Resurgence of coronavirus infections in Europe and the U.S.A. sparking fear of full European lockdowns
- Stock markets fell yesterday, as markets digest the fact that further economically damaging lockdowns may be imposed in several European nations as new confirmed coronavirus cases hit all-time highs. The situation in especially serious in France and Spain, while violent protests broke out in Italy last night over new curfew measures.
- It seems extremely unlikely there will be a stimulus deal agreement between the Trump administration and the U.S. Congress before the U.S. election on 3rd November. Analysts and central bankers tend to see this step as vital for the U.S. and global economy.
- Forex markets are seeing the Euro as the strongest major currency, while the U.S. Dollar is weakening.
- Much of the northern hemisphere has put the clocks back 1 hour, but the U.S. has not made the change yet,
- Tightening opinion polling suggests that President Trump needs an approximately 2.4% swing from current polls in a few battleground states to win the U. S. presidential election on 3rd November, despite Biden’s considerably stronger polling lead nationwide. President Trump has seen polls tighten in his favor over the past two weeks.
- Coronavirus daily global death tolls have begun to rise again in recent days, with deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean falling to 30% of the global daily total, well exceeding those in both India (approx. 18%), the U.S.A. (13%), and Europe (approx. 20%).
- The European Union is now seeing more new coronavirus cases and deaths than any other area, with a short-term average of over 150,000 new cases daily. New restrictions are being imposed in several European nations, notably in Spain, Italy, and France. New cases and deaths are also rising strongly in the U.K.
- Total confirmed new coronavirus cases stand at over 43.5 million with an average case fatality rate of 2.67%.
- India has more than 7.9 million confirmed coronavirus cases, more than any other nation except the U.S.A. which has confirmed more than 8.7 million cases. India is the country with the highest daily death toll, reporting more than 500 deaths yesterday.