- US reports nearly 50k cases
- France sees sudden jump in deaths
- Russia tops 6k new cases for first time since mid-July
- UK PM considers whether to “go further” with new restrictions
- Indonesia reports record jump in new cases
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US cases accelerated again on Friday, with the US adding nearly 50k, or 49,299 new cases (+0.7%), bringing the total for the country to 6,688,827. However , the spike appears to be driven largely by an increase in testing rates, as schools reopen, and states including Texas and Hawaii roll back more social distancing restrictions.
The 0.7% increase is slightly higher than the 7-day average of +0.6% for the daily spike, according to Bloomberg.
Outbreaks are flaring in states across the Midwest including Wisconsin, Missouri and the Dakotas, while some states that have gotten outbreaks under control have seen cases edge higher again. Still, the US outbreak has slowed substantially from its springtime peak.
Globally, cases topped 30 million earlier this week, with the global death toll rapidly closing in on the 1 millions mark. Meanwhile, deaths in the US are right around 200,000 (depending on whose numbers one uses). The chart above, courtesy of the Atlantic’s COVID-19 Tracking Project, includes all probable and confirmed cases.
As the situation worsens in Europe, Germany added more than 2,000 new cases for the second consecutive day. Germany added 2,179 cases on Friday as infections increasing at a pace not seen since April.
In Southeast Asia, Indonesia reported another daily record on Saturday, recording 4,168 new infections, bringing the total figure to 240,687. The death toll, meanwhile, has hit 9,448.
The health ministry reported a sudden jump in the country’s COVID-19 death toll on Friday, reporting 154 new deaths, bringing its total to 31,249. That’s a four-month high in the daily death, according to Reuters, and triple the level of daily deaths from the last three weeks.
That figure included 76 deaths registered in a hospital near Paris, according to an explanatory note issued online by Santé Publique France, the French health agency. This isn’t the first time the country has retroactively added a bunch of deaths all at once, leading to several massive spikes in the country’s daily totals, which must be explained.
“This data catch-up concerns 237 admission files, including 76 deaths…which explains the increase in the number of deaths reported to date,” the health agency said.
Rising daily totals in the UK have prompted London Mayor Sadiq Khan to consider a “local” lockdown, even though the city’s downtown streets remain mostly empty. An upsurge of cases in the UK prompted Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon to request an emergency four-way meeting of the constituent countries to coordinate their policy response. UK PM Boris Johnson said that he’s weighing whether to “go further” with new COVID-19 restrictions.
Further east, Russia reported 6,065 new cases, the first time the country has topped the 6k mark since July 19.
Finally, Argentina extended a nation-wide lockdown to Oct. 11, allowing provincial authorities to determine the specific measures. As Argentina struggles, Brazil continued to report nearly 40k new cases (39,797 to be exact), bringing the total to almost 4.5 million, while deaths increased by 858 to 135,793.
President Jair Bolsonaro responded to the news by proclaiming that “stay-at-home is for weak people,” during an event in Mato Grosso state.