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Covid 19 World News – 08 July 2021

                                          

  • Global Covid toll tops 4m; Asia battles Delta
    More than four million people have now died of Covid cases, the WHO said on Wednesday, as many richer nations prepared to loosen restrictions even as countries in Asia battle surging cases due to the highly contagious Delta variant. Read More: 

  • World at perilous point as Covid death toll tops 4mn
    Geneva : The world passed the “tragic milestone” of four million recorded Covid-19 fatalities on Wednesday, the World Health Organization said.  WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the landmark had been reached, more than 18 months since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019. Read More:   

  • Australia to send 2.5m AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Indonesia as Covid infections soar
    Australia will send 2.5m AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Indonesia and will fund 1,000 ventilators as the country battles record-high Covid cases that are pushing the health system to breaking point. Read More:  

  • Young Australians don’t need a Covid ‘wake-up call’. We need to be vaccinated Josephine Tovey
    In Wednesday’s grim press conference that confirmed Sydney’s lockdown was to be extended another week, the state’s chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, revealed that of the 37 people now being treated for Covid in New South Wales hospitals, eight were under the age of 35. One person in intensive care is in their 30s. Read More:    

  • Major Australian aged care provider reveals just 15% of staff vaccinated as sector demands changes to rollout
    One of Australia’s largest aged care providers says just 15% of its staff are fully vaccinated and has urged the federal government to send vaccination teams into nursing homes to fix the “main barrier” to a rapid rollout. Read More: 

  • Kenya in rush to vaccinate 4m children as measles cases surge
    Kenya has restarted its vaccination programme in an effort to tackle the re-emergence of measles, which has surged in the country during the Covid restrictions. Read More:

  • Sydney Sees Biggest Spike In Cases As Delta Outbreak Spreads
    Australia’s New South Wales state on Thursday reported its biggest daily rise in locally acquired cases of COVID-19 for the year as officials struggle to stamp out a growing cluster of the highly infectious Delta variant in Sydney. Read More:  

  • US Covid Cases Rising Rapidly As Delta Variant Dominates
    Covid cases are rising rapidly in the United States as the highly contagious Delta variant dominates and vaccinations stagnate, data showed Wednesday. Read More: 

  • Japan To Impose Virus Emergency In Tokyo During Olympics: Reports
    The Japanese government plans to impose a virus state of emergency in Tokyo during the Olympics, reports said Wednesday, meaning spectators could be barred from venues. Read More:

      

  • Lambda: All You Need To Know About Latest Covid Variant
    A new coronavirus variant, Lambda, has emerged. Scientists and experts see the latest variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 as a fresh threat to the gains made over the last year or so. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Lambda as a “variant of interest” on June 14.  Read More:  

  • Fiji Police Deliver Groceries, Urge People To Stay Home As Delta Cases Rise
    Fiji on Wednesday began distributing groceries to some households as it urges people to stay at home amid rising infections of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the novel coronavirus. Read More: 

  • As COVID-19 Lockdown Bites, Malaysians Hoist White Flags In Plea For Help
    When Malaysian mother Hadijah Neamat was struggling to cope during the coronavirus lockdown, she hung a scrap of white cloth outside her window in a plea for help. Read More:

  • Mutations Help This Coronavirus Variant Evade COVID-19 Vaccines: Study
    Three mutations in the spike protein of Epsilon variant of SARS-CoV-2 help the virus to evade the protection offered by current vaccines or past COVID-19 infection, according to a study. The mutations also provide the variant of concern named CAL.20C a means to totally evade specific monoclonal or lab-made antibodies used in clinics, and reduce the effectiveness of antibodies from the plasma of vaccinated people, the researchers said. Read More:
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