Coronavirus: Latest global developmentsTuesday, May 04, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Here are theálatestádevelopments in theácoronavirusácrisis, compiled by AFP:
- India cases top 20 million -
Infections in India soars past 20 million as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the country's hospitals.
- Top cricket league off -
The Indian Premier League, the world's richest Twenty20 cricket tournament involving some of the sport's biggest stars, is suspended.
- Pakistan procession -
Thousands of Shiite Muslims –- many not wearing masks -- gather in Lahore for a religious procession, fanning virus fears after similarly large gatherings were blamed for India's catastrophic surge.
- New York, New York -
Governor Andrew Cuomo announces major easing of restrictions in New York including the resumption of 24-hour operations on the subway and scrapping of limits on many business and cultural venues including shops, restaurants, cinemas and museums.
- Canada greenlights J&J -
A Canadian government advisory panel recommends the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for people aged 30 years and over, despite blood clotting fears.
- 'Corona pass' -
Denmark introduces a "corona pass" certificate as it reopens cultural and sports venues, restaurants and hairdressers.
- Second dose delay -
Shortages of vaccines force several large Brazilian cities to suspend administering second doses, theálatestábreakdown in the hard-hit country's troubled immunisation drive.
- Florida moves on -
Governor Ron DeSantis lifts all virus restrictions in the hard-hit US state, in a move that attracts criticism from Democratic mayors.
- Pfizer for teens -
The US is expected to authorise the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children age 12 and up by early next week.
- Serum looks to UK -
Vaccine maker the Serum Institute of India is set to invest in facilities in Britain and could even manufacture there, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says.
- Papua starts jabs -
Papua New Guinea's prime minister launches a nationwide vaccine roll-out, hoping to quell a runaway outbreak and counter public hesitancy about jabs.
- Bigger squads for Euros -
UEFA says it will allow increased 26-player squads at this year's European football championship to allay fears that players will be sidelined after testing positive.
- Over 3.2 million dead -
Theácoronavirusápandemic has killed at least 3,214,644 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in late 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.á
The US is the worst-affected country with 577,500 deaths, followed by Brazil with 408,622, India 222,408, Mexico 217,345 and Britain 127,539.á
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