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Israel opens Covid-19 booster vaccine to children as young as 12 amid Delta variant concerns

Israel began giving Covid-19 boosters to children as young as 12, and its prime minister says a campaign that began a month ago among seniors has slowed a rise in severe illness caused by the Delta variant. Announcing the decision on Sunday, top Israeli health officials said the effectiveness of the second dose of the […]

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Covid-19 vaccines effectiveness drops from 91% to 66% after Delta variant circulation: US CDC study shows

The vaccine effectiveness against Covid-19 infection dropped from 91% to 66% once the Delta variant accounted for the majority of circulating virus, according to a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “While we did see a reduction in the protection of the Covid-19 vaccine against the Delta variant, it’s still […]

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Highly infectious Covid-19 Delta variant ‘raises big questions’ about New Zealand’s response

The arrival of the highly infectious Delta variant has “raised some big questions” about New Zealand’s pandemic response. Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said the variant “changes the game considerably” and makes existing protections “look less adequate”. It comes as the country announced a further 21 confirmed cases in the latest outbreak of the virus. […]

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New Zealand’s Delta Covid-19 outbreak started with traveler from Australia who had been in hotel quarantine

New Zealand’s growing Covid-19 outbreak that has sparked a national lockdown was caused by a traveller returning from Australia who had been in hotel quarantine. The New Zealander flew from Sydney to Auckland on August 7 and self-isolated in the Government’s makeshift quarantine facility at the Crowne Plaza hotel. An investigation found the patient picked […]

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United States averages over 107k daily Covid-19 infections as Delta surges

The United States is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge as health officials urge people to get vaccinated to stem a surging spread of the Delta variant. Across the country, 70.6 percent of adults have received at least one dose of vaccines, while […]

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China locks down millions, imposes travel restrictions to curb fresh Covid-19 outbreak

A fresh Covid outbreak in China has spread to more locations, raising concerns over the country’s vulnerability to the highly contagious Delta variant. More than 300 cases have been detected within a span of 10 days. The government has imposed fresh travel restrictions and is testing millions. It is unclear how many in China are […]

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China witnesses worst Covid outbreak since Wuhan; Delta variant hits five provinces, thirteen cities

A Covid outbreak first discovered in the Chinese city of Nanjing has spread to five provinces and Beijing, with state media calling it the most extensive contagion after Wuhan. Almost 200 people have been infected since the virus was first detected at the city’s busy airport on 20 July. All flights from Nanjing airport will […]

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Covid Delta variant as transmissible as chickenpox, each infected person infects nine others: CDC document

The Delta coronavirus variant is surging across the United States and it appears to cause more severe illness and spread as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal document from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The document outlines unpublished data that shows fully vaccinated people might spread the Delta variant at the […]

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Man opened his home to hundreds of dogs, cats, chicks, hedgehogs, sheep while hurricane Delta hit

When hurricane Delta closed in on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Ricardo Pimentel opened his home to about 300 dogs, while dozens of cats harbored in his son’s room; his daughter’s room served as a refuge for chicks, bunnies and even a hedgehog; a patio became a haven for a flock of sheep. “It was worth it, […]

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Hurricane Delta makes landfall in storm-battered Louisiana

Hurricane Delta weakened after making landfall in a corner of the US state of Louisiana, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Delta, now a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, hit land at 6pm local time on Friday, near the Gulf Coast town of Creole, […]