Covid-19 has infected more than 228 million people and killed more than 4.7 million. Here are the virus-related developments for September 19:
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Italians reserve more jabs
Reservations of coronavirus vaccines in Italy rose after the government said all employees must show proof of a jab, negative test or recent recovery from Covid-19, authorities said .
âNationally, there has been a widespread increase in bookings for the first dose of 20-40% compared to last week,â Coronavirus Commissioner Francesco Figliuolo said in a statement.
Reservations for the first dose of the vaccine rose 35% at the same time a week earlier, he added, without giving an actual figure.
Almost 41 million people in Italy have so far been fully vaccinated, according to government data, nearly 76% of the population over the age of 12.
But authorities remain concerned about blockages ahead of the winter flu season and this week extended the so-called “Green Pass” to all public and private workplaces.
Meanwhile, Italy reported 26 coronavirus-related deaths compared to 51 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 3,838 from 4,578.
Turkey administers over 105 million vaccines to date
Turkey has administered more than 105 million vaccines against the coronavirus since the country launched a vaccination campaign in January, according to official figures.
Some 52.6 million people have received their first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, while more than 42 million are fully vaccinated, the health ministry said.
Separately, the ministry reported 26,398 new cases of coronavirus, while 213 more people have lost their battle with the disease in the past 24 hours.
Spanish students against the virus police
Twenty-five thousand students join in an outdoor aperitif marking the start of the term at a university in Madrid without following safety precautions, police said, admitting to being caught off guard.
It would be the largest such meeting in the country since the start of the pandemic, when large public gatherings were disrupted to stop the spread of the virus.
Social media showed footage of large crowds of beaming young people on the Complutense campus, drinking, dancing and hanging out with barely a mask in sight.
UK registers 29,612 new cases, 56 deaths
Britain has recorded 29,612 daily cases of Covid-19 and 56 deaths within 28 days of testing positive, according to official data.
Iranian museums reopen after year-long hiatus
Iran is reopening museums in Tehran and other cities after being closed for more than a year due to Covid-19.
“Museums in Tehran and other major cities that are no longer coded in red, which means the risk of contracting the virus was very high, have reopened,” said Iranian museum director Mohammad-Reza Kargar.
“Tourists and visitors are invited to come back while respecting the (health) measures,” he added.
Festival season returns to Nepal amid declining cases
Tens of thousands of worshipers filled the ancient palace courtyard in the heart of the Nepalese capital to celebrate Indra Jatra’s Day, marking the return of the festival season in the Himalayan nation after it was reduced due to the pandemic.
The week-long Indra Jatra precedes months of other festivals in the predominantly Hindu nation.
South Africa unhappy to stay on UK red list
South Africa says it is “disappointed” that the country is still on Britain’s red list for travel restrictions.
“We firmly believe that there is no reasonable basis for keeping South Africa on the red list and I am very disappointed,” Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said.
“We have a lower infection count than the UK, a similar dominant variant, advanced genomic surveillance and transparency on science and policy.
So why this discrimination? @BorisJohnson, “virologist Tulio de Oliveria asked the UK Prime Minister on Twitter.
India reports 30,773 cases
India has reported 30,773 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the federal health ministry said, bringing its Covid-19 count to 33.4 million cases.
The death toll rose from 309 to 444,838, according to ministry data.
The country administered 804.3 million doses of the vaccine.
End of virus lockdown in sight for Australia’s second-largest city
Australia’s second-largest city will emerge from its coronavirus lockdown in late October if vaccine targets are met under an official roadmap released on Sunday.
About five million people in Melbourne have been ordered to stay at home since August 5, the sixth lockdown they have suffered so far during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Officials in the state of Victoria, which includes Melbourne, said those orders would be lifted when 70% of those over 16 were fully immunized. They predicted that this goal would be reached around October 26.
“The lockdown will end. The (limited) reasons for leaving your home and the curfew will no longer be in place,” Victoria Prime Minister Dan Andrews said, adding that a series of restrictions would still be in place.
Restaurants and pubs will be allowed to reopen, but only with a maximum of 50 fully vaccinated people sitting outside, while the ban on visitors to homes will remain in place.
But once the vaccination rate hits 80% – expected by around November 5 – fully vaccinated Melbourne residents will enjoy a greater range of freedoms, including no masks outside, until 10 home visitors and the possibility of working from offices.
Australia reports 1,607 cases as states learn to live with virus
Australia has reported 1,607 new cases of the coronavirus as states and territories gradually move from trying to eliminate outbreaks to living with the virus.
Victoria, home to around a quarter of Australia’s 25 million people, has recorded 507 cases, as its Prime Minister said a week-long lockdown will end once 70% of those 16 and over are fully vaccinated, whether or not there are new cases.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has said the state could reach that vaccination threshold around October 26. About 43% of Victorians have been fully vaccinated and just over 46% of the country’s residents.
âWe will do it with caution, but make no mistake, we are opening this place up. There is no alternative,â Andrews said. We “cannot suppress this virus in a perennial or permanent manner. The lockdowns have been to buy time to reach 70 percent and 80 percent vaccination.”
Many social distancing restrictions will remain and retail and hospitality locations will be limited, but people will be free to leave their homes for no reason.
New Zealand sees slight increase in daily cases over weekend
New Zealand has reported 24 new cases of locally acquired coronavirus, up from 20 on Saturday, showing a recovery after days of declining numbers, as the country’s largest city, Auckland, waits to see whether its lockdown restrictions go ahead. ‘soften.
All of the new cases have been reported in greater Auckland, a city of around 1.7 million people that has been in full level 4 containment since mid-August.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government is due to announce on Monday whether alert levels for Auckland and the rest of the country will be changed.
Until the weekend, New Zealand was on track to eliminate the latest outbreak, which began in mid-August and has infected 1,050 people with the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus.
âDelta’s tail is long and it’s tough,â Ardern said at a briefing on Sunday.
Public health director Caroline McElnay said health officials were “still cautiously optimistic” that the vast majority of the latest outbreak was under control.
New Zealand was largely virus-free for months until the last outbreak. He has had just over 3,700 confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic and 27 deaths.
Australia’s New South Wales reports 1,083 virus cases
Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, has reported 1,083 locally acquired Covid-19 infections and 13 other deaths in an outbreak of the highly transmissible Delta variant that began in mid- June.
There are 1,238 people admitted to hospital, including 234 in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation, the NSW Department of Health said on Twitter.
Victoria in Australia reports 507 cases
Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, has reported 507 new cases of the locally acquired virus and one related death as the state remains stranded for months to rule the highly infectious Delta variant.
There are now 5,262 active cases of the virus in Victoria, home to nearly 7 million people.
Mexico registers more than 11,000 cases
Mexico has reported 11,711 new confirmed cases of the virus and 765 deaths, bringing the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 3,564,694 and 271,303 deaths, according to data from the health ministry.
The ministry previously said the actual number of coronaviruses was likely significantly higher.
SoFi Stadium fans must be vaccinated or tested negative
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has asked fans attending Rams and Chargers games to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result within 72 hours.
The mandate comes into effect as of October 7 for all outdoor events with at least 10,000 participants and affects anyone 12 years of age or older. Children do not need to be tested but should wear a mask. Adults should also wear masks.
Arizona reports more deaths, fewer virus cases
Arizona has reported more than 100 daily virus deaths for the second time since February.
The 108 confirmed deaths and 2,742 new cases of the coronavirus were reported on Saturday. Hospitalizations fell below 2,000 for the first time in nearly three weeks, with 1,981 patients occupying hospital beds on Friday.
This is down from the current high of 2,103 reached on September 11th.
US administers approximately 384.9 million doses of vaccine – CDC
The United States administered 384,911,290 doses of the vaccine on Saturday morning and distributed 466,569,635 doses, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Those numbers are up from the 383,994,877 doses of vaccine that the CDC said it took up on September 17 out of 464,315,725 doses delivered.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies