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COVID-19: Coronavirus news and updates for Sunday, October 18, 2020

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One of the European countries worst hit by the pandemic, Italy has forecast a 9% economic contraction for 2020 and a budget deficit equating to 10.8% of gross domestic product.

Meanwhile, Italy registered 11,705 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, up from the previous record of 10,925 posted on Saturday.

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain recorded 16,982 new daily cases of COVID-19 in the space of 24 hours, according to government data issued on Sunday, up from 16,717 the previous day. The number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test was 67, down from 150 the previous day. Britain needs to impose a three-week period of national lockdown restrictions immediately to stop cases of COVID-19 spiraling, government scientific adviser Jeremy Farrar said, adding that current regional measures would not be effective.

RUSSIA

Russia on Sunday recorded 15,099 new coronavirus cases, pushing the national tally to 1,399,334, officials said. They also said 185 people had died in the previous 24 hours, taking the official death toll to 24,187, and that 1,070,576 people had recovered from the virus.

A pro-democracy protester attends an anti-government protest, in Bangkok, Thailand October 18, 2020. Photo by JORGE SILVA /REUTERS

THAILAND

Thailand reported three additional locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, a day after reporting its first local infections in more than a month. Before this week’s five cases, Thailand last reported a confirmed local transmission on Sept. 11. In total, Thailand has reported 3,686 cases of the virus and 59 deaths.

UNITED STATES

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen announced on Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19. Mullen is the sixth known FBS football coach to test positive for COVID-19 this season. Blake Anderson (Arkansas State), Les Miles (Kansas), Mike Norvell (Florida State), Nick Saban (Alabama) and Kevin Sumlin (Arizona) also have tested positive since Labor Day.

-With files from The Canadian Press, Reuters and Postmedia.



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