The number of daily coronavirus cases in India crossed the 400,000 mark for the first time as the nation struggles to contain its latest outbreak. The nation opened up vaccinations to all adults on Saturday. India needs to shut down for a few weeks to control the Covid-19 outbreak, Anthony Fauci, one of the leading global voices on the pandemic, told the Indian Express newspaper in an interview.
President Joe Biden banned most travel to the U.S. from India beginning Tuesday as the country struggles to combat the worst surge of coronavirus cases in the world.
Russia reported 9,270 new cases on Saturday as it enters a 10-day unplanned holiday in a bid to contain the third wave of the pandemic. Germany and Poland saw a drop in contagion rates.
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Short Notice on U.K. Travel Rules (4:59 p.m. Hong Kong)
Holidaymakers and airlines could get as little as one week’s notice of the rules to allow overseas travel from England this month, The Guardian newspaper reported. The government is likely to announce on Friday that the non-essential foreign travel ban will be lifted from 17 May, but the list of countries to which travel will be permitted may not be released until 10 May.
Third Wave Easing in Poland (4:41 p.m. HK)
Poland saw 6,469 new cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest number reported on a Saturday since early February, in a sign that the third wave of the pandemic may be easing in the country. Deaths dropped to 423, the fewest for a Saturday in six weeks.
This week, the government announced it will lift some restrictions later in May. It plans to open hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.
Philippines Receive First Sputnik Vaccine Batch (4:27 p.m. HK)
The Philippines received its first batch of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines from Russia on Saturday, local media reported. The shots add to the nation’s vaccine stockpiles that also include those developed by AstraZeneca and Sinovac.
The Philippines has recorded over 1 million Covid-19 cases, the second highest in Southeast Asia. The number of cases rose by more than 9,000 on Saturday.
New Cases Lower in Germany (4:20 p.m. HK)
In Germany, the increase of confirmed cases slowed from a day earlier and the incidence rate edged lower for a fifth consecutive day. Confirmed cases rose by 14,326, with another 232 deaths reported, according to the Robert Koch Institute.
Russia Starts Unplanned Holiday (4:00 p.m. HK)
Russia reported 9,270 new coronavirus cases on Saturday as the country enters an unplanned holiday through May 10 to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov said the expectations are that domestic demand for the coronavirus vaccines is set to increase. However, the Russian vaccination campaign remains plodding amid relatively low official virus data.
WHO Clears Moderna Shot for Emergency Use (2:50 p.m. HK)
The World Health Organization cleared Moderna’s Covid-19 shot for emergency use, making it the fifth vaccine to receive its green light. The WHO’s expert group recommended the inoculation for all age groups 18 and above in its interim assessment in January.
The WHO has also listed the Pfizer shot, the AstraZeneca vaccines made by SK Bio and the Serum Institute of India, as well as the Johnson & Johnson shot.
An emergency use listing by the WHO allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer vaccines.
Singapore Reinstates Some Distancing Measures (2:10 p.m. HK)
Singapore will reinstate some social…