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COVID-19: Top news stories about the coronavirus pandemic on November 1

  • This daily news feed provides you with a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and resources to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top news stories: COVID-19 restrictions extended in Auckland; Thailand and Australia have eased pandemic-related travel restrictions; New COVID-19 cases down 13.5% in Britain.

1. How COVID-19 Is Affecting the World

According to Johns Hopkins University, the world’s 246.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5 million. More than 7.04 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has declared the country to be reopened and ready for a new way of life after exceeding his vaccination target against COVID-19.

South Korea has also eased some COVID-19 restrictions and introduced vaccine passports, as the country moves towards “living with COVID-19.”

Mexico received nearly 6 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, the health ministry said. It follows the arrival of nearly 6.5 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine last Tuesday.

Singapore could see as many as 2,000 COVID-19 deaths annually, senior foreign minister Janil Puthucheary said in parliament on Monday.

The United Arab Emirates has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use for children ages 5-11.

New cases of COVID-19 in Britain fell by 13.5% from 25 to 31 October compared to the previous 7 days.

The number of new COVID-19 cases reached 7,360 in France on Saturday for the first time since September 21.

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries.

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries.

Image: Our world in data

The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship is a coalition of 85 global leaders organized by the World Economic Forum. Its mission: to join forces to support social entrepreneurs around the world as essential first responders to the pandemic and as pioneers of a green, inclusive economic reality.

The COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda outlines 25 concrete recommendations for key stakeholder groups, including financiers and philanthropists, investors, government agencies, support organizations and businesses. In January 2021, its members launched its Roadmap 2021, with which its members will roll out an ambitious series of 21 action projects in 10 work areas. Including access to business and policy change to support a social economy.

For more information, see the Alliance website or the “impact story” here.

2. Thailand, Australia relax border restrictions

Thailand and Australia have both significantly relaxed international border restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hundreds of vaccinated foreign tourists arrived in the Thai capital for quarantine-free travel after the Southeast Asian nation gave the go-ahead for such visitors from more than 60 countries, including China and the United States.

Hundreds of citizens have arrived in Australia – the first to arrive without a permit or need to quarantine since April 2020. Although travel will initially be limited to just a few states and to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and nationals of New Zealand, it heralds a plan to reopen to international tourists and workers.

Australia’s announcement of quarantine-free travel for Singaporean citizens from Nov. 21 was a step forward towards “a new normal,” said Philip Goh, the vice president of the Asia-Pacific aviation trade organization IATA.

“We are excited about this positive development and look forward to further easing of border restrictions by Australia and other countries in the region,” said Goh.


3. Restrictions extended in Auckland, New Zealand

Authorities have extended COVID-19 restrictions for another week in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. However, some will be eased after that, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today.

An agreement has been reached on a Nov. 10 reopening date for shops and institutions such as libraries and museums, Ardern told a news conference.

“Due to Auckland’s high vaccination coverage, we can move with more confidence,” Ardern said. “These decisions have been carefully balanced and allow us to reduce some of the pressure and fatigue that we know in Auckland.”

New Zealand has failed to contain the current outbreak, forcing it to adopt a strategy of living with the virus rather than its previous goal of elimination.

“Previously, we’ve worked hard to eliminate every case. While Delta has forced us to change our approach, vaccines help us achieve the same goal,” Ardern said.

More than 75% of New Zealand, or about 3.1 million people, are now fully vaccinated, while 88% have received a single dose.

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