- The prime minister of the state of Saxony said a second wave of coronaviruses had hit Germany
- The World Health Organization reports a record one-day increase in COVID-19 global cases
- Chile allows citizens to withdraw from their pensions for economic assistance from the pandemic
All updates in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC / GMT)
12:52 a.m. Losing weight can help you survive COVID-19, according to officials who work for the UK Public Health Agency (PHE) in the UK.
“The current evidence is clear being overweight or obese puts you at greater risk “serious illness or death due to COVID-19, as well as from many other life-threatening diseases,” said PHE chief nutritionist Alison Tedstone.
Nearly 63% of adults in the UK are overweight or obese, according to the agency.
Commenting on the problem on Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to overcome the crisis, claiming that he himself had lost more than 14 pounds (6.35 kilograms) since he hospitalized with COVID-19 in April.
“I usually don’t believe in the politics of caregivers, governing but the reality is that obesity is a factor of comorbidity,” he said.
00:50 For the fourth day in a row, the US has reported more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19.
US coronavirus deaths have increased by at least 1,019 in the past 24 hours to a total of 145,352 deaths since the outbreak began. Total infections in the US rose at least 68,800 to more than 4 million.
Although deaths in the US have risen for the second week in a row, deaths are now far below levels seen in April, when an average 2,000 people per day die from the corona virus. Outbreaks in nursing homes were very severe in March and April, while younger and healthier people had a greater number of infections recorded this summer. Hospitals also improve their viral treatment, for example by placing patients on their stomachs and utilizing the antiviral drug Remdesivir.
12:38 a.m. The need to wear face masks has not been scientifically proven, said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
According to Obrador, the doctor told him that “I don’t need a face mask if I maintain a health distance and in places where it’s necessary or is the norm, it doesn’t have to be mandatory, just wear it.”
“On the plane, they asked for it and I wore it,” he said at a press conference, where he was not wearing a mask.
“In my office I always welcome citizens, leaders of all social organizations, citizens, politics, religion, economics and what we do is maintain a healthy distance,” said Lopez Obrador. The president criticized “politician authoritarianism” which enforces mandatory lockdown. He said Mexicans “behaved very well” under voluntary quarantine and there were signs that the pandemic was “losing strength little by little” in Mexico.
The Mexican Ministry of Health reported 7,573 new cases of coronavirus and 737 additional deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total infection in the country to 378,285. A total of 42,645 people have died.
The government has said the actual number of infections is likely to be much higher than confirmed cases.
12:20 a.m. The President of Chile has sign a plan law that allows citizens to withdraw 10% of their retirement savings, an action intended to provide quick access to cash to millions of Chileans who quit their jobs due to economic closures aimed at curbing the spread of the corona virus.
President Sebastian Pinera’s office said the president had signed the bill, but did not comment on its contents. The law was approved by two-thirds of legislators earlier this week.
Pinera’s center-right government opposes the aid measure, saying it will have a long-term negative impact on the already low average pension payments.
But the public widely supports the move, with queues already formed on Friday outside the Pension Fund Administrator’s office. According to the poll, nearly nine out of 10 Chileans plan to take advantage of the action, with most saying they will use the money to pay for basic goods and services.
12:10 The second wave of coronaviruses “has reached Germany,” Saxony Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer said.
“The second wave of coronavirus is already here. It happens every day, “the center-right leader of the east German state Rheinische Post daily. “We have a new outbreak of infection every day, which could turn out to be a very high number.”
It is important to work with health authorities to break this wave every day, he added.
This works really well in Germany, Kretschmer said. He praised the country’s federal system for Germany’s success in curbing the spread of the corona virus, saying that each German state could react far more precisely to the outbreak than countries that were centrally governed as France or Poland could do.
“This is only possible with federalism,” he said.
Kretschmer also expressed a positive perspective on the pandemic, saying that it united the German people.
“The corona virus pandemic is the first joint crisis experience in Germany. The best part is that people in the East and West are acting the same way in this crisis,” he said. “Coronavirus is the best proof that this country has grown together.”
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In reporting the coronavirus pandemic, unless otherwise specified, DW uses figures provided by Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center (JHU) in the United States. JHU is updating numbers in real-time, collecting data from world health organizations, state and national governments, and other official public sources, all of which have their own systems for gathering information.
German national statistics compiled by its public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). These figures depend on data transmission from the state and local levels and are updated about once a day, which can cause deviations from JHU.
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