- 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: Austria Locks Down to Unvaccinated; China fights largest COVID-19 outbreak; Germany plans stricter measures; The Japanese economy is contracting more than expected.
1. How COVID-19 Is Affecting the World
According to Johns Hopkins University, the global 253.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.1 million. More than 7.48 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.
Austria has put in place a lockdown for people who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, with police checks being strengthened to ensure compliance, although the city’s streets seemed busy as usual. The conservative-led government says about 2 million people in the country of about 9 million are now allowed to leave their homes only for a limited number of reasons, such as traveling to work or shopping for essentials.
Austria has one of Europe’s highest infection rates, with a seven-day incidence of 815 per 100,000 people.
China is fighting the spread of its largest COVID-19 outbreak caused by the Delta variant, according to figures announced Monday, with travelers from a city where the number of infections has grown faster than elsewhere in the country subject to strict quarantine rules in nearby areas .
Russia reported 1,211 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Monday, close to a record high of 1,241 last week, as well as 38,420 new cases of coronavirus.
Britain reported 36,517 cases of COVID-19 and 63 deaths within 28 days of testing positive on Sunday, according to government data.
It comes as Britain’s COVID-19 booster vaccine rollout is being extended to people between the ages of 40 and 49, officials said Monday, in a bid to boost the population’s waning immunity ahead of the colder winter months. .
Israel said Sunday that children aged five to 11 are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 and that a start date for the campaign would be announced within days.
Australia, which is quickly becoming one of the most vaccinated countries against COVID-19, is likely to start giving the injections to children under 12 in January, officials said Sunday.
The United States has administered more than 9.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the past seven days, a White House official said Saturday, the highest weekly total since late May.
Morocco will conduct rapid COVID-19 testing for passengers arriving at its airports and ports, and will deny entry to any visitor with a positive result, the government said on Saturday.
2. Stricter measures planned as the COVID-19 infection rate in Germany reaches a new high
Germany’s coronavirus infection rate has risen to its highest level since the start of the pandemic, public health figures showed on Monday, as the three parties in talks to form a new government planned to expand the lockdown. measures to tackle the pandemic.
The seven-day incidence rate — the number of people per 100,000 infected in the past week — rose from 289 the day before to 303, figures from the Robert Koch Institute showed Monday. The death toll rose by 43 to a total of 97,715.
The three parties are in talks to form a coalition plan to tighten proposed measures to tackle the spread of the new wave of infections, Greens co-leader Robert Habeck said before submitting their plans to parliament on Thursday. to go.
“We are expanding the toolbox compared to the proposals introduced in the first reading,” Habeck told ARD broadcaster.
The measures include contact restrictions, Reuters reported.
One year on, we look back at how the Forum’s networks have dealt with the global response to COVID-19.
Using a multi-stakeholder approach, the Forum and its partners through its COVID Action Platform have provided numerous solutions to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic globally and protect lives and livelihoods.
Over the course of 2020, along with the launch of its COVID Action Platform, the Forum and its partners launched more than 40 initiatives in response to the pandemic.
The work continues. For example, the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs supports 90,000 social entrepreneurs, impacting 1.4 billion people, who address the needs of excluded, marginalized and vulnerable groups in more than 190 countries.
Learn more about the COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, our support from GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemics Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), and the COVAX initiative and innovative approaches to solving the pandemic, such as our Common Trust Network – aimed at helping to roll out a “digital passport” in our Impact Story.
3. Japanese economy shrinks more than expected
Japan’s economy contracted much faster than expected in the third quarter as global supply disruptions hit exports and corporate spending and new cases of COVID-19 worsened consumer mood.
While many analysts expect the world’s third-largest economy to recover in the current quarter as the virus subsides, worsening global manufacturing bottlenecks pose an increasing risk to export-dependent Japan.
“The contraction was much bigger than expected due to supply chain constraints, which are severely impacting auto production and capital spending,” said Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin Research Institute.
“We expect the economy to recover this quarter, but the pace of recovery will be slow as consumption did not get off to a good start even after COVID-19 restrictions were eased in late September.”
The economy shrank 3.0% year-on-year in July-September after a revised 1.5% gain in the second quarter, preliminary gross domestic product (GDP) data showed Monday, far worse than a median market forecast for a contraction of 0.8%.
The weak GDP contrasts sharply with more promising data from other advanced countries, such as the United States, where the economy grew 2.0% in the third quarter on the back of strong subdued demand.