India’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 50,000

  • India reported a daily jump of 57,981 infections, taking the total to nearly 2.65 million, third only behind the United States and Brazil, while the death toll jumped by 941, with the total of 50,921.
  • Australia has reported the deadliest day of the pandemic with 25 fatalities from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 282 new cases in the state of Victoria, according to the government on Monday.
  • New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday postponed the general election by four weeks to October 17 but ruled out delaying it any further, as the country tackles a new outbreak of the coronavirus.
  • The United States has surpassed 170,000 coronavirus deaths, according to the latest Johns Hopkins University tally, as health officials express concerns about COVID-19 complicating the fall flu season. More than 5.4 million people in the US have been infected, while 1.8 million have recovered.
  • Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 21.6 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, while more than 13.6 million people have recovered. Almost 774,300 people have died.

    Russia reported 4,892 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, pushing its tally so far to 927,745, the fourth largest in the world.

    Authorities said 55 people had died across the country in the last 24 hours, increasing Russia’s official coronavirus death toll to 15,740.

    6:40 GMT – Lebanon needs two-week lockdown after COVID-19 spike, health minister says

    Lebanon should be locked down for two weeks after a spike in COVID-19 infections, the caretaker government’s health minister said.

    “We declare today a state of general alert and we need a brave decision to close (the country) for two weeks,” Hamad Hassan told Voice of Lebanon radio.

    Lebanon registered a record 439 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours on Sunday.

    06:10 GMT – South Korea battles worst coronavirus outbreak in months

    South Korea has warned of tighter novel coronavirus restrictions as new outbreaks appeared, including one linked to a church where more than 300 members of the congregation have been infected but hundreds more are reluctant to get tested.

    The outbreak linked to the Sarang Jeil Church in Seoul is the country’s biggest in nearly six months and led to a tightening of social distancing rules on Sunday.

    The outbreak at the Seoul church has revived fears seen in February when authorities were struggling with an outbreak that emerged in a secretive Christian sect in the city of Daegu and became the country’s deadliest cluster.

    05:50 GMT – Malaysia’s Penang halts medical tourists after arrivals from Indonesia

    Malaysia’s northern state of Penang has barred entry by overseas visitors seeking medical treatment until it finalises new health and safety procedures in light of the coronavirus crisis.

    Authorities toughened curbs on movement in some parts of the island over the weekend, as new infections emerged after more than three months with no cases.

    “The state government deeply regrets that it was not informed of the ‘sudden’ arrival of the patients,” Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said, announcing the ban.

    05:10 GMT – Germany’s Bavaria unable to trace dozens who test positive of COVID-19

    Bavarian authorities have admitted that they are still haven’t been able to contact 46 of more than 900 people who tested positive for the new coronavirus upon entering Germany recently, but didn’t receive the results, AP news agency reported.

    Last week, the southern German state admitted that tens of thousands of travelers returning back home had to wait for weeks to receive their test results – among them the more than 900 who had tested positive but were not aware of it because of the missing results.

    The bureaucratic breakdown led to an uproar in Germany over concerns that those who tested positive but were not aware of it could spread the virus to others.

    Germany has reported a total of 224,014 cases and over 9,200 deaths.

    04:41 GMT – India’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 50,000

    The country reported a daily jump of 57,981 infections, taking the total to nearly 2.65 million, third only behind the United States and Brazil.

    The death toll jumped by 941, with the total now 50,921.

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