Wednesday 14 October
- Covid-19: New three-tier restrictions come into force in England.
- Russia reels from record rise in Covid infections.
- World Bank approves $12 bn for Covid-19 vaccines.
- Wall Street stumbles on halted Covid vaccines, US stimulus delays.
- Small family gatherings are spreading Covid-19, CDC director says.
- Global economy recovering faster than expected, IMF says.
Covid-19: New three-tier restrictions come into force in England
BBC News says the new three-tier system of Covid-19 restrictions has begun in England.
Most of the country is in the lowest tier – medium – but millions of people in the North and the Midlands face extra curbs on households mixing.
The Liverpool region is the only area to be under the toughest rules, and Government health officials are due to meet later to discuss the possibility of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and some other areas joining the top tier.
Read the full story on BBC News
Russia reels from record rise in Covid infections
The Guardian says Russia has recorded its highest day of deaths and infections since the coronavirus pandemic began this year, amid concern that hospitalisations and deaths are increasing rapidly as cases of infections surge in many places around the world.
The Russian figures emerged as the WHO reported a 34% increase in infections across the European region, including Russia, accounting for 700,000 cases in the past week.
Read the full story on The Guardian
World Bank approves $12 bn for Covid-19 vaccines
France24 says the World Bank said that it approved $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatment.
The financing “aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people,” the bank said in a statement.
The money is part of an overall World Bank Group (WBG) package of up to $160 billion through June 2021 designed to help developing countries battle the pandemic.
Read the full story on France24
Wall Street stumbles on halted Covid vaccines, US stimulus delays
Aljazeera says all three major stock indexes closed in the red on Tuesday, reflecting uncertainty about Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, and the next round of US coronavirus relief aid.
“We have this recent spike in coronavirus cases coinciding with big drug companies halting vaccine trials,” said Robert Pavlik, chief investment strategist at SlateStone Wealth LLC in New York. “That’s making the market nervous and in response, you’re seeing the lockdown stocks moving higher.”
Read the full story on Aljazeera
Small family gatherings are spreading Covid-19, CDC director says
CNN says small family gatherings are becoming a growing source of coronavirus spread in the United States, health officials told the nation’s governors Tuesday.
“I think in the public square, we’re seeing a higher degree of vigilance and mitigation steps in many jurisdictions. But what we’re seeing as the increasing threat right now is actually acquisition of infection through small household gatherings,” CDC director Dr Robert Redfield said Tuesday afternoon, according to audio of the call obtained by CNN.
Read the full story on CNN
Global economy recovering faster than expected, IMF says
Arab News says the world’s economy is recovering faster than expected from the ravages of the pandemic, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.
The IMF now expects global gross domestic product to fall by 4.4 per cent this year — better than the forecast of a 5.2 per cent contraction the Fund made in June — and sees a 5.2 per cent recovery for 2021.
Read the full story on Arab News
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