November 9 coronavirus news

By Emma Reynolds, Zamira Rahim, Jenni Marsh, Joshua Berlinger and Stephanie Halasz, CNN

Updated 1:41 a.m. ET, November 10, 2020
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5:40 a.m. ET, November 9, 2020

Italian doctors call for national lockdown amid surge of cases

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite in Pisa

Doctors and nurses treat a patient inside the intensive care unit of a hospital in Rome, Italy on November 6.
Doctors and nurses treat a patient inside the intensive care unit of a hospital in Rome, Italy on November 6. Matteo Trevisan/NurPhoto/Getty Images

The Italian association of doctors and surgeons has called for a national lockdown as the country grapples with an increase in Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions and intensive care unit (ICU) patients.

If the trend continues, Italy will record another 10,000 more deaths in a month’s time, the association’s president Filippo Anelli said on Sunday, warning that last week's data "does not make us foresee anything good". 

"On average last week we have recorded 1,000 hospitalized patients per day, 110 in intensive care, 25,000 in home isolation and over 300 deaths per day," Anelli said.
He added: “In a month’s time, if this trend were to remain unchanged, we will have another 10,000 more deaths and we will exceed the threshold of 5,000 beds in intensive care."
"The scenario that lies ahead is dramatic, not only for the treatment of Covid patients but above all for the treatment of all patients who have other diseases."

Italy is already under a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nationwide curfew, with bars and restaurants closing at 6 p.m., while certain areas face harsher restrictions.

Residents in "red zone" regions -- Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta and Calabria -- may only leave home for necessities, health or work. Those in "orange zones" are banned from leaving their towns except for work or health reasons.

Anelli said further "drastic measures are needed, such as a total lockdown," to avoid having hospitals being overwhelmed at the end of December, the beginning of January, with Covid-19 patients and those with flu.

Italy registered 32,616 new daily Covid-19 cases and 331 related deaths on Sunday, according to data from the country's Health Ministry.

5:37 a.m. ET, November 9, 2020

Russia reports almost 22,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Mary Ilyushina in Moscow

A member of medical staff is seen passing through a skywalk at the Novomoskovsky medical center for patients with suspected COVID-19 infection, in Moscow on November 6.
A member of medical staff is seen passing through a skywalk at the Novomoskovsky medical center for patients with suspected COVID-19 infection, in Moscow on November 6. Vladimir Gerdo/TASS/Getty Images

Russia reported 21,798 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the highest number of cases the country has ever reported in 24 hours, according to data from the country’s Covid-19 response center. 

Moscow, the nation's worst-hit city, accounts for 6,897 new cases.

Russia has recorded 1,796,132 cases overall, the fifth highest tally globally, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU.)

3:51 a.m. ET, November 9, 2020

"It's going to be an awful lot like pouring gasoline on a fire," expert says of the next few weeks of the pandemic in the United States

From CNN's Madeline Holcombe and Theresa Waldrop

Fall has brought regular records in cases, see more people hospitalized and growing daily deaths. Experts are encouraging measures to mitigate the spread, as they warn that the numbers may continue to climb in coming weeks.

"We're going to see these case numbers really start to explode," former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday.

The virus can be dealt with by targeted mitigation on a state by state basis, he said, but the US is not doing that currently, and the lack of intervention could spell trouble for December and January.

"It's not just the cases; it's the hospitalizations as well. That's really the number to watch: 53,000 people hospitalized, 10,500 people in ICUs. That's a lot, and it's growing very quickly."

Sixteen states reported record high Covid-19 hospitalizations Friday, according to the Covid Tracking Project, and 22 states have reported at least one record high day of coronavirus hospitalizations during November, so far.

On Sunday morning, the global number of cases topped 50 million, with the US, India, Brazil and Russia being hardest hit, in that order, accounting or more than half the cases, Johns Hopkins reports.

As the total number of cases in the US approaches 10 million, Texas alone is inching toward 1 million cases, with more than 5,000 reported Sunday.

Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Brown University, said she's optimistic about President-elect Joe Biden's plans for leading the country's response, but said the virus will "have already run rampant through communities across the United States" by the time he takes office.

"We're just heading into the very worst of this pandemic," Ranney told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield, adding that she is concerned about the expected social gatherings during late November and early December.
"We're about to see all of these little epidemics across the country, crossed and mixed, and it's going to be an awful lot like pouring gasoline on a fire," she said.

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2:55 a.m. ET, November 9, 2020

South Korea reported another 126 Covid-19 cases yesterday

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo in Seoul, South Korea

South Korea reported 126 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, according to a press release by Korea Disease Control Prevention Agency (KDCA).

Of those cases, 99 were locally transmitted and 27 were imported.

South Korea has identified 27,553 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, killing at least 480 people, according to KDCA.

1:55 a.m. ET, November 9, 2020

India's capital reported a record number of coronavirus cases on Sunday

From CNN's Manveena Suri in New Delhi

India’s Union Territory of Delhi, which includes the nation's capital, New Delhi, reported 7,745 new coronavirus cases Sunday -- a single-day record for the region, which is now the epicenter of the country's pandemic.

Since the pandemic began, 438,529 cases have been identified in Delhi, killing at least 6,989 people. Nearly 42,000 cases are considered active, according to the Delhi Health Department.

On Friday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted the government will increase the number of beds for Covid-19 patients in Delhi government hospitals, a move he said was “paramount" to combating the spike in cases.

India's previous epicenter was the western portion of the state of Maharashtra, which is home to the megacity of Mumbai.

Nationwide numbers: India recorded 45,903 new Covid-19 cases and 490 virus-related deaths on Sunday, according to figures released by the Indian Health Ministry.

Since the pandemic began, 8,553,657 cases have been confirmed. Nearly 92.5% of those patients have recovered, while about 6% are active cases. At least 126,611 people have died.

12:30 a.m. ET, November 9, 2020

The US is close to recording its 10 millionth case of Covid-19

From CNN's Alta Spells   

At least 9,968,015 Covid-19 cases have been diagnosed in the United States since the beginning of the global pandemic as of Sunday evening, killing at least 237,568 people, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Nationwide, 105,787 new cases and 455 new deaths were reported on Sunday. The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.

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12:20 a.m. ET, November 9, 2020

Japan identified another 957 coronavirus cases on Sunday

From CNN's Junko Ogura in Tokyo

The Japanese Health Ministry said 957 new coronavirus cases and six virus-related deaths were reported in the country Sunday.

To date, 108,796 people in Japan have been diagnosed with the virus since the pandemic began. More than 97,000 have recovered and at least 1,831 have died, while 196 are in serious condition.

Tokyo, the capital, counted 189 new cases on Sunday -- its its sixth day in a row with 100-plus cases. Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture, reported 153 cases.

Authorities rose the alert level in Hokkaido on Saturday, after reports that six new clusters had been traced back to hospitals, an elderly home and the city's nightlife district.

11:07 p.m. ET, November 8, 2020

Melbourne lifts some travel restrictions after 10 days of no new Covid-19 cases

From Angus Watson in Sydney

A general view of pedestrians crossing the bridge with the Yarra River and CBD in the background in Melbourne, Australia, on November 06.
A general view of pedestrians crossing the bridge with the Yarra River and CBD in the background in Melbourne, Australia, on November 06. Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images

Residents of the Australian city of Melbourne can travel freely within the state of Victoria after a so-called "ring of steel" around the city was removed on Monday.

The "ring of steel," as locals called the tough Covid-19 restrictions, consisted of checkpoints manned by police and other officials, and separated Melbourne from the rest of the state throughout the bulk of the city’s 112-day lockdown.

The state government has also dropped a previous restriction preventing Melbourne residents from traveling further than 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from their homes.

Movie theaters, galleries, museums and music halls will now be able to open, with 20 people allowed per space.

What happened this summer: Restrictive measures were put in this summer, when Melbourne and the rest of the state of Victoria were recording hundreds of cases per day -- becoming the epicenter of Australia's Covid-19 outbreak. Though the decision to lock down Victoria was unpopular with some people, by late September, cases had declined to low double digits, allowing the government to begin lifting restrictions.

Melbourne has not recorded a new Covid-19 case since October 29, the week its lockdown ended. Neighboring New South Wales on Monday also said it had not detected any new cases detected in the previous 24 hours.

10:36 p.m. ET, November 8, 2020

Mexico surpasses 95,000 Covid-19 deaths and nears 1 million cases

From CNN’s Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

As of Sunday, at least 95,027 people in Mexico have died from Covid-19, the country's health ministry reported.

Only the United States, Brazil and India have reported more virus-related deaths than Mexico, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Mexican authorities have identified 967,825 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.