COVID-19 to 6 am on September 20: The world surpassed 229 million cases; New deaths in Russia highest

According to worldometer.info website, in the past 24 hours, the world recorded over 346,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 5,600 deaths. The total number of cases since the beginning of the epidemic has exceeded 229 million cases, of which over 4.7 million deaths.

Medical staff move patients who died from COVID-19 to a hospital morgue in New York, USA. Photo: AFP
Medical staff move patients who died from COVID-19 to a hospital morgue in New York, USA. Photo: AFP

The three countries with the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours in the world are the US (over 31,000 cases), India (30,809 cases) and the UK (29,612 cases).

The three countries with the highest number of deaths in the past 24 hours in the world are Russia (793 cases), Mexico (765 cases) and Iran (391 cases).

Asia is still the COVID-19 hotspot worldwide, with the highest number of daily new cases compared to other regions. In the past 24 hours, India, the Philippines, Iran, and Thailand are the countries that have recorded the highest number of new infections in this region, ranging from about 13,500 to 31,000 cases. To date, Asia has a total of 74.1 million cases, including over 1.09 million deaths from COVID-19.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the US still leads the world in both cases and deaths, with over 42.8 million and nearly 692,000 cases, respectively.

China records more than 40 new cases of COVID-19 in the community

Medical staff take samples for COVID-19 testing at a school in Fujian province, China, September 15, 2021. Photo: THX
Medical staff take samples for COVID-19 testing at a school in Fujian province, China, September 15, 2021. Photo: THX

On September 19, China's National Health Commission (NHC) said that the country recorded 66 new cases of COVID-19, including 43 infections in the community and 23 imported cases.

According to NHC data, of the imported cases, there are 9 cases in Yunnan, Hubei, Guangxi and Sichuan 3 each, 2 cases each in Shanghai and Guangdong and 1 case in Tianjin. No more COVID-19 deaths were recorded in mainland China on September 18.

As of September 18, China recorded a total of 8,792 imported COVID-19 cases, of which 8,248 patients have been discharged and 544 cases are still being treated. The total number of COVID-19 patients recorded in China is 95,689, of which 4,636 have died and 90,126 have recovered.

As of the end of September 18, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region recorded a total of 12,157 cases, including 213 deaths. The Macao Special Administrative Region still stands at 63 cases, while the total number of cases recorded in Taiwan is 16,129 cases, including 839 deaths. A total of 11,689 patients with COVID-19 have been discharged in Hong Kong, while the numbers in Macao and Taiwan are 63 and 13,742 respectively.

India asks states for in-depth analysis of COVID-19 situation

Health workers give people a COVID-19 vaccine in New Delhi, India on September 9, 2021. Photo: Hindustan Times
Health workers give people a COVID-19 vaccine in New Delhi, India on September 9, 2021. Photo: Hindustan Times

The federal government of India has asked the states to conduct an in-depth analysis of the COVID-19 situation, strengthen the health infrastructure, increase the stock of essential medicines and increase human resources.

The above directives were given during an online meeting chaired by Chief Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to review the COVID-19 response and control strategy.

In a statement, India's Ministry of Health said: "He reminded the states that there is no room for complacency and stressed the need to strictly enforce the COVID-19 Appropriate Conduct regulation.

He advised state health authorities to conduct a detailed analysis of the COVID-19 situation, strengthen health infrastructure, conduct stockpiling of essential drugs and increase human resources as soon as possible to respond to any situation. potential outbreaks of infections”.

Regarding the upcoming festive season, India's Ministry of Health said that states were directed to ensure and effectively implement necessary precautions to avoid large gatherings and overcrowding of people in enclosed spaces. The Ministry of Health also instructs states to closely monitor the number of cases in the districts on a daily basis to identify early warning signals and ensure the application of restrictive measures if necessary.

Abu Dhabi lifts regulations on testing for UAE residents

Vaccination against COVID-19 for people in Dubai, UAE, December 23, 2020. Photo: AFP
Vaccination against COVID-19 for people in Dubai, UAE, December 23, 2020. Photo: AFP

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) news agency WAM said on September 18 that the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will remove the requirement that people must be tested for COVID-19 from September 19 to be able to leave the country. other parts of the UAE to Abu Dhabi.

The UAE capital is requiring people from elsewhere to have tested negative for COVID-19 to enter the region. Abu Dhabi's new decision was made based on the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic being gradually under control.

Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi also lifted the mandatory quarantine for all vaccinated travelers entering from abroad.

Iran reopens museums

Visitors visit the National Museum of Iran in Tehran, September 19, 2021. Photo: AFP
Visitors visit the National Museum of Iran in Tehran, September 19, 2021. Photo: AFP

On September 19, Iran reopened museums in the capital Tehran and many other cities after more than a year of shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director of museums of Iran, Mohammad-Reza Kargar said: "Museums in Tehran and major cities that are no longer in the red zone have reopened. We welcome tourists, visit at the same time. will also closely monitor epidemic prevention measures."

As a country with a rich history and culture, Iran has 746 museums, of which 170 are in Tehran. According to Mr. Kargar, to ensure everyone's health, the number of visitors will depend on the size of the museum and epidemiological regulations are required to be strictly implemented.

For the past 14 months, due to limited measures to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic, museums in Iran have only allowed access to staff, researchers, and students. In the year before the COVID-19 epidemic forced museums in Iran to close in May 2020, these museums attracted more than 21 million visitors.

Iran is the Middle Eastern country hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 5.4 million cases, including over 117,000 deaths, according to official figures from the country's Ministry of Health updated on January 19. /9. Already 29 million Iranians out of a population of 83 million have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and nearly 14 million are fully vaccinated.

Malaysia will give booster shots to frontline workers and the elderly

Employees in protective suits work to disinfect at the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: THX
Employees in protective suits work to disinfect at the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: THX

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri said that the Malaysian government has decided to give a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health workers and the elderly to improve the immune system.

In a statement released on September 19, Prime Minister Ismail emphasized that the deployment of booster shots for high-risk groups such as those with underlying medical conditions, immunocompromised and elderly people will be deployed after The national vaccination rate reaches 80% of the adult population. This booster shot will increase immunity in people at high risk because their immunity may decline after a certain time since the second shot.

Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the roll-out of the booster shot could begin in October. Earlier, Mr. Khairy warned that the cause of the high number of new infections and deaths in Sarawak state could be due to a weakened immune system. Sarawak is the state with the highest and earliest vaccination rate in the country. If this proves to be true, other states will face similar situations in the coming months. In addition to the vaccine's effectiveness decreasing over time, Khairy said the possibility of an increase in the number of infections in Bornean could also be due to the Delta variant as well as the economy gradually reopening.

Health workers give people a COVID-19 vaccine in Selongor, Malaysia. Photo: THX
Health workers give people a COVID-19 vaccine in Selongor, Malaysia. Photo: THX

According to statistics of the National Immunization Program against COVID-19, as of September 18, 78.2% of Malaysian adults have completed vaccination. On September 18 alone, Malaysia performed 232,559 injections. Out of the total population, about 67.2% were vaccinated with at least 1 dose and 56% were fully vaccinated.

By the end of September 18, in the past 24 hours, Malaysia had 15,549 new cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 2,082,876. There were 324 more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country to 23,067.

Laos strengthens COVID-19 prevention measures in the capital Vientiane

A street in the capital Vientiane, Laos, September 12, 2021, before imposing a night curfew to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic. Photo: THX
A street in the capital Vientiane, Laos, September 12, 2021, before imposing a night curfew to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic. Photo: THX

The Lao Ministry of Health on September 19 said that in the past 24 hours, the country recorded 371 new cases of COVID-19; of which there are up to 303 community cases, the rest are imported cases and are immediately isolated. Thus, up to now, the total number of COVID-19 infections in Laos has reached 19,185 cases, of which 16 have died.

According to the Lao Ministry of Health, the number of community infections in the country remains high. Notably, the capital Vientiane continued to record the highest number of community cases in the country with 225 cases; In which, the outbreak at a garment factory in the area was still complicated when 179 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in one day.

In addition, some other provinces of this country still recorded many community infections in a day such as Khammuan 27 cases, Champasak 26 cases...

Facing the above situation, the Lao Government on the night of September 18 sent an express notice, agreeing with the proposal of the Vientiane Capital Government to allow a partial blockade of 4 inner city districts and part of 3 other districts in the capital. dollars from 0:00 on September 19 to 24h on September 30.

The proposal was made in the context of a worrying increase in the number of community infections in the capital Vientiane in recent days, which is believed to be due to people ignoring infection prevention regulations, gathering in large numbers in many places. in the city. The discovery of a large outbreak with 247 infections in a garment factory in the capital Vientiane on September 18 has raised the risk of a large-scale outbreak and forced the government to come to this decision.

People move on the street in Vientiane, Laos. Photo: AFP
People move on the street in Vientiane, Laos. Photo: AFP

According to the proposal, the capital Vientiane will apply a complete blockade order in four central districts, Chanthabouly, Sikhottabong, Sisattanak and Xaysettha, while travel in three other districts will be partially blocked.

Accordingly, travel in the blocked areas is completely prohibited, except in cases of permission. Factories in the blocked area will also have to close, except for those confirmed to be eligible to operate. While the Vientiane Prime Minister will requisition some schools to isolate people who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients.

In addition to the blockade, the fine for violations will also be greatly increased, possibly up to 10 million Kip (about 20 million VND) or face prosecution. To prepare for a new wave of infections appearing in the capital, the Vientiane capital government also plans to open more field hospitals and mobile testing points.

Indonesia receives more than 1.1 million doses of vaccine donated by the US

Medical staff take samples to test for COVID-19 for people in Medan, Indonesia. Photo: THX
Medical staff take samples to test for COVID-19 for people in Medan, Indonesia. Photo: THX

On September 19, Indonesian Minister of Information and Communications Johnny G. Plate said that the country had received 1,140,750 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. This is the third batch of vaccines supported by the US Government through the COVAX Mechanism. Previously, Indonesia received 877,500 doses on September 16 and 1,755,000 doses on September 17. The fourth batch with 871,650 doses is expected to be delivered on September 23.

In a statement, Minister Johnny said that plus the 8,000,160 doses of the Moderna vaccine previously shared by the US government, the total number of vaccines that this country donated to Indonesia reached 12,645,060 doses. According to Mr. Johnny, receiving more than 1.1 million doses of vaccine on September 19, bringing the total number of COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia's possession to 257,350,400 doses. Mr. Johnny emphasized that international cooperation plays an important role in Indonesia's response to COVID-19. From the outset, the government has promoted vaccine diplomacy with many countries serving the national immunization program.

24 more new cases in New Zealand

Health workers take samples for COVID-19 testing in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: AFP
Health workers take samples for COVID-19 testing in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: AFP

New Zealand Ministry of Health recorded 24 new cases of COVID-19. All are community infections in the city of Auckland.

According to New Zealand Public Health Director Caroline McElnay, the total number of COVID-19 cases in this outbreak in New Zealand has reached 1,050 with 1,033 in Auckland and 17 in Wellington. The total number of cases recorded in New Zealand since the outbreak last year is 3,704 cases.

Speaking at a press conference on the same day, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern encouraged people to get the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. To date, New Zealand has injected 4,684,416 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to its people.

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