- This daily news summary provides you with a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
- Top News Stories: US eases indoor mask wear requirements; Hong Kong reports record new daily COVID-19 cases; The German Minister of Health warns that the pandemic is not over.
1. How COVID-19 affects the globe
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 has passed 435.4 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.94 million. More than 10.7 billion vaccination doses has been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.
South Korea will temporarily lift a vaccine passport requirement or negative COVID-19 test at a number of companies to ease the strain on test centers, authorities have said.
The UAE has finalized a requirement to wear face masks outdoors and mandatory quarantine for COVID-19 contact cases. Fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the country will also no longer require PCR tests.
The advisory committee of the EU Drug Regulator said on Friday that it had recommended reducing the interval between the second dose and the booster dose of Modern COVID-19 vaccine from six months to three.
The estimated range of England COVID-19 reproduction “R” number is between 0.7 and 1.0, fairly stable compared to the previous week’s range of 0.8 to 1.0, the UK Health Safety Agency said on Friday.
New findings suggest that patients with severe COVID-19who develop diabetes while hospitalized may have only a temporary form of the disease and their blood sugar levels may return to normal afterwards.
Germany has no room for maneuver COVID-19 restrictions faster, and the Germans should not think that the pandemic is over, as the number of new daily infections is still very high, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Friday.
That COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs – soon to continue its work as the Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship – was launched in April 2020 in response to the devastating effects of the pandemic. Co-founded by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship with Ashoka, Echoing Green, GHR Foundation, Skoll Foundation and Yunus Social Business.
The alliance provides a trusted community for the world’s leading companies, investors, governments, intermediaries, academics and media, who share a commitment to social entrepreneurship and innovation.
Since its inception, it has since grown to become the largest coalition with multiple stakeholders in the social enterprise sector: its 90+ members collectively support over 100,000 social entrepreneurs worldwide. These entrepreneurs, in turn, have a direct or indirect impact on the lives of an estimated 2 billion people.
Together, they work to (i) mobilize support for social entrepreneurs and their agendas; (ii) take action on urgent global agendas using the power of social entrepreneurship and (iii) share insights from the sector so that social entrepreneurs can flourish and lead the way in an inclusive, fair and sustainable world.
The alliance is working closely with member organizations Echoing Green and the GHR Foundation as well as the Center for New Economy and Society on the rollout of their 2022 roadmap (soon to be announced).
2. The United States facilitates the guidelines for indoor masks for most of the country
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased this considerably COVID-19 guidelines for masks, also in schools, Friday. The move means that 72% of the population lives in communities where indoor face covering is no longer recommended.
The new masking guidelines shift from focusing on the rate of infection of COVID-19 to monitoring local admissions, hospital capacity, and infection rates.
Under the previous guidelines, 95% of U.S. counties were considered to experience high transmission, leaving only 5% of U.S. counties that meet the agency’s criteria for dropping indoor mask requirements.
“We are in a stronger place today as a nation with more tools to protect ourselves and our society from COVID-19,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a media briefing on Friday. She mentioned the availability of vaccines and boosters, wider access to testing, the availability of high-quality masks and the availability of new treatments and improved ventilation.
Hong Kong reports daily COVID-19 cases
Hong Kong, SAR, China, reported a record 26,026 new ones daily confirmed COVID-19 infections Sunday and a further 83 deaths. The current outbreak is threatening health facilities and is proving difficult to control.
The financial hub has introduced strict measures in an attempt to cope with the current increase in COVID-19 cases.
With many major cities seeking to live with the virus, Hong Kong is following the Chinese mainland with a ‘dynamic zero-COVID’ strategy aimed at eradicating the disease. However, the current outbreak has flooded the health care system.
“We are very concerned,” Albert Au of the Hong Kong Ministry of Health told a news conference. “The number of cases is still increasing and we expect that there will be an increasing trend in the foreseeable future.”