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Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record global daily cases as Victoria announces 397 new cases and three deaths Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record global daily cases as Victoria announces 397 new cases and three deaths
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Almost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second UK lockdown. Follow all the developments liveAlmost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second UK lockdown. Follow all the developments live
This news is in from the AAP: Chile’s president Sebastián Piñera announced $4.5 billion in additional stimulus spending to help soften the blow of the pandemic and warned against a drift toward populism as people take advantage of a new rule allowing them to dip into their pension funds.
A man has been arrested at a NSW-Victoria border checkpoint after allegedly providing false information to police and then punching an officer in the face. In an address to lawmakers, Pinera said public investment in 2020-2022 will reach $34 billion, of which $4.5 billion had not previously been announced. The centre-right leader warned against populist solutions to Chile’s economic woes, which include huge inequalities and a recession worsened by the impact of Covid-19.
The man and two women in their 20s were on Saturday morning in a car seeking to cross into NSW at Corowa when they were pulled over by police and defence personnel. “The entire world is being threatened by populism, which always offers the easy path of rights without duties, of achievements without effort,” he said, according to Reuters, warning against “promises of easy solutions to difficult problems.”
Police say the two women presented valid permits and identification but the man, sitting in the back seat, did not follow suit. This is Luke Henriques-Gomes returning to the blog. Thanks to Matilda Boseley for stepping in just now.
Subsequent checks found the man was wanted on seven outstanding warrants including one revoking his parole. This news is in from AAP:
The 21-year-old man then allegedly attempted to flee the vehicle and punched a senior constable in the face, causing bruises.
He was arrested by other officers and defence personnel and taken to Corowa Hospital due to suspected drug ingestion, with authorities seizing drug paraphernalia from the car.
The man remains in hospital and is yet to be charged.
My colleague Matilda Boseley will be taking over the blog for a short while.My colleague Matilda Boseley will be taking over the blog for a short while.
The latest case of Covid-19 in the Australian state of Queensland is a woman who may have been infectious while working at a Brisbane nursing home.The latest case of Covid-19 in the Australian state of Queensland is a woman who may have been infectious while working at a Brisbane nursing home.
The facility at Pinjarra Hills in Brisbane’s west had already been locked down after the woman’s husband tested positive on Friday, reports AAP.The facility at Pinjarra Hills in Brisbane’s west had already been locked down after the woman’s husband tested positive on Friday, reports AAP.
The health minister, Steven Miles, said extra nurses had been provided to the facility.The health minister, Steven Miles, said extra nurses had been provided to the facility.
All 150 staff and the residents at the home are being tested.All 150 staff and the residents at the home are being tested.
“We are working with them to keep all residents safe,” Miles said.“We are working with them to keep all residents safe,” Miles said.
The woman is the wife of a 27-year-old Bellbird Park man who was confirmed to have the virus on Friday.The woman is the wife of a 27-year-old Bellbird Park man who was confirmed to have the virus on Friday.
We will have more on the situation in the Philippines later today.We will have more on the situation in the Philippines later today.
Doctors’ groups held a press conference just now begging the Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, for stricter lockdown for two weeks as they warned of the risk of health system collapse.Doctors’ groups held a press conference just now begging the Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, for stricter lockdown for two weeks as they warned of the risk of health system collapse.
“We are losing the battle,” one doctor said.“We are losing the battle,” one doctor said.
Forty organisations nationwide signed on, including the Philippine Medical Association, and are calling for a “timeout” to fix systems.Forty organisations nationwide signed on, including the Philippine Medical Association, and are calling for a “timeout” to fix systems.
A second person died of coronavirus complications in Vietnam, officials said on Saturday, a day after it recorded its first-ever death as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases.A second person died of coronavirus complications in Vietnam, officials said on Saturday, a day after it recorded its first-ever death as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases.
Both men died in a hospital in Da Nang, a hot spot with more than 100 cases in the past week, more than half of them patients, Associated Press reports.Both men died in a hospital in Da Nang, a hot spot with more than 100 cases in the past week, more than half of them patients, Associated Press reports.
The Health ministry said a 61-year-old man died on Friday evening of septic shock and chronic kidney failure. The country’s first fatality was a 70-year-old who was being treated for a kidney illness.The Health ministry said a 61-year-old man died on Friday evening of septic shock and chronic kidney failure. The country’s first fatality was a 70-year-old who was being treated for a kidney illness.
Da Nang is Vietnam’s most popular beach destination, and thousands of visitors were in the city for summer vacation. Across the country, authorities are rushing to test people who have returned home from the coastal city.Da Nang is Vietnam’s most popular beach destination, and thousands of visitors were in the city for summer vacation. Across the country, authorities are rushing to test people who have returned home from the coastal city.
Fifteen other patients with Covid-19 are in critical condition, officials said. All have other underlying illnesses. On Saturday morning, the health ministry confirmed 12 more cases, all linked to the hospital.Fifteen other patients with Covid-19 are in critical condition, officials said. All have other underlying illnesses. On Saturday morning, the health ministry confirmed 12 more cases, all linked to the hospital.
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro told a crowd in the state of Rio Grande do Sul on Friday to accept they would probably all catch the coronavirus one day.Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro told a crowd in the state of Rio Grande do Sul on Friday to accept they would probably all catch the coronavirus one day.
Bolsonaro, who has previously tested positive for Covid-19, said in an online video on Thursday he was being treated with antibiotics for a lung infection.Bolsonaro, who has previously tested positive for Covid-19, said in an online video on Thursday he was being treated with antibiotics for a lung infection.
According to the Brazilian newspaper Folha, the president told the crowd on Friday: “Sadly, I think you almost all of you will catch it one day. What are you afraid of? Face it.”According to the Brazilian newspaper Folha, the president told the crowd on Friday: “Sadly, I think you almost all of you will catch it one day. What are you afraid of? Face it.”
Brazil has recorded 92,475 deaths from the virus, according to the latest statistics.Brazil has recorded 92,475 deaths from the virus, according to the latest statistics.
US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by at least 1,453 on Friday, the biggest one-day increase since 27 May, to reach a total of 153,882, Reuters reports.US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by at least 1,453 on Friday, the biggest one-day increase since 27 May, to reach a total of 153,882, Reuters reports.
Cases rose by at least 66,986 to a total of 4.58 million, with some local governments yet to report.Cases rose by at least 66,986 to a total of 4.58 million, with some local governments yet to report.
The rise in deaths was the biggest one-day increase since fatalities rose by 1,484 on 27 May.The rise in deaths was the biggest one-day increase since fatalities rose by 1,484 on 27 May.
The death toll in Australia has exceeded 200 after three further deaths were recorded in Victoria and one person died in New South Wales.
There have been 201 deaths in the country since the pandemic began.
Those who died in Victoria were: a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s. The state’s death toll is now 116.
In NSW, an 83-year-old man connected to an outbreak at a popular pub, the Crossroads Hotel in south-west Sydney, died on Saturday, taking the state’s death toll to 52.
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has faced a grilling over reports that the families of people in aged care homes stricken by the coronavirus are unable to find out which hospitals their loves ones have been moved to.
Andrews said the federal government was working hard to resolve the issue.
In the Australian Capital Territory, there have been no new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the past 24 hours, authorities have announced.
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has said authorities are a “united team” after he was quizzed about a shake-up of the state’s public health team.
The restructure includes Annaliese Van Diemen, the deputy chief health officer, returning to “her former duties”, while three new officials have joined as deputy chief officers.
The Northern Territory in Australia has recorded one new coronavirus case, the health department has said.
The woman is the partner of the man who tested positive to coronavirus Covid-19 yesterday. She is in isolation at the Royal Darwin hospital.
In response to a call from the Australian Medical Association from all businesses except essential services to close, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says only that various options are being considered.
Andrews says authorities are working through what steps, if any, to take next.
Victorian authorities are putting the focus on what the police minister, Lisa Neville, calls “appalling behaviour” from residents who have been found breaching the rules.
Neville cites three cases: a person who drove from Melbourne to Wodonga on the NSW border “to buy a Big Mac”; a person who travelled from Melbourne to Ballarat for “fresh air”; and a person who drove across Melbourne, from Werribee to Springvale, to “buy groceries”.
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says he will not be announcing “further steps” today to curb the pandemic, but “we are giving due consideration to a whole range of different options”.
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has also confirmed there are now 5,919 active cases in the state, with 379 patients in hospital. There are 41 people in intensive care units, including 24 who are on ventilators.
Andrews says the situation in the state’s aged care system is “very serious”.
The biggest challenge is the growing number of “mystery cases”. There are 49 of those, he says.
Of the 397 new cases in Victoria, premier Daniel Andrews says are 37 links to outbreaks and other complex cases, and 360 are under investigation.
The 397 new infections are a marked drop from the more than 600 reported on Friday, but Andrews warns it is still a significant number.