Latest coronavirus: South Africa tightens restrictions

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Monday June 28 (Tokyo time)

3h42 South Africa is tightening its COVID-19 restrictions for 14 days as current measures to contain the disease do not adequately prevent an increase in infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa said. Under the measures, all gatherings will be banned and there will be a 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew, and the sale of alcohol will be banned.

3:08 The United States administered 323,327,328 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday morning and distributed 381,282,720 doses, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those numbers are up from the 322,123,103 doses of vaccine that the CDC said had taken up arms as of June 26 out of 381,276,030 doses delivered.

As of Sunday, 179,261,269 people in the United States received at least one vaccine, while 153,028,665 are fully vaccinated. CDC totals include the two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech as well as the single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

Sunday June 27

8:08 p.m. Taiwan’s UBI Pharma has said it will seek emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate after trials have shown it to be safe and effective. The company claims that phase two testing does not reveal any major adverse effects for its vaccine candidate, which generated a good immune response. The authorization documents will be sent to the government before the end of June.

The island has ordered some 20 million shots from Moderna, AstraZeneca and the WHO-supported global sharing COVAX program for low-income countries. However, only about 7% of Taiwan’s 23.5 million people received at least one injection, with the remaining supply being blocked by global production issues.

7:57 p.m. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who was hospitalized in the capital last week due to severe fatigue, will stay there for a few more days, the metropolitan government said, less than a month before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Tokyo.

The Tokyo government said Koike was unlikely to return to work on Monday, as doctors determined she needed to continue to rest. Officials said last week she would be off work for the rest of the week because she needed a rest. Koike was hospitalized last Tuesday.

5:51 p.m. Sajid Javid has been appointed the new UK Minister for Health. Javid told BBC News his priority was to oversee a return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic. His predecessor Matt Hancock resigned over the weekend after admitting to breaking COVID-19 guidelines by kissing and kissing an assistant in his office.

1:08 p.m. Malaysia will extend the national lockdown beyond Monday to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Bernama State News Agency reports, citing Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Containment measures are expected to end on Monday. But Muhyiddin says they won’t be relaxed until daily cases drop below 4,000, Bernama said.

12:46 Sydney begins a two-week lockdown as a cluster of Delta variant cases stands at 110 in Australia’s largest city, while an outbreak in the northern city of Darwin prompted a stay order to two-day home. Australia has been more successful in dealing with the pandemic than many other advanced economies, but the rapid increase in cases and exposure sites has led the state government to impose a lockdown in which people cannot leave the country. home only for essential purchases, work, education, exercise and medical care. care.

10:19 a.m. Thailand is implementing new restrictions centered around its capital from Monday in a bid to tackle the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak to date. The new measures include a ban on restaurant services in Bangkok and five surrounding provinces, according to a document published in the country’s Royal Gazette. Shopping malls in Bangkok and the five provinces are to be closed at 9 p.m., and parties or celebrations, or activities involving a gathering of more than 20 people, will be banned for the same length of time, the document said.

2h20 UK Health Minister Matt Hancock has resigned after admitting to violating COVID-19 guidelines by kissing and kissing an assistant in his office, angering his colleagues and the public during the lockdown. Downing Street on Saturday published Hancock’s resignation letter to Boris Johnson and the Prime Minister’s response, who said he was sorry to receive it.

saturday june 26

6:18 p.m. Indonesia recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus cases on Saturday with 21,095 cases, bringing the total to 2,093,962, according to data from the country’s health ministry. Data shows 358 new deaths overnight, bringing that total to 56,729.

4:24 p.m. Taiwan reports its first case of the delta variant transmitted to the country on Saturday, stepping up controls in a southern part of the island where the cases are located. Six people in Pingtung County have been confirmed to have the delta variant, including two who returned this month from Peru, where they are believed to have brought the infection, Health Minister Chen said. Shih-chung.

13:19 Sydney will enter a harsh two-week shutdown on Saturday night as authorities attempt to contain a rapidly spreading delta variant outbreak in Australia’s largest city, the state prime minister said.

11:40 am The Australian state of New South Wales is reporting 29 cases of local transmission, with authorities reporting more restrictions could be placed on partially locked Sydney as exhibition sites have increased. Saturday’s data brings the number of infections linked to the Bondi outbreak to 80.

11:33 a.m. The U.S. drug regulator has added a warning to the literature accompanying the Pfizer Inc / BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccines to indicate the rare risk of heart inflammation after its use.

04:35 The head of the World Health Organization berates countries for their reluctance to share doses of COVID vaccine with low-income countries.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the situation in Africa – where new infections and deaths have jumped by nearly 40% last week – is “so dangerous” that the Delta variant is spreading in the world.

“The difference is between the haves and have-nots, which now completely exposes the injustice of our world – injustice, inequality, let’s face it,” he said.

“The problem is now a supply problem, just give us the vaccines,” Tedros said.

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