Coronavirus - 17 September


• New Zealand extends pause on Australian travel bubble

• Alberta bring in new restrictions

• In hospitals 70% of under-50s with Delta variant are unvaccinated

• Civil case brought in Austria over outbreak mishandling

• UK retail sales fell by 0.9% MoM in August

World news

• New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) report that 1 i n 40 people with coronavirus have symptom s lasting at least three months. In April, an ONS report put the proportion at about one in every ten. Report

• Court proceedings are beginning in Vienna, in a civil case against the Austrian government over its alleged mishandling of the outbreak at the ski resort of Ischgl in March 2020.

• Retail sales fell by 0.9% MoM in August, the ONS says, following a 2.8% fall in July. Food store sales fell by 1.2%, but the ONS says this is linked to the removal of restrictions on hospitality leading to more people eating out. Report

• Wales is to introduce vaccine passports from 11 October. It means all over -18s will require one to enter nightclubs, indoor non -seated events for more than 500 people, outdoor non -seated events for more than 4,000 people and any setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance.

• Soldiers will be drafted in to drive ambulances in Scotland in a bid to ease the pressure on the NHS , according to the Scottish Ambulance Service

• In England, 12,407 people were admitted to hospital up to 12 September with the Delta variant; PHE says 6,230 were under the age of 50 and 6,167 were aged 50 or over. Of the 6,230 under 50, 4,517 (73%) were unvaccinated, 848 (14%) had received a single dose of vaccine and 721 (12%) had received both doses. Of the 6,167 aged 50 or over, 1,786 (29%) were unvaccinated, 435 (7%) had received a single dose of vaccine and 3,913 (63%) had received both doses.

• Just over 890,000 people in the UK would have tested positive in the week ending 11 September, latest estimates from the ONS show s, down from about 950,000 people the previous week.

• Cambodia has begun vaccinating children aged between six and 12 years old.

• In Mumbai, 90% of people are estimated to have antibodies, according to the civic body survey released on today.

• Travellers entering Switzerland who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus will need to provide a negative test result from Monday.

• As of 10 June, 1.9bn items of PPE stock in the UK were not fit for purpose. This is equivalent to 6.2% of purchased volume with an estimated value of £2.8 billion.

• Australia is to trial a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in Sydney. Once the state of NSW reaches the 80% vaccination level Australians returning from overseas to may be allowed to quarantine at home rather than in hotels.

• New Zealand will delay the reopening of its trans -Tasman travel bubble.

• Public employees in Slovenia will need to be vaccinated or have recovered from the virus to continue working.

• Researchers from Sun Yat -Sen University in Guangzhou studying the effect of eye sight in children have found that by third grade, 20% of tested children were short -sighted compared with 13% of a group tested before the pandemic.

• Alberta bring in new restrictions - must show proof of vaccination or a negative test for restaurants, bars and indoor organized events. Businesses that choose not to ask for vaccination status will have a separate, stricter set of regulations they must follow. Restaurants for example must close their indoor dining rooms and limit outdoor service to tables of six people, all of whom must be from the same household.