COVID-19 digest: Cases more than double in Southeast China
Beijing, Sep 14: China is racing to control new local COVID-19 infections which have more than doubled in its southeastern province of Fujian.
The country's National Health Commission reported 59 new domestically transmitted cases on Tuesday, up from 22 the day before. All of the cases were in Fujian province.
A total of 102 community infections have been reported in the province in just the last four days.
The first case was reported in Putian, a city of 3.2 million, on September 10. The virus has since spread south to Xiamen.
Both cities have locked down high-risk areas and began city-wide testing on Tuesday.
The latest outbreak, spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant, comes ahead of the week-long National Day holiday starting October 1.
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Japan will donate an additional 1.3 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan and other Asian neighbors, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said.
Taiwan will get 500,000 more doses, while 400,000 shots will go to Vietnam, 300,000 for Thailand, and 100,000 to Brunei, Motegi said.
With the latest batch, Japan's total donations to Taiwan reach 3.9 million doses.
The Australian Capital Territory, home to Canberra, will remain in lockdown for another four weeks, making it the third extension of restrictions in place.
The ACT first went into lockdown for a seven-day period last month after it recorded its first COVID-19 case in the community since July 2020.
The territory recorded 22 new cases on Tuesday, taking the total number of active cases to 252, Chief Minister Andrew Barr said at a daily COVID-19 briefing.
New South Wales and Victoria saw new infections slightly ease on Tuesday, but officials said they would need to see a steady drop in daily cases before concluding that the infections had peaked.
The majority of the cases were reported in the two state capitals, Sydney and Melbourne.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce a strategy for giving vulnerable groups and the elderly a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
"The pandemic is far from over, but thanks to our phenomenal vaccine program, new treatments, and testing we are able to live with the virus without significant restrictions on our freedoms," Johnson said in a statement.
"Today I will set out a clear plan for the autumn and winter, when the virus has a natural advantage, to protect the gains we have made."
Germany reported XX new cases on Tuesday and XX additional deaths, according to the Robert Koch Institute of Infectious disease. The latest figures take the total infection to XX and fatalities to XX.
South Africa's president has announced the easing of some restrictions and urged citizens to get vaccinated. Less than 20% of South Africans are fully vaccinated as the authorities urge a boost in vaccine take-up.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to fine cities and counties that would mandate employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
If a government agency in the state of Florida forces a vaccine as a condition to employment, that violates Florida law," he said in a press conference. "And you will face a $5,000 fine for every single violation," he added. "That's millions and millions of dollars potentially in fines."
The Southern US state has recorded more than 3.4 million cases of COVID-19.
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