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Coronavirus cases will soar past 30 MILLION today as India dominates daily infection rates

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Global coronavirus cases will soar past 30 million today, with India dominating the infection rate.

India’s is firmly the global epicentre, accounting for around 17 percent of the total number of cases, although North and South America combined represent almost half of the infections.

Global new daily case numbers reached record levels in recent days and deaths neared 1 million as the international race to develop and market a vaccine heated up.

The global number of cases stands at 29,880,475 with a death toll of 940,932, according to Thursday morning’s data from John Hopkins University. 

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A man reacts as health workers help collect a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday

A man reacts as health workers help collect a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday

A man reacts as health workers help collect a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday

President Donald Trump points to a chart as he speaks about his administration's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Wednesday

President Donald Trump points to a chart as he speaks about his administration's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Wednesday

President Donald Trump points to a chart as he speaks about his administration’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Wednesday

The official number of global coronavirus cases is now more than five times the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the WHO. 

Around the world, there have been almost 1 million deaths, considered a lagging indicator given the two-week incubation period of the virus.

That has well exceeded the upper range of 290,000 to 650,000 annual deaths linked to influenza.

COUNTRIES REPORTING MOST NEW CASES/DEATHS EACH DAY

CASES 

INDIA: 93,199

US: 38,897

BRAZIL: 31,599

ARGENTINA: 10,960

SPAIN: 10,140

DEATHS

INDIA: 1,162

US: 854

BRAZIL: 808

MEXICO: 456

ARGENTINA: 207 

*All figures based on latest seven-day average reported

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India on Wednesday became only the second country in the world, after the United States, to record more than 5 million cases.

The south Asian nation, the world’s second most populous country, has been reporting more new daily cases than the United States since mid-August and accounts for nearly 17 percent of global known cases.

The United States has about 20 percent of all global cases, although it has just 4 percent of the world’s population.

Brazil, the third worst-hit country, accounts for roughly 15 percent of global cases.

It took 18 days for global cases to surge from 25 million to more than 30 million.

It took 20 days for the world to go from 20 million to 25 million and 19 days to go from 15 million to 20 million.

The global rate of new daily cases is slowing, reflecting progress in constraining the disease in many countries, despite a few big surges.

Health experts stress that official data almost certainly under-reports both infections and deaths, particularly in countries with limited testing capacity.

The race to develop and bring to market a novel coronavirus vaccine has grown increasingly frenetic in recent weeks with about 200 candidates in development globally.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said his country could have a vaccine ready for distribution before the U.S. election on November 3, while a Chinese health official this week said China may have a vaccine ready for public use as early as November.

While the trajectory of the coronavirus still falls far short of the 1918 Spanish flu, which infected an estimated 500 million people, killing at least 10 percent of them, experts worry the available data is underplaying the true impact of the pandemic.

INDIA

India reported another record jump in daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday.

Deaths are also showing a rise, with the country recording more than 1,000 deaths every day for the last two weeks.

Coronavirus infections in India surged past 5 million on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients.

In the big states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, some of the areas worst affected by the virus, demand for oxygen has more than tripled, doctors and government officials said, prompting urgent calls for help.

Elsewhere in Asia and the Middle East Israel is recording an average of 4,493 cases per day, Iraq 4,177, the Philippines 3,970 and Indonesia 3,644.

After India, Iran is reporting the most deaths – with an seven-day average of 130 fatalities per day, followed by Indonesia with 109, the Philippines with 107 and Iraq on 73.

A police officer stands guards while people line up to get fish distributed by Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) members during the birthday celebrations of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before he will turn 70 years old, in Chennai on Thursday, 2020

A police officer stands guards while people line up to get fish distributed by Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) members during the birthday celebrations of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before he will turn 70 years old, in Chennai on Thursday, 2020

A police officer stands guards while people line up to get fish distributed by Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) members during the birthday celebrations of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before he will turn 70 years old, in Chennai on Thursday, 2020

EUROPE 

The WHO warned Europe this week to brace for higher mortality rates over the autumn as cases soared on the continent.

Spain, France, the Netherlands, Malta, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine are all reporting more cases than ever.

In the last seven days, Spain has reported an average of 10,140 cases each day, France 8,684, Russia 5,559, the United Kingdom 3,286, and Ukraine 2,953.

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The countries reporting the highest average deaths over the same period were Russia 114, Spain 59, Ukraine 54, Romania 38 and France 36.  

‘It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,’ WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said on Monday.

‘It’s a moment where countries don’t want to hear this bad news, and I understand,’ Kluge said, adding that he wanted to send the ‘positive message’ that the pandemic ‘is going to finish, at one moment or another.’

Latin America 

Coronavirus has risen colossally in Latin America, however there is growing evidence that its level of infections may have plateaued. 

Brazil has the third highest number of cases in the world with 4.4 million and has suffered more than 134,000 deaths, second only to the US.

Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Peru have all had major outbreaks and are in the global top ten for confirmed cases.

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The virus caught on later in South America and started to peak as Europe’s coronavirus cases fell. 

Brazil’s daily figures have been erratic, however they have clearly dropped off from a peak of nearly 70,000 on July 29.

Likewise, Mexico, Peru and Colombia, have all seen new cases decline in recent weeks.

Argentina has experienced a rise in August after it appeared to bring the virus under control.

On September 5, it recorded more than 12,000 infections – the highest ever – and another 12,000 cases last week.

UNITED STATES

The US has seen a slight uptick in the average number of daily Covid cases and deaths in the past week. 

The average number of infections per day was at more than 37,000 on Tuesday after increasing steadily since the weekend. 

Cases, on average, have been trending downwards nationally since July when about 70,000 infections were being reported daily.  

The average number of infections per day was at more than 37,000 on Tuesday after increasing steadily since the weekend. Cases, on average, have been trending downwards nationally since July when about 70,000 infections were being reported daily

The average number of infections per day was at more than 37,000 on Tuesday after increasing steadily since the weekend. Cases, on average, have been trending downwards nationally since July when about 70,000 infections were being reported daily

The average number of infections per day was at more than 37,000 on Tuesday after increasing steadily since the weekend. Cases, on average, have been trending downwards nationally since July when about 70,000 infections were being reported daily

Daily deaths are now averaging at just over 840 per day after the average number of fatalities dropped to 720 a week ago. Deaths in the US have been declining steadily since mid-August when an average of 1,000 American were dying each day

Daily deaths are now averaging at just over 840 per day after the average number of fatalities dropped to 720 a week ago. Deaths in the US have been declining steadily since mid-August when an average of 1,000 American were dying each day

Daily deaths are now averaging at just over 840 per day after the average number of fatalities dropped to 720 a week ago. Deaths in the US have been declining steadily since mid-August when an average of 1,000 American were dying each day

Daily deaths are now averaging at just over 840 per day after the average number of fatalities dropped to 720 a week ago. 

Deaths in the US have been declining steadily since mid-August when an average of 1,000 American were dying each day. 

More than 195,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19 and there has been over 6.6 million infections. 

The uptick in cases comes after health officials had warned there could be increases following the Labor Day holiday weekend. 

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Socialite, 53, who was bridesmaid at Princess Diana’s wedding admits stealing £680 Max Mara coat

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Prince Charles‘ goddaughter has admitted stealing a £680 designer coat from Harrods.

Socialite India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana‘s wedding in 1981 and is 678th in line to the throne, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies’ coat from one of its luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January.

The mother-of-five, who was born in London but moved to the Bahamas with long term partner David Flint Wood in 1996, was taken to court after being charged with theft.

Hicks, 53, pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday and was conditionally discharged for three months. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £22 victim surcharge.

Her address was given in court as Schenectady, a US city in New York state.

A spokesman for Hicks said she had been ‘absent-minded’ and had later returned the coat.

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana's wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies' coat from one of Harrods' luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana's wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies' coat from one of Harrods' luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies’ coat from one of Harrods’ luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

The mother-of-five, who was born in London but moved to the Bahamas with long term partner David Flint Wood in 1996, was taken to court after being charged with theft (back left, Hicks as a bridesmaid for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at their wedding in 1981)

The mother-of-five, who was born in London but moved to the Bahamas with long term partner David Flint Wood in 1996, was taken to court after being charged with theft (back left, Hicks as a bridesmaid for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at their wedding in 1981)

The mother-of-five, who was born in London but moved to the Bahamas with long term partner David Flint Wood in 1996, was taken to court after being charged with theft (back left, Hicks as a bridesmaid for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at their wedding in 1981)

They told The Sun: ‘The court accepted that at the time of taking the coat, India had simply been absent-minded and had not intended to leave without paying for it.

‘She was full of remorse for this mistake, and was discharged by the District Judge.’

Former fashion model Hicks is the daughter of Lady Pamela Mountbatten, a great-great-grandchild to Queen Victoria, and famed interior designer David Nightingale Hicks.

She is the granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten, the uncle to Prince Philip and second cousin once removed of the Queen, whose father George VI took over the throne when Edward abdicated.

Over recent months Hicks has shared a look at her glamorous life in lockdown in the Bahamas, boasting al fresco meals cooked by her children, painting and homeschooling in their airy library room, beach walks and family games by the beach. 

She and her long term partner share a sprawling white-washed villa – which boasts a pool and sea views – with their sons Felix, Amory, Conrad, and daughter Domino, and Wesley, who she adopted when he was 15, after his mother died.

In a 2016 interview with Business Insider, Hicks cited her grandmother – the last Vicereine of India Edwina Mountbatten- as her professional inspiration. 

Hicks stole a £680 Max Mara coat, but it is unclear if this is the exact style that was shoplifted

Hicks stole a £680 Max Mara coat, but it is unclear if this is the exact style that was shoplifted

Hicks stole a £680 Max Mara coat, but it is unclear if this is the exact style that was shoplifted 

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana's wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies' coat from one of Harrods' luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana's wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies' coat from one of Harrods' luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies’ coat from one of Harrods’ luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

Despite being extremely wealthy, Hicks has been labelled ‘unusual’ as one of the few British heiresses to earn their own income.

In 2015 she launched India Hicks Style, an e-commerce business which sells jewellery, accessories, make-up and homeware, with products ranging between £15 to £400 — but announced over the summer that it would be closing down.

Hicks has described Prince Charles as being a ‘caring, considerate and involved’ godfather. She was 13 and on holiday in the Bahamas when he asked her to be a bridesmaid.

Describing her preparation, she said: ‘But first, I had to practise. It was during these rehearsals that I got to know Diana, whom I first met at a dress fitting.

‘She always seemed more like a head girl than a ­princess-in-waiting, with never a shy moment in private.’

In a recent interview she also said she had kept the flower wreath from the wedding.

Hicks was educated at £40,000-a-year all-girls Gordonstoun School in Scotland.

She previously worked for Ralph Lauren and J Crew and is often featured in society magazine Tatler. 

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Britain’s ‘safe to travel’ list has been reduced to just nine countries – including Gibraltar, San Marino and Liechtenstein – after more destinations were red-flagged. 

Restrictions were imposed on arrivals from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao this weekend.  

It means travellers returning from those destinations to England will face 14 days in quarantine when they get back. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced this evening that Denmark is one of four countries being added to the Government’s travel quarantine ‘red list’.  

The new rules will come into force at 4am on Saturday morning and mean Brits can travel to just seven countries without restrictions on either border.

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NINE NATIONS WHERE BRITONS CAN TRAVEL FREELY 

Sweden

Poland

Germany

Italy

Greece

Turkey

San Marino

Liechtenstein

Gibraltar 

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Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Greece, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein and San Marino are the only countries Brits can travel to without facing quarantine or tests both ways. 

Mr Shapps also said that no countries will be removed from the ‘red list’ this week. 

Other countries on the UK’s ‘green list’ – including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Finland and the Seychelles – are either closed to travellers, require up to 14 days quarantine or only allow travellers with a negative Covid test in the last 72 hours.

The devolved administrations often update their own lists following the UK Government’s announcement of its weekly changes for England.

In the past two months the Government has hacked its list of ‘green’ countries down dramatically – axing Spain, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Malta, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and mainland Portugal.  

Mr Shapps reminded travellers that they are legally required to fill out a ‘Passenger Locator Form’ when they return to England. 

Announcing the changes, Mr Shapps tweeted: ‘Data shows we need to remove DENMARK, SLOVAKIA, ICELAND, and CURACAO from the Travel Corridor list. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government's travel quarantine 'red list'

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government's travel quarantine 'red list'

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government’s travel quarantine ‘red list’

‘If you arrive in the UK from these destinations after 4am this Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

‘We will not be adding any destinations to the Travel Corridor list this week. 

‘Remember: You MUST complete a Passenger Locator Form by law if you enter the UK. 

‘This protects public health and ensures those who need to are complying with self-isolation rules.’ 

The UK Government currently uses a threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 when it makes decisions on whether to add or remove countries from its quarantine list.  

Downing Street remains under intense pressure to change the UK’s travel quarantine rules amid growing fears for the future of the aviation and travel industries. 

Ministers have faced calls for months to replace the current 14 day self-isolation restrictions for people returning to the UK from high risk countries with a more nuanced system of airport testing. 

Advocates believe testing on arrival could open the door to significantly reducing the two week quarantine period to potentially less than seven days. 

A double testing approach would see travellers tested on arrival and then told to self-isolate for something like five days when they would then be tested for a second time. 

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Two negative tests would be enough to allow people to end their period in quarantine and return to normal life. 

However, ministers have been reluctant to approve airport testing because of concerns that the approach could fail to identify some people who have the virus. 

This is because of the amount of time it can take for the virus to be detectable after the moment of infection. 

But many MPs believe the current blanket approach to travel quarantine cannot continue for much longer because of the damage it is doing to the aviation sector. 

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Smitten Kylie Minogue gushes over ‘supportive’ boyfriend Paul Solomons  

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Kylie Minogue has praised her ‘supportive’ boyfriend Paul Solomon for staying by her side when she was sick. 

The Australian pop star, 52, was forced to cancel gigs on her Golden Tour in October 2018 after coming down with an infection, but revealed Paul helped nurse her back to health. 

Joking that the creative was ‘thrown into the deep end’ by dating her, Kylie told The Sun: ‘He had to come to the rescue a few times on tour when I was really unwell. He’d swoop in and hold me in a way that no one else can.’

Loved-up: Kylie Minogue has praised her 'supportive' boyfriend Paul Solomon for staying by her side when she was sick (pictured together in 2019)

Loved-up: Kylie Minogue has praised her 'supportive' boyfriend Paul Solomon for staying by her side when she was sick (pictured together in 2019)

Loved-up: Kylie Minogue has praised her ‘supportive’ boyfriend Paul Solomon for staying by her side when she was sick (pictured together in 2019)

Kylie continued: ‘He cares about my fans, he cares about my world, but mostly he cares about me. It’s so nice to have that one person who’s not involved in your tour, not in that way, and just wants to know that I’m OK.’

Gushing that things were going ‘really good’ between the pair, she concluded:  We’re really low-key, we’re very real, very supportive. We’re just taking things as they come for now, for always. Who knows what’s to come?’  

The couple have been going from strength to strength since they first laid eyes on each other when they were introduced through mutual friends in February 2018.

Kylie met Paul – who works as GQ magazine’s creative director – following the breakdown of her relationship with Joshua Sasse.

Supportive: The pop sensation revealed that Paul helped look after her when she was sick from an infection during her 2018 Golden Tour and had to cancel some gigs

Supportive: The pop sensation revealed that Paul helped look after her when she was sick from an infection during her 2018 Golden Tour and had to cancel some gigs

Supportive: The pop sensation revealed that Paul helped look after her when she was sick from an infection during her 2018 Golden Tour and had to cancel some gigs

The singer and her actor ex-fiancé Joshua, now 32, announced their split in February 2017 after three years together. 

At the time, unconfirmed reports claimed the singer booted the British actor out of her West London home after he grew too close to Spanish actress Marta Milans, 35.

After their split the songstress, who said she felt ‘broken at the time, took herself to Thailand to ‘heal’ herself.

In a candid interview with The Sunday Times, Kylie revealed that she came to the conclusion it ‘wasn’t the right union’.

Full of praise: Kylie said that Paul 'cares about my fans, he cares about my world, but mostly he cares about me' in a gushing interview about her love (pictured together in March)

Full of praise: Kylie said that Paul 'cares about my fans, he cares about my world, but mostly he cares about me' in a gushing interview about her love (pictured together in March)

Full of praise: Kylie said that Paul ‘cares about my fans, he cares about my world, but mostly he cares about me’ in a gushing interview about her love (pictured together in March)

Kylie later confirmed the sad news of her split on Instagram, thanking her loyal fans for their messages of concern and support. 

Alongside a picture of a sunrise, Kylie wrote: ‘Thank you now for your love and understanding with the news that Josh and I have decided to go our separate ways.

‘We wish only the best for each other as we venture towards new horizons. #thesunalwaysrises’. 

Going strong: The Austrian and GQ magazine's creative director Paul were introduced through mutual friends in February 2018 (pictured together in September 2019)

Going strong: The Austrian and GQ magazine's creative director Paul were introduced through mutual friends in February 2018 (pictured together in September 2019)

Going strong: The Austrian and GQ magazine’s creative director Paul were introduced through mutual friends in February 2018 (pictured together in September 2019)

Kylie and her new beau Paul confirmed their romance in April and the singer has been very open about the relationship, once saying she had ‘found her man.’

Kylie recently told The Mirror: ‘Who says you can’t be soppy and romantic later in life? Particularly when you find a good and true love.

‘I feel even more thankful and lucky that I have this in my life now… I’m really being taken care of.’

She also told Stella magazine: ‘When something’s precious, you want to handle it with care.’

She added: ‘We’re learning about each other’s worlds, of course there’s a part of his profession that crosses over to mine. I really just don’t want to say too much. He’s a great, great guy. We’re just doing our thing’.  

Speaking out: Kylie confirmed the sad news of her split from former fiancé Joshua Sasse on Instagram in 2017, thanking her loyal fans for their messages of concern and support

Speaking out: Kylie confirmed the sad news of her split from former fiancé Joshua Sasse on Instagram in 2017, thanking her loyal fans for their messages of concern and support

Speaking out: Kylie confirmed the sad news of her split from former fiancé Joshua Sasse on Instagram in 2017, thanking her loyal fans for their messages of concern and support

Throwback: Joshua famously ended his engagement to Kylie in 2017 after two years together.( (Pictured on June 29, 2016 in London)

Throwback: Joshua famously ended his engagement to Kylie in 2017 after two years together.( (Pictured on June 29, 2016 in London)

Throwback: Joshua famously ended his engagement to Kylie in 2017 after two years together.( (Pictured on June 29, 2016 in London)

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