G-20 should lead preparation for next pandemic: vaccine alliance chief TOKYO. KAZINFORM The Group of 20 major economies should lead global efforts to prepare for the next pandemic, the head of one of the organizations co-leading a body promoting global access to COVID vaccines has said, expecting their leaders to make progress to that end later this month in Rome.
ANSA: Italy's COVID-19 Rt number, incidence up slightly ROME. KAZINFORM Italy's COVID-19 Rt transmission number was up slightly at 0.86 in the period between September 29 and October 12, according to a draft of the latest coronavirus monitoring report of the health ministry and the Higher Health Institute (ISS).
Death toll in gunpowder plant blast in central Russia rises to 16 — source MOSCOW. KAZINFORM - The death toll in a gunpowder plant blast and fire in the Ryazan Region in central Russia has risen to 16 people and the bodies of 12 of them have been found, a source in emergencies services told TASS on Friday.
Cinematographer killed, director injured after accidental shooting involving Alec Baldwin NEW MEXICO. KAZINFORM - On the set of the movie «Rust» in New Mexico, its director of photography was killed and movie director injured after actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on Thursday, according to a law enforcement statement provided to CNN.
Coronavirus transmission in Brazil still on wane BRASILIA. KAZINFORM - The transmission of the novel coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) continues on the decline, as per the COVID-19 Observatory report, by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz). For the epidemiological week comprising October 10 through 16, daily decreases were reported—4.8 percent in the case tally and 3.6 percent in the death toll. In this time span, daily averages of 10.2 thousand confirmed cases and 330 fatalities were reported across the country, Agencia Brasil reports.
Tokyo, Osaka to lift COVID curbs on eateries Mon. as infections drop TOKYO. KAZINFORM - The Tokyo and Osaka governments said Thursday they will lift coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and bars from next week for the first time in 11 months as infections continue to decline across Japan, Kyodo reports.
Violent storm leaves 250,000 households in France no electricity PARIS. KAZINFORM A violent storm swept through north France Wednesday night till Thursday morning, causing damages and leaving some 250,000 households without electricity, Enedis, France's public power distribution system, said Thursday.
Unemployment rate at 7.09 percent in September in Slovakia, lowest figure since May 2020 BRATISLAVA. KAZINFORM - The unemployment rate in Slovakia fell to 7.09 percent in September, a low since May 2020, when it stood at 7.2 percent, said Labour Minister Milan Krajniak (We Are Family) during the Government session this week, TASR reports.
Russia records isolated cases of AY.4.2 COVID-19 variant, says expert MOSCOW. KAZINFORM - Russia registered some isolated cases of the AY.4.2 COVID-19 variant, a subtype of the Delta strain, Kamil Khafizov, Head of the Scientific Group for the Development of New Diagnostic Methods of the Russian Central Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology, said, TASS reports.
WHO to decide on approval of Russian Sputnik V jab after last inspection GENEVA. KAZINFORM - The World Health Organization (WHO) will decide on including the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in the Emergency Use Listing (EUL) after «the last inspection» in Russia, according to the WHO official website, TASS reports.
New virus cases slightly dip amid speedy vaccination campaign in S. Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea reported fewer than 1,500 daily cases Thursday, continuing a downward trend since the fourth wave of the pandemic peaked in late September, due to the accelerating rate of vaccinations, Yonhap reports.
Brazil reports all-time lowest moving average of deaths from COVID-19 BRASILIA. KAZINFORM On April 19, 2021, Brazil recorded the highest moving average of deaths from COVID-19—some 3 thousand fatalities daily. Today (Oct. 19), exactly six months after the peak of the pandemic, the country’s Health Ministry reports that mass vaccination against disease has proved effective: deaths plummeted by nearly 90 percent. The trend has been observed since June.