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Covid 19 World News – 12 July 2021

  • Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 324 – RKI
    BERLIN, July 12 (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 324 to 3,736,489, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by 2 to 91,233, the tally showed.
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  • Ursula von der Leyen says EU has reached Covid vaccine target 
    The EU has delivered enough coronavirus vaccine doses to member states to reach a target to fully vaccinate at least 70% of adults in the bloc, the European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen, said in a statement on Saturday.
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  • Covid-19 lockdowns may be making us more authoritarian
    Public preferences can affect public policy – that’s what the whole democracy thing is about. Or at least the focus group part of it. But it turns out the policy/preferences relationship is a two-way street: government policy can affect our preferences, too. That’s the conclusion of new research examining Germans’ willingness to be vaccinated.
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  • Woman, 90, infected with Alpha and Beta Covid variants at the same time
    A 90-year-old Belgian woman who died after falling ill with Covid-19 was infected with both the Alpha and Beta variants of the coronavirus at the same time, researchers have said.  The unvaccinated woman was admitted to the OLV hospital in the city of Aalst after a spate of falls in March and tested positive for Covid-19 the same day.
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  • Ugandan minister blames west for Covid vaccine shortage
    A Ugandan government minister has blamed the west for his country’s inability to secure more Covid-19 vaccines, as the World Health Organization warned Africa urgently needed hundreds millions more jabs to fend off a surging third wave of infections.  Chris Baryomunsi said Uganda had been able to vaccinate more than a million people but was unable to obtain further shots.
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  • Israel offers Covid vaccine booster shots to at-risk adults
    Israel is offering a booster shot of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to adults with weak immune systems, but says it is still weighing up whether they should be given to the general public.  The rapid spread of the Delta variant has fuelled a rise in the number of new infections from single digits a month ago to around 450 a day, and the country has moved to fast-track its next Pfizer shipment.
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  • Sydney’s Daily Delta Cases Spike In “Worst Health Crisis in 120 Years Sydney recorded 112 new coronavirus cases on Monday — a 45% spike from the previous day — as the locked-down Australian city battles its largest outbreak since beating back the first wave of the pandemic more than a year ago.
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  • Australia’s Delta Variant Outbreak Worsens Despite Sydney Lockdown Sydney: Australia on Monday reported its biggest daily rise in COVID-19 cases this year, fuelled by a fast-growing outbreak of the Delta variant in Sydney despite the country’s biggest city entering its third week of lockdown. New South Wales state reported 112 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, almost all of them in Sydney, marking the fifth consecutive day of record case numbers.
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  • US Top Coronavirus Advisor Terms Delta Strain Of Covid As “Nasty Variant”
    Washington: US top coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Sunday (local time) characterised the Delta strain of COVID-19 as a “nasty variant”. “It is very clear that this is a nasty variant. It has a much greater capacity of transmitting from person to person,” Fauci said, adding that the COVID vaccines that are being used in America to fight the coronavirus “are working very well” and do protect against the Delta variant.
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