- Police in the Australian city of Melbourne have made arrests among a crowd of about 300 people protesting against the coronavirus lockdown.
- India’s caseload topped four million, while South Korea posted its lowest daily tally in three weeks.
- Iraq’s health ministry warned hospitals may “lose control” in the coming days after the country recorded its highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
- More than 26.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 872,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 17.6 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Saturday, September 5
16:35 GMT – Portugal sees highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since May
Portugal reported 486 new coronavirus cases, its biggest daily increase since the week its lockdown was lifted in May.
The increase brought the cumulative total to 59,943, the health authority DGS said.
Portugal, with 10 million people, has reported just 1,838 deaths so far, a far lower rate per capita than in many European countries including neighbouring Spain.
15:50 GMT – UK records 1,813 new daily COVID cases
The United Kingdom recorded 1,813 new daily confirmed cases of COVID-19, versus 1,940 on Friday, health officials said.
Daily case numbers were about 1,000 a day for most of August, but have started to increase in recent days.
Britain’s testing capacity has also increased since the peak of the first wave earlier this year.
Friday’s figure was the highest since May 30.
15:10 GMT – Italy’s government against fans returning to stadiums
The return of football fans to stadiums amid the coronavirus outbreak is currently not considered an option for the Italian government.
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“In the stadium it is like at a demonstration where people gathering is unavoidable as in the stand when people have to go in and out,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said at a podium discussion in Rome.
“I think opening (stadiums) would currently be absolutely inappropriate.”
The Serie A season begins on the weekend of September 19. All matches are presently intended to be played without fans despite the desire of clubs to welcome spectators back into stadiums.
A range of coronavirus restrictions in Italy will soon expire although the health ministry intends to renew them.
14:40 GMT – “Cautious but reasonable optimism” over Berlusconi’s health
Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is in a stable condition two days after being hospitalised with the coronavirus, his doctor said.
“This instils cautious but reasonable optimism,” Alberto Zangrillo said in a brief statement.
Berlusconi, 83, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and was taken to Milan’s San Raffaele hospital the following day after developing a slight fever. A subsequent x-ray revealed that he had developed mild pneumonia in both lungs.
13:40 GMT – Russia reports 5,205 new coronavirus cases
Russia reported 5,205 new coronavirus cases, pushing its national tally to 1,020,310, the fourth largest in the world.
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