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Covid 19 World News – 5 July 2021

    

  • Boris Johnson  to confirm 19 July end to Covid rules despite scientists’ warnings
    Boris Johnson is to announce that the lifting of most remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England will go ahead on 19 July amid a backlash from government scientific advisers who have warned that doing so would be like building new “variant factories”. Read More: 


  • We Are In A Dangerous Period Of Pandemic As Delta Variant Raging In 98 Countries: WHO Copenhagen: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the world is in a dangerous period of the pandemic as the Delta variant raging in around 98 countries, whose origin was in India. No country in the world is out of woods yet, said WHO, the reason being mutated Delta variant is more virulent than other variants and many countries are economically crippled to provide proper healthcare to their public.  Read More:   
  • Australia’s Path Out of the Pandemic: Will It Make You Scream With Anger or Joy? Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally outlined a Covid exit plan, which will include the end of lockdowns and travel restrictions for vaccinated Australians — but it’s not clear when.  Perhaps the mix of a road map and uncertainty about the timing of our journey was always inevitable, but I’m still wondering whether the glimmer of a future without lockdowns and travel restrictions is enough to make most Australians want to celebrate or scream. Read More:  
  • Japan seeks to have vaccine passports accepted by over 10 nations. Japan is making arrangements for its COVID-19 vaccination passports to be accepted by over 10 nations, including Italy, France and Greece, after the certificate program begins in late July, government sources said Sunday. If the agreements are reached, certificate holders will be exempt from quarantine or showing negative test results for COVID-19 when traveling from Japan to those countries, the sources said. Read More:  
  • 40% of Tokyo Olympics’ sessions could be staged without spectators. About 40 percent of sessions, or time slots, of the Tokyo Olympics, are expected to be held without spectators if the current attendance cap of 10,000 people per venue is lowered to 5,000 as part of precautions against a potential fresh wave of coronavirus infections, officials involved in the planning process said Saturday. Read More:  
  • Biden Hails Success Against Pandemic; Sydney Cases: Virus Update. President Joe Biden all but announced an end to the pandemic in the U.S., celebrating what he called a “heroic” vaccination campaign on the country’s Independence Day holiday. He also urged people to get their shots, saying it was the “most patriotic” thing Americans could do. Read More:  
  • Learn To Live With” The Virus, Boris Johnson Tells Britons. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Monday unveil a plan to lift coronavirus restrictions from July 19, while urging the population to “learn to live with” the virus. Johnson had initially aimed for a full reopening on June 21 but was forced to push back the date because of a surge in the highly contagious Delta variant. That variant now accounts for nearly all new Covid cases in Britain. Read More:   


  • Saudi Suspends UAE Flights Due To Virus Variant. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia has suspended flights to three countries, including the neighbouring United Arab Emirates, to protect against a coronavirus variant, the interior ministry said Saturday. Read More:   
  • Tokyo Olympics: Serbia Athlete Tests Positive For COVID-19 At Tokyo Airport. An athlete with the Serbian Olympic team has tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in Japan, less than three weeks before the Games, a host city official said Sunday. The member of the five-strong rowing team was found to have contracted the virus after a test at Tokyo’s Haneda airport upon arrival Saturday, according to an official of Nanto, a central Japanese city, where the team planned to train ahead of the Olympics. The athlete has been isolated, while the remaining four have been transferred to a separate facility near the airport, the official said. Read More:  
  • Russia Posts Highest Number Of COVID-19 Cases Since Early January. Russia on Sunday reported more than 25,000 new coronavirus cases, the highest number of daily infections since early January as the country battles the surging Delta variant. The coronavirus figures have soared since mid-June against a background of reluctance among many to get vaccinated and suspicion of home-grown shots. Read More: 
  • Bangladesh’s COVID-19 Hotspot Gasps For Oxygen As Tough Lockdown Bites  Khulna, Bangladesh: Empty oxygen cylinders are piling up almost as fast as bodies in the city of Khulna, which has become Bangladesh’s coronavirus hotspot in a dire new surge. The government has ordered a strict week-long nationwide lockdown in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19, but Khulna’s hospitals cannot cope.  Neither can relatives of the dead. Read More: 

 

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