Australia plans Christmas amid Covid-19

The number of nCoV infections in Australia has increased continuously in recent days, but Prime Minister Morrison is still optimistic, reassuring that people can still enjoy Christmas normally.

The world has recorded 221,410,603 nCoV infections and 4,576,370 deaths, an increase of 415,355 and 6,391, respectively, while 196,187,173 people have recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

Australia reported 61,637 infections and 1,039 deaths, an increase from the previous day of 1,686 and 3 respectively. Authorities are racing to vaccinate in an effort to end the blockade on the densely populated southeast coast in the hope of making Christmas as normal as possible.

Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, September 1.  Photo: Reuters.

Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, September 1. Photo: Reuters.

More than 15 million people in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are living under lockdown orders as authorities try to quell a new severe outbreak of Covid-19 caused by the Delta mutation. .

Lockdown is part of a strategy recommended by the Australian federal government to respond to outbreaks until at least 70% of people aged 16 and over are fully immunized. Under the plan, Australia could open its national borders, which have been closed since March last year, when 80% of the population had been vaccinated.

At the current rate, Australia could hit the 70% target by the end of October or early November. Prime Minister Scott Morrison now says a complete eradication of the virus is unlikely but that hitting the vaccination targets will help the country end the interstate shutdown.

Australia has pursued a “no Covid” strategy and has been very successful in controlling the pandemic. However, the emergence of the highly contagious Delta variant seems to pose a significant challenge to this strategy.

“And everyone can plan a family reunion at Christmas, with all of our loved ones sitting at the dinner table, enjoying the sweets and having a good laugh,” Prime Minister Morrison said on Thursday. 9 told the Herald Sun newspaper. “No one wants Covid-19 to steal our Christmas and we have a plan and a vaccine in place to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Brother, the fifth largest epidemic area in the world, recorded 6,978,126 infections and 133,229 deaths.

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said yesterday that Britain has not yet decided on whether to give the Covid-19 vaccine to healthy children aged 12 to 15.

The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunizations (JCVI) on June 3 refused to recommend vaccination for children in this group because of concerns about the rare risk of heart inflammation after vaccination.

However, the government is consulting more experts on the matter and may continue to push the plan.

Some newspapers reported that British ministers had confidence that the health agency would quickly roll out vaccinations for children, but Zahawi insisted the government would not influence that decision.

“No decision will be made until we get a response from the medical directors,” Zahawi told the BBC.

Children are being widely vaccinated against Covid-19 in the US, Israel and many European countries.

Japan reported 16,012 new infections and 66 deaths, bringing the total to 1,556,998 and 16,313, respectively.

The country plans to issue Covid-19 vaccination certificates online through a QR scan code and a smartphone app starting in December, according to Nikkei. The certificate will be used mainly when people go abroad.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and members of his cabinet are scheduled to hold a council meeting today to discuss promoting a digital society, where they can make decisions on policies related to vaccine passports. number.

New Zealand June 5 reported 20 new infections, equal to the previous day, bringing the total number of infections to 3,412. The number of deaths remained the same at 27.

The fact that the number of new infections remains low gives authorities more confidence that they are gradually controlling the latest outbreak caused by the Delta mutation.

All new cases were recorded in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and also the epicenter of the outbreak. New cases per day tended to decrease during the previous week with the current number of community cases at 801.

“The continued decline in cases demonstrates that imposing a Level 4 alert for Aukcland and our public health measures are rapidly slowing the spread of the virus. However, it is not over and it is not over yet. We need to be very vigilant,” New Zealand Health Minister Ashley Bloomfield said.

About 1.7 million Aucklanders have been living under a level 4 lockdown since the outbreak broke out in mid-August. Restrictions have been eased elsewhere in the country but schools, offices, homes. Shops and all public places remain closed.

Vu Hoang (Follow Reuters)


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