Health News Roundup: China reports biggest daily COVID-19 case; India's daily virus cases breach 100,000 and moreDevdiscouyrse News Desk | Updated: 05-04-2021 18:36 IST | Created: 05-04-2021 18:29 IST
Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
Singapore to accept COVID-19 digital travel pass from next month
Singapore will next month accept visitors who use a mobile travel pass containing digital certificates for COVID-19 tests and vaccines, its aviation regulator said on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to adopt the initiative. Singapore will accept the International Air Transport Association (IATA) mobile travel pass for pre-departure checks, where travelers can get clearance to fly to and enter Singapore by showing a smartphone application containing their data from accredited laboratories.
India's Panacea Biotec to produce 100 million Sputnik V doses annually: RDIF
Indian biotech firm Panacea Biotec Ltd has agreed to produce 100 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine annually, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which markets the shot internationally, said on Monday. RDIF did not say when production would begin.
Japan fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible fourth wave
Japanese health authorities are concerned that variants of the coronavirus are driving a nascent fourth wave in the pandemic with just 109 days remaining until the Tokyo Olympics. The variants appear to be more infectious and may be resistant to vaccines, which are still not widely available in Japan. The situation is worst in Osaka, where infections hit fresh records last week, prompting the regional government to start targeted lockdown measures for one month from Monday.
China reports biggest daily COVID-19 case jump in over 2 months
China reported its biggest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases in more than two months, as a city on the border with Myanmar in southwestern Yunnan province accounted for all new local cases. Ruili's local government put residents in its urban area under home quarantine, launched a massive testing drive and began restricting people from leaving and entering the city from last week after reporting COVID-19 patients.
U.S. puts J&J in charge of plant that botched COVID vaccine, removes AstraZeneca
The United States has put Johnson and Johnson in charge of a plant that ruined 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine and has stopped British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc from using the facility, a senior health official said on Saturday. J&J said it was "assuming full responsibility" of the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore, reiterating that it will deliver 100 million doses to the government by the end of May.
East Timor receives first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to begin inoculation drive this week
East Timor received its first batch of coronavirus vaccine on Monday, arranged by the global vaccine sharing scheme COVAX, the European Union, which backs the initiative said, as the tiny Southeast Asian nation readies to start an inoculation drive on Wednesday. A total of 24,000 doses has arrived as planned from the facility which plans to provide vaccines enough to cover 20% of the country's population of 1.3 million.
India's daily virus cases breach 100,000
mutants, behaviour blamed India reported a record rise in COVID-19 infections on Monday, becoming the second country after the United States to post more than 100,000 new cases in a day, as politicians stage massive election rallies raising fears of further spreading the virus. Hospitals in the worst affected state, Maharashtra, are being overrun by patients. India's richest state, home to its commercial capital Mumbai and numerous industries, reported a record 57,074 new cases overnight.
What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: India's daily virus cases breach 100,000
'Time to move forward': Portugal eases COVID-19 lockdown
Pedro Costa's eyes sparkled with joy as Portugal on Monday entered the second phase of easing its COVID-19 lockdown, allowing him to at last welcome back loyal customers to his tiny coffee kiosk in the heart of Lisbon. "This lockdown was more painful but it is positive we are reopening," said the 30-year-old. "It's the best day: the restart. It's time to move forward and I hope we will not need to take a step back."
Germany sees 20% of population vaccinated against coronavirus by May
Germany will have immunised 20% of its population against the novel coronavirus by the beginning of May, the country's health minister Jens Spahn said on Monday. Germany has seen a rise in infections as it lags Britain, Israel and the United States in the pace of vaccinations.
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