Coronavirus – Latest global developments around the world


Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

– Expo 2020 opens –

The Covid-delayed Expo 2020 is opened in Dubai by Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at an extravagant opening ceremony for what is expected to be the world’s biggest event since the start of the pandemic.

– EU extends vaccine export controls –

The EU says it will extend until the end of the year its export control mechanism under which makers of Covid-19 vaccines produced in the bloc need to get approval before shipping the doses overseas.

– Russia deaths spiral –

Russia reports its highest death toll for a third day in a row — 867 — as the highly infectious Delta variant and slow vaccination rates take their toll.

Medics transport a patient to the hospital complex for COVID-19 patients in Kommunarka settlement, in Moscow, Russia. Source: AFP

– …and cases in Ukraine –

Ukraine reports its highest number of daily coronavirus cases since April — 11,757 — as authorities prepare to introduce compulsory vaccinations for teachers and government officials.

– New York vaccine mandate working –

The hard-hit city and state of New York have managed to boost vaccination rates through their first-in-the-nation policy of forcing teachers and health care workers to get a Covid-19 shot.

– …but Slovenia’s blocked –

Slovenia’s Constitutional Court blocks a government plan to make coronavirus vaccines mandatory for public employees, hours before it was due to come into force.

– Africa lags on vaccinations –

Only 15 of Africa’s 54 nations have managed to fully vaccinate at least 10 percent of their people, while half have jabbed less than two percent, according to the World Health Organization’s Africa bureau.

– Philippine economic woes –

The Philippine economy will take more than a decade to return to pre-pandemic growth, Economic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua says, warning the next two generations of Filipinos will be paying for the cost of Covid-19.

– More than 4.7 million dead –

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,771,320 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.

The US is the worst-affected country with 695,116 deaths, followed by Brazil with 596,122, India with 448,062, Mexico 276,973 and Russia 207,225.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the US with 2,543 new deaths, followed by Russia with 867 and Brazil with 676.


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