No new Covid death reported in Sindh after more than 6 months
Sindh has reported no new coronavirus-related deaths for the first time since April 13, 2021, and the province's death toll remains 7,551, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office.
The province has, however, reported 342 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours. Its infection tally now stands at 467,203.
Russian authorities are investigating nurses and a doctor in Saint Petersburg accused of selling fake coronavirus vaccination certificates, as the country faces a deadly new wave, reports AFP.
The Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said a doctor and three nurses are suspected of pocketing at least 100,000 rubles from 12 people after selling official certificates without having administered jabs.
The 12 alleged buyers were entered into a state registry of vaccinated people, the Investigative Committee said in a statement on Saturday.
Beijing city delays marathon, raises Covid curbs as Winter Olympics near
China's latest Covid-19 outbreak has forced the capital Beijing to delay its annual marathon race and step up other curbs, as the sprawling city and neighbouring Hebei province go into high gear in their preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games.
China reported 35 new domestically transmitted cases for Sunday, official data showed. Beijing accounted for 14 of the 168 cases reported between Oct 17-24, Reuters reported.
National health officials warned on Sunday that the latest cluster, caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant and involving many carriers who recently travelled across some provinces, is increasingly likely to expand further.
Beijing has banned entry of people from other cities with cases, and closed indoor venues such as some chess and card parlours, even in districts without infections.
US to outline Nov 8 international travel reopening, vaccination rules
The Biden administration plans to unveil today (Monday) its detailed rules requiring nearly all foreign air visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19 starting November 8, sources told Reuters.
The White House first disclosed on September 20 it would remove restrictions in early November for fully vaccinated air travellers from 33 countries.
The extraordinary US travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of Covid-19. The rules bar most non-US citizens who within the last 14 days have been in the United Kingdom, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
South Korea plots course to scrapping Covid curbs by early 2022
South Korea has unveiled a three-phase strategy to get back to normal from the coronavirus with all limits on gatherings and distancing gone by February after it achieved a goal of vaccinating 70 per cent of its people on the weekend, according to Reuters.
The scheme begins next Monday and is due to run until Feb. 20, by when all distancing curbs will be scrapped except for mask-wearing mandates, a government health panel said.
In the first phase of the plan, all operating-hour curbs on restaurants, cafes and other businesses will be dropped, though nightclubs will still have to close by midnight.