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Covid 19 World News – 6 September  2021

  • Sydney COVID-19 cases may hit peak next week as Australia steps up vaccine rollout Authorities in Australia’s New South Wales, the epicentre of the country’s biggest coronavirus outbreak, said on Monday (Sep 6) daily infections were expected to peak next week, as they look to speed up immunisations ahead of easing restrictions.
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  • New Zealand COVID-19 cases steady ahead of decision on easing curbs
    New Zealand reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 for a third day in a row on Monday (Sep 6), ahead of a decision on whether coronavirus restrictions would be eased in most of the country.
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  • Human toll was tremendous’: Hurricane Ida’s death count rises in the US while 600,000 still lack power
    Hurricane Ida’s death toll continued to rise on Sunday (Sep 5), with many in the US Northeast holding out hope for people missing in the floodwaters, while nearly 600,000 customers in Louisiana still lacked power a week after the storm made landfall.
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  • Australia takes delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Britain
    Nearly half a million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Australia overnight, officials said on Monday (Sep 6), the first batch of a swap deal with Britain that Australia is using to speed up its inoculation programme.
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  • Pfizer on track for US COVID-19 vaccine boosters, Moderna lagging, Fauci says Top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday (Sep 5) that officials were likely to soon get the regulatory go-ahead to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots made by Pfizer, although Moderna booster could take a little longer.
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  • Delta Surge Means This Is As Good As Global Growth Gets
    The pandemic’s summer resurgence is slowing the global economic recovery as the delta variant dogs efforts to rev up factories, offices and schools. Instead of entering the final months of 2021 confident that the acute phase of the pandemic is over, it’s becoming clear that booster shots may be needed for fading vaccine.
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  • Taiwan Scrambles Jets Against Renewed Chinese Military Activity
    Taiwan’s air force scrambled on Sunday against renewed Chinese military activity, with its defence ministry reporting that 19 aircraft including nuclear-capable bombers had flown into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone.
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  • Japan’s Covid Vaccine Minister Favoured For PM; Woman Wins Backing: Report Tokyo: Japan’s minister in charge of COVID-19 vaccinations is seen as the most suitable candidate to become the next prime minister, while a female former internal affairs minister has secured backing for her bid for the top job, media reported on Sunday. Read More

  • US officials optimistic Covid booster rollout will start on 20 September
    US officials have expressed optimism that Covid-19 booster shot delivery can start for all adults on 20 September, the goal set by President Joe Biden, as cases continue to rage across the country fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
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  •  Saudi Arabia slashes crude prices to Asia
    Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, slashed prices of all crude grades to Asian customers in October versus September, but left prices to north-western Europe and the United States steady.
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