NThe new South Wales leader warned it was “the worst situation Australia has found itself in” since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said restrictions would be tightened in Sydney, where there is currently a lockdown, and that Covid fines will also increase to AU $ 5,000 (£ 2,656).
“It’s literally a war, and we know we’ve been at war for some time, but never at this point,” Ms. Berejiklian said.
It comes as locally transmitted infections have reached 466 and four deaths were reported on Saturday.
UK registers 29,520 new cases of Covid
There were 29,520 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the UK on Saturday, according to the latest government figures.
Another 93 people have died from the virus, bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths in the UK to 130,894.
China administered 1.84 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of August 13
China has administered a total of 1.84 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of August 13, the National Health Commission said on Saturday.
On August 13, around 11.93 million doses were administered, according to a Reuters calculation.
Carrie Johnson urges other pregnant women to get vaccinated
Carrie Johnson received her second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and urged other pregnant women to come forward for their own jabs.
On her private Instagram, the Prime Minister’s wife said: “I know there are a lot of pregnant women who are anxious to be vaccinated against Covid but the evidence is incredibly reassuring.
“More importantly, the data shows there is no increased risk of miscarriage, which really worried me.
“Almost 200,000 pregnant women in the UK and US have received the recommended Pfizer and Moderna vaccines during pregnancy, with no safety concerns.
“The Royal College of Midwives has said that pregnant women are at a greater risk of serious illness if they contract Covid, so getting the vaccine is really the best way to protect yourself and your baby. “
Ms Johnson is expecting her second child with Boris Johnson at the end of December.
Queues at vaccination centers as children in Ireland get jabs
Queues formed at vaccination centers in Ireland as children aged 12 to 15 received their vaccines.
About 75,000 children in the age group had registered for an appointment for the vaccine on Saturday, 48 hours after the online portal opened to the cohort.
A number of centers administered vaccines to 12 to 15 year olds on Friday, but the main rollout began in earnest on Saturday.
Children, who need the consent of a parent or guardian to be vaccinated, receive Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
Over 80% of the adult population in Ireland is now fully vaccinated and around 90% partially vaccinated.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said it wants to vaccinate the 12-15 age group “quickly and quickly”.
Iran to impose week-long lockdown and travel ban
Iran will impose a weeklong lockdown and road travel ban amid an increase in Covid-19 cases.
All non-essential businesses and offices will have to close as part of the nationwide lockdown, which goes into effect Monday through August 21, in an effort to curb the spread of the Delta variant.
Authorities are also imposing a driving ban from Sunday to August 27, except for essential vehicles.
Alireza Raisi, spokesperson for the National Coronavirus Task Force, said: “All roads will be closed except for trucks carrying food and essential goods and ambulances. This traffic ban will be very severely imposed.
New Orleans and San Francisco to Introduce Covid Passes
New Orleans and San Francisco became the last U.S. cities to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination to teach in schools, work in a hospital, attend live music events, or visit the indoor hospitality industry.
New York City became the first to implement mandatory vaccination for certain settings recently when it imposed its Covid pass to attend gyms and cinemas and sit inside restaurants.
Los Angeles would consider this measure.
More than 75,000 Irish children register for Covid jabs
More than 75,000 children aged 12 and over have signed up to receive a Covid-19 vaccination within 48 hours of opening registration in Ireland for this age group, according to the head of the department. health.
Health Services Director CEO Paul Reid said the first punches were delivered on Friday, with the deployment expected to continue throughout the weekend.
He said: “Children have also sacrificed a lot in this pandemic and they have shown maturity beyond their years. “
A parent’s consent is required for a child to be vaccinated.
Egypt receives 1.7 million Covid vaccines via COVAX
Egypt has received 1.7 million additional doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as part of the global COVAX program, the health ministry said.
The doses are the third shipment under COVAX, with Egypt receiving around 4.3 million shots.
The country has also received doses of the Sputnik, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The government said in June that it intended to vaccinate 40% of its 100 million people by the end of this year.
Russia releases worst pandemic death figures to date
Daily Covid-19 deaths in Russia hit a new record high of 819 on Saturday, a day after the Moscow health department reported the highest number of monthly deaths in the city since the start of the pandemic.
Daily coronavirus deaths in Russia are on the rise after infections peaked in July. Authorities blame the infectious Delta variant and a slow vaccination rate.
Moscow said Friday evening that the death rate in the city in July was 70% higher than before the pandemic in 2019 and 60% higher than in the same month last year.
A total of 17,237 deaths in Moscow in July is the highest monthly death toll since the start of the pandemic. Most of the excess deaths have been caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Moscow health department said.
Russia reported 22,144 new coronavirus infections on Saturday. Daily cases have so far declined in August after the July peak.
Australia: NSW registers 466 new cases
New South Wales reported a record 466 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Saturday, as Australia’s most populous state remained locked up.
“It’s the biggest jump we’ve seen in one night,” Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said in Sydney. “It is fair to say that we are extremely concerned about the situation we find ourselves in in New South Wales. “
Officials warned that the state’s infections could rise further in the coming days, as they reported four more people had died, bringing the death toll to 42 in the latest outbreak.
Among the new cases, at least 60 are people who spent time in the community while they were contagious, Ms Berejiklian said.