(Reuters) – Australia will lift one of the toughest international border restrictions on its citizens next month, while neighboring New Zealand has recorded more Delta coronavirus infections in its capital.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
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* Russia has reported 887 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest single-day death toll it has recorded since the start of the pandemic and on the fourth day in a row it set that record.
* Nine people died when a fire broke out in an intensive care unit at a Romanian hospital treating patients with COVID-19, officials said, the country’s third fatal hospital fire in less than ‘a year.
* From October 4, students will no longer have to wear protective masks in French primary schools in areas with low COVID-19 infection rates, according to a government decree.
* The European Union will expand a mechanism to monitor and potentially limit the export of COVID-19 vaccines from the bloc, an EU official said.
* Los Angeles officials have announced they will vote next week to ban unvaccinated people from most businesses in the United States’ second city.
* The Australian state of Victoria has included professional athletes in a vaccination mandate that will require approximately 1.25 million “authorized workers” to have two injections of COVID-19 by the end of November.
* The Serum Institute of India, which produces the AstraZeneca vaccine, will resume small exports through the global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX this month and increase them significantly by January, its chief told the Telegraph.
* South Korea has extended social distancing restrictions for two weeks, offering more incentives for people to get vaccinated as it battles thousands of new cases every day.
* Takeda Pharmaceutical of Japan said “human error” caused metal contaminants to enter Moderna vaccine doses, resulting in a recall.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has eased restrictions at the lowest alert level as the country seeks to open up its economy ahead of the summer recess.
* Egypt received 1.6 million doses of the vaccine produced by Pfizer as a gift from the United States under the COVAX initiative, the first batch of a total of 5 million doses.
* The Israeli Ministry of Health has identified fewer than 10 cases of heart inflammation following a third dose of the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine among the millions administered, according to recently released data.
* Malaysia has given conditional approval to a vaccine manufactured by the Chinese company Sinovac for use on young people between the ages of 12 and 17.
* It is safe for people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and an influenza vaccine at the same time and it does not negatively impact the immune response produced by either, revealed a British study.
* European stocks hit their two-month low on Friday after declines in Asia and Wall Street, with eurozone inflation data set to hit a 13-year high to heighten investor fears about the soaring prices combined with jerky growth.
* Eurozone manufacturing growth remained strong in September, but activity was hit hard by supply chain bottlenecks that are expected to persist and keep inflationary pressures high, a survey found on Friday.
* Japanese factory activity grew at the slowest pace in seven months in September as overall production and new orders declined, even as a central bank survey showed the business mood was improving for the fifth consecutive quarter.
(Compiled by Veronica Snoj and Ramakrishnan M.; edited by Sriraj Kalluvila and Angus MacSwan)