Indonesia reports a record jump of 4,634 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide total at 262,022, while the death toll from the virus surpasses 10,000. The number of daily cases is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic and a new record for two consecutive days.
Bradley Robert Edwards is found guilty of the
murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon in
Western Australia, in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He is found not guilty of the
murder of Sarah Spiers in 1996, and her body has never been found. Edwards is slated to be sentenced on December 23.
Israel reports a record jump of 6,923 new cases in the past 24 hours, as the country imposes a second nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. Further restrictions are being considered.
Johnson & Johnson enters a Phase III clinical trial for its potential vaccine, becoming the fourth vaccine company backed by
Operation Warp Speed to do so. The trial is expected to enroll up to 60,000 volunteers across 215 locations in the
United States and other countries.
KingSalman of Saudi Arabia calls for a "comprehensive and firm" response to
nuclear program and condemns what he describes as "its expansionist activities, create its terrorist networks, and use terrorism", adding that it produces nothing but "chaos, extremism, and sectarianism". An Iranian official rebuffs the accusations as "baseless".
A grand jury in
Louisville, Kentucky, indicts former
police officer Brett Hankison on felony charges of wanton
endangerment, but no officers are charged directly with Breonna Taylor's death. A large police presence is seen in Louisville as protests continue.
Louisville Metro Police officers are shot and wounded during protests over the Breonna Taylor indictment. One suspect is reportedly in custody.
Human rights campaigners urge
Cook Islands' MPs to abolish Article 64 of the Crimes Act, which criminalises
gay men with up to 14 years' imprisonment. The activists call on the lawmakers to abide by the Constitution. The Cook Islands is a sovereign territory belonging to
President Alexander Lukashenko is sworn in for a sixth term in office at an unannounced inauguration at the
Independence Palace in
Minsk. The opposition and some foreign governments do not recognize the legitimacy of the inauguration, and call for continued
government raises its alert level from 3 to 4, meaning transmission is "high or rising exponentially." It comes after the government's scientific adviser warned that there could be 50,000 new cases a day by mid-October without further action.
Poland reports a record daily jump of 1,002 new cases, according to the
Twitter account, the highest daily increase since the
pandemic began. The new record comes days after the authorities tightened conditions under which doctors are obliged to send patients for testing.
(Reuters via National Post)
Portugal reports 847 new daily cases, bringing the cumulative totals to 68,025 confirmed cases and 1,899 deaths. Ever since the end of national
lockdown in May, this has been the fifth time that the country has registered some record increases in new cases, with all five records occurring during an 11-day window.
Madrid regional government announces new restrictions aimed at curbing the rising number of cases in the region. The order will go into effect on September 21 and last for at least two weeks, affecting more than 855,000 people, or 17% of the region's population.
(El Pais in English)
France reports 13,215 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, a new record since the start of the pandemic, while the daily death toll jumps to 154, a four-month high according to data from the
Due to concerns over the spread, the
government announces that it will move
Dublin to "risk level three" restrictions in its response plan effective at midnight tonight, which means that indoor restaurant dining is banned again in the capital and residents are being advised against all non-essential travel. Meanwhile, indoor visitations are only allowed between one other household, most sporting events will be cancelled, and attendance at weddings and funerals is going to be capped at 25 guests effective September 21.
Portugal reports 780 new daily cases, bringing the cumulative totals to 67,176 confirmed cases and 1,894 deaths. Ever since the end of national
lockdown in May, this has been the fourth time that the country has registered some record increases in new cases, with all four records occurring during a ten-day window.
Israel enters a three-week second nationwide lockdown in an attempt to curb surging cases as people begin to mark the start of
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). Under these rules, Israelis must stay within one kilometer of their homes, with exceptions, and the number of people allowed in
synagogues has been greatly reduced.
Vanuatu's opposition leader
Ralph Regenvanu warns about the sale of honorary Vanuatuan citizenship to potential international criminals and people stripped of other nationalities for nefarious activities. The government says it has stopped selling Vanuatuan citizenship but promises further investigation into the matter.