England’s coronavirus cases doubling every week: Live news

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  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said his government was drafting a “war plan” to defend against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • England’s coronavirus case count is doubling every seven to eight days, according to a new study, as Health Secretary Matt Hancock reminded the public “everyone has a role to play to keep the virus at bay”.

  • More than 28.3 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and more than 912,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some 19 million people have recovered.

Here are the latest updates:

Saturday, September 12

00:35 GMT – UN General Assembly calls for solidarity to overcome pandemic

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on tackling COVID-19, calling for “intensified international cooperation and solidarity to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic”.

The resolution, adopted by a vote of 169-2, also urged member states “to enable all countries to have unhindered timely access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable diagnosis, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines”.

The resolution, which is not legally binding was approved over objections from the United States and Israel, which protested a successful last-minute Cuban amendment that strongly urges countries to oppose unilateral economic, financial or trade sanctions.

Six months into pandemic, weaknesses in governance exposed (3:41)

00:01 GMT – England’s coronavirus cases double every week

A study of coronavirus infection in England showed that the epidemic is doubling every seven to eight days, with an increase in positive cases in all age groups below the age of 65.

The finding came in a study of over 150,000 volunteers, who were tested between August 22 and September 7, by Imperial College London and polling firm Ipsos MORI.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the pandemic is “not over, and everyone has a role to play to keep the virus at bay”.

Separately, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, which advises the UK government, said the virus’s reproduction rate is now between 1.0 and 1.2, meaning anyone with the virus is infecting, on average, a little more than one other.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

For all the key developments from yesterday, September 11, go here. 

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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