Six new cases in Victoria, all in hotel quarantine
In Victory, Australia, Minister of Health Martin Foley has reported six new cases, all in hotel quarantine, including a member of the flight crew.
It has welcomed the two days of zero cases in Brisbane, but Victoria will wait tomorrow for the final report, as well as the prime minister’s announcement, before changing any policies.
Yesterday, 96 travelers received permits to isolate themselves at their home in Victoria. They arrived via Melbourne airport “in violation” of Queensland restrictions, but have been helped to return home and isolate themselves anyway, he said.
Some 900 permits have been approved for Victorians trying to get home from New South Wales.
“This will not end until the Australian population is vaccinated,” he said.
(You can catch up on previous and detailed Australian updates on our previous blog here.)
Cuba will conduct phase three trials of its candidate vaccine, Sovereign 02, in Iran, after institutes of the two countries signed an agreement in Havana.
Cuba’s state Finlay Vaccine Institute announced on Twitter that the clinical trial would be carried out in Iran to “move faster in immunization against Covid-19 in both countries.”
Sovereign 02 is the most advanced coronavirus vaccine candidate in the country, and shows “an early immune response [at 14 days]”Said the institute’s director, Vicente Verez, last month.
It has been difficult to conduct phase 3 clinical trials in Cuba because its outbreak has not been as severe as in many larger countries, he said.
The Islamic republic has reported more than 1.2 million cases of the virus, including more than 56,000 deaths.
It comes after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banned the import of vaccines produced in the United States and Britain saying they were “completely untrustworthy.”
“It is not unlikely that they want to contaminate other nations,” he said in a tweet.
Cuba has reported some 14,000 cases among its population of 11.2 million and 148 people have died. Although its case numbers are lower than in other countries in the region, it is experiencing an increase after opening its borders. The Cuban government intends to vaccinate the entire population in the first half of this year.
Pope urges people to get vaccinated
On Saturday Pope Francisco and from Great Britain Queen Elizabeth became the latest high-profile figures to join the global coronavirus vaccination campaign, as the UK reported that it had surpassed more than 3 million cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
Francis urged people to get vaccinated, calling opposition to the jab “suicidal denial” and saying they would vaccinate it next week when the Vatican begins its campaign.
“There is a suicidal denial that I cannot explain, but today we have to get vaccinated,” he said in an interview with Canale 5 that will air in its entirety on Sunday.
The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were vaccinated on Saturday, Buckingham Palace said, in a rare public comment on the monarch’s long-standing private health affairs.
A source told the national news agency Press Association that the 94-year-old queen and 99-year-old Philip received the injections from a royal house doctor at Windsor Castle.
Hello and welcome to our ongoing coverage of the pandemic. Since it’s the weekend, we only published one of our coronavirus blogs, so I’ll bring you a combination of international updates and Australian news.
You can catch up on detailed Australian updates on our previous blog here.
You can also reach me on Twitter @heldavidson with your thoughts and updates.
A short summary of the latest so far:
- Pope Francisco He said he wants to get vaccinated against Covid starting next week as he urged others to get vaccinated to protect his own life and that of others. The Vatican City confirmed that it will launch a vaccination campaign shortly.
- Twenty one people in Marseilles have tested positive for the new Covid variant initially found in England, and officials said the cases had been discovered within a family group.
- Marseilles It has also joined Strasbourg and Dijon so that the curfew has been brought forward at 6 in the afternoon from 8 in the evening, until 6 in the morning.
- Another 1,035 people have died within 28 days of testing positive in the UK, bringing the total to 80,868. It is the fourth day in a row that the UK has recorded more than 1,000 deaths.
- France has recorded 171 new Covid-related deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours, with an increase of 20,177 new confirmed cases.
- Brazil recorded an additional 62,290 confirmed cases in the 24 hours to Saturday, and 1,171 deaths.
- In Australia, three new cases of local transmission have been registered in New south Wales. Two are linked to the Berala group and one to the northern beach group. The three-week lockdown of 70,000 people in Sydney’s North Beach region has ended. Brisbane remains locked up, despite not reporting new cases for the second day in a row.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism