Coronavirus live news: Russia reports 820 deaths in a day; Sydney hospitals struggle to cope

Posted by on August 26, 2021 5:40 am
Categories: Global Stories

Russia also reports 19.630 new infections in 24 hours; Sydney’s health system struggles as the city reports record case numbers

10.40am BST

An Aboriginal woman with Covid and breathing difficulties was allegedly turned away from a local hospital in the town of Wilcannia in New South Wales in Australia, as local health officials admit the town does not have a ventilator despite having the highest rate of Covid transmission in the state.

Wilcannia has a higher Covid transmission rate than the worst hotspots in Sydney, sparking fresh calls for a coordinated state and federal effort to help the tiny, majority-Aboriginal town manage increasing illness, as well as securing essential supplies and safe places for people to self-isolate.

Related: Aboriginal woman ‘turned away’ from hospital as data reveals Wilcannia worst hit by Covid

10.31am BST

Inmates at a prison in Arkansas in the United States have been prescribed a medicine used to deworm livestock to combat Covid, despite warnings from health officials that the antiparasitic drug should not be used to treat the coronavirus.

Washington County’s sheriff confirmed that the jail’s health provider had been prescribing the drug but didn’t say how many inmates at the 710-bed facility had been given ivermectin, AP reports.

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