Australia’s prime medical officer on Monday urged countrymen who’ve obtained an AstraZeneca COVID shot to “not delay” getting the second dose – despite the fact that the vaccine has been linked to more deaths than COVID in Australia this year.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly, after a National Cabinet assembly, reiterated the advantages of vaccination and inspired Australians to remain vigilant for signs of COVID-19. He advised Australia’s ABC community that the advantages of the AstraZeneca vaccine in combating COVID-19 “far outweighed” the dangers of growing a really uncommon blood clotting syndrome.
Two ladies in Australia have died from the blood clots. The solely COVID fatality this year was an 80-year-old traveler who died in April after being contaminated abroad and recognized in resort quarantine. Last week authorities really helpful that the AstraZeneca vaccine be given solely to folks 60 or over; folks 50-59 have been inspired to get the Pfizer vaccine as a substitute.
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►Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan introduced Sunday that the state reported zero COVID deaths and underneath 50 new instances for the primary time since March 2020.
►Los Angeles County reported about two COVID-19 deaths a day final week, down from a peak of 241 in January, reported The Los Angeles Times. 57% of residents of all ages are a minimum of partially inoculated.
►French police clashed with party-goers as they tried to interrupt up an unauthorized rave in western France. A 22-year-old man misplaced his hand and several other others have been injured amid the violence.
►A member of Uganda’s Olympic group was barred from entering Japan after testing positive for COVID-19. It’s the primary an infection reported among the many arriving athletes for the Tokyo Games, which begin in 5 weeks.
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Some New England hospitals are rescheduling surgical procedures, citing a scarcity of blood fueled by the pandemic. Periodic, localized blood shortages are usually not unusual, however this scarcity is “unprecedented in its scope,” mentioned Dr. Claudia Cohn, chief medical officer for the American Association of Blood Banks. Officials level towards quite a few components together with the everyday summer time drop in blood donations at a time when surgical procedures are rising due to procedures that have been postponed throughout the pandemic.
“We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion medication at UMass Memorial Health, advised the Boston Globe.
U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada will stay closed “to reduce the spread” of COVID-19 by way of the top of July, the Department of Homeland Security introduced on Twitter on Sunday. The company, in conjunction with its Canadian and Mexican counterparts, originally closed the United States’ northern and southern borders to leisure travelers in March 2020 initially of the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions have been prolonged on a month-to-month foundation ever since, and have been beforehand prolonged to July 21.
“Access for essential trade & travel” continues to be allowed, in line with the DHS.
About 45% of the U.S. inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19 and instances are declining in a majority of states. But the unfold of the extremely contagious Delta variant among the many unvaccinated may pose a brand new menace, public well being officers warn. The Delta variant, first recognized in India, now accounts as much as 10% of instances in the United States.
The Delta variant may set off a surge in the autumn if solely 75% of the nation’s inhabitants is vaccinated, former Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb mentioned Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Afghanistan is racing to ramp up supplies of oxygen as a deadly third surge of COVID-19 worsens, a senior health official told The Associated Press. The government is installing oxygen supply plants in 10 provinces where up to 65% of those tested in some areas are positive, health ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigir Nazari said. By World Health Organization recommendations, anything higher than 5% shows officials aren’t testing widely enough, allowing the virus to spread unchecked. Afghanistan carries out barely 4,000 tests a day and often much less.
Afghanistan’s 24-hour infection count has also continued its upward climb from 1,500 at the end of May when the health ministry was already calling the surge “a crisis,” to more than 2,300 this week.
A resort in Barbados created a first-ever COVID-19 lab within a hotel in the Caribbean. Paul Doyle, the owner of The Crane Resort, worked with Barbados Public Health Laboratory and the World Health Organization to receive guidance and acquire the equipment for onsite testing.
For some guests traveling internationally, returning home requires a negative COVID-19 test. There are some hotels and properties that offer testing at the location but rely on offsite lab processes, resulting in a longer wait to receive results. The resort’s lab conducts tests onsite so tests can come back within hours.
The hotel currently has both PCR COVID testing and rapid antigen testing, which provides results within 15 minutes. Depending on what test is required, the lab can provide guests with fast and convenient COVID-19 testing required for traveling. The lab is also open to locals, ex-pats, and guests from other hotels.
“We know that visitors who have been in lockdown and have waited a long time for their vacations will appreciate a hassle-free airport experience and speedy test results,” Doyle told Forbes.
– Steven Vargas
Contributing: The Associated Press.