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September 20, 2021

International updates: Global Covid fatalities near 4.7 million

By Paul Dennis

20 September

Global: The global Covid death toll has passed the grim milestone of 4.6 million, with a figure of 4,692,927 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, infections exceed 228 million world wide.

US: Covid -19 infections have passed 42 million. Meanwhile, the US coronavirus death toll has passed 673,000 according to Johns Hopkins University data.

India: India carried out its lowest number of daily coronavirus tests since mid-August on Sunday as its health ministry urged local governments to remain resilient throughout the autumn festival season. Only 1.18 million tests were carried out in states and federally controlled territories on Sunday, according to government data. That is down from 1.56 million on Saturday.

China: China reported on Monday 49 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland for 19 September, down from 66 a day earlier, according to National Health Commission data. Of the new infections, 28 were locally transmitted, all of them in the south-eastern province of Fujian, the health authority said. That compares with 43 local cases a day earlier.

UK: The UK has recorded 164 new Covid-19 related deaths and 30,144 new cases in the latest 24 hour period, government figures show. It brings the total number of cases to 7,400,739 and the overall death toll to 135,147.

Singapore: Singapore’s health ministry reported 1,009 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the highest since April last year. A recent rise in cases after the relaxation of some Covid-19 measures has prompted Singapore to pause further reopening.

Vaccine news

US: President Joe Biden will set a new course for global vaccine allocation this week. As world leaders gather for the U.N. General Assembly, Biden will host a virtual summit on the shortage of shots in poorer countries even as the US moves to give booster doses to millions of fully inoculated Americans. The US plan for boosters has angered nations where many have yet to get a first shot. Biden aims to mollify the critics with a proposal to target a 70% global vaccination rate by by September 2022. His administration is negotiating with Pfizer Inc. to buy an additional 500 million Covid-19 vaccines to donate globally, doubling the government’s commitment to helping less-wealthy countries. A deal is expected to be announced in the coming days.

Australia: Victorians will have access to 300,000 doses of Moderna’s Covid vaccine this month at hundreds of pharmacies across the state, premier Daniel Andrews says. Andrews announced Moderna will be available at 440 pharmacies across the state this week, and a further 281 next week.

UK: Coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out to children aged between 12 and 15, with 3 million youngsters eligible across the UK, PA Media reports. The programme is expected to be delivered primarily within schools, and guidance has been issued to headteachers to contact police if they believe protests could be held outside their buildings. Children will be offered jabs at some schools in England from Monday. The rollout for 12- to 15-year-olds is also beginning in Scotland and Wales this week. Young people in this age bracket in Scotland can go to drop-in clinics or wait for a letter offering them a scheduled appointment. Jabs for children in Wales will be carried out at mass vaccination centres and some school settings. In Northern Ireland, the head of the region’s vaccination programme said jabs are likely to be offered to children aged 12 to 15 in schools from October.

Nigeria: Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub and Africa’s biggest city, plans to give Covid-19 shots to 30% of residents within a year, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in an emailed statement.

Lockdown updates

Philippines: President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has given the go-ahead for face-to-face school classes to resume in areas of the country seen as “low risk”.

Vietnam: Covid restrictions in Hanoi, Vietnam, are set to ease this week as new cases continue to decline and the majority of its adult population are at least partially vaccinated. Its government has announced that most construction projects can resume on Wednesday, according to the Reuters news agency.

Spain: Around 25,000 people joined a massive outdoor drinking party marking the start of term at a Madrid university without observing safety precautions, police said Saturday, admitting they were caught off-guard.

UK: Half-term holiday bookings are up by 200% since the relaxation of travel rules in England.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge Joe Biden to lift the travel ban and allow fully vaccinated people in the UK to fly into America directly, the Telegraph reported Sunday.

Australia: Victoria police clashed with anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, as the Australian state recorded another 535 new coronavirus cases and one death.

Japan: Japan’s government is considering ending its latest state of emergency at the end of this month, broadcaster TBS reported. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to make the decision when he returns from his trip to the US this week to meet with President Joe Biden this week.

Economy updates

US: Demand for air travel is unlikely to recover before January now that the delta variant has forced many companies to delayed return-to-office plans, said Scott Kirby, the chief executive officer of United Airlines Inc.

Belgium: Belgium will gradually phase out support for businesses affected by the pandemic by year-end, Finance Minister Vincent Van Peteghem said on Flemish TV show ‘De Zevende Dag.’ The government hasn’t reached an agreement yet to extend any support measures beyond 30 September. A measure that will definitely lapse at the end of this month is the reduced VAT rate of 6% for bars and restaurants, Van Petegem said. Drinks will be subject to a 21% VAT rate again as of Oct. 1 and prepared food will be taxed at the usual 12%.

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