Oct 19 (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about
the coronavirus right now:
Moscow imposes new COVID curbs as daily deaths break record
Moscow's mayor announced four months of stay-home
restrictions for unvaccinated over-60s on Tuesday and the
Russian government proposed a week-long workplace shutdown as
the national death toll from COVID-19 hit yet another daily
The moves reflected a growing sense of urgency from
authorities as they confront fast-rising cases and widespread
public reluctance to get injected with the Russian-made Sputnik
Moscow, a city of 12.7 million, ordered people over the age
of 60 to stay home for four months starting on Oct. 25 unless
they are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID, and for
businesses to move at least 30% of their staff to remote work.
"The number of people hospitalized with a severe form of the
disease is increasing every day," Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin
wrote on his website.
Dutch coronavirus cases jump 44% as hospitals feel strain
New coronavirus infections in the Netherlands jumped 44% in
the week through Tuesday, forcing several hospitals in the
country to cut back on regular care to deal with a rising number
of COVID-19 cases.
Infections reached their highest level since the end of July
at 25,751, official data showed, rising for the third
consecutive week following the easing of many social distancing
measures in the Netherlands last month.
Some 48 COVID-19 deaths were recorded, twice as many as in
the previous week.
Children fuel English COVID case rise after slow vaccine
The spread of COVID-19 among children in England is fueling
a rise in cases nationally and causing concern among some
scientists that vaccines are being rolled out in schools too
slowly, risking the welfare of children and adults alike.
COVID-19 cases in Britain as a whole are much higher than in
other European countries and are rising. On Friday one survey
suggested prevalence was at its highest level since January,
with 8% of secondary school children infected.
Britain on Tuesday reported 223 deaths within 28 days of a
positive test for COVID-19, the highest figure since March,
according to official data.
Romania's COVID-19 deaths hit record
Romania reported record numbers of daily coronavirus deaths
and infections on Tuesday, as a hospital system stretched to
breaking point by the EU's second-lowest vaccination rate ran
out of intensive care beds.
New infections in the preceding 24 hours topped 18,800 while
574 people died of the virus, official data showed.
With emergency beds fully occupied across the country,
television footage from Bucharest hospitals showed patients
lying on mattresses on the floor or holding oxygen tanks on
crowded benches in hallways. Morgues were also running at full
Singapore reports highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases
Singapore reported 3,994 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday,
the highest since the beginning of the pandemic, while it
recorded seven new deaths from the disease.
A recent spike in infections after the relaxation of some
restrictions has prompted Singapore to pause further reopening.
In September, it also tightened curbs that limited social
gatherings to two people and made work from home a
Germany may miss COVID-19 vaccine donation goal
Germany may miss its target to donate 100 million COVID-19
vaccine doses this year due to conditions imposed by
manufacturers and delivery shortfalls, a health ministry
official said in a letter to Brussels seen by Reuters.
The 100 million doses account for half of the total promised
by European Union member states to poorer countries this year,
according to the European Commission.
But on Oct. 19, the foreign office said Germany had only
donated just over 17% of that amount.
In a letter on Monday to the European Commission's Health
Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority, health ministry
state secretary Thomas Steffen said there were "ongoing
bureaucratic, logistical and legal problems" imposed by vaccine
makers on EU countries wanting to donate surplus shots.
They make "a quick response to international requests for
help almost impossible," Steffen added.
India delays COVID-19 vaccine supplies to WHO-backed COVAX,
India has delayed committing supplies of vaccine to the
COVAX global sharing platform, two sources told Reuters on
Tuesday, a day after one of its key backers, the WHO, said the
agency could not "cut corners" to approve a domestically
The world's biggest vaccine maker resumed exports of
COVID-19 doses this month for the first time since April. It has
sent about 4 million to countries such as neighboring
Bangladesh and Iran, but none to COVAX.
(Compiled by Karishma Singh and Nick Macfie)