COVID-19: Top news stories about the coronavirus pandemic on November 9 – Community News

COVID-19: Top news stories about the coronavirus pandemic on November 9

  • 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 Stories: Globally Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Surpass 250 Million; Australia’s NSW says unvaccinated people are 16 times more likely to die from COVID-19; Bulgaria reports a record number of daily COVID-19 deaths.

1. How COVID-19 Is Affecting the World

According to Johns Hopkins University, the world’s 250.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.05 million. More than 7.28 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.

The UK has said it will recognize vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use List later in November, adding China’s Sinovac, Sinopharm and India’s Covaxin to its list of approved vaccines for inbound travelers.

India could resume delivery of COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX, the vaccine-sharing facility, in a few weeks. It would be the first time since April that stocks are shared via COVAX.

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail has taken the first step towards regulatory approval in Australia.

Oral pills from Merck and Pfizer/BioNTech may have been shown to mitigate the worst effects of COVID-19 if taken early enough, but doctors have warned people not to confuse the benefits of the treatments with the prevention provided by vaccines.

The Danish government has proposed to reintroduce the use of a digital ‘corona pass’, to be used when Danes visit indoor bars and restaurants, as the number of COVID-19 cases increases.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said yesterday that a single dose of its antibody cocktail reduced the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 81.6% in a late-stage study, ranging from two to eight months after the drug was administered.

Bulgaria has reported a record number of new daily COVID-19 deaths as the country faces a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases.

Thousands have gathered in New Zealand to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates and government lockdowns. You can read more about vaccine mandates here.

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

2. Australia’s NSW says unvaccinated people are 16 times more likely to die from COVID-19

Unvaccinated people are 16 times more likely to end up in intensive care or die from COVID-19, the Australian state of New South Wales said in a report. Officials have urged people to get vaccinated as the country tries to live with COVID-19.

Department of Health data showed that only 11% of the 412 people who died from the Delta outbreak over four months to early October had been fully vaccinated. The median age of those deaths was 82.

Only about 3% of people in intensive care units received two doses, while more than 63% of the 61,800 cases discovered between June 16 and October 7 had not been vaccinated.

“Young people who received two doses of a vaccine had a lower infection rate and almost no serious illness, while those who were not vaccinated in this age group were at greater risk of developing COVID-19 and required hospitalization,” said Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer in a statement. pronunciation.

3. Globally confirmed COVID-19 cases exceed 250 million

According to Johns Hopkins University, confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide have passed 250 million. It’s because some countries in Eastern Europe are experiencing rising cases, while others are lifting travel restrictions and resuming tourism.

The daily average number of cases has fallen 36% in the past three months, according to a Reuters analysis, but the virus still infects 50 million people worldwide every 90 days because of its highly transmissible Delta strain. In contrast, it took almost a year to register the first 50 million COVID-19 cases.

Cumulatively confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide

Cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide.

Image: Our world in data

Health experts are optimistic that many countries have put the worst of the pandemic behind them thanks to vaccines and natural exposure, though they warn that colder weather and upcoming holiday gatherings could increase the number of cases.

“We believe that between now and the end of 2022, this is the point where we can get this virus under control… where we can significantly reduce serious illness and death,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, World Health Organization technical leader on COVID-19. 19. , Reuters told Reuters.

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 businesses and policy change to support a social economy.

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