Thailand confirms record of new cases
Having escaped the worst when the coronavirus pandemic broke out last year, Southeast Asia is now experiencing record increases in deaths and cases, while vaccine shortages and highly contagious variants have derailed containment efforts, Reuters reports. .
As countries like Britain, Germany and France prepare to remove most of the remaining restrictions after the devastating outbreaks, Southeast Asian governments have been tightening measures, hoping that selective closures will act as circuit breakers to stop dramatic spikes after cases began to rise in May.
A new terminal at the Thai capital’s airport is being converted into a 5,000-bed field hospital, as the country confirmed a record rise in cases of nearly 10,000 new infections on Friday.
Thailand confirmed a record 9,276 cases on Friday, as well as 73 deaths, the Bangkok daily reports.
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Thailand confirmed a record 9,276 cases on Friday, as well as 73 deaths, the Bangkok Post reports.
Meanwhile, Pfizer plans to ask US regulators to authorize a booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine within the next month, the drugmaker’s chief scientist said on Thursday.
The announcement was based on evidence of an increased risk of reinfection six months after inoculation and due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Here are the other key recent developments:
- Tourists in Portugal will need to show a negative Covid-19 test, a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery to stay in hotels or other vacation accommodation starting Saturday, the government announced.
- Foreign tourists who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be able to enter Canada for some time, with the government unwilling to jeopardize progress made to contain the virus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
- Olympic organizers decided to ban spectators from the Tokyo Games after Japan’s prime minister declared a state of emergency in the host city.. Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa left open the possibility that some venues outside of Tokyo may still have fans.
- Greece will unveil plans to require vaccination for specific professional groups next week.the government said, after the country’s bioethicists recommended mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers and staff in elderly care facilities only “as a measure of last resort” if efforts to encourage voluntary inoculation prove successful. ineffective.
- Tourists from England traveling to Amber List countries will not have to self-quarantine upon return if they are fully vaccinatedBut British living abroad will not be able to prove their vaccine status if they have been injected abroad.
- Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel left the hospital today after treatment for Covid-19 and will resume work this week.officials said. A statement from the Bettel government said her condition had improved, allowing her to work from home. He had been admitted to the hospital on Sunday.
- Indonesian pharmacies are running out of ivermectin, an oral treatment commonly used for parasitic infections.Reported AFP, after it was used widely and allegedly successfully in India, Mexico, Bolivia and elsewhere.
- A case brought by more than 500 families of Covid victims seeking a total of € 100 million in compensation from the Italian government has reached the courts., when the first hearing on the deadliest outbreak in continental Europe began in Rome.
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