Coronavirus: what’s happening around the world on Friday

The last: The UK government has sought to ease pressures on the food supply in England by exempting some workers from quarantine rules. In an announcement Thursday night following growing pressure from retailers facing staff shortages and empty shelves, he outlined plans for daily COVID-19 testing of critical food industry workers that will effectively enable those who test negative continue […]

Reluctance to Vaccine and Rise in R-Value Mean Alberta Cannot Give Up on Pandemic, Expert Says

Rising R-value for COVID-19 in Alberta coupled with stubborn and highest vaccine reluctance rate in the country are two signs that the province’s battle to fend off the pandemic still has hurdles to overcome, says expert in infectious diseases from Calgary. The province-wide R-value of Alberta – which represents the number of people infected by each infected person – rose […]

Demand for COVID-19 vaccines plummets in Canada – and some fear it means doses being thrown away

Canada’s demand for COVID-19 vaccines is slowly declining, experts say, and they warn that those who wait to see if cases increase before receiving their vaccines are wasting the time the body needs to develop sufficient immunity. Less than one percent of Canadians have been vaccinated per day over the past week, down from the record daily rate of 1.44 […]

As Tokyo Olympics-linked COVID-19 cases rise, experts warn of ‘worrying’ situation on the ground

Cases of COVID-19 among Olympic delegates are on the rise and around 15% of those who stay behind are unvaccinated, prompting medical experts to warn of potential ripple effects if the world’s largest sporting event does not suppress the transmission of the virus. Scheduled to begin with the opening ceremony on Friday, the Tokyo-based Olympics have been touted as safe […]

80% of new cases of COVID-19 in Spain among unvaccinated people, according to the Minister of Health

The vast majority of new COVID-19 cases in Spain over the past five weeks have been detected among unvaccinated people, the country’s health minister said on Monday, as new infections increased by 27,286. Only 5.5% of new cases during the period were detected among people who had been fully vaccinated, said Carolina Darias, adding that 11.4% were partially vaccinated and […]

Coronavirus: what’s happening around the world on Tuesday

The last: Mississippi’s top public health official said the state was seeing a rapid rise in coronavirus infections. Dr Thomas Dobbs tweets that the “4th wave is here”. The Mississippi State Department of Health said Monday that 2,326 new cases had been confirmed from Friday to Sunday. This is the largest three-day increase reported in the state since February. The […]