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Coronavirus worldwide, Oxford announces AstraZeneca vaccine against “South African” variant

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The University of Oxford announced on Sunday that it had begun injecting volunteers with a vaccine developed with AstraZeneca against the beta (“South African”) variant of the coronavirus. Clinical studies are used to measure its effectiveness.

Japan: Olympics, new rules for arrivals after the first infections among athletes

Athletes and other members of delegations arriving in Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics should be placed in isolation immediately if coronavirus positive subjects are identified among their members. This was stated yesterday by Hidemasa Nakamura, head of the main operational center of the Games and official of the Organizing Committee of the Olympics, after the cases of contagion among Uganda athletes who arrived in the country for the event. Among the nine Ugandan athletes who arrived in Japan, one had tested positive for Covid-19 upon his arrival in the country, and was therefore denied entry; the rest of the delegation was still able to travel freely to Osaka, where a second athlete tested positive for the virus on hotter days.

Australia: Covid, the obligation of masks is back in Queensland

The Australian state of Queensland has reintroduced the obligation of masks and limits to gatherings in private homes, which are added to the measures of social distancing gradually returned into force in response to the increase in cases of Covid-19 in the country. In Sydney, the country’s most populous city, and in Darwin, lockdowns were ordered over the weekend to contain some outbreaks of cluster infection of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus. There New Zelandmeanwhile, it has decreed the suspension of the bubble for air travel between the two countries, precisely in light of the increase in cases in Australia.

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Cases continue to increase in India

India reported 46,148 new Covid-19 infections on Monday in the past 24 hours, according to data from the health ministry. The South Asian country’s total number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 30.27 million, while total deaths stand at 396,730. Coronavirus-related deaths in India increased by 979 overnight.

The pandemic has killed at least 3,919,801 people worldwide since the end of December 2019 United States they are the most affected country both for the number of deaths, 603,966, and for cases. The Brazil, which has 513,474 deaths, is followed by India (395,751), Mexico (232.521) e Peru (191,584), the country that deplores the highest number of deaths in relation to its population. These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. WHO estimates that the pandemic toll could be two to three times higher than officially calculated.

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