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Covid 19 World News – 18 August 2021

                      

  • UK health regulator approves Moderna Covid-19 shot for 12- to 17-year-olds
    The approval comes more than two months after Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine got regulatory nod for use in children aged 12 to 15.
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  • Go Hard And Early Than Light And Long’: New Zealand PM On Snap Lockdown Wellington: New Zealand’s city streets were largely deserted on Wednesday as the country returned to life in lockdown for the first time in six months in a bid to halt any spread of the infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.
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  • Worse Yet To Come”: Sydney Sounds Alarm On Delta Variant Surge
     Sydney: Sydney’s Delta outbreak has not peaked and residents must brace for more deaths, authorities said on Wednesday, as Australia’s largest city continued to break records for new daily infections despite a nearly two-month lockdown.
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  • Blood Clotting May Be Root Cause Of Long COVID-19 Syndrome:
    Study London: Patients with long COVID-19 syndrome continue to have higher measures of blood clotting, which may explain their persistent symptoms such as reduced physical fitness and fatigue, according to a study.
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  • World Humanitarian Day 2021: Date, History, Significance And How You Can Help World Humanitarian Day is observed on August 19 every year across the world. On this day, people who have sacrificed their lives for humanitarian causes and dedicated their lives to humanitarian welfare are honoured.
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  • Thousands Evacuated In Southern France As ‘Fierce’ Wildfire Spread
    Marseille, France: Thousands of people, including tourists in campsites, have been evacuated as a wildfire raged near the plush resort of Saint-Tropez in southern France, the fire service said Tuesday.
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  • Texas governor Abbott, who fought mask mandates, tests positive for Covid
    Texas governor Greg Abbott tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, after weeks spent banning local mask requirements and meeting maskless crowds.
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  • Undersea volcanic eruption creates new Japanese island
    The 6,000-plus islands that make up the Japanese archipelago have a new addition, after scientists said an undersea volcanic eruption 1,200km (745 miles) south of Tokyo had created a new landmass.
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  • Growing New Zealand Covid cluster linked to Sydney Delta outbreak
    New Zealand’s coronavirus cluster has grown to seven, with genomic sequencing linking it to the Delta outbreak that began in Sydney, as the country woke up to day one of a snap lockdown stemming from just one case.
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  • Qantas mandates full Covid-19 vaccination for all its employees
    Qantas will require all of its employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, as debate about mandatory vaccination in Australian workplaces intensifies.
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