The coronavirus has killed more than 3.8 million people and infected more than 176 million worldwide. Here are the latest coronavirus-related developments as of June 13:
Sunday June 13th
G7 nations to provide 1 billion COVID vaccines
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Group of Seven rich countries will pledge more than 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine to the poorest countries.
Speaking at the end of a summit of G-7 leaders in southwest England on Sunday, Johnson said the doses would come directly and through the international COVAX program.
The commitment falls far short of the 11 billion doses the World Health Organization said is needed to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world’s population and really end the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the G7 also urged China to cooperate with the WHO in a second-phase “transparent” investigation into how the global coronavirus pandemic started.
Almost 25% of Turkey’s population administered the first injection
Turkey has administered more than 33.7 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in mid-January, including the first doses to nearly a quarter of Turkey’s population of about 83.6 million, announced the Ministry of Health.
More than 20 million people received their first doses, while nearly 13.7 million were fully vaccinated, according to ministry data released on Sunday.
Over the past week, more than 3 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Turkey.
Meanwhile, the country recorded 5,012 new cases and 53 more deaths on Sunday.
Italy reports 26 more deaths and 1,390 new cases
Italy recorded 26 coronavirus-related deaths, up from 52 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily count of new infections dropped from 1,723 to 1,390.
Italy has recorded 127,002 deaths linked to Covid-19 since its outbreak broke out in February of last year. This is the second highest toll in Europe, behind Great Britain, and the eighth highest in the world. The country has reported 4.24 million cases to date.
Patients hospitalized with Covid-19 – not including those in intensive care – numbered 3,542 on Sunday, up from 3,655 the day before.
There were 20 new admissions to intensive care units, up from 25 on Saturday. The total number of patients in intensive care dropped from 574 to 565.
About 134,136 tests of Covid-19 were performed the day before, compared to 212,966 before.
Saudi malls open only for vaccinated from August – State TV
Saudi Arabia will prevent people from entering its malls unless they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, state TV reported on Sunday, citing a Commerce Ministry decision that will take effect Aug. 1
“Having received at least one injection of vaccine will be a condition for entering commercial facilities,” the ministry said.
Saudi Arabia has administered 15.7 million doses of vaccine so far, enough to inoculate 23% of the population, according to Reuters tracer Covid-19.
40,000 jabs given in Lebanon’s vaccine ‘marathon’
Lebanon administered more than 40,000 doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine in a weekend inoculation campaign to contain the Covid pandemic.
On Saturday and Sunday, nearly 50 centers across the country administered jabs on a walk-in basis to anyone over 55 years of age who had not yet received a single dose. Persons with disabilities over 16 years of age were also eligible for vaccination.
As of 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Sunday, 22,696 doses were administered that day, the health ministry said on Twitter, after 19,089 jabs given the day before.
The so-called ‘Pfizer marathon’ was the latest in a series of weekend vaccination campaigns organized this month in an effort to contain the virus.
Lebanon, home to more than six million people, has registered more than 542,000 infections, including more than 7,700 deaths since last year. Its current coronavirus rates are the lowest in months.
According to the health ministry, nearly 927,000 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine since the start of inoculation in February.
The UK registers another 7,490 cases, eight more deaths
The UK recorded another 7,490 daily cases of Covid-19 and the death of 8 people who tested positive for the virus in 28 days, official data show.
The 7,490 cases decreased slightly from the 7,738 recorded the day before and the 8 deaths decreased from the 12 recorded on Saturday.
The data also showed that 78.4 percent of the adult population received the first dose of the vaccine, while 55.9 percent received a second.
China gives Bangladesh another 600,000 doses of vaccine
Two flights by Bangladesh’s national flag carrier arrived in the capital Dhaka on Sunday night with 600,000 doses of Chinese Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine donated in friendship, according to official sources.
A major foreign investor in Bangladesh, China, on May 12, gave 500,000 doses to Dhaka.
Bangladesh received the second shipment at a time when the country is going through a critical phase of its national inoculation campaign due to shortages of vaccines.
Hualong Yan, deputy head of the mission at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka, confirmed Sunday morning on social media that the second shipment is on its way to Bangladesh.
In a statement, Bangladesh’s military media wing, Inter Services Public Relations, also confirmed receipt of Chinese vaccines.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Sunday recorded 47 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest number of casualties in a single month, bringing Covid-19 casualties to 1,118.
With 2,436 new infections, the total number of cases rose to 826,922.
Bangladesh has already inoculated more than 10 million people.
New Russian cases hit highest level since February 13
Russia reported 14,723 new Covid-19 cases, including 7,704 in Moscow, the highest number of national one-day cases since February 13th.
The number of new infections in Moscow was the highest reported in one day since December 24th. The city’s mayor told residents on Saturday not to work next week to stem the spread of the virus.
The coronavirus task force said on Sunday that 357 people had died from coronavirus-related causes across the country, bringing the death toll to 126,430.
Turkey lowers age of vaccine eligibility to 40
Turkey has lowered the age of eligibility for the vaccine to 40, announced the Turkish health minister.
“If you are 40 or older, you can make an appointment starting this morning. We expect 100% participation”, wrote Fahrettin Koca on Twitter.
Indonesia reports 9,868 infections, highest since February 22
Indonesia reported 9,868 daily Covid-19 infections, the highest since Feb. 22, the Covid-19 task force said.
The total of infections is 1,911,358.
The Southeast Asian country also reported 149 deaths for Covid-19, bringing the total to 52,879.
The death toll in Colombia exceeds 95,000
The death toll from the virus in Colombia reached 95,192, with 577 fatalities in the last 24 hours, said the Minister of Health.
29,998 new cases were registered, bringing the total to 3.72 million, according to data released by health authorities.
Recoveries reached 3.45 million, with more than 22,000 the day before.
In the country of nearly 50 million, more than 12.71 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3.73 million people are fully vaccinated.
India records the lowest number of cases in a single day in the last 71 days
India reported 80,834 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours, the smallest daily increase in the past 71 days, the country’s Ministry of Health said.
The country also registered 3,303 deaths on the last day.
The total number of confirmed infections has reached 29.4 million and the number of deaths is 370,384 in the country.
According to the Indian Medical Research Council, 370 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far.
Cases in Germany increase by 1,489 – RKI
The number of confirmed virus cases in Germany increased from 1,489 to 3,714,969, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed. The reported death toll rose by 18 to 89,834, according to the count.
Australia’s state of Victoria expects further easing of restrictions
The state of Victoria, Australia, expects to announce further relaxation of restrictions this week, said interim Prime Minister James Merlino, as the state reported a new locally acquired infection for the second day in a row.
The latest infection was a close contact in a previously reported case and had already been quarantined, Victoria’s health department said.
Australia’s second most populous state recorded 92 cases in its latest wave of infections, which triggered a sudden two-week blockade late last month.
Taiwan reports 174 cases
Taiwan reported 174 new domestic infections, down from 250 the previous day.
China reports 34 new cases
Mainland China registered 34 new cases of Covid-19 on June 12, down from 35 cases the day before, the country’s national health authority said.
Of the new cases, six were local transmissions, compared with eight the day before, the National Health Commission said. All local cases occurred in southern Guangdong province.
China also reported 18 new asymptomatic infections, up from 27 the day before. China does not classify asymptomatic infections as confirmed cases.
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Mainland China is now 91,428, while the death toll has remained unchanged at 4,636.
UNICEF calls on the G7 to commit to vaccine equity
Rich nations must do more than just donate surplus vaccines if they are to end the pandemic, and G7 leaders must deliver detailed plans when they close their summit in Cornwall.
Public health experts and humanitarian groups who are asking for money, increased production and logistical support to help developing countries where the virus is still spreading.
“What we don’t want is for there to be too many grand declarations and commitments not backed up by detailed plans and not backed up by timetables,” said Lily Caprani, UNICEF’s head of vaccine advocacy.
The appeal came after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped the leaders of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations would agree to provide at least 1 billion doses of vaccine to the poorest countries.
Eight Venezuelan players test positive for Covid-19
Eight Venezuelan soccer players in Brazil for the Copa America tested positive for Covid-19, health officials said a day before they met the hosts at the tournament’s opening game.
Among the “members of the delegation are players and members of the backstage team,” said a statement from the Health Department of Brasília, where the Sunday game will take place.
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) made the diagnosis on Friday and informed local health authorities.
“All are asymptomatic, isolated in individual rooms and are being monitored by CONMEBOL staff and local health authorities,” the statement added.
CONMEBOL said that in total 13 members of the Venezuelan delegation were positive. The minister of Health of Brazil, Marcelo Quiroga, placed the number at 12.
Venezuela said it was 11 years old and announced it would call up 16 more players to join the team for the month-long tournament.
President of Brazil is fined for not wearing a mask
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro led a crowd of motorcyclists through the streets of São Paulo and was fined for not wearing a mask.
The São Paulo state government press office said a fine – equivalent to about $110 – would be imposed for violating a rule requiring masks in public places since May 2020.
Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bolsonaro, who tested positive for the coronavirus last year, was also fined for not wearing a mask during a demonstration with supporters in May in the northeastern state of Maranhão.
The conservative president waved to the crowd from his motorcycle and later spoke from atop a sound truck to helmet supporters, but largely unmasked. They applauded and cheered as he insisted the masks were useless for those already vaccinated – a claim disputed by most public health experts.
Vaccines are primarily designed to protect recipients from becoming ill, not necessarily from being infected. While studies show that many vaccines reduce viral load and likely spread, not all varieties have been fully studied.
Less than 12% of the Brazilian population received the two doses of the vaccine, according to the Ministry of Health.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies