WTO aims for July agreement on expanding access to Covid vaccine
The coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 3.8 million people and infected more than 176 million people worldwide. Here are the latest developments related to Covid for June 14:
Monday June 14:
WTO chief hopes for agreement by July on vaccine sharing
World Trade Organization chief said she hoped members could reach an agreement by July on improving access to Covid-19 vaccines after months of rights waiver talks intellectual property rights of pharmaceutical companies.
“It will be difficult because there are still differences but we hope to be able to take a pragmatic approach,” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at a virtual UN forum.
“I’m in a hurry and I want us to get a deal by July because life is important.”
Russia reports 13,721 cases
Russia has reported 13,721 new cases of the coronavirus, including 6,590 in the capital, after the number of daily infections rose sharply last week and Moscow declared a four-day public holiday to reduce the spread of the virus.
The new cases brought the total number of infections in Russia to 5,222,408.
The Russian Coronavirus Task Force said an additional 371 deaths of coronavirus patients had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 126,801.
The federal statistics agency kept a separate tally and said Russia recorded around 270,000 virus-related deaths from the start of the pandemic to the end of April.
South Korea eases restrictions on concerts and sports games
South Korea has started to ease restrictions on major concerts and sporting events after announcing last week that it would release a series of virus brakes as the country continues its vaccination campaign.
Up to 4,000 people will be allowed to attend K-Pop concerts and other cultural performances from Monday, up from a capacity limit of less than 100 people since the end of last year, according to the measurements. announced Friday by health officials.
Sports stadiums will be able to operate at a capacity of 30 to 50%, depending on the district, against 10% previously.
Former Myanmar vaccination program manager arrested
Myanmar’s former immunization program chief has been arrested and faces high treason charges for colluding with opponents of military authorities, state media reported.
Myanmar’s health system and coronavirus prevention measures have collapsed since the military seized power on February 1 and toppled elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose government managed to stop two waves of the virus .
On Sunday, reported cases reached their highest level since shortly after the coup.
India eases rules as new cases drop to lowest level in two months
Many Indian states have eased restrictions on coronaviruses, including the capital Delhi, where authorities have allowed all stores and malls to open as the number of new infections fell to their lowest in more than two months .
Experts have warned of a full reopening, as India has only vaccinated around 5% of its estimated 950 million adults with the two doses needed, leaving millions vulnerable.
India reported 70,421 new infections in the past 24 hours, the lowest since March 31, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The South Asian country’s total number of cases now stands at 29.51 million, while the total number of deaths stands at 374,305, the data showed. India added 3,921 deaths overnight.
Taiwan reports 185 cases
Taiwan reported 185 new national Covid-19 infections, slightly up from the 174 figure the previous day.
Ukraine reports lowest number of cases in one year
Ukraine recorded the lowest daily number of new infections in the past 24 hours for almost a year, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The ministry reported 420 new cases of the virus as of June 14, the lowest since June 8, 2020, when it had recorded 394 cases.
The number of new infections recorded generally drops on Monday due to fewer registrations over the weekend.
Ukraine, with a population of 41 million, is among the worst-affected European countries so far, with around 2.22 million cases and 51,692 deaths as of June 14.
The number of cases in Germany increases by 549 – RKI
The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Germany increased from 549 to 3,715,518, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed.
The reported death toll increased from 10 to 89,844, according to the count.
Brazil sees nearly 38,000 cases as deaths skyrocket
Brazil has reported 1,129 deaths from Covid-19 and 37,948 new cases of coronavirus, the health ministry said.
Nearly 490,000 people in the country have died from the virus during the pandemic, with 17.4 million people infected, the data shows.
Infections drop in Victoria, Australia
The Australian state of Victoria, which was a coronavirus hotspot until last week, has reported two new locally acquired Covid-19 cases.
The new infections follow a low single-digit number over the weekend and pose little threat to the community as people were already isolated, health officials said.
“The two new locally acquired cases are primary close contacts of existing cases, with no community exposure during their infectious period,” the Victoria Department of Health said.
Australia’s second most populous state has recorded 94 cases in its latest wave of Covid-19 infections, which triggered an instant two-week lockdown late last month. Victoria emerged from lockdown on Friday as new cases dwindled, but some physical distancing rules remain.
UK to announce postponement of end of Covid restrictions
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce that the end of Covid-19 restrictions will be delayed due to concerns over the rapid rise in infections of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Under a roadmap outlined by Johnson in February, the government signaled that all social restrictions imposed to control the spread of the disease would be lifted “no earlier than” on June 21, when pubs, clubs and other venues host could reopen completely.
But, in recent weeks, the number of new cases caused by the Delta variant, first discovered in India, has again increased rapidly, which health officials estimate to be 60% more transmissible than the previous dominant strain and scientists warn it could trigger a third wave of infections.
Johnson declined to deny British media suggestions that the end of the lockdown would be delayed for up to a month, saying in recent days there were “serious concerns” about the increase in infections and hospitalizations.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies