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Delta variant will lead to increase in breakthrough Covid infections among vaccinated, Moderna says

Modern said it believes a booster will likely be necessary before winter.

Moderna says its Covid vaccine booster produced ‘robust’ immune response against delta

Moderna said its Covid-19 vaccine booster shot produced a "robust" antibody response against the highly contagious delta variant.

5 things to know before the stock market opens Thursday

U.S. stock futures rose Thursday after jobless claims matched forecasts and ahead of Friday's employment report.

Germany's winter Covid strategy could see unvaccinated people face tougher restrictions

It comes as German authorities remain wary of the potential impact of the delta Covid-19 variant at a time when many pandemic restrictions have been dropped.

Illinois Gov. Pritzker introduces mask mandate for schools as Covid cases surge

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced a mask mandate from preschool through high school at a news conference on Wednesday.

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Q&A: What you need to know if you’re travelling to Sweden in summer 2021

Here's everything you need to be aware of if you have a Swedish holiday planned for summer 2021.

EXPLAINED: What is Austria's Handy-Signatur and how does it work?

With the recent roll-out of the Green Pass, the Handy-Signatur has become an essential digital tool. But what is it and how does it work?

Coronavirus: The latest news about the outbreak in Sweden

Follow the latest news about how the coronavirus outbreak is developing in Sweden with The Local's paywall-free blog.

Italy set to make Covid ‘green pass’ obligatory for school staff and university students

The Italian government is meeting on Thursday afternoon to make a final decision on plans to make its health passport compulsory for school and university staff and older students.

Austria planning Covid booster shots for autumn

Austria is planning a third Covid booster shot “in due course”, with indications they will take place in autumn.

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Turkish influencer prosecuted 'for photos at Amsterdam sex museum'

Merve Taskin says she faces obscenity charges in Turkey after posting "joke" photos of sex toys.

Russian gay family flees to Spain after threats

The lesbian family suffered homophobic abuse after appearing in a Russian health food ad.

COP26: What is the UN climate conference in Glasgow and why is it so important?

The annual climate change summit is being held in Glasgow - who's going and what's at stake?

Team USA to face France in basketball final

Team USA will play France in the final of the men's basketball as they chase their fourth consecutive gold medal.

Iran's new hardline President Ebrahim Raisi sworn in

Ebrahim Raisi takes over amid heightened tensions with the West and growing discontent at home.

Mapping the advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan

Maps of Afghanistan show who controls districts in fighting between the government and Taliban forces.

Climate Change: Half US cars to be zero-emission by 2030 - Biden

Cars produce nearly a third of US carbon emissions and sales of electric vehicles lag behind Europe.

Epstein meetings a huge mistake, says Bill Gates

The Microsoft co-founder says he should not have given the convicted sex offender "credibility".

Paul Johnson: Chicago house music DJ dies at 50 after catching Covid

Johnson, who had a 1999 hit with Get Get Down, had been in intensive care with the virus.

Washington NFL team bans fans from wearing Native American dress

The club, which dropped the name Redskins last year, says fans can no longer wear headdresses at games.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding COVID-19 on 30 January 2020, and later declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 2 June 2021, more than 171 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 3.56 million confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in history.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are highly variable, ranging from none to life-threateningly severe. COVID-19 transmits when people breathe in air contaminated by droplets and small airborne particles. The risk of breathing these in is highest when people are in close proximity, but they can be inhaled over longer distances, particularly indoors. Transmission can also occur if splashed or sprayed with contaminated fluids, in the eyes nose or mouth, and rarely via contaminated surfaces. People remain contagious for up to 20 days, and can spread the virus even if they do not develop any symptoms.

Recommended preventive measures include social distancing, wearing face masks in public, ventilation and air-filtering, hand washing, covering one's mouth when sneezing or coughing, disinfecting surfaces, and monitoring and self-isolation for people exposed or symptomatic. Several vaccines have been developed and widely distributed since December 2020. Current treatments focus on addressing symptoms, but work is underway to develop medications that inhibit the virus. Authorities worldwide have responded by implementing travel restrictions, lockdowns and quarantines, workplace hazard controls, and business closures. Numerous jurisdictions have also worked to increase testing capacity and trace contacts of the infected.

The pandemic has resulted in significant global social and economic disruption, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It has led to widespread supply shortages exacerbated by panic buying, agricultural disruption, and food shortages. However, there have also been decreased emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. Numerous educational institutions and public areas have been partially or fully closed, and many events have been cancelled or postponed. Misinformation has circulated through social media and mass media, and political tensions have been exacerbated. The pandemic has raised issues of racial and geographic discrimination, health equity, and the balance between public health imperatives and individual rights.

Source: Wikipedia (June 2, 2021)

Please find below further updates from The World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access

The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message

In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.