of the pandemic in March.

Supporters of housing in the state asked the Legislature to follow up on a proposal to extend the statewide moratorium on eviction to July 1. The current moratorium on evictions, which was ordered at the start of the pandemic, is scheduled to end on December 31.


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Dutch hospitals transport patients to Germany amid virus surge | World | Instant News

At the same time, the country currently has more than 8,100 free intensive care beds, with about 21,500 beds, according to the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. There are also about 12,700 spare beds which can be activated in seven days if need be.

During the first phase of the pandemic, in the last week of March and the first two weeks of April, Germany received 232 intensive care patients from Italy, France and the Netherlands.

Germany is also currently in talks to admit people from the Czech Republic.

In the worst-hit country, the health minister is under pressure to resign Friday after media reports that he violated strict government restrictions and visited a Prague restaurant for a meeting, just hours after announcing tightening restrictions on the virus.

In France, eight patients were transferred by medical plane from the Lyon region, in the east of the country, to other hospitals in cities less affected by the virus in western France, something that has not happened since spring.

“In many cities in Europe, ICU capacity will be reached in the coming weeks. And it is a worrying situation because we are in October, ”said Van Kerkhove of the WHO, noting that the flu season is about to start and is likely to increase tensions in hospitals. “The concern we have is the number of individuals requiring hospitalization.”


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Latest: Germany saw 7,000 new infections for the first time | Instant News

BERLIN – Germany has confirmed more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time, a second consecutive daily record.

The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s national center for disease control, said Friday morning that 7,334 new cases were confirmed in the preceding 24 hours. That compared to 6,638 the day before.

As of this week, Germany’s highest figure was recorded at nearly 6,300 at the end of March, although testing has grown rapidly since then. The figures are likely to peak around the end of the week, but the latest reading underscores the sharp upward trend in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, the federal and state governments agreed to tighten rules on wearing masks and early closing bars in areas where infections are high.

Germany has confirmed a total of more than 348,000 cases since the pandemic began, including 9,734 deaths – an increase of 24 compared with Thursday.


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MILAN – The Campania region in Italy, which includes Naples, is closing schools until the end of the month as the number of infections there jumps above 1,000.

Italian health officials have declared the country in an “acute phase” after it recorded a new daily case record higher than during the March-April peak, when the death toll jumped by more than 900 in a single 24-hour period.

Thursday’s death toll rose to 83, a third of those in Lombardy, after days of reaching half nationwide.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte expressed his displeasure at Campania’s decision to close the school, which opened only a month ago.

However, other areas have urged the government to allow distance learning for the upper classes of middle school to reduce public transport pressure which remains a major concern due to overcrowding.


LONDON – A top UK scientist says the continuing argument about how and when to impose stricter restrictions to fight COVID-19 is damaging public health and causing more economic hardship.

An infectious disease specialist who sits on the government’s scientific advisory committee said the UK needed to immediately implement stricter restrictions nationally to slow the spread of the virus and limit wider damage to society.

Jeremy Farrar, director of research funding charity Wellcome Trust, said the restrictions under the government’s current three-tier strategy are not harsh enough to contain the virus and debate where and when to enact measures risks confusing the public.

“I think we have to unite as a country,” Farrar told the BBC’s Newscast podcast. “Divisions and, to be honest, make this a matter of north-south politics or the party which is a very, very dangerous road to go on.”


PRAGUE – Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have set a new one-day record for the second day in a row.

Health Ministry figures showed the daily increase of 9,721 on Thursday, 177 more than the previous record set the day before.

The country of more than 10 million has had a total of 149,010 cases since the start of the pandemic. Nearly 50,000 of them have registered last week. It has also seen 1,230 deaths.

Hospitals across the country have postponed planned nonvital operations to focus on increasing the number of COVID-19 patients. The government said their full capacity could be reached around the end of October.

The Czech military will start building a field hospital in the Prague exhibition center at the weekend for 500 patients. Similar plans have been put in place for the second largest city in Brno, while the government is negotiating with neighboring Germany and several other countries to have the Czechs treated there if the local health system becomes overwhelmed.


WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation health officials on Thursday reported 31 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, but no deaths for two straight days.

The latest figures bring the total number of cases to 10,819. The known death toll remains at 571.

Tribal health officials say 114,515 people on the sprawling reservation covering parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

On-site protection orders, mask mandates, daily curfews and weekend closings remain in effect in the Navajo Nation.


BEIJING – Authorities say they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 10 million people in the northern Chinese port city of Qingdao following an outbreak of a hospital there blamed for “improper disinfection”.

Testing is set to continue to cover 11 million people.

Authorities say a total of 13 cases have been found in the city, but not since a mass testing program was launched earlier this week.

Health officials said the infection cluster, the first reported case of localized transmission in China in about two months, appeared to be linked to “improper disinfection” in the CT room at Qingdao Chest Hospital. Officials said the possibility of community transmission outside the hospital had been ruled out.

The National Health Commission on Friday reported 24 new cases, all imported.

Chinese hospitals are currently treating 253 people for COVID-19, with another 381 people being monitored in isolation because they have tested positive for the virus without showing symptoms or as suspected cases.


NEW DELHI – Deaths from India’s new coronavirus surged to 895 in the past 24 hours, a day after recording a low of 680 daily deaths in nearly three months.

The Ministry of Health on Friday also reported 63,371 new cases, increasing India’s total since the pandemic started to more than 7.3 million.

According to the Health Ministry, India’s average daily number of cases fell to 72,576 last week from 92,830 during the week of September 9-15, when the virus peaked. It recorded an average of about 70,000 cases each day throughout this month.

Health officials have warned about the potential spread of the virus during the religious festival season which starts later this month.


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan authorities have ordered the closure of all cinemas in a bid to contain the outbreak that has infected 1,791 people on the outskirts of the capital so far.

The cluster at a garment factory in a densely populated Western province was discovered last week, and is the first in more than two months.

Authorities have also tightened curfews in parts of the country.

Apart from those infected, more than 2,000 others were asked to be quarantined at home. The majority of those infected were co-workers of the first patient.

Schools and main public offices were also closed, public gatherings banned and restrictions imposed on public transportation.

Sri Lanka has reported a total of 5,170 confirmed cases with 13 deaths since the pandemic began.


SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s coronavirus daily tally fell below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Friday said the 47 cases added in the past 24 hours brought the country’s total to 25,035 with 441 deaths.

This is a decrease from the 110 reported a day earlier, about half of whom were tied to a hospital for the elderly in the southeastern city of Busan.

Health official Son Youngrae said South Korea’s caseload is currently showing a downward trend. But he said the public should remain vigilant as cluster infections have also been detected sporadically in hospitals and other high-risk facilities.

Earlier this week, South Korea relaxed its social distancing rules, allowing high-risk venues such as nightclubs and karaoke bars to reopen and spectators to return to sports stadiums.


SALEM, Ore. – Coronavirus cases in Oregon continue to increase.

State health officials announced 374 new and suspected COVID-19 cases on Thursday and three additional deaths from the pandemic.

The figure brings the state’s case tally since the pandemic starting to 38,525 infections and 611 deaths, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Officials also reported 21 cases of outbreak Thursday in Georgia Pacific in Linn County, a company that makes tissue, packaging and building products.


SYDNEY – Australia’s largest city, Sydney, lifted quarantine restrictions for travelers from New Zealand on Friday, while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one of the world’s longest pandemic lockdowns.

More than 350 passengers are scheduled to take three flights from Auckland on Friday and will not need to undergo hotel quarantine upon arrival in Sydney.

New South Wales state Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said: “This is great news for tourism. This is also great news for grateful family and business reunification. “

New Zealand will continue to urge travelers from Australia to quarantine their hotels for 14 days upon arrival.

The Victorian state government has resisted pressure from businesses and the federal government to ease a second lockdown that began when stay-at-home orders went into effect in Melbourne on July 9.

Victoria recorded only two new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hour period. The state last posted such a low number on June 8, with the daily tally peaking at 725 on August 5.


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