Global toll rises to 11,51,077

Spain declares state of emergency

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 02:37, Oct 26,2020


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 11,51,077 people since it emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT Sunday.

At least 4,26,94,790 cases of coronavirus have been registered, of whom at least 2,89,91,400 are now considered recovered.

On Saturday, officials worldwide recorded 5,765 new deaths and 4,66,838 new cases.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 906 new deaths, followed by India with 578 and Brazil with 432.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 2,24,906 deaths from 85,78,063 cases, with at least 34,06,656 people declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,56,903 deaths from 53,80,635 cases, and India with 1,18,534 deaths from 78,64,811 cases.

Behind them are Mexico with 88,743 deaths from 8,86,800 cases, and the United Kingdom with 44,745 deaths from 8,54,010 cases.

The country with the highest death rate is Peru with 103 fatalities per 1,00,000 inhabitants, followed by Belgium with 93, then Spain and Bolivia with 74 per 100,000.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 3,90,870 deaths from 1,08,97,051 cases, Europe 2,61,395 deaths from 86,85,099 infections, and the United States and Canada 2,34,826 deaths from 87,91,791 cases.

Asia has reported 1,65,627 deaths from 1,01,53,519 cases, the Middle East 56,245 deaths from 24,24,331 cases, Africa 41,102 deaths from 17,09,040 cases, and Oceania 1,012 deaths from 33,967 cases.

Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte tightened nationwide coronavirus restrictions Sunday after the country registered a record number of new cases, despite opposition from regional heads and street protests.

Cinemas, theatres, gyms and swimming pools must all close under the new rules, which come into force on Monday and run until November 24. Restaurants and bars will stop serving at 6:00pm, Conte’s office said.

Italy, which was the first European country to be hit hard by the pandemic and impose a nationwide lockdown, on Saturday registered nearly 20,000 new cases over 24 hours.

‘The aim is clear: to keep the contagion curve under control, because that is the only way can we manage the pandemic without being overwhelmed by it,’ Conte told a press conference.

It was imperative Italy act now to avoid a second full lockdown, which ‘the country can no longer afford’, he said.

Schools and nurseries will remain open, although up to 75 per cent of classes for high-schools and universities will move online. People have been urged to avoid using public transport or moving beyond their own communities.

The new measures were introduced just hours after dozens of far-right protesters in Rome clashed with riot police during a demonstration against the region’s curfew, setting off fireworks, burning bins and throwing projectiles.

Some 200 masked militants belonging to the neo-fascist group Forza Nuova lead the skirmish in a second night of street protests, after hundreds of demonstrators clashed with officers in Naples further south over the curfew there.

Several regions have imposed overnight curfews in a bid to slow-rising COVID-19 infection numbers. Piedmont in the north and Sicily in the south will follow this week.

Spanish declared a national state of emergency Sunday, and a curfew covering all of Spain except the Canary Islands, in a bid to curb a second wave of coronavirus cases.

The new state of emergency will last until the beginning of May, prime minister Pedro Sanchez said in a televised speech.

‘The situation we are going through is extreme,’ he stressed.

The measures were agreed earlier Sunday at a two-and-a-half-hour cabinet meeting convened to respond to calls from the regions for powers to impose curfews to fight the surge in coronavirus cases.

A government statement said the overnight curfew would run from 11:00pm until 6:00am.

While the state of emergency would initially last for 15 days, it would go to parliament to get it extended for six months, the statement added.

Geneva hospitals on Sunday issued a call for medically trained volunteers and recently retired staff to help tackle a record number of Coronavirus patients anticipated in the coming days.

Geneva University Hospitals said the number of coronavirus patients was expected to be ‘far higher’ than at the peak of the pandemic’s first wave in March.

Switzerland’s second-biggest city is home to many international institutions including the United Nations.

According to the latest figures released Friday by the Swiss health ministry, 5,057 new cases of the respiratory disease were registered in Geneva over the previous 14 days — an incidence of 1,012.5 per 1,00,000 people.

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