Coronavirus live news: New Zealand battles first Delta outbreak, vaccine warning for south-east Asia

Posted by on August 18, 2021 5:25 am
Categories: Global Stories

Jacinda Ardern warns of more cases to come as New Zealand wakes up in lockdown; Red Cross urges help for south-east Asia to secure vaccines as death rates rise

10.25am BST

New restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid took effect in Israel on Wednesday, after the largely vaccinated country saw the highest daily infection rate since January.

The measures, announced Sunday, require vaccination certificates or negative coronavirus tests to enter a range of public spaces, including restaurants and bars, cultural and sports venues, hotels and gyms, the health ministry said.

10.03am BST

Russia reported 20,914 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, including 1,590 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 6,663,473.

The government coronavirus taskforce said 799 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 172,909.

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