• WHO cautions more deaths in autumn

  • Global deaths over 925,000

  • Jordan  closes schs, places of worship

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Europe will face rising death figures from the coronavirus (COVID-19) during autumn.

This is as worldwide cases of the deadly virus infections are fast approaching the 30 million mark.

WHO’s Regional Office for Europe told Deutche Welle, “We expect an increase of COVID-19 cases, which sadly means more cases of death.”

There are nearly 30 million coronavirus cases worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with 29,136,553 cases confirmed so far.

Also, current statistics indicate that the fatality figures globally have now risen above 925,000 deaths.

On Sunday, September 13, 2020, the WHO reported a record single-day increase in global cases as the tally surged by a further 307,930 infections in just 24 hours.

According to AFP’s reports attributed to the head of WHO’s European branch, the body says Europe is likely to witness a rise in the daily number of COVID-19 deaths in October and November 2020

In line with this warning of likely hike in infection figures, a new national lockdown could be imposed in Wales within weeks unless people follow the updated rules on social gatherings, the country’s health minister has said.

At least 14 refugees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials on Lesbos where efforts are underway to move thousands of people left homeless by devastating fires, in what had once been Europe’s biggest migrant camp in Moria, into a new facility.

In Jordan, health authorities have. moved to suspend schools for two weeks from Thursday and close places of worship, restaurants and public markets as part of renewed restrictions after a record rise in coronavirus cases in the last few days, Reuters reports.

United States (US) President Donald Trump held a Nevada campaign rally at an indoor venue on Sunday despite public health professionals’ warnings against large indoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Interestingly, people in the crowd were seated close together and many did not wear masks.

In Israel, the imposition of a second lockdown has left the country staggering, with fears that three weeks of shuttered businesses and restricting people to their homes could devastate livelihoods.

Former Italian Premier, Silvio Berlusconi left hospital on Monday, September 14, about 11 days after being admitted with coronavirus, describing it as “perhaps the most difficult ordeal of my life.”

Across Italy, queues formed outside schools on Monday as 5.6 million pupils returned to classrooms for the first time in over six months.

Schools in 12 Italian regions reopened in what prime minister Giuseppe Conte said was a “big test for the state”.

The French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, has instructed the authorities in Marseille, Bordeaux and the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe to detail extra measures to halt the spread of Covid-19 by the end of Monday.

Public Health England (PHE) said that as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 2,621 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. Overall, 371,125 cases have been confirmed.

PHE also said a further nine people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday. This brings the UK total to 41,637.

Russia has reported 5,509 new coronavirus cases today, pushing its national tally to 1,068,320, the fourth largest in the world. Health authorities said 57 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 18,635.

An American woman has been accused of spreading coronavirus around a Bavarian town by allegedly drinking in pubs and bars despite being told to quarantine after showing coronavirus symptoms.

Authorities in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta reimposed a partial lockdown on Monday and vowed to strictly isolate anyone testing positive for Covid-19 as infections soared in the metropolis.

Spain has logged another huge leap in Covid cases, reporting 27,4o4 new infections since last Friday and bringing its total to 593,730.

According to the latest figures from the Spanish Health ministry, 116,464 cases have been diagnosed over the past two weeks and there have been 207 deaths over the past seven days. – Reports from The Guardian

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