Covid-19 has infected more than 241 million people and killed more than 4.9 million worldwide. Here are the virus-related developments for October 19:
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Bulgaria launches health pass as cases rise
Bulgaria is introducing a Covid-19 ‘green certificate’ as a mandatory requirement for access to restaurants, theaters, cinemas, concert halls, gymnasiums, clubs and shopping malls as the country faces an increase in coronavirus infections.
Health Minister Stoycho Katsarov explained that the new digital or paper health pass certifies that its holder has been vaccinated, has recently recovered from Covid-19 or has tested negative.
The Balkan country of 7 million people has reported 4,979 new cases of Covid-19 and 214 deaths linked to the coronavirus, accentuating the rise in new infections since early September.
Turkey gives local vaccine candidate a boostuh blow
As phase 3 human trials of the Turkish vaccine candidate continue, healthcare professionals are offering injections of Turkovac as a third booster injection.
According to a written statement from Erciyes University in central Kayseri province, Turkovac, a locally produced inactive vaccine candidate, is given to volunteers who have received two doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine and have not yet caught the coronavirus.
The vaccine is given to people between the ages of 18 and 59.
Russia proposes one-week workplace closure
Russia offered to shut down workplaces for a week in early November as its daily death toll hit a new record and a sharp rise in cases continued, prompting further calls from the Kremlin for people to do so. vaccinate.
Russia’s virus task force reported 1,015 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest one-day toll since the start of the pandemic, along with 33,740 new infections, just short of an increase daily record, authorities attributing the outbreak to a slow vaccination campaign.
Ukraine sets new death record
Ukraine has reported a record number of coronavirus deaths as the country experiences an upsurge in infections and struggles to roll out vaccines against its vaccine-skeptical population.
A tally from the government of the former Soviet country, whose public health service is under resourced, reported 538 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic.
Authorities recorded 15,579 new infections in 24 hours and 2,852 hospitalizations.
Authorities in the country of around 40 million people initially struggled to obtain vaccines, but are now fighting to convince Ukrainians to get bitten.
Children fuel increase in UK cases after vaccine slow start
The spread of Covid-19 among children in England has fueled an increase in cases nationwide and worried some scientists that vaccines are being rolled out too slowly in schools, endangering the well-being of children and adults.
The cases in Britain as a whole are much higher than in other European countries and are increasing. A survey on Friday suggested the prevalence was at its highest level since January, with 8% of high school students infected.
Australia cases remain low as vaccinations increase
Australia’s Covid-19 cases have remained moderate as its largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, gradually head back to normalcy amid an increase in vaccinations, after being rocked by a third wave of infections in the Delta variant.
The rapidly evolving Delta strain has forced Sydney, Melbourne and the national capital of Canberra to abandon their Covid-zero approach and officials now aim to ease strict restrictions once double-dose vaccination rates exceed 70 percent, 80 percent and 90 percent.
Sydney, Australia’s largest city, and Canberra emerged from a multi-month lockdown last week after meeting their vaccination targets as Melbourne is set to lift its strict stay-at-home orders later this week .
Brazil plans to combine pandemic relief and “Bolsa Familia” well-being in 2022
The Brazilian government plans to combine pandemic relief payments and ‘Bolsa Familia’ social protection programs into a monthly allowance of 300 reais ($ 54.42) next year, according to a ministry official. Economy knowing directly the question.
The government is evaluating this option due to congressional budget constraint resistance to its tax reform proposal, the source said on Monday, requesting anonymity to discuss confidential political debates.
It is crucial for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to maintain relief from the soon-to-expire pandemic as he examines his diminishing re-election chances in 2022 due to the fall in popularity of his Covid-rebate. 19, while a tight budget situation limits its ability to spend.
Brazil has reported 7,446 new cases of Covid-19 and 183 more deaths from the coronavirus.
One in three UK music jobs cut by Covid – report
The Covid-19 pandemic has wiped out one in three jobs in the UK music industry, a professional body said, as it called for government support to help the industry recover.
The number of jobs fell 35% to 128,000 in 2020 from 197,000 in 2019 as the pandemic shut down live events and forced studios to close, UK Music said in its annual report.
Some 69,000 jobs have been lost in a sector where three-quarters of workers are self-employed and have not received help from government support programs, according to the “This Is Music 2021” report.
The music industry’s contribution to the UK economy fell 46% to 3.1 billion pounds ($ 4.26 billion) in 2020 from 5.8 billion pounds in 2019, the report adds. Exports fell 23 percent to 2.3 billion pounds.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies