Another record for the daily number of viruses in Russia – .

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Another record for the daily number of viruses in Russia – .


Russia reports its highest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70% more than a month ago as the country faces a sustained increase in cases.
The national coronavirus task force said on Sunday that 34,303 new infections had been recorded the day before, up from 20,174 reported on September 19.

The death toll of 999 was just below the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday.

Russian authorities have tried to speed up the pace of vaccinations with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and mixed signals from authorities have hampered efforts. The government said this week that around 43 million Russians, or about 29 percent of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully immunized.

Despite the growing toll, the Kremlin has ruled out a new nationwide lockdown like the one at the start of the pandemic that severely damaged the economy, eroding President Vladimir Putin’s popularity. Instead, he delegated the power to enforce the coronavirus restrictions to regional authorities.

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MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:

– Robert Durst hospitalized with COVID-19 after murder verdict

– US cities and police unions clash as vaccine mandates take effect

– Protests hail start of Italy demanding COVID passes at workplaces

– Officials set the stage for a nationwide campaign to immunize young American children

– FDA panel approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine recall

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See all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS:

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan authorities are allowing cinemas and restaurants to reopen and are also allowing wedding receptions as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

The cinemas will be open from next week, but with only 25% occupancy. Restaurants will be allowed to accommodate a maximum of 50 customers at a time. Wedding receptions are also permitted, but with a maximum of 50 guests.

Banks can only accommodate five customers at a time while gyms can accommodate a maximum of 10.

The government’s decision to ease restrictions comes amid a sharp drop in COVID-19 cases and deaths in recent weeks.

However, the government continues to ban public gatherings as restrictions are placed on public transport and trains are still stopped.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand health workers administered a record number of vaccines on Saturday as the nation hosted a festival to get more people vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Musicians, sports stars and celebrities participated in the “Vaxathon” event, which was broadcast on television and online for eight straight hours. By late afternoon, more than 120,000 people had been vaccinated, eclipsing the daily record of 93,000 set in August.

A throwback to the TV fundraising ‘telethon’ events that were popular from the 1970s to the 1990s, this comes as New Zealand faces its greatest threat since the start of the pandemic, with an outbreak of the disease. Delta variant spreading to the larger city of Auckland and beyond.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who spoke to motorists at a drive-thru vaccination center in Wellington, initially set a target of 100,000 injections for the day, but increased it to 150,000 after reaching the first target .

It also set a target of 25,000 shots for indigenous Maori, whose vaccine numbers are lagging behind and who have been hit hard by the latest outbreak.

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MAINE – Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine warrant for healthcare workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the United States Supreme Court after suffering another court defeat on Friday.

The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston dismissed a request to prevent the warrant from coming into force. The Supreme Court previously dismissed appeals regarding vaccine requirements for New York City teachers and Indiana University staff and students.

Maine’s vaccination mandate, announced by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, requires healthcare workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or risk losing their jobs. The state begins implementing the mandate on October 29.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif .– A northern California judge has tentatively ruled that state prison officials acted with willful indifference when they sparked a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world’s most notorious prisons. last year.

But Marin County Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Howard said vaccines had changed the landscape so much since then that authorities were no longer violating inmates’ constitutional rights.

The lawsuit stems from the botched transfer of infected inmates in May 2020 from a Southern California prison to San Quentin. The coronavirus then quickly sickened 75% of inmates at the prison north of San Francisco, leading to the deaths of 28 inmates and one correctional officer.

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PHOENIX – Arizona’s three state universities will comply with federal mandates for government contractors and require their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8, unless waived, announced Friday responsible.

The University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University requirement includes undergraduate and graduate students who are also employees of the university, the board said. state administration in a statement.

The statement cited President Joe Biden’s executive order regarding meeting federal guidelines on COVID-19 in the workplace and said universities had “hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts, funding critical research, jobs and educational efforts ”.

“We respect individual opinions regarding the vaccine and will include disability (including medical) and religious accommodations that comply with federal rules,” the statement added.

A spokeswoman for the regents did not immediately respond when asked what would happen to an employee not meeting the mandate.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The governing body of Alaska’s largest city has overturned the mayor’s veto of an emergency order instituting a 60-day mask warrant.

Alaska Public Media reports that the Anchorage Assembly on Thursday overturned Mayor Dave Bronson’s veto on the measure requiring masks by almost everyone in indoor public spaces.

The ordinance requires people to wear masks in indoor public places and common areas. It provides for certain exceptions. Businesses must deny entry to people who do not wear masks.

The order could be canceled before 60 days if two of Anchorage’s three hospitals are not functioning with crisis care protocols or if the city does not have a high transmission rate of COVID-19.

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PORTLAND, Maine – A federal appeals court has dismissed an emergency request to prevent a COVID-19 vaccine warrant from coming into effect in Maine.

The rule, announced by Democratic Governor Janet Mills, requires healthcare workers to get vaccinated against the disease by October 29, or lose their jobs. Opponents of the warrant challenged it in federal court and a judge refused to block it earlier this week.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston on Friday released a one-sentence statement that the request for an emergency arrest of the warrant had been denied, the Bangor reported. Daily News.

State health workers were due to get their last shot by Friday to comply with the warrant on time.

Most have already done so. State officials said earlier this week that the compliance rate in state hospitals was over 90%, and that it was over 80% in some other types of healthcare facilities such as intermediate care facilities.

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Nebraska Attorney General said on Friday he would not seek disciplinary action against doctors who prescribe controversial, off-label drugs to treat and prevent coronavirus infections as long as they obtain informed consent from patients and do not commit no misconduct.

Attorney General Doug Peterson’s office released a legal opinion saying it had not seen data to justify legal action against medical professionals who prescribe ivermectin, a decades-old antiparasitic treatment, or hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug former President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 infection.

“Based on the evidence that currently exists, simply prescribing ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 will not result in disciplinary action being filed by our office,” the Republican attorney general said in the statement. ‘opinion.

Many leading health experts and medical groups have tried to stop the use of both drugs, arguing that they can cause harmful side effects and that there is little evidence that they help.

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BERLIN – Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech say they have requested that their coronavirus vaccine be licensed for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union. If allowed, it would be the first opportunity for young children in Europe to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In a statement released Friday, Pfizer and BioNTech said they had submitted data to the European Medicines Agency, including advanced results from a study testing their COVID-19 vaccine in more than 2,200 children aged six months to 11 years, using a lower dose. than what is normally given to adults.

The companies said the results showed a “strong immune response” in children and the vaccine was also found to be safe. There is currently no COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in children under 12 in Europe or North America; pictures taken by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are authorized for children 12 years of age and over in the European Union.

Earlier this month, Pfizer and BioNTech asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to green light their vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.

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