Coronavirus live: Auckland lockdown extended, psychosis cases soar in England
October 18, 2021world
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Overnight Reuters have this numbers from China. Mainland China says it currently has 96,546 confirmed coronavirus cases.
The country reported 24 new confirmed Covid cases for 17 October, up from 20 a day earlier. Two local cases were found in the northwestern city of Xian, while the rest of the infections were imported from abroad, according to a statement by the National Health Commission.
China reported 9 new asymptomatic patients, which it classifies separately from confirmed cases, down from 13 in the day earlier.
There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll at 4,636.
Good morning, it is Martin Belam here in London taking over from Samantha Lock in Sydney. Deputy prime minister and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab is doing the UK media round this morning. I’ll bring you any Covid lines that emerge from that in due course.
Australia has edged closer to national coronavirus coverage of 70% amid rising hopes international tourists, workers and students can return before Christmas.
More than 68% of people aged 16 and above have received two jabs, while 84.8% are covered with at least one.
Returning Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families will be the first quarantine-free arrivals into NSW when borders reopen from 1 November.
Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan is optimistic that national double-dose vaccination coverage of 80% will give the nation more options.
“Returning Australians first,” he told Sky News on Monday. “Then my view is that before Christmas we can start looking at the tourists, the international students, the working holidaymaker visa holders and our Pacific workforce.”
Tehan said migrant labour would be crucial to driving Australia’s economic recovery.
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said vaccination was key to Australia allowing people to travel internationally from next month.
“As soon as it’s possible, we want to make sure that we can bring into this country the skilled workers, the international students that we so desperately need,” she told parliament.
“Then of course we will be welcoming back international tourists.”
Australia will begin issuing vaccine proof certificates from Tuesday to confirm travellers’ immunisation status.
The US has administered 408,265,959 doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
The figures are up from the 407,446,961 vaccine doses the CDC said had been administered by 16 October.
The total numbers of deaths currently stands at 722,212.
Good morning or afternoon from wherever you may be in the world and welcome to our rolling coronavirus coverage.
I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll be reporting from Sydney, Australia, bringing you the latest developments.
Cases of psychosis have soared over the past two years in England as an increasing number of people experience hallucinations and delusional thinking amid the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic.
There was a 75% increase in the number of people referred to mental health services for their first suspected episode of psychosis between April 2019 and April 2021, NHS data shows.
In New Zealand, prime minister Jacinda Ardern has extended Auckland’s level 3 lockdown by another two weeks.
“If we get this right, if we keep case numbers low while we vaccinate people then it makes it easier for us to keep control of Covid, while we ease restrictions in the future, and that is everyone’s goal,” she said on Monday.
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