COVID-19 SUMMARY: Delta variant presents in 91% of new cases in U.K., Africa faces third viral wave, Singapore to increase group gathering sizes and allow dine-in services


11th June 2021 – (Hong Kong)  Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 175,333,137 with 3,780,295 deaths as of 12.15am today.

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

Hong Kong and Singapore will review early next month the target launch date of a quarantine-free air travel bubble, the Hong Kong government said in a statement.

Taiwan’s Medigen Vaccine Biologics said on Thursday that it was seeking a speedy emergency use authorisation, or EUA, from the government for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate after safely completing phase two trials.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson is poised to delay the final stage of pandemic lockdown easing in England, in a blow to hospitality and entertainment businesses that want to see social-distancing rules dropped.

U.K. ‘s Hancock defended his response to the coronavirus pandemic, rejecting allegations from Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings that he made crucial mistakes over care homes.

The B1.617.2 variant — also called the Delta variant, which was first identified in India — now comprises 91% of new coronavirus cases in the U.K. according to British Health Minister Matt Hancock. 

Poland will reopen discos, loosen limits for hotel occupancy, and allow for higher capacity at sports events, concerts and fairs from 26th June.

Danish lawmakers agreed to end most of the country’s restrictions by 1st September. From Monday, Danes will be free to stop using face masks in all situations except public transport, according to a statement. Restaurants and bars will be free to extend opening hours and all schools will return to normal capacity and schedules.

U.S. and Canada

U.S. President Joe Biden is preparing to join other Group of Seven leaders in a campaign to end the COVID-19 pandemic by distributing at least 1 billion extra shots to poorer nations by late next year. Moderna Inc. filed for U.S. emergency-use authorization of its vaccine in adolescents.

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorised an extension of the shelf life of Johnson & Johnson’ COVID-19 vaccine, the company said in a statement Thursday. 

Eight states — all but one of them in the Northeast — have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents against COVID-19, according to data published Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Moderna has filed with the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 17-year-olds, according to a news release from the company.

Goldman Sachs employees in the U.S. have to report their vaccination status by noon Thursday, the New York Times’s DealBook reports, citing a memo sent to employees this week who have not yet communicated their status.

Rest of the world

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 4,969,847 as of Thursday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. Africa needs another 225 million COVID-19 doses in order to fully vaccinate 10% of the population in every country by September, WHO regional director of Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said on Thursday. 

New confirmed cases in South Africa surged by 8,881 on 9th June, the biggest jump in infections in about five months. 

Abu Dhabi will restrict entry to public venues including malls and beaches to people who have a “green pass” as cases start to inch higher in the United Arab Emirates.

Zambia reported record new infections amid a third viral wave, the health ministry said. The southern African nation reported 2,146 new cases on Thursday, with a 15% positive test rate, bringing the total cumulative number of infections to 105,909, with 1,332 deaths.

Iran’s total number of coronavirus cases rose above 3 million on Thursday, just over a week before the June 18 presidential election. Daily reported cases increased by 28% from the previous week to 12,398.

 Myanmar reported 161 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total cases in the country to 144,876, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

A man who had received two doses of a version of AstraZeneca Plc’s coronavirus vaccine died of the disease in Seychelles on Thursday. The man, who was 54, is the first fully vaccinated person in the country to die of COVID-19, Jude Gedeon, the island nation’s public health commissioner, said at a press conference. He didn’t say how long ago the man had taken his vaccine or whether the case is being investigated by AstraZeneca.

The Japanese government is considering lifting a Covid-related state of emergency in most areas, including Tokyo and Osaka, as planned on 20th June, the Mainichi newspaper reported, without citing how it got the information.

Indonesia on Thursday recorded 8,892 COVID-19 cases within one day, the highest daily number of infections since 26th February, the Health Ministry said.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health reported 13 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total tally to 62,236. Four new cases are reported from the community, with two of them linked to previous cases. One has already been placed on quarantine, and one was detected through surveillance. Singapore will increase group gathering sizes and allow dining-in at food outlets to resume after restrictions over the past month stemmed an outbreak in infections, the health ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The limit on group sizes for social gatherings will be increased from two to five people from 14th June, as Singapore begins to ease restrictions after a fall in the number of COVID-19 community cases.     Similarly, five distinct visitors per household daily will be allowed. Social gatherings should be limited to no more than two a day, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday.

Information compiled from Reuters, CNN, Xinhua News and Bloomberg.