Monday 14 September
- 86% of doctors in England expect second-wave in the next 6 months.
- Covid-19: ‘Rule of six’ comes into effect.
- Israel to impose a new nationwide lockdown as Covid-19 surges.
- Doctors in Indonesia fight the spread of fake news on Covid-19.
- Japan’s foreign residents face discrimination due to Covid-19.
- New Zealand extends coronavirus restrictions upon discovery of one new case.
86% of doctors in England expect second-wave in the next 6 months
The Guardian says almost 86% of doctors in England say they expect a second-wave of coronavirus in the next six months, according to a new survey, as concern continues to grow over a recent rise in cases.
Sunday marked the third day in a row that new coronaviruses cases reported for the UK topped 3,000 – the highest figures since May – with 2,837 new cases reported in England alone. While testing has increased, experts have said this does not fully explain the recent surge.
Read the full story on The Guardian
Covid-19: ‘Rule of six’ comes into effect
BBC News says the banning of social gatherings of more than six people has come into effect in England, following a rise in coronavirus cases.
The “rule of six”, which applies both indoors and outdoors includes children under 12 in England.
The government said the new rules on social distancing are easier for people to understand.
Read the full story on BBC News
Israel to impose a new nationwide lockdown as Covid-19 surges
France24 says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced a new national lockdown will be imposed amid a stubborn surge in coronavirus cases, with schools and parts of the economy expected to shut down in a bid to bring down infection rates.
“Our goal is to stop the increase (in cases) and lower morbidity,” Netanyahu said in a nationally broadcast statement. “I know that these steps come at a difficult price for all of us. This is not the holiday we are used to.”
Read the full story on France24
Doctors in Indonesia fight spread of fake news on Covid-19
Aljazeera says The Doctors Without Borders (also known as MSF) has called on the Indonesian government to step up education regarding the spread of the coronavirus in the country, saying rumours and fake news is creating “panic” in many communities.
“We needed to help them find a way to educate and inform the community quickly and on a large scale. Fear can be just as harmful as COVID-19,” said Dr Dirna Mayasari, the MSF deputy medical coordinator in Indonesia.
Read the full story on Aljazeera
Japan’s foreign residents face discrimination due to Covid-19
Japan Times says there has been an increasing number of reports that foreign residents living in areas with a large number of international communities in Japan are being subject to discrimination and hateful remarks.
A 22-year-old Indian student at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University was targeted in a verbal attack while walking around Beppu Station, Oita Prefecture, in the middle of August.
Read the full story on Japan Times
New Zealand extends coronavirus restrictions upon discovery of one new case
CNN says New Zealand will extend its current coronavirus restrictions for another week as the country reported one new case on Monday.
“Cabinet has decided on a short extension to the current restrictions of alert level 2.5 for Auckland and level 2 for the rest of the country,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a news briefing.
“For Auckland, cabinet will review the current level 2.5 settings at our meeting on Monday the 21st of September with a view to increase gathering limits for Auckland if we are in a similar position for containing the cluster,” she said.
Read the full story on CNN
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Compton ambush leaves two LA Sheriff Deputy’s ‘fighting for their lives’
Fox News says a manhunt was underway in California early Sunday after two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shot in their patrol car Saturday by a suspect who “opened fire without warning or provocation,” authorities said.
Migrants moved to new Lesbos camp Mitsotakis demands more EU help
Euronews says around 300 refugees and migrants had by Sunday evening moved into a new camp facility being built by the Greek army in a former military shooting range in Kara Tepe, on the island of Lesbos.
Angolan Doctors rally against police brutality
AfricaNews says Angola’s Doctors’ Union led around 100 protesters in a march through the city centre in Luanda on Saturday to denounce police brutality and demand an investigation into the suspicious death of Dr Silvio Dala in police custody after he was arrested for driving without a face mask on – supposedly breaching anti-coronavirus regulations.
Jordan tightens grip on gatherings amid Covid-19 rise
Arab News says Jordan will ramp up restrictions on social gatherings in the country, Minister of State Amjad Adaileh said, quashing rumours of a two-week blanket curfew.
The new restrictions include limiting operating capacity of public institutions and banning of hospital visits.
India coronavirus cases rise to 4.85 million
CNA says India has recorded 92,071 new cases of the coronavirus, taking total cases to 4.85 million, the federal health ministry said on Monday.
The world’s second-most populous country lags only the US globally in the overall number of infections, but it has been reporting more daily cases than the US since mid-August.