Coronavirus: What’s Occurring in Canada and Across the World on Saturday?
A new report from Russia’s State Statistics Bureau shows that the country saw a record number of deaths of people infected with the coronavirus in July.
According to the report by the Rosstat agency, 50,421 people infected with COVID-19 died during the month, significantly more than the previous record of 44,435 in December.
However, the agency said in the report that only 38,992 deaths were directly related to the disease. The virus has been identified as the likely main cause of an additional 5,206 deaths, but further investigation would be needed; in 1,449 other cases, the virus contributed to the deaths but was not the main cause.
Rosstat said the other 4,844 deaths from infected people were unrelated to the virus.
A medical professional prepares to treat a COVID-19 patient in Moscow on July 13 (Denis Kaminev / The Associated Press)
The report said the total number of virus-related deaths in Russia as of the end of July was 215,265 – far more than the 180,840 identified by the national coronavirus task force. Russian officials attribute this to different counting methods, saying the task force only includes deaths where COVID-19 was the main cause.
Officials also say the task force is using data from medical facilities, while Rosstat gets its numbers from the registry offices, where a death registration is completed.
Russia’s vaccination campaign against COVID-19 is lagging behind other nations. By mid-August, only a quarter of the country’s 146 million residents had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 20 percent were fully vaccinated.
Authorities in many regions have mandated vaccines for certain groups of workers, including those employed in healthcare, education, retail, public transport, and government agencies.
What’s happening across Canada
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole will be given a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival at the Charlottetown airport on Saturday. (Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press)
- BC vaccine bookings increase after the announcement of the passport requirement.
What’s happening all over the world
As of Saturday, more than 215.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 case tracker. The reported global death toll was more than 4.4 million.
In Asia, Tokyo City Hall apologized for “confusion” in introducing vaccinations against young people after crowds looking for vaccinations were turned away from a facility in the Japanese capital. Health officials switched to a reservation system on Saturday instead of first come, first served. But more than 2,200 people showed up to get vouchers for vaccination appointments, some stood in line since dawn, and 354 were lottery-picked to get vaccinations, Japanese media reported.
People wait for appointment vouchers for COVID-19 vaccines in Tokyo on Saturday. (Kyodo News / The Associated Press)
In EuropeIn Berlin, despite the ban on several planned meetings, thousands protested against the coronavirus measures taken by the federal government. The protests on Saturday take place amid debates in Germany about how and whether restrictions should be introduced on unvaccinated people, a question that is becoming more urgent as the number of coronavirus cases increases.
By doing America, Hundreds of parents in Mexico have resorted to court orders to obtain coronavirus vaccines for their children after the government refused to consider vaccinating children under 18 on Monday for classroom-based classes.
In Africa, the authorities have Dr. Eteni Longondo, the Congo’s former health minister, arrested after alleging he embezzled more than $ 1 million in World Bank funds to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It was not immediately known what specific charges Longondo had faced or whether he had consulted a lawyer.