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* The Kremlin said on Monday that Moscow hoped talks with the United States would continue despite Washington rejecting a Russian proposal to unconditionally extend the last treaty limiting the two countries’ strategic nuclear weapons. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the demise of the New START accord, which was signed in 2010 and is due to expire in February, would have “harmful” consequences.

* The European Union wants a Brexit trade deal with Britain and will work until the last minute to get a fair agreement, though not at any cost, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said on Monday.

* It might take countries in the Middle East and Central Asia a decade to return to the economic growth seen before the coronavirus crisis, the International Monetary Fund said, as long-standing regional vulnerabilities weigh on their recovery.

* France is set to expand its aid measures to help small businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic with a EUR20 billion (US$23.5 billion) scheme of quasi-equity loans partially backed by the state, the government said on Monday.

* LabCorp said on Monday it has launched a test that can measure antibodies a person has produced against the novel coronavirus, to determine the effectiveness of vaccines and drugs against the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The test, Cov2Quant, is available for use only in clinical trials and research, the company said.

* Britain’s Oxford University said initial findings from a study on the long term impact of COVID-19 has found that a large number of patients discharged from hospitals still experience symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, anxiety and depression two to three months after contracting the virus.

* Spain’s Pharmamar said that its aplidin cancer drug has “enormous promise” as a treatment for COVID-19 after completing successful Phase 2 trials.

* European stocks rallied on Monday as rising hopes of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year and a US fiscal package before elections offset concern over record daily infections in the region.

* China reported 13 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Oct. 18, the same as a day earlier, the health commission said on Monday. As of Sunday, mainland China had 85,685 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll stands at 4,634.

* House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said differences remain with President Donald Trump’s administration on a wide-ranging coronavirus relief package but she was optimistic legislation could be pushed through before Election Day.

* India’s tally of coronavirus infections stood at 7.55 million on Monday, having risen by 55,722 cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed. The world’s second-most populous country also has the second-highest number of infections in the world, after the United States, which has around 8.1 million. However, India recorded its lowest death toll in nearly four months on Monday with 579 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 114,610.

* Brazil reported 10,982 new cases of COVID-19 and 230 deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. The South American country has now registered 5,235,344 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 153,905, according to ministry data, in the world’s most fatal outbreak outside the United States.

* Russia’s daily tally of coronavirus cases surged to a new record high of 15,982 on Monday, including 5,376 in the capital Moscow, pushing the national case total to 1,415,316 since the pandemic began. Authorities reported 179 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 24,366.

* Mexico’s health ministry reported on Sunday 4,119 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 108 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 851,227 and the death toll to 86,167.

* The Australian state of Victoria on Monday eased some coronavirus-led restrictions after months, while much of Europe enacted new curbs, as worldwide cases crossed 40 million, according to a Reuters tally.

* About 6 million people in the United Kingdom face tougher lockdowns in coming days as Wales and Manchester, the country’s third largest city, mull additional restrictions as the outbreak accelerates.

* Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gave mayors the power to shut public squares from 9 p.m. to halt gatherings as he unveiled a further package of measures on Sunday to try to halt a sharp rise in cases.

* Poland plans to open a temporary hospital at Warsaw’s landmark national stadium to ease the strain on the healthcare system from spiking cases.

* Slovenia declared a 30-day state of emergency after cases more than doubled in the past week from the previous week.

* Austria is limiting gatherings to a maximum of six people indoors and 12 outside.

* Tunisia’s prime minister, Hichem Mechichi, ordered a nationwide curfew starting from Tuesday.

* Panama will offer travelers a COVID-19 test when they arrive at its main airport, a little less than a week after resuming international flights.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News