COVID-19: What to know about the coronavirus pandemic on August 11
- This daily roundup brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, along with tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
- Headline news: extended confinement in Melbourne, Australia; Nigeria to restart vaccine rollout after supplies arrive; South Korea reports record daily increase in COVID-19 cases.
1. How COVID-19 is affecting the world
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have exceeded 204.06 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 4.31 million. More than 4.48 billion doses of vaccination have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.
China continues to attempt to contain new COVID-19 outbreak, as recent surge in cases enters its fourth week; 583 new infections were reported last week.
US President Joe Biden has urged residents of hurricane-prone states to get vaccinated against COVID-19, to protect themselves if they have to evacuate their homes.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has presented plans to force those who are not vaccinated to take COVID-19 tests to do many public activities. The government will also stop offering free tests from October 11, except for those for whom vaccination is not recommended.
Antibody levels are a good predictor of the effectiveness of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new study released yesterday. This discovery could help speed up future clinical trials.
Moderna also announced that it has agreed with the Canadian government to start domestic production of mRNA vaccines.
South Korea has reported more than 2,200 new cases of COVID-19, a single-day record since the start of the pandemic.
Turkey’s COVID-19 cases hit a nearly three-month high, with 26,597 new confirmed cases reported yesterday.
Britain reported its highest number of daily COVID-19-related deaths since March 12, with 146 new deaths.
2. Prolonged confinement in Melbourne
A lockdown has been extended in Melbourne, Australia, until at least August 19. It was due to end tomorrow.
This is the sixth such lockdown for Melbourne residents, which was extended after authorities could not trace how several of the 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 contracted the disease.
It comes as Sydney reported a near-record single-day COVID-19 cases, with 344 new infections. Its own lockdown was extended to include Dubbo, a small town about 400 miles to the northwest.
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3. Nigeria to restart vaccine deployment
Nigeria is preparing to restart its COVID-19 vaccination program on Monday after receiving 4 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
A delivery of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also imminently expected, the head of the primary health care agency said yesterday.
Only 2 million Nigerians received one dose and only 700,000 received two – out of a population of 200 million – largely due to a lack of supplies. Deployment was suspended on July 9 due to depletion of stocks.
“We want to call on all Nigerians to be assured that the vaccines we have are safe and will be deployed next week,” said Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.