Germany advises Pfizer jabs for under 30s, pregnant women – latest updates

Covid-19 has infected more than 251M people and killed over 5M worldwide. Here are coronavirus-related developments for November 10:

Germany’s national disease control centre reported a record-high number of new coronavirus cases as one of the country’s top virologists warned that another lockdown would be needed if vaccinations do not quickly accelerate.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Germany recommends only Pfizer vaccine for people under 30

Germany’s vaccine advisory committee has recommended people under 30 be vaccinated only with the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine as it showed a lower number of heart inflammations in younger people than the Moderna vaccination.

The committee, known as STIKO, said it also recommends pregnant women, independent of their age, be inoculated only with the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine as well.

This comes as the country reported 39,676 new cases in the last 24 hours, and 236 more virus-related deaths.

Russia reports record daily deaths

Russia has reported a record 1,239 deaths just days after many regions across the country emerged from a week-long workplace shutdown designed to curb the spread of the virus.

The government coronavirus task force also reported 38,058 new cases, including 3,927 in Moscow, in the past 24 hours.

Guinea starts vaccinating children with Pfizer, Moderna

Guinea has begun vaccinating children aged 12-17 with a consignment of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Health Ministry said.

Most African countries have been reliant on the COVAX vaccine sharing initiative for doses, and have inoculated only a small fraction of their populations.

Czechs record highest daily tally of cases since March

Czech authorities have recorded 14,539 new infections, the highest daily tally since mid-March and close to all-time highs seen in January, Health Ministry data showed.

The outgoing government of Prime Minster Andrej Babis has rejected imposing a lockdown or similar restrictions despite the numbers growing steadily in recent weeks, saying vaccinations were the way to tame the fresh wave of the pandemic.

Vietnam to have enough vaccines for population by end-Nov

Vietnam will by the end of this month have sufficient vaccines to cover its population, a deputy prime minister has said.

“The fight against the pandemic, however, will continue,” Vu Duc Dam told the national assembly, adding people must maintain health protocols.

Vietnam’s Health Ministry also approved India’s Covaxin vaccine for emergency use, the ninth to be endorsed in the country.

South Korea urges booster shots, as severe cases hit record

South Korea has encouraged its citizens to take booster shots, as more of the elderly fell ill and reported vaccine breakthrough infections, driving serious and critical cases to a record.

Severe cases jumped from the mid-300s in October to 460 on Wednesday, official data showed. Of the severely ill patients, more than 82 percent were aged 60 and older.

Hospitals buckle in Greece as Covid cases

Greece is experiencing a fourth wave of Covid as daily infections hit their highest since the pandemic began, with hospitals starting to buckle under the pressure of rising infections.

The country notched up a record 8,613 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, the National Organisation of Public Health said, after cases more than doubled in less than a fortnight.

Forty-six people died of the disease on Tuesday, after 65 a day earlier.

“We are facing a fourth wave,” which “mainly concerns the unvaccinated,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned on Tuesday evening after talks with his visiting Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.

He said the government was “focused on increasing vaccination numbers” and “taking measures without resorting to a lockdown”. 

The north of the country, where inoculation rates are lower than in other regions, has been the worst hit in recent days.

In the second city of Thessaloniki, management at a key hospital fighting Covid said it was overwhelmed with patients.

Health authorities on Friday made Covid passes mandatory for open-air restaurants and cafes, as well as indoor public spaces.

Face masks are still mandatory indoors and at large outdoor gatherings.

However, in several regions, the measures are not being respected, especially in some Orthodox churches where images in the media have shown maskless worshippers kissing icons and not observing social distancing.

France extends booster shots, requires them for health pass

French President Emmanuel Macron said that those aged 65 and older will need to present proof of a booster shot from mid-December for health passes that give access to restaurants, trains and planes to remain valid.

Besides, the third shot, so far available only for people older than 65 and the vulnerable, will from early December also be available for the 50-64 age group, Macron said in a televised address.

Mexico confirms nearly 300 deaths

Mexico reported 299 new confirmed deaths from the virus, bringing the country’s official death toll from the pandemic to 290,110, according to health ministry data.

Officials have said the ministry’s figures likely represent a significant undercount of deaths.

Brazil registers 10,948 cases

Brazil has had 10,948 new cases of the virus reported in the past 24 hours, and 183 deaths from the virus, the health ministry said.

The South American country has now registered 21,897,025 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 609,756, according to ministry data, in the world’s third worst outbreak outside the United States and India and its second-deadliest.

Shanghai Marathon postponed indefinitely

 The Shanghai Marathon has been postponed indefinitely, said the organisers of the run in a post on their website on Tuesday, amid rising cases in China.

“Today, we’ve chosen to be cautious, chosen to put the health of runners and city’s citizens first,” said the notice.

Runners entered in the November 28 race were given the opportunity either to give up their place or hold it until 2022.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies