Friday 18 September
- Tighter national rules considered by the government to curb Covid-19 cases.
- Hundreds of Israelis protest new Covid-19 lockdown.
- G20 ministers call for equal Covid-19 vaccine access.
- India logs another daily jump of more than 96,000 new Covid-19 cases.
- Global coronavirus cases pass 30 million.
- WHO outlines ways governments, health care leaders can keep health care workers safe.
Tighter national rules considered by the government to curb Covid-19 cases
BBC News says new England-wide measures which could see hospitality businesses shut are being considered by the government to try to slow a second-wave of Covid-19 cases.
A short period of national rules – a “circuit break” of a few weeks – could be announced in the next week, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said.
Schools and most workplaces would be kept open if the circuit break is announced. But no final decision has been reached.
Read the full story on BBC News
Hundreds of Israelis protest new Covid-19 lockdown
France24 says hundreds of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv against a second nationwide lockdown, the first such move in the worked to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases.
The country is to go back into a lockdown at 2:00 pm on Friday – hours before Jewish New Year – and extend for three weeks over other religious holidays. The Jewish state has the world’s second-highest detected virus infection rate after Bahrain, according to an AFP tally.
Read the full story on France24
G20 ministers call for equal Covid-19 vaccine access
Arab News says ensuring “equitable and affordable” access to vaccines for all was the key to overcoming the coronavirus pandemic and supporting global economic recovery, G20 finance and health ministers said in a joint statement.
The statement said an action plan would be presented at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governor’s meeting in October and at the leaders’ summit in November in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh.
Read the full story on Arab News
India logs another daily jump of more than 96,000 new Covid-19 cases
Aljazeera says India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 infections in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of slowing down.
The Health Ministry raised the nation’s total past 5.21 million, 0.37 per cent of its nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,174 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 84,372 deaths.
Read the full story on Aljazeera
Global coronavirus cases pass 30 million
CNN says at least 30,003,378 cases of Covid-19 have now been recorded globally, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases.
The bleak milestone comes nine months after the initial cases were first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in mid-December, before continuing to spread across the globe.
Read the full story on CNN
WHO outlines ways governments, health care leaders can keep health care workers safe
Fox News says the World Health Organization (WHO) outlined five steps to help governments and health care leaders better protect health workers from violence, physical and biological hazards and improve their mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic.
WHO is also calling for governments to advance national programs for health worker safety, and to connect health worker safety policies to existing patient safety policies.
Read the full story on Fox News
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‘So many hazards’ NASA photo shows North America covered in wildfires smoke as hurricanes move in
CTV News says a new satellite image from NASA shows the West Coast of the U.S. and parts of Canada covered in smoke from growing wildfires while Hurricane Sally makes landfall in the Gulf Coast and several other hurricanes converge in the Atlantic Ocean.
Footballer Lionel Messi wins win epic legal battle to trademark his name
Euronews says a European court has paved the way for Lionel Messi to register his surname as a trademark after an epic nine-year legal battle by the Argentine football star.
Uganda jailbreak: Manhunt for more than 200 naked and armed prisoners
AfricaNews says Ugandan forces are searching for more than 200 naked inmates, who escaped in a jailbreak on Wednesday.
“We saw the prisoners all over the mountain when they were running they were very many so even us we were scared,” said eyewitness Kevin Nakiru.
Gaza lockdown eased as economy crumbles amid pandemic
Aljazeera news says lockdown rules across Gaza have been relaxed after a two-week curfew was lifted.
Most people are allowed to go out during the day, but certain areas remain off-limits.
China begins military drills as a senior US official visits Taiwan
CNA says China began combat drills near the Taiwan Strait on Friday, the same day a senior US official began high-level meetings in Taipei, as Beijing denounced tightening ties between Chinese-claimed Taiwan and the United States.