Coronavirus: What’s taking place in Canada and all over the world on Wednesday

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The World Health Organization stated there have been about 4 million coronavirus cases reported globally final week, marking the primary main drop in new infections in additional than two months. In latest weeks, there have been about 4.4 million new COVID-19 cases.

In its weekly replace launched on Tuesday, the UN health company stated each area on the planet noticed a drop in COVID-19 cases in comparison with the earlier week.

Although the worldwide variety of deaths decreased to about 62,000, with the sharpest decline in Southeast Asia, there was a seven per cent enhance in deaths in Africa. According to the weekly report from WHO, the best numbers of cases have been seen in:

  • The United States, with 1,034,836 new cases — a lower of roughly 20 per cent from every week earlier.
  • The United Kingdom, with 256,051 new cases — a 5 per cent enhance.
  • India, with 248 248 new cases — a 15 per cent lower. 
  • Iran, with 172 030 new cases —  a 17 per cent lower.
  • Turkey, with 158 236 new cases — a six per cent enhance.

Cases within the U.S., pushed by the delta variant and resistance amongst some Americans to get vaccinated, are concentrated largely within the South. While scorching spots equivalent to Florida and Louisiana are bettering, an infection charges are hovering in Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee, fuelled by kids again in class, free masks necessities and low vaccination charges.

According to the weekly update, the delta variant had been recognized in 180 international locations as of Tuesday.

-From The Associated Press, final up to date at 7:10 a.m. ET


What’s taking place throughout Canada

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What’s taking place all over the world

A medical employee collects a swab from a resident throughout mass testing amid new cases of COVID-19 in Putian, in China’s Fujian province. (cnsphoto/Reuters)

As of early Wednesday morning, greater than 225.8 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, in accordance with the coronavirus monitoring instrument maintained by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. The reported international dying toll stood at greater than 4.6 million.

In the Asia-Pacific area, China is imposing lockdowns and ordering mass testing in cities alongside its east coast amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. Checks have been arrange in toll stations across the metropolis of Putian in Fujian province, with a dozen of them closed solely. The close by cities of Xiamen and Quanzhou have additionally restricted journey because the delta variant spreads by the area.

The National Health Commission on Wednesday stated a further 50 cases had been identified, most of them within the Putian area. Since the beginning of the pandemic, first detected in Wuhan, China has imposed strict testing, lockdowns and quarantines. A suspected case in japanese Beijing prompted officers to bar residents of a high-rise group from leaving their residences.

In the Americas, Mexico will ship vaccines to Nicaragua in September, the nation’s overseas minister stated on Tuesday, in a uncommon signal of worldwide engagement with the administration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

In Africa, after uncertainty about whether or not the coronavirus pandemic would power South Africa to postpone native government elections, the courts have dominated the vote ought to transfer forward. South Africa’s courts dominated this month the Independent Electoral Commission ought to maintain the polls on Nov. 1, regardless of issues about political rallies spreading the illness.

South Africa has recorded 2,640 new infections and 125 deaths within the final 24 hours. The nation accounts for greater than 35 per cent of coronavirus infections in Africa, with 2.8 million confirmed cases and 85,002 confirmed deaths.

In Europe, the Dutch government is easing restrictions and will introduce a “corona” go exhibiting proof of vaccination to go to bars, eating places, golf equipment or cultural occasions.

Meanwhile, health-care staff in France face suspension from their jobs beginning Wednesday in the event that they have not been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. With about 300,000 staff nonetheless not vaccinated, some hospitals concern workers shortages will add to their pressure.

In the Middle East, Iran on Tuesday reported 22,329 new cases of COVID-19 and 408 further deaths.

-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, final up to date at 7:15 a.m. ET

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