Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Sunday

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New Zealand recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, as the current community outbreak of the highly transmissible delta variant continues to grow, bringing the number of infections associated with the outbreak to 72, officials said. of health.

Of the 21 new cases, 20 are in Auckland, the largest city, and one in the capital Wellington. Five people were hospitalized, but no one was in intensive care.

The Pacific nation of 5.1 million people is under strict lockdown until midnight Tuesday as the outbreak has spread beyond the two key cities.

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said about one million people have been fully vaccinated in New Zealand, after more than 50,000 doses of the vaccine were administered on Saturday.

“We continue to deliver incredible numbers that we can be proud of,” he said.

Until the current epidemic, however, New Zealand’s vaccination rate was the slowest among the wealthy countries in the OECD group, with only one-fifth of the population fully vaccinated.

The country has only recorded 2,660 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic and 26 related deaths, according to the health ministry.

Cars pass through a COVID-19 test center in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. Lockdown restrictions are currently in place for the majority of Australians. (Asanka Ratnayake / Getty Images)

In neighboring Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday the country will stick to its lockdown strategy until at least 70% of its population is fully vaccinated, but after that it will have to start living with the virus.

The country set a record with 914 infections, its highest daily figure, while the southern and eastern states of New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory remain under strict lockdown .

“You can’t live with blockages forever and at some point you have to shift gears, and that’s 70% done,” Morrison said in a TV interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Insiders program.

About 60% of the population of 25 million is now in confinement. Home orders, which often last for months, have strained the patience of many.

Police in the most populous state of New South Wales said they had imposed 940 fines in the past 24 hours for violating public health orders, while media said several hundred people were killed. gathered to protest the Sunday Borders at the Queensland State Border.

This follows hundreds of arrests carried out by police on Saturday during anti-containment protests in Sydney and Melbourne.

About 30% of Australians over 16 have been fully immunized, data from the Department of Health showed on Saturday. This is mainly due to the fact that the Pfizer vaccine is in short supply and the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine is causing public discomfort.

Despite a third wave of delta variant infections, Australia’s COVID-19 count is relatively low, with just under 44,000 cases and 981 deaths.


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What is happening in the world

Men walk next to closed shops in a bazaar following tightening of restrictions to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases in Tehran on Monday. Containment ended on Saturday. (Majid Asgaripour / WANA / Reuters)

As of Sunday morning, more than 211.4 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide. According to the Johns Hopkins University Tracking Database, more than 4.4 million deaths have been reported worldwide.

In the Americas, a conservative talk radio host from Tennessee who was skeptical of vaccines until hospitalized with COVID-19, has died. He was 61 years old.

Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN confirmed Phil Valentine’s death in a tweet on Saturday.

Valentine had been skeptical of coronavirus vaccines. But after testing positive for COVID-19, and before his hospitalization, he told his listeners to consider, “If I get this COVID thing, do I have a chance of dying from it?” If so, he advised them to get the vaccine. He said he chose not to get the vaccine because he thought he probably wouldn’t die.

After Valentine was transferred to an intensive care unit, his brother Mark said the radio host regretted that “he was not a more vocal advocate for vaccination”.

“I know if he was able to tell you, he would say, ‘Go get the shot. Stop worrying about politics. Stop worrying about all the conspiracy theories,'” said Mark. Valentine at the Tennessean on July 25.

“He regrets that he was not more adamant about getting the vaccine. Look at the dadgum data,” said Mark Valentine.

In Africa, Togo has only recorded 56 COVID-19 infections among health workers since the end of May, after the vast majority of health workers in the country received their second dose of vaccine, according to the Organization’s Regional Office. World Health Organization for Africa (WHO AFRO).

Health workers were identified among priority groups when Togo launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on March 10. A total of 33,090 of them – nearly 95% of the country’s health workers – received their first dose between March 11 and 13, WHO AFRO said. A total of 30,867 of these caregivers, or about 93%, received their second dose between May 18 and May 21.

In Asia, Iran reported its highest COVID-19 death toll in a single day from the pandemic, according to state media. The official IRNA news agency said on Sunday that 684 people had died from the disease since Saturday, while more than 36,400 new cases were confirmed in the same 24-hour period.

A five-day lockdown in the country ended on Saturday. The country is struggling to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus, with around 7% of Iranians fully vaccinated.

In Europe, thousands of people marched on Saturday in cities in France to protest against the COVID-19 health pass now mandatory for access to restaurants and cafes, cultural places, sports stadiums and long-distance travel. For a sixth consecutive Saturday, opponents denounced what they consider a restriction of their freedom.



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