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Covid 19 World News – 13 July 2021

  • COVID-19 booster strategy as Delta multiplies, highlights ‘disappointing inequality’: WHO
    We’re in the midst of a growing two-track pandemic where the haves and have-nots within and between countries are increasingly divergent”, underscored Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus.  He explained that although the Delta variant was spreading quickly in places with high vaccination coverage, in countries with low vaccination coverage, the situation is particularly bad.  Read More

  • NSW Covid update: 89 new cases and second death as mandatory testing brought in for Fairfield workers
    New South Wales has recorded 89 new cases of Covid-19 and a second death linked to the Bondi outbreak, as the state introduces mandatory testing every three days for people in Fairfield who travel outside the area for work.  Of the 89 new cases reported on Tuesday, 64 were detected in south-west Sydney, 59 are household contacts, 16 are close contacts and 14 cases remain under investigation. Read More   

  • Boris Johnson urges Covid caution amid warnings of 200 deaths a day
    Boris Johnson will press ahead with lifting most remaining Covid restrictions on 19 July, despite warnings from the government’s scientific advisers that the “exit wave” could result in more than 200 deaths a day and thousands of hospitalisations. Read More

  • Dozens die after fire in Covid isolation ward at hospital in southern Iraq
    At least 50 people have died after a fire tore through the Covid isolation ward at a hospital in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.  The death toll is expected to rise, as search operations at al-Hussain coronavirus hospital continued after the fire was brought under control. Sixteen people were rescued from the burning building.  Read More   

  • Dutch PM sorry for early reopening as France tightens Covid rules
    As governments in multiple EU states struggle to curb an increasingly alarming surge in Covid-19 cases, the Dutch premier, Mark Rutte, has apologised and conceded that restrictions reinstated this weekend were lifted too soon.  Meanwhile France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, unveiled a raft of new measures on Monday, including making health certificates mandatory in cafes, bars and restaurants and on planes and long-distance trains from next month. Read More

  • Taiwan tech companies buy 10m Covid vaccine doses in deal that sidesteps China Major Taiwanese tech companies have drafted a deal to buy 10m vaccine doses for Taiwan, sidestepping months of complicated geopolitical wrangling between Beijing and Taipei. The US$350m purchase from German manufacturer BioNTech is split between TSMC, the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, and Foxconn, one of the world’s largest contract electronics makers, and its charity foundation. The two companies will donate the vaccines to Taiwan’s central epidemic command centre for distribution. Read More

  • “Increased Risk” Of Rare Nerve Disorder After J&J Covid Vaccine: US Washington, United States: The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday updated its warning labels for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to include information about an observed “increased risk” of a rare neurological disorder. Read More  

  • Dr Reddy’s Assures Strengthening Roll-Out Of Sputnik V In Coming Weeks New Delhi: Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on Monday assured to “strengthen” the commercial roll-out of Sputnik V vaccines in the coming weeks. “We will strengthen the commercial roll-out of Sputnik V in the coming weeks. Neither the ongoing soft commercial launch nor work towards its ramp-up in India has been put on hold,” said Dr Reddy’s Laboratories in a statement on the Sputnik V vaccine in India. Read More

  • Dangerous Trend”: WHO Warns Against Mixing, Matching Covid Vaccines Geneva: The World Health Organization’s chief scientist on Monday advised against people mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers, calling it a “dangerous trend” since there was little data available about the health impact. Read More

  • Covid Triggered Biggest Increase In Hunger In Decades: United Nations The “economic downturns as a consequence of Covid-19 containment measures all over the world have contributed to one of the largest increases in world hunger in decades,” said a report compiled by several UN agencies. The Covid pandemic caused an estimated 18 percent increase in the number of people facing hunger, a UN report released on Monday found, dealing a massive setback to efforts to ensure everyone has access to food. Read More 

  

                     

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