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DHAKA, Bangladesh – Authorities in Bangladesh say the country has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 victims and positive cases in a single day.

The news comes amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could worsen over the next seven days.

The government’s General Directorate of Health Services said 230 people died and 11,874 tested positive on Sunday. This is a one-day record in both respects.

Around 100,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 10 days.

Experts say if the current trend continues, already overwhelmed hospitals will struggle to provide treatment.

Bangladesh has been on nationwide lockdown since July 1st. However, new records of positive cases are reported every day.

In total, Bangladesh has reported more than 1 million positive cases, including 16,419 deaths in the country of 160 million people.



– South Africa steps up its vaccine campaign, too late for that surge

– Myanmar surprised when cases rose and oxygen fell


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MOSCOW – Russia’s daily number of confirmed coronavirus infections surpassed 25,000 for the third day in a row.

Authorities reported 25,033 new cases on Sunday.

Russia has faced a sharp rise in the number of infections in recent weeks, with new infections every day rising from around 9,000 in early June to over 25,000 on Friday. For the first time in the pandemic, the daily death toll exceeded 700 on Tuesday. It has remained at that level since then, with 749 new deaths recorded on Sunday.

Officials blame the spread of the Delta variant for the increase. They are trying to increase vaccine intake, which has remained lower than in many western countries. As of Wednesday, about 27 million Russians, or just 18.5% of the 146 million population, had at least one vaccination, and 18.5 million, or 12.6%, had been fully vaccinated.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Minister of Planning is encouraging the country’s 27 million citizens over 50 to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Asad Umar also heads the national agency charged with fighting the coronavirus. He said people over 50 are prone to serious health effects.

Umar said in a tweet on Sunday that 5.6 million people, or 20.6% of the Pakistani population in that age group, received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The federal authority recorded a slight increase in the positivity rate. She calls on residents to wear masks in public places and to maintain social distance.

Authorities report 27 additional deaths and 1,980 more cases of the virus in a single day. That brings the number of deaths in the country from COVID-19 to 22,582 and the total number of confirmed cases to 973,284.


CAIRO – Libya has seen an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases amid a slow vaccination program and concerns about the highly contagious Delta variant, according to health officials.

The number of new cases in the oil-rich country has increased more than six-fold since July 1, according to daily figures from the Libyan National Center for Disease Control.

“We are facing an unprecedented situation,” said Tareq Gibrael, a senior doctor at the center. “The steadily increasing number of new cases shows that we are preparing for a third wave, especially now that the delta variant is spreading in neighboring countries. We are in a very difficult position. “

The North African country recorded 2,854 new cases on Saturday, up from 719 a week earlier. To date, Libya has recorded a total of more than 200,000 cases, including 3,232 deaths. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher given the scarcity of testing and the exhaustion of the country’s health system after nearly a decade of civil war.


LONDON – Britain’s Vaccines Minister says people in England are expected to continue wearing masks indoors from July 19, despite the legal requirement to do so would drop.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will confirm on Monday whether most coronavirus restrictions, including social distancing and masking requirements, will be lifted the following week as widely expected.

Vaccination Minister Nadhim Zahawi said new guidelines on how to wear masks will be issued on Monday. He said it would be “an expectation of people to wear masks indoors, in crowded places and on public transport” instead of a legal obligation.

The UK is seeing a sharp surge in coronavirus cases. It is partly driven by the more transferable delta variant and partly by an increased social mix with the relaxation of the blocking rules. New cases are now over 34,000 per day. But deaths and hospital admissions are low and largely stable.


JERUSALEM – Israel’s Prime Minister says the country has reached an agreement with Pfizer to receive a new batch of coronavirus vaccines in August to help vaccinate teenagers.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting that the agreement to bring new vaccines forward to August 1 “will ensure a continuous supply of vaccines to the State of Israel from that moment”.

Bennett said the country has vaccinated over 200,000 people in the past few weeks. Many of them were teenagers. The country is trying to stop another outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant. Children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Israel has vaccinated over 61% of its 9.3 million citizens with at least one dose and nearly 56% with two doses, the vast majority with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.

The Ministry of Health has seen a steady increase in new infections over the past few weeks, most of them in unvaccinated young children. Most of the new infections were mild cases of coronavirus.


JAKARTA, Indonesia – Three million doses of the Moderna vaccine have arrived in Indonesia.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the Moderna vaccine will be used as a third dose for medical staff.

Sadikin said that “the plan for this vaccine, other than the first and second injections for the Indonesian people, will specifically use it for the third booster injection for Indonesian health workers.”

Many health care workers were previously vaccinated with the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine.


JOHANNESBURG – The new infections in South Africa have risen to record levels in the last few days.

It’s part of a rapid rise across the continent. And experts say the rise has not yet peaked here.

South Africa has reintroduced several restrictions to combat the new wave. These include closing restaurants and bars and restricting alcohol sales.

The vaccination campaign is also on its feet after several stumbling blocks. However, experts say it’s too late to lessen the deadly effects of the current surge.

South Africa is instead rushing to vaccinate enough of its 60 million people to mitigate the effects of the next surge.


TOKYO – Mayors of two Tokyo islands have asked the city government to remove the planned Olympic torch relay from public roads amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

The Tokyo torch relay, which began Friday, has been removed from all public roads except those on the islands due to rising cases in the Japanese capital.

Kyodo News Agency reported that mayors of Oshima and Hachijo have asked the Tokyo city government to remove the torch from public streets in their areas, citing rising virus cases.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo on Thursday.

Olympic officials last week banned all fans of venues in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.

Tokyo reported 950 new cases on Saturday. This is the highest level since the beginning of May. Japan reported about 816,000 cases and 15,000 deaths during the pandemic.


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka has received an additional 2 million doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine.

The country wants to vaccinate almost all over 30 year olds by September.

Sri Lanka has relied on China for most of its vaccination program.

Authorities are currently focused on vaccinating the elderly and those involved in the tourism sector.

Sri Lanka has reported 273,031 cases, including 3,467 deaths during the pandemic.


BANKGOK – Myanmar is facing a rapid surge in COVID-19 patients and a shortage of oxygen supplies.

The situation comes as the country has been engulfed in bitter and violent political struggle since the military took power in February after civil leader Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown.

Myanmar had weathered last year’s surge with severe travel restrictions and securing vaccines from India and China. Her discharge came less than a week after the first injections were given to health workers.

People avoided military hospitals after the seizure of power, and medical personnel led a popular civil disobedience movement.

Myanmar’s new rulers have ordered oxygen plants to operate at full capacity, including the conversion of industrial oxygen for patient needs.