COVID-19 WRAP | SA records 53 new Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours

24 October 2020 - 09:46 By TimesLIVE
Sarayna Biswas, 6, wearing a face mask and dressed as Kumari wearing gold, takes part in a ritual during the Durga Puja festival celebrations at a pandal, or a temporary platform, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Kolkata, India, October 24, 2020.
Sarayna Biswas, 6, wearing a face mask and dressed as Kumari wearing gold, takes part in a ritual during the Durga Puja festival celebrations at a pandal, or a temporary platform, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Kolkata, India, October 24, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

October 24 2020 - 13:23

Six positive cases: Lions vs Cheetahs cancelled due to Covid-19

Inevitably, perhaps, Covid-19’s tentacles have enveloped the Lions’ squad to the point that their Super Rugby Unlocked clash against the Cheetahs on Saturday afternoon had to be cancelled.

The game was called off in line with prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community, SA Rugby said in a statement.

October 24 2020 - 10:17

US sets new record of 84,000 Covid-19 cases in a single day

More than 84,000 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 across the US on Friday —  a record one-day increase in infections as the virus surges again, according to a Reuters tally.

The spike to 84,218 cases, breaking the record of 77,299 set on July 16, comes as University of Washington researchers forecast that the US death toll from Covid-19 could reach a total of 500,000 by February.

Sixteen US states also hit one-day records for new infections of the virus that causes Covid-19 on Friday, including five considered key in the November 3 presidential election: Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

October 24 2020 - 10:17

Philippines reports 2,057 new coronavirus cases, 19 more deaths

The Philippines' health ministry on Saturday recorded 2,057 new coronavirus infections and 19 additional deaths.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases have increased to 367,819 while deaths have reached 6,934.

The Philippines has the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. 

- Reuters 

October 24 2020 - 09:53

Russia reports 16,521 new coronavirus cases

Russia reported 16,521 new coronavirus cases on Saturday after hitting a record high of over 17,300 the previous day.

This brings Russia's national tally of cases to 1,497,167 in total. Authorities said 296 people had died from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, in the last 24 hours, raising the official death toll to 25,821.

- Reuters 

October 24 2020 - 09:12

Fears of second wave as Nelson Mandela Bay Covid-19 infections jump

A wave of Covid-19 infections has hit Nelson Mandela Bay — and acting mayor Thsonono Buyeye has called on residents to act responsibly.

He said it was shocking and worrying to learn that on Thursday there were 730 confirmed cases in the city.

The number had jumped from 379 active cases recorded on Monday.

“In less than a week we have seen a huge jump in the numbers,” Buyeye said.

“We have noted with concern all these social gatherings and we believe they played a role in this increase.”

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality disaster management chair Shane Brown said the stark rise in numbers indicated a second wave.

October 24 2020 - 09:00

Czech Republic's coronavirus daily tally tops 15,000 for first time

The Czech Republic reported 15,252 new cases of coronavirus for October 23, its highest daily tally, as the country faces Europe's fastest spread of the infection.

The total number of cases rose to 238,323 in the country of 10.7 million, with 126 new deaths taking that total to 1,971. 

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