Sunday, October 25, 2020

Coronavirus live news: Dr Fauci 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got Covid; US cases rising in 48 states


Italy introduces new restrictions; Dr Fauci says he was ‘absolutely not’ surprised that Trump caught coronavirus; South African health minister tests positive. Follow the latest updates

2.46am BST

The Guardian’s Denis Campbell and Peter Walker report from England:

Greater Manchester is set to run out of beds to treat people left seriously ill by Covid-19, and some of the region’s 12 hospitals are already full, a leaked NHS document has revealed.

Related: Covid: Greater Manchester running out of hospital beds, leak reveals

2.26am BST

Panama is the latest country to offer travellers a Covid-19 test when they arrive at its main airport, a little less than a week after resuming international flights following a seven-month suspension due to the pandemic, Reuters reports.

The Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay tests are meant to prevent the import of new cases.

International flights resumed on Monday, 12 October.

Since then, some 1,000 people were tested, said Yelitza Campos, an adviser at Jers Medical, the distributer of the tests in Panama.

A Panamanian health official said of those tested, 20 people have come back positive for Covid-19 . Raffoul Arab, the manager of the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, said the tests cost $50 for travellers who do not already have a negative test less than 48 hours old.

Panama has so far registered about 125,000 official cases and 2,500 deaths.

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