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- Reasons Washington keeps the border closed to Canadians still cloudy a week later.
- Tokyo is reporting 3,865 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, up from 3,177 on Wednesday and double the number a week ago.
- AstraZeneca will seek US approval for the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Manitoba is the latest jurisdiction in Canada to move towards more flexible immunization clinics from supersites, with one official saying the move is “more of a ramp-up than a ramp-down.”
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Thai health officials are rushing to set up a large field hospital in a freight building at one of Bangkok’s airports as the country reports a record high number of coronavirus cases and deaths.Other field hospitals are already in use in the capital after running out of hospital facilities for thousands of infected residents. Workers rushed to complete the 1,800-bed hospital at Don Mueang International Airport, where beds made from cardboard are laid out with mattresses and pillows.
The airport has been little used as almost all domestic flights were canceled two weeks ago. The field hospital is expected to be ready for patients in two weeks.
The rapid spread of the delta variant also led neighboring Cambodia to seal its border with Thailand on Thursday and order lockdowns and movement restrictions in eight provinces.
-From The Associated Press, last updated 6:30 a.m. ET
What is happening in Canada
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What is happening in the world
As of Thursday morning, more than 196 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 4.1 million deaths have been reported.
In the Asia Pacific region, Tokyo reported 3,865 new cases on Thursday, up from 3,177 on Wednesday and double the number a week ago. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katunobu Kato told reporters that the new cases are skyrocketing not only in the Tokyo area, but across the country as well. He said Japan has never seen an expansion of infections on this scale.
The World Health Organization Africa The director said the continent of 1.3 billion people is entering an “encouraging phase after a gloomy June” as supplies of COVID-19 vaccines increase. But Matshidiso Moeti told reporters on Thursday that only 10% of the doses needed to immunize 30% of Africa’s population by the end of 2021 had arrived. Some 82 million doses have reached Africa so far, while 820 million are needed.
Less than 2% of the African population has been fully vaccinated, and the more infectious delta variant is causing a fatal resurgence of cases.
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel on vaccine deliveries to Africa, but it must not be stifled again,” Moeti said.
In the Americas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that 66.6% of U.S. counties had COVID-19 transmission rates high enough to warrant hiding indoors and should immediately resume politics.
COVID-19 continues to inflict devastating toll on the Americas, with Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador and Paraguay among the countries with the highest weekly death rates in the world, the Pan American Organization said of health.
In the Middle EastIran reported 33,817 new COVID-19 cases and 303 additional deaths on Wednesday. The country, which has been hit hard by COVID-19, is seeing a further increase in the number of cases.
the European Union, meanwhile, has signed a contract with GlaxoSmithKline for the supply of up to 220,000 treatments of its experimental monoclonal antibody therapy, sotrovimab against COVID-19.
-From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, last updated 7:20 a.m. ET