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Covid 19 World News – 16 August 2021

  • Australia extends Covid-19 lockdown in Melbourne, reinstates night curfew
    The current lockdown was due to end on Thursday night but will now run until September 2, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne, the state capital.
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  • Australia: New South Wales ‘in worst ever Covid situation
    The leader of New South Wales has warned this is “the worst situation Australia’s been in” since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said rules would be tightened in Sydney, the state capital, which is in lockdown.
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  • The World May Never Reach Herd Immunity Against Covid
    As Covid-19 surged last year, governments worldwide touted the hope of “herd immunity,” a promised land where the virus stopped spreading exponentially because enough people were protected against it. That’s now looking like a fantasy.
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  • Death toll of powerful earthquake in Haiti soars to 1,297
    The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti climbed to 1,297 on Sunday, a day after the powerful temblor turned thousands of structures into rubble and set off frantic rescue efforts ahead of a potential deluge from an approaching tropical storm.
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  • Heat waves, wildfires & drought: How this summer is a ‘preview’ of Earth’s coming climate crisis
    In a summer already full of extreme weather, it’s the heat waves roasting hundreds of millions of people across three continents that are confirming a grim climate prophecy for many experts.
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  • Torrential rain lashes Japan submerging buildings, at least 3 feared dead
    Torrential rain lashed much of Japan on Sunday, submerging roads and buildings in the western part of the country
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  • At least 44 killed by severe flooding and mudslides in Turkey
    The death toll from severe floods and mudslides in coastal Turkey has climbed to at least 44, the country’s emergency and disaster agency said Saturday.
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  • Gordon Brown hits out at EU’s ‘neocolonial approach’ to Covid vaccine supplies Gordon Brown has accused the EU of adopting a “neocolonial approach” to the supply of Covid-19 vaccines and demanded rich western nations relinquish their stranglehold on pandemic treatments.
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  • French Covid permit scheme extended to Paris department stores France’s pass sanitaire health permit system will be extended to more than 120 major department stores and shopping centres on Monday in areas where levels of Covid infection are causing concern, including Paris and the Mediterranean coast.
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  • US could see 200,000 Covid cases a day again: ‘Unvaccinated are sitting ducks’ The US could soon see Covid-19 cases return to 200,000 a day, a level not seen since among the pandemic’s worst days in January and February, the director of the National Institutes of Health warned on Sunday.
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