- Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 188.8 Million
The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 188.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.06 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.53 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
- World in early stages of 3rd Covid wave, warns WHO
Covid-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for a return to normal life. The WHO reported on Wednesday that deaths climbed last week after nine straight weeks of decline. It recorded over 55,000 lives lost, a 3% increase from the week before. Cases rose 10% last week to nearly 3 million, with the highest numbers recorded in Brazil, India, Indonesia and Britain, WHO said.
- Africa virus deaths surge 43% in a week
Africa recorded a 43% jump in Covid-19 deaths last week as infections and hospitalisations have risen and countries face shortages of oxygen and ICUs, the WHO said on Thursday. The continent’s fatality rate — the proportion of deaths among cases — stands at 2.6% against the global average of 2.2%. The surge in infections and deaths is partly driven by the presence of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus in 21 African countries.
- Brazil Covid-19 infections rise by 52,789
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 52,789 to 19,262,518 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Thursday.According to the ministry, the death toll has risen by 1,548 to 538,942 people within the same period of time.
- ‘Strong likelihood’ of more dangerous Covid variants, warn WHO experts
The emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned about the “strong likelihood” for the emergence of more virulent and dangerous variants of coronavirus that may be more challenging to control. After the eighth emergency committee meeting on Wednesday regarding the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the WHO experts released a statement saying the pandemic remains a challenge globally.
- Covid scare for Team India: Rishabh Pant, support staff test positive, three more isolated in London
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani tested positive for COVID-19, while three others were placed in precautionary isolation as the dreaded virus hit the Indian cricket team ahead of next month’s Test series against hosts England.
- China Must Cooperate Better With Covid Origin Probe: World Health Organisation
The head of the World Health Organisation said on Thursday that investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in China were being hampered by the lack of raw data on the first days of spread there and urged it to be more transparent.
- Indonesia grapples with ‘worst-case scenario’ as COVID-19 cases surge
Indonesia reported over 56,000 cases on Thursday becoming the epicentre of the virus in Asia as it fights the “worst-case scenario”. Government minister Luhut Pandjaitan while describing the situation said: “We’re already in our worst-case scenario, if we’re talking about 60,000 (daily cases) or slightly more than that, we’re okay. We are hoping not for 100,000, but even if we get there, we are preparing for that.”
- Protests in France against Covid-19 ‘health pass’ rules
Police in Paris clashed with protesters railing against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to require a Covid-19 vaccine certificate or negative PCR test to gain entry to bars, restaurants and cinemas from next month.
- COVID-19 forces FIH to postpone inaugural FIH World Hockey 5s to 2022
The international federation on Wednesday postponed this year’s inaugural FIH World Hockey 5s event to 2022 because of the “uncertainties” surrounding the global evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.