Coronavirus live news: Wales ‘firebreak’ lockdown begins; Spanish PM says cases closer to 3m | World news







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2,066 new COVID-19 cases registered in Hungary | The Budapest Business Journal on the web

 Bence Gaál

 Friday, October 23, 2020, 16:50

The number of active coronavirus cases in Hungary stands at 37,272, with 2,066 new cases and 47 new deaths registered since yesterday, according to data by government coronavirus information site

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The death toll stands at 1,352.

Some 29% of active cases are located in Budapest.

The total number of confirmed cases stands at 54,278, up from 52,212 yesterday.

The number of recoveries has risen to 15,655.

Currently, 2,209 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, 200 of whom are on ventilators.

So far, 949,470 tests have been conducted at accredited laboratories. Some 28,261 people are currently in compulsory home quarantine.

Looking at all diagnosed cases until now, Budapest remains the most affected area of the entire country, with the number of cases (both active and inactive) reaching 16,047. Pest County is the second most affected, with 6,827 cases, followed by Győr-Moson-Sopron County (3,371 cases).



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Russia Surpasses 17K Coronavirus Cases in New One-Day Record

Russia confirmed 17,340 new coronavirus cases Friday, setting a new one-day record as the country grapples with a second wave of the virus.

This is the first time that Russia has confirmed more than 17,000 Covid-19 infections in a single day.

Friday’s increase pushes the overall number of Covid-19 cases in Russia to 1,480,646, or 1% of the country’s population. Russia has the world’s fourth-highest number of Covid-19 cases.

Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak, confirmed 5,478 new Covid-19 cases.

Russia’s national coronavirus information center said 283 people died from the disease Friday, a decrease from the record 317 Covid-19 deaths confirmed Wednesday. 

Russia’s overall Covid-19 death toll based on aggregated daily figures from regional crisis centers stands at 25,525.

Monthly statistics published by Russia’s state statistics agency Rosstat place the real number of coronavirus deaths at 45,663 between April and August, the latest available month, with a mortality ratio of 4.6% against the global rate of 3-4%. 

Russia has reported record numbers of new infections and deaths over the past week as disease experts warn that its regions could see a second wave that is 10 times worse than the first.

President Vladimir Putin pledged to avoid returning to strict lockdown measures like those Russia imposed in spring despite the record-setting rise in new Covid-19 cases. Authorities have introduced targeted measures at what they deem to be coronavirus hotspots to slow the spread of the disease.

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Victoria records one COVID-19 case, case average falls, Gladys Berejiklian under fire from Qld, WA over hotel quarantine comments, US COVID-19 cases skyrocket, Australia death toll at 905

The PM said there was similar arrangements already in place for seasonal workers to complete their quarantine on farms.

A committee of national cabinet will investigate how big companies could operate their own quarantine facilities “under strict guidelines and standards obviously overseen and accredited by state health authorities”, Mr Morrison said.

“The more of these options we can identify, the more of the other capacity it frees up,” he said.

Mr Morrison said decisions on alternative quarantine options would not be rushed through.

“There is no undue haste here. There are risks here. So what we agreed to today is, before we make any of those decisions, we want to know what the options are, we want to know whether they work and we want to know whether they’re safe,” he said.

“You don’t want to build that aeroplane in the sky, you don’t want to build it before it takes off and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

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Coronavirus Australia live news: Victorian authorities brace for more COVID-19 cases connected to Melbourne cluster

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has fixed an issue with the state’s coronavirus lockdown measures that had literally left a town, west of Melbourne, divided. Here’s more from one of my Victorian colleagues, Tim Callanan.


Little River, which sits between Melbourne and Geelong, straddled the border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, leaving half of the town subject to stricter lockdown measures.


A change to the Chief Health Officer’s directions came into effect at midnight, so the whole town has now been reclassified, meaning all residents are now subject to regional Victoria’s stage three restrictions.


The member for Lara, John Eren, says the change means some people in the town will now need to apply for a permit to travel in Melbourne for work.


“Changing the border will make life a little easier for people in Little River, but residents will still need to make sure they are following the restrictions that apply to regional Victoria,” he said.

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Germans start ‘hamstering’ toilet paper again as COVID-19 cases surge

October 22, 2020

BERLIN (Reuters) – Sales of toilet paper and disinfectants are on the rise again in Germany, the country’s statistics office said on Thursday, as Europe’s largest economy struggles with a second coronavirus wave.

“Hamster purchases are starting again,” the office said on Twitter, using a German phrase for panic-buying or hoarding.

Sales of toilet paper surged by 89.9% last week when compared to pre-crisis levels, while disinfectants (up 72.5%) and soap (up 62.3%) were also in high demand, it said in a separate statement.

Germany has had more success in containing the pandemic than other large European countries such as Britain and France, but case numbers have increased steadily over the past weeks.

On Thursday Germany for the first time reported more than 10,000 new daily COVID-19 infections.

Data released in April showed that stocking up on daily essentials ahead of anticipated lockdown and quarantine measures caused German retail sales to surge far beyond expectations in February.

(Reporting by Thomas Seythal)

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Australia Post boss stood aside amid Cartier watch investigation; Canberra breaks 100-day COVID-free streak; Iran and Russia interfere with US election, FBI says; Victoria records five new cases, NSW one local case

Australia Post’s Chief Executive Christine Holgate will be asked to stand aside as an investigation is conducted into why the organisation spent $12,000 rewarding senior executives with Cartier watches.

During question time this afternoon, the Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said Ms Holgate will be asked to suspend her duties after it was revealed in a Senate estimates hearing that the service gifted four $3000 watches to senior executives.

Ms Holgate said the watches were bought from a Melbourne store in October 2018 and were for people that needed “to be rewarded” for “an inordinate amount of work” they did in setting up personal banking within post office branches.

The watches were a gift from herself, the Chair and the board of Australia Post.

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Australia Post CEO stood aside over Cartier watches, and Victoria reports five new coronavirus cases – live | Australia news

Mr Speaker, what I can confirm is that this week Australia’s Triple-A credit rating was restored and once again, Mr Speaker, in the face of the biggest recession caused, of course, by COVID-19, the biggest recession we have seen in this country since the great depression, Mr Speaker, despite those challenges and the unprecedented investment to keep Australians in work, to provide that lifeline both for people’s jobs and their livelihoods, Mr Speaker, the unprecedented investment in health services and mental health services and the massive hit that that the Budget, Mr Speaker, Standard and Poors looked at the government’s fiscal management and economic management and they concluded that Australia’s balance sheet was as strong as when it went into the crisis. It was tested during the crisis, but was able to stand.

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Victoria records five COVID-19 cases, case average falls, Bathurst 1000 attendees urged testing, Oran Park cluster grows, Australia death toll at 905

“[We] are very keen to have more people working in the CBD in the next few months … If we see mask wearing go up we can increase the number of people on public transport, but we’re not there yet.”

It’s understood mask wearing on NSW transport has dropped by 50 per cent.

The Premier also shot a stern message to Queensland, saying it was time they “cough up more than $35 million they owe us” for hotel quarantine expenses.

She said NSW had been doing the heavy lifting when it came to quarantine.

“We’ve welcomed Australians back from all the other states. It’s about time Queensland coughed up. I want them to pay their bill, especially given they keep their border shut when they really don’t need to,” she said.

“When other states aren’t respectful of that it does get your goat up.”

The Premier said the same message applied to Western Australia, which owes NSW “$7 – 8 million as well.”

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Victoria records five new coronavirus cases and no deaths as East Preston Islamic College closes for cleaning

Victoria has recorded five new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and zero deaths, the state’s health department says.

The new cases take the rolling 14-day average for Melbourne to 6.1, down from 6.2 yesterday, with 10 “mystery” cases.

In regional Victoria, the 14-day average remains at 0.4.


As many as 300 people are self-isolating in suburbs in Melbourne’s north as health authorities try to contain an outbreak of coronavirus linked to a school.

There are 17 active cases connected to the outbreak.

The East Preston Islamic College has been closed after a student tested positive for coronavirus.(ABC News: Billy Draper)

A student at the East Preston Islamic College tested positive for the virus, and the school has now been closed for the rest of the week.

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has asked 70 families to self-isolate, and a testing blitz has begun in the suburbs of Roxburgh Park, Preston, Broadmeadows and Heidelberg West.

All  120 residents of a social housing block in Broadmeadows have been told to quarantine, and a mobile testing site has been set up at the block.

Jeroen Weimar, the DHHS’s commander of testing and community engagement, urged anyone in the area who is displaying symptoms to get tested.

“We’ve boosted all of our testing stations in the area and we’ve got additional pop-up testing locations particularly in Preston and Broadmeadows,” he said.

“We have so few cases now in Victoria that when we do see a positive case as we’ve seen in the past few weeks we’re going to bring all of our resources to bear on it and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t go any further.”

More to come.

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