NEW YORK: More than 45.24 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,183,788 have died.
Johnson & Johnson on Friday said that it has plans to start testing its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in youths aged 12 to 18 as soon as possible, and the company’s previous experience with the same technology in a vaccine successfully used in children could give it a leg up with regulators.
Depending on safety and other factors, the company plans to test in even younger children afterwards, said Dr Jerry Sadoff, a vaccine research scientist at J&J’s Janssen unit, without giving a timeline.
World Health Organisation on Friday said that most kids have mild disease and many are asymptomatic. Herd immunity would lead to deaths and long recoveries. World Health Organisation’s Dr Tedros also said that herd immunity is morally unconscionable and that virus poses a range of serious long-term effects.
According to WHO’s Dr Ryan no zero risk pertaining to travel going forward and they will soon come out with more advice on travel risks. He also said that travelling now is relatively safe due to precautionary measures.
US CDC reported one lakh new coronavirus cases on October 30, total virus cases now stand at 8,924,548 and total deaths at 228,100.
US CDC also announced a framework for the phased resumption of cruise ship passenger operations. The initial phases to resume cruise ship passenger ops in US Waters will consist of testing, additional safeguards for the crew. During the 60-day period, cruise ship operators must develop onboard covid-19 diagnostic testing capabilities for symptomatic travellers.
The UK on October 30 reported 24,405 coronavirus cases and 274 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
France reported 49,215 new confirmed coronavirus cases on October 30.
Mainland China reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on October 30, Of the new cases, 27 were imported infections originating from overseas.
Brazil recorded 508 new COVID-19 deaths and 22,282 new cases of coronavirus on Friday.
Brazil has so far had more than 5.5 million confirmed cases of the virus and nearly 160,000 deaths as per the official data.
Mexico’s Health Ministry on Friday reported 6,000 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 516 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 918,811 and the death toll to 91,289.
Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum on Friday said the capital could, next week, impose tougher restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus if the number of people being treated in hospital for COVID-19 rises further in the coming days. The new measures could include limiting business hours and reducing the guest capacity at bars and restaurants.
Ukraine on October 31 registered a record 8,752 new COVID-19 cases. Total infections now stand at 387,481.
Russia reported 18,140 new coronavirus cases and 334 deaths in the past 24 hours. Russia’s daily tally of coronavirus cases stood at 18,140 on October 31, including 4,952 in Moscow, taking the national total to 1,618,116 since the pandemic began.
The Philippines on October 31 reported 1,803 new coronavirus cases, 36 more deaths. Total confirmed cases have increased to 380,729 while deaths have reached 7,221.
Poland reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases, with 21,897 new infections on Saturday.
Hungary reported a record 3,908 rise in the daily new coronavirus infections.
Belgium has now imposed lockdown to avert health-care system collapse and has extended the school holiday until November 15. Belgian retailers will close if the non-essential goods sold. It is being said that the lockdown in the country will last for six weeks starting Sunday night.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON,
J&JS JANSSEN UNIT,
DR JERRY SADOFF,
WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION,