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June 29, 2021

International update: Indonesia faces Covid ‘catastrophe’ – military and police deployed on vaccine duty

By Paul Dennis

29 June

Global: The global Covid death toll is still rising with a figure of 3,929,857 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, infections exceed 181.4 million world wide.

US: US Covid -19 infections have passed 33.6 million. Meanwhile, the US coronavirus death toll has passed 604,000 according to Johns Hopkins University data.

India: India added 37,566 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday, the lowest one-day surge since 18 March which was just before the deadly second wave hit the South Asian nation. The overall tally of coronavirus infections is now just a little over 30 million, making it the world’s second-largest outbreak after the US.

South Africa: South Africa’s official death toll from Covid-19 has passed 60,000, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases said. Over the last 24 hours 138 deaths from the disease were reported, bringing the total to 60,038, the NICD said in a statement on Monday.

France: Reuters report that French health minister Olivier Veran has said on the radio this morning that the Delta variant now constitutes 20% of cases in France. That is up from a previous estimate of around 10%.

UK: The UK reported 22,868 new Covid-19 cases, the most since 30 January, according to its latest update. The number of reported deaths stayed low, with three more reported within 28 days of a positive test. More than 84% of adults in the UK have had one vaccine and nearly 62% of adults have had two.

Meanwhile, Cambridge hospital’s mask upgrade appears to eliminate Covid-19 risk to staff Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge is making headlines this morning after a study which claims that using an improved type of PPE in hospital settings reduced transmission of Covid to staff.

Indonesia: Indonesia’s Covid surge is on the edge of a “catastrophe” as the more infectious Delta variant dominates transmission and chokes hospitals in south-east Asia’s worst epidemic, the Red Cross said this morning.

Vaccine news

UK: Mixing doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc creates a strong immune response, according to results from a University of Oxford study, a finding that could enable greater flexibility in the use of scarce supplies. A mixed schedule of the Pfizer shot followed by the Astra vaccine, and vice versa, resulted in high concentrations of antibodies against Covid-19 when given four weeks apart, researchers reported Monday in the Lancet medical journal.

Greece: Greece plans to boost its vaccination rates by offering young people €150 to take the vaccine. Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called it “a gift out of gratitude” to young people.

Russia: Russia has administered at least one dose to 23 million people and says there is increased demand. The country has been suffering a new spike in cases, including in Moscow and St Petersburg – where there are questions about insisting on hosting a Euro 2020 quarter-final on Friday.

India: As many as 329 million vaccine doses have been administered so far as the government races to curb a possible third wave amid the discovery of a new mutation of the highly-transmissible delta variant.

The head of Indian vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute India has lobbied the EU over excluding recipients of its vaccine from “green passes” for travel to Europe. SII licensed the vaccine from AstraZeneva and supplies most Indians and much of the world – especially low and middle-income countries that rely on the vaccine sharing initiative Covax.

Indonesia: Indonesia’s vaccination rate reached 1.3 million doses a day after the government deployed the military and police to help with effort.

Lockdown updates

UK: British health secretary Sajid Javid said restrictions must come to an end in July. He said taking the step on 19 July was “not only the end of the line, but the start of an exciting new journey for our country”.

US: The U.S. increased its travel warning for the United Arab Emirates and four African countries to the highest risk level, telling residents not to go to those nations because of Covid-19. The UAE has one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, but daily new cases have continued to hover around 2,000 since March. Liberia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zambia have all experienced recent outbreaks and were put in the same Level 4 category as the UAE, according to a State Department statement.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong has banned passenger flights from the UK and will stop anyone who has spent two hours in the UK from boarding a plane. The city has deemed the UK “extremely high risk” because of rising cases and the spread of the Delta variant.

Philippines: Philippines extends restrictions to mid-July Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has prolonged restrictions on movement and businesses in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces until mid-July, and retained stricter Covid curbs in central and southern areas, an official said on Tuesday, AFP reports.

Japan: Surge in Covid-19 cases in Tokyo, less than a month out from Olympics A rise in daily cases of the coronavirus in Tokyo has triggered fears of a possible fifth wave of infections, less than a month before the city is due to host the Olympics.

Australia: More than 12 million Australians – close to half of the population – are now in lockdown as the nation struggles to contain a spread of the delta coronavirus variant. On Tuesday, Brisbane became Australia’s fourth regional capital city to restrict movement outside of homes except for essential reasons such as shopping and exercise for at least three days, less than 24 hours after a similar move in Perth. They followed Sydney and Darwin, which over the weekend announced longer lockdowns of up to two weeks.

Germany: German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer appealed to the UK government to reduce the number of fans allowed into London’s Wembley stadium for Tuesday’s European Championship match between England and Germany. It’s “irresponsible” if tens of thousands of people come together in a confined space in countries where the delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading, Seehofer said in an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.

Vietnam: Vietnam can gradually resume regular international flights by year-end as the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines accelerates domestically and globally, VietnamPlus news website reported, citing a report sent to Ministry of Transport by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City will maintain Covid-19 social distancing measures for an undetermined time starting Tuesday amid a growing coronavirus outbreak across the metropolis, newspaper Tuoi Tre reported, citing Deputy Mayor Duong Anh Duc at a Monday press conference.

Economy updates

Malaysia: Malaysia unveiled a 150 billion ringgit ($36 billion) package to help people through a nationwide lockdown that was extended for a second time with Covid infections still elevated. The plan includes a 10 billion ringgit direct fiscal injection and will result in the government disbursing 10 billion ringgit in cash aid to the people by the end of the year, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Monday. The announcement marks the fourth stimulus package announced by the government this year.

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