global pandemic update

September 13, 2021 by archyde

AFP, published on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 3:45 a.m.

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– South Africa sets up a vaccination passport –

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday his intention to introduce a “vaccine passport”, amid widespread mistrust of the Covid-19 vaccine, in the country of the continent most affected by the virus .

These passports “could be used as proof of vaccination for various purposes and at various events,” he said, adding that “further information” will be provided in two weeks.

– … England renounces it –

The British government announced on Sunday that it had abandoned its plan to introduce a vaccine passport to access nightclubs and other busy places in England, deeming it superfluous due to the success of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign.

“I never liked the idea of ​​telling people to show their papers (…) to do what is just a routine activity,” said Health Minister Sajid Javid.

As each constituent nation of the country has jurisdiction over anti-Covid restrictions, Scotland has decided to introduce, as of October 1, a vaccination certificate to access nightclubs and certain events, in order to curb the increase in cases attributed to it. at the start of the school year.

– Iraq receives more than 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine –

Iraq has received 100,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the Covid-19, Unicef ​​announced in a press release, a donation from Italy as part of the Covax program for a country where the population remains skeptical of vaccines.

To date, more than four million people have received one or two doses of an anti-Covid vaccine, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health, or about 10% of the estimated 40 million Iraqis.

– USA: gorillas tested positive –

Several gorillas at the Atlanta City Zoo in Georgia (southern United States) have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The animals, western lowland gorillas, had been tested after caregivers saw them cough and show other symptoms. Some individuals with suspected complications have been treated with monoclonal antibodies.

The 20 gorillas in the zoo have all been tested.

– Bangladesh: reopening of schools –

Schools in Bangladesh have reopened after 18 months of closure due to the pandemic, one of the longest school interruptions in the world, while Unicef ​​warned of “growing inequalities” facing children of South Asia.

In Dhaka, the capital, students at a school were greeted with flowers and candy and asked to wear masks and disinfect their hands.

– More than 4.6 million dead –

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,622,410 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established on Sunday in the middle of the day by AFP from official sources.

The United States is the country with the most deaths (659,938), ahead of Brazil (586,851), India (442,655), Mexico (267,524) and Peru (198,728), according to official figures.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher.

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