Summary

  • German economy minister says no second round of lockdowns
  • Cuomo delivers statement at 1145ET
  • UK cases, deaths decline
  • New cases, deaths declined Sunday
  • UK weighs 3-tiered lockown system
  • Ireland mulls raising alert level to maximum of “3” as cases climb
  • France assigns Paris highest alert level
  • Italian PM warned people may need to “give up more freedoms”
  • European Commission President Ursula von der leyen quarantines after potential COVID exposure
  • Iran sees record jump in new case

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Update (1117ET): Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scheduled a live statement at 1145ET. Reporters expect he’ll announce the approval of NYC’s plan to close schools and impose new restrictions on restaurants, bars and other businesses.

A spokesman for the Democratic mayor told WSj that the city has shared its plan with the state on Sunday morning and is hoping for “swift approval.” But it can’t come before Cuomo has his moment in front of the cameras.

In other news, Germany’s Economic Minister just declared that the government won’t authorize another mass lockdown of businesses. Over in the UK, the number of new cases and deaths fell on Monday vs. Sunday.

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The MSM is suffering conniption fits over President Trump’s brief drive-by to greet supporters gathered outside Walter Reed early Sunday evening just as the number of confirmed cases in the US approaches 7.5 million, while the global tally tops 35 million.

But although NYC (with Gov Cuomo’s assent) is rolling back reopening measures in nine ‘hot spot’ zip codes in the outer boroughs, as NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday, the biggest news as the week begins is mostly coming out of Europe, where a Paris lockdown announced by French officials last week is coming into effect, while the UK weighs more localized lockdowns, as daily case tallies hit new records in countries around Europe.

As was foreshadowed last week, the French government is planning to shut down bars in Paris and the surrounding region, while imposing other new restrictions in the area as the country struggles to contain a spike of new coronavirus cases and avoid a second nationwide lockdown.

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Paris and its inner suburbs will be declared a “maximum alert zone” on Monday, and new restrictions will take effect on Tuesday, lasting up to 15 days, according to a statement from the French Prime Minister’s Office. Restaurants were supposed to be impacted by the order, but a deal has been struck to allow restaurants in the greater Paris area to remain open so long as the restaurant collects contact details and promises to keep officials further apart.

Dance halls, fairs, sports facilities and swimming pools will close across the Paris region, while student and family gatherings in public establishments will be banned during the roughly 2-week period.

President Emmanuel Macron recently elevated Jean Castex to the position of prime minister earlier this year. Once the new measures are in place, France’s two largest cities will be on quasi-lockdown, though the official position of Macron’s government is that another ruinous national lockdown isn’t on the table. 

France has seen the largest jump in new cases over the past two months, while virus-related deaths tripled in September.

More draft documents from HMG have leaked to the British press, as the Guardian reports on a new three-tiered lockdown system for England if present measures fail to get the coronavirus outbreak under control, according to the documents. Under the plan, a “Level 3” lockdown would mean that all hospitality and many otherbusiness would be required to close as residents would be barred from social contact outside their households.

As Ireland mulls imposing even more social distancing restrictions as its case numbers continue to grow, one expert highlighted the tightrope that European leaders must walk.

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“Authorities have an extremely difficult job at the moment,” Martin Hirsch, head of Paris hospitals, said on France Info. “If we go too far we are accused of killing freedom or the economy, and if we don’t go far enough, it’s homicide.”

National health authorities in Ireland recommended the country move to a Level 5 lockdown, the highest level of shutdown, with most stores closed, household visits banned and limits placed on how far people can travel away from their homes. Most of the Republic of Ireland is at level 2, with Dublin at Level 3.

While the government is set to consider the recommendation in coming days, the surprise proposal is already running into resistance, amid concern that such a drastic step would devastate the nascent economic recovery.

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte warned that people may have to give up some liberties to combat the renewed spread of the coronavirus, as his government prepares to reimpose mask mandates on all public outdoor areas, along with indoor areas, where masks are currently mandated.

Italy reported 2,578 new cases on Sunday as a rebound in new cases continued to climb to their highest levels since the spring.

Finally, as the world criticizes President Trump for the alleged lapses that apparently led to him and First Lady Melania Trump being sickened, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is self-isolating after coming into contact with an individual who later tested positive.

In Geneva, Dr. Mike Ryan reportedly told the WHO’s executive board that as many as 1 in 10 people worldwide has probably caught COVID-19 by now, meaning the rest of the population is still pretty vulnerable.

“Our current best estimates tell us about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus. It varies depending on country, it varies from urban to rural, it varies depending on groups. But what it does mean is that the vast majority of the world remains at risk.”

“We are now heading into a difficult period. The disease continues to spread.”

Here’s some more important COVID-19 news from overnight and Monday morning.

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35,504 new cases were reported in the US on Sunday, bringing the total to 7,418,836, as a post-LDW spike refuses to fade, and 9 states have reported record daily increases in the cases load in recent days. Though even still, India is on track to surpass the US in the coming weeks.

Globally, the number of new cases climbed to 35,231,182, rising by 173,379 cases on Sunday.

Deaths retreated on Sunday to just 2,861 new deaths, bringing the total to 1,037,914.

Iran has registered a record high 3,902 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, with the total number of infections in the worst-hit country in the Middle East rising to 475,674, state TV reported. Health Ministry spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari told the television station that a record high 235 patients died in the past 24 hours, the same number of fatalities as on July 28 (Source: Nikkei).

The entire Malaysian cabinet has been asked to quarantine, including Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin after a minister tested positive for coronavirus. The minister attended a special COVID-19 cabinet meeting on Saturday, chaired by Muhyiddin, who subsequently released a statement saying that he had tested negative, but would quarantine for 14 days nonetheless. Malaysia recorded 432 cases on Monday, a record daily high (Source: Nikkei).

Russia’s daily case tally reaches higher than it has been since May 12 as authorities report 10,888 new infections, including 3,537 in Moscow. Authorities say 117 people died overnight, pushing the official death toll to 21,475. Total cases in the country now stand at 1,225,889 (Source: Nikkei).

Via Zerohedge