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Coronavirus - 17th April 2021

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Post by Kitkat Sat Apr 17 2021, 12:58

Summary for Saturday, 17th April

Blink Star  No coronavirus updates from the BBC today.  There is constant live coverage throughout the day of a funeral happening at 3:00pm, so unfortunately news from the rest of the world just doesn't exist, or at least must take a back seat.
Our Coronavirus coverage summary today is mainly from The Guardian.

Global death toll tops 3m

The global death toll for coronavirus has topped 3 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University .
On Saturday, it was revealed there were 3,000,225 deaths and global cases now stand at 139,963,964.
It comes after a surge of cases in India, as a new wave of the pandemic increased the total cases to almost 14.5m, second only to the United States, which has reported more than 32m infections.
The Indian coronavirus mutation could “scupper” the UK’s march to freedom, a leading scientist has warned, despite the lockdown and vaccine programme causing cases to fall to a seven-month low.

Britain should be on guard against a third wave after possible vaccine-busting mutation recorded in England and Scotland

The Indian coronavirus mutation could “scupper” the UK’s march to freedom, a leading scientist has warned, despite the lockdown and vaccine programme leading to cases falling to a seven-month low.
Covid-19 infections across the UK dropped to the lowest level since the autumn, according to the latest figures.
But a professor of immunology has called for Britain to be on its guard against a third wave after a possible vaccine-busting mutation was recorded in England and Scotland.
Public Health England (PHE) reported that 77 cases of the B.1.617 variant, which was first discovered in India, have been found.
Prof Danny Altmann of Imperial College London said that as a result, those arriving in the country from India should be subject to a hotel quarantine if the UK is to shut out variants that could set back the prime minister’s lockdown-easing plans.
But despite the warnings, Downing Street has insisted Boris Johnson’s trip to India later this month – his first major international visit since securing a Brexit trade deal with Brussels – will go ahead.
It comes as the group advising ministers on vaccine deployment recommended that pregnant women should be offered a Covid-19 jab at the same time as the rest of the population.

Should India be placed on the "red list" of hotel quarantine countries?

In the UK, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) was asked whether India should be placed on the “red list” of hotel quarantine countries following the discovery of a new variant there.
Prof Adam Finn said there was a need to remain cautious about international travel. “I think we’re going to go on seeing restrictions on travel for some time to come, with the pandemic raging in so many countries around the world,” he told Times Radio.
“We’ve got very big epidemics going on in India, in Brazil and in other countries that have previously been less affected. This is going to be a problem.
“We’re going to need to continue to be really quite careful to avoid moving the virus around, so I think travel won’t go back to normal yet.”
Pressed on whether Boris Johnson should still be visiting India later this month, Finn added: “I’m sure he’s going to take lots of care to avoid getting infected.
“If you mean the message of going there, well, I think he has to balance up the importance of the trip. The prime minister’s in a different position from the rest of us, of course.”

Russia records 9,321 new coronavirus cases over last 24 hours

Russia on Saturday reported 9,321 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, including 2,822 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 4,693,469. The country also reported another 398 deaths, raising the official toll to 105,193.

Fourth consecutive day in Thailand of more than 1000 new cases per day

Hundreds waited in grim silence at a Bangkok stadium to get free Covid-19 tests on Saturday as a spiralling infection rate gripped Thailand, on a fourth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases.
The capital appears to be at the centre of the kingdom’s third wave after infections were traced back to a nightlife district earlier this month.
In the past 10 days, the national infection total has jumped from 29,900 to more than 40,500 – the sharp increase probably due to a highly infectious variant of the virus originally found in Britain.
“Nearly 10,000 new cases were found within this week,” said Taweesin Visanuyothin, a spokesman for Thailand’s Covid-19 taskforce.
He added that nearly 12,000 patients were still receiving treatment in hospitals, including temporary field sites.
At the stadium testing centre, health workers in full-body PPE shepherded people through a disinfection cabin and directed them to wait in lines for the nasal swab.

Dubai to allow breastfeeding women to take the vaccine

The Dubai health authority said it would allow women who are breastfeeding and those planning on conceiving to take the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine, according to the Dubai media office.
In a Twitter post, the media office said this was in line with the latest international studies and guidelines on coronavirus vaccines. It also said the DHA was cutting the time frame of vaccine eligibility for those who have previously contracted Covid-19 to 10 days from three months, provided the case was mild or asymptomatic.
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Post by Kitkat Sat Apr 17 2021, 13:04

The global death toll from Covid-19 passed 3 million on Saturday, with the pandemic already having killed more people than most other viral epidemics of the 20th and 21st centuries.
But there have been notable exceptions. The post-first-world-war Spanish Flu wiped out 50 million people, according to some estimates. And over the decades Aids has killed 33 million people.

Brazil crisis likened to a "raging inferno"

In Brazil, where deaths are running at about 3,000 per day, accounting for one-quarter of the lives lost worldwide in recent weeks, the crisis has been likened to a “raging inferno” by one WHO official. A more contagious variant of the virus has been rampaging across the country.
As cases surge, hospitals are running out of critical sedatives. As a result, there have been reports of some doctors diluting what supplies remain and even tying patients to their beds while breathing tubes are pushed down their throats.
The slow vaccine rollout has crushed Brazilians’ pride in their own history of carrying out huge immunization campaigns that were the envy of the developing world.
Taking cues from President Jair Bolsonaro, who has likened the virus to little more than the flu, his health ministry for months bet big on a single vaccine, ignoring other producers. When bottlenecks emerged, it was too late to get large quantities in time.
Watching so many patients suffer and die alone at her Rio de Janeiro hospital impelled nurse Lidiane Melo to take desperate measures.
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Post by Kitkat Sat Apr 17 2021, 15:49

New Delhi has registered at least 24,000 fresh coronavirus cases in 24 hours and faces a “grim” battle against a new pandemic wave with shortages of oxygen and drugs, the Indian capital’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
The city of more than 20 million is already under a strict weekend lockdown after becoming the worst-hit city in a country confronting a new surge.
India has become the world’s new Covid-19 hotspot, with more than 230,000 cases reported.




Zimbabwe has begun releasing about 3,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty aimed at easing congestion to reduce the threat of Covid-19 in the country’s overcrowded jails, Associated Press reports.
About 400 prisoners were released from Chikurubi prison and other jails in the capital, Harare, on Saturday with more coming from other prisons countrywide.
Zimbabwe’s prisons have a capacity of 17,000 prisoners but held about 22,000 before the amnesty declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Those to be released had been convicted of non-violent crimes.
All females imprisoned for non-violent crimes and who served a third of their sentences are to be freed as will all disabled persons convicted of non-violent crimes.



A reminder from police about the new lockdown rules in Toronto, Canada.

Tweet  Toronto Police:

New emergency orders announced yesterday to help limit the spread of Covid-19 are now in effect. The Toronto Police Service will continue to engage, educate and enforce, but we will not be doing random stops of people or cars.


Libya has launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign for the general population in Tripoli, with the elderly and healthcare workers given priority in the country.
AFP reports:
Those over 70 would get the AstraZeneca jab while the Russian Sputnik V vaccine would be administered to medical personnel and those aged 50-60, the National Centre for Disease Control said.
NCDC head Badreddine al-Najjar told AFP the vaccines would be distributed across Libya “in the coming days”, adding that China’s Sinovac jab would also be available.
Libya has so far received 400,000 doses, including 200,000 Sputnik V shots, 57,600 AstraZeneca jabs and 150,000 from Turkey thought to be China’s Sinovac.
The AstraZeneca doses were delivered through the Covax programme for lower and middle income countries.
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Post by Kitkat Sat Apr 17 2021, 16:53

Summary of the latest developments


  • The global death toll from Covid-19 passed 3 million on Saturday, with the pandemic already having killed more people than most other viral epidemics of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • The Dubai health authority said it would allow women who are breastfeeding and those planning on conceiving to take the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine, according to the Dubai media office.
  • The Indian coronavirus mutation could “scupper” the UK’s march to freedom, a leading scientist has warned, despite the lockdown and vaccine programme leading to cases falling to a seven-month low. Covid-19 infections across the UK dropped to the lowest level since the autumn, according to the latest figures.
  • Russia on Saturday reported 9,321 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, including 2,822 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 4,693,469. The country also reported another 398 deaths, raising the official toll to 105,193.
  • In India, Delhi has registered at least 24,000 fresh coronavirus cases in 24 hours and faces a “grim” battle against a new pandemic wave with shortages of oxygen and drugs, said the Indian capital’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal.
  • Imported coronavirus variants are unlikely to set lockdown easing back to “square one” because immunity from vaccines “won’t just disappear”, according to a key figure on the UK’s immunisation committee. Prof Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said he expected a “gradual erosion” of vaccine protection as the virus evolves but not enough to “scupper” the prime minister’s roadmap, as one leading scientist had predicted.
  • The global death toll for coronavirus has topped 3 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University . On Saturday, it was revealed there were 3,000,225 deaths and global cases now stand at 139,963,964.
  • It comes after a surge of cases in India, as a new wave of the pandemic increased the total cases to almost 14.5m, second only to the United States, which has reported more than 32m infections.
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Post by Kitkat Sat Apr 17 2021, 16:58

Tunisia on Saturday announced the closure of all schools until 30 April, as well as restrictions on movement, to slow the spread of coronavirus.
A government spokeswoman said the situation was very serious, and that there would be a 7pm curfew for cars, Reuters reports.
20%, or 103 people, of the country’s senior residents in public retirement homes have been vaccinated.
La Presse reports:
Since the start of the national vaccination campaign on March 13, 103 seniors housed in public retirement homes have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, or about 20% of the total (500), according to the director of seniors at the ministry of women, family and seniors Imen Ben Cheikh.
In a statement to TAP, the official said that vaccination operations took place in 6 public institutions for the protection of the elderly in Béja, Gammarth, Le Kef, Gafsa, Sousse and Jendouba. She further indicated that 16 workers in these institutions were also vaccinated against the coronavirus out of a total of 334 employees.
According to the same source, vaccination in private institutions for the protection of the elderly started [on] Friday.
The country of around 11 million has recorded 9,639 deaths from the virus and 281,777 infections, according to Johns Hopkins University.




Italy reported 310 further deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday, as well as 15,370 new infections.
Yesterday, the country had logged 429 fatalities and 15,943 fresh cases. The overall death toll now stands at 116,676 since the pandemic started.
On Friday, 347,279 doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered in Italy, according to the Emergency Commissioner.
This is the new record for a single day. In Italy, over 10 million people have received at least one dose of a vaccine, La Repubblica reports.
The doses given make up 83.8% of those delivered (14.3 out of 17.1 million).
Three quarters of healthcare workers have been immunised, and mmong the 70-79 year olds, 30.14% received the first dose, but only 3.4% also the second shot.
4.2 million people belonging to this age group are still waiting for the first jab, the paper reports.
Overall, 16.9% of the Italian population received at least one dose.
According to Our World in Data, Italy, as of 14 April, is slightly behind Germany, France and Spain, where over 17% of the population has been given at least one jab.
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UK put 600,000 vaccine doses into arms on Friday, data shows

More than 600,000 first and second doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered in the UK in the space of 24 hours, according to data released on Saturday.
Official figures showed that 119,306 first doses were given on Friday, and 485,421 second doses. The data also showed a further 35 people had died from the virus within 28 days of a positive test, and 2,206 people had tested positive.
In the last seven days, daily deaths were down 29% from the previous week, while cases were down 6.5%.



The UK government reported a further 35 deaths within 28 days of a postive Covid-19 test as of Saturday, bringing the UK’s total death toll to 127,260.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 151,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The government also said that, as of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 2,206 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, compared to 2,584 new cases reported a week ago. It brings the total to 4,385,938.




Police in cities across Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, on Saturday refused to make random stops greenlighted by the provincial government seeking to impose a stay-at-home order amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.
Reuters reports:
Toronto, the country’s largest city, Ottawa, Hamilton, Windsor and at least 19 other municipal police forces said they would not conduct random vehicle or individual stops though they had been given the power to do so.
“The Toronto Police Service will continue to engage, educate and enforce, but we will not be doing random stops of people or cars,” the force said on Twitter.
Mayor John Tory supported the move.
Ontario, home to 38% of Canada’s population, had 4,362 new infections on Saturday after a record of 4,812 cases on Friday, and projections indicate the virus could spike to 10,000 per day in June without more strict health restrictions.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, increasingly under fire for mishandling the province’s pandemic response, on Friday gave police the authority to stop anyone driving or walking to ask them to explain their reason for leaving home, and ticket them if in breach of the rules.
Steven Del Duca, the opposition Liberal Party leader in Ontario, said Ford was imposing “martial law” and that the move was a “dangerous attack on racialized Ontarians” who would be unfairly targeted.
The expanded police powers risk causing “a rash of racial profiling and overbroad police powers, presuming everyone outside guilty until proven otherwise,” Canada’s Civil Liberties Association said.
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The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units in France has fallen, the health ministry said on Saturday.
Health ministry data showed that 5,877 people were in intensive care units with Covid-19 on Saturday, 37 fewer than on Friday.
France has imposed a nationwide lockdown this month to try to stem its third wave of infections.




Turkey recorded 62,606 new coronavirus cases in the space of 24 hours, close to its highest daily tally, and 288 deaths, data from the health ministry showed on Saturday.
Turkey currently ranks fourth globally in the number of daily cases based on a seven-day average, according to a Reuters tally.
President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced several new restrictions and a partial lockdown for the first two weeks of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to curb the surge in cases.
Turkey’s overall death toll from Covid-19 stands at 35,608, from 4,212,645 confirmed cases.




Music lovers in Liverpool will get the chance to enjoy the uninhibited intimacy of a gig once again, after the government announced a pilot event without social distancing.
PA reports:
The live concert at Sefton Park on May 2 will not require the audience to be socially distanced, but attendees will have to provide proof of a coronavirus negative test before gaining entry, ministers have confirmed.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he hoped the Events Research Programme (ERP) test event, being held in the city famous for The Beatles and other musical heavyweights, meant the wait for gigs to return would not be “too much longer”.
Operating slightly below its capacity of 7,500, researchers on site will examine the movements and behaviour of the 5,000-strong crowd at Sefton Park next month.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said the audience will not be socially distanced or required to wear face coverings in the controlled setting of the test event, meaning gig-goers will be able to enjoy the experience without physical restraints.
All attendees must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test result beforehand and will also be asked to take a test after the event, as ministers and scientists look to assess the safety of outdoor settings for masses of people not wearing face masks.
Ticket-holders will be required to take a lateral flow test, which can produce a result within 30 minutes, at a local testing centre before entry, to trial the role such facilities could play in the return of large-scale events, officials said.
The gig-goers will also have to provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace to ensure everyone can be reached in the event of a positive test.
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Israel will lift its mandatory requirement to wear a mask outdoors on Sunday, but wearing masks in closed spaces will remain compulsory.
Haaretz reports:
This comes as a result of Israel’s Health Minister Yuli Edelstein instruction to his ministry’s director general Chezy Levy on Thursday to sign an order lifting the restriction , after the opinion of ministry professionals stated that masks can be dispensed with in open-air areas due to low coronavirus morbidity.
The statement from Edelstein’s office on Thursday stressed that Israelis would still be required to wear a mask indoors, and this message was echoed by Israel’s coronavirus czar, Professor Nachman Ash .
In an interview on Saturday, he said that “the big challenge” will be to ensure that masks are used in closed spaces. “I hope that we can count on us to keep a mask in a pocket and to use it when it is needed,” he added.
So far, according to Haaretz’s tracking of Health Ministry data, 5,341,887 Israelis have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, almost 57.5 percent of the population.
There are currently 2,680 active Covid patients in Israel. Of those, 201 are in serious condition, and 109 are on ventilators. Since the pandemic’s onset, 6,315 people have died of Covid in Israel.

Mexico reports a further 4,157 coronavirus cases on Saturday

Mexico’s recorded another 4,157 coronavirus cases and 535 new deaths on Saturday, according to health ministry data, bringing the total number of cases to 2,304,096 and 212,228 deaths.

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