New virus cases over 500 for 2nd day as pandemic deepens on cluster infections in S Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - The daily number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea exceeded 500 for the second straight day Friday as health authorities grapple with sporadic cluster infections across the country amid the third wave of the pandemic, Yonhap reports.
Record high 27,543 cases of COVID-19 infection detected in Russia MOSCOW. KAZINFORM - The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Russia over the past 24 hours has increased by 27,543, a record high nationwide since the beginning of the pandemic. The total number of the coronavirus infections has risen to 2,215,533, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told journalists on Friday, TASS reports.
COVID-19: Pfizer starts vaccine registration process at Anvisa BRASÍLIA. KAZINFORM - Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced it has started the registration process at Brazil’s national sanitary regulator Anvisa for its vaccine against COVID-19. This is the first step towards obtaining permission from the agency to have the treatment available in the country. The announcement was made after a Wednesday (Nov. 25) meeting with Anvisa specialists, Agencia Brasil reports.
Sputnik V vaccine developers suggest combining it with AstraZeneca vaccine MOSCOW. KAZINFORM The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine have proposed combining it with the vaccine of the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca when conducting trials to evaluate the increase in efficacy. They wrote it on the Twitter page of the Russian vaccine.
Turkish scientists discover COVID-inhibiting molecules ANKARA. KAZINFORM Scientists from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey have discovered that a mixture of odor molecules that produce an anti-viral effect could prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus through the air and its settlement in the lungs.
4 major Japan cities seek shorter business hours amid pandemic TOKYO. KAZINFORM - The city of Nagoya said Thursday it will ask stores that serve alcohol to shorten their operating hours to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, joining the ranks of Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo amid growing unease of a resurgence in metropolises and record-breaking numbers across Japan, Kyodo reports.
3rd wave of pandemic gets bigger as new virus cases soar to over 8-month high of 583 in S Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - The daily number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea surpassed 500 for the first time in over eight months on Thursday due to sporadic cluster infections across the country as health authorities strive to curb a third wave of infections, Yonhap reports.
Russia sees new high of over 25,400 daily coronavirus cases MOSCOW. KAZIFORM - Russia’s coronavirus cases in the past day rose by 25,487, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic, and the total case tally reached 2,187,990, the anti-coronavirus crisis center reported on Thursday, TASS reports.
Minister: Iran to buy 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine TEHRAN. KAZINFORM - Iranian Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education Saeed Namaki said on Wednesday that Iran will purchase about 42 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine from foreign companies to vaccinate 21 million people, IRNA reports.
COVID-19: ‘Imported’ and local transmission cases stand at 699 ULAANBAATAR. KAZINFORM - Coronavirus tests were conducted on 3301 people yesterday, November 24 in two laboratories of the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) and laboratories of the National Center for Zoonotic Diseases as well as Selenge and Darkhan-Uul aimags and 27 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, MONTSAME reports.
Tokyo again asks restaurants to shorten business hours amid virus TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Wednesday the metropolitan government will request once again that restaurants serving alcohol shorten their operating hours for about three weeks starting this weekend in response to a recent resurgence in coronavirus infections, Kyodo reports.