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Covid-19 crisis: 100,000 cases in Europe in a day; emergency in Madrid

1,800 students, staff at north England universities test +ve

Coronavirus | Europe | Spain


A cleaner in Amman works during the two-day nationwide curfew in Jordan, amid fears of the rising number of Covid cases Photo: Reuters

The Spanish government declared a state of emergency for the Madrid region, as Europe’s leaders step up efforts to contain an unrelenting surge in cases across the continent.

surpassed 100,000 daily reported Covid-19 cases for the first time, after countries, such as Spain, France, Russia, Romania, and the UK saw no respite in the mounting number of infections every day.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez’s government made the decision at a special Cabinet meeting on Friday as the premier struggled to impose his authority on regional officials who have resisted his calls for restrictions on movement.

In UK, the situation further worsened. More than 1,800 students and staff from universities across the northeast of England, currently under tougher localised lockdowns, have tested positive for over the past week.

Authorities in Moscow have considering closing bars and nightclubs to halt a second wave.

Closer home, Sri Lanka ordered closure of bars, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, and spas.

In Nepal, Covid cases crossed 100,000 mark.

China joins WHO vaccine programme

China has officially joined the WHO’s COVAX alliance to equitably distribute Covid-19 vaccines around the globe, ending speculation that it plans to supply them on its own to developing countries to improve its image dented by the pandemic. China will purchase vaccines for 1 per cent of its population, or 15 million people, via the WHO scheme.

  • Russia is all set to register its second Covid vaccine — developed by Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology — on October 15.

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First Published: Sat, October 10 2020. 01:43 IST