World news | The Guardian Latest World news news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice

  • Coronavirus live news: one million deaths worldwide; White House Covid taskforce rift deepens
    by Caroline Davies (now) ; Helen Sullivan and Ben Doherty(earlier) on September 29, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Global death toll passes one million; rift between US health officials coordinating response; New York test positivity rate climbsGlobal coronavirus deaths pass 1m with no sign rate is slowingInteractive: how did we get to one million deaths?Tests that give results in minutes to be rolled out across worldUK coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.15am BSTGermany could face up to 19,200 new coronavirus infections per day by Christmas unless it finds new ways to slow down the spread of the virus during the cold season, chancellor Angela Merkel has warned ahead of a summit with state premiers today.The country’s disease control agency recorded 2,089 new infections in the last 24 hours, but Merkel believes Germany could find itself in a similar situation to France or Spain by the end of the year. 10.11am BSTThe number of deaths involving Covid-19 registered in England and Wales has risen for the second week in a row.A total of 139 deaths registered in the week ending 18 September mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).This is up from 99 deaths in the week to 11 September, and 78 deaths in the week to 4 September. Continue reading...

  • UK coronavirus news: Johnson faces backlash over 'chaotic' announcement of latest local lockdown
    by Andrew Sparrow on September 29, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Live updates: PM gives speech about post-18 education as part of ‘levelling up’ agenda but faces backlash from council leaders in north east England over new restrictionsAdults in England without A-levels to get free college courseGlobal coronavirus deaths pass 1m with no sign rate is slowingEngland’s new coronavirus restrictions explainedWhat are students’ rights over accommodation and courses?Coronavirus – latest updates 10.20am BSTThe Office for National Statistics has published its weekly death figures for England and Wales. Here are the key points. 10.00am BSTIn an interview with the BBC this morning Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle city council, expanded on the criticisms of the government’s handling of the lockdown announcement that he made last night. (See 9.15am.) The problem that we’ve got is not just that the secretary of state has made an announcement without any kind of understanding about the impact on affected businesses, and the potential for job losses. But also, by doing it in a very knee-jerk way, it means that we haven’t got the right communication messages in place locally, and as a result confusion and chaos spreads which actually undermines the very messages that we are trying to get across to the public. Continue reading...

  • George Pell: why the cardinal is free to travel to Rome despite Australia's Covid ban
    by Elias Visontay on September 29, 2020 at 9:19 am

    The cardinal is travelling for official Vatican government business, which means he does not need an exemptionCardinal George Pell did not need to apply for a travel exemption to leave Australia because he is travelling to Rome for official Vatican government business.The news that Pell was flying from Sydney to Rome on Tuesday generated criticism online with people questioning why the Australian government – which has banned its citizens from leaving the country as a Covid-19 precaution – granted him an exemption. Continue reading...

  • Brexit: warnings for care sector in pandemic as freedom of movement ends
    by Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent on September 29, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Wages should rise to make jobs more attractive to UK staff say government advisersThe end of freedom of movement will increase pressure on the social care sector in the midst of a pandemic unless ministers make jobs more attractive to UK workers by increasing salaries, government advisers have warned.The Migration Advisory Committee (Mac) has warned of the “stark consequences” of low wages in social care with most frontline role ineligible for the post-Brexit skilled worker immigration route or on the official list for job shortages in the UK. Continue reading...

  • Troubled Florida, divided America: will Donald Trump hold this vital swing state? - video
    by Oliver Laughland, Tom Silverstone, Noah Payne-Frank, Katie Lamborn and Charlie Phillips on September 29, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Donald Trump’s presidency has changed American society. With six weeks until the most important election in a generation, Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone are crossing the US to uncover the fault lines that underpin American politics. In the vital swing state of Florida, where disinformation on Covid-19 has spread unchecked, the race for the White House is tightening by the dayTo stay up to date on coronavirus news around the world follow the Guardian's blog.  For further information on the dangers of the virus visit the CDC's website.Continue reading...

  • Amnesty to halt work in India due to government 'witch-hunt'
    by Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Ben Doherty on September 29, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Authorities froze bank accounts after criticism of government’s human rights recordAmnesty International has been forced to shut down operations in India and lay off all staff after the Indian government froze its bank accounts.The Indian enforcement directorate, an agency that investigates economic crimes, froze the accounts of Amnesty’s Indian arm this month after the group published two reports highly critical of the government’s human rights record. Continue reading...

  • Global Microsoft outage brings down Teams, Office 365 and Outlook
    by Josh Taylor on September 29, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Microsoft says a recent update has affected the processing of authentication requests, making cloud-based services inaccessibleMicrosoft has said it is investigating an outage that brought down Microsoft’s cloud-based office services including the meetings software, Teams, worldwide.Microsoft reported issues with authentication for its cloud services at around 9.25pm UTC, meaning people were having issues logging into the online services Teams, Outlook and Office. Continue reading...

  • 'Frail' people like me shouldn't be denied lifesaving Covid care | Patience Owen
    by Patience Owen on September 29, 2020 at 6:30 am

    A frailty index is rationing treatment for older and disabled people who catch coronavirus. We are not sacrificial lambsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLockdown was easy for me, it has become my daily state more frequently throughout my life. I have a debilitating connective tissue disorder that keeps me indoors most days. It was a relief I no longer had to go out and pretend to be normal when wracked with ill-health and hidden pain. Like thousands of others with rare conditions, I’m already in a minority within a minority, marginalised by our NHS, battling increasing disability day by day. So, while many fear a second lockdown over the winter months, I haven’t gone out more often since the first one was lifted because I risk a double jeopardy – catching Covid, then being a low priority for medical care.Back in March, without consultation and days before the first lockdown, the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS), a worldwide tool used to swiftly identify frailty in older patients to improve acute care, was adapted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). It asked NHS staff in England to score the frailty of Covid patients. Rather than aiming to improve care, it seems the CFS – a fitness-to-frailty sheet using scores from one to nine – was used to work out which patients should be denied acute care. Nice’s new guidelines advised NHS trusts to “sensitively discuss a possible ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ decision with all adults with capacity and an assessment suggestive of increased frailty”. Continue reading...

  • 'Any focus on them is good': can a new scheme help Delhi's missing children?
    by Amrit Dhillon in New Delhi on September 29, 2020 at 6:15 am

    With 17 children missing every day, the city’s police commissioner hopes a promise of fast-track promotion will inspire officers to reunite more familiesNew Delhi Police Commissioner SN Srivastava was particularly troubled over the 17 children who went missing in his city every day. So he decided to light a fire in the belly of his force and came up with a new approach.If any officer could find 50 missing children in a year their promotion would be fast-tracked. It usually takes constables at least five years to be promoted to head constable, and meeting the target would dramatically speed that up. Continue reading...

  • The new centre of dissent: Britain becomes hub for Hong Kong activists
    by Emma Graham-Harrison on September 29, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Longstanding cultural ties and a newly welcoming government have led to prominent exiles choosing London as their baseThe UK has become an international hub for Hong Kong dissidents as China’s harsh new security law leads to an exodus of pro-democracy politicians, campaigners and protesters, who now face jail terms for their activism.Longstanding cultural ties, a newly welcoming government and Covid-era travel restrictions that have in effect closed off other potential destinations, such as Canada and Australia, have boosted the number of new arrivals to Britain. Continue reading...