Coronavirus live news: UK records 16,171 new cases; Italy's PM to announce new measures

By Jedidajah Otte (now), Haroon Siddique, Aaron Walawalkar , Naaman Zhou and Christopher Knaus (earlier)


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Italy reports new record rise in cases



Hello, I’m taking over from my colleague Haroon now. Do get in touch if you have tips, comments or questions. You can reach me on Twitter @JedySays or via email.

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  • The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has said his brother has died after being admitted to intensive care with Covid-19. Yesterday evening, Anderson urged people to follow the rules to prevent the spread of the virus as he revealed his eldest brother was in a “very serious condition” in hospital in the city in northern England.
  • An adviser to the UK government has said a short national circuit-breaker – a near total shutdown – may be necessary as he described other measures as “biting around the edges”. Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at the University of Oxford, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme numbers in parts of the country were “pretty eye-watering”. The Conservative former health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, also indicated support for a national circuit-breaker lockdown.
  • Iran has announced that its death toll from the coronavirus has passed the milestone of 30,000 deaths. The health ministry spokeswoman, Sima Sadat Lari, said Iran’s total death toll from the outbreak was 30,123 killed, with a total of 526,490 confirmed cases since it announced its first infections in February.
  • The foreign ministers of Austria and Belgium have both tested positive for coronavirus, it was announced today. Austria’s Alexander Schallenberg and Belgium’s Sophie Wilmes both attended the foreign affairs council in Luxembourg on Monday.
  • Confusion reigns as the stand-off continues between the UK government and local leaders in Greater Manchester, in the north of England, over whether the harshest level of restrictions – tier 3 – should be introduced in the area. Downing Street said the parties had agreed to talks tomorrow morning but a spokesman for the mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, said there had been no agreement on discussions. Meanwhile, the head of Greater Manchester police, Ian Hopkins, said his force is “operationally independent” amid a report that Boris Johnson is not imposing the restrictions because of fears the force will side with Burnham who is opposed to them.
  • The Czech Republic, Ukraine, Poland and Malaysia all recorded their highest number of daily coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.
  • Thailand has recorded its first two locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 in more than a month. The country’s Covid-19 administration centre said in its daily report that the cases were among two Myanmar nationals living near the border with Myanmar, where infections have been surging recently. The two were tested on 13 October, they showed no symptoms but results were positive, the centre said in the statement. The last known local case was in early September.