MOSCOW – Confirmed coronavirus deaths in Russia hit a new high at 852 on Tuesday.
Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported an increase from the previous record high of 828 on Friday.
Daily coronavirus infections in Russia have dropped from more than 20,000 at the end of August to around 18,000 in mid-September. However, the numbers have started to climb again. As of last Thursday, the state’s coronavirus task force has reported more than 21,000 new cases per day. As of Tuesday, 21,559 new infections were recorded.
Despite the increase, there are few restrictions in place in Russia, which experienced a six-week lockdown last spring. Immunization rates have also remained low, with only 32% of the country’s 146 million people having received at least one vaccine injection and only 28% fully immunized.
Russian authorities have reported a total of around 7.4 million confirmed infections and more than 205,000 confirmed deaths. However, reports from the government’s Rosstat statistical service indicate that the tally of coronavirus-related deaths retroactively reveals much higher death figures.
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LISBON, Portugal – Portugal is ending its military-led vaccine task force after almost reaching its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19.
The task force, headed for eight months by a senior naval officer from a NATO building near Lisbon, is to be replaced by three teams reporting to the Ministry of Health.
The deployment of the vaccination campaign in Portugal is the most advanced in the world, with 84.88% of the 10.3 million inhabitants of the country having received vaccines, according to Our World in Data.
Portugal is removing most of its pandemic restrictions from Friday.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa said many people deserve the credit for the rapid roll-out of vaccines in the country, but stressed that Portugal’s acceptance of vaccinations was the main reason for the success.
Portugal does not have a significant anti-vaccination movement and is one of the main countries in the European Union in terms of vaccination against diseases such as measles and influenza.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Minister of Planning has said the government will start a campaign to vaccinate children aged 12 and over to protect them from the coronavirus.
Planning Minister Asad Umar’s announcement came on Tuesday against a backdrop of steadily declining COVID-19 deaths across the country.
Umar said in a tweet that the government will soon launch a campaign to vaccinate children in schools. He did not give a precise date.
Pakistan currently offers free vaccines to adolescents and adults.
The country on Tuesday reported 41 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,400 new cases in the past 24 hours. It was the first time since July that Pakistan had confirmed less than 1,500 daily cases.
SYDNEY – The Australian state of Victoria has recorded more coronavirus infections than New South Wales for the first time since a delta variant outbreak began in Sydney in June.
Victoria is Australia’s second most populous state and, on Tuesday, the state capital of Melbourne reported 867 new cases of the virus and four deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
This was the highest daily number of infections and deaths in Victoria for the latest outbreak. The previous high number of infections in Victoria was 847 reported on Saturday.
New South Wales is the most populous state and home to Sydney, which reported 863 new infections and seven deaths on Tuesday. The state has seen a plateau of daily infections as vaccinations have increased.
Sydney has been on lockdown since June 26 and Melbourne since August 5.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand is easing travel restrictions on Auckland six weeks after the country’s most populous city was closed due to the coronavirus.
People will be able to cross the city limit starting Monday evening if they move permanently, have shared care arrangements, or return home. Those leaving Auckland on healthcare trips will need to be tested for the virus within a week of leaving.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said more flexibility was being granted as the system of pandemic restrictions “is currently doing its job”.
The city reported eight new infections on Tuesday in the last 24-hour period. Auckland was locked up on August 17 after the delta variant of a hotel quarantine was leaked by a New Zealander who returned from Sydney.
Pandemic restrictions elsewhere in New Zealand amount to little more than mandatory mask wear.
NEW YORK – A federal appeal board has said New York City may require teachers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Court of Appeals acted Monday evening to lift a temporary order issued Friday that prevented the warrant from taking effect so that a group of teachers could challenge.
The mandate was due to go into effect Monday for teachers and other employees of the city’s schools. The appeal committee’s decision brought the mandate back into effect.
Lawyers for the teachers have said they will now ask the United States Supreme Court to intervene. A lawyer said: â€œWith thousands of unvaccinated teachers, the city may regret what it wanted. Our children will find themselves without teachers and without safety in schools. “
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A federal judge has ordered that all employees entering California jails be vaccinated or be granted a religious or medical exemption.
The order aims to prevent another coronavirus outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison last year.
The ordinance also requires that inmates who want in-person visits or who work outside prisons, including inmate firefighters, must also be fully immunized or have a religious or medical exemption.
The prison guards’ union says it can appeal.
More than 50,000 California inmates have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 240 have died from COVID-19.