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Covid 19 World News – 23 August 2021

  • Despite Delta, China Hits Zero Cases With A Month Of Draconian Curbs
    Despite Delta, China Hits Zero Cases With A Month Of Draconian Curbs China took testing to an unprecedented level during this go-round. It’s been just over a month, and China has once again squelched Covid-19, bringing its local cases down to zero.
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  • Big questions’: New Zealand Covid minister raises doubts about elimination strategy
    The arrival of the Delta strain in New Zealand has prompted the country’s Covid-19 response minister to question the efficacy of its ambitious elimination strategy – an approach that has been the backbone of the country’s pandemic response.
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  • Full FDA approval of Pfizer Covid shot will enable vaccine requirements
    Full federal approval of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine will empower businesses and universities to require vaccinations and tip hesitant Americans toward getting the jab, the surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, said on Sunday.
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  • Victoria Covid update: 10,000 people cancelling vaccine appointments daily as state records 71 cases
    About 10,000 people a day are cancelling or failing to turn up to their Covid-19 vaccination appointments in Victoria, the premier Daniel Andrews says. This was double the number of daily cancellations from before the federal government announced that young people would be eligible for Pfizer.
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  • Iran coronavirus deaths set new daily record as curbs lifted
    Iran’s health ministry has reported more than 680 daily coronavirus deaths for the first time, as nationwide restrictions to contain the spread of the virus were lifted.
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  • Australia PM Backs Reopening Targets, Says Covid Lockdowns Unsustainable
    Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday the country must begin to ease strict COVID-19 restrictions once vaccination rates increase, with over half of all Australians enduring weeks-long lockdowns to curb Delta outbreaks.
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  • UK Rolls Out New Antibody Test Programme For COVID-19 Positives
    The UK government on Sunday announced the rollout of a new nationwide antibody surveillance programme, which will make free home antibody tests available for up to 8,000 COVID-positive people a day.
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  • 8 Killed As Hurricane Grace Unleashes Severe Flooding In Mexico
     Mexico: Hurricane Grace pummeled Mexico with torrential rain on Saturday, causing severe flooding and mudslides that killed at least eight people after becoming one of the most powerful storms in years to hit the country’s Gulf coast.
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  • North Korea develops own PCR equipment for Covid-19 tests, says report
    The isolated country has not confirmed any Covid-19 cases, but has sealed borders, restricted travel and imposed strict prevention measures, seeing the pandemic as a matter of national survival.
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  • Covid: Taiwan rolls out homegrown vaccine amid criticism
    Taiwan has begun administering its first domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine, amid criticism that its approval was rushed. The island’s health ministry authorised emergency use of the Medigen vaccine last month although clinical trials are yet to be completed.
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