India recorded more than 90,000 cases of the new coronavirus, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry.
Australia’s coronavirus hotspot state of Victoria on Sunday extended a hard lockdown in its capital Melbourne by two weeks to the end of September as infection rates have declined more slowly than hoped.
Protesters gathered in the Italian capital, Rome, to protest against the use of masks to help contain the spread of coronavirus. This as the country’s health ministry reported an increase of COVID-19 deaths, with 16 new fatalities, bringing the total to 35,534. At least 1,700 more cases were also reported, with the total at 276,338 infections.
Mexico’s health ministry has recorded an extra 122,765 deaths above expectations during the pandemic up to August, in a report about excess mortality rates, suggesting Mexico’s true coronavirus toll could be much higher. The country has recorded 67,326 confirmed deaths, according to Reuters news agency.
More than 26.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 880,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 17.9 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Sunday, September 6
11:50 GMT – Berlusconi in ‘most delicate phase’ of the coronavirus
Silvio Berlusconi’s doctor says that the hospitalised former Italian prime minister is responding “optimally” to COVID-19 treatment, but that he belongs to the most vulnerable category of patients and is in “the most delicate phase” of the virus.
Dr Alberto Zangrillo, who is head of intensive care at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, repeated that he nevertheless remained “cautiously optimistic” about Berlusconi’s recovery.
“The patient is responding optimally to treatment,” he said. “This doesn’t mean we can claim victory because, as you know, he belongs to the most fragile category” given his age.
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11:00 GMT – France puts more departments on COVID-19 high alert
French authorities have placed seven more departments covering major cities such as Lille, Strasbourg and Dijon on high alert as increases in COVID-19 infections accelerate, the government said.
Of France’s 101 mainland and overseas departments, 28 are now considered “red zones” where authorities will be able to impose exceptional measures to slow the number of new coronavirus cases.
The move comes as France reported a record of nearly 9,000 daily cases on Friday, and a further 8,550 cases in the past 24 hours on Saturday, when the nationwide test positivity rate increased to 4.7 percent.
09:53 GMT – Reports: Italy to extend coronavirus measures
The Italian government plans to extend measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus through the end of September, including requiring people to wear masks and maintain social-distancing, according to media reports.
Many of the current measures are set to expire on Monday. However, an updated decree is expected to be published shortly.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is planning to extend the measures to combat the virus until September 30, Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported.
09:03 GMT – Coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000 mark in Israel
The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Israel has surpassed the level of 1,000, the country’s health ministry confirmed.
A total of 1,010 people have died of coronavirus in the country of 9.2 million inhabitants, it said in its latest statics published on Sunday morning.
09:00 GMT – Indonesia reports 3,444 new coronavirus cases
Indonesia reported 3,444 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 194,109, data from the country’s health ministry website showed.
The Southeast Asian country also reported 85 new deaths, taking the total to 8,025, the highest coronavirus death toll in Southeast Asia.
06:31 GMT – India reports global daily record of new coronavirus cases
India has recorded more than 90,000 cases of the new coronavirus, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry.
There were 90,632 new cases in the 24 hours to Sunday, according to the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, while the number of deaths rose by 1,065 to 70,626.
The country is set to pass Brazil on Monday as the second-most affected country by total infections and will be behind only the United States, which has 6.4 million cases and nearly 193,000 deaths.
Hello, this is Tamila Varshalomidze in Doha, Qatar, taking over the live updates from my colleague Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
05:05 GMT – Australia’s COVID-19 epicentre extends hard lockdown
Australia’s coronavirus hotspot state of Victoria on Sunday extended a hard lockdown in its capital Melbourne by two weeks to the end of September as infection rates have declined more slowly than hoped, according to the Reuters news agency.
State Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday extended the hard lockdown, in place since August 2, to September 28 with a slight relaxation, and mapped out a gradual easing of restrictions over the following two months.
Melbourne’s stage 4 restrictions, which had been due to end on September 13, shut most of the economy, limited people’s movements to a 5km (3-mile) radius around their homes for one hour a day and imposed a night-time curfew.
“We cannot open up at this time. If we were to we would lose control very quickly,” Andrews said at a televised media conference.
Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, has been the epicentre of a second wave of the novel coronavirus, now accounting for about 75 percent of the country’s 26,282 cases and 90 percent of its 753 deaths.
The state on Sunday reported 63 new COVID-19 infections and five deaths, down from a peak of 725 new cases on August 5.
04:32 GMT – Jakarta ‘running out of cemetery space’ over COVID-19 pandemic
A cemetery in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, is reportedly expecting to run out of space as the number of deaths linked to the coronavirus continues to rise.
Nadi, the manager of East Jakarta’s Pondok Ranggon cemetery, was quoted by Indonesia’s Kompas as saying he expects the burial site to run out of space by October, with only 1,000 spots left.
In August, the cemetery reportedly had an average of 27 people buried daily – including those who died of coronavirus.
Pondok Ranggon was designated as a COVID-19 burial site in March, and since then more than 2,600 fatalities have been buried there.
Indonesia has officially reported more than 190,000 cases with almost 8,000 dead.
04:02 GMT – Officials call for caution as US marks Labor Day
Officials across the United States are urging Americans to take precautions while celebrating extended Labor Day holiday to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
In New Mexico, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said while the state “has made great progress” in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, the holiday weekend starting on Saturday will be key to keeping the spread of the virus low and to ensure students can return safely to school this year.
In California, San Diego State University officials issued a Labor Day weekend stay-at-home order for students living on campus to limit the spread of the disease, as they return for the school year.
The US has an estimated 6.25 million coronavirus cases, with more than 2.3 million declared as recovered. More than 188,500 people have died of the disease in the US – the highest number of fatalities worldwide.
03:42 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 988 to 249,985
Germany’s centre for infectious diseases reported on Sunday at least 988 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 249,985 infections.
The Robert Koch Institute also reported one death, with the total now at 9,325 since the pandemic spread in the country in late January.
03:05 GMT – South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases stay below 200 for fourth day
South Korea reported 167 cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, marking the fourth straight day of less than 200 new infections, according to Yonhap news agency.
Of the total new infections, 152 were local cases and a majority of them came from the greater Seoul area, data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) showed.
The country’s total cases have now risen to 21,177, although more than 16,000 have fully recovered. It also added one more death, raising the death toll to 334. The country’s virus death rate is now at 1.58 percent.
02:30 GMT – Mainland China reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
China’s National Health Commission reported on Sunday at least 10 new COVID-19 cases as of the end of Saturday.
The health agency said all new cases were imported, marking the 21st consecutive day with no locally transmitted infections, according to Reuters news agency.
The number of new asymptomatic cases rose to 17 from eight a day earlier. China does not count asymptomatic infections as confirmed cases.
The total confirmed COVID-19 cases for mainland China now stands at 85,122, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
01:49 GMT – Italy’s ex-PM Berlusconi ‘recovering’ from coronavirus
The personal doctor of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has expressed “cautious but reasonable optimism” for the politician’s recovery from the coronavirus.
The 83-year-old Berlusconi is hospitalised in Milan after testing positive this week.
Dr Alberto Zangrillo said in a written statement on Saturday that Berlusconi’s clinical condition remains stable.
Zangrillo said on Friday, several hours after Berlusconi was admitted to San Raffaele hospital, his patient has an early-stage lung infection and was breathing on his own.
01:30 GMT – Mexico records 122,765 additional deaths during pandemic -health ministry
Mexico’s health ministry has recorded an extra 122,765 deaths above expectations during the pandemic up to August.
The report about excess mortality rates could suggest Mexico’s true coronavirus toll could be much higher, Reuters news agency reported.
Mexico has recorded 67,326 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus, including 475 news cases on Saturday. It also recorded 6,319 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total infections to at least 629,400.
00:15 GMT – Brazil reports 30,168 coronavirus cases, 682 deaths
Brazil’s ministry of health has reported recorded 30,168 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total infections to at least 4.1 million.
The country also reported 682 additional fatalities, bringing the death toll to 126,203.
Brazil ranks second to the United States in the number of cases and infections worldwide.
00:05 GMT – Italy sees resurgence in coronavirus deaths
Protesters gathered in the Italian capital, Rome, to protest against the use of masks to help contain the spread of coronavirus.
This as the daily number of coronavirus deaths in Italy has been rising, with 16 registered Saturday by the Italian health ministry.
The death toll is five more than the previous day. However, those numbers are dramatically lower than in the early weeks of the pandemic in the nation, when hundreds of people were dying daily, according to an AP news agency analysis.
With nearly 1,700 more cases Saturday, Italy has confirmed a total of 276,338 infections. Most of the recent cases have been linked to popular holiday locales, particularly among those who vacationed on the island of Sardinia.
Italy’s known death toll stands at 35,534.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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