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(Reuters) - Roughly one in 10 people may have been infected with the coronavirus, leaving the vast majority of the population vulnerable as the world heads into a "difficult period", the World Health Organization said.


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* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to play down a failure in England's COVID-19 testing data system that delayed 15,841 results, saying the much higher updated figures were more in line with forecasts of the outbreak's spread.

* Moscow schools began unplanned holidays and businesses were required to have at least 30% of their staff working remotely, as cases across Russia hit their highest level since May 12.

* Madrid residents were largely going about business as usual on Monday despite a prohibition on non-essential travel in the first European capital to return to lockdown.

* Ireland's government faced political and business resistance to a surprise recommendation by health chiefs for Europe's first major second wave national lockdown.

* Iceland ordered bars, gyms and entertainment venues to close and sharply cut the number of people allowed to gather in public.


* U.S. President Donald began a fourth day at the military hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19, as his condition remained unclear and outside experts warned his case may be severe.

* The renewed effort in the U.S. Congress to reach a fresh deal to pump relief funds into the pandemic-hit economy has been further complicated by the news that the President and three Senate Republicans have tested positive.

* The Brazilian military wrapped up a three-week operation that provided medical care to the Amazon's Guajajara tribe hit by COVID-19, in response to criticism that Brazil was not protecting vulnerable indigenous people from the pandemic.

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* Australia's coronavirus hotspot of Victoria will look into ways to increase testing for the disease to control its spread ahead of easing of lockdown restrictions.

* Malaysia's prime minister said he will self quarantine for 14 days after a minister who attended a high-level government meeting on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.

* Restrictions in New Zealand's largest city will be lifted this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said as she expressed confidence a second wave of infections in Auckland has been almost eliminated.


* The United Arab Emirates has resumed granting work permits for foreigners employed by government and semi-government entities as well as entry permits for domestic workers.

* A drastic rise in infections has pushed Lebanon's hospitals to the edge, and experts warn they will soon be unable to cope.

* Iran registered a record high 3,902 new cases in the past 24 hours.


* Wall Street gained ground and crude prices rose as investor risk appetite was stoked by renewed stimulus optimism and news of President Donald 's health progress.

* The euro zone's economic recovery faltered in September with growing evidence sectors and countries in the bloc are diverging as a resurgence of the coronavirus forces the reimposition of restrictions on activity.

* 's economy minister said he was confident a European plan to help the bloc's recovery from the pandemic would come into force early in 2021.

(Compiled by Milla Nissi and Vinay Dwivedi; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu, Kirsten Donovan)

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