October 19, 2020
Italy introduces new restrictions; Dr Fauci says he was ‘absolutely not’ surprised that Trump caught coronavirus; South African health minister tests positive. Follow the latest updates
- Europe’s Covid fight takes a turn for the worse
- Police disperse drinkers protesting against tier 2 rules in London
- US records highest daily coronavirus case total since July
- US coronavirus cases surge in most states
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New Zealand TV journalist Tova O’Brien has been praised for her interview with Advance NZ party co-leader Jami-Lee Ross. As Ross began to question the mortality rate of Covid-19, O’Brien cut him off, saying he was talking ‘rubbish’. When Ross complained, she replied: ‘If you’re going to come on the show and say things which are factually incorrect, I can do that actually’. The interview, posted to Twitter, has been viewed millions of time across the world. Ross lost his seat in New Zealand’s recent election:
As we wait for analysis of China’s growth figures, here is how other Asian markets looked today, from Reuters:
Asian markets started higher on Monday, buoyed by hopes of a US fiscal package before the US presidential elections next month and expectations of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year, though the mood was still cautious as infections jump, Reuters reports.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.26% for its second straight day of gains.
Boosting overall sentiment, drugmaker Pfizer Inc said on Friday it could have a coronavirus vaccine ready in the United States by the end of this year.
Japan’s Nikkei climbed about 1% while South Korea’s KOSPI and Australian shares were up 0.7% each.
New Zealand was a tad lower after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term at elections over the weekend, having risen over the week in anticipation of such a result.
E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 jumped 0.5% in early Asian trading after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday she was optimistic legislation on a wide-ranging coronavirus relief package could be pushed through before the election.