"COVID-19 Lockdown Exit Analysis" 6th Nov 2020
New pandemic possible with Danish mink variant, scientists warn
Denmark has announced plans to cull its entire population of almost 15 million mink, after a mutation of Covid-19 in the mammals had been found to have spread to humans. Scientists have warned that the mutated mink variant of the virus could spark off a new coronavirus pandemic, but also added that the measures of testing and infection control already in place to tackle the ongoing crisis, would help contain the threat.
Additional restrictions in Paris as coronavirus cases rise
Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, said that the city would be placed under more severe restrictions, in addition to the national lockdown that has already been imposed nationwide in France, in order to fight the sharp rise in cases in the city. In addition to the shops that have already been forced to close under France's new lockdown, the new measures in Paris will force certain shops selling takeaway food and drink to shut at 10pm local time.
Greece announces new lockdown as cases rise sharply
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a three-week nationwide lockdown in Greece to help control a 20% increase in Covid-19 infections over the last few days. Mitsotakis had earlier said that a nationwide lockdown would be the last option, but chose to enforce it after being warned that without the measure, the pressure on the healthcare system would be immense.
U.S. Covid-19 cases climb to record levels even as tight presidential race transfixes nation
The U.S. reported a record 109,757 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the second consecutive daily record rise, even as President Donald Trump and Joe Biden continued to stay neck and neck in one of the tightest presidential races in the nation's history. U.S. cases have risen by over 100,000 for three out of the last seven days and 19 out of the 50 states reported record one-day increases on Thursday.