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 …

Coronavirus live news: France to unveil new measures after cases jump; India sees over 95,000 new infections

  The US presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said on Thursday that Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was “almost criminal” as the fallout continued over book revelations that the president admitted in early February that the disease was “deadly stuff” but deliberately played it down, writes Joanna Walters for the Guardian US. As the death toll from Covid-19 nears 200,000 in the US, the world’s highest, Biden, the Democratic candidate, excoriated his opponent in November’s election, in an interview …

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 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 …

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 …

For first time, a woman to head Canada’s Space Agency

Canada’s Space Agency will have a female president for the first time in its 31-year history September 3, 2020, 8:22 PM • 1 min read OTTAWA — For the first time in its 31-year history, the Canadian Space Agency will have a female president. The government announced Thursday that longtime public servant Lisa Campbell will take over as head of the agency. Campbell replaces Sylvain Laporte, who has been president since 2015. Campbell has spent the last two years as …

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: UK records 1,108 new confirmed cases as Myanmar reports biggest daily rise

4.04pm EDT 16:04 Almost 3,000 Formula One fans will be allowed to attend next month’s Tuscany Grand Prix at Mugello, the Italian circuit said Saturday, ending a succession of races behind closed doors this season. The race, on the weekend of 11-13 September, will also be the 1,000th in the sport for Ferrari. However, the Italian Grand Prix, slated for Monza the week before Mugello, will remain behind closed doors, a legacy of the strict health protocols introduced in the …

UK coronavirus live: government falls short of contact-tracing target for ninth week in row

7.45am EDT 07:45 Hi. Caroline Davies here, taking over the blog for a while. You can get in touch on caroline.davies@theguardian.com 7.42am EDT 07:42 Government falls short of contact-tracing target for ninth week in row The test and trace figures released earlier – with 75.5% of close contacts reached through the NHS system – represented the ninth week in a row where the government has fallen short of its 80% target. Dido Harding, the interim executive chair of the National …

Tanzania approves 15 candidates for presidential election

Analysts say a divided opposition is likely to ensure President Magufuli, left, will win a second term [AP] Tanzanian President John Magufuli will face 14 challengers in elections scheduled for this October, the elections board announced, with analysts saying a divided opposition is likely to ensure he wins a second term. His main challengers are likely to be Tundu Lissu, who returned to Tanzania last month after spending nearly three years in Belgium for treatment after he was shot during …

Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong man’s second Covid-19 infection gives rise to immunity concerns

1.55pm EDT 13:55 That’s all from me today. Jessica Murray will keep the blog warm throughout the evening. Here is a summary of what has been a fairly quiet day on the blog: A Hong Kong man has caught Covid again four months after he recovered from his first bout, in what medics says is the first confirmed case of human re-infection. Usain Bolt may or may not have Covid — but he is definitely self-isolating. There is “very low …

Case of man reinfected with coronavirus stokes immunity fears

A young man has been diagnosed with coronavirus more than four months after he recovered from a first episode of the disease, suggesting that immunity to the virus can be short-lived and raising more questions about vaccines against Covid-19. The case in Hong Kong is the first lab-confirmed reinfection. Genetic sequencing by scientists at the University of Hong Kong established that the second episode, in an otherwise healthy young man, was caused by a slightly different strain. Researchers had hoped …

Storms Marco and Laura Are Poised To Give The Gulf Coast A Deadly One-Two Punch

science Follow these forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service. Posted on August 23, 2020, at 10:53 a.m. ET The Gulf Coast is bracing for a devastating one-two punch, with two major storms, Marco and Laura, forecast to make landfall at hurricane strength in the coming days. It is very unusual for two major storms to hit the same coastal area in rapid succession. Laura and Marco are the earliest L- and M-named storms recorded in …

Why do Covid fatalities remain low when infection numbers are rising?

While some scientists believe the virus has become less deadly, others look at the factors that suggest otherwise Some researchers believe that social distancing has led to smaller amounts of the virus being transmitted. Photograph: Bradley Collyer/PA   Are Covid-19 death rates decreasing? Most statistics indicate that although cases of Covid-19 are rising in many parts of Europe and the United States, the number of deaths and cases of severe complications remain relatively low. For example, patients on ventilators have …

Here’s Where Storm Isaias Hit Hardest

The storm affected the Caribbean and much of the US East Coast. Last updated on August 5, 2020, at 2:10 p.m. ET Posted on July 31, 2020, at 11:16 a.m. ET Note: The maps below are no longer being updated. On Monday night, Hurricane Isaias made landfall in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, with winds of up to 85 mph, causing storm surges on the coast and spawning tornadoes as it moved inland. As of Tuesday morning, Isaias had weakened …

Coronavirus live news: WHO hopes crisis can be over within two years; Italy records biggest daily infection rise since May

6.56pm EDT 18:56 After France reported 4,771 new cases – its biggest daily increase since lockdown ended – the UK government has announced travellers from France to the UK will be required to self certify that they are not suffering coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case within 14 days preceding travel. Updated at 7.00pm EDT 6.38pm EDT 18:38 Hi, Josh Taylor here taking over the blog. We have some more information on the Queensland Covid-19 …

Coronavirus live news: Lebanon sees record cases after blast; New Zealand’s biggest city heads into lockdown

The US secretary of health, Alex Azar, has just held a press conference to mark the end of his multi-day visit to Taiwan. Azar has met with senior government and health officials on the visit, including president Tsai Ing-wen. In the press conference Azar continued his criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that if a novel virus had emerged in the US, Taiwan “or another open society, it would have gone very differently”. China could have and …

Coronavirus live news: EU health agency calls for new lockdowns as Greece ‘formally’ enters second wave | World news

Spain’s government defended its response to the coronavirus pandemic on Monday after official data showed the country had overtaken the UK to register the highest total number of cases in western Europe. “Appropriate measures are being taken to control the pandemic in coordination” with the regions, the government said in a statement, after experts questioned its policies. The data shows that we are being very active in tracking and detecting the virus. Health ministry data showed 1,486 new cases were …