Fears Of 2nd UK Lockdown Intensify, California 3rd State To Top 15,000 COVID-19 Deaths: Live Updates

Summary:

  • Fears of 2nd UK lockdown intensify as BoJo meets with constituent nation leaders
  • Northern Ireland tightens social distancing rules for 2nd time in 2 weeks
  • Cases in Florida, Arizona slow
  • California 3rd state to pass 15,000 deaths; Texas on the cusp of same milestone
  • France reports half as many cases as day before
  • US added 41,206 cases as post-LDW surge slows
  • Death toll across US: 199,531
  • Texas deaths near 15,000
  • India tops 5.5 million cases
  • Iceland closes bars, karaoke parlors
  • 4 more counties in Wales brace for lockdown
  • UK mulls new national restrictions
  • Jakarta scrambles to add beds
  • China says it finds COVID-19 genetic material on Russian frozen squid

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Update (1500ET): Panic buying at supermarkets has reemerged on Monday, with shelves turning barren like they did back in March and April, as fears about another UK-wide lockdown mount.

PM Johnson is expected to update MPs on the COVID-19 situation on Tuesday, amid mounting expectation that he will announce new measures to curb the spread of the virus.

A director at the British Retail Consortium is urging urged consumers to be considerate and "shop as you normally would", adding that supply chains are "stronger than ever."

Just an hour ago, HMG raised the country's COVID-19 alert level back to 4.

Earlier, BoJo warned that the country was at a "crisis point" while Northern Ireland, one of the 4 constituent nations of the UK, tightened social distancing restrictions for the second time in 2 wees. New restrictions on household gatherings will take effect Tuesday.

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Update (1450ET): California just beat Texas to become the third state to top 15,000 deaths from the coronavirus. 31 new deaths were reported over the last 24 hours, pushing the statewide total to 15,018. The state reported 3,294 new cases on Monday, roughly in line with the 14-day average and half the level from a month ago.

Texas is also on the cusp of passing the milestone, and it could pass it after reporting its Monday numbers.

Over on the east coast, New Jersey topped 200k cases as the statewide transmission rate reached its highest level in 6 weeks. That "R" rate has climbed to 1.12 from 1.07. "It's going to be there for a little bit," Gov Phil Murphy warned as the state continues to reopen schools and its economy, prompting more cases. Testing has also picked up.

Cases in Florida and Arizona continued to ease on Monday, with Fla. reporting a 0.2% increase to 685,439, while Arizona reported a daily increase of just 0.1%. Arizona has seen a total of 214,251 cases, and Florida 685,439.

In Europe, Greece reported a new daily record jump of 453 cases, while France's health authorities reported just 5,298 new coronavirus cases on Monday, half the number from the prior day.

Finally, in the US, the CDC on Monday announced that it was revoking recently issued guidance about aerosol-related COVID-19 spread, causing a self-inflicted blow to the agency's credibility.

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The post-Labor Day Weekend surge in COVID-19 cases across the US - but particularly in certain new hot spots in the Midwest - appears to be abating, if only slightly, while the American death toll - still the highest in the world even as India reports more new deaths-per-day - rests on the cusp of 200,000. As the chart below shows, deaths haven't yet picked up.

As we first reported last night, the US added 41,206 new cases, a 0.6% rise, on par with the seven-day average, while another 693 people died of virus-related illness, bringing the toll to 199,258 on Sunday morning. At last count, the US had counted 199,531 deaths.

In Europe, Germany’s health minister warned the trend of growing COVID-19 cases is "worrying" as HMG's top scientific advisor cautioned that the daily rate of new cases could top 50,000 per day - compared to roughly 4k per day currently - a rate that he said "is not a prediction but it is a way of thinking about how quickly this can change."

Four more counties in South Wales are preparing to reenter lockdown beginning Tuesday evening local time. PM Boris Johnson on Tuesday morning will chair a meeting of the emergency committee - known as "Cobra" - which will also be attended by the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"Cases are increasing, hospitalizations are following. Deaths unfortunately will follow that, and there’s the potential for this to move very fast," said Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance.

With India's outbreak still raging amid a surge in testing, the country's virus tally is approaching 5.5 million, while Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, is adding thousands of beds to house patients as its health system groans under the weight of one of the worst outbreaks in Southeast Asia.

India added almost 87,000 cases to its virus tally Monday, pushing the total to nearly 5.5 million in the nation that already has the world's second-largest coronavirus outbreak. Deaths increased by 1,130, topping 87,800, according to the India’s health ministry.

After reportedly detecting traces of viral genetic material on packaging of imported seafood products from Norway and South America, Chinese authorities from the northeastern city of Changchun on Monday claimed that they had detected pieces of viral material on packaging of frozen squid from Russia. Russia has seen its outbreak accelerate in recent days, with daily cases climbing more than 6,000.

Circling back to the US, Texas is approaching the 15,000 death threshold after recording 45 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 14,893. Cases climbed by 2,241 to 688,534, the Department of State Health Services said on its website.

Source: COVID Tracking Project

New cases in California topped 4,000 for a 2nd straight day while the number of new deaths tumbled below the 14-day average, according to the health department’s website. There were 4,265 new coronavirus cases, higher than the 14-day average of 3,304. Deaths increased by 75, compared with an average of 91, raising the state’s toll to 14,987.

Source: COVID Tracking Project

France’s daily coronavirus cases rose by 10,569 on Sunday, after surging above13,000 twice in recent weeks, notching the highest daily increases since the national lockdown ended in May on Saturday.

Still, the seven-day average, which smooths out reporting spikes, rose above 10,000 for the first time, indicating a significantly higher pace of infections than just one week ago. The authorities have been calling on the population to step up social distancing measures as new clusters are emerging across the country.

Iceland's Health Ministry ordered the closure of all pubs and nightclubs until Sept. 27. The decision comes after a number of infections were traced to pubs and karaoke bars in central Reykjavik.