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Covid 19 World News – 29 July 2021


 

    1. US’ Blinken Meets WHO Chief, Supports Probe Into Covid Origins
      Kuwait City, Kuwait: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in Kuwait on Wednesday where he pledged his support to the UN agency’s investigation in China into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
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    2. New York offers $100 to whoever gets vaccinated at city-run sites
      New York is offering $100 dollars to every citizen who gets their first dose of the vaccine against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at any of the city-run vaccination sites, according to reports citing statements made by mayor Bill de Blasio.
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    3. Myanmar could become Covid ‘super-spreader’ state, says UN
      Myanmar is at risk of becoming a super-spreader Covid state that fuels outbreaks across the region, the UN special rapporteur for the country has warned as he urged the security council to call for a ceasefire.
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    4. Thailand puts Covid patients on sleeper trains home to ease the crisis in Bangkok
      Thailand has begun using sleeper trains to transport Covid patients out of Bangkok, where hospitals have been overwhelmed by a recent surge in cases. The first train left the capital on Tuesday, transporting 137 patients who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms to their home towns in the north-east of the country.
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    5. Chemical leak at Houston facility leaves two dead and 30 people hospitalized
      A large chemical leak at a plant in the Houston area has killed two people and left 30 people hospitalized, officials have said.
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    6. Once a Covid success story, South Korea sweats through the summer of Delta surge
      Park Eun-sun is facing the most challenging set of circumstances since going into business for herself in August of 2020. Having kicked off Nostimo, her restaurant in southern Seoul, during the coronavirus pandemic.
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    7. Covid vaccines: Tourists head to the US to get vaccinated
      The shortage of vaccines and slow vaccine rollouts in many parts of the world, has sparked a trend of vaccine tourism, with many tourists heading to the United States to get vaccinated.
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    8. Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan gets Covid jab in policy reverse
      People in Tanzania are being actively encouraged to get Covid-19 vaccinations in a dramatic change of policy for one of Africa’s most populous countries. A vaccination drive gets under way after Tanzania rejects its former president’s Covid scepticism.
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    9. Citing new data, Pfizer outlines case for booster shots
      Pfizer reported on Wednesday that the power of its two-dose Covid vaccine wanes slightly over time, but nonetheless offers lasting and robust protection against serious disease.
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    10. Vaccinations Alone Will Not End Sydney Lockdown: PM Scott Morrison
      Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said vaccinations alone would not bring an end to a COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney as residents of the country’s largest city face another month under tough curbs to stamp out an outbreak of the Delta variant. Read More
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