A man wearing a protective mask walks past a graffiti reading ‘Stay at Home’. – Reuters

Global infections of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have now risen above 28.2 million people while the death figures stand at 911,282, according to data from Johns Hopkins University

The first four countries in terms of infections are the United States (US), India, Brazil and Russia. They account for nearly 58 per cent of all cases Worldwide

The Australian state of Victoria recorded 37 new cases of COVID-19, the lowest for months, as it also braces for illegal anti-lockdown protests and potential arrests.

Brazil’s death toll passed 130,000, according to the country’s Health Ministry. It has the second highest death toll in the world, after the United States (US).

France has ruled out imposing a new national lockdown despite recording more than 9,000 new cases for the second consecutive day.

Instead the Prime Minister, Jean Gastex, announced an increase in test and trace measures and a reduction the quarantine period for those with the virus from 14 to seven days.

Spain has reported 4,708 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours. It brings its cumulative total to 566,326 – the highest in western Europe.

In the United Kingdom (UK), the COVID-19 smartphone app will be launched across England and Wales on Thursday, September 24, 2020

A further 3,539 people have tested positive in the UK, the largest daily figure since mid-May. It was also announced that the R value for both the UK and England is between 1 and 1.2.

The United States (US) government’s infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said he disagrees with President Donald Trump’s assessment that the country has “rounded the corner” on the coronavirus pandemic, saying the statistics are disturbing.

The first European pandemic “travel bubble”, created in May by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, has burst after Latvia said it was mandating a 14-day quarantine on everyone arriving from Estonia.

Iraq has recorded another 4,254 new cases and 67 more deaths from the virus.

Despite the recent surge in cases, thousands of supporters of Iraqi shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gathered at a mosque in east Baghdad for the first time since March.

India has set another global one-day record for coronavirus infections. The country reported 96,551 new cases.

Deaths have remained relatively low in the country, but are seeing an upward trend, with more than 1,000 deaths being reported every day for the last ten days.

Austria has expanded mandatory mask-wearing and imposed restrictions on events in response to a surge in new cases. – The Guardian


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