Covid-19 wrap | WHO says India variant present in 44 nations as Maldives bans journey from South Asia

Maldives bans journey from South Asia as virus instances soar     

Indians can not escape their nation’s raging pandemic by holidaying in
the Maldives, after the island paradise mentioned on Wednesday it might ban journey from
South Asia because it battles a surge in Covid-19 infections.

The tourism ministry mentioned:

The federal government of Maldives has determined to quickly droop the issuance of vacationer visas for travellers originating from South Asian nations – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

The indefinite journey ban would additionally apply to travellers who
spend greater than 24 hours transiting within the listed nations, or who had visited
them within the earlier 14 days, the ministry added.

Travellers from different nations are nonetheless permitted to journey to
the Maldives’ resort islets with a unfavorable PCR check taken inside 96 hours
earlier than arrival, however should not permitted to have contact with the native

The upmarket vacationer spot earlier this week suspended the entry
of labor allow holders from South Asia.


Indian Covid-19 variant present in 44 nations: WHO   

The World Well being Organisation mentioned on Wednesday
{that a} variant of Covid-19 behind the acceleration of India’s explosive
outbreak has been present in dozens of nations all around the world.

The UN well being company mentioned the B.1.617 variant of
Covid-19, first present in India in October, had been detected in additional than 4 500
samples uploaded to an open-access database “from 44 nations in all six
WHO areas”.

“And WHO has acquired reviews of detections
from 5 extra nations,” it mentioned in its weekly epidemiological
replace on the pandemic.

Outdoors of India, it mentioned that Britain had reported
the biggest variety of Covid instances attributable to the variant.

WHO additionally pointed to “preliminary
proof” that the variant was extra immune to therapy with the
monoclonal antibody Bamlanivimab, and in addition highlighted early lab research
indicating “restricted discount in neutralisation by antibodies”.


Pfizer asks UK regulator to approve vaccine for youngsters
-The Telegraph

Pfizer Inc has formally requested the UK medical regulator for
permission to make use of its Covid-19 vaccine for 12-to 15-year olds in Britain, the
Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Citing a Pfizer spokesperson, the report mentioned:

We will verify that the businesses have submitted a request to the MHRA to develop the usage of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine within the UK to adolescents.

Pfizer and the MHRA didn’t instantly response to Reuters
requests for remark.

The transfer comes as US regulators on Monday authorised Pfizer and
BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to be used in youngsters as younger as 12, widening the
nation’s inoculation programme as vaccination charges have slowed considerably.


Two Canadian provinces cease providing AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine           

Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario mentioned on Tuesday they might cease
providing first doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, with Ontario citing
proof that the chance of uncommon blood clots is considerably greater than beforehand

Alberta mentioned it took the identical step solely as a result of it was unclear
when extra shipments of the vaccine may arrive, and never attributable to concern about
unintended effects.

Officers in Ontario mentioned roughly one in 60 000 individuals who
acquired the vaccine within the province, eight in complete, developed the
complication, which includes blood clots accompanied by a low degree of
platelets, cells within the blood that assist it to clot.

Regulators and skilled teams in Canada, Australia, the United
Kingdom and Europe had beforehand estimated that the chance was between one in 95
000 and one in 130 000.

Ontario’s Chief
Medical Officer David Williams mentioned:

We preserve that those that acquired their first dose with the AstraZeneca vaccine did completely the best factor to stop sickness and defend their households, family members and communities.

Three deaths in Canada have been linked to the AstraZeneca


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