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Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus

(Reuters) - Most people would get a COVID-19 vaccine if their government or employer recommended it, results of a global poll showed on Tuesday, amid growing concerns about public distrust of the shots being developed at speed to end the pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: Nurses, wearing a protective mask and a protective suit, work in a COVID-19 medicine unit where patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated at the Bethune-Beuvry hospital in Beuvry, France, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File photo

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread of COVID-19, open here in an external browser.

* Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals here for a case tracker and summary of news.

EUROPE

* British PM Boris Johnson said he would impose tougher lockdown restrictions on the Greater Manchester region in northern England despite failing to reach a deal on funding support with local leaders.

* Greece recorded a new daily record of cases, with younger people accounting for a majority of the new infections.

* The Spanish government is considering new restrictions, including possible curfews, in hard-hit regions like Madrid.

* Italy’s southern Campania region said it planned to introduce a nighttime curfew from the weekend, while other areas started drawing up their own restrictions.

* Berlin’s municipal government made it compulsory to wear masks at markets, in queues and on 10 busy shopping streets, but stopped short of imposing another lockdown.

AMERICAS

* President Donald Trump pushed for a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package, and said he would accept a deal worth more than $2.2 trillion despite opposition to large spending measures among his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

* Mexico’s government will pay to cover any liabilities arising from unexpected side effects of COVID-19 vaccines but is not considering creating a fund to do so, a top official said.

* New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to limit nonessential travel from New Jersey and Connecticut as the neighboring states see upticks in cases.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* India posted its lowest daily coronavirus caseload in nearly three months, as new cases maintained decreasing trend from a peak in September.

* Singapore plans to roll out rapid COVID-19 tests for events such as weddings and business conferences, as the city-state looks to further reopen its economy.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* South Africa is investigating 10.5 billion rand of the government’s coronavirus spending for corruption, more than double the amount they were investigating two months ago.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine trial in the United States is expected to resume as early as this week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed its review of a serious illness, four sources told Reuters.

* Britain will help to fund trials using a manufactured COVID-19 virus to deliberately infect young healthy volunteers with the hope of accelerating the development of vaccines against it.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* Russians’ real disposable income fell 4.8% in year-on-year terms in the third quarter after its sharpest plunge in 20 years in the preceding quarter, data showed.

* Mexico has so far recovered 320,000 of the roughly 1 million formal jobs that it lost in the pandemic, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

Compiled by Devika Syamnath and Anita Kobylinska; Editing by William Maclean and Anil D’Silva

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