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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus vaccine demise.

A well being board that displays vaccine security mentioned Monday a lady died from myocarditis after taking the Pfizer vaccine. The board mentioned the lady doubtless developed the situation due to the vaccine, though she had different medical points which can have contributed.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield mentioned myocarditis was a really uncommon facet impact and there was clear proof that taking the vaccine was a lot safer than being contaminated with COVID-19.

Health authorities have thus far administered vaccines to greater than 2 million New Zealanders. The board declined to reply questions from The Associated Press, together with the lady’s age and the date of her demise, citing protocol as a result of a medical expert, referred to as a coroner, is investigating the case additional.

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Also Monday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned Auckland would stay in strict lockdown for at the least two extra weeks and the remainder of the nation for at the least yet one more week, however with barely fewer restrictions, because the nation battles an outbreak of the delta variant.

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

SINGAPORE — Singapore has absolutely vaccinated 80% of its inhabitants, reaching a milestone that might make the nation “more resilient to COVID-19,” in response to a prime authorities official.

Singapore’s 80% vaccination price amongst its 5.7 million inhabitants ranks it among the many most vaccinated nations on this planet.

“It is the result of the collective effort of many people working behind the scenes, and the people of Singapore coming forward to take care of themselves and the people around them,” mentioned Singapore’s well being minister Ong Ye Kung in a Facebook publish Sunday.

Singapore already started easing coronavirus restrictions earlier this month, permitting those that are absolutely vaccinated to dine at eating places. It can even open journey lanes with Germany and Brunei that might enable vaccinated vacationers from these nations to go to Singapore with out having to serve a compulsory quarantine interval.

Singapore has reported 67,304 coronavirus infections thus far, with 55 deaths.

SYDNEY — Australia’s success in defending its Indigenous peoples from the pandemic has ended with the demise of a person in his 50s.

The man, who was not vaccinated towards COVID-19, died in Dubbo Base Hospital west of Sydney in New South Wales state on Sunday, state authorities official Scott McLachlan mentioned Monday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned earlier this month that among the many most vital achievements of Australia’s pandemic response have been the truth that COVID-19 had been stored out of Outback Indigenous communities and no Indigenous Australian had died from the virus.

The Australian authorities final 12 months restricted journey to Outback Indigenous communities as a result of their individuals are thought of notably weak to illness.

Indigenous Australians account for 3% of the inhabitants and have poorer well being, decrease training ranges and shorter life expectations than different ethnic teams. Indigenous adults account for two% of the Australian inhabitants and 27% of the jail inhabitants.

Australia has been comparatively profitable in stamping out COVID-19 clusters up to now. But a delta variant outbreak that began in Sydney in June and has locked down New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory is proving extra cussed.

Four folks died of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing Australia’s demise toll from the pandemic to greater than 1,000. Just 6.3% of Indigenous folks within the Dubbo space are absolutely vaccinated, in contrast with 26% of the final inhabitants.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The variety of new coronavirus circumstances in New Zealand has fallen considerably for the primary time since an outbreak was detected almost two weeks in the past.

Officials hope it is a sign {that a} strict nationwide lockdown could be working to halt the virus’s unfold.

Health authorities on Monday reported 53 new group circumstances, down from 83 a day earlier. Some of that lower might have been attributable to fewer checks being accomplished.

New Zealand’s authorities is pursuing an elimination technique by which it tries to stamp out the virus solely each time it seems. The authorities put the nation into the hardest type of lockdown after the primary case of the present delta-variant outbreak was detected Aug. 17.

HONOLULU — Hawaii has reported almost 1,700 new COVID-19 circumstances, which is the state’s highest degree for the pandemic, though officers word that the rely features a backlog from one lab.

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 1,678 circumstances Sunday, whereas noting that it included a partial catch-up of reporting after one lab skilled system errors from Aug. 15 to Aug. 25.

The state noticed 10,817 new confirmed coronavirus infections documented within the final 14 days.

The state well being director Dr. Elizabeth Char says that “this tidal wave of cases is straining our ability to respond at all levels — our hospitals, our labs and even our morgues are nearing or at capacity.”

Hawaii additionally reported two deaths from COVID-19, each ladies older than 60 with underlying well being situations. That brings the state’s totals for the reason that pandemic started to 62,229 coronavirus circumstances and 589 deaths.

ATHENS, Greece — Clashes erupted in Athens on Sunday night between the police and a few contributors in a protest rally towards COVID-19 vaccinations.

Police estimate the contributors within the rally in central Syntagma Square at between 7,000 and eight,000.

As the final of the speeches denouncing authorities plans to make vaccinations for well being staff and college students necessary have been ending, some youths attacked police standing earlier than the tomb of the Unknown Soldier subsequent to the Greek Parliament with bottles, firecrackers and a few firebombs.

Police used tear gasoline, stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse protesters, who shouted obscenities on the police and towards Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

While over 5.7 million folks in Greece’s inhabitants of 10.7 million have been absolutely vaccinated, there was a latest resurgence of circumstances and hospitalizations, nearly solely fueled by the delta variant and primarily affecting the unvaccinated.

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