MOSCOW – Russia has reported a record daily death toll from COVID-19. This is the fifth time in a week that the deaths in the country have hit a new high.
The National Coronavirus Task Force said on Sunday that 890 deaths were recorded in the past day. This is higher than the 887 reported on Friday. The task force also said the number of new infections on the previous day was the second highest of the year at 25,769.
But officials say that there is no plan to impose a lockdown. Mask-wearing rules are in place but loosely enforced.
The country of 145 million has recorded nearly 7.5 million infection cases and about 210,000 deaths during the pandemic.
More on the pandemic:
— Distribution problems, hesitation slow Ugandan vaccination bid
— Israel tightens COVID ‘green pass’ rules, spark resist
— Russia: Antibody test for COVID-19 Stay Popular, Factor in Low Vaccine Rates
– right-wing protesters Romania rejects virus restrictions
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Here’s what else is happening:
JERUSALEM – Israel has restricted its COVID Green Pass to allow only people who have received a vaccine booster dose or have recently recovered from the coronavirus to enter indoor events.
Under Sunday’s new guidelines, people eligible for the Green Pass – a kind of digital immunization passport – will have received a booster shot.
People who have received two doses, or who have been cured of coronavirus, are only eligible for six months after their vaccination or recovery date.
Technical problems hindered the rollout of the health ministry’s updated passes as millions of Israelis attempt to revisit digital documentation that would allow entry to restaurants, bars, cultural venues and other indoor activities.
GULU, Uganda – The remote Ugandan district of Gulu is currently a COVID-19 hot spot in the East African country.
Frequent and sudden power outages affecting the vaccine storage unit. This adds to the logistical challenges faced by efforts to scale up vaccination across the country.
The authorities must first account for each dose received. So despite the presence of more than 2 million vaccine shots in the country, the shortage is rife.
The surging supply is giving health officials a headache who are trying to boost enthusiasm for vaccines. But many people living in rural areas cite security fears and prefer to wait.
SYDNEY – Australia’s state of New South Wales has reported 10 new deaths and 667 locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, as the outbreak eases.
“Three weeks ago we had 1,599 cases,” state health minister Brad Hazard said on Sunday. “And today just three weeks later I’m so happy to be able to tell the community that we’re down, I just wanted to if we could get it there, but 667 are locally acquired cases today.”
Meanwhile, the state of Victoria recorded 1,220 new community acquired cases of COVID-19 and three deaths in the last 24 hours. Australia’s second most populous state recorded a record 1,488 new cases on Saturday.
“I want to thank each and every one of the more than 71,000 Victorians who went and got tested,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday. “It’s important for us, to know where this virus is, where it isn’t.”
In Victoria, 71,275 tests were conducted on Saturday and 36,248 doses of vaccine were given. The state now has 11,785 active cases.
The Australian Capital Territory reported 38 locally acquired cases in the last 24 hours.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska on Saturday activated the Emergency Crisis Protocol, which allows 20 health care facilities to ration care if needed, as the state recorded the nation’s worst COVID-19 diagnosis rate in the US in recent days. This has affected its limited health care system.
The announcement includes three facilities that have already declared emergency protocols, including the state’s largest hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
Factors that prompted the state to activate the crisis of care standards include scarce medical resources within some facilities, limited staff and difficulty in transferring patients to other facilities due to limited bed availability. Other factors included limited renal replacement therapy and oxygen supply.
One in every 84 people in Alaska was diagnosed with COVID-19 from September 22 to 29, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The next highest rate was one in every 164 people in West Virginia.
Across the state, 60% of eligible Alaskans are fully vaccinated.