At United States, the Texas National Guard dispatched a 36-member team to El Paso to help morgues in the border region with the death toll as a result of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, reports AP.
Statewide, the Texas Department of Health reported a one-day high of 12,597 new virus cases on Saturday, nearly 20,500 deaths since the pandemic began and more than 8,200 virus hospitalizations.
“The Texas Armed Forces will provide us with critical personnel to carry out our fatality management plan and we are very grateful to them for their continued support,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said Friday night when announced the deployment.
The pandemic is blamed for 853 deaths in El Paso County, including more than 300 since October. Inmates are paid to move the bodies and county leaders offer $ 27 an hour for morgue workers.
County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott asking for support for a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in the county, said morgues are overwhelmed. He wrote that the local medical examiner’s office reported 234 bodies being held in the main morgue and nine mobile morgues.
Daniel Andrews will speak at 10.30
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews will provide an update on the relaxation rules at 10.30am. M.
More on one of the Reuters vaccine candidates:
Modern It will charge governments between $ 25 and $ 37 per dose of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, depending on the quantity ordered, CEO Stephane Bancel told the German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS).
“So our vaccine costs about the same as a flu shot, which is between $ 10 and $ 50,” he said.
On Monday, an EU official involved in the talks said the European Commission wanted to strike a deal with Moderna to supply millions of doses at a price of less than $ 25 a dose.
“Nothing has been signed yet, but we are close to reaching an agreement with the EU Commission. We want to deliver to Europe and we are in constructive talks, ”Bancel told WamS, adding that it was only“ a matter of days ”until the contract was ready.
Moderna has said its experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing Covid, according to interim data from a late-stage clinical trial, becoming the second developer to report results that far exceeded expectations after Pfizer and its partner BioNTech. .
Police have issued 60 fines and 103 warnings to South Australians caught violating Covid-19 rules despite the state exiting the lockdown without registering any new local virus cases, the AAP reports.
They say that companies and individuals alike realized that on Thursday and Friday they “blatantly ignored” safety instructions, but most people have been “amazing” at doing the right thing over the past few days.
Commissioner Grant Stevens says his investigators are speaking with a pizzeria worker who lied to contact trackers about his whereabouts, prompting the shutdown.
He is believed to be a 36-year-old Spaniard living in Australia on a temporary graduate visa.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is due to announce further easing of restrictions this morning. Sunday newspapers suggest that restrictions to be eased will include only having to wear masks when indoors and unable to walk away, an increase in visitors to the house by 10, outdoor gatherings to increase to 50, pubs and restaurants allowed to have. up to 100 clients indoors and 200 outdoors, and the gyms allowed up to 100 people.
We will know more in a bit.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian will also give a Covid-19 update at 11am
Attention will also turn to South Australia, as the state comes out of its lockdown early after health authorities determined that the risk of an outbreak was greatly reduced.
Good morning and welcome to The Guardian Global Coronavirus Live Blog for Sunday.
I’m Josh Taylor, and I’ll bring you the latest news for a bit.
Here’s the latest:
- Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two next holidays in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus before Christmas.
- At United Kingdom341 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the death toll to 54,626.
- The number of new coronavirus infections in France It rose by 17,881 on Saturday, and it also reported 276 new deaths from the virus in hospitals over 24 hours.
- Rapid Covid-19 tests were offered to hundreds of people at Merthyr Tydfil in Welsh, as part of a massive coronavirus testing pilot plan. By Saturday night, 560 people had attended the testing center on its first day, with 554 negative and six positive tests recorded.
- Russia reported a daily record of 24,822 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing the national count to 2,064,748. The official death toll is now 35,778.
- Victory in Australia It has registered zero new cases and deaths for the 23rd day in a row, and restrictions are expected to be further eased this morning, including easing the use of masks.
- On Sunday, South Australia came out of its six-day lockdown a few days earlier after it was determined that the risk of an outbreak was greatly reduced.
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