Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus – Metro US

Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

People walk in Shinagawa station during the evening rush hour
People walk in Shinagawa station during the evening rush hour amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo

(Reuters) – New York City will require proof of vaccination for indoor activities including restaurants, gyms and performances, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.


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* A Russian court found Lyubov Sobol, a close ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, guilty of breaching COVID-19 safety regulations and restricted her movement for a year-and-a-half, her lawyer said.

* Five Roman Catholic bishops in Ireland are set to defy COVID-19 restrictions after instructing local parishes to hold communion and confirmation services this month, drawing a sharp rebuke from the government, which has pleaded with them to wait until it considers further easing curbs later this month.

* Greece have withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics artistic swimming competitions after four of their athletes tested positive, the Greek Olympic Committee said.

* France’s overseas territory of Guadeloupe will to go into a new lockdown for at least three weeks.


* Coronavirus infections are surging among Japanese in their 20s and 30s while more of those in their 40s and 50s are getting seriously ill, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.

* South Korea has detected its first two cases of the new Delta Plus COVID-19 variant, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said, as the country battles with its fourth wave of infections.

* Vietnam is set to approve the use of Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir for the treatment of patients with COVID-19, state media reported.

* Vietnam plans to stockpile rice purchased from domestic farmers in a bid to help growers affected by strict movement curbs and low export prices offload their harvest.

* New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s COVID-19 test result is negative, a government spokesman confirmed.


* The United States has donated over 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 60 countries so far, the White House said, as the world continued to grapple with the fast-spreading Delta variant.

* The U.S. states of Florida and Louisiana were at or near their highest hospitalization numbers of the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, driven by the still-spreading Delta variant.


* Morocco will lengthen its night curfew as it tightens restrictions to counter a surge in infections.

* Nigeria has received 4 million doses of Moderna’s vaccines donated by the United States government, as the West African country battles a third wave of infections.


* Argentina’s Laboratorios Richmond will produce over 3 million doses of the second component of the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine this month, the company said in a joint statement with Russian sovereign fund RDIF.

* Combining AstraZeneca’s vaccine with a second dose from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s jab provides “good protection”, Denmark’s State Serum Institute said.


* U.S. stocks, 10-year Treasurys and oil prices were mixed ahead of corporate earnings and economic growth signals that investors hope will clarify the investment outlook. [MKTS/GLOB]

* The resumption of indoor service in Irish restaurants and bars pushed the number of people claiming temporary COVID-19 jobless benefits down 15% in the last week, the largest fall since the economy’s longest lockdown began to be unwound.

(Compiled by Anita Kobylinska; Editing by Giles Elgood)