8th June 2021 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 174,532,405 with 3,756,068 deaths as of 11.30pm today.
China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
Chinese markets linked to some of the earliest cases were illegally selling a range of wildlife from which the coronavirus may have spread, according to a study published less than two weeks after U.S. President Joe Biden ordered a deeper probe into the pandemic’s genesis.
China is discussing cooperating to produce COVID-19 vaccines with 10 countries while encouraging manufacturers to transfer technology to developing countries, according to state media Xinhua, citing an interview with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Currently, three Chinese vaccine makers have carried out joint production with eight countries, MIIT’s official Mao Junfeng said.
China has approved the emergency use of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for those as young as three, the drugmaker confirmed on Tuesday, making it the first country to offer jabs to young children.
In Hong Kong, top billionaires are ramping up incentives to boost vaccinations. The city’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, and his business empire, CK group, are giving away HK$20 million worth of shopping vouchers via lottery to those who get two shots, according to an announcement Tuesday. New World Development Co., led by Adrian Cheng, also announced a HK$10 million subsidy for lower-income people who get vaccinated.
Taiwan on Tuesday reported 219 cases of COVID-19, all of which were local infections, as well as 22 deaths from the disease, the island’s disease monitoring agency said.
The U.K.’s plan to ease a lockdown could be delayed by two weeks as cabinet ministers are getting pessimistic following a briefing from the government’s chief medical officer and chief scientific officer, the Times of London reported, citing a cabinet source.
U.S. and Canada
Declines in US COVID-19 cases, emergency department visits, hospital admissions and deaths were largest in age groups that were most vaccinated and show how vaccinations are working to fight the coronavirus, according to a new study published Tuesday in the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Thirteen states have reached the Biden administration’s goal to vaccinate 70% of adults with at least one dose or coronavirus vaccine by 4th July, according to data published Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pfizer announced it will trial smaller doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for children 11 years old. The company said it is moving to a Phase 2/3 trial, and plans to enroll up to 4,500 children across 90 sites in the US, Finland, Poland and Spain.
People who have been vaccinated against coronavirus are more than 90% protected against infection and, if they do become infected, they have milder disease than unvaccinated people, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows.
CureVac NV’s stock slumped after Reuters reported that the European Medicines Agency doesn’t expect to make a decision on the approval of its vaccine before August.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is crafting plans to loosen the current 14-day isolation period for border-crossers who’ve had two vaccine doses, according to people familiar with the discussions. Travelers entering Canada would still be tested for the virus and may be required to quarantine for a shorter period.
Rest of the world
India’s federal government said on Tuesday that it has placed orders to procure 440 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin. Of the 440 million doses, orders for 250 million doses of Covishield have been placed with Serum Institute of India, while 190 million will be procured from Bharat Biotech.
The variant that drove India’s devastating COVID-19 epidemic is the most infectious to emerge so far. Doctors now want to know if it’s also more severe. Hearing impairment, severe gastric upsets and blood clots leading to gangrene, symptoms not typically seen in Covid patients, have been linked by doctors in India to the so-called Delta variant. In England and Scotland, early evidence suggests the now-dominant strain carries a higher risk of hospitalisation.
“We need more scientific research to analyze if these newer clinical presentations are linked to B.1.617 or not,” said Abdul Ghafur, an infectious disease physician at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, southern India’s largest city. Ghafur said he is seeing more Covid-19 patients with diarrhea now than in the initial wave of the epidemic.
Marcopolo Tiles Company Limited, a Chinese tiles manufacturing firm based in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, has posted strong financial performance despite the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the company’s phased approach for development.
The Omani health ministry on Tuesday announced 1,553 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 226,648, the official Oman News Agency reported. Meanwhile, 721 people recovered during the past 24 hours, raising the overall recoveries to 206,026 while ten fatalities were reported, pushing the death toll up to 2,434 since the pandemic broke out in the country, according to a ministry statement carried by ONA.
Zimbabwe asked the African Export-Import Bank to delay the arrival of Johnson & Johnson vaccines because of concerns about possible blood clots and its inability to keep the doses at the right temperature.
Iran on Tuesday reported 8,846 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country’s total infections to 2,980,116.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 4,938,325 as of Tuesday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.
Tokyo 2020 organisers are consulting models that show there will be limited impact by the Games on the COVID-19 situation in the country, Tokyo 2020 CEO Muto Toshiro told media.
The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 6,294 within one day to 1,869,325, with the death toll adding by 189 to 51,992, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
Sequencing in Singapore has revealed the emergence of the delta variant as the country’s major local strain, underscoring the highly infectious nature of the mutation that was first detected in India. Of these cases to date, 449 have been found to be caused by variants of concern, among which 428 were infections of the delta strain, said the country’s health ministry. The next largest group was nine cases linked to the beta mutation that first emerged in South Africa.
Information compiled from Reuters, CNN, Xinhua News and Bloomberg.