Covid-19 wrap: US airlines stand by vaccine mandate, health pass divides Italy, Panama approves booster

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Coronavirus toll at 10:00 (GMT) on Wednesday

Paris – The new coronavirus has killed at least 4,861,478 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a count from official sources compiled by AFP at 10:00 (GMT) on Wednesday.

At least 238 592 820 cases of coronavirus have been registered.

The vast majority have recovered, although some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

The figures are based on daily reports provided by the health authorities in each country.

They exclude reviews by other statistical organizations, which show that the number of deaths is much higher.

The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of victims of the pandemic could be two or three times higher than official records, due to excess mortality that is directly and indirectly related to Covid-19.

Large numbers of less severe or asymptomatic cases are also not detected, despite intensified testing in many countries.

On Tuesday, there were 8,218 new deaths and 451,476 new cases worldwide. According to the latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 2,395 new deaths, followed by Russia with 984 and Mexico with 546.

The United States is the most affected country with 716,479 deaths out of 44,570,588 cases.

– AFP


Rejecting Texas Governor American Airlines, Southwest Supports Vaccination Mandate

CHICAGO – Rejecting the governor of Texas, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines said Tuesday that they would comply with U.S. President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring their employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 before the Dec. 8 deadline.

The two Texas-based companies said the federal mandate superseded an order from Republican Governor Greg Abbott prohibiting Covid-19 vaccine mandates by any entity, including private employers.

Southwest said it “is expected to comply with the President’s Order to continue to perform as a federal contractor.” American said that while reviewing Abbott’s executive order, “this doesn’t change anything” for the company.

Both carriers have asked U.S. employees to provide proof of vaccination by Nov. 24.

Biden issued his mandate last month as his administration struggled to control the pandemic, which has killed more than 700,000 Americans. Covers all federal contractors.

– REUTERS


Australian region makes vaccination mandatory for service workers

Sydney – Shop workers, tour guides and barbers are among dozens of groups that must receive Covid-19 vaccinations to work in Australia’s Northern Territory, officials announced Wednesday, revealing one of the most far-reaching vaccine mandates. of the world.

Expressing concern about the low rates of punctures due to coronavirus in some communities, the Territory’s Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, announced that “anyone who serves the public at work will need to be vaccinated.”

The vast Northern Territory stretches from the tropical Darwin area in the Timor Sea to the dusty inland settlements of Alice Springs and Uluru, an area three times the size of Spain.

It is home to large numbers of Aboriginal and other vulnerable remote communities.

Although more than 80% of the region’s adult population has received at least one dose, Gunner said there were “areas of concern” and communities where people doubt or reject the vaccine.

– AFP


Italy divided as mandatory workplace Covid pass looms

ROME – Covid-19 health passes will be mandatory for all workers in Italy starting Friday, a move that some politicians, unions and companies fear will cause shortages and disruptions rather than increase vaccines and production as expected by the government.

The cabinet of Prime Minister Mario Draghi approved the rule, one of the strictest anti-Covid measures in the world, in mid-September, which obliges all workers to present a proof of vaccination, a proof, as of October 15. negative or recent recovery from infection.

The government hoped the measure would convince unvaccinated Italians to change their minds, but with more than 80% of residents over 12 years old already fully inoculated and infection rates low, that increase has not materialized.

Right-wing Italian League and Brothers parties and some unions say that, to address the risk of staff shortages, the validity of Covid tests should be extended from 48 to 72 hours, and they should be free for unvaccinated workers.

– REUTERS


France to extend Covid-19 state of emergency until July 31, government says

PARIS – The French government will ask lawmakers to extend its pandemic state of emergency until July 31 next year to address the continuing coronavirus crisis, spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday.

The extension of the state of emergency would mean that the government will retain the power to extend or reinstate restrictive measures such as the use of a health pass to access places like restaurants, bars and cinemas.

The state of emergency and the requirement for a health pass will expire on November 15.

“There is a non-negligible risk of a resurgence of the epidemic,” Attal told reporters after a cabinet meeting. “We must remain vigilant until next summer.”

– REUTERS


Russia and the EU to discuss the terms for the recognition of Covid-19 vaccine certificates – Ifax

MOSCOW – Russia and the EU will discuss the terms for mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccine certificates for their respective vaccines in the talks, the Interfax news agency said, citing the Russian Health Ministry on Wednesday.

The EU ambassador in Moscow said last week that Russia has repeatedly delayed the European Medicines Agency (EMA) inspections necessary for the certification of its Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in the European Union.

– REUTERS


Panama approves the Pfizer Covid-19 booster for high-risk people

PANAMA CITY – Panama has approved a booster dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for high-risk people, including healthcare workers, bedridden patients, nursing home residents and people 55 and older, officials said Tuesday. of health.

The Central American country has reported 469,440 Covid-19 infections since the start of the pandemic and 7,275 deaths. More than 5.5 million doses of vaccines have been administered since January, covering the majority of the eligible population.

“We have decided to start the process of applying a booster to the population with the Pfizer vaccine, starting tomorrow in public and private hospitals,” said Health Minister Luis Sucre.

The booster vaccine will be offered to people who received their second dose at least six months before and will target people at high risk of developing complications from the virus, he added.

– REUTERS


Hungary to treat 50 Romanian Covid-19 patients, minister says

BUDAPEST – Hungary will help Romania treat 50 Covid-19 patients requiring intensive care, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday.

Szijjarto said that the 50 people will be treated in two Hungarian hospitals and that the countries will work out the logistics in the coming days.

– REUTERS


New Zealand reports 55 new local cases of Covid-19

New Zealand reported 55 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the majority in the country’s largest city Auckland, up from 43 the day before.

New Zealand had been largely virus-free, excluding a small group of cases in February, until an outbreak in Delta in mid-August forced officials to impose a lockdown on Auckland.

Authorities seek to end the strict lockdown measures once 90% of the country’s population over 12 years of age is fully vaccinated. About 2.49 million, or 59%, have received two doses so far.

– REUTERS


Russia Reports Daily Record of Covid-19 Deaths for Second Day in a Row

MOSCOW – Russia reported a record daily rise in coronavirus-related deaths for the second day in a row on Wednesday, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths that has prompted the Kremlin to demand that authorities accelerate the pace of vaccines.

Russia’s coronavirus task force reported 984 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest number in a single day since the start of the pandemic, as well as 28,717 new infections in the past 24 hours.

– REUTERS


Ukraine records the second highest number of daily deaths related to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic

KYIV – Ukraine recorded 471 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, approaching the daily record number of 481, which was reported on April 7, data from the Health Ministry showed on Wednesday.

The number of new daily coronavirus infections in Ukraine, which has a population of 41 million, has also increased in recent weeks.

Ukraine registered 16,309 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. It reported a total of 2.59 million Covid-19 cases and 59,523 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

– REUTERS


Mexico registers 546 more deaths from Covid-19; the death toll reaches 282 773

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s Ministry of Health reported 546 more deaths due to Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total number of deaths to 282,773.

– REUTERS


Brazil registers 185 new deaths from Covid-19, 7359 new cases of coronavirus

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil registered 185 new deaths from Covid-19 and 7,359 additional cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the country’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

– REUTERS


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