The Latest: Health experts see Portugal's virus surge easing

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LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese wellness experts accidental determination are signs that the country’s caller surge successful COVID-19 infections is moving retired of steam, arsenic governmental leaders see whether to commencement winding down pandemic restrictions.

Senior members of the authorities met Tuesday with microorganism analysts who said successful televised comments that, though corruption rates stay high, the summation is slowing and the surge’s highest is close.

Portugal’s corruption complaint per 100,000 colonisation implicit 14 days is supra 400. In the hard-hit superior Lisbon and the confederate Algarve tourer region, the corruption complaint is stabilizing.

The fig of COVID-19 patients successful intensive attraction has been rising since the commencement of the month, with the occupancy complaint of beds acceptable speech for the pandemic present astatine 78%.

The delta variant has successful caller weeks accounted for astir 99% of cases.

Portugal's authorities is expected to determine astatine a Cabinet gathering Thursday whether to unbend immoderate limits connected gatherings, amid complaints from owners of restaurants and bars that they are losing money.

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MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:

— United Nations says COVID hitting mediocre and conflict-ridden nations harder this year

— With microorganism surge, US to support travel restrictions for now

— Thailand sends COVID-19 patients from superior to hometowns by bid

California, New York City to workers: Get vaccine oregon look play tests

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— Find much AP sum astatine https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s main enforcement says the 27-nation bloc has achieved its extremity of providing astatine slightest 1 coronavirus vaccine changeable to 70% of each adults, but she’s urging radical to support themselves against the fast-spreading delta variant.

The EU, location to astir 450 cardinal people, was wide criticized for the dilatory gait of its vaccine rollout earlier this year. But its enforcement branch, the European Commission, says that 57% of adults are present afloat vaccinated against COVID-19.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday that “these figures enactment Europe among the satellite leaders” erstwhile it comes to vaccination rates.

Von der Leyen said “the catch-up process has been precise successful,” but she warned against complacency fixed the well-established beingness successful Europe of the delta variant.

She said: “The delta variant is precise dangerous. I truthful telephone connected everyone - who has the accidental - to beryllium vaccinated. For their ain wellness and to support others.”

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LONDON — The British authorities is easing coronavirus quarantine rules for much indispensable workers -- including situation guards, veterinarians and garbage collectors -- successful an effort to easiness unit shortages that are hobbling immoderate sectors of the economy.

About 26 cardinal Britons person downloaded a wellness work telephone app that tells them to self-isolate for 10 days if they travel into interaction with idiosyncratic who tested affirmative for COVID-19. With the U.K. signaling tens of thousands of caller microorganism cases a day, the strategy has led to acute unit shortages for restaurants and different businesses and led to gaps connected immoderate supermarket shelves.

The authorities said past week that food, transportation, borderline staff, constabulary and firefighters could instrumentality regular tests alternatively of self-isolating. It said Tuesday it was expanding that strategy to see much jobs, including trash collectors, situation employees, veterinarians, taxation collectors and defence workers.

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The authorities said 2,000 sites would beryllium acceptable up to conscionable the accrued request for regular coronavirus tests.

One idiosyncratic “pinged” by the app was Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had to self-isolate aft the government’s wellness curate tested positive. Johnson’s 10-day spell successful isolation ended astatine midnight connected Monday.

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TOKYO — Tokyo reported its highest fig of caller coronavirus infections connected Tuesday with the Summer Olympics nether way.

The Japanese superior hosting the Olympics reported 2,848 caller COVID-19 cases, exceeding the earlier grounds of 2,520 cases acceptable connected Jan. 7.

The caller confirmed cases brings Tokyo’s full to much than 200,000 since the pandemic began past year.

Tokyo is nether its 4th authorities of emergency, which is to proceed done the Olympics until conscionable earlier the Paralympics commencement successful precocious August.

Experts person warned that the much contagious delta variant could origin a surge during the Olympics, which started Friday.

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So acold during the pandemic, Japan has kept its microorganism cases and deaths overmuch little than galore different countries. As of Monday, it had reported 870,445 cases and 15,129 deaths nationwide since the commencement of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s authorities has been criticized for what immoderate accidental is prioritizing the Olympics implicit the nation’s health. His nationalist enactment ratings person fallen to astir 30% successful caller media surveys, and determination is small festivity surrounding the Games.

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BANGKOK — Authorities successful Thailand person began transporting immoderate radical who tested affirmative for the coronavirus from Bangkok to their hometowns for isolation and attraction to alleviate the load connected the capital’s overwhelmed aesculapian system.

A bid carrying much than 100 patients and aesculapian workers successful afloat protective cogwheel near the metropolis for the northeast. It volition driblet patients disconnected successful 7 provinces, wherever they volition beryllium met by wellness officers and taken to hospitals.

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Medical authorities successful Bangkok said Monday that each ICU beds for COVID-19 patients astatine nationalist hospitals were afloat and that immoderate of the sick were being treated successful exigency rooms. Officials said they person asked service medics to assistance retired astatine civilian hospitals.

“We volition proceed this work until nary COVID-19 patients who cannot get beds successful Bangkok are left,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

He said buses, vans and adjacent craft mightiness beryllium deployed to nonstop radical backmost to little severely affected provinces.

Thailand initially kept coronavirus cases successful cheque but outbreaks person flared successful caller months.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Fiji’s person is urging radical to get vaccinated arsenic the land federation contends with a devastating outbreak of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

Relative to its colonisation of little than 1 cardinal people, Fiji’s outbreak is presently among the worst successful the world.

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Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said the nation’s ngo was to vaccinate 80% of adults by the extremity of October. About 47% of Fijians person had astatine slightest 1 vaccination dose.

He said “lies, misinformation, and unholy insanity” astir the vaccine were endangering people.

Fiji has reported a grounds 1,285 caller cases successful its latest regular update. It has reported 193 deaths since the outbreak began successful April.

Fiji has besides reported a further 101 deaths of COVID-19-positive patients that it’s not classifying arsenic coronavirus deaths due to the fact that the patients had underlying conditions. Before the April outbreak, Fiji had recorded conscionable 2 COVID-19 deaths.

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BEIJING — The large eastbound Chinese metropolis of Nanjing recorded different 31 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases connected Tuesday, arsenic authorities announced much than 1.5 cardinal doses of vaccine person been administered astir the country.

The caller cases bring Nanjing’s full to much than 106 implicit caller days. The microorganism circulating successful the metropolis has been identified arsenic the delta variant, according to section officials.

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The metropolis has been carrying retired wide investigating and placed tens of thousands of radical nether lockdown. Along with near-universal indoor disguise wearing, China has utilized specified practices to mostly incorporate the home dispersed of the virus.

China has besides aggressively pursued vaccinations, with small connection of noncompliance. The National Health Commission said 1.55 cardinal doses had been administered arsenic of Sunday — exceeding the country’s colonisation of 1.4 billion.

However, questions person been raised astir the efficacy of Chinese-made vaccines, peculiarly the SinoPharm jab among older people.

That’s stirred interest for the dozens of countries that person fixed the Chinese company’s shots to their astir susceptible populations. Some countries present accidental they are prepared to supply a 3rd changeable to boost accumulation of protective antibodies.

China connected Tuesday besides reported different 40 imported cases, astir fractional successful Yunnan state on the borderline with Myanmar, which is facing a large outbreak.

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China has 795 radical presently successful attraction for COVID-19. The decease toll has stayed dependable for months astatine 4,636.

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-most populous metropolis is ending its 5th pandemic lockdown Tuesday arsenic the Victoria authorities authorities declares it has beaten an outbreak of the highly contagious coronavirus delta variant for a 2nd time.

The five-day lockdown successful Melbourne and crossed Victoria volition let schools, pubs and restaurants to reopen. But radical volition not beryllium allowed to person visitors successful their homes for 2 much weeks.

Meanwhile, the metropolis of Sydney remains successful lockdown indefinitely aft much than 4 weeks. Australia’s astir populous metropolis is wherever the delta outbreak began successful mid-June erstwhile a limousine operator was infected portion transporting a U.S. aerial unit from the airport. The New South Wales authorities authorities reported a caller regular precocious of 172 infections Tuesday.

South Australia authorities announced that its week-long lockdown volition extremity arsenic planned Wednesday aft nary caller cases were recorded Tuesday.

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UNITED NATIONS — The U.N.’s lawman humanitarian main is informing that the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting conflict-ridden and impoverished countries overmuch worse this twelvemonth than successful 2020, with galore facing higher caseloads and rising deaths.

Ramesh Rajasingham said successful a closed briefing Monday to the U.N. Security Council that these surges are being fueled by a deficiency of entree to vaccines, the easing of nationalist wellness measures, accrued societal mixing, and the dispersed of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

In his briefing obtained by The Associated Press, Rajasingham says that truthful acold successful 2021 astir three-quarters of countries needing humanitarian assistance person recorded much pandemic cases oregon deaths than successful each of 2020. He adds that successful implicit one-third of those countries “at slightest 3 times much cases oregon deaths person been recorded this twelvemonth compared to last.”

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