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Covid 19 World News – 31 August 2021


  • Hurricane Ida: One million people in Louisiana without power
    Louisiana residents may be in the dark for weeks as officials take stock of the damage from Hurricane Ida. Ida made landfall on Sunday with 150mph (240km/h) winds, the fifth strongest to ever hit the US mainland. About one million locals remain without power.
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  • Covid surge ‘deeply worrying’ in Europe as vaccinations dip – WHO
    A spike in coronavirus infections and a slump in vaccination uptake is holding back Europe’s effort to curb the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
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  • More Infectious’ C.1.2 Strain, Found In 6 Countries, Worries Scientists
    South African scientists said they identified a new coronavirus variant that has a concerning number of mutations. The so-called C.1.2. variant was first identified in May in the South African provinces of Mpumalanga and Gauteng, where Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, are situated, the scientists said in a research paper.
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  • After Australia’s Calls For Covid Probe, A Hack Attack Traced To China
    A few days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent international probe into the origins of the coronavirus, Chinese bots swarmed on to Australian government networks. It was April 2020.
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  • Australia’s Canberra Extends COVID-19 Lockdown
    Canberra: Australia’s Canberra on Tuesday extended its hard lockdown by a further two weeks as the capital city struggles to contain a surge in the highly infectious Delta variant.
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  • 3 Hours A Week: China’s New Rules For Children Playing Video Games Shanghai: China has forbidden under-18s from playing video games for more than three hours a week, a stringent social intervention that it said was needed to pull the plug on a growing addiction to what it once described as “spiritual opium”.
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  • 236,000 More Covid Deaths In Europe By December 1: WHO’s Dire Warning
    Copenhagen: The World Health warned Monday that 236,000 more people could die from Covid in Europe by December, sounding the alarm over rising infections and stagnating vaccine rates across the continent.
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  • Australia’s “Covid Epicentre” Warns Of Hospitalisation Peak In October
    Canberra: Intensive care cases in Australia’s New South Wales will hit a peak in October as COVID-19 infections accumulate, said the premier of the country’s most populous state, which reported record daily new infections on Monday.
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  • New Zealand’s Auckland To Stay In Lockdown For 2 More Weeks
    Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday extended a lockdown in Auckland by two weeks, while officials reported the country’s first death linked to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
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  • Huge decrease in organ transplants as Covid took hold across world
    The number of solid organ transplants fell dramatically around the world between 2019 and 2020, researchers have found, highlighting the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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