Virus outbreak is straining Fijian medical system

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Fiji’s medical system is showing signs of strain as a coronavirus outbreak develops. The Pacific island nation has reported a record 791 new daily cases and three deaths.

The health ministry said due to the increase in cases it will no longer test people for the virus at their homes in and around the capital. The ministry also suspended all pregnancy services in and around Suva until July 26, saying people with an emergency pregnancy or childbirth should go directly to Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

Fiji has reported 59 deaths since the onset of the delta variant in April, although authorities do not count 19 of them as deaths from the virus because the patients had serious pre-existing conditions. Home to 940,000 people, Fiji had only reported two deaths from COVID-19 previously.

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– Companies in the United States are scrambling to find a way to bring employees back to the office after more than a year of working remotely.

– Indonesia faces a devastating coronavirus wave as hospitals grapple with an increase in cases amid widespread oxygen scarcity.

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS:

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported its biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic as long lines meander around testing stations in the capital, where the virus has spread. is accelerated after months of complacency.

The 1,275 new cases announced Thursday marked the second day in a row above 1,200 and surpassed the previous one-day high of 1,240 set on Christmas Day.

More than 1,000 of the infections have occurred in the greater Seoul area, which is home to half of the country’s 51 million people.

The viral outbreak is a worrying development in a country where 70% of the population is still waiting for their first injection of the vaccine.

The country has struggled to maintain public vigilance with warmer temperatures and months of fatigue drawing larger crowds to restaurants, bars and parks.

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PORTLAND, Maine – Maine health officials say more than half of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in every county in the state.

Maine has one of the highest vaccination rates in the United States. More than two-thirds of people 12 years of age and over are fully immunized.

Data from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services shows the highest vaccination rate in the state is in Cumberland County, which is the most populous in the state along with Portland. The rate is around 80%.

The county with the lowest rate of fully immunized eligible people is Somerset, a predominantly rural area where the rate is around 53%. This is still a number higher than many states.

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SACRAMENTO, California – At least nine people who work at the California State Capitol have contracted the coronavirus, triggering a return of the mask mandate for lawmakers and staff.

Masks have been required in public spaces inside the Capitol throughout the pandemic. But fully vaccinated lawmakers and staff had been allowed to remove their masks in their offices.

Four of the new cases on Capitol Hill are fully vaccinated people.

State data shows such cases are rare. The state has only confirmed 8,699 coronavirus infections among the more than 20 million people vaccinated in the state.

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah hospital leaders are renewing calls for vaccinations as the state experiences a further increase in faster-spreading delta variant COVID-19 cases.

State health officials told reporters on Wednesday that the delta variant – first identified in India – had started to increase in Utah over the past month and now accounted for about 80% of cases in the state. ‘State.

Most of the outbreak is occurring in unvaccinated people who are infected and hospitalized at six times the rate of those vaccinated.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Utah now ranks fourth in the country for new cases per capita.

Utah has averaged about 386 confirmed cases per day over the past week, nearly double the rate of cases the state was experiencing at its lowest point in early June.

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RENO, Nevada – Nevada’s COVID-19 positivity rate has more than doubled over the past month to 7.9%, and health officials say the average number of new cases statewide daily reached its highest level since February.

Meanwhile, Nevada has reported its second death from the delta variant, a man in his 50s in Washoe County with an underlying health condition that had not been vaccinated. The delta variant was first identified in India.

Nevada’s 14-day moving average for new cases fell to 132 in the first week of June, with the positivity rate bottoming out at 3.3% on June 9.

But the 377 new cases reported on average on July 4 were the highest since 375 in February. It was also the last time the state’s positivity rate was this high, reaching 8.3% on February 23.

Nevada’s positivity rate peaked at 21.2% on January 12, a month after the average number of new cases hit a record 2,740 on December 12, 2020.

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BERLIN – The German Center for Disease Control says the delta variant of the coronavirus has become dominant in the country and continues to spread rapidly.

The Robert Koch Institute says according to its latest analysis, 59% of new infections were caused by the delta at the end of last month. The center says in its weekly report Wednesday that the Delta variant has nearly doubled in one week.

Some 33.2 million people, or 39.9%, are fully vaccinated in Germany. More than 47.5 million people, or 57.1%, received their first injection.


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