International update: Global Covid cases pass 31.8 million – deaths exceed 976,000 – stock markets slump

24 September 2020 (Last Updated September 24th, 2020 09:37)

24 September

Global: Worldwide Covid-19 cases have now passed 31.8 million, with more than 976,000 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University tracker.

US: Coronavirus cases in the US increased 0.6% as compared with the same time Tuesday to 6.91 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. The increase matched the average daily gain over the past week. Deaths rose by 0.5% to 201,319.

Mexico: Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus caseload rose to 710,049 on Wednesday, according to updated data from the health ministry, along with a reported death toll of 74,949.

Australia: Victoria, the epicentre of Australia’s Covid-19 outbreak, said on Thursday the number of new daily infections was close to a three-month low, buoying hopes that restrictions will be eased sooner than expected.

Czech Republic: The Czech Republic saw 2,309 new infections in its third highest daily rise since the pandemic began, but the figure was down slightly from 2,392 the previous day, health ministry data showed on Thursday.

Germany: Germany’s confirmed cases increased by 2,143 to 278,070, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.

China: China reported seven new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, down from ten the day before, the country’s national health authority said on Thursday.

South Korea: South Korea added 125 more coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours compared to 110 a day earlier, according to data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 23,341, and the death tally rose by five to 393.

France: France introduced new steps to fight the rapid resurgence of the coronavirus, including closing bars earlier in the evening and limiting public gatherings in Paris and several other cities. But the government isn’t considering a new nationwide lockdown.

Ireland: The number of new coronavirus cases in Ireland will double every 12 to 14 days at the current rate, the nation’s health ministry said. Ireland reported 234 more cases on Wednesday, with two deaths.

Scotland: Scotland recorded 486 new cases, the biggest daily tally since the outbreak began, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told reporters in Edinburgh.

Lockdown updates

Israel: Israel’s cabinet has agreed to a tightening of its second national lockdown in a bid to stem a steep rise in cases. Businesses will face more curbs on operation times from Friday and people will no longer be able to attend street protests as part of travel curbs.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong will put the UK on its “high-risk” list from 1 October, the South China Morning Post reported, citing unnamed sources. This would mean UK arrivals have to present a negative virus test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days in a hotel instead of at home, it said.

Scotland: The Scottish government unveiled restrictions Tuesday to halt a resurgence of the virus. The rules went further than Boris Johnson’s and included a nationwide ban on people visiting each other’s homes.

Economy update

Global: Stock markets have suffered heavy losses amid concerns about the ability of the global economy to recover from the pandemic. Shares in Asia Pacific are down 2% after more losses on Wall Street on Wednesday. The FTSE is set to drop 1.15%.