The China virus has created havoc in the world as lockdowns and death created scare. Few sectors like hospitality, tourism, travel and college education has taken a great hit and economy is now gearing for ‘K’ recovery. I analyse the scenario in the world among death and bodies lying in mortuaries for the last rites to be carried out when the scenario becomes happier.
Lockdown ineffective as fifth wave peaks in Iran: As the fifth wave of the pandemic driven by the Delta variant peaks in Iran, top health officials have criticised the current lockdown measures and people’s lack of adherence to health protocols in the country. Iran recently recorded 27,146 infections, the second – highest toll since the pandemic broke out last year, besides 268 deaths, taking the overall tally to 3.7 million cases and 88,800 deaths.
Dengue fever raises new challenge for Bangladesh amid pandemic. An alarming spike in seasonal dengue fever in Bangladesh has raised a new challenge for authorities in the South Asian country as it grapples with the threat of a rising coronavirus, according to official sources. “It (dengue) has infected many people in the last couple of days and has become a new issue of tension for the government,” Nazmul Islam, spokesman of the country’s Directorate General of Health Services, said at a virtual press briefing. According to the latest government health update, a total of 1,679 patients have been diagnosed with the dengue this year, including 102 over the last 24 hours. Incidentally China gave the China virus vaccine and took money. No free lunch!
Turkey administers over 66.1M vaccine shots so far: Turkey has administered over 66.1 million dose of vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in January, according to official figures. The ministry also confirmed 14,230 new infections and 55 deaths in the last 24 hours, while as many as 5,211 more patients recovered.
Dr. Fauci: Some Americans likely to need vaccine booster. He speaks as the mouth piece of the pharma industry of USA and made sure, USA does not vaccinate its people during the Trump regime. Top US infectious disease official Anthony Fauci has said that Americans who are immune compromised may end up needing vaccine booster shots. “Those who are transplant patients, cancer chemotherapy, auto-immune diseases, that are on immunosuppressant regimens, those are the kind of individuals that if there’s going to be a third booster, which might likely happen, would be among first the vulnerable,” Fauci said during a CNN interview. Israel has given booster shots in their nation.
Libya starts walk-in vaccination after surge: Citizens and residents in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, have been getting vaccinated in an “exceptional” vaccination drive. The campaign, which started recently, targets everyone over 18. It was coordinated between the Tripoli Administration of Health Services and the National Centre for Disease Control after a recent alarming spike in the virus cases.
Violent protests in Tunisia over the economy, virus spread: Violent demonstrations have broken out in several Tunisian cities as protesters expressed anger at the deterioration of the North African nation’s health, economic and social situation. Thousands of people defied virus restrictions and scorching heat to demonstrate in the capital city of Tunis and other major cities. The largely young crowds shouted “Get out!” and slogans calling for the dissolution of parliament and early elections. As the China virus surges, so a new PM is announced on 30th September 2021. Tunisia is the backyard of Europe and it receives double the number of tourists in a single year. Economy has got shattered completely.
Indonesia extends movement curbs until August 2, 2021: Indonesian President Excellency Joko Widodo has said that restrictions would be extended from July 26 to August 2, though he said infections and hospital bed occupancy rates in some provinces in Java had declined. Under the current curbs, he said the government would gradually adjust some restrictions on “some activities”, while allowing traditional markets and restaurants with outdoor areas to open with some limitations.
French lawmakers seek deal on vaccine passports after protests: Lawmakers from France’s upper and lower houses of Parliament have sought to agree on a deal to allow the adoption of legislation making vaccine passports vital for French daily life. The talks between members of the National Assembly and Senate come a day after France was again shaken by the nationwide protests against the rules that saw over 1,60,000 rallied and dozens arrested.
UK Health Minister apologises for the virus tweet: Britain’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid has apologised after he tweeted that the country need not “cower” in the face of the virus, having himself recovered from a bout of the disease. “I was expressing gratitude that the vaccines help us fight back as a society, but it was a poor choice of word and I sincerely apologise,” he said. His initial tweet urged “please, if you haven’t yet, get your jab, as we learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus,” sparking criticism that he was being disrespectful to those who died from the disease in Britain. “1,29,000 people who died didn’t cower, they fought for their lives,” wrote Labour MP Yvette Cooper. India gave back strict lockdown restrictions for British citizens, they can accept the Indian vaccine but they were not willing to accept Indian vaccine administrated Indians! Typical British snobs!
Schools reopen in Afghanistan after months of closure: Schools and other educational institutions started to reopen in Afghanistan after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the health and education officials, the reopening would be gradual in provinces in relation to the prevalence of the virus, but after the capture of the nation by the new Taliban government, opening of girl student schools are low on priority. Hamid Obaidi, an Education Ministry official, said the academic centres would be reopened in provinces where the ratio of positive cases is below 35%.
Unjabbed could face new curbs in Germany: People who have not been vaccinated could face new restrictions if infections continue to rise in Germany, ex Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff said. “Vaccinated people will definitely have more freedom than unvaccinated people,” Helge Braun told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Currently, Germans can use facilities such as restaurants, cinemas and sports venues if they are either fully vaccinated or able to provide a recent negative test. Freedom loving people in Germany are annoyed with restrictions.
Macron calls for unity after anti-vaccine protests: French President Emmanuel Macron has appealed for national unity and mass vaccination to fight the resurgent virus, and lashed out at those fueling anti-vaccine sentiment and protests. About 160,000 people protested around France recently against a special pass for restaurants and mandatory vaccinations for the health workers. Many marchers shouted “liberty!” and said the government shouldn’t tell them what to do. A protestor threw an egg to the President.
Thousands across Italy protest ‘green pass’: Thousands of people had gathered in several Italian cities to voice their opposition against a move that will require residents to have passes reflecting their health status to access many places. Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government approved a decree on Thursday ordering the use of the so-called “green” passes starting on August 6th 2021, thereby creating a vaccination divide within the nation.
Death in Jordan hospital power outage: Two coronavirus patients have died after a power outage at a hospital in the Jordanian capital, Amman, according to the local media. The country’s health minister, Firas Al-Hawari, however, told reporters that one patient died 20 minutes before the power outage at the Gardens Hospital, while the second lost his life an hour and a half later. He said an investigation has been launched into the cause of the deaths and that the results will be revealed within hours.
South Korea steps up curbs ahead of peak holiday season: South Korea has said it will tighten social distancing rules across most of the country this week, warning that it’s worst-ever wave might spread further in the summer holiday season. The curbs will be increased to Level 3 on a four-level scale, which will mean a 10 pm dining curfew (1300 GMT) and ban on gatherings of more than four people, for two weeks for most areas except for some small counties.
Singapore reports 117 new local cases: Singapore’s Health Ministry reported 117 new locally transmitted cases, slightly lower than the 127 cases reported the previous day. Singapore invoked strict curfew and thus saved the nation.
Malaysia’s total infections rise above 1 million: Malaysia’s total cases since the start of the pandemic has surpassed 1 million after the country’s health ministry reported a record 17,045 new coronavirus cases. The total number of infections in the country stood at 1,013,438.
Russian controls and vaccine drive: Russia has reported 24,072 new cases, including 3,406 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 6,126,541. The government coronavirus task force said 779 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 153,874. Russia has been in the grip of a surge in cases that authorities blame on the more contagious Delta variant, though some officials have suggested in recent days that cases, at least in Moscow, have started to decline. Russia also developed its own vaccine and exported the same too few countries.
Tokyo Olympics Games 2020: Tokyo conducted with great aplomb successful hosting of Olympics Games 2020 and won praise all across the world.
Australians may face longer lockdown after “reckless” mass protests: Australia’s New South Wales had logged its second-highest daily increase of the year in locally acquired cases amid fears of a wave of new infections after thousands of people joined an anti-lockdown protest. “In relation to yesterday’s protests, can I say how absolutely disgusted I was. It broke my heart,” Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of the country’s most populous state, told reporters. “I hope it won’t be a setback, but it could be,” she said. There were 141 cases reported, down from 163 a day earlier. The outbreak, which began in June, is being driven by the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus, and has now infected 2,081 people in New South Wales. There are 43 people in intensive care, up from 37 a day earlier. Under fire for a slow vaccine rollout, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said more vaccine supply was not going to ensure New South Wales gets out of lockdown, but what was needed was an effective, properly enforced lockdown. “Let me be clear – there’s not an alternative to the lockdown in New South Wales to get this under control. There is no other magic bullet – wand that’s going to do that,” Morrison told reporters at a televised media conference. He called the anti-lockdown protests in Sydney reckless and self-defeating.
Israel’s booster doses: Israel became on Sunday the first country in the world to no longer provide its vaccination certificate, known locally as the Green Pass, to citizens who had received their second vaccine dose more than six months ago – a move that reflects growing recognition of the vaccine’s waning immunity over time and the need for booster shots to maintain high levels of protection against China virus.
Vietnam’s defence against the virus: Vietnam says more US vaccine donations expected after first 5 million doses. The United States is considering giving more vaccines to Vietnam, its Ambassador to the United States said as the Southeast Asian country struggles to control outbreaks of the fast-spreading Delta variant of the virus. Vietnam took delivery of a shipment of 3 million Moderna doses from the United States on Sunday, taking the doses given by the United States, via the global Covax vaccine scheme, to 5 million doses. “The US side has said it is also considering more vaccine donations to Vietnam soon,” the Ambassador to the United States, Ha Kim Ngoc, said speech posted on a government web site. Vietnam is also in talks with the United States on domestic production of mRNA vaccines, its foreign ministry said on Thursday, adding that production could begin in the fourth quarter or early in 2022.
Indonesia: Indonesia prepares more ICU units, waits to see if curbs will be extended. Indonesia is preparing more intensive care units after logging several days of record-high deaths last week, while the country waits to see whether the government will extend or loosen tough restrictions due to expire on Sunday. Buckling under a Delta variant-driven wave of the virus, Indonesia has become Asia’s epicentre with hospitals deluged, particularly on the densely populated Island of Java. “Deaths have risen due to a number of factors: full hospitals, patients admitted with low saturation, or dying unmonitored in self-isolation,” Senior Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in a statement late on Saturday. Indonesia last week reported record-high deaths on four separate days, the last of which was Friday’s 1,566 fatalities, bringing cumulative deaths to more than 82,000.
Russia sends Covid-19 aid to Cuba: Russia has sent a shipment of coronavirus-related humanitarian assistance to Cuba, including 1 million medical masks, the defence ministry informed, adding President Vladimir Putin had given instructions for the aid. Cuba, which kept coronavirus infections low last year, earlier this week reported the highest rate of contagion per capita in the Latin America. That has strained its healthcare sector and helped stoke rare anti-government protests earlier this month on the Communist-run island nation.
Worldwide deaths related to China virus surpassed 5 million and US goes past 7 lakh deaths during the pandemic. World is vaccinating now but more than half of the world has yet to get even 1 Covid – 19 vaccine dose, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent delta strain.
World was really hit with the China virus very badly and many nations have yet to get their economy back on rails. The World Health Organisation recently said its Covax distribution programme would for the first time, distribute jabs only to countries with the lowest levels of coverage. The USA, which has been battling vaccine misinformation that has caused about one third of the population to avoid inoculations, surpassed 700,000 deaths, the highest tally of any country. US cases and hospitalisations have been trending lower but health officials are bracing for a possible resurgence as cooler weather forces more activities.
As I look back, India was fortunate to develop its own vaccine, control infections to low level, given free jabs to almost the entire population and will soon reach around 100 crore jabs and will be able to vaccinate all eligible people above 18plus citizens. On a single day it vaccinated more than 2.5 crore vaccine, around the size of 5 New Zealand!
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