The EU has started locking out British travellers as Ireland and Finland become the first to adopt new quarantine thresholds.
The Irish government is expected to announce on Tuesday a new system for deciding quarantine as it ditches the “green” list of countries that it introduced at the start of the pandemic.
It is expected to follow a standardised model being pushed by the European Commission.
It states that arrivals from any country with more than 50 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over the previous 14 days, and a positive test rate that is above three per cent, could face quarantine.
Britain’s surge in cases saw Monday’s coronavirus rate in the UK hit 51.1 per 100,000 people. With positive tests running at six per cent, the UK’s infection rate would trigger quarantine under the EU’s proposed new system.
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More than 80,000 infections in 24 hours – just in India
India has reported its lowest daily jump in new coronavirus infections in a week, logging another 83,809 infections in the past 24 hours.
The Health Ministry on Tuesday also reported 1,054 deaths, driving total fatalities up to 80,776 since the pandemic began.
With 4.93 million confirmed infections, India has reported the second-most cases in the world behind the United States.
India also has the highest number of recovered patients in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The country’s recovery rate stands at 77.8 per cent and nearly 3.8 million people have recovered from the virus
Whistleblower alleges abuse at US migrant centre
Human rights organisations have denounced the number of hysterectomies carried out at a migrant detention centre in the US after one detainee described it as like “an experimental concentration camp”.
“When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies,” said one detainee interviewed by the Project South organisation, which filed a complaint to the government.
The complaint also alleged “jarring medical neglect” during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a refusal to test detainees with symptoms and fabricating medical records.
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Chinese city in lockdown after new infections
China has locked down a city on the border with Myanmar and will launch a mass coronavirus testing programme, officials said on Tuesday after a handful of infections were detected.
The three cases were found in the city of Ruili in western Yunnan province, a major land border crossing point with neighbouring Myanmar.
Residents were being told to stay home and people had been forbidden from entering or leaving the city from Monday evening.
Officials said every resident would be tested for the virus in Ruili, which is home to more than 210,000 people.
Businesses have been closed except for supermarkets, pharmacies and food markets.
The infections were brought in from Myanmar and Chinese authorities would “crack down on illegal immigrants”, the officials said.
Ruili is separated by a shallow river from the border town of Muse, Myanmar’s main gateway to China known for sleazy streets, weapons, casinos and drugs.
Yang Bianqiang, vice mayor of Ruili, told a press conference on Monday that the city would repatriate those who cannot verify their time of arrival into China, “have no fixed residence and have no fixed place to work”.
Seven other cases were reported around China on Tuesday – all brought in from other countries.
Police could challenge children who break new Covid laws
Scottish children are breaking the law if they play with two or more friends from different households in their free time, but they can mix in unlimited numbers in school, under SNP regulations that came into effect on Monday.
The regulations stipulated that all children must be counted towards the two-household limit Nicola Sturgeon has introduced for gatherings to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.
But they included a specific exemption for schools, which pupils are attending with no social distancing from each other in classrooms, corridors and playgrounds.
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Philanthropist Bill Gates warns deaths may spike again
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is “pessimistic” about the coming months and warned Covid-19 deaths could rise again to levels seen in the first wave of the pandemic unless governments take effective action.
“I’m pessimistic about what the fall in the northern hemisphere is likely to look like,” he said.
“If we don’t have interventions, the death rate in a number of countries including the United States will go back up to the levels that we had in the spring.”
Talking to The Telegraph for the launch of the annual Goalkeepers report, which tracks the world’s progress against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Mr Gates said the pandemic could push the world back to the 1990s in terms of development.
Public may be able to access vaccine in China in November
Coronavirus vaccines being developed in China may be ready for use by the general public as early as November, an official with the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
China has four vaccines in the final stage of clinical trials. At least three of those have already been offered to essential workers under an emergency use programme.
Phase 3 clinical trials were proceeding smoothly and the vaccines could be ready for the general public in November or December, CDC chief biosafety expert Guizhen Wu said in an interview with state TV late on Monday.
She said she had experienced no abnormal symptoms in recent months after taking an experimental vaccine herself in April, but did not specify which vaccines she was referring to.
South Korea secures vaccine supply
South Korea will secure early supply of coronavirus vaccines for 30 million people, or 60 per cent of its population, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
While authorities would like to inoculate the country’s entire population of 52 million, uncertainty around the vaccine’s safety, efficacy and development was limiting South Korea’s investment, Mr Chung said.
Mr Chung said the government would negotiate with the relevant international organisations and vaccine makers to secure the early supply of the vaccines and would buy more as the development proceeded.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 106 new coronavirus cases as of Monday midnight, which brought the total number of infections to 22,391, and the total death tally to 367.