Italy Closes Nightclubs As COVID-19 Revival Rocks Europe; US Deaths Top 1k For 5th Day: Live Updates
Mon, 08/17/2020 – 08:46
- US deaths surpass 1k for 5th day
- Italy closes nightclubs
- India passes 50k deaths
- Australia suffers record death toll
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When the world looks back on the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the virus’s conquest of Lombardy, the northern Italian region surrounding Milan that’s known as the locus of Italian industry, will likely be remembered as a catalyst of the terror that quickly spread across Europe and the US.
And now, after COVID-19 cases have steadily crept higher in recent weeks, it looks like Italy is preparing to to start reimposing restrictions on nightclubs and bars just after unveiling plans to re-start in-person learning across the country.
Italy isn’t alone: France, Spain and Germany have all reimpose restrictions ranging from partial localized lockdowns to mandatory mask orders to restrictions on travel over the past few weeks as the number of new cases has started to bounce back across Europe.
Specifically, Italy is shutting bars and nightclubs for three weeks and making it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors at night in some parts of the country where new cases are increasing. The restrictions are similar to the nightlife rules imposed by Hong Kong to combat its “third wave” of the outbreak a few weeks ago, as younger people are largely emerging as the primary drivers of these latest outbreaks.
While the median age of new infections has dropped below 40, the number of new cases reported over the last week has doubled from three weeks ago.
Just a few days after passing 2.5 million cases, India reported 941 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the country’s total north of 50,000. India is in fourth place globally in terms of the death toll.
India has the fourth-highest number of deaths globally, after recently surpassing the UK’s tally. The virus’s spread continues to accelerate through the world’s 2nd-most populous country, with the total number of confirmed case at more than 2.6 million, the third most in the world.
After reporting its largest batch of new cases in 5 months yesterday, South Korea reported 197 more cases of coronavirus on Monday, amid a flareup of infections. The country warned over the weekend of another mass infection after reporting the highest number of coronavirus cases since early March, most of which are linked to an outbreak at a church in the capital.
In the US, deaths topped 1,000 for the fifth day in a row.
Finally, Australia suffered its deadliest day yet, with 25 deaths recorded in the state of Victoria, home to Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne…
…which is presently the epicenter of the country’s worst outbreak yet.
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