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COVID-19: what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on November 12

  • 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: new lockdowns underway in parts of Europe; Moderna Inc Provides COVID-19 Vaccines to African Union; Angela Merkel calls on people to get vaccinated.

1. How COVID-19 Is Affecting the World

According to Johns Hopkins University, confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide have passed 252 million. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.08 million. More than 7.36 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.

A growing COVID-19 cluster in Dalian, China has prompted the northeastern port city to limit outbound travel, cut offline school classes and close a few cultural venues after national authorities told them to contain the outbreak more quickly.

Austria is still days away from incarcerating millions of people who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as daily infections hit record highs and intensive care units come under increasing pressure, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Thursday.

People who come to work in offices in the Philippines should be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested regularly, the president’s office said Friday, as the country battles one of the worst outbreaks in Asia.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has outlined an urgent plan to increase hospital beds and medical resources in preparation for a possible resurgence of COVID-19 infections this winter. Since a fifth wave of infections nearly overwhelmed the medical system this summer, cases and deaths have plummeted as vaccination rates have increased to more than 70% of the population.

Malaysia’s economy shrank 4.5% in the third quarter of this year and shrank more than expected after recovering in the second quarter, but the central bank expects a rapid recovery as coronavirus restrictions are eased and economic activity resumes.

Moderna Inc has offered to sell its COVID-19 vaccines to the African Union for $7 a shot, John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control, said Thursday — this is half the price the United States previously paid paid this year.

New confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people daily.

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

Image: Our world in data

2. The Netherlands imposes partial lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise sharply

The Netherlands will impose Western Europe’s first partial lockdown since the summer this weekend, in an effort to halt a wave of COVID-19 cases, Dutch broadcaster NOS said on Friday.

Bars and restaurants must close at least three weeks earlier from Saturday, NOS said, citing government sources.

People are being urged to work from home as much as possible and no public will be allowed at sporting events in the coming weeks. Schools, theaters and cinemas would remain open.

The cabinet of interim Prime Minister Mark Rutte will make a final decision later on Friday, announcing the new measures during a televised press conference scheduled for 1800 GMT.

New coronavirus infections in the country of 17.5 million have increased rapidly after social distancing measures were scrapped in late September, reaching a record high of about 16,300 in 24 hours on Thursday.

3. Merkel urges unvaccinated people to think about their duty to society

People who have still not been vaccinated as the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic breaks out in Germany should understand that they have a duty to the rest of society to protect others, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

Merkel, who was interviewed by Microsoft president Brad Smith at a business summit in Asia-Pacific, said it was the job of politicians to argue for serious interventions by being honest with the public.

The number of coronavirus cases has soared across Europe in recent weeks, with experts worrying that health systems are at risk of being overwhelmed again, in part because unvaccinated people continue to spread the disease among the elderly and the frail.

“We have to make it clear that I have the right to be vaccinated, and that is a great fortune, an enormous achievement of science and technology,” Merkel said via video link. “But I also have a certain duty to contribute to the protection of society.”

In 2000, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was launched at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, with an initial pledge of $750 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gavi’s goal is to make vaccines more accessible and affordable for everyone, anywhere in the world.

In addition to saving an estimated 10 million lives worldwide in less than 20 years by vaccinating nearly 700 million children, Gavi recently delivered a life-saving vaccine against Ebola.


At Davos 2016, we announced Gavi’s partnership with Merck to realize the life-saving Ebola vaccine.

The Ebola vaccine is the result of years of energy and commitment from Merck; the generosity of the Federal Government of Canada; leadership by the WHO; strong support for vaccine testing from both NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders and the countries affected by the outbreak in West Africa; and the prompt response and dedication of the DRC Minister of Health. Without these efforts, it is unlikely that this vaccine would be available for several years, if at all.

Learn more about the Vaccine Alliance and how you can help improve access to vaccines worldwide – in our Impact Story.

She added that the challenges of the pandemic and of climate change were similar, as they were both exponential processes whose severity was difficult to recognize at the beginning of a growth curve.

“When you see the start of an exponential increase, you have to act immediately, and an understanding of what exponential means is not widespread in our societies,” Merkel said.

“That’s also why we don’t worry so much about climate change – it’s also growing exponentially and we need to act at a time when it’s completely invisible how the numbers will grow.”