International update: Global Covid cases pass 31.3 million – US deaths near 200,000

22 September 2020 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2020 09:47)

22 September

Global: Worldwide Covid-19 cases have now passed 31.3 million, with deaths nearing 965,000 according to Johns Hopkins University tracker.

US: At least 199,884 Americans are known to have died since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins, which relies on official government data. With the worst death toll in the world, the US accounts for one in five coronavirus-related fatalities worldwide.

India: India, with more than 5.5 million cases the second-worst affected country, reported 75,083 new coronavirus infections in the lowest daily increase since 7 September.

Mexico: Mexico surpassed 700,000 confirmed cases on Monday after the health ministry reported 2,917 new confirmed cases in the Latin American country, bringing the total to 700,580 as well as a cumulative death toll of 73,697.

China: China reported six new Covid-19 cases on 21 September, down from 12 a day earlier, the national health authority said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Thailand: Thailand found five new imported coronavirus cases, all detected in state quarantine, after people travelled from India and Switzerland.

South Korea: South Korea reported 61 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the third straight day that the increase has been below 100.

Australia: Victoria, Australia’s worst-hit state, reported a jump in new infections on Tuesday with 28 new cases and three more deaths.

Greece: Greece reported 453 cases, a new daily high since the beginning of the pandemic in March.

Vaccine news

Global: An $18 billion initiative to deploy a Covid-19 vaccine around the world is moving into the next phase, with 156 countries and regions joining the program.

Lockdown updates

UK: Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will have to shut by 10pm from Thursday under new nationwide restrictions to halt an “exponential” rise in coronavirus cases. Boris Johnson is expected to make an address to the nation on Tuesday setting out the new measures. Scotland is also expected to announce new restrictions on Tuesday.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s four-person limit on public gatherings and other social distancing measures will be extended by a week to 1 October, Chief Executive Carrie Lam told a briefing.

Czech Republic: Prime minister Andrej Babis admitted on Monday that his government had made a mistake when it eased restrictions over the summer.

New Zealand: New Zealand recorded no new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, as restrictions on much of the country were entirely removed, and measures imposed on Auckland, the largest city, were due to ease further.