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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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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6:48 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Paris at risk of total lockdown as cases spike in Europe

From CNN's Emma Reynolds, Barbara Wojazer and Pierre Bairin

Paris is in danger of going back into lockdown next week after the French government said the coronavirus pandemic was worsening in the capital.

"Since yesterday, in the last 24 hours, Paris has passed the threshold that would put it in the maximum alert category," French minister of Health Olivier Véran said Thursday evening.

France's "maximum alert" threshold is reached when the incidence rate reaches 250 per 100,000 people, at least 30% of intensive care beds are occupied by coronavirus patients, and the rate among the elderly passes 100 per 100,000.
The Paris region had already fulfilled the last two criteria.

Speaking from Bichat-Claude Bernard hospital in the city, Véran said that if the "evolution" was confirmed in the coming days, "we will not have any choice but to place Paris and its closest suburbs in maximum alert category as soon as Monday."

"We will re-examine indicators on Sunday, with the Paris mayor and elected officials," he added.

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6:44 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Germany records highest number of new cases since April

From Nadine Schmidt in Berlin

Germany reported its highest number of daily infections since spring on Friday with 2,673 new cases, according to the national agency for disease and control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

This brings the country's tally to 294,395 cases since the start of the outbreak. The death toll rose by eight, bringing the total to 9,508.

Infections peaked in Germany at the end of March through the beginning of April with the country seeing more than 6,000 cases a day -- after which the confirmed daily cases fell significantly.

The number of coronavirus infections has been climbing again since the end of July. 

Rise in hospital admissions: The latest RKI report showed an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients at intensive care wards. It showed that out of the 360 infected patients in intensive care wards, 193 are on ventilators. A week before there were 296 in intensive care, and 166 were on ventilators. 

More restrictions: Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that based on the current rate of infection, Germany could see more than 19,000 daily cases by the end of 2020.

Following an emergency meeting with Germany's 16 state premiers on Tuesday, Merkel introduced new coronavirus measures in hotspot areas. This include private parties having a limit of 25 people, while parties held in public spaces are now limited to 50 people.

6:02 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

"Your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope," Putin says to Trump

From CNN's Schams Elwazer, Zahra Ullah, Anna Chernova and Gul Tuysuz

Germany's Chancellor and Russia's President are the latest world leaders to react to the news that US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sent Trump a telegram wishing the couple a speedy recovery.

I am sure that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with the dangerous virus,” the Russian President said according to a Kremlin readout of the telegram. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent her "best wishes to Donald and Melania Trump. I hope that you will get over the corona infection and will soon be completely healthy again," according to spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Facebook also wished the pair a speedy recovery and "for them to progress beyond this stage quickly in order to return to full health and wellness and to continue to lead with the valuable efforts of the United States on combating this virus worldwide, for the benefit of all humanity."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also tweeted this best wishes for Trump and the first lady.

5:48 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

The US made no improvement on average daily coronavirus infections last month

From CNN's Christina Maxouris

The US made no progress lowering its baseline of Covid-19 cases since last month, despite experts' urgency over the need to reduce cases before entering into the challenging fall and winter seasons.

On September 1, the US averaged about 42,290 new cases and by the beginning of October, the average new cases stood at about 42,785, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That number is double what it was in June, when lockdown restrictions began to ease. Back then, the US averaged roughly 20,000 new cases a day.

"No matter how you slice it, that's not good," Fauci said last week about the country's baseline. "We're looking at 40,000 new cases per day. That's unacceptable and that is what we've got to get down before we go into the more problematic winter."

The average of new cases shows the virus is still spreading rampantly within US communities. Infections have also made their way into the White House, where President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced early Friday they have tested positive for Covid-19. They will remain in the White House as they recover, the President's physician said.

"We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately," Trump tweeted early Friday. "We will get through this TOGETHER!"

The President's announcement comes hours after he announced one of his closest aides had also tested positive for the virus.

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5:32 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Mike Pompeo and wife test negative for coronavirus

From CNN's Daniel Allman

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the Naval Support Activity base in Crete, Greece, on September 29.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the Naval Support Activity base in Crete, Greece, on September 29. Aris Messinis/Pool/AP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he and his wife Susan have tested negative for Covid-19.

“I’m feeling fantastic,” he told reporters, adding that he had not interacted with President Donald Trump since the so-called Abraham Accords on September 15 (the diplomatic agreement signed between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain at the White House), citing his own travel schedule.

“We are praying for the President and First Lady that they’ll have a speedy recovery," Pompeo said.

“I spoke with the Vice President’s office this morning as well. We’re taking this obviously very seriously. And we’ll do everything we can to keep everyone safe, including you all.”

This is the fourth time that Pompeo has been tested in the last two and a half weeks.

The State Department is still evaluating whether he will continue his planned trip to Florida on Saturday and Asia on Sunday but his schedule in Croatia remains as planned.

5:55 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Trump "has known all along that masks are the answer," says Carl Bernstein

Given President Trump's aversion to wearing face masks, and previous remarks mocking the practice, it's not entirely surprising that he tested positive for the virus, said CNN Correspondent Dana Bash.

"The question is going to be, and should be given how important it is, why was he not taking his own security more seriously? The security of the people around him in the most important -- one of the most important -- buildings in the world?" Bash said. "He wanted to pretend like it was getting better and the United States had turned the corner. You know what -- we haven't, unfortunately."

Some also suggested that Trump's downplaying of the virus' severity has not only misled the public, but endangered himself and those in the White House.

"The President has known all along that masks are the answer to this Covid crisis," said journalist and political commentator Carl Bernstein. "His negligence has been in not embracing the sciences. He knew, as he told Bob Woodward, that masks are the answer to this."


4:35 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

How world leaders are reacting to the news Trump tested positive for Covid-19

World leaders are starting to react this morning to the news that US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent his "best wishes" to the presidential couple. Johnson spent several days in an intensive care unit after being diagnosed with Covid-19 in April.

Speaking in a conference call with journalists on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “We certainly wish President Trump a speedy recovery.”

Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to get vaccinated and when he does, the Kremlin will make an announcement. 

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan also wished the Trumps a "speedy recovery."

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also sent "best wishes" from the "people of Taiwan."

The President of the European Council Charles Michel said Covid-19 is "a battle we all continue to fight."

The President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, said his "thoughts and prayers" are with the first couple.

Afghanistan’s Abdullah Abdullah, the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, wished the couple a "speedy recovery."