Authority in Russia reported 18,780 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to the Russian state news agency Tass News.
Of these, 1,494 cases were detected in St. Petersburg, 756 in the Moscow region, 512 in the Sverdlovsk region, 479 in the Rostov region and 462 in the Perm and Voronezh regions.
Health authorities also reported 796 deaths related to the virus. So far, Russia has recorded 186,407 coronavirus-related deaths.
Vaccine passport restrictions in France it could be alleviated if rates of Covid-19 infections in the country start to slow down, Labor Minister Élisabeth Borne said Saturday.
“The health situation is improving. If this is confirmed, we will be able to relax the rules, “Reuters Borne quoted to radio France Inter, adding that this could be decided” in the coming days “.
It comes after a French retail group, Auchan, said that the introduction of the vaccine pass, the “pass sanitaire,” had hit its business early in the third quarter. Customers of shopping centers with an area greater than 20,000 square meters must have a valid subscription.
Meanwhile, protests continue against the pass, which is also necessary to visit bars and restaurants. Social media videos on Saturday showed protesters laying picnic blankets on the streets and eating outside of businesses whose entry is restricted to pass holders.
In another sporting cancellation, the boxer Oscar de la hoya said his return battle scheduled for next weekend was canceled after he took Covid.
The Formula 1 racing car driver Kimi Raikkonen will miss this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix after testing positive at Covid-19, race organizers and his Alfa Romeo team announced.
With Raikkonen, 41, needing a negative test before he can return to the paddock, his participation in next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza is also in doubt. He is expected to retire from F1 at the end of the season, reports the French news agency AFP.
Ministers are considering extending plans to enforce “vaccine passports” on England on football matches, music concerts and business conferences, despite growing opposition in the Conservative party, a report says.
The government already outlined plans for such passports as a condition for entry to nightclubs in July. But according to a report by the Daily Mail, the requirement is now set to be extended to a number of other mass events.
According to plans, Covid certification would be mandatory for most major sporting events, music concerts, festivals and some exhibitions; but it would not include the broader hospitality sector, such as pubs and restaurants, for now.
More than 40 Conservative MPs have pledged to vote against any vaccine passport plan. The Mail quoted a Whitehall source as saying:
Everyone understands concerns about freedoms, but this winter we may find ourselves in a situation where the alternative is more closures and economic damage to sectors that have already suffered enormously.
China had administered a total of about 7.5 million vaccines against Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the accumulated total to 2.092 billion doses, data from the National Health Commission showed Saturday.
A former chief science advisor to the UK The government said it is up to ministers to look into the wider harms of failing to vaccinate children, after the government’s vaccine expert group decided the benefits of Covid vaccines were too marginal.
Discussing the medical directors tasked with providing further advice on vaccinating young people aged 12 to 15, Professor Sir Mark Walport told BBC Radio 4’s Today program:
It’s uncomfortable but it’s not necessarily a particularly rare situation.
The JCVI looks through a very particular lens, which is the clinical safety of the vaccine for a given population group against the effects of the disease itself.
But what they don’t look at are the broader issues like education and the harms that go with it, then the wider harms potentially to children and the ripple effects on their families – this is where politicians come in.
Walport suggested that the possible side effects of coronavirus vaccines for children could be outweighed by the benefits.
The health of my son and grandson is also affected by their social environment, their ability to go to school, what happens in the family, and therefore there are also broader factors.
All the evidence is that the rate of myocarditis, heart muscle inflammation and pericarditis is at least the same and probably significantly higher in the same population group if they contract the coronavirus.
Australia has reported the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases so far, with 1,756 infections on Saturday, as country officials urged people to get the vaccines.
Most of the cases occurred in New South Wales, where there were 1,533 new cases and four more deaths, Reuters reported. The state has had an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant since mid-June.
Victoria reported 190 cases, the Australian Capital Territory 32 and Queensland. Recent daily infections are about twice as high as the previous worst pandemic wave in Australia a year ago.
“The general trend is a slow and steady rise. That’s why vaccination is so important, as is compliance with the rules, ”Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said at a news conference.
Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, which together are home to nearly 60% of the 25 million Australians, have been subjected to a rigorous lockdown for weeks.
A member of the government’s scientific advisory group on emergencies suggested that the government should take a broader perspective than the benefit-risk calculation adopted by the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization in administering vaccines to young people aged 12 to 15 years.
Professor John Edmunds told BBC Radio 4’s Today program:
I think we need to consider the wider effect Covid could have on children and their educational and developmental outcomes.
In the UK it is now difficult to say how many children have not been infected, but it is probably around half of them, i.e. around six million children, so it is a long way to go if we allow the infection to cross the population, this is a many children who will be infected and that will be a lot of inconvenience to schools in the coming months.
Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said on Friday he had written to the four UK medical directors to ask for further advice on administering vaccines to over 12s.
Hello, this is it Damien Gayle at the controls of the coronavirus live blog today from London, bringing you the latest Covid-related headlines and updates from the UK and around the world.
In the UK this morning, we expect to see the first fallout from the government’s Vaccine Advisory Committee’s surprise decision not to recommend Covid vaccinations for children ages 12-15.
In making the decision on Friday not to recommend vaccines, members of the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization defied what appeared to be significant pressure from ministers. In a statement, they said the benefits of vaccinations, when weighed against the risks, were too marginal.
But they left the door open for the government to override them by saying that it is not within their remit to consider the “wider social impact” of vaccination, particularly in education, and suggesting that the government seek further advice from medical directors.
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