Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Wednesday
The World Health Organization reported that the global number of new coronavirus cases and deaths continued to decline over the past week, with around 3.3 million new infections and around 55,000 deaths, marking a decline 10% of both compared to the previous week.
In its regular report on the pandemic published on Tuesday, the The United Nations health agency said the largest decreases in new cases were observed in:
- The Eastern Mediterranean region, which recorded a 17% drop in new cases.
- The Western Pacific region, with a decrease of 15%.
- The Americas region, with a decrease of 14%.
WHO noted that despite a “downward trend in new cases and weekly deaths” in the Americas, “the overall epidemiological situation has not improved significantly since an increase in mid-July 2021”.
The World Health Agency said all regions had reported a drop of more than 15% in deaths, with the exception of Europe, where the death toll was similar to the previous week and the ‘Africa, where there had been an increase of about 5%. In the Western Pacific region, the number of deaths has fallen by almost a quarter.
WHO first reported a substantial decrease in cases in mid-September to four million new cases, with declines seen in all regions of the world – the first time in more than two months that COVID cases -19 had decreased.
Winter in the northern hemisphere, however, could lead to an increase in the number of cases as more and more activity takes place inside.
The WHO, which works to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world, has repeatedly denounced global inequalities in vaccine distribution and urged richer countries to do more to help countries with less access.
-From The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated 7:20 a.m. ET
What is happening in Canada
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is urging long-term care homes to give reminders to residents immediately, as the delta variant erupts in facilities across the country.
The new guidelines were released on Tuesday after the committee examined evidence of declining immunity to vaccines, the latest safety data and the spread of COVID-19 across the country.
The committee recommends that residents of long-term care homes and people living in homes for the aged receive another injection of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine – like Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna – as long as six months have passed. since their last injection. A booster dose of a viral vector vaccine like Oxford-AstraZeneca is only recommended when Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are not available or the person cannot receive an mRNA vaccine for medical reasons.
-From The Canadian Press, last updated at 7:25 a.m.ET
What is happening in the world
As of Wednesday morning, more than 232.8 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death toll worldwide was over 4.7 million.
In AfricaAlgeria will launch production of the Sinovac vaccine on Wednesday in partnership with China in order to meet domestic demand and export the surplus.
In the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said his priority is to keep the country’s economy open and to increase vaccinations among the country’s Arab minority as Israel faces a wave of coronavirus infections.
In Europe, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that he will appoint a chairman of the planned public inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic this year and that bereaved families will have a role to play in the proceedings.
The COVID-19 bereaved families for justice, which has around 4,000 members, called for a public inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic so that lessons can be learned to limit future deaths from the virus. He criticized Johnson and his Conservative government for the lack of protective gear for health workers, delayed blockages and an overly lax travel policy.
Johnson confirmed in May that a public inquiry would begin hearing evidence next year. However, according to the group, “we see no reason why preparations for the investigation cannot begin now, especially as nearly 1,000 people are still losing their lives every week.”
The United Kingdom recorded 167 deaths linked to the virus on Tuesday. Britain has the second highest death toll from a pandemic in Europe after Russia, with more than 136,500 reported deaths.
In the Asia Pacific region, the Australian federal government will end emergency funding for people who have lost their jobs during COVID-19 closures as vaccination rates rise across the country.
In the Americas, at least 400,000 people in the United States received booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after U.S. health regulators cleared the third round of vaccines for millions of people, and a million more are seeking them , the White House announced on Tuesday.
-From The Associated Press and Reuters, latest update 7:30 am ET