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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – September 9: China restricts domestic travel, India approves nose drop vaccine

Stockholm, capital of Sweden and the most populous region of Scandinavia

Hello. This is the report by Jonathan Spira. Now here is the pandemic news from around the world on the 883rd day of the pandemic.

In the news we cover today, India has approved a vaccine given as nose drops, mask mandates will return to Germany in October and massive lockdowns continue in China.

Here’s a look at what’s happened over the past 24 hours.

OVERALL

In Germany, the Bundestag on Thursday approved a new amended Infektionsschutzgesetz, or virus protection, law. The rules, which are in effect from October 1, 2022 to April 7, 2023, require FFP2 face masks on long-distance trains, although they are not compulsory on plane flights or airports, although this rule may change if cases increase rapidly. Masks will also be required in all hospitals, nursing homes and health care facilities.

Individual states will have the ability to mandate masks for public transit, schools, and daycares.

China is restricting travel as large swathes of the country remain under lockdown. Regular testing is needed even in virus-free areas across China.

The city of Chengdu in the southwest of the country, with a population of more than 21 million, remains under lockdown, and millions of people in other parts of the country are under some form of restriction.

Meanwhile, India has approved a needle-free coronavirus vaccine administered as drops in the nose. The news follows an announcement in China of a vaccine inhaled through the nose and mouth in aerosol form.

These mucosal vaccines target the thin mucous membranes that line the nose, mouth and clefts and elicit immune responses where the coronavirus first enters the body. Such vaccines could, at least in theory, prevent even mild cases of disease and block transmission to other people.

AUTOMOTIVE

Sweden’s Volvo Cars, which temporarily closed its plant in Chengdu, China, due to local coronavirus restrictions on September 2, has resumed limited production, a company spokesperson said. More than 22.1 million people in Chengdu, home to China’s most prized pandas, are currently in lockdown.

TODAY’S STATISTICS

Now here are the daily stats for Friday, September 9.

As of Friday morning, the world recorded 612.8 million cases of Covid-19, an increase of 0.6 million cases and 6.5 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. Additionally, 590.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.8 million.

Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Friday is 15,543,642, a decrease of 166,000. Of this figure, 99.7%, or 15,501,707, are considered mild and 0.3 %, or 41,935, are listed as critical. The percentage of cases considered critical has not changed in the past 24 hours.

The United States reported 88,425 new coronavirus infections on Friday for the previous day, compared with 144,151 on Thursday, 125,894 on Wednesday and 16,508 on Tuesday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 7-day incidence rate is now 68,364. Figures for the weekend (reported the following day) are typically 30%-60% of those shown on weekdays due to fewer tests being performed .

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 68,356, down 25%, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average number of daily deaths over the same period is 383, a decrease of 17% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations over the period was 35,388, a decrease of 10%.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States on Friday recorded more than 96.9 million cases, a figure higher than any other country, and a death toll of more than 1.07 million. India has the second highest number of officially registered cases in the world, just under 44.5 million, and a reported death toll of 528,121.

The latest data from Russia’s state statistical service Rosstat showed that, at the end of May, the number of Covid- or Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic there in April 2020 is now 820,307, giving in the country the second highest pandemic in the world. related death toll, behind the United States. Rosstat reported that 4,991 people died from coronavirus or related causes in June, compared to 7,008 in May and 11,583 in April.

Meanwhile, France is the country with the third highest number of cases, 34.66 million, although Brazil had the third highest number of deaths from the virus, 684,784, and recorded 34.55 million of cases, placing it in the fourth position. .

Germany ranks fifth with 32.4 million cases.

The other three countries with total cases above 20 million are South Korea, with 23.9 million cases, dropping to sixth place on Friday, the United Kingdom, with more than 23.5 million cases, placing it in seventh place, and Italy, with 22 million, in eighth position.

Meanwhile, Russia, with more than 19.9 million recorded cases, will likely cross the 20 million mark in the coming days.

SPOTLIGHT ON IMMUNIZATION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as of Friday, more than 263.1 million people in the United States – or 79.2% – had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 67.6%, or 224.4 million people, have received two doses of the vaccine, and the total number of doses that have been distributed in the United States is now 610 million. Breaking it down further, 90.2% of the population over 18 – or 232.9 million people – have received at least one first vaccination and 77.4% of the same group – or 199.7 million people – are fully vaccinated. In addition, 51.7% of this population, or 103.2 million people, have already received a third dose, or booster dose, of vaccine.

Beginning June 13, 2022, the CDC began updating vaccine data on a weekly basis and releasing updated information on Fridays at 8 p.m. EDT, according to a statement posted on the CDC’s website. agency.

Some 67.7% of the world’s population received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday, according to Our World in Data, an online science publication that tracks such information. So far, 12.62 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered worldwide and 4.5 million doses are now being administered every day.

Meanwhile, only 21% of people in low-income countries have received a dose, while in countries like Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the UK and the US United, at least 75% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Only a few of the world’s poorest countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% vaccination mark. Many countries, however, are below 20%, and in countries like Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits or even lower.

Additionally, North Korea and Eritrea are now the only two countries in the world that have not administered vaccines.

Anna Breuer contributed reporting for this story.

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