South Africa’s third wave of Covid-19 is behaving in “an unpredictable manner”, mentioned Joe Phaala, well being minister. The new case trajectory confirmed an preliminary steep downward pattern after July 9, however had risen since August 13. Average positivity is 19-20 per cent, “very far from the WHO-recommended 5 per cent”.
Authorities within the Philippines mentioned they hope the nation’s first native vaccine manufacturing website could be established this 12 months. Maria Rosario Vergeire, well being undersecretary, mentioned the federal government was negotiating with potential companions in China, India, the US, South Korea and Australia.
Norwegians who’ve been contaminated with Covid-19 will obtain an exemption from quarantine for a 12 months as a substitute of six months. “We now have good knowledge that indicates that people who have had Covid-19 are well protected for at least 12 months,” mentioned Bent Høie, well being minister.
The state of South Australia has granted greater than A$57m ($42m) prior to now month to 1000’s of small and medium companies affected by Covid-19 restrictions. Nearly 20,000 operations, together with eating places, lodges, gyms and hairdressers, have obtained A$3,000 and A$1,000 money funds.
Australia’s distant Northern Territory has welcomed a proposal by Qantas Airways to determine Darwin as a first cease for flights from London in the course of the pandemic. “From the Top End to Tower Bridge – it’s exciting to think of the possibilities of a direct Darwin-London flight,” mentioned chief minister Michael Gunner.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development mentioned it might present $50m to Turk Ekonomi Bankasi to assist the Turkish personal lender diversify its pandemic-hit commerce finance enterprise, elevate limits and lengthen maturities. EBRD mentioned it had supplied a document €3.3bn in commerce finance in 2020.
Digital fee firm WiPay mentioned it might present J$4m ($260,000) in Covid-19 aid grants to Jamaica’s neediest households. The Trinidad and Tobago-based monetary firm, which final week opened its first workplace in Jamaica, mentioned the grants could be disbursed by Food For the Poor.
Scientists in Uzbekistan are creating an edible Covid-19 vaccine, the Central Asian nations’ revolutionary growth ministry assertion mentioned on Friday. The vaccine, developed from tomato crops, “enters the intestine through the stomach and stimulates the immune system”, an announcement mentioned.