Health News Roundup: Australia's New South Wales reports 1,257 local COVID-19 cases; U.S. administers 380.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC and more
That compares with 20 local cases a day earlier. Biden to announce new COVID-19 steps ahead of U.N. meeting, surgeon general says U.S. President Joe Biden will announce new steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 before the U.N. General Assembly meets, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said Sunday.
Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
Australia's New South Wales reports 1,257 local COVID-19 cases
Australia's New South Wales state, the epicenter of the country's worst coronavirus outbreak, on Monday reported 1,257 locally acquired cases, down slightly from 1,262 a day earlier. Seven new deaths were registered in the state, taking the total number of deaths in the latest outbreak to 184.
U.S. administers 380.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC
The United States has administered 380,241,903 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Sunday morning and distributed 456,755,755 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Those figures are up from the 379,472,220 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Sept. 11, out of 456,755,075 doses delivered.
China reports 49 new coronavirus cases for Sept 12 vs 46 day ago
China reported on Monday 49 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland for Sept. 12, compared with 46 a day earlier, according to the National Health Commission. Of the new infections, 22 were locally transmitted, the health authority said. That compares with 20 local cases a day earlier.
Biden to announce new COVID-19 steps ahead of U.N. meeting, surgeon general says
U.S. President Joe Biden will announce new steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 before the U.N. General Assembly meets, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said Sunday. Murthy did not specify what those steps would be. The next session of the General Assembly opens Tuesday; the first day of the general debate will be the following week.
New Zealand buys further 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines as cluster grows
New Zealand has purchased 500,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Denmark, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday, as the country struggles with a cluster of infections in its largest city. New Zealand, which reported 20 locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Auckland on Sunday, said the vaccines will arrive within days. The latest outbreak now totals 599 infections since the first case was detected in late August.
South Africa loosens COVID curbs as third wave eases
South Africa will ease COVID-19 restrictions and shorten its nationwide curfew from Monday after a decline in infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address. Authorities will also extend the hours of alcohol sales, the president said, further relaxing restrictions introduced in June to combat the third wave of cases caused by the Delta variant.
New Zealand COVID-19 cases rise ahead of Auckland lockdown decision
New Zealand reported an increase in new coronavirus cases on Monday, all in its largest city Auckland which is struggling to control the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant. Health authorities recorded 33 new cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 on Monday, higher than 23 and 20 cases reported over the weekend.
No vaccine passports: UK PM to set out winter COVID-19 plan
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out on Tuesday his plans to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in the winter months, announcing a decision to scrap the introduction of vaccine passports and steps to end some emergency powers. Johnson, under fire from some in his governing Conservative Party for raising taxes to fix a health and social care crisis, looks set to try to soothe those critics by ditching plans to introduce passports despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases.
India reports 27,254 new COVID-19 cases, 219 deaths
India reported 27,254 new coronavirus infections and 219 deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday.
Total cases have now climbed to 33.26 million while deaths have risen to 442,874.
Britain begins world's largest trial of blood test for 50 types of cancer
Britain's state-run National Health Service will on Monday begin the world's biggest trial of Grail Inc's flagship Galleri blood test that can be used to detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear. The Galleri test looks at the DNA in a patient's blood to determine if any come from cancer cells. Earlier diagnosis of cancers leads to dramatically increased survival rates.
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