According to the worldwide tally, global deaths now stand at 800, 566. Cases have reached beyond 23 million as the UK prepares for a second wave to hit the country. Nicola Sturgeon has admitted her great “concern” over at the sudden rise in coronavirus cases in Scotland over the last 24 hours. Scotland has recorded 124 new cases in the last 24 hours, topping three figures for the first time since May, and the highest since May 16 when 187 were recorded. In comparison, just 10 new cases were recorded on July 22. The spike in cases has been linked to an outbreak at the 2 Sisters food processing plant in Coupar Angus and 78 new cases in Tayside.
Former chief scientific adviser, Sir Mark Walport, has warned the deadly coronavirus is going to be with us forever as cases continue to rise across the world.
At least 41 schools in Berlin have recorded new cases of the virus just two weeks after the German capital reopened 825 schools.
Spain also registered a staggering 66,905 cases within a fortnight.
Now, Mr Walport believes the deadly pandemic would be controlled by a “global vaccination” but said warned it is unlikely to be eradicated by a vaccine.
He told BBC 4 Today programme: “This is a virus that is going to be with us forever in some form or another and almost certainly will require repeated vaccinations.
“So a bit like flu, people will need re-vaccination at regular intervals.”
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Spain has been one of the worst hit countries during the pandemic and the country’s health emergency chief, Fernando Simón, warned the situation could get worse.
He said: “There should be no confusion: things are not going well.
“If we continue to allow transmission to rise, even if most cases are mild, we will end up with many in hospital, many in intensive care and many deaths.
“We can’t say that the epidemic is out of control at a national level, but there are some specific places where it is.”
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Although not specifying the areas most infected, his comments come after more than a quarter of new infections have been in Madrid.
Within the last seven days, Spain has also recorded 131 new deaths, a staggering rise from just 12 a month ago.
Other EU countries are also facing an increase in new cases including France.
On Friday, France recorded 4,586 new coronavirus infections, with 23 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.
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Education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, said: “Use of masks will be systematic inside from middle school and not only when there is no social distancing.
“But outdoors, it’s a local decision.”
The UK currently has the highest death toll across Europe after surpassing 46,000.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been widely criticised as he moves forward with plans to reopen schools in September.
Originally, Mr Johnson aimed to get children back to school by June, however, he faced backlash from unions claiming it was unsafe to reopen.
Since the announced of a nationwide lockdown back in March in order to stop the spread of the deadly virus, millions of schoolchildren have been out of education.
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10.45pm update: Florida records 4,300 new cases
Florida has recorded 4,300 new cases of the virus and 106 deaths in the state’s latest figures.
There have now been 156 deaths per day this month.
10.18pm update: Joe Biden willing to shut down US again
Democrat nominee, Joe Biden has stated he would put the US into a second lockdown if experts recommend it to stop the spread of the virus.
He told ABC: “I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists.”
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7.36pm update: Two new deaths recorded in Ireland
Ireland’s Health Department has reported two further people have died in the last 24 hours.
A further 156 cases were confirmed.
7.19pm update: Emmanuel Macron forced to cancel coronavirus rescue budget
Emmanuel Macron has been forced to delay France’s €100billion (£90billion) coronavirus recovery package until next September, in a blow to the state’s economy.
Mr Macron was due to unveil the multi-billion euro fund aimed at restarting the recovery this month.
The coronavirus recovery package will now be released in the first week of September.
Businesses in the country had eagerly awaited to hear the Government’s plan but will now wait until next month as Mr Macron focuses on reopening schools instead.
6.47pm update: German cases reach high not seen in months
Germany has reported 2,034 new cases of the virus, marking the first time state has exceeded 2,000 cases since the end of April.
The country’s Robert Kock Institute has called the possibility of fresh outbreaks extremely concerning.
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6.07pm update: Global deaths surpass 800K
According to John Hopkins University, global deaths have now reached 800,566 while cases now stand at 23,015,658.
This comes as a second wave of coronavirus has begun to spread across Europe.
Both France and Croatia have both been added to the UK’s quarantine list due to this.
Medical experts in the UK have also expressed concern over the lack of preparation for a second wave of the virus.
Professor of medicine at Oxford University, Sir John Bell has warned there UK could be set for a “bumpy winter” this week.
He said: “My bet is that we will get a second wave, and the vaccines won’t get here in time to stop the second wave.
“And I’m not sure the new home testing is going to get there in time either.”
Coronavirus: UK cases as of August 22
4.54pm update: Italy records highest daily case count since May
Italy has reported 1,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time since mid-May.
4.29pm update: Three towns face tighter lockdown as coronavirus infections soar
Lockdown restrictions have been increased in oldham, Blackburn and parts of Pendle.
People living in different households in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire towns were yesterday banned from meeting and advised to only use public transport when essential.
But officials stopped short of a full lockdown, allowing people to continue shopping, going to work and attending childcare settings including schools.
Cases in Oldham reached 103.1 per 100,000 people during the week ending August 13, with Blackburn and Pendle reaching 95.3 and 75.5 cases respectively.
4.02pm update: UK reports 18 new deaths from coronavirus
Deaths in all settings across the country have risen to 41,423 according to figures from the Department for Health and Social Care.
There has been a further 1,288 cases taking the overall total to 324,601.
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3.31pm update: England’s death toll rises by six
A further six people have died in hospital, NHS England has confirmed today.
The number of deaths in hospital now stands at 29,496.
3.30pm update: More on Scotland’s rise
The 123 new cases reported today, represent the highest number since May 16 when 187 were reported.
Commenting on the numbers, Ms Sturgeon said: “123 new positive Covid cases today is of course of concern.
“However, it also needs some context – 78 of them are in Tayside where we’re dealing with the outbreak at the 2 Sisters food processing plant.
“Important that all workers and household contacts follow advice to isolate.”
A total of 19,728 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland.
There have been no new deaths.
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3pm update: Scotland reports 123 new cases
Scotland has reported 123 new cases of the deadly pandemic with the new number topping three figures for the first time in three months.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said it is “of concern”.
2.30pm update: Iraq records nearly 4,000 cases
Iraq has recorded nearly 4,000 cases of the deadly pandemic over the last 24 hours.
The total number of cases have now reached to more than 200,000.
According to the Iraqi health ministry, 201,050 Iraqis have contracted the virus, including 6,353 who have died, while 143,393 are declared to have recovered since the pandemic began.
1.50pm update: Parts of London and New York have achieved ‘substantial’ immunity
According to the Telegraph, scientists have claimed parts of London and New York have achieved ‘substantial’ immunity.
The results of recent antibody testing has led experts to predict that some areas might be better insulated from any second surge of the coronavirus this winter.
“It’s reasonable to think that some local areas have a substantial amount of immunity. I think there are parts of New York and London which are there,” said Professor Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
“It’s really noticeable in certain pockets, but it varies city block to block and we have to be careful when interpreting what it means.”
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1.10pm update: Two police stations close in Northern Ireland as officers test positive
Two police stations in Northern Ireland have been forced to close after eight officers test positive for coronavirus.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: “Following reports of a number of officers from Antrim Station being unwell, these officers have undergone testing for Covid-19. At this time, eight of these officers have tested positive for the virus.
“We have undertaken, and we will continue to undertake a range of appropriate measures, in line with public health advice and guidance, to address the issue. This includes the closure of both Antrim and Newtownabbey stations in order to conduct a deep clean.
“Colleagues from across the district are also self-isolating and will undergo testing for Covid-19.
“I want to reassure the public that we have plans in place to ensure continuance of service delivery to keep our people and our communities safe.
“We are also working to identify any other risks arising from this outbreak and will address those with our health care partners.”
12.30pm update: WHO chief hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be over in under two years
World Health Organisation chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, claimed the Spanish flu of 1918 had taken two years to overcome.
But he added that current advances in technology could enable the world to halt the virus “in a shorter time”.
“Of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading,” he said.
“But at the same time, we have also the technology to stop it, and the knowledge to stop it.
“Any type of corruption is unacceptable.
“However, corruption related to PPE… for me it’s actually murder.
“Because if health workers work without PPE, we’re risking their lives. And that also risks the lives of the people they serve.”
Rate of new cases in Oldham
11.40am update: France delays launch of COVID-19 economic reboot plan
France has announced it would unveil details of its 100 billion euro ($118 billion) plan to reinvigorate the economy in the first week of September.
Originally the plan was set to be unveiled on Tuesday as it focuses on preparing the new school term but has been postponed.
“The recovery plan is ready, the timetable for its implementation still stands,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said in a statement.
Despite the worrying number of new daily infections, France is moving forward with plans to reopen schools as early as September 1.
10.40am update: Oldham pub closes after people break rules
Oldham Council leader Sean Fielding has said the local authority had more enforcement capacity to take action against people breaking the rules.
He told BBC: “Part of our discussions with Government which helped us to avert the kind of economic lockdown of the kind in Leicester was a pledge around increasing the capacity in our enforcement teams so that we could take action where we had reports of businesses or premises or households not following the rules.
“So when we receive those reports we now have additional capacity around enforcement and compliance to take action, whether it’s fines, whether it’s closure orders or whatever.
“We have closed at least one pub in the last 24 hours.”
Sir Mark Walport warns virus will be here forever
9.40am update: The Philippines record 4,933 new infections
The Philippines have recorded an increase of 4,933 new coronavirus infections marking the fifth consecutive day with figures above 4,000.
In a bulletin, the health minsitry confirmed the cases have increased to 187,249 while deaths gave reached 2,966 – an increase of 26 over the last 24 hours.
The Philippines has the most infections in Southeast Asia, and second-highest number of deaths, behind Indonesia.
9.05am update: Russia reports 4,921 new cases and 121 deaths
Russian authorities have reported a staggering 4,921 new cases of coronavirus as well as 121 new deaths within the last 24 hours.
This recent figure is an increase on the day before where 4,870 cases were recorded with 90 deaths.
Overall, there are 951,897 cases across the country with deaths surpassing 16,000.
8.50am update: Scientific expert warns COVID-19 will be with us forever
Sir Mark Walport, a former chief scientific adviser, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the deadly pandemic would be contriolled by a “global vaccination” but said warned it is unlikely to be eradicated by a vaccine.
He said: “This is a virus that is going to be with us forever in some form or another and almost certainly will require repeated vaccinations.
“So a bit like flu, people will need re-vaccination at regular intervals.”
Medical expert warns UK may need to increase tests
8.20am update: Ukraine records 2,328 coronavirus cases
Ukraine have reported a record 2,328 cases of the deadly virus in the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.
The data given by the national council of security and defence surpassed the previous single-day record of 2,134, reported on Thursday.
Total cases are at 102,971, with 2,244 COVID-19 deaths.
7.55am update: Senior medical expert says UK may need to increase testing to 10 million a day
A senior medical expert has warned the UK may need to increase testing by up to 10 milliion a day as cases continue to soar.
Professor Ara Darzi, a surgeon and co-director of Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation, told the Daily Telegraph: “Mass testing is not merely our best defence against the spread of the virus, it is also key to giving the country the confidence it urgently needs.
“And unlike a vaccine, which is still many months away, simple, easy and cheap tests, some based on saliva, with results in as little as 10 minutes, are already out there.
“However, it is not currently possible on a mass scale because the gold standard PCR test, which is both expensive and slow, requires a nose and throat swab which can only be analysed in a lab.
“If testing were simplified so people could self-test or be tested anywhere, easily and with rapid results, then it could be carried out daily.”