Coronavirus: latest news from around the world

By Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Steve George, Jessie Yeung, Tara John and Ed Upright, CNN

Updated 8:06 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020
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8:27 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Cases in England and Wales increase to one in 500 people estimated to have virus

From Amy Cassidy

One in 500 people in England and Wales likely have coronavirus, according to the latest estimates from the UK’s Office for National Statistics.

Friday’s report shows “clear evidence of an increase” in recent weeks, with a combined total of 123,000 cases reported from 18 to 24 September in both nations -- equivalent to 0.21% of both populations.

The figure does not include people in care homes and hospitals.

In Northern Ireland, 1 in 400 people are estimated to have the virus. 

Infection rates remain highest among teenagers and young adults, and is most prevalent in the north of England and some parts of London.

The latest UK-wide figures show 6,914 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. 

8:19 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

US Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady test negative for Covid-19

From CNN's Sam Fossum

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Republican National Convention in Baltimore on August 26.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Republican National Convention in Baltimore on August 26. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday morning, according to a statement tweeted by spokesperson Devin O'Malley. 

"Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery," O'Malley wrote.

Pence was not in close contact with Hope Hicks, one of Trump's closest aides, a top aide to the VP claims, citing how he's been on the road mostly this week. Hicks tested positive for the infection.

However, CNN's Betsy Klein noted that Pence is on camera saying he was in the Oval Office with the President on Tuesday. 

8:04 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Can nature heal itself? What the pandemic has shown us

From CNN's Caitlin Hu, Natalie Gallón, Hira Humayun, Ingrid Formanek and Zamira Rahim

In the dark early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when a death toll of 1 million was still unimaginable, there was one bright spot: nature appeared to be healing. With humans under lockdown, stories circulated about unusual animal sightings, like wild goats taking over a town in Wales -- and then became a joke about the public's thirst for signs of regeneration: New Yorkers claimed the return of Elmo to Times Square as proof of a great earthly rebalancing.

The idea of nature resurging offered relief from worries about the pandemic's human suffering, and hope for the planet: Was nature still capable of healing itself, if just given some alone time?

It's probably not that simple. Scientists could take years to establish the net impact of the great "anthropause," as some have dubbed it, on wildlife and the environment, but there are already signs of fallout. Lockdowns have put tourism, some scientific field research, and surveillance of some protected areas on pause. More poachers have come in their place, conservationists in Asia, Africa and the Americas tell CNN.

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8:03 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Joe Biden will be tested for coronavirus this morning

From CNN’s Jamie Gangel

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden takes part in the first presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden takes part in the first presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

In light of President Trump's positive test, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is expected to get tested for coronavirus this morning, according to a source familiar with his plans.

Earlier this week, President Trump and Biden shared the debate stage during the first presidential debate. The candidates did not shake hands with each other and did not shake hands with the moderator. Neither Biden nor Trump wore masks on stage.

According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, everyone attending the debate at Case Western Reserve University, would undergo testing for Covid-19 and follow other health safety protocols. 

7:48 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

WHO director-general wishes "speedy recovery" for Trump and First Lady

From CNN Health's Jacqueline Howard

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization's (WHO) director-general, wished President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a "full and speedy recovery" in a Twitter post on Friday.

In May, Trump announced the decision to withdraw the United States from WHO. The withdrawal, which goes into effect July 6, 2021, has drawn criticism from some bipartisan lawmakers, medical associations, advocacy groups and allies abroad.

7:40 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Scottish lawmaker urged to resign for traveling hundreds of miles on train after positive virus test

From Amy Cassidy in Glasgow

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Margaret Ferrier, a lawmaker and fellow Scottish National Party (SNP) colleague, to resign after she broke coronavirus rules by traveling from London to Scotland by train after testing positive for Covid-19.

“I’ve spoken to Margaret Ferrier and made clear my view that she should step down” as a member of parliament (MP), Sturgeon, who leads the SNP, said on Twitter Friday.

I did so with a heavy heart - she is a friend & colleague - but her actions were dangerous & indefensible. I have no power to force an MP to resign but I hope she will do the right thing” Sturgeon added.

The party suspended Ferrier on Thursday after it emerged that she traveled to London by train to deliver a speech in parliament while awaiting test results.

In a statement shared on Ferrier's Twitter account on Thursday, Ferrier said she took a Covid-19 test last Saturday after "experiencing mild symptoms." She then traveled to London on Monday to attend Parliament.

She traveled back to Scotland on Tuesday, after receiving a positive test result. It was in clear violation of rules that stipulate that people who have tested positive must self-isolate.

Ferrier apologized in the statement and said she had notified the police of her actions.

She is the latest UK official to spark public outrage by appearing to undermine coronavirus restrictions.

Most notably, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s influential advisor Dominic Cummings, breached the UK’s nationwide lockdown in May when he drove some 260 miles across the country to relocate his family while they were self-isolating.

Despite widespread calls for him to resign, Johnson allowed Cummings to keep his position. 

7:32 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

At least 11 tested positive for Covid-19 at US Secret Service center in August, New York Times reports

From CNN's Veronica Stracqualursi

The US Secret Service was hit with a coronavirus outbreak in August at its training center in Maryland when at least 11 people tested positive for the virus, according to a report by The New York Times.

Some employees at the facility were thought to have contracted the virus during training exercises and at a graduation party at a nearby hotel where they did not practice social distancing, the Times reported Friday, citing officials with knowledge of the matter.

CNN has reached out to the Secret Service for comment.

The agency declined to give the Times specifics of the outbreak at its training center in Laurel, Maryland, but told the newspaper in a statement that it "has taken significant precautions at its training center to protect the health and welfare of its trainees and training staff."

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7:24 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Masks will be mandatory outdoors in Rome region

From Hada Messia in Rome

People walk by the Colosseum in Rome on October 1.
People walk by the Colosseum in Rome on October 1. Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

The region of Lazio, which includes the Italian capital of Rome, has made it mandatory to wear masks outside. The measures come into force from Saturday, the regional government announced. 

Exceptions will be made for people playing sport, anyone under the age of six and those with health conditions. 

According to Lazio’s Health Assessor, Alessio D’Amato, the R (reproduction) number in the region is now 1.09. The R number was previously 0.85, according to Italian Health Ministry figures.

Mask wearing is currently mandatory in all indoor spaces across Italy. 

7:02 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Trump's positive test throws the US into fresh upheaval

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One in Maryland on October 1.
President Donald Trump boards Air Force One in Maryland on October 1. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A country already unnerved by a devastating health catastrophe and a turbulent political season faced fresh upheaval Friday as Americans awoke to news President Donald Trump had contracted coronavirus.

The President made the announcement on Twitter at nearly 1 a.m. ET on Friday and the development -- after months of debilitating losses, set against a badly mismanaged federal response overseen by a commander-in-chief who repeatedly downplayed the crisis -- threw fresh turmoil into the country's leadership at a moment of deep national strain.

In his announcement, Trump insisted: "We will get through this TOGETHER!" His wife, who also tested positive, wrote, "We are feeling good."

But the optimistic outlook could hardly veil the pervading sense of destabilization setting in as the country struggles to emerge from a generation-defining crisis just as its politics seem to deteriorate to new lows. Stock market futures tumbled. Inside the White House, aides described a sense of panic as they worked to determine who else may have contracted the disease and whether the President -- who falls squarely within the highest risk category for serious complications and who has been guarded about revealing details of his health -- was displaying symptoms.

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