UK Covid news: office closure and return of masks if cases increase
Working from home and wearing masks could be reintroduced in the fall if Covid-19 cases increase again this winter.
Boris Johnson is expected to release a Covid winter plan on Wednesday outlining how to tackle Covid in the coming months, the Times reported.
The prime minister is seeking to avoid controversial lockdowns after some scientists warned that a “firewall” may be needed this fall.
“It’s about living with Covid,” a government source said.
Japan to decide on COVID-19 booster injections next week
Japanese officials will begin discussing whether to roll out booster shots next week, with the possibility of third doses being given by the end of the year.
According to the Japan Times, sources said health experts from a government vaccine subcommittee would analyze the issue and assess the possibility of mixing doses of vaccines produced by different manufacturers. The country uses three vaccines – Pfizer’s and Moderna’s. and AstraZeneca.
South Africa approves Pfizer vaccine for children 12 and older
The South African health regulator has approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for use by children aged 12 and older, paving the way for the government to offer vaccines to adolescents, Reuters reports.
The South African Health Products Authority said the decision came after a review of updated safety and efficacy information submitted in March.
The country’s vaccination campaign has intensified with just over 12% of its more than 60 million people vaccinated.
Health insurers say vaccine reluctance is now the main problem affecting the pace of the campaign and the government has launched efforts to persuade people to get the vaccine.
South Africa has a large population of young people, about 28% of whom are under the age of 15.
New Zealand: 23 new cases
New Zealand has registered 23 new cases of Covid in the past 24 hours.
The new infections, all located in the Auckland epicenter, were up from the 11 cases detected a day earlier.
“This serves as a strong reminder of the importance of following the Covid-19 alert level rules wherever you are, and getting tested if you have symptoms or if you have been in a place of interest on time. specified, “the New Zealand ministry said. for Health said.
Positive viral tests in gorillas at the zoo
Several western lowland gorillas at the Atlanta Zoo have tested positive for the coronavirus after handlers noticed that many great apes were showing signs of mild coughs, runny noses, and small loss of blood. appetite, the zoo said on Friday.
The Atlanta Zoo did not specify how many gorillas appeared to be infected, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that 13 gorillas had tested positive.
Teams at the zoo are collecting samples to test on its entire gorilla population, which has 20 members living in four troops.
China administered a total of 2.14 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of September 10
China has administered a total of 2.14 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as of September 10, data from the National Health Commission showed on Saturday.
Australia’s Covid death toll continues to rise
The state of New South Wales, which has been under strict stay-at-home orders for almost three months, has detected 1,599 new infections and reported eight more deaths.
Australia has now recorded nearly 73,000 cases of Covid and a death toll of 1,084.
China reports 25 new cases of Covid-19
China reported 25 new cases of Covid-19 on the mainland for September 10, up from 17 a day earlier, the national health authority said on Saturday.
One of the new infections was transmitted locally while the rest were imported, the National Health Commission said.
The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, was 21, the same as the day before. Of the new cases, five were local.
Mainland China has confirmed 95,153 cases of Covid-19, with the death toll unchanged at 4,636.
Queensland could suffer instant lockdown amid cluster of Covid-19 cases
Australia’s third most populous state said on Saturday it could order an instant lockdown after a cluster of Covid-19 cases, as the country saw a record one-day increase in daily infections.
The state of Queensland, home to more than 5 million people, said it detected five new infections in the past 24 hours after a family tested positive. The next few days would be critical to see if a lockdown was warranted, authorities said.
“If we start to see seedlings, we may need to take action very quickly. But for the moment, it is confined to the family, ”said State Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
The family lives in Brisbane, the state capital. It was not clear whether a lockdown would be limited to parts of the state like previous orders.
New South Wales, home to Sydney and Australia’s most populous state, is under lockdown, as are the cities of Melbourne and Canberra.