Coronavirus live news: Czech health minister quits as cases rise; Germany to set up ‘fever walk-in clinics’ | World news

We now have more details on the resignation of the Czech Republic’s health minister, courtesy of Robert Tait, who writes for the Guardian from Prague. Adam Vojtěch quit after an alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, which had previously been hailed for its successful handling of the pandemic. Vojtěch, 33, a member of prime minister Andrej Babiš’ ANO party,...

Coronavirus live news: Melbourne lockdown extended; anti-mask protests held in Europe | World news

China has reportedly launched a “PR blitz” to change perceptions of Wuhan, the city whose name is now synonymous with the pandemic’s ground zero. Agence-France Presse has this report: China is recasting Wuhan as a heroic coronavirus victim and trying to throw doubt on the pandemic’s origin story as it aims to seize the narrative at a time of growing global distrust of Beijing. The PR...

Coronavirus live news: US reports 5,000 deaths in five days as Australia sees record new cases | World news

The Hong Kong government is on the defensive over its extensive quarantine exemptions which have now been identified as driving much of the current outbreak. More than 1,400 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 this month – more than half of Hong Kong’s total infections in the coronavirus pandemic. Medical and testing systems in the city are overwhelmed. Hong Kong has had strict entry...

Coronavirus Australia live: Victoria suburbs lockdown continues as Eden-Monaro byelection looms – latest updates | Australia news

A comprehensive testing program has found no traces of SARS-CoV-2 in Canberra’s sewage system. The testing program, carried out by experts from The Australian National University (ANU), examined Canberra’s sewage water for traces of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2. Testing sewage is a rapid and inexpensive way of tracking the coronavirus and potential community...

Coronavirus live news: Austria’s president apologises for curfew breach | World news

Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed. But states are reporting those figures in different ways, and that can lead to frustration and confusion about what the numbers mean. In...

Coronavirus live news: Democrats pass House bill calling for $3tn stimulus, Brazil health minister quits | World news

Afghanistan’s health ministry warned of a surge in deaths as confirmed cases of Covid-19 reached 6,402 amid war raging on across the country.Wahid Majroh, the country’s deputy health minister, said 1,113 suspected patients were tested over 24 hours, of whom 349 came back positive. Fifteen Covid-19 deaths were recorded overnight, pushing the toll to 168. There have been 788 recoveries.“If...

Coronavirus latest updates: 14 more people die in UK as flight bans and lockdowns increase globally | World news

Arts Council England (ACE) has announced details of a three-month coronavirus action plan designed to ensure “as strong a sector as possible as we come out the other side of this crisis”. ACE has a £622m annual budget supporting England’s arts organisations – including theatres, orchestras, festivals and opera and dance companies – as well as individual artists, museums and libraries....

Australia to sign petrol and oil deal with US to boost emergency stockpile | Australia news

The federal government will sign a new agreement with the United States to boost Australia’s emergency fuel stockpiles. The energy minister, Angus Taylor, will sign a deal in Washington to secure access to the US petrol and crude oil supply. Australia has an international obligation to have 90 days worth of supply, but in August it had only enough petrol and crude oil to last 28...

Coronavirus: Cruise ship turned away from five countries allowed to dock in Cambodia – latest news | World news

Chinese academics have launched an online petition challenging Beijing on freedom of speech in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the South China Morning Post reports. They are calling for the day whistle-blowing doctor Li Wenliang died to become a national day for freedom of speech, and want the government to protect freedom of speech. The death of Li, who was threatened by security forces...

Former fire chiefs meet with ministers, but not PM, on climate and bushfires – politics live | Australia news

The government is listening. We do understand the concerns that are being expressed by our veteran community and the families that support them when it comes to matters of suicide prevention. And just like the prime minister, I have met with family members directly impacted by mental illness. I know some members opposite have also met with members of the defence community that have been impacted...