MOSCOW: Russia’s healthcare system is well-prepared to handle the potential worsening of the situation in the country, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, after authorities reported 8,481 new cases, the biggest daily rise since June 14.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia had learned lessons from the first wave and saluted what he described as the titanic efforts of the country’s federal and regional governments.
Thailand to welcome tourists, with restrictions
Thailand is preparing to receive the first group of foreign tourists since scheduled commercial passenger flights into the country were halted in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Phuket Governor Narong Woonsiew on Wednesday inspected the international airport at the popular southern resort island, where a new system including testing and transport facilities has been installed to welcome the first 150 Chinese from Guangzhou province on October 8.
Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said at least three groups of foreign tourists will arrive in October — two from China and one from Scandinavia.
All will be subject to a 14-day quarantine and other restrictions on their movements.
Thailand has had 3,564 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 59 deaths. Regular commercial air traffic remains limited.
No signs yet that Dublin restrictions can be eased- official
There are no signs yet of a fall in infection rates that would justify the removal of restrictions in Dublin, Ireland’s chief medical officer said on Wednesday.
“We do need to see a significant improvement over the coming days in Dublin and we are not seeing it yet,” Ronan Glynn told a parliamentary committee when asked about restrictions introduced on September 18 banning indoor restaurant dining and non-essential travel.
Poland reports 1,552 new cases
Poland reported 1,552 new cases on Wednesday, close to last week’s record high, as it is imposing restrictions on bars and restaurants in its most affected regions.
For the past week Poland has seen more than 1,000 new cases per day. The authorities announced a record 1,587 new infections on Friday.
The biggest rise in cases was in southeast Poland, the health ministry said.
Slovakia reports its largest single-day count of new cases
Slovakia has reported 567 new cases, the largest single-day tally since the pandemic started this year, health ministry data showed.
The central European country of 5.5 million people has one of Europe’s lowest death tolls from the disease and kept case numbers low during an initial wave in March and April.
But like other countries it has recently faced a spike in cases and has limited public events and taken other measures to fight the spread of the virus.
Belgium death toll passes 10,000
Belgium, one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries, reported its death toll from the pandemic had surpassed 10,000.
The country, which has a population of 11.5 million, recorded 10,001 deaths by Wednesday, 14 more than in the previous 24 hours.
Reported infections rose to 117,115 from 115,353, the Sciensano research institute said.
Since the start of the pandemic seven months ago, Belgian authorities have included as wide a number of cases as possible in the toll, adding fatalities in hospitals and care homes, and those people whose deaths may have been caused by the virus but were not tested.
Russia to supply vaccine doses to Egypt
Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said it had agreed to supply 25 million doses of its potential vaccine to Egypt via Pharco, which it described as one of the country’s leading pharmaceutical groups.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund has struck several deals to supply the Sputnik V vaccine abroad, including 100 million doses to India where it also expects to hold clinical trials.
Ukraine reports record daily high of 4,027 new cases
Ukraine registered a record 4,027 cases in the past 24 hours, the national security council said, up from a previous record of 3,833 new cases reported on September 26.
The daily tally of infections spiked in September above 3,000, prompting the government to extend lockdown measures until the end of October.
The council said a total of 208,959 cases were registered in Ukraine as of Sepember 30, with 4,129 deaths.
Czech Republic reports 1,965 new cases
The Czech Republic reported 1,965 new cases, the fourth straight day below 2,000 after a recent surge, Health Ministry data showed.
The country has seen one of Europe’s largest spikes in September, prompting the government to reimpose some measures such as wearing masks to slow the spread.
Germany reports 1,798 new cases
Germany reported 1,798 new cases, a tally from the Robert KochInstitute for infectious diseases showed.
India caseload shows decline, VP tests positive
India recorded 80,472 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, showing a decline from a record high two weeks ago.
The Health Ministry raised India’s confirmed total to more than 6.2 million on Wednesday with 2.5 million in September alone. It also reported 1,179 fatalities in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 97,497.
India’s Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu tested positive on and was advised home quarantine. His office said in a tweet that Naidu, 71, is asymptomatic and in good health. Home Minister Amit Shah had tested positive last month and recovered in a hospital.
India’s recovery rate crossed 83% on Tuesday and the number of cases under treatment were less than 1 million. The daily testing covered more than 1 million people, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, a serological survey showed that the infections were more prevalent in urban centers with high population density. The survey by the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research also found that 6.6% of the population above 10 years old have been exposed to the coronavirus.
South Korea has virus jump before holiday period
South Korea has reported 113 new cases, its first daily increase over 100 in five days, as the country entered a holiday break that officials fear would possibly worsen transmissions.
The numbers released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Wednesday brought the caseload to 23,812, including 413 deaths.
Officials have called for citizen vigilance ahead of the Chuseok harvest festival that began Wednesday and continues through the weekend.
While millions of South Koreans travel during Chuseok every year to visit relatives, officials have pleaded that people stay home to help stem transmissions.
Nightclubs, bars, buffet restaurants and other establishments deemed as “high-risk” will be shut in Seoul d uring the holiday period to reduce gatherings.
Israel limits protests in new lockdown law
Israel’s parliament approved a government-backed edict on Wednesday likely to stifle protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over alleged corruption and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
The legislation, ratified after an all-night debate in the Knesset, bans Israelis from holding demonstrations more than 1 km (0.6 miles) from their homes, a measure the government said was aimed at curbing Covid-19 infections.
Israel’s lockdown, which closed schools and limited business operations, was imposed after new cases climbed to around 7,000 a day in a population of 9 million, overtaxing some hospitals.
Israel has reported 234,060 infections and 1,516 deaths.
Authorities reported 4,446 new cases along with 560 deaths on Tuesday, but the true figures are likely significantly higher due to little testing.
China sees 19 new cases
Mainland China reported 19 new Covid-19 cases on Sept. 29, up from 12 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority has said.
The National Health Commission said in a statement on Wednesday that all new cases were imported infections originating from overseas.
The number of new asymptomatic infections fell to 22 from 26 a day earlier, though China does not classify these symptom less patients as confirmed cases.
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the mainland now stands at 85,403, while the death toll remained unchanged at4,634.