Global coronavirus cases exceed 35 million
Russia, for the first time since May, registered more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, marking a one-day record increase. Majority of the new positive cases of infection were reported among Moscow residents. Last week, local authorities ordered the transfer of at least 30 percent of employees of enterprises to remote work mode. What other measures will be taken is not yet known. However, many residents of the city are wary of reimposing rigorous restrictions.
770 students of one of the universities in the United Kingdom tested positive for coronavirus. All those infected are now self-isolating for 14 consecutive days in their dormitories and student houses. In total, since the beginning of classes, COVID-19 cases have been reported in 50 UK universities.
Nearly 13,000 more COVID-19 cases were reported in the country in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day rise in coronavirus infections since the beginning of the current pandemic. Nearly 17,000 new COVID-19 cases were registered in neighboring France in the past day. Bars and restaurants will be temporarily closed in Paris from October 6.
After a seven-month pause, Mecca reopens to pilgrims. The authorities gave permission to resume the smaller ‘Umrah’ pilgrimage. It is being revived in phases. Only Saudi nationals and permanent residents are now permitted. Muslim travellers from outside Saudi Arabia will be allowed to perform the Umrah from November 1. As few as 1,000 people took part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage in July 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19.
Possible causes of ecological disaster at Kamchatka peninsula named
Man-made pollution may have contributed to water pollution and the mass deaths of marine animals, Kamchatka region governor Vladimir Solodov said. He added that three possible causes of the environmental disaster are currently being considered. The first is the pollution, which is the result of human activities, the second is natural phenomena and the third is a seismic activity linked to volcanoes. Meantime, Head of the Kamchatka Hydrometeorological Service Vera Polyakova said that dead marine animals could be cast ashore due to storms and strong waves.