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Covid live: US averages 100,000 cases a day amid Delta surge

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he US is now averaging 100,000 new Covid-19 infections a day, as the Delta variant continues to spread throughout the country.

The US was averaging about 11,000 cases a day in late June.

Now the number is 107,143.

“Today, about 400 people will die because of the Delta variant in this country. A tragedy, because virtually all of these deaths were preventable if people had gotten vaccinated,” President Joe Biden said at an event on Friday.

Cases and hospitalisations have skyrocketed in the last month, driven by the highly contagious delta variant.

The virus is spreading quickly through unvaccinated populations, particularly in the Deep South. Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi have also had hospitals overrun with patients.

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Welcome to the Standard Coronavirus Live Blog on Saturday, August 7.

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University offers double-jabbed students chance of £5,000 cash prize

A university is offering cash prizes to students who can prove they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in an effort to drive take-up of the jabs.

All students at Sussex University are being entered into a draw, with 10 winners receiving £5,000 if they can prove they are double-jabbed or exempt.

Professor Adam Tickell, the university’s vice-chancellor, denied the move amounted to “bribing” students to get vaccinated.

The prize draw will take place at the end of November to allow students time to get vaccinated.

“We’re going to automatically enter every student in, and unless they have said they want to opt out, after we’ve given them the opportunity to have vaccines – this will be about 12 weeks after the announcement – we’ll just randomly choose 10 names,” Prof Tickell told BBC Radio 4’s Today.

“If they can prove they’ve been double vaccinated, or indeed if they are medically exempt, we’ll make them the award.”

He added: “We’re not bribing them. What we’re doing is we’re just giving an incentive.”

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The Philippines records 11,021 new coronavirus cases

The Philippines’ health ministry recorded on Saturday 11,021 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day case increase in almost four months, and 162 additional deaths.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed infections in the Philippines have increased to almost 1.65 million, while deaths have reached 28,835.

“We are already feeling the effects of the Delta variant in our country,” health ministry undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a public briefing on Saturday.

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Russia reports 22,320 new Covid-19 cases

Russia reported 22,320 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, including 2,235 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 6,424,884.

The government’s coronavirus task force said 793 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 164,094.

Russia recorded around 463,000 excess deaths from April 2020 to June this year during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Reuters calculations based on data released by the state statistics service on Friday.

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Thailand records 21,838 new Covid-19 cases, 212 deaths

In Thailand, Covid-19 deaths rose to a record 212 deaths and 21,838 cases over the past 24 hours, according to the Public Health Ministry.

Of the new cases, 20,915 were among the general population and 923 were inmates. Over the past 24 hours, 21,108 patients were discharged from hospitals.

Since April 1, around when the third wave of Covid-19 began, there have been 707,659 Covid-19 patients, 489,586 of whom have recovered.

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India approves J&J Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use

India has approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on Saturday, health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet.

The pharmaceutical giant had applied for emergency use approval of its vaccine, the company had said on Friday. The shot will be brought to India through a supply agreement with homegrown vaccine maker Biological E Ltd, J&J had said.

Indian health authorities have so far approved the use of vaccines developed by AstraZeneca (AZN.L), Bharat Biotech, Russia’s Gamaleya Institute and Moderna (MRNA.O).

Coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 200 million earlier in the week, according to a Reuters tally, as the more-infectious Delta variant threatens areas with low vaccination rates and strains healthcare systems.

India has reported an average of 30,000 to 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day since July, and the federal government has warned that although cases have dipped from a high of 400,000 daily at the peak of the deadly second wave, the danger has not abated yet.

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Vaccination of those aged 16-17 to begin in Scotland this weekend

Vaccinations for those aged 16 and 17 will begin this weekend, Scotland’s Health Secretary has announced.

Earlier this week the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that the vaccine rollout should be extended to anyone aged 16 or over.

Appointments can be booked at some vaccination clinics this weekend or they can visit a drop-in centre if staff have been trained and appropriate information is available at the location.

A full rollout of the vaccination programme for 16 and 17-year-olds will be in place across Scotland from Tuesday.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “In line with the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, those who are 16 and 17 will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

“We know that drop-in clinics make it easier for young people to fit getting vaccinated into their busy lives.

“I am therefore pleased to announce that some clinics will be able to start to offer 16 to 17-year-olds the Pfizer vaccine this weekend.

“Arrangements differ across the country, and you should check your local health board’s social media channels to see what is available in your local area.”

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Sage scientist ‘cautiously optimistic’ further lockdowns will not be required

A return to life as normal could fuel an autumn wave of coronavirus cases but further lockdowns may not be required, a Government scientific adviser has said.

Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said he was “cautiously optimistic” that another lockdown would not be needed to bring cases under control again.

Prof Edmunds said there was a need to be “very cautious” about the situation at the moment because previous peaks had been countered by locking down.

“We’re not doing that this time,” he told Times Radio. “But I don’t think we will need to go into a lockdown. I hope not anyway. I very much hope not.

“I’m cautiously optimistic about that.”

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Philippines records near four-month high in daily Covid-19 cases

The Philippines’ health ministry recorded on Saturday 11,021 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day case increase in almost four months, and 162 additional deaths.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed infections in the Philippines have increased to almost 1.65 million, while deaths have reached 28,835.

“We are already feeling the effects of the Delta variant in our country,” health ministry undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a public briefing on Saturday. “Based on our projections, these cases will continue to rise.”

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Scotland records 1,386 new Covid-19 cases, nine deaths

Scotland has recorded 1,386 new cases of coronavirus and nine more deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the latest Scottish Government figures.

The number of new cases is 136 more than the 1,250 reported on Friday while the death toll is two higher.

Of the 24,025 new tests for Covid-19 that reported results in the previous 24 hours, 6.3 per cent were positive.

As of Friday evening, 359 people were in hospital with recently confirmed infections, including 41 patients being treated in intensive care units.

The latest figures also show that a further 21,374 doses of coronavirus vaccines were administered on Friday.

Of those, 2,202 were first doses and 19,172 were second doses, taking the total number of vaccinations to 4,022,914 and 3,305,325 respectively.