COVID: Italy starts distributing J&J vaccine ROME. KAZINFORM Italy is starting to distribute a batch of 184,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to its regions on Wednesday. Like the AstraZeneca jab, the Italian authorities are recommending the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only be given to over-60s after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it could be linked to some highly rare cases of blood clots in younger people.
S. Korea: New virus cases in 700s for 2nd day; vaccinations set to top 2 mln SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea reported more than 700 new virus cases for the second straight day on Thursday amid lingering woes over another wave of the pandemic as the country's vaccination campaign gathers pace, with vaccinations set to top 2 million, Yonhap reports.
At least 22 Covid patients killed in India after oxygen supply disrupted NEW DELHI. KAZINFORM At least 22 Covid-19 patients were killed on Wednesday at a hospital in India's western state of Maharashtra, after a leak in an oxygen tank led to the supply being disrupted for dozens of patients connected to ventilators.
Japan to receive 50 mln additional doses of Pfizer vaccine TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Japan expects to receive 50 million additional doses of Pfizer Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called on the pharmaceutical firm to boost supplies, government sources said Wednesday, Kyodo reports.
India records fresh high of nearly 300,000 new COVID-19 cases, over 2,000 more deaths NEW DELHI. KAZINFORM India recorded 295,041 new COVID-19 cases and 2,023 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the caseload to 15,616,130 and the death toll to 182,553, according to data released by the health ministry on Wednesday.
S. Korea: New virus cases back to over 700, vaccination drive to ramp up SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases bounced back to over 700 Wednesday as the country is ratcheting up efforts to boost vaccination rates amid growing concerns over another wave of the pandemic, Yonhap reports.
COVID-19: 1,347 deaths, 30,624 cases registered in 24h in Brazil BRASILIA. KAZINFORM - Brazil has reported 374,682 deaths from COVID-19, as per the daily update published by the Health Ministry on Monday (Apr. 19). In 24 hours, 1,347 new fatalities were confirmed by health state secretariats, Agencia Brasil reports.
Coronavirus cases wordwide up 14% in past week — WHO GENEVA. KAZINFORM More than 5.2 million novel coronavirus cases were registered worldwide in the past week, which is 11% more than during the previous seven-day period, the World Health Organization (WHO) said a weekly bulletin released in Geneva late on Tuesday.
'COVID-19 worst crisis in Asia-Pacific since WW II' KARACHI. KAZINFORM The coronavirus pandemic has created the worst crisis in Asia-Pacific since World War II, exposing structural weaknesses and fault lines, and revealing gaps in health services, social protection, and digital connectivity in the region, according to a new study.
Tokyo metro gov’t to ask Suga for fresh COVID emergency in capital TOKYO. KAZINFORM - The Tokyo metropolitan government is set to ask Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga this week to again declare a state of emergency in the capital amid resurging coronavirus infections, sources close to the matter said Tuesday, Kyodo reports.