'Outrage' over stockpiling vaccines, Russia cases top 7m: COVID-19 Daily Bulletin
Patrick Rhys Atack
Former UK PM Gordon Brown called on G7 nations to share vaccines./Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Former UK PM Gordon Brown called on G7 nations to share vaccines./Reuters/Russell Cheyne


· Russia has passed 7 million COVID-19 cases, with its death toll since the outbreak of the virus now reaching 187,200, although some measures put that number higher. 

· Formula One racing returns to Europe with a sell-out crowd, as 70,000 people are expected to arrive at the Zandvoort circuit on the Dutch coast - and once they are inside the track, there will be no COVID-19 restrictions, despite Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen missing the race after testing positive. "Once you get past the entrance, you just forget about it," a  woman told Reuters. "It's just so good to be among so many people again. Let's hope it can set an example for other events to be allowed as well." 

· Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused rich countries of committing a "moral outrage" by stockpiling COVID-19 vaccine doses while poor countries are struggling to get supplies. Brown, a United Nations special envoy, called on U.S. President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders to urgently ship vaccines to Africa. Western countries are hoarding nearly 300 million shots while only 70 million people in Africa have so far been vaccinated, Brown said, citing research by data firm Airfinity. 

· Japan will issue online COVID-19 vaccination certificates from December, according to a report in the Nikkei newspaper. The government plans to issue the certificates - which will be intended for overseas travel rather than domestic use - via a QR scan code.

· Britain has reported 37,578 new cases of COVID-19, government data showed on Saturday, meaning cases reported between August 29 and September 4 were up 2.4 percent compared with the previous week. A further 120 people were reported as having died within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19.

· Police in Paris arrested several protesters as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets for an eight successive weekend of anti-health pass protests.

· India's cricket team's head coach Ravi Shastri has been forced to remain in the team hotel after testing positive for COVID-19. It means he is not attending Sunday's play in the fourth match of the five match series against England.


Iolo ap Dafydd, in London 

As new COVID-19 infections each day stay in the 30,000 to 40,000 range, other side effects of the pandemic are impacting life in the UK. 

Travelers who decided a foreign holiday was necessary for their families before schools restart, queued in Heathrow Airport late on Saturday for so long that some fainted.

A pregnant woman was among the passengers who fainted as she and thousands of people waited for hours for immigration checks. Only two booths were manned by border security and the Home Office criticized UK Border Force, its own immigration agency, saying the scenes were "unacceptable." It suggested more staff should be deployed at the airport to reduce waiting times.

The other factor is the number of shops closing, as the pandemic continues. More than 8,700 chain stores have closed in city centers and shopping centers between January and July this year. That is an average of nearly 50 retail outlets a day as lockdowns and social distancing have prompted people's shopping habits to change.



Sweden has removed its exemption for U.S. travelers from its entry ban. The government in Stockholm has extended its ban on travelers from outside the EU or EEA until the end of October, and from Monday the U.S. will no longer be on the "safe list."

Israel, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia were also removed from the list, so tourists can't go to Sweden - even if they have been fully vaccinated. 

U.S. citizens who are traveling to Sweden for work, study, urgent family reasons, or if they have dual-EU citizenship, will be allowed to enter. 



Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi sparked a debate on vaccines and  "passports" this week, when he suggested vaccines could be mandatory for all Italian adults. 

Draghi also took direct aim at so-called "anti-vaxxers," as he gave his "full solidarity to all those who have been subjected to the hateful and cowardly violence on the part of anti-vaxxers."

It came three days after prosecutors in Turin launched an investigation into a chat group whose members shared and published death threats against the country's Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio.

Doctors have been attacked in Genoa, and journalists assaulted in Rome, by the groups who are opposed to COVID-19 vaccine program. 



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Source(s): Reuters

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