Coronavirus - 11 June


• Ports in Guangdong suspend some arrivals
• Delta variant accounts for 90% of new cases in the UK • England’s R number rises to 1.2-1.4 from 1.0-1.2 last week
• Meat eaters at greater risk of severe Covid infections, BMJ
• Germany to lift travel restrictions to most countries

World news

• Ports in Guangdong have issued notices this week suspending vessels from entering ports without advance reservations and will only accept bookings for export -bound containers within three -to -seven days prior to the arrival of vessels.

• As of 7 June, there have been 42 deaths in England of people with the Delta variant, according to Public Health England. Of this number, 23 were unvaccinated, seven were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine, and 12 were more than 14 days after their second dose. • More than 90% of new cases in England are now the Delta variant .

• England’s R number has risen to 1.2 -1.4 from 1.0 -1.2 last week .

• The US labor department has announced a temporary emergency standard to protect healthcare workers. The new standard would require employers to remove workers who have Covid -19 from the workplace, notify workers of exposure at work and strengthen requirements for employers to report worker deaths or hospitalisations to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

• Germany has removed several countries and regions including the US, Canada, Switzerland, Austria and some regions in Greece from its travel risk list .

• Germany is to lift its virus travel warning to most countries from 1 July. Only places with a seven -day incidence of above 200 per 100,000 would remain subject to a general travel warning .

• People who do not eat meat are significantly less likely to develop severe Covid infections, according to a new study in BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. Pescatarians had 59% lower odds of developing serious illness from Covid, while those on a plant -based diet were 73% less likely. Link

• Santiago, Chile, is to go into lockdown despite almost 60% of the country’s population being fully vaccinated. • Goldman Sachs has told its staff in the US that they must disclose vaccination status before a planned return to office working next week.

• The EMA has advised against using AstraZeneca’s vaccine in people with a history of capillary leak syndrome .

• Hong Kong’s government said this morning that it would review its plan for a travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore in early July .

• UK GDP rose by 2.3% in April . The reopening of non -essential shops, pubs and restaurants fuelled a sharp rise in consumer spending. However, the economy remains 3.7% below its pre -pandemic level.

• Thailand has signed a purchase order for 20m doses of the Pfizer vaccine , to be delivered before the end of this year .

• The Philippines will exempt elderly people who have been fully vaccinated from stay -at -home orders. The initiative is to encourage more to take up the vaccine .

• China administered about 20.4m doses of vaccines on 10 June, bringing the total number administered to 845m, according to official figures.