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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9:10 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Poland registers highest daily infection rise

From CNN's Artur Osinski

Poland has reported a record number of confirmed Covid-19 cases for the second straight day. 

The country’s Ministry of Health said Friday that 2,292 infections had been recorded in the past 24 hours, the highest since the pandemic began.

Twenty-six people died from virus, taking the total number of deaths in Poland to 2,570.

On Thursday, the country reported 1,967 cases. In total, 95,773 cases have been reported since the start of the outbreak.

9:10 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Biden wishes a swift recovery for the Trumps

From CNN’s Sarah Mucha and Arlette Saenz

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leaves an event in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, on September 30.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leaves an event in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, on September 30. Andrew Harnik/AP

Following President Trump's positive coronavirus test, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wished Trump and first lady Melania Trump "a swift recovery."

Biden is expected to get tested for coronavirus this morning, according to a source familiar with his plans. Trump and Biden shared the debate stage Tuesday night during the first presidential debate.

8:50 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Trump kept a busy public diary in the pandemic. Putin installed walk-through disinfectant tunnels

From CNN's Nathan Hodge and Mary Ilyushina

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Kremlin in Moscow on September 23.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Kremlin in Moscow on September 23. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/AP

Over months of the coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump has kept to a busy schedule, packed with campaign rallies and public events. The contrast with Russian President Vladimir Putin could not be more stark: The authoritarian leader Trump admires so much is living in a bubble.

For most of the pandemic, Putin has been following a strict work-from-home regimen, running the affairs of state largely by videoconference. And the Kremlin has taken extreme measures to guard the health of the man who has run Russia for two decades.

Guarding Putin's health: Putin's primary base during the pandemic, according to his press office and extensive state television coverage, has been Novo-Ogaryovo, his residence outside Moscow. As early as April, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov made it clear that new measures had been put in place to protect the president: Everyone meeting with Putin, he said, would be tested for Covid-19, and all appointments with the leader would be held with social distancing in place.

The Kremlin went farther than just social distancing. In June, Peskov confirmed that special disinfectant tunnels had been installed in the Kremlin and at Novo-Ogaryovo as a defense against the spread of the virus. The same month, Putin went ahead with holding a postponed Victory Day parade in the middle of the pandemic. Dozens of WWII veterans who sat next to the president on the stands had to quarantine for two weeks.

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9:23 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tests negative

From CNN's Phil Mattingly 

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attends a hearing in Washington, DC, on September 1.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attends a hearing in Washington, DC, on September 1. Graeme Jennings/Pool/Getty Images

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who has had in person meetings with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tested negative for the virus on Friday morning, according to his spokesperson Monica Crowley. He will continue to be tested daily. 

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.