Coronavirus worldwide: only one in 5000 vaccinated people contract covid-19, at least ten dead after fire in northern Macedonian hospital

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More than 222 million people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 4.6 million infected people have died. More than 5.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

Only about one in 5,000 has contracted the coronavirus despite being vaccinated twice. That’s according to new data from America. As the “New York Times” writes, detailed figures from the American states of Utah, Virginia and King County were examined. In regions, which are less strongly affected by Corona, the risk sinks even again and would be with approximately 1:10,000. “How high the risks are for vaccinated, was often not communicated correctly”, Dr. Ashish Jha of the Brown University is quoted. Vaccinated people could fight off the virus, and usually before they infected or sickened others. The FOPH has also been counting vaccine breakthroughs since early August. By September 2, 1362 cases of people who contracted the virus despite being vaccinated twice were known. The number of vaccine breakthroughs was small and so to be expected, the FOPH said – despite a “high number of unreported cases.”

The Japanese government has decided to extend the virus emergency for Tokyo and large parts of the country until September 30. This was actually due to expire on Sunday (Sept. 12).
This is to further reduce the burden on the health system, Economy Minister Yasutoshui Nishimura said Thursday (Sept. 9). There are also plans to gradually return the economy to normal with the help of vaccination certificates. The quarantine period for people entering Japan is also to be shortened from 14 to 10 days. The number of cases in Tokyo has fallen from a peak of 5773 on Aug. 13 to 1834 on Wednesday (Sept. 8). However, the numbers are still among the highest that have occurred throughout the pandemic. Meanwhile, 49 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.

The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), with Sydney as its metropolis of five million, has tied the end of the current lockdown to a vaccination target. Restaurants, bars and fitness centers are not to resume operations at limited capacity until at least 70 percent of the population has been vaccinated. Officials estimate that will be the case by mid-October. Once the mark is reached, partial openings are to take place the following Monday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced Thursday (Sept. 9). New daily infections in NSW remain at record levels, with 1405 new cases and five deaths related to coronavirus recorded Thursday.

At least ten people have died in a fire at a temporary hospital in the northern Macedonian town of Tetovo. Health Minister Venko Filipce said Wednesday evening (Sept. 8). Ten deaths were confirmed, but the number of victims could still rise, Filipce said on Twitter. The fire probably started around 9 p.m. local time after an oxygen tank exploded, he said. After several hours, firefighters had the blaze under control. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev spoke on Facebook of a “great tragedy.” As the private broadcaster TV Telma reported, the flames in the container facility of the emergency hospital spread in no time. Due to the enormous temperature, even the metal water pipes are said to have melted. In northern Macedonia, the Corona pandemic has recently picked up steam due to low vaccination rates. In the Balkan country with a population of just over two million, only 26 percent of people have been vaccinated against the corona virus. The 14-day infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants was 634, according to the latest figures.

In Chile, children as young as six are to be vaccinated against the coronavirus starting Monday. The children will be vaccinated with the CoronaVac vaccine from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, Health Minister Enrique Paris announced Wednesday (Sept. 8). Earlier this week, the Public Health Institute had granted the vaccine emergency approval for children six years and older. More than 86 percent of Chileans are already fully vaccinated against the coronavirus – the majority with CoronaVac.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has criticized pharmaceutical manufacturers’ priorities in distributing covid vaccines. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was responding Wednesday (Sept. 8) to an announcement by the international industry association IFPMA that rich nations now have so many vaccine doses that they could give doses to poorer nations without limiting their own vaccination campaigns. “I was horrified when I read that,” Tedros said in Geneva. There has long been enough vaccine for rich and poor countries, he said. According to the WHO, 80 percent of all global Corona vaccinations to date have been given in high- and middle-income countries. Not a single poor country has yet reached a vaccination rate of 10 percent.

— source: nzz.ch/picture:pixabay.com

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