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Cuba becomes first country to vaccinate toddlers

Covid-19 has killed more than 4.5M people and infected over 221M globally. Here are the latest coronavirus-related developments for September 7.

A girl gets a dose of the Cuban made Soberana-02 vaccine in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, August 24, 2021.
A girl gets a dose of the Cuban made Soberana-02 vaccine in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, August 24, 2021. (AP)

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

India reports 31,222 new cases; deaths rise by 290

India reported 31,222 new cases in the past 24 hours, a government statement said on Tuesday, taking the total to 33.1 million.

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Daily deaths rose by 290 to 441,042.

Vietnam jails man for five years for spreading virus

A Vietnamese man has been sentenced to five years in jail for spreading the virus after he breached home quarantine rules.

Le Van Tri was convicted of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases to other people” after he travelled to his home province Ca Mau from coronavirus hotspot Ho Chi Minh City in July, according to a report on the website of the provincial People’s Court.

The 28-year old was accused of breaching a 21-day home quarantine regulation in the southern province, which had a lower case rate than Ho Chi Minh City, and he tested positive for Covid-19 on July 7.

“Tri’s breach of the home medical quarantine regulation led to many people becoming infected with Covid-19 and one person died on 7 August 2021,” according to the court report.

State media said eight people became infected because of Tri.

Cuba becomes first country to vaccinate toddlers

Cuba became the first country in the world to vaccinate children from the age of two, using homegrown jabs not recognised by the World Health Organisation.

The island state of 11.2 million people aims to inoculate all its children before reopening schools that have been closed for the most part since March 2020.

The new school year started on Monday, but from home via television programs, as most Cuban homes do not have internet access.

Having completed clinical trials on minors with its Abdala and Soberana vaccines, Cuba kicked off its inoculation campaign for children on Friday, starting with those 12 and older.

It has now started distributing jabs in the 2-11 age group in the central province of Cienfuegos.

Australia’s Victoria state reports 246 local cases

Australia’s Victoria state reported 246 new locally acquired cases, the same number as a day earlier, as authorities struggle to contain an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant.

Of the new cases, 90 are linked to the current outbreak, the state’s health department said.

New Zealand reports slight rise in new cases

New Zealand reported a slight rise in new locally acquired cases on Tuesday ahead of relaxing restrictions in all regions outside Auckland, its largest city.

New Zealand detected 21 new local cases, all in Auckland, up from 20 a day earlier.

Authorities said schools, offices and businesses can reopen outside Auckland from Wednesday but masks will remain mandatory in most public venues while gathering will be limited to 50 people indoors and 100 in outdoors.

Peru to build plant to make Sputnik V vaccine

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo said that the government has reached an agreement with Russia to install a plant to produce the Sputnik V vaccine.

Castillo did not provide further information on the timeline for the installation or production targets during a speech broadcast on national television, but added that the health minister would provide further information.

Peru signed a contract to buy 20 million doses of Sputnik V in July.

China reports 36 new cases on Sept 6 vs 18 a day earlier

China reported 36 new cases on the mainland, up from 18 a day earlier, the national health authority said.

None of the new infections were locally transmitted.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, stood at 10 on September 6, all of which were imported from abroad. That compared with 18 the day before.

The total confirmed cases in mainland China are at 95,064, with the death toll unchanged at 4,636.

Mexico reports 5,127 new cases, 330 more deaths

Mexico’s health ministry on Monday reported 5,127 new confirmed cases in the country and 330 more deaths, bringing the total number of official infections since the pandemic began to 3,433,511 and the death toll to 263,470.

Health ministry officials have previously said that the real numbers are likely significantly higher.

Brazil reports 9,154 new coronavirus cases, 182 deaths

Brazil recorded 9,154 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, along with 182 deaths, the Health Ministry said.

Brazil has registered more than 20 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 583,810, according to the ministry’s data.

EU drugs agency starts evaluating results of BioNTech booster shots

The European Medicine Agency (EMA) has started to evaluate the result of booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The EMA’s Committee for Human Medicine will assess the data on booster shots administered six months after the second dose for people older than 16 years, the EU agency said in a press statement.

The evaluation is based on the results of clinical trials involving 300 adults with healthy immune systems who received a third dose around six months after they were fully vaccinated.

The EU drugs agency expects the results to be published within a few weeks.

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