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Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus

(Reuters) - Australia’s Victoria state said it had gone 24 hours without detecting any new COVID-19 cases, while U.S. Vice President Mike Pence campaigned despite a COVID-19 outbreak among his aides as the United States set records for daily infections.

A worker walks along an empty street during the first day of the nighttime curfew set as part of a state of emergency in an effort to control the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in downtown Ronda, southern Spain, late October 25, 2020. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

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

EUROPE

* The Czech government will almost certainly have to tighten its anti-coronavirus measures again as current curbs have not halted a surge in infections, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.

* Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said he had a “general malaise” after testing positive for coronavirus and would stay at home for now for any treatment.

* Britain’s government is looking at how long those exposed to COVID-19 need to quarantine, Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis told Sky News, commenting on reports that the self-isolation period could be reduced from 14 days.

* Slovakia’s pilot testing in coronavirus hotspots attracted tens of thousands people over the weekend, showing an infection rate of 3.87%, government data showed.

* The Irish government expects to be able to begin to vaccinate vulnerable people against COVID-19 in first quarter or first half of 2021.

* Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a new state of emergency in an effort to curb soaring infections.

* Italy on Sunday ordered bars and restaurants to close by 6 p.m. and shut public gyms, cinemas and swimming pools to try to halt a rapid coronavirus resurgence.

AMERICAS

* The United States in the past two days has registered its highest number of new COVID-19 cases - about 84,000 on Friday and about 79,900 on Saturday. Meanwhile New York became the fourth state to surpass half a million coronavirus cases

* U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Trump administration was reviewing the latest plan for more COVID-19 relief over the weekend and that she expected a response on Monday, adding that she was still optimistic a deal could be reached.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* China reported the highest number of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in nearly seven months, following a mass infection of an unknown origin in the northwestern Xinjiang region.

* Australia’s Victoria state said on Monday it had gone 24 hours without detecting any new COVID-19 cases, a milestone last achieved four months ago, raising hopes that a stringent lockdown of Melbourne will be eased.

* India’s central bank Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Sunday he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Qatar has signed an agreement with drugmaker Moderna Inc to buy its potential COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is approved and released for global use, state news agency QNA quoted a health official as saying on Sunday.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday it would be clear whether a COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective by early December, but that more widespread vaccination would not be likely until later in 2021.

* Israel will begin human trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by a research institute overseen by the Defence Ministry on Nov. 1 after receiving regulatory approval, the ministry said on Sunday.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* Asian shares got off to a subdued start on Monday as surging coronavirus cases in Europe and the United states threatened the global outlook, while China’s leaders meet to ponder the future of the economic giant.

Compiled by Frances Kerry and Amy Caren Daniel; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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