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COVID-19: Top news about the coronavirus pandemic on November 1st

  • This daily news bulletin provides you with a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, along with tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top News: Auckland COVID-19 Restrictions Extended; Thailand and Australia eased pandemic travel restrictions; New UK COVID-19 cases down 13.5%.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the world

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have exceeded 246.7 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now exceeded 5 million. According to Our World in Data, more than 7.04 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has reopened the country and declared ready for a new way of life after surpassing its COVID-19 vaccination target.

South Korea has also eased a number of COVID-19 restrictions and introduced vaccine passports as the country moves towards “Living With COVID-19”.

Mexico received nearly 6 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, its health ministry said. It follows the arrival of nearly 6.5 million Sputnik-V vaccine doses last Tuesday.

Singapore could see up to 2,000 COVID-19 deaths annually, Janil Puthucheary, a senior minister of state, told parliament on Monday.

The United Arab Emirates approved the Pfizer / BioNTech emergency COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.

New COVID-19 cases in the UK October 25-31 are down 13.5% from the previous 7 days.

The new COVID-19 cases topped 7,000 in France for the first time since September 21, reaching 7,360 on Saturday.

New confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries every day.

Image: Our world in data

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2. Thailand and Australia relax the border restrictions

Thailand and Australia have both significantly eased international border restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hundreds of vaccinated foreign tourists came to the Thai capital to travel under quarantine after the Southeast Asian nation gave the go-ahead for such visitors from more than 60 countries, including China and the United States.

Hundreds of citizens arrived in Australia – the first to arrive without a permit or quarantine since April 2020. it announces a reopening plan to international tourists and workers.

Australia’s announcement of quarantine-free travel for Singapore citizens starting Jan.

“We are pleased about this positive development and look forward to a further relaxation of the border restrictions by Australia and other countries in the region,” said Goh.

3. Restrictions in Auckland, New Zealand extended

Authorities have extended COVID-19 restrictions in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, for another week. However, some will be relaxed thereafter, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today.

A date has been set for retail stores and institutions such as libraries and museums to reopen on November 10, Ardern said at a press conference.

“Because of the high vaccination rates in Auckland, we can move more confidently,” said Ardern. “These choices are carefully balanced and allow us to relieve some of the pressure and fatigue that we know exist in Auckland.”

New Zealand has been unable to contain the current outbreak, forcing it to adopt a strategy of living with the virus rather than the previous goal of elimination.

“We used to work hard to eliminate each case. While Delta forced us to change our approach, vaccines make sure we have the same goal,” said Ardern.

More than 75% of New Zealanders, or about 3.1 million people, are now fully vaccinated, while 88% have received a dose.

Written by

Joe Myers, Author, formative content

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