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Coronavirus Global Update
BBC World Service
Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel.
Nov 10, 2020
Countries act to secure Pfizer vaccine supplies
Countries around the world look at how to get the proposed Coronavirus vaccine to citizens; A senior Palestinian negotiator dies of Covid-19; and in the Philippines, amid the pandemic a ‘plant-demic’.
Nov 9, 2020
First Covid vaccine said to be 90 percent effective
American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and partner, German manufacturing company BioNTech say it could be available by Christmas after phase three trials. Worldwide cases pass fifty million and much of Portugal is under a night-time curfew.
Nov 8, 2020
Joe Biden vows to tackle the pandemic
The US president-elect unveils new plans just hours after being declared the winner of the election. Also: nations around the world are watching Slovakia, as it becomes the first European country to conclude a nationwide testing operation, and the new study that suggests wealthy countries won't share a potential vaccine.
Nov 7, 2020
Greece imposes new lockdown
People have been told not to go out unless absolutely necessary. Also, research shows the psychological impact of the virus on women and the UK’s first mass Covid-19 testing trial has begun in Liverpool.
Nov 6, 2020
Italy imposes new coronavirus restrictions
The measures which divide the country into three zones are criticised by regional leaders. Also, investigations continue into mutations of coronavirus in mink; and one hard-hit industry dips a toe into the water of potential recovery.
Nov 5, 2020
Record 100,000 new Covid cases reported in US
The figure marks a new one-day record – and was accompanied by a steep rise in hospital admissions - suggesting that it is not solely due to increased testing. Also: Greece and England introduce new lockdowns and Denmark is culling seventeen million minks over covid mutation fears.
Nov 4, 2020
Covid-19 and the US presidential election
The pandemic was one of the top issues for the electorate when deciding who to vote for and how. Also: Scientists at Oxford University say they hope to get crucial trial results for their vaccine before the end of the year, and a new study sheds light on why some patients suffer from the condition known as “Long Covid”.
Oct 26, 2020
Tougher restrictions take effect in Italy
The government has warned that the rise in cases was causing a huge strain on the country's health services. However, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said a full lockdown would be catastrophic for the economy. Also: Melbourne exits lockdown and police in Berlin break up an open air party.
Mar 5, 2020
Welcome to Coronavirus Global Update
Introducing a podcast rounding-up the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from affected areas and details of the latest medical information.