Covid-19 Second Wave

Politics • European • Germany
Germany reports 1226 new coronavirus infections in single day, highest since May
Germany reports 1226 new coronavirus infections in single day, highest since May
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The German Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) as official source for the Covid-19 infection numbers has reported 1226 new coronavirus infections in a single day.

The federal minister of health Jens Spahn has previously stated that: "At the moment, we are in any case still on a scale that the health care system and the public health service can cope with" and added that "If we stabilize at a certain level now, then we can handle it".

The last day with a higher number of new infections has been the 9th of May with 1251 cases.

Politics • Oceanian
New Zealand investigates into packaging of frozen food for possible Covid-19 transmission
New Zealand investigates into packaging of frozen food for possible Covid-19 transmission
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New Zealand's director general of health Ashley Bloomfield has announced that the country is currently investigating the transmission of Covid-19 by freight. He stated that "we know the virus can survive within refrigerated environments for quite some time" and that one member of the family of four that recently got infected works in a cool store in Auckland.

Surface testing for the store is currently underway to determine if it could be the possible source for the infections. Over the past weeks China has already reported that they found Covid-19 on the packaging of imported frozen seafood.

Politics • Oceanian
New Zealand reports first Covid-19 community transmission in 102 days, Auckland goes into lockdown
New Zealand reports first Covid-19 community transmission in 102 days, Auckland goes into lockdown
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New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern has stated that four locally transmitted Covid-19 cases have been detected in Auckland. As the source of the transmission is currently unknown, Auckland has moved into alert level three. All residents have been asked to stay home from Wednesday on, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be closed.

The remaining country will move back to alert level two, meaning that social gatherings inside and outside will be limited and services such as bars and restaurants can only serve seated and with separation between the costumers.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Aberdeen under lockdown again after new COVID-19 outbreak
Empty streets in Aberdeen
Empty streets in Aberdeen Credit: Rab Lawrence from Aberdeen/Scotland / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Aberdeen has gone back into lockdown due to the city's growing COVID-19 outbreak. Restaurants and pubs had to close by 17:00 on Wednesday and further restrictions, including no-house-visits, have been imposed until at least next Wednesday.

Nicola Sturgeon spoke of a "significant outbreak" after infections rose to 54 confirmed cases, all linked to the Hawthorn Bar. Patrons of the Hawthorn Bar who are linked to the cluster had visited a total of 28 other venues, possibly infected others there.

Politics • European • Germany
Germany is already experiencing its second Covid-19 wave according to German doctor's union
Man with face mask, Bielefeld, Germany
Man with face mask, Bielefeld, Germany Credit: bennett tobias

Susanne Johna, the president of the German doctors union, warned that Germany is already facing a second Covid-19 wave. The daily confirmed cases in the country have increased in recent weeks, and the Marburger Bund warns that loose adherence to hygiene and social distancing rules could spur a widespread wave of new infections. 

In an interview to the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper, Johna stated: "There is a danger that we will lose the successes that we have achieved in Germany so far in a combination of repression and longing for normality,".

According to the Robert Kock Institute, Germany had 879 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, August 4.

Politics • Oceanian
State of disaster declared in Victoria, Australia over new Covid-19 infections
State of disaster declared in Victoria, Australia over new Covid-19 infections
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After 671 new infections had been reported on Sunday, the Australian state Victoria has declared a state of emergency. The capital city Melbourne has imposed a nightly curfew and stay at home order which will last at least six weeks. The curfew will be active from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day and enable people to only leave the house for work or to receive care from others and provide care for others.

Restaurants will be able to continue with takeaway and delivery services and supermarkets will stay open.

Health
Vietnam reports first ever Covid-19 death amid new outbreak
Vietnam reports first ever Covid-19 death amid new outbreak
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Vietnam has recorded the country's first Covid-19 death on Friday. Patient 428 was a 70-year-old man from Danang, where the virus had reemerged after the country had not seen any cases in 100 days.

Politics • Asian • Japan
Japan reports 1,259 new Covid-19 infections - highest daily number so far
Japan reports 1,259 new Covid-19 infections - highest daily number so far
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The number of newly reported Covid-19 cases has reached 1,259 across the country. With that Japan has crossed 1,000 new infections on a single day for the first time. The total number of confirmed cases in Japan is 34,215 including people in quarantine at airports as well as passengers and crew members on cruise ships.

All 47 prefectures in Japan have now reported Covid-19 cases.

Politics • Asian
Vietnam starts evacuating 80,000 people from city after first Covid-19 cases in country since April

Three residents tested positive for Covid-19 in Danang, with the first case in the country since April being confirmed on the last weekend. The Vietnamese government has now ordered the evacuation of 80,000 out of the city. As the outside borders of the country are still closed the tourist hotspot Danang had seen lots of domestic tourism.

Everybody that has recently returned from Danang or will now be evacuated is required to quarantine at home for 14 days in order to prevent a further spread of the virus. According to the government, the evacuation will take four days and will be done with chartered airplanes to eleven different Vietnamese cities.

Vietnam so far has reported only 400 confirmed Covid-19 cases and no deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Politics • American • US
Over 150 US doctors sign letter calling for second lockdown
Over 150 US doctors sign letter calling for second lockdown
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An open letter signed by over 150 medical professionals from the United States the government is called to "hit the reset button" and enact a second lockdown, pointing to the over 117,000 Americans that have died from due to the Covid-19 pandemic and comparing these numbers to Germany, South Korea, and other countries.

The letter states that "The best thing for the nation is not to reopen as quickly as possible, it’s to save as many lives as possible. And reopening before suppressing the virus isn’t going to help the economy" and later adds that "Non-essential businesses should be closed. Restaurant service should be limited to take-out. People should stay home, going out only to get food and medicine or to exercise and get fresh air. Masks should be mandatory in all situations, indoors and outdoors, where we interact with others."

The letter has been published on the website of the United States Public Interest Research Group and written by its public health campaigns director Matthew Wellington.

Politics • Middle Eastern
Hassan Rouhani estimates 25 million Iranians had Covid-19
President Hassan Rouhani
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President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech Saturday that around 25 million Iranians may have been infected with Covid-19. The number is an estimate from a health ministry research report and corresponds to more than 30% of the country’s population.

Iran's authorities reimposed restrictions for a week in Tehran. Religious and cultural functions are banned, boarding schools, cafes, indoor pools, amusement parks and zoos will be closed.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Boris Johnson unveils £3 billion NHS funding plan in preparation for possible second Covid wave
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Credit: Number 10 (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

PM Boris Johnson unveiled £3 billion of funding for the NHS in England in preparation for a possible second Covid wave during winter. Further additional funds will also be directed towards Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Johnson pledged the increase of the daily Covid test capacity to at least half a million until late October.

The extra funding comes as the country is preparing for a winter that could possibly see a virus that's "more virulent" alongside "the usual annual winter pressures."

"We're making sure we're ready for winter and planning for the worst," Johnson said.

Politics • Asian
Local Covid-19 infections spike in Hong Kong with 52 new cases
Local Covid-19 infections spike in Hong Kong with 52 new cases
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According to the Hong Kong health authorities, the number of new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases has increased to 41, totalling at 52 new reported cases. Out of these cases, 20 had unknown sources.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, the Head of the communicable disease branch of the Centre for Health Protection, has stated that the patients are being isolated and efforts are underway to trace contacts and quarantine them. She added that "this type of strategy alone might not be able to slow down the epidemic at this stage because we are seeing more and more local cases without an identifiable source".

Politics • American • US
Covid-19 cases rise in Tulsa, Trump rally "likely contributed" according to health official
Donald Trump Travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma
Donald Trump Travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma Credit: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour (Public Domain)

According to Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart, the county has reported over 500 new cases in the past days. He stated that it is "more than likely" that the Trump rally contributed to the spike in Covid-19 cases. Multiple people that worked around the rally have since then tested positive including eight Trump campaign advance staffers and two Secret Service agents.

Politics • European
Serbia: Protests break out as government reimposes Covid-19 lockdown
Serbia: Protests break out as government reimposes Covid-19 lockdown
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The Serbian government has reimposed the Covid-19 lockdown that had been lifted at the beginning of May as 13 people had died and 299 new cases had been confirmed in the last 24 hours. People protested the government's handling of the pandemic and tried to storm the parliament building a few hours after the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that the hospitals of the capital city Belgrad were nearing maximum capacity. He also added that "We probably relaxed too much" and that "Everyone thought it was all over".

Politics • Oceanian
Australia closes border for indefinite period to contain spread of Covid-19
Australia closes border for indefinite period to contain spread of Covid-19
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In order to contain the further spread of Covid-19, Australian officials have closed the state border between Victoria and New South Wales – the first time since the 1919 Spanish flu pandemic. Melbourne has seen a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, putting 30 suburbs on strict social-distancing orders. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters that the decision was "a smart call [...] given the significant challenges."

Politics • American • US
McDonald's halts U.S. reopening plans amid rising Covid-19 cases
McDonald's halts U.S. reopening plans amid rising Covid-19 cases
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McDonald's announced it would halt its dine-in reopening plans for at least three weeks, as 32 states see a rise in Covid-19 infections. The company urges its restaurants to carefully review state guidance if the closure of indoor service was required and continue to follow social distance and hygiene protocols.

Politics • American • US
U.S. reports highest daily Covid-19 case count
U.S. reports highest daily Covid-19 case count
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The United States reported its highest daily case count with around 50,000 new confirmed Covid-19 infections on Wednesday. Several states, including California, Texas and Georgia, hit single-day case records.

Politics • American • US
Bars, restaurants and other indoor businesses ordered to close in 19 Californian counties
Bars, restaurants and other indoor businesses ordered to close in 19 Californian counties
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California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the closure of indoor businesses such as restaurants, theatres and museums amid rising numbers of Covid-19 infections. The new shutdown applies to 19 counties and will remain in place for at least three weeks.

"The bottom line is the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning," so Newsom in a video news conference. "We’ve seen increased activity where people simply aren’t able to practice social distancing."

Politics • American • US
Anthony Fauci warns of severe rise in Covid-19 cases if country doesn't take action
Anthony Fauci warns of severe rise in Covid-19 cases if country doesn't take action
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Dr Anthony Fauci warned Congress on Tuesday that, if the country doesn't take any action quickly against the current rise of Covid-19, the situation in the United States "could get very bad."

"We're going in the wrong direction," so Fauci. "We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around."

Fauci attributes the surge in new cases to people not following guidelines as well as lifting restrictions too soon and too quickly. He further urges younger people to not think that they are "invulnerable" to the disease.