Falls jump in the South African hub; Curbs on the border with China: virus update

(Bloomberg) – India administered 8.62 million doses of vaccine in the past 24 hours, a daily record for the nation as new cases fell to their lowest level since March. A number of countries in Africa, Asia and other regions have now run out of vaccines or are about to run out of vaccines.

In the South African industrial center Gauteng, which also includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, the infections rose to a record. Singapore identified two more virus clusters in a large neighborhood outside the city center where the government had expanded mandatory testing in response to an outbreak.

Italy will end the mask requirement on open spaces in risk zones and plans to reopen clubs and discos. Abu Dhabi is offering vaccines to tourists, which can help attract visitors from countries with supply shortages. Russian companies are trying to promote vaccinations through raffles and days off.

Important developments:

Global Tracker: More than 178.8 million cases; Deaths happen 3.87 million vaccine trackers: More than 2.66 billion administered doses Bottlenecks hit the global vaccine supply program and stop rollouts The “honor system” in the USA leaves a false sense of security Why Covid will always be with us, even with vaccines: QuickTakeCovid recovering in the southern US, with avoiding many vaccines

China Maintains Border Limits For One Year: DJ (7:44 a.m. NY)

China plans to maintain coronavirus-related restrictions on its border for at least another year amid concerns about new variations and hosting major events, Dow Jones reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Denmark Donates Astra to Kenya (7:14 a.m. NY)

Kenya received 358,700 AstraZeneca vaccines to bolster its second round of vaccination, which was threatened by a shortage when India stopped exporting Covishield, the brand used primarily in African countries as part of the Covax initiative. The batch is Denmark’s first bilateral vaccine donation.

Russian Army Vaccinations (7:10 a.m. NY)

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The Russian military has vaccinated over 900,000 people, including 85% of the country’s armed forces, Tass reported on Tuesday, citing Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov. The military’s vaccination campaign contrasts with the slow pace in the rest of Russia, where only 12% of the population have received at least one vaccination.

Variant of Spurs France to demand more shots (6:38 a.m. NY)

The spread of the Delta variant in Europe has led the French authorities to urge people to get vaccinated as soon as possible, citing British data showing that vaccinations at least help prevent serious illnesses.

At a briefing, health ministry officials said the goal in France is to have 40 million first injections and 35 million completed vaccinations by the end of August, representing three-quarters of all adults for the first vaccination and two-thirds for both. Although there are signs of a slowdown in vaccinations, the ministry is still forecasting an average of 4 million injections per week through August.

EU vaccine deal (5:47 p.m. HK)

The European Union has reached a second vaccine supply agreement for 2022 and 2023 and will purchase a portfolio of different vaccines to ensure immunity against mutations, said EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides after meeting Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday in Athens.

“We see a decreasing trend in the number of cases” for all EU countries as well as the number of hospital admissions, she said.

Abu Dhabi Offers Shooting for Tourists (5:37 PM HK)

Abu Dhabi is offering tourists vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and China’s Sinopharm, a move that could help attract visitors from countries with shortages of supplies.

The vaccines are only available to Abu Dhabi-issued visa holders or passport holders who receive a visa upon entry, according to the Seha Sheikdom health provider.

Ghana Records Delta variant (5 p.m. HK)

Ghana had “a few” cases of the Delta variant, reported Joy FM, citing Gordon Awendare, head of the West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens. The country should tighten controls at its airports, the Accra-based radio station Awendare quoted as saying.

World Bank / African Union plan to speed up shots (3:59 p.m. HK)

The World Bank will work with the African Union to accelerate coronavirus vaccinations on the continent, the Washington-based lender said. The two organizations will provide resources to the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team to enable countries to acquire and use vaccines for up to 400 million people across Africa.

Italy eases some measures (3 p.m. HK)

Italy will reopen clubs and discos by the beginning of July and set a date this week, said Health Secretary Andrea Costa in an interview with Radio RTL 102.5.

It will also end the mandatory use of face masks in open spaces for so-called white low-risk zones from June 28, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a Twitter post late Monday. Italy, the original European epicenter of the pandemic, could soon move almost entirely to white status. The government will continue to adhere to the safety guidelines of medical experts, said Speranza.

Russian Firms Attract Vaccine Skeptics (2:52 p.m. HK)

Russian industrial giants are trying to buy herd immunity. Alrosa is giving away a snowmobile and Hyundai Solaris for workers to be vaccinated, Evraz and Severstal are entering lotteries for cash and other prizes, Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel is offering an extra day off, and Phosagro is having employees jump to the top of the line to get themselves to qualify for all paid travel to resorts.

The generosity has helped increase the percentage of vaccinated employees in large companies above the national average, but shows the limits of corporate policy to overcome the government’s inability to convince people that domestically developed vaccines are safe. This failure is contributing to a new outbreak nationwide that has pushed new infections to a five-month high.

Increase in Cases at South African Industrial Center (2:51 p.m. HK)

In the South African industrial center of Gauteng, infections rose to a record, which led to warnings about hospital capacities and calls for stricter restrictions.

One in four South Africans lives in the province that includes Johannesburg, the country’s largest city, and Pretoria, the capital. In the 24 hours leading up to late Monday, 69% of the 9,160 new infections in South Africa were, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Gauteng.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the surge was deeply worrying. “There seem to be signs that we need to step up action, especially in Gauteng,” he said.

India cases drop to lowest since March (12:41 p.m. HK)

India has added fewer than 50,000 new cases in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 24.

The slump is an encouraging sign for the nation still recovering from a devastating second wave. However, less than 5% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated. Some experts are already warning of a third wave as the economy reopens after lockdowns.

Bangladesh cordons off districts (11:51 a.m. HK)

Seven districts around Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka have been locked after an increase in cases, according to a government release.

The curbs will remain in place until June 30th. Bangladesh reported 4,636 new cases on Monday, most in one day since mid-April, bringing its total to 851,668. The reported death toll is 13,626.

Hanoi allows indoor dining (11:01 a.m. HK)

Hair salons and indoor restaurants in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi may reopen from Tuesday, the city government announced on its website.

The easing of restrictions comes after Hanoi has not reported any new virus patients since June 20, according to the Ministry of Health. Companies need to adopt social distancing practices, such as: B. the use of no more than 50% of the seat capacity and 20 customers at a time with the required closure before 9 p.m., the government said.

Duterte threatens vaccine refusers in jail (8:40 a.m. HK)

If Philippine President Duterte’s threat to detain those who oppose Covid-19 vaccines is implemented, it could be one of the most serious measures to increase vaccination in a nation where the majority of vaccines are unsafe or reject them .

“If you are a person who has not been vaccinated and is a potential carrier, I have to put you in jail to protect people,” Duterte said late Monday. The village chiefs should keep a list of those who refused to be vaccinated, he said. Indonesia took steps earlier this year to punish those who refuse to shoot with fines or delayed aid.

Singapore Tests More for Ringfence Cluster (8:22 a.m. HK)

Singapore authorities found 13 new coronavirus cases on the ground as the government expanded mandatory testing in a large neighborhood outside the city center that has had a cluster expanding since mid-June.

Singapore has a strategy of containing clusters with aggressive testing as authorities remain cautious in easing restrictions. The government has said vaccination rates are still not high enough to warrant a faster reopening in Singapore, despite having hit an important threshold to vaccinate more than half the population with a first dose.

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