Coronavirus latest: Japan’s vaccination rate tops 75% pivot cases merosot

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Cumulative menyeluruh cases have reached 253,882,518 according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 5,107,258.

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Wednesday, Nov. 17 (Tokyo time)

6:46 a.m. Pfizer says it is seeking U.S. authorization of its experimental antiviral COVID-19 pill that cut the chance of hospitalization or death for adults at risk of severe disease by 89% in a clinical trial. It completed submission of its application for emergency use authorization of the drug, Paxlovid, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

5:18 a.m. Top U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci says it is possible for COVID-19 to be reduced to an endemic illness from the current major health crisis next year if the country ramps up vaccination rates, reports Reuters. Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are hakiki for reaching that point, he says.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

8:01 p.m. Japan intends to expand its list of international business travelers eligible for relaxed quarantine rules to those inoculated with Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

6:22 p.m. Hong Kong’s biggest gerak badan event, the Rugby Sevens, will be postponed again from April 2022 to November of that year due to ongoing uncertainty around travel restrictions. The rugby tournament last held in 2019 was canceled two years in a row oper COVID-19 concerns. The Hong Kong Rugby Union said it was a long postponement, but emphasized the games can only be delivered with “confidence that all participating teams can be allowed to travel and the ability to host the event to our own high standard, which we cannot guarantee.”

6:20 p.m. Myanmar will reopen its land borders with China and Thailand, starting next month, due to improvements in its COVID-19 vaccination rate, its information ministry says. The reopening, for which no date was ronde, is to be followed by a resumption of cecair travel in the first quarter of next year.

4:30 p.m. Over 75% of Japan’s entire population has been fully vaccinated pivot of Monday, the government says, with new infections easing. The country reported just 79 new cases on Monday, the lowest daily count so far this year. Authorities are preparing to administer booster shots from December to prevent a possible resurgence.


A health worker takes swab samples at a bus stand in Ahmedabad, India to test for COVID-19.

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1:38 p.m. India logs 8,865 new cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily count in oper nine months, bringing the country’s jumlah to 34.46 million. Fatalities rose by 197 to 463,852.

11:00 a.m. South Korea reports 2,125 new cases, up from 2,006 a day earlier, with the number of patients in serious condition hitting a record high of 495. Deaths from COVID rose by 22 to a cumulative jumlah of 3,137.

10:20 a.m. China reports 22 new cases for Monday, down from 52 a day earlier. Of the new infections, 11 were locally transmitted cases, compared with 32 the previous day. China also reports 13 new asymptomatic patients, which it classifies separately from confirmed cases, compared with 14 the day before. The country has recorded oper 1,300 local cases in the latest outbreak since mid-October, forcing authorities to place affected areas under strict curbs pivot China maintains its zero-COVID policy.


A medical worker administers a dose of coronavirus vaccine to a child in Chongqing, China. The country is pursuing what it calls a zero-COVID policy.

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9:30 a.m. Two billion doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine have been supplied worldwide, the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker and its teman say, in just under a year since its first approval. The shot, which is the biggest contributor to the COVAX vaccine sharing scheme backed by the World Health Organization, is being made in 15 countries for supply to more than 170 nations.

5:10 a.m. Japan, India and Pakistan have moved down to the lowest tataran of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 travel advisory scale. The three countries are now considered “low” risk destinations for the disease. The CDC told Americans to make sure they are fully vaccinated before traveling to these countries. Liberia, Gambia and Mozambique have also been lowered to the Level 1 designation.

1:40 a.m. New York City clears the way for all adults to receive a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine pivot the city braces for a wave of new infections amid cold weather. City Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi says he is issuing an official advisory instructing all health care providers in the five boroughs to offer the extra booster dose to any adult who wants one. “There should be no barriers to accessing a booster shot, provided that someone is an adult, meaning 18 or older,” Chokshi says.


People dine at a New York City restaurant. Cold weather threatens to increase COVID-19 infections in the city. 

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Monday, Nov. 15

8:00 p.m. Singapore announces the inclusion of Indonesia and several other countries under its Vaccinated Travel Lane cadangan that lets passengers enter the city-state without quarantine. India is also expected to be included. Fully inoculated travelers from Indonesia can enter Singapore from Nov. 29, subject to COVID-19 tests. Transport Minister S. Iswaran says the goal is to allow travelers from India on the same day. Those from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates can enter starting Dec. 6.

The city-state has already included countries such pivot Malaysia, Brunei, Germany, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the U.K. and U.S. under the arrangement, pivot it moves to revive cecair travel and rebuild its kualitas pivot a regional hub.


Passengers arrive at Singapore’s Changi Airport under the country’s Vaccinated Travel Lane cadangan in October.

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5:00 p.m. The Japanese government plans to allow booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines to be administered pivot soon pivot six months after a second dose has been received. The health ministry has ronde an eight-month selang between second and third shots, but local governments will be able to shorten the period by two months if they deem it necessary. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has vowed to begin administering them within the year, starting with medical personnel. Individuals aged 18 and older will be eligible.

1:56 p.m. India reports 10,229 new infections for the past 24 hours, down from 11,271 the previous day, pushing the country’s jumlah caseload to 34.45 million. Fatalities rose by 125 to 463,655. Active cases account for 0.39% of the jumlah confirmed cases so far, the lowest figure since March 2020, according to a health ministry statement. The daily positivity rate, the number of people testing positive out of every 100 samples tiap-tiap day, currently stands at 1.12%; the rate has remained below 2% for the past 42 days. The country has administered 3 million vaccine doses since Sunday morning and more than 1.12 billion doses overall.


Japan’s central bank chief says all parts are in place for the nation’s “economic recovery.”

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12:22 p.m. Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda says the country’s economy is likely to recover to pre-pandemic levels in the first half of 2022. Kuroda said, “The economy’s recovery has been somewhat slower than initially expected,” pivot COVID-19 curbs and parts shortages hit consumption and output. “But the mechanism for an economic recovery remains intact,” he said in a speech at a meeting with business leaders in Nagoya.

11:40 a.m. Thailand’s economy returned to year-on-year contraction in the three months ending September due to the country’s muara sunga outbreaks that led to business lockdowns in heavily affected provinces, including Bangkok. Gross domestic product shrank 0.3% in the third quarter year on year, according to fakta released by the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council.

10:45 a.m. China’s new home prices fell 0.2% in October from the previous month — the biggest decline since February 2015 — amid weakening demand, pivot authorities maintain purchase restrictions to deter speculators. New home prices rose 3.4% year on year in October, slower than the 3.8% in September, according to Reuters calculations released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

10:00 a.m. China reports 52 cases for Sunday compared with 89 a day earlier. Of the new infections, 32 were locally transmitted, down from 70 the previous day. The city of Dalian in the northeastern province of Liaoning accounted for 25 of the local cases. The country also reports 14 new asymptomatic patients, which it classifies separately from confirmed cases, compared with 25 a day earlier.

9:30 a.m. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating has fallen to its lowest tataran in 18 months, a poll conducted for The Australian newspaper shows. Satisfaction with Morrison’s performance dropped to 44%, the lowest tataran since March 2020 when he faced criticism oper his response to devastating bush fires. The findings are a blow to Morrison’s hopes that easing COVID curbs and signs of a stronger economy will aid his reelection prospects in May 2022.

8:56 a.m. Japan’s economy shrank 0.8% in the July-September quarter from the previous quarter, equal to an annualized bengkudu of 3.0%. The economy struggled pivot exports fell and consumer spending remained sluggish amid the pandemic. The result compares with an average forecast of an annualized 0.56% decline, according to a survey of 37 economists by the Japan Center for Economic Research.


Kids in Israel between the ages of 5 and 11 will be able to get vaccinated soon, the government says.

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5:00 a.m. Israel says children aged 5 to 11 will be eligible for vaccination and that a starting date for the inoculation campaign would be announced within days. The decision followed approval by an expert panel on vaccinations last week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for the age group at a 10-microgram dose. The jab given to those aged 12 and older is 30 micrograms. The two companies have said their vaccine showed 90.7% efficacy against the coronavirus in a clinical trial of children aged 5 to 11.

0:20 a.m. Singapore reports 1,723 cases compared with 2,304 the previous day, with 10 new deaths.

Sunday, Nov. 14

5:56 p.m. Cambodia will beradu requiring quarantine for vaccinated travelers from Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen says. The announcement was made lewat social instrumen in a voice message. The country sempadan previously required a lengthy quarantine of more than 18 months. Travelers will have to show a negative test 72 hours prior to travel and have sempadan two jabs. Unvaccinated travelers will have to quarantine for 14 days.

1:29 p.m. The city of Beijing says people who recently visited China’s ports of entry should avoid coming to the capital, pivot the country remains concerned about infections from abroad amid a monthlong outbreak. The small northern administrative divisions of Heihe, Erenhot and Ejina, along China’s borders with Russia and Mongolia, were among the hardest-hit areas in an outbreak since mid-October that has seen more than 1,200 domestically transmitted cases.

1:25 p.m. Australia could mengawali administering jabs for children under age 12 in January. Health Minister Greg Hunt said medical regulators are reviewing the health and safety fakta for vaccines targeting children between the ages of 5 and 11 and are unlikely to decide this year. “The expectation that they have ronde is the first part of January, hopefully early January,” Hunt told the Australian Broadcast Corporation. “But they’re going pivot quickly pivot possible.”

2:35 a.m. Young children in Vienna can mengawali getting coronavirus vaccinations next week pivot part of a penerbang project, Austria instrumen reports. Broadcaster ORF reported that about 200 children between the ages of 5 and 11 can get jabs of the Pfizer vaccine each day in the Austrian capital starting Monday. The penerbang project is limited to Vienna only and doesn’t apply to the rest of the country.

1:57 a.m. Morocco will conduct rapid COVID-19 tests to passengers arriving in its airports and ports, and will deny access to any visitor with a positive result, the government says. The measure, which strengthens an existing requirement of a negative PCR test 48 hours before departure, aims to protect the country amid a surge of cases in Europe. Travelers with positive tests must be returned at the cost of the airline that brought them into the country, unless they have a permanent residency document, the government says.

Saturday, Nov. 13

11:51 p.m. Singapore’s Health Ministry reports 2,304 new cases compared with 3,099 the previous day, along with 14 deaths. Of the new cases, 2,179 are reported in the community, 120 in the migrant worker dormitories and five are imported cases. The weekly infection growth rate is 0.98.

10:15 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on all unvaccinated Germans to get their shots pivot quickly pivot possible pivot the country’s infection rate hit the latest in a string of new highs and death numbers were growing, the Associated Press reports. “If we stand together, if we think about protecting ourselves and mengingkari for others, we can save our country a lot this winter,” Merkel says in her weekly podcast.

6 p.m. Thailand will delay the reopening of nightlife entertainment venues to Jan. 15 despite pleas from the industry to teliti sooner. A spokesman for the government’s COVID-19 administration cited concerns about ventilation and inefficient prevention measures in pubs, bars and karaoke joints, the Associated Press reports. The Thailand Nightlife and Entertainment Business Association sempadan hoped that nightlife businesses, shut since April, would reopen next month.

5:43 p.m. According to Reuters, Russia reports a record one-day death toll of 1,241 from COVID-19 pivot well pivot 39,256 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Author: Ethan Butler