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Coronavirus news live update: The United States saw a record 1.5 lakh of Covid-19 cases in one day | Instant News

India’s Covid-19 caseload surpassed 86.8 lakh with 47,905 new cases and 550 deaths, while the number of people who have recovered from the disease soared to 80.66 lakh, pushing the national recovery rate to 92.79 percent. As India enters Diwali weekend, experts warn that crowds and festive activities could increase coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, the air quality in the nation’s capital is still poor, with several studies showing air pollution can exacerbate the Covid-19 situation.


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Highlights of the Corona virus: Deaths in Germany pass 10,000 | Coronavirus and Covid-19 – the latest news around COVID-19 | DW | Instant News

Germany on Saturday became the sixth European country to pass a dismal 10,000 COVID-19 death toll. The country, which avoided the most severe outbreak of the first wave of the virus earlier this year, also recorded nearly 15,000 new infections.


Head of that World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned of difficult times to come for the countries of the Northern Hemisphere.

“The coming months are going to be very difficult and some countries are on a dangerous path,” the WHO director general said at a news conference on Friday, warning that the Northern Hemisphere was at a “tipping point”.

He called for immediate action, warning of an “exponential increase in cases” in many countries.

Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical chief for the coronavirus, said the WHO recorded around 445,000 new cases in the past 24 hours, nearly half in Europe. He said “ICU capacity will be reached in the coming weeks” in cities across Europe.


Former United States of America Vice President Joe Biden, who is running as a Democratic candidate for the 2020 US Presidential election, said on Friday that if he was elected president he would mandate that the vaccine be free for all Americans.

“Once we have a safe and effective vaccine, it should be free for everyone – whether you are insured or not,” Biden said in his speech, 11 days before election day.

US President Donald Trump also said vaccines should be free for Americans.

AstraZeneca said on Friday that they have continued with it WE experimental COVID-19 vaccine trial. The trial was suspended on 6 September following reports of serious neurological disease in patients during a company trial in England. The drugmaker resumed trials after the US Food and Drug Association (FDA), which monitors vaccine manufacture, said it was safe to do so.

Temporarily stopping drug and vaccine testing is very common, as studies involving thousands of participants suggest some may get sick. The US AstraZeneca study involved 30,000 people with some getting the actual vaccine and others receiving a placebo. Final testing has continued in the UK, Brazil, South Africa and Japan.

Read more: The US could see half a million deaths from coronavirus by the end of winter, the study warned

Brazil Anvisa’s regulator allowed the biomedical center to import 6 million doses of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, although President Jair Bolsonaro said the country would not buy China’s vaccine.

The product is currently in phase 3 trials, which were carried out with the help of a local university. It is not yet approved for widespread use in Brazil.

Brazil Pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica said on Friday that it signed an agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine next month.

This is the second agreement to produce a vaccine in Brazil, where four other vaccines have already been tested.

The Brazilian state of Bahia also signed an agreement to conduct phase 3 trials of the Sputnik V vaccine and plans to purchase 50 million doses for the northeastern Brazilian market.


German reached the bleak milestone of 10,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to figures released by the country’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) – the government body responsible for disease control and prevention.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 14,714 to 418,005, the RKI reported. It’s the highest number of new infections every day in the country.

A Netherlands hospitals began sending COVID-19 patients to German to reduce tension in the hospital. Flevoh Hospital in Almere, 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of Amsterdam, is sending patients to Germany by helicopter. This is the first air transport of this type from the Netherlands to Germany since the pandemic began.

Read more: Corona virus trend: The pandemic is far from over

Italy The Campania region said it would impose a lockdown to stem the flow of the coronavirus. Campania has closed most schools and imposed a curfew.

Police used tear gas in Naples to harass hundreds of people who were protesting the urge to take tougher measures. Daily cases in Italy have jumped sevenfold since early October, surging to 19,143 on Friday and raising fears that the pandemic is escalating out of control. Daily deaths also increased throughout the month, totaling 91 on Friday, but far less than the height of the first wave in the spring when the daily peak of deaths hit 900.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he wants to avoid another national lockdown that could hurt a fragile economy, but regional leaders can set their own rules when it comes to lockdowns.

Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and three ministers in his government will remain in isolation after the deputy ministers they contact tested positive for the virus on Friday.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was isolated on Friday after a minister tested positive

“I am awaiting orders from the health authorities and until then I will isolate myself. I last got in touch with him five days ago,” Borissov wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

Borissov said he tested negative from a test he took Friday morning before meeting US Deputy Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Keith Krach.

Cases in Bulgaria have been surging since the start of the month. The country recorded 1,595 new cases as of Friday. Health authorities have banned planned operations in regions where infections exceed 120 per 100,000 people and are demanding that hospitals ensure 10% of their bed capacity is available to COVID-19 patients.

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Iran national airline IranAir resumed European flights after they were suspended due to the pandemic. A spokesman told state news agency IRNA that scheduled flights to Britain, France, Austria, Germany and Italy would resume.

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Germany will start coronavirus vaccinations before April 2021, says health minister | News | DW | Instant News

While Germany is still waiting for researchers to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus, Health Minister Jens Spahn estimated on Monday that vaccinations were only months away.

“Currently, October 12, I think the first quarter of next year can start,” he said.

He stressed vaccinations would be voluntary. German authorities plan to initiate vaccination efforts with high-risk groups, such as people suffering from pre-existing medical conditions, the elderly, health care workers and nursing home employees.

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The race to develop safe vaccines

While Russia registers a coronavirus vaccine in August, the announcement was met with skepticism from scientists around the world. The US, China and several other countries are also pursuing their own versions of the vaccine. Last month, the WHO said it would not support any vaccine until it is proven safe and effective.

Germany too invest hundreds of millions of euros into medical research companies in an effort to boost vaccine development.

Read more: German glassmakers hold the key to the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine

Competition is healthy

In September, Spahn and German Research Minister Anja Karliczek hoped vaccinations would begin in the first months of next year. Speaking via video link to economic research institute Ifo on Monday, Spahn said he supports this prediction. He also seemed unconcerned about the vaccine shortage many rival projects to develop products.

“If all the horses reach the finish line, we will have too many vaccines,” he said.

Read more: The impact of the corona virus

The coronavirus has so far killed more than 1 million people worldwide, including about 9,600 in Germany, according to data compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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