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Dr. Fauci cautions that the US may not be back to normal until 2022
Anthony Fauci
Anthony Fauci Credit: The White House (Public Domain)

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has warned that the United States might not return to normal until 2022. Even if a vaccine was available in the next couple of months, there's a chance a "substantial proportion of the people" won't be vaccinated until the second or third quarter of 2021, Fauci said.

"I think it will be easily by the end of 2021, and perhaps even into the next year, before we start having some semblances of normality," so Fauci.

Regional News • Europe • European Union
EU's von der Leyen predicts Covid-19 vaccine for April 2021
EU's von der Leyen predicts Covid-19 vaccine for April 2021
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Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has stated that a Covid-19 vaccine could be available in April 2021.

"The big numbers of supplies are due to start in April," so von der Leyen, adding that up to 50 million doses could be delivered monthly.

Regional News • Europe • France
Macron calls attack in Nice an Islamist terrorist attack
Macron calls attack in Nice an Islamist terrorist attack
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The knife attack in Nice, which left three people dead, was an "Islamist terrorist attack," according to French head of state Emmanuel Macron.

According to initial police reports, he killed a 70-year-old woman and the parish assistant. A second woman, also injured in the neck, managed to escape to a neighboring bar, but died there shortly thereafter.

Regional News • Europe
Poland: Coronavirus cases tripled in less than a month
Closed border crossing between the Czech Republic and Poland during the COVID-19 pandemic
Closed border crossing between the Czech Republic and Poland during the COVID-19 pandemic Credit: Darwinek (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Poland's Coronavirus cases have tripled in less than a month. The country has exceeded 300,000 cases as of Thursday, with a new highest daily count of 20,156.

14,631 hospital beds are currently occupied by Coronavirus patients and 1203 ventilators are in use.

Regional News • Asia
200 days without domestic Covid-19 cases in Taiwan
Taipei
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Taiwan has not reported a domestically transmitted Covid-19 infection since April 12, marking 200 days without any new cases. The country has only recorded 553 Covid-19 cases and seven deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Regional News • Americas • Mexico
Mexico's Covid-19 death toll surpasses 90,000
Jorge Alcocer Varela, Mexico Health Secretary
Jorge Alcocer Varela, Mexico Health Secretary Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Mexico's Covid-19 death toll has surpassed 90,000, with health officials saying that the actual number of people who have died from the virus is likely higher due to a lack of testing. As of Thursday, the country has reported a total of 906,863 cases and 90,309 deaths.

Regional News • Asia • India
India surpasses 8 million Coronavirus cases
Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment while caring for patients with coronavirus infection in the Indian state of Kerala.
Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment while caring for patients with coronavirus infection in the Indian state of Kerala. Credit: Javed Anees (Public Domain)

Over 8,040,000 Coronavirus cases have been recorded in India, making it the second-worst hit country. 120,527 people have died due to the Coronavirus.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Labour party suspends ex-boss Corbyn over accusations of antisemitism
Labour party suspends ex-boss Corbyn over accusations of antisemitism
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The British Labour Party has suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn. An internal report highlights, among other things, a lack of willingness to combat antisemitism as well as serious failure and interference by party headquarters in complaint procedures. Current labour boss Starmer imposed sanctions on his predecessor, saying that those who still considered the events to be exaggerated were themselves part of the problem and should not be in the Labour Party.

Regional News • Europe • France
Compulsory masks for schoolchildren aged 6 and over in France
Compulsory masks for schoolchildren aged 6 and over in France
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France makes masks mandatory in class for schoolchildren aged six and over, PM Castex said. Up until now, masks were only mandatory for children aged 11 and older.

"From Monday, when children return to school, the sanitary protocol will be made stricter. The requirement to wear a face mask will be extended to primary school children over the age of six."

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Covid-19 deniers set off explosive device in Berlin

An explosive device detonated in Berlin's Invalidenstraße this weekend. Apparently, the attack was caused by opponents of the Corona measures in Germany. Nobody was injured, the investigations are ongoing.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Survey: Mexican police is the second least trusted in Latin America
Survey: Mexican police is the second least trusted in Latin America
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The results of the Gallup survey show that Mexican security forces continue to be immersed in an image crisis due to corruption and violence.

Of all Latin American countries only in Venezuela the population feels less safe and distrusts the police more. Arturo Alvarado Mendoza, author and doctor of sociology at the Colegio de México, says that the current police force is at the service of the government and that it must "begin to attend to citizens' problems and improve its relationship with the population" in order to change its perception.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany: 16,282 Coronavirus cases, daily record
Germany: 16,282 Coronavirus cases, daily record
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Germany has reported 16,282 new Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. This is the country's highest daily case count. Death toll rose by 97. The data comes directly from the regional health authorities and has been aggregated by risklayer.

Previously the highest recorded number of new cases had been 14,964.

Regional News • Europe • France
Knife attack in Nice near Notre Dame

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has confirmed that a knife attack has happened in the Notre Dame sector.

The attacker has been arrested and people are asked to avoid the area.

Further backgrounds and the number of casualties and their conditions are still unkown.

Regional News • Middle East
Trump: "We're getting your husbands back to work"

At his Michigan rally, President Donald Trump told attendees that he is helping women's husbands to get back to work, in a remark that was wildly called out as sexist.

"I'm also getting your husbands, they want to get back to work, right? They want to get back to work. We're getting your husbands back to work, and everybody wants it," so the president. "We're going to do great. And I love women, and I can't help it. They're the greatest. I love them much more than the men."

Regional News • Middle East
UN's atomic watchdog: Underground nuclear facility being built in Iran
UN's atomic watchdog: Underground nuclear facility being built in Iran
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The United Nation's atomic watchdog has confirmed that Iran has been building an underground centrifuge assembly plant. Satellite images have not yet shown any signs of construction. Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, reported that the facility has not been completed yet and further information were confidential.

The country's old facility exploded in what was called "a sabotage attack" during summer.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Walter Wallace shooting: Philadelphia police ask residents to stay indoors as protests devolve into violence
Walter Wallace shooting: Philadelphia police ask residents to stay indoors as protests devolve into violence
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After Monday's shooting of the 27-year-old Black man Walter Wallace, who was shot and killed during a confrontation with Philadelphia police, protests have erupted in the city. According to Police, a large crowd, which they estimated to be approximately 1,000 people, looted businesses in Port Richmond, Philadelphia Tuesday night. Police have now asked residents to stay indoors, "requesting that all residents in the 12, 16, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26th Districts remain indoors except when necessary."

"All this violence and looting. I don't want to leave a bad scar on my son and my family with this looting and chaos stuff. So I want my son's name and everybody to stop this. Give my son a chance. And the family like we're decent people," Wallace's father told CNN. "Everybody to have respect for our family, to pray for us. Cut it out. The looting is a mindset and it won't bring my son back. And it won't, it will escalate things to get worse instead of better."

Regional News • Americas • United States
US reports half a million Covid-19 cases in the past week
US reports half a million Covid-19 cases in the past week
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The United States have reported over half a million Covid-19 cases over the past week, as much as the country recorded in the first three months of the pandemic (January 21 to April 11). While many states resort to stricter Covid-19 measures, the Trump administration has released its first-term scientific accomplishments which included the line “ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC” written in bold, capital letters.

Regional News • Europe • France
Macron orders France into second national Covid-19 lockdown
French President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron Credit: Twitter Reproduction

"Hospitals won’t manage if we don’t take drastic measures,” said French President Emmanuel Macron in a prime-time televised address Wednesday, when he announced new lockdown measures for France.

Macron said that under the new measures, starting on Friday, people would only be allowed to leave home for essential work or medical reasons, that EU borders would still be open. Still, travel between regions in the country is banned.

The French government had been loath to impose a new lockdown that will pummel the economy even harder, and business chiefs have warned a total shutdown will force another wave of layoffs and bankruptcies.

Governments across Europe have been under fire for lack of coordination and for failing to use a lull in cases over the summer to bolster defences, leaving hospitals unprepared and forcing people on to packed public transport to get to work.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany decides on extended restrictions from Monday on due to rising Covid-19 numbers
Germany decides on extended restrictions from Monday on due to rising Covid-19 numbers
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The German federal and state governments agreed on extended restrictions following a rise in Covid-19 cases. The restrictions will take effect in all of Germany from next Monday on and last for four weeks.

Only members of two households - a maximum of ten people - will be allowed to meet in public. "Groups of people celebrating in public places, homes and private institutions are unacceptable in view of the seriousness of the situation in our country", the decision states. Schools and shops will remain open, restaurants and other activities for personal entertainment or leisure will be forced to close.

Regional News • Europe
Poland: 18,820 new Coronavirus cases, daily record
Poland: 18,820 new Coronavirus cases, daily record
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Poland reported 18,820 new Coronavirus cases. This is the country's highest daily case count. 236 people died in the past 24 hours. 13,931 hospital beds are occupied by Coronavirus patients and 1,150 ventilators are in use.

Regional News • Europe • France
PM Castex: French hospitals at capacity by Nov 11th
André Chassaigne
André Chassaigne Credit: André Chassaigne

The ICU of French hospitals will be at capacity levels with Coronavirus patients by November 11th, assuming the current surge in cases can't be contained.

Lawmaker André Chassaigne told reporters: "He [PM Jean Castex] told us that on 11 November, our hospitals will be at a saturation level equivalent to that of the first wave, so a level of extreme saturation. So the situation is particularly serious. If we can’t flatten the curve, in the next 15 days, our hospitals won’t be able to treat patients."

No measures were discussed.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump falsely claims it's illegal to count ballots after Election Day

President Donald Trump has falsely claimed that it's illegal to count ballots after Election day while speaking to reporters before leaving for a campaign rally.

"It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on Nov. 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate, and I don't believe that's by our laws. I don’t believe that, but we’ll see what happens, " so Trump.

Regional News • Europe
Mayor of Rome says she's been targeted by Mafia
Mayor of Rome says she's been targeted by Mafia
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According to the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, organized crime groups planned to kill her and her family after she demolished some of their illegally built villas in 2018, forcing her to live with a police escort.

Raggi stated that "we have been informed that they were planning an attack against me and my family," and that "there are parts of Rome where people come close to me to tell me to keep on fighting but then they move away because they are afraid of being seen by the clans,".

Regional News • Europe
Slovakia to test almost entire population for Covid-19
Slovakia to test almost entire population for Covid-19
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Slovakia has started mass testing its entire population for Covid-19, the first country to do so. During a trial phase on the weekend of October 23-25, a total of 140,945 people participated and 5,594 infectious cases were detected, defence ministry spokeswoman Martina Koval Kakascikova said.

Regional News • Europe
Italy: Protests against Coronavirus measures

Following new Coronavirus restrictions, protests broke out across Italy on Monday. Clashes involving petrol bombs happened in both Milan and Turin. In Naples, protestors called for the resignation of its governor. Italy has imposed a curfew in many Italian regions and has ordered the closure of eateries, gyms and cinemas after 6pm.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Amy Coney Barrett confirmed for Supreme Court by senate
Judge Amy Coney Barrett delivers remarks after President Donald J. Trump announced her as his nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020
Judge Amy Coney Barrett delivers remarks after President Donald J. Trump announced her as his nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Senate has voted 52-48 to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, just days before the US election on November 3.

Regional News • Asia
Thailand brands protests as "illegal" and wants to take action
Dispersal of protests in Bangkok, 16 October 2020
Dispersal of protests in Bangkok, 16 October 2020 Credit: Prachatai / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Before the start of new protests by the Thai democracy movement, head of government Prayut Chan-o-cha has branded the demonstrations as "illegal" and announced determined action against the activists. The authorities must bring the protests under control, Prayut said in parliament on Monday.

Pro-democracy students wanted to march in front of the German embassy in Bangkok on Monday afternoon in protest against King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Early voting surpasses ~60 million
Early voting surpasses ~60 million
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Around 60 million early votes have been cast for the presidential US election, with Americans voting via mail-in ballots and queueing in line at voting sites.

Regional News • World
Foreign Minister states that Thai King is under "permanent" review while in Germany
Foreign Minister states that Thai King is under "permanent" review while in Germany
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The German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has stated that Germany has "made it clear that politics concerning the country of Thailand should not be based on German soil" and that the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn would be "permanently" under review while he is Germany.

The King has spent part of the Covid-19 lockdown in Germany in a luxury hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and owns a property in Bavaria.

Regional News • Europe • Austria
Austrian chancellor considers second lockdown as a measure of last resort
Austrian chancellor considers second lockdown as a measure of last resort
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Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz has stated that he considered a second lockdown as a measure of last resort to contain the further spread of Covid-19 and prevent hospitals reaching capacity.

"We have a massively increasing, exponential growth. It is an extreme challenge. The situation is very, very serious, even for those who still refuse to believe it," so Kurz.