- This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
- Top stories: Singapore and Romania report highest one-day rises in COVID-19 cases; Japan to lift emergency COVID-19 restrictions; Algeria set to begin domestic production of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine.
Have you read?
1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 232.8 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 4.76 million. More than 6.18 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.
New COVID-19 cases in New Zealand have jumped to their highest level in weeks, with 45 new confirmed cases reported - all in Auckland.
Pfizer has asked Brazil's health regulator to approve a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine.
Costa Rica announced yesterday that all state workers will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Algeria is set to begin production of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, in partnership with China. It aims to meet domestic demand and export the surplus.
From next week, Croatia will require that all employees in the health and social care sectors be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19.
Egypt is now providing immediate COVID-19 vaccinations without prior online registration. The move is aimed at encouraging vaccinations amid a fourth wave of infections.
2. Singapore and Romania report highest one-day rises in COVID-19 cases
Singapore's health ministry has reported the country's highest one-day rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic - 2,236.
The country has paused further reopening after a recent rise in cases following the relaxation of some COVID-19 measures. From this week, Singapore has tightened some restrictions, including limiting social gatherings to two people and making work from home a default.
Meanwhile, Romania reported a record 11,049 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. Yesterday, the country had only 26 intensive care beds available, and was struggling to add more because of staff shortages.
3. Japan to lift emergency COVID-19 restrictions
Japan will lift a state of emergency in all regions on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months. It comes as the number of cases and deaths falls, easing the pressure on the health system.
Daily cases have fallen nationwide from more than 25,000 last month to 1,128 on Monday, but the opening will be gradual with some curbs on restaurants and large-scale events staying in place for about a month.
"Thanks to progress in vaccination and administration of neutralizing antibody drugs, we are entering a phase where medical services can be offered in a stable manner even if a certain degree of infections take place," Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told a coronavirus task force meeting.
India’s leading COVID-19 last-mile responders
Each of our Top 50 social enterprise last mile responders and multi-stakeholder initiatives is working across four priority areas of need: Prevention and protection; COVID-19 treatment and relief; inclusive vaccine access; and securing livelihoods. The list was curated jointly with regional hosts Catalyst 2030’s NASE and Aavishkaar Group. Their profiles can be found on www.wef.ch/lastmiletop50india.
Top Last Mile Partnership Initiatives to collaborate with:
#BackTheFrontline - Dasra
Covid Action Collab
Covid Livelihoods Coalition – CoLive
Migrants Resilience Collaborative
Rapid Rural Community Response (RCRC)
Rural Access Coalition
Saath Nirbhar - vartaLeap Coalition and ComMutiny
Sanjha Collective - Goonj
Top 50 Last Mile Responders to get behind:
Barefoot College International
Center for Wildlife Studies
Society Of Development Alternatives
Doctors For You
Dream a Dream
Eleutheros Christian Society
Every Infant Matters
Healing Fields Foundation
Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
MAHAN Trust, Melghat
Mann Deshi Foundation
Mission Oxygen - Democracy
SEWA Cooperative Federation
Spandan Samaj Seva Samiti
Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF)
Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)
Transforming Rural India Foundation
Ziqitza Health Care Limited