The global death toll from the coronavirus has now surpassed 4.66 million, and more than 227 million cases have been detected across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media, and other sources.
The United States has the highest death toll and overall coronavirus tally, with 669,996 fatalities and 41.7 million infections.
It is followed by India (more than 33.35 million cases and 443,928 deaths) and Brazil (21 million cases and a death toll of 589,246).
The United Kingdom is expected to announce a major change in its COVID-19 international travel rules. It is believed that as many as 12 countries could be taken off the red list. Argentina, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Turkey are reportedly among those countries. Currently, there are 62 countries on the red list.
Meanwhile, more than 5.8 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide.
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PARIS (Sputnik) - French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday that the number of citizens who received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose had passed 50 million.
"The vaccine saves lives, the virus kills. It’s simple," he said in a video posted on Twitter.
More than 74% of the French have received at least one vaccine dose, with roughly 70% being fully vaccinated.
Once criticized for one of the slowest immunization campaigns in Europe, France is now firmly in top 10 of the European Union's most vaccinated countries. Its success is largely attributed to the COVID-19 health pass policy. The vaccination of health workers became mandatory on Wednesday.
19:50 GMT 17.09.2021
Switzerland Obliges Unvaccinated Arrivals to Undergo Double COVID-19 Testing - Government
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - All arrivals to Switzerland who have not been vaccinated against or recovered from the coronavirus will be subject to a test for the disease upon arrival, and another after four to seven days, starting September 20, the government said on Friday.
"Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not recovered must present a negative test result (antigen or PCR) on entry into Switzerland, irrespective of where they are travelling from or by which means of transport they are entering the country. After four to seven days in the country, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test must be sent to the relevant cantonal office," the government said in a statement.
The measure is not applicable to arrivals with a health pass or any other evidence of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, cross-border commuters, transit travelers, visitors from neighboring countries, drivers transporting people or goods, and those under 16, the statement added.
The new rules are intended to prevent a surge in cases as people return from summer vacations, the government said.
19:45 GMT 17.09.2021
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TOKYO (Sputnik) - Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that he wanted the cabinet minister in charge of COVID-19 vaccination to succeed him as the leader of the governing party, who will eventually take the country’s top job.
Suga praised Kono's skills in organising the vaccination campaign amid what he referred to as a national crisis and insisted that continuity was key to dealing with the pandemic.
"It is extremely important to advance COVID-19 measures. With this in mind, I express my support for Taro Kono, although I want to see all candidates take an active part in the debates," he was quoted as saying by the Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
13:38 GMT 17.09.2021
Putin Urges Russians to Revaccinate Against COVID-19 on Time
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called for timely revaccination against COVID-19, noting that some of his security, protocol and press service employees did not undergo revaccination on time and fell ill.
“We must not forget to revaccinate on time. I have colleagues ... from the security service, from the press service, some of whom did not do it [revaccinate] on time … and here is the result: having to work for some time in conditions of forced isolation,” Putin said during his Friday virtual meeting with St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov.
12:10 GMT 17.09.2021
UK to Simplify Int'l Travel in Order to Reduce Costs, Take Advantage of Higher Levels of Vaccination
"I'll set out measures to simplify international travel later today in order to reduce costs, take advantage of higher levels of vaccination, and keep us all safe", UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter.
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