Coronavirus - 24 September


• Norway to end restrictions

• As of mid-September fewer than 4% of Africans vaccinated

• WHO recommends Regeneron for high-risk patients

• Tunisia to lift nighttime curfew

• Nepal to restart issuing visas to vaccinated tourists

World news

• Portugal will lift almost all remaining restrictions from 1 October, allowing full occupancy in restaurants and cultural venues.

• Novavax has announced that it has applied to the World Health Organization (WHO) for an emergency-use listing of its vaccine.

• The WHO today recommended the synthetic antibody treatment Regeneron for the virus, but only in patients with specific health profiles.

• A nightly curfew in Tunisia will be lifted from Saturday.

• Mexico will only use the Pfizer vaccine for at-risk children aged 12-17, a Health Minister has announced.

• Nepal has restarted issuing visas for vaccinated tourists.

• Around 1 in 90 people in private homes in England had the virus in the week up to 18 September, down from one in 80 the previous week, according to the ONS.

• Norway will end its restrictions on Saturday. Social distancing will no longer be required, nightclubs can reopen and restaurants can return to capacity.

• Russia has recorded its highest daily death toll of 828 across the country in the past 24 hours, according to official figures.

• Vietnam has postponed plans to reopen the resort island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists until November.

• A study, conducted by the Malaysian government has found that 0.011% of about 7.2m recipients of the Sinovac vaccine required treatment in ICU for infections vs 0.002% of about 6.5 million recipients of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 0.001% of 744,958 recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
• As of mid-September, fewer than 4% of people in Africa have been fully vaccinated.