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Russia breaks its highest daily deaths total
Russia has broken its record for Covid deaths in one day, with 890 people dying in the last 24 hours.
Its government’s coronavirus task force added it had recorded 25,769 new cases in the last 24 hours, including 4,294 in Moscow. A total of 209,918 people have now died from the virus.
Israel tightens Covid passport rules
Israel’s government has changed rules on who can use indoor venues and facilities, meaning people will only be able to enter them if they have had a vaccine booster jab, or recovered from the virus recently.
Under new guidelines, introduced on Sunday, people will only be eligible for the green pass if they have received a booster jab. Those who have already had two jabs will only qualify for the Covid passport if it was within the last six months.
It means that nearly 2 million people will lose their vaccine passport in the coming days, Associated Press reports. It will limit their ability to use shops, restaurants, cultural events and gyms.
Over 60% of Israel’s population has received two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and nearly 3.5 million of Israel’s 9.3 million citizens have received a booster dose of the vaccine.
The world No 2 female tennis player, Aryna Sabalenka, has pulled out of the Indian Wells tennis tournament in the US after testing positive for Covid-19.
Sabalenka, who lost to the Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in the US Open semi-final last month, was the top seed in the women’s draw at the Indian Wells after world No 1 Ash Barty pulled out.
“Unfortunately I’ve tested positive at Indian Wells and won’t be able to compete,” the 23-year-old Belarusian wrote on her Instagram story.
Three construction workers at the Expo 2020 world fair in Dubai have died from Covid-19, according to its organiser.
A spokesperson said the deaths occurred over the course of the pandemic, and were in addition to 72 serious injuries among 2000,000 workers during construction on the site, according to Reuters.
“Unfortunately we had three worker related deaths due to Covid. That was during the course of the pandemic,” Expo representative Sconaid McGeachin told a daily briefing.
Overcrowding in worker accommodation was one of the main factors in a surge of infections in the United Arab Emirates at the start of the pandemic. Expo 2020 says worker accommodation is audited to ensure conditions are not cramped. It defended the figure and said it was less than half of that of building work in the UK.
The UAE does not give a breakdown for cases and deaths for each emirate region, including Dubai. More than 80% of its 10 million citizens have been vaccinated.
China has now given out 2.213 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines, Reuters reports.
Data from the National Health Commission reported that another 755,000 jabs were administered on Saturday, raising the total.
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They fear that more people will begin socialising inside as the weather gets colder, which increases the chance of transmitting the virus. At the same time many workers have begun returning to offices for the first time in 18 months.
Meanwhile New Zealand has widened its lockdown as the Delta variant has started to spread outside Auckland.
A “short and sharp” lockdown was introduced in mid-August to counter rising cases, but 32 new cases were confirmed in the country’s largest city on Sunday, with two new cases in the Waikato region 147km (91 miles) south of Auckland.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed parts of the region would go into a five-day lockdown.