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Covid 19 World News – 12 August 2021

  • Sydney Seeks To Tighten COVID-19 Curbs, Canberra To Enter Lockdown
    Extra Australian military personnel may be called in to ensure compliance with lockdown rules in Sydney, the New South Wales state government said on Thursday.
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  • Clotting From Covid Shots Is Rare But “Potentially Devastating”: Study
    Researchers say they’re making progress in understanding a clotting disorder linked to Covid-19 vaccines that they describe as very rare but potentially “devastating.”
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  • New Zealand To Let In Vaccinated Travellers From Low-Risk Countries Next Year: PM
    New Zealand plans to allow quarantine-free entry to vaccinated travellers from low-risk countries from early next year as part of a phased reopening of its borders that were shut last year due to the pandemic, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.
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  • Canada Planning Covid Vaccine Passport For International Travel
    Ottawa: Canada is working to create a digital vaccine passport that would allow citizens to travel abroad and it should be available in the next few months, government officials said on Wednesday.
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  • Covid Vaccine Centres Vandalised In France After Health Pass Introduced
    Vandals have attacked more than 20 vaccination centres and other health facilities, daubing some with Nazi-themed slogans, as the French government steps up its COVID-19 vaccination drive.
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  • Strong earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes Philippines; no tsunami threat
    An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck off the southeast coast of the Philippines early on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, as various agencies ruled out the risk of it triggering tsunamis.
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  • CDC guidance now official: Pregnant people should get coronavirus vaccine
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that pregnant people be vaccinated against the coronavirus, updating its advice after it found no increased risk of miscarriage among those who have been immunized.
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  • WHO-Led Trial To Study 3 Anti-Inflammatory Drugs For Covid Patients
    Zurich: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday a clinical trial in 52 countries would study three anti-inflammatory drugs as potential treatments for COVID-19 patients.
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  • Herd Immunity Not A Possibility With Delta Variant, Warns UK Vaccine Expert London: The highly transmissible Delta variant of coronavirus has rendered the prospect of herd immunity, where the majority of a country’s population becomes immune to a virus, difficult, the head of the UK’s Oxford Vaccine Group has warned.
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  • California becomes first US state to order teachers to get COVID vaccine or test
    California will become the first state in the United States to require all teachers and school staff to get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, as schools return from summer break amid growing concerns about the highly contagious delta variant, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.
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