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Australia records fewest coronavirus cases since June: Live news

France logs record daily jump of more than 13,000 new cases as Spain orders a partial lockdown in its capital region.

  • Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei tested positive for COVID-19, as did France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire.
  • France logged a record daily jump of more than 13,000 new cases; Spain ordered a partial lockdown in its capital, Madrid, and the surrounding region, while Ireland and Greece tightened restrictions in their respective capitals amid surges in infections.
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his country was seeing a second wave of COVID-19, adding that while he did not want a second national lockdown, the government may need to introduce new restrictions.
  • More than 30 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and 949,686 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some 20.7 million people have recovered.

Here are the latest updates:

Saturday, September 19

03:51 GMT – Leader of Canada’s opposition party tests positive for coronavirus

Erin O’Toole, the new leader of Canada’s main opposition party, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Conservative party said O’Toole was feeling well and that his family tested negative.

02:32 GMT – Rio to allow football fans from October 4

The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro authorised football fans to return to stadiums from October 4, after a six-month hiatus for the coronavirus pandemic.

“Rio city hall announces the return of fans to stadiums,” the city said in a statement. “They will be required to wear protective masks and undergo temperature checks at the entrance. Ticket sales will be online to avoid crowds.”

The decision still needs a green light from the Brazilian Football Confederation.

02:14 GMT – Slovakian coronavirus test data left exposed in online breach

Personal data of nearly 400,000 people tested for coronavirus in Slovakia ended up unsecured online after a breach in the state health system, the country’s national health information centre (NCZI) confirmed.

The breach has since been repaired, NCZI boss Peter Bielik told journalists, after a group of so-called ethical hackers had flagged the issue.

“We did not have the intention at all to look for data, it was a complete coincidence that we stumbled upon it during a simple Google search on the internet,” IT specialist Pavol Luptak told news site Pravda.sk on Thursday.

01:50 GMT – NYC mayor ‘very confident’ in new school reopening timeline

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is “very confident” that New York City will meet a revised timeline to bring public school students back to classrooms within the next two weeks, following closures because of the coronavirus pandemic.

De Blasio had delayed the reopening plan for the United States’s largest school district for the second time since it was announced in July, citing a shortage of staff and supplies.

Under the revised timeline, most elementary school students will return to in-person learning starting September 29, while middle and high school students will do the same October 1.

“I feel very confident about that date,” de Blasio said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

01:18 GMT – Australia’s Victoria records lowest new cases since June

The Australian state at the centre of the country’s novel coronavirus outbreak reported its lowest daily increase of infections in three months, putting it on course to relax a hard lockdown in the capital city by the end of the month.

Victoria, Australia’s second-most-populous state and home to a quarter of its 25 million people, recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the prior 24 hours, less than half the previous day’s number and its lowest since June 24.

Victoria also reported seven new deaths related to the virus, taking the national total to 844, according to government figures. The state has had 90 percent of Australia’s coronavirus-related deaths.

Australia has reported slightly less than 26,900 infections.

00:07 GMT – Emmy show will include $2.8m donation to fight child hunger

Every Emmy Award handed out Sunday will come with something extra – a $100,000 donation to fight child hunger brought on by the coronavirus crisis.

The Television Academy announced that each network and streaming service competing on the telecast has pledged the donation for every Emmy they win.

With 23 Emmys being handed out and the academy committing $500,000, that will mean a donation of $2.8m to No Kid Hungry, a group working to relieve child hunger during the pandemic.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

For all the key developments from yesterday, September 18, go here.

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