The Latest: Russia’s daily virus death toll passes 1,000

- Advertisement -


MOSCOW – Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a continuing wave of rising infections.

- Advertisement -

The National Coronavirus Task Force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, with 33,208 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, more than 1,000 the day before.

Although the record for daily COVID-19 deaths in Russia has been repeatedly broken over the past few weeks, the Russian government has been reluctant to tighten restrictions.

advertisement

Officials have tried to speed up the pace of vaccination with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and conflicting signals from officials stymied efforts.

The government said this week that about 43 million Russians, or about 29% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, have been fully vaccinated.

- Advertisement -

___

More on the pandemic:

– US city, police unions clash as vaccine mandate takes effect

– Beginning of Italy’s protests requiring COVID passes at workplaces

– Officials set the stage for a national campaign to vaccinate young American children

– FDA panel backs booster shot for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

___

All pandemic coverage of AP https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic . look at

___

Here’s what else is happening:

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand health care workers delivered a record number of vaccine jabs on Saturday, as the nation held a celebration aimed at getting more people vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Musicians, sports stars and celebrities took part in the “vaxathon” event, which was broadcast on television and online for eight hours straight. By late afternoon, more than 120,000 people had received the shots, breaking the daily record set in August of 93,000.

A return to popular TV “telethon” events from the 1970s to the 1990s, it comes as New Zealand faces its greatest threat since the pandemic began, with the largest city in Auckland and beyond With the outbreak of the spread Delta version.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who interacted with motorists at a drive-thru vaccination center in Wellington, initially set a target of 100,000 jabs for the day, but raised it to 150,000 after the first target was met.

He also set a target of 25,000 shots for indigenous Māori, whose vaccination numbers have been low and who have been badly hit by the latest outbreak.

___

MAINE – Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal in the US Supreme Court on Friday after dealing with another legal defeat.

The appeal was filed hours after the US First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied a request to stop the mandate from taking effect. The Supreme Court had previously dismissed appeals for vaccine requirements for New York City teachers and Indiana University staff and students.

The vaccine mandate in Maine, announced by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, requires health care workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or risk losing their jobs. The state starts implementing the mandate from October 29.

___

Sacramento, Calif. – A Northern California judge has provisionally ruled that state prison officials acted with willful apathy when they handled the deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world’s most famous prisons last year.

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

The trial stems from the failed transfer of infected prisoners from a Southern California prison to San Quentin in May 2020. The coronavirus quickly sickened 75% of inmates at a prison north of San Francisco, killing 28 inmates and one correctional officer.

___

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

The University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University requirement include undergraduate and graduate students who are also university employees, the State Board of Regents said in a statement.

The statement cited President Joe Biden’s executive order regarding compliance with federal COVID-19 workplace guidance and said universities have “hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts, funding significant research, employment and educational efforts.”

“We respect individual opinions regarding vaccines and will include disability (including medical) and religious accommodations in accordance with federal regulations,” the statement said.

A Regents spokesperson did not immediately respond when asked what would happen to an employee who is not complying with the mandate.

___

Anchorage, Alaska — The governing body of Alaska’s largest city has revoked the mayor’s veto of an emergency order establishing a 60-day mask mandate.

Alaska Public Media reported Thursday the Anchorage Assembly overturned Mayor Dave Bronson’s veto that masks are required by most people in indoor public spaces.

The ordinance mandates people to wear masks in indoor public places and communal places. It offers some discounts. Businesses must deny entry to people who are not wearing masks.

If two of Anchorage’s three hospitals aren’t operating with crisis care protocols or the city doesn’t have a high transmission rate, the order could be canceled before 60 days.

.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

- Advertisement -
Mail Us For  DMCA / Credit  Notice

Recent Articles

Stay on top - Get the daily news in your inbox

Related Stories