New virus cases spike to 500s amid accelerating vaccination drive in S. Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases bounced back to over 500 on Wednesday as health authorities ramp up the country's vaccination drive with a quarter of the population receiving one jab, Yonhap reports.
Olympians could be kicked out of Japan for violating COVID-19 rules KYODO. KAZINFORM - Foreign athletes competing at this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics could be kicked out of Japan if they violate regulations aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus infections, according to a rule book released Tuesday, Kyodo reports.
COVID-19: Brazil reports 17.4 mi cases, 488.2 thousand deaths BRAZILIA. KAZINFORM - The total of cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic reached 17,452,612 in Brazil, after 39,846 new positive diagnoses were registered from Sunday to Monday. The country also has 3,888 active cases being monitored, Agencia Brasil reports.
New virus cases in 300s for 2nd day; vaccinations top 13 mln in less than 4 months SEOUL. KAZINFORM South Korea's daily new COVID-19 cases remained under 400 for the second day in a row Tuesday on fewer tests over the weekend as the country's vaccination drive picks up steam with 1 in 4 South Koreans receiving at least one jab.
Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state centers from Thursday TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Japan's state-run mass coronavirus vaccination centers plan to start inoculating people aged under 65 as early as Thursday in an expanded drive to fill in vacant slots, a government source said Tuesday, Kyodo reports.
S. Korea: New virus cases in 300s for 2nd day; vaccinations in higher gear SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new COVID-19 cases remained under 400 for the second day Tuesday on fewer tests over the weekend as the country's vaccination drive picks up steam with inoculations likely to top 13 million soon, Yonhap reports.
Two districts remain medium red, six green as of Monday in Slovakia BRATISLAVA. KAZINFORM - Not a single district is coloured black or dark red in the COVID-automaton as Monday, while only two districts are medium red, three light red, 19 orange, 49 yellow, and six green (the lowest-risk level in the scheme), TASR reports.
Nearly 25% of Turkey’s population now have 1st doses of COVID vaccine ANKARA. KAZINFORM - Turkey has administered over 33.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in mid-January, including first doses to nearly one-fourth of Turkey’s population of some 83.6 million, the Health Ministry announced, Anadolu reports.
China making plans for future space exploration: official BEIJING. KAZINFORM - China is making plans for the future development of its space program, including exploring asteroids and the Jovian system, collecting samples from Mars and exploring the polar region of the moon, said an official from the China National Space Administration (CNSA), Xinhua reports.
Japan gov’t eyes quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics TOKYO. KAZINFORM - The Japanese government is considering placing Tokyo under a quasi-state of emergency during the Olympics, given that a number of health experts have expressed concern over a potential spike in COVID-19 cases, a government official said Monday, Kyodo reports.
G7 pledges 870 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses, half to be delivered by end of 2021 GENEVA. KAZINFORM Leaders of G7 countries have agreed in an agreement at their summit to share at least 870 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines directly, at least half of which are to be delivered by the end of 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday.
ANA begins on-site vaccination, first among Japanese firms TOKYO. KAZINFORM - All Nippon Airways Co. on Sunday began its COVID-19 inoculation program for employees at Tokyo's Haneda airport, moving up the schedule set by the government by more than a week and becoming the first Japanese firm known to start offering workplace vaccinations.
New virus cases back under 500 on fewer tests, vaccinations gaining traction in S. Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new virus cases dropped below 500 Sunday for the first time in four days due to fewer tests over the weekend as the country's inoculation drive gained traction, Yonhap reports.
Schools pull out of Tokyo Olympic spectator program over virus fears TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have begun accepting cancellations from schools no longer wishing to participate in a program that offers students the chance to watch events at nearby venues, Kyodo reports.