France Daily COVID-19 Cases Rise To Record 20,000: Live Updates

Summary:

  • Ontario imposes new targeted measures
  • Dr. Fauci says White House
  • France reports more than 20k new cases
  • Illinois hospitalizations highest since June
  • Poland sees record for 4th straight day
  • Spain reports more than 5,000 cases
  • HHS secures antibody treatments from Eli Lilly, Regeneron
  • Europe tops 100,000 daily case tally for first time
  • UK revives worker aid for hot spots
  • Italy tops 5,000 new cases
  • Spanish gov't locks down Madrid
  • Merkel says she will impose tougher measures if no improvement seen in ten days
  • London mayor says lockdown "inevitable"
  • Netherland reports latest record jump
  • Spain declares "public health emergency" in Madrid
  • France places more cities on lockdown
  • Confirmed COVID-19 cases neared daily record yesterday
  • Russia reports new record
  • Takeda enrolls first patients for new drug trial
  • China joins WHO vaccine initiative
  • Iran bars hospitals from taking non-urgent cases as COVID hammers country

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Update (1520ET): Ontario has announced that it's moving to modified stage 2 restrictions, with additional "targeted public health measures" in the Ottawa, Peel and Toronto public health unit regions. The new rules will lower the limit on social gatherings when outdoors to 25 (10 indoors), barring indoor food and drink service in restaurants and bars and closing a host of other non-essential entertainment focused businesses like movie theaters, casinos etc.

Speaking in his latest cable news interview, Dr. Fauci said Friday afternoon that Amy Coney Barrett's nomination ceremony in the Rose Garden was a "super spreader" event.

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Update (1400ET): France just reported 20,339 new cases on Friday, a new daily record, as officials extend emergency closures to three more cities, while others have been put on notice.

THat jump was accompanied by a sharp uptick in hospitalizations, with 240 new patients bringing the total hospitalized to 7,864. The ICUs added 21 patients to 1,448. The country reported another 62 deaths.

Yesterday, France reported 18,129 cases.

To recap:

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Update (1330ET): Illinois hospitlizatins are the highest since June, with 1,812 patients occupying the Prarie State's hospitals

Meanwhile, Poland has reported a record daily rise in coronavirus infections for the 4th consecutive day, with 4,739 new cases, as the country prepares to tighten some restrictions being renewed in the country from Saturday.

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Update (1150ET): Spain just reported another 5,986 cases for Friday, up from 5,585 a day earlier.

The Department of Health and Human Services has just announced that it has "secured" 1 million doses of antibody drugs from Eli Lilly and Regeneron, which are both awaiting emergency use approval for their products, as Trump promises to make the medication "free to all".

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Update (1125ET): For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Europe has seen the number of cases reported in a singel day top 100,000.

Cases in the UK and across the Continent have been steadily rising over the past week, helping to drive global daily cases back toward record highs.

The focus of the outbreak in the European region has moved to the UK, Russia, Spain and France, which have each reported more than 10,000 cases each in the last three days.

Russia reported its largest daily coronavirus cases ever since the last record in May on Friday, prompting Moscow authorities to mull closing bars and nightclubs. The UK recorded more than 17,000 cases on Thursday as Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the country has reached a "perilous moment".

Restrictions in the UK have been reimposed locally in Wales, Scotland and parts of Northern England.

The Guardian meanwhile has more details on what's going on in Spain right now as national and local officials clash over the latest Madrid shutdowns.

Salvador Illa, the national health minister, said the measures would remain in place for a fortnight, and also pointed out that other European cities had taken similar, or more drastic, action, despite having far low infection rates.

“The president of Madrid has decided to do nothing,” said Illa. “Over the past week, 63 people have died from Covid-19 in the Madrid region. Right now, there are 3,361 people in hospital in the Madrid region. There are 498 people fighting for their lives in the region’s intensive care units. We can sit on our hands or we can stop down the virus. Politics is about serving people and stopping the virus.”

The limited lockdown ordered by the government a week ago bans all non-essential movement in and out of the confined areas, but allows people to travel to work or to seek medical treatment.

Bars and restaurants – whose capacity has been limited to 50% – must close by 11pm. Over the past two weeks, Madrid has registered 563.8 new cases per 100,000 people, compared with a national average of 256.8.

Ayuso’s government had reluctantly obeyed the order, but launched a successful legal challenge, arguing that its own actions were bringing the situation under control and that the central government had no right to step in.

Ayuso is urging people in Madrid to stay in the city over the bank holiday weekend, but her administration has refused to heed the government’s calls for tougher action, instead proposing a last-minute plan to confine 51 areas where there have been more than 750 new cases per 100,000 people.

The regional health minister of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, described the state of emergency as “an unjustified attack on the people of Madrid”.

In other UK news, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced new support for jobs in coronavirus hot spots as his government prepares to impose more restrictions in hotspots, including closing bars and restaurants in certain areas next week.

Per the plan, the government will pay two-thirds of the wages of workers in companies forced to close as a result of virus restrictions, while offering businesses grant while they're closed. The plan was announced before the new restrictions which could close bars and restaurants in certain parts of the country where the disease is spreading most rapidly.

It represents a u-turn for Sunak, who had opted to end the blanet aid just days ago in favor of a policy of much more limited support, before backtracking.

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Update (1120ET): The WHO is holding a press briefing starting momentarily in Geneva.

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Update (1100ET): Italy just recorded 5,372 new cases on Friday, topping 5,000 new cases for the first time since March 29, according to JHU data. Yesterday, Italy reported 4,458 new cases, which was, at the time, the largest daily tally since April 11.

Lombardy saw the most new cases, with 983, taking the mantle of the worst hit state on Friday from Campania, where 769 cases were registered in a day.  Experts still worry about the ability of Southern Italy's hospital system to cope.

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Update (1000ET): Spain's government is using its emergency powers to reimpose a ban on people entering and leaving Madrid, per the FT.

The move to trigger Spain’s "state of alert" will give national and regional authorities sweeping powers for two weeks (which can later be extended). The news comes a day after a Madrid high court struck down similar previous curbs because of a lack of legal basis.

The issue has pitted the left-wing national government against the center-right regional administration of Madrid.

Meanwhile, in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the press following a conversation with the mayors of 11 German cities. She warned of "uncontrolled and uncontrollable" spread of the virus across Germany. She warned that, if infections don't stabilize in ten days, she will reimpose "tougher measures". Merkel and the mayors said that their ultimate goal is preventing a second lockdown.

The new critical threshold is 50 cases per 100,000, Merkel said. Above that level, the government will likely respond with new restrictions.

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France reported more than 18,000 new cases yesterday, and now its third-largest city, Lyon, is joining Paris and Marseille in closing bars and other non-essential businesses in the coming days as COVID-19 infection rates surge in the countries hot spots. As the French government continues to insist that national lockdowns will only be a measure of last resort, public health officials are doubling down on the targeted approach as COVID-19 patients fill the country's hospital beds.

Yesterday, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said Lyon, Lille, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne would go on maximum coronavirus alert level from Saturday. This means they will have to close their bars for two weeks in coming days, as Paris did on Tuesday and Marseille, France’s second-biggest city, did earlier this month.

And more localized measures could be implemented in Toulouse and Montpellier; those cities could see their alert level raised to the maximum s of Monday. Dijon and Clermont-Ferrand would also see their alert levels rise on Saturday. "Unfortunately, the health situation in France continues to deteriorate," Veran said at his weekly COVID-19 briefing, per Reuters.

Minutes ago, London Mayor Sadiq Kahn told the LBC that new London lockdown restrictions are "inevitable" as officials have tightened restrictions in and around Manchester in the north of England. Meanwhile, Spain declared a public health emergency in Madrid, as expected.

Additionally, the Netherlands just reported another 5,983 new cases, a new daily record, while 69 new patients were reported in the country's hospitals, bringing that total to 1,139, while deaths climbed by 14 and ICU cases climbed by 11 to 239.

As of earlier this morning, global cases had reached 36,435,290, according to Johns Hopkins data, while the global death toll had climbed to 1,060,869. New cases were just shy of the record set on Sept. 24, with 359,337 new cases confirmed yesterday, along with 6,234 deaths. The surge in new cases is being driven by Europe, Russia, the US, India, Brazil and Southeast Asia. The Czech Republic, which, along with Poland, yesterday announced new restrictions to try and slow the raging outbreak. The Czech Republic reported 5,394 new infections on Friday, its highest daily total yet. The country has now recorded 15% of its entire COVID-19 outbreak tally in the past 3 days. Poland, meanwhile, just reported 4,739 new cases Friday, the third-straight record day.

Russia shot passed its peak from May on Friday as it recorded another 12,126 new infections and 201 virus-linked deaths in the 24-hour period leading up to Friday.

In a lengthy report published in Friday's FT, the paper examines how a resurgence in the Brazilian city of Manaus, which was hit hard in the spring, only for the virus to slink away over the summer, is raising serious questions about the prospects for herd immunity. The trend "poses fresh challenges...and difficult questions for the scientists and policymakers worldwide who have been edging towards herd immunity policies as an alternative to economy-crushing lockdowns.

This comes after a group of scientists in the US and UK published the Great Barrington Declaration earlier this week. The document calls for public policymakers to examine a strategy of "focused protection" to try and build up herd immunity as safely as possible. The virus, they argued, should be allowed to circulate among the young and healthy, while the elderly and the sick should be shielded. In Western Europe, antibody surveys have determined that roughly 8% of the population has already been infected, and the WHO recently declared that it believes 11% of the global population has already had the virus.

However, it seems, many of the same 'hot spots' from the spring are suffering again in the fall. This could also be a factor of population density, however.

As Eli Lilly and Regeneron apply for EUAs from the FDA for their antibody therapeutics, CNBC had Gilead CEO Dan O'Day on Friday morning to talk about the latest remdesivir trial results.

At any rate, here's some more COVID-19 news from Friday morning, as well as overnight.

Iran’s health ministry has prevented all hospitals from admitting non-urgent cases after the military also designated all its hospitals for coronavirus patients in response to a new surge in infections (Source: FT).

Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical says an alliance of drugmakers it spearheads has enrolled its first patient in a global clinical trial of a blood plasma treatment for COVID-19 after months of regulatory delays. The Phase 3 trial by the group, known as the CoVIg Plasma Alliance, aims to enroll 500 adult patients from the United States, Mexico and 16 other countries. Patients will be treated with Gilead Sciences' remdesivir alongside the plasma treatment, which will be provided by CSL Behring, Takeda and two other companies (Source: Nikkei).

China will join a World Health Organization initiative aimed at ensuring fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines when they become available, the country’s foreign ministry announced on Friday (Source: FT).

India reports 70,496 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, down from 78,524 the previous day, bringing the country's total to over 6.9 million. The death toll jumped by 964 to 106,490 (Source: Nikkei).

Australian states and territories report 16 cases in the past 24 hours, down from 28 a day earlier. They also report no deaths for two days -- the first time Australia has gone 48 hours without a COVID-19 death since July 11 (Source: Nikkei)