Coronavirus - 14 September


 Ho Chi Minh City extends restrictions to the end of September

• Mauritius sees fivefold rise in cases after opening to tourists

• Over 50s in the UK to be offered booster vaccines

• In the UK, 241,000 workers were added to payroll in August

• Russian President Putin begins self-isolation

World news

• The JCVI has recommended a booster vaccine for the over 50s (preferably the Pfizer shot) and said it should be given no sooner than six months after the second dose.

• From Monday 20 September, in Scotland one vaccine dose will be offered to all children aged 12 -15.

• Children in New York returned to school today, with compulsory masks and mandatory vaccination for teachers.

• Ho Chi Minh City is to extend restrictions until the end of September.

• The UK Government pulled out of a deal with French pharmaceutical company Valneva to purchase its vaccine.

• China imposed new restrictions in the South - Eastern Fujian province, with measures including mass testing, suspended transport services and closures of bars and cinemas.

• The governor of Florida has threatened to fine cities and counties that force employees to get coronavirus vaccines.

• The number of workers on payrolls in the UK rose by 241,000 between July and August, marking a rebound above pre -pandemic levels, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

• Job vacancies in the UK in the three months to August rose to 1.03m, the highest level on record.

• Russian President Vladimir Putin is self -isolating after cases were detected in his entourage.

• In total, 659 coronavirus deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week ending 3 September, according to the ONS, a 1% decrease on the previous week.

• Indonesia has said it will open its borders to foreign travellers again once it meets its target of having 70% of the population vaccinated with one dose – a target it hopes to reach by November.

• Sierra Leone has ended a curfew in place since early July. Places of worship, schools, public buildings and public transport will reopen, with mask wearing mandated. Additionally, bars and restaurants can allow entry to anyone who can prove vaccination.

• Mauritius has seen its cases rise fivefold to 12,600 after opening to tourist s three weeks ago.

• Masks in school in Scotland are to remain in place until the October holidays.