Fact box news on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus
(Reuters) – India hit the dire milestone of 400,000 deaths from coronavirus on Friday, half of them during a second wave in recent months that overwhelmed the health system and crematoriums.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
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* The Euro 2020 football tournament was blamed for an increase as fans across Europe flocked to stadiums, bars and spectator areas to watch the action while the pandemic was still raging.
* Spain reported 12,345 new coronavirus infections and eight deaths on Thursday, with health ministry data this week showing a daily increase at its highest level since mid-April, in part due to the more contagious Delta variant.
* A night curfew will be imposed in several Portuguese municipalities, including the capital Lisbon and the city of Porto, the government said.
* Indonesia will increase social assistance and health care spending in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases and ease the blow to the economy with tougher restrictions due to go into effect this week, its finance minister said.
* Australia will cut overseas arrivals in half as its coronavirus hotel quarantine system creaks under pressure from outbreaks of the highly transmissible Delta variant, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
* Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, reported 31 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
* Indonesia has approved the emergency COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna, said Penny K. Lukito, chief of the country’s Food and Drug Administration.
* South Korea’s daily number of coronavirus cases topped 800 on Thursday, the highest level in nearly six months, due to new cluster infections and the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, officials said.
* Thailand reported 61 consecutive deaths on Friday for the third day in a row.
* Taiwan has chosen to obtain the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine through the global COVAX-sharing program for low-income countries, the company said on Friday, adding much-needed extra vaccinations to the island’s vaccination program.
* The White House said Thursday it would dispatch special teams to hot spots in the United States to tackle the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant amid rising case numbers in parts of the country where vaccination rates remain low.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* The United Arab Emirates have announced a travel ban for citizens to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa and Nigeria, the state-run news agency WAM reported.
* The South African Medical Association threatened to take legal action against the government because numerous new interns could not find jobs despite staff shortages during the pandemic.
* Johnson & Johnson said its one-off COVID-19 vaccine showed strong promise against the Delta variant and other emerging strains, as well as providing lasting protection against the wider infection.
* Chinese stocks fell on Friday, the day after China’s Communist Party celebrated its 100th anniversary, while other regional markets held record highs following the rise of Wall Street ahead of US labor market data, which will be released later on World Day. [MKTS/GLOB]
(Compiled by Devika Syamnath and Amy Caren Daniel; Edited by Sriraj Kalluvila and Shounak Dasgupta)