One in five US states reported record high levels of Covid-19 hospitalizations in August. At the end of August, the number of coronavirus patients admitted to the US was above 100,000 for the first time since January. While that figure continued to climb, to 104,178 as of August 31 — more than double the level at the end of July — there are signs that the national admission rate is easing.
About 500,000 people in the UK with severely weakened immune systems will receive a third shot in an attempt to protect them from the virus before the winter monthsBritish Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Wednesday. He said the decision was based on the recommendations of the UK’s Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee, but stressed that it was not the start of the much-anticipated booster campaign.
The degenerative effect on the brain of the coronavirus will adding fuel to the “pandemic of dementia”, which will affect an estimated 80 million by the end of the decade, scientists have warned. Alzheimer’s Disease International on Wednesday unveiled a specialist working group to better understand the scale of the problem and recommend ways to combat it.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans to require people over 18 to prove they have been vaccinated in sequence to access nightclubs and major events. The move by the Scottish government, which has previously been skeptical about the use of such “vaccine passports”, underscores concerns about the rising number of cases since schools returned last month.
World leaders have been urged by academics, celebrities, former politicians and chief executives to convene a global summit this year at the UN General Assembly and commit to vaccinating 70 percent of the world’s population by mid-2022. Signatories, including the chief executives of Anglo American, BT and Rolls-Royce, said in a letter that 7 billion doses of “high-quality” coronavirus vaccines should be sent to developing countries by the end of the year, and another 7 billion by mid-2022.
One in seven children aged 11 to 17 in England Those who have had Covid-19 experience persistent symptoms, a government-backed study shows. The CLoCk study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation, compared data from around 3,000 people aged 11 to 17 who tested positive for Covid-19 in England between January and March and 3,700 children who tested negative.