Coronavirus live news: record one-day rise in global infections, says WHO

    The British government’s plan to push people back into the office risks a return to “white middle-aged males” making important decisions in the office, while women and people from ethnic minorities are excluded at home, according to one of the UK’s most senior business leaders. In an interview with the Guardian, Ann Francke, the Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), warned that without careful oversight “blended working” could result in a two-tier system where women without …

‘It’s Out Of Control’: How QAnon Undermines Legitimate Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Hundreds of protests erupted across the country in recent weeks, purportedly to demand an end to child sex trafficking. From tiny communities such as Poteau, Oklahoma, to Los Angeles, Miami, Denver and other major cities, people stormed the streets, calling for the mass execution of pedophiles and even accusing various public figures of torturing, raping and enslaving children to harvest their blood. Lurking at the helm of these so-called “Save Our Children” rallies is QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory movement that baselessly …

AWKWARD: Trump’s Attacks On Bob Woodward Contradicted By One Of His Own Tweets

President Donald Trump and his allies on Wednesday lashed out at journalist Bob Woodward over revelations in his upcoming book. But those attacks are falling flat in light of an old comment from Trump himself about the famed author.  Woodward’s upcoming book, Rage, reveals that the president lied to the American public about the coronavirus pandemic and knowingly downplayed the infection’s severity and how it’s spread. He told Woodward on Feb. 7 that the virus was deadly, spread via the air and …

Coronavirus live news: Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial put on hold; England bans gatherings of more than six

10.39pm EDT 22:39 New Zealand confirms six new cases of community transmission Charlotte Graham-McLay reports for the Guardian: New Zealand reported six new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, all spread by community transmission and connected to an outbreak in the largest city, Auckland. Health authorities are asking all members of a particular church, Mt. Roskill Evangelical Fellowship, to be tested for the coronavirus –even if they are not symptomatic or have been tested before. All six of the new cases …

Coronavirus Australia live update: Daniel Andrews holds press conference as Victoria records 41 Covid cases

I want to say how proud I am, despite the difficulties of the restrictions, the great challenge we face, the sense of frustration, the weariness with these rules, we are sticking together, we are looking out for each other and we are having considerable success. These numbers are coming down, this strategy is working. We are bringing a sense of control to this and we’ll drive these numbers down further, so that when we open up in safe and steady …

Coronavirus live news: cases rising in 22 US states as France declares more Covid-19 ‘red zones’

9.34pm EDT 21:34 Mexico’s health ministry on Sunday reported 4,614 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 232 additional fatalities, bringing its totals to 634,023 cases and 67,558 deaths, Reuters reports. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely to be significantly higher than the confirmed cases. 9.16pm EDT 21:16 More on the latest from New Zealand, with Charlotte Graham-McLay: Health officials in New Zealand reported two new cases of Covid-19 spread in the community on …

Maine Wedding Linked To More Than 140 Coronavirus Cases

An indoor wedding and reception in Maine last month resulted in at least 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state, including three deaths, state health officials said. The growing outbreak came after about 65 guests attended the Aug. 7 wedding in Millinocket, Maine. Just 10 days later, two dozen people directly associated with the event tested positive for the virus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. As of Sunday, additional confirmed cases linked to the wedding …

India crosses 4 million coronavirus cases with record surge

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks in front of a mural in New Delhi, India on July 21, 2020. Yawar Nazir | Getty Images India’s total coronavirus cases surged beyond 4 million with a record rise on Saturday, making it the third country in the world to surpass that mark, following the United States and Brazil. India added 86,432 cases of the new virus on Saturday, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry. Infections rose across …

Coronavirus live news: India cases pass 4m; anti-lockdown protesters arrested in Victoria

5.17am EDT 05:17 Sarah Marsh Hello all. I am a news reporter based in London and will be updating the live feed today (morning here), bringing you the latest updates on coronavirus from around the world. Please do get share any news tips and comments with me. You can get in touch via any of the channels below. Thanks in advance. Twitter: @sloumarshInstagram: sarah_marsh_journalistEmail: sarah.marsh@theguardian.com 4.58am EDT 04:58 Doctors in state-run hospitals in Nigeria will go on strike next week …

Iraq may ‘lose control’ after record coronavirus cases: Live

Iraq’s health ministry has warned hospitals may “lose control” in the coming days as the country has recorded its highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokeswoman said, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety. Brazil’s caseload topped four million as Australia extended its ban on international travel for three more months …

Coronavirus: All you need to know in under 500 words

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, a pandemic.  As of September 4, the global death toll surpassed 870,000 amid more than 26.4 million cases. Over 17.5 million people have recovered from the disease worldwide, according to the data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. More: Coronavirus: All you need to know about the symptoms and risks How does coronavirus spread and how can you protect yourself? Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed …

What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?

A new coronavirus that emerged in China late last year has spread to at least 188 countries on six continents, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak of the pathogen a pandemic.  More than 870,000 have died from the virus worldwide and the number of reported cases has exceeded 26.4 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 17.5 million people have recovered so far. More: International fears grow with virus deaths in Italy, South Korea …

Top Cop Ousted After Pursuing Felony Charges Against Civil Rights Leaders

The city manager of Portsmouth, Virginia, ousted the city’s police chief on Friday, weeks after the chief announced highly unusual felony charges against a sitting state senator, local civil rights leaders and city public defenders in connection with the destruction of a Confederate monument. Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene allowed Sergeant Kevin McGee to bring the felony charges against Virginia Sen. Louise Lucas (D), NAACP officials, and others under a 70-year-old state law that allows for felony charges involving “injury to” …

Turkey seeing second peak of Covid-19 outbreak – as it happened

  Signs of Covid-19 easing in Brazil Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll appears to be easing for the first time since May, data shows, a sign the Latin American country could be descending from a long infection plateau that has seen it suffer the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States, Reuters reports. With nearly 4 million confirmed cases, the virus has killed over 120,000 people in Brazil. But the level of average daily deaths dropped below 900 per day last …

Coronavirus live news: Trump pushes to withdraw WHO funding immediately

  US public health departments being told to prepare November vaccine distribution Health officials across the US have reportedly been notified that they should expect a coronavirus vaccine available to health workers and high-risk groups by November, amid concerns the accelerated vaccine development process has become politicized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informed health officials that “limited Covid-19 vaccine doses may be available by early November 2020”, the New York Times reported. Meanwhile, in a letter to …

US sanctions top International Criminal Court officials

The United States has imposed sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and one of her top aides. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the moves on Wednesday, saying that “the ICC continues to target Americans”. The Hague-based court is continuing an investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. The sanctions include a freeze on assets held in the US or subject to US law and target Bensouda and the court’s head of jurisdiction, Phakiso Mochochoko. …

UK coronavirus live: Johnson says Britain prepared for more ‘wretched Covid’ as some pupils return to school

  Hancock claims England’s test and trace system ‘in the top tranche’ internationally Here is the full quote from Matt Hancock in the Commons earlier when he claimed that England’s test and trace system was now “in the top tranche” internationally. Hancock was responding to a question from the Conservative MP Jack Lopresti, who wanted to know how the country was doing by international standards. Hancock replied:   Well, of course, we learn the lessons and I talk to my …

Coronavirus live news: Russia cases exceed 1m; Poland bans direct flights from 44 countries

  Interesting article from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the global push to develop a vaccine for coronavirus, which contains warnings from lead scientists that we are unlikely to get a vaccine until the end of 2021. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (@JohnsHopkinsSPH) “A return to normal requires a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. What will it take to get one?” https://t.co/aSoV7QUS7v September 1, 2020 Here’s an excerpt: As reopening measures begin across the U.S. …

Councils in north-west England ask for Covid lockdown to remain as cases rise

Plans to lift coronavirus restrictions for more than half a million people in Greater Manchester have been thrown into “chaos and confusion” as local leaders urged the government to change course after a sharp rise in infections. Less than 24 hours before restrictions on social visits were due to be lifted on Wednesday, two local authorities covering more than 520,000 people warned the government it was too early to ease the measures. Council leaders in Bolton and Trafford wrote to …

WHO says Europe can live with COVID-19 with local lockdowns: Live

Europe can live with COVID-19 without a vaccine by managing outbreaks with localised lockdowns, the World Health Organization’s director for the region said, adding he did not expect a return to full national-level restrictions. Hong Kong has started mass testing for coronavirus in an initiative that has been undermined by suspicions of China and concerns about privacy. Nearly 25.5 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 850,535 people have died. Some …