Here is a summary of the current health briefs.

Malaysia’s COVID-19 lockdown will be extended – PM

Malaysia will extend the national lockdown beyond Monday to curb the spread of COVID-19, the state-run Bernama news agency reported on Sunday, citing Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Containment measures were due to end on Monday. But Muhyiddin said they would not be alleviated until daily cases fell below 4,000, Bernama said.

Germany expects faster shipments of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Germany expects drugmaker Moderna Inc to deliver COVID-19 vaccines faster than expected, helping it ramp up vaccinations in the coming months, the health ministry said on Sunday. Moderna will increase deliveries to 1.33 million doses per week in July from 733,000 previously forecast, bringing the figure to 2.57 million per week in August and 2.95 million per week in September, the ministry said.

Germany to step up race vaccinations with Delta variant

Germany will soon have so many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that it will be able to offer vaccines to passers-by in city centers or places of worship as it seeks to vaccinate at least 80% of the population, have health officials said on Saturday. While demand still exceeds supply in many doctors’ offices, it will turn into a surplus in the coming weeks, Health Minister Jens Spahn said, adding that the country needs to speed up vaccinations to prevent the Delta variant from growing. settle down.

UK coronavirus vaccines weakened link between infections and death, scientist says

Britain’s mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign has weakened the link between infections and deaths, but it has not yet been completely severed, the head of a scientific advisory body to the government said on Sunday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to lift most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions on July 19 after being forced to postpone any further easing this month due to a growing number of cases largely due to the Delta variant, more infectious.

PM Modi urges India to get COVID-19 vaccine amid Delta variant concerns

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to overcome their hesitation and get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, as concerns grow over the highly infectious Delta variant detected in some states. After infections drop from daily peak of 400,000 in May, India has stepped up efforts to immunize the country’s 940 million adults amid supply constraints and fears of a third wave pandemic.

New Zealand extends COVID-19 alert level in capital

New Zealand will extend the COVID-19 alert level in the capital Wellington for two days, as authorities said on Sunday that there is still a risk that an Australian tourist will have tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting the town last weekend. Wellington, which rose to Alert Level 2 on Wednesday, will now remain at that level until Tuesday.

US reaches 322 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered: CDC

The United States administered 322,123,103 doses of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide on Saturday morning and distributed 381,276,030 doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday. Those numbers are up from the 321,199,379 doses of vaccine that the CDC said had taken up arms as of June 25 out of 380,222,670 doses delivered.

Sydney, Darwin on lockdown as COVID-19 cases emerge across Australia

Australia reported one of the highest numbers of locally acquired coronavirus cases on Sunday this year, triggering lockdowns in the cities of Sydney and Darwin and forcing tighter restrictions in four states. Sydney began a two-week lockdown on Sunday as Bondi’s neighborhood cluster of the highly contagious variant of the Delta coronavirus rose to 110 in Australia’s largest city, while an outbreak in the city of Darwin, in the north of the country, resulted in a harsh two-day stay-at-home order. “Given the contagiousness of this strain of the virus, we expect that over the next few days the number of cases will likely increase beyond what we have seen today,” said the premier of the South Wales State Gladys Berejiklian at a press briefing in Sydney. As of Sunday evening, 38 cases of different COVID-19 variants were reported, including 30 in Sydney, four in the Northern Territory, three in Queensland and one in Western Australia. It was the first time in months that so many different parts of Australia were reporting new infections on the same day, and Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt also warned Australians there would be more. more to come.

Mallorca probes COVID-19 outbreak among hundreds of celebrating students

Authorities in Mallorca are investigating a coronavirus outbreak involving more than 600 students celebrating the end of the term on the Spanish island, just as they prepare for the return of British tourists following the easing of travel restrictions. Students from the mainland went to a music concert at an arena in the capital, Palma, as well as boat and hotel parties, and officials said on Saturday they wanted to know if the venue had complied with virus control measures.

Thailand announces new restrictions in Bangkok and other provinces

Thailand on Sunday announced new restrictions centered around its capital in a bid to tackle the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak. The new measures, which will be implemented for 30 days from Monday, include a ban on dining at restaurants in Bangkok, the capital, and five surrounding provinces, according to a document published in the country’s Royal Gazette.

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