Europe’s COVID surge continues, Australia preps for 4th shot | Daily News

Europe’s COVID surge continues, Australia preps for 4th shot

People wearing face masks walk past the Colosseum in Italy.
People wearing face masks walk past the Colosseum in Italy.

FRANCE: French health authorities said the number of patients hospitalised for COVID-19 were down by over the last 24 hours to 20,616, but the number is still high on a week-on-week basis.

France on Tuesday saw the biggest jump in new COVID-19 cases since February with 180,000 new infections within a day. In the March 7-14 week, a weekly increase of 164,884 was registered.

Italy reported 75,616 COVID-19 related cases on Friday, against 81,811 the day before. The number of deaths fell to 146 from 182 the previous day, according to Reuters.

Germany’s health minister urged people over 60 years with risk factors such as high blood pressure or a weak heart to get a second booster shot to reduce their risk of getting seriously ill. In the March 7-14 week, Germany saw a weekly increase of 188,304 cases. According to DW news website, the country had reported over 300,000 cases for the first time on Thursday.

Australia will also roll out a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines for its most vulnerable population starting next month, as the country looks to limit fresh outbreaks ahead of winter. - THE HINDUSTAN TIMES


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