COVID updates: Brisbane doctor who contracted COVID had ‘very limited’ contact with public

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What’s happening around the world?

Let’s have a little wrap of what’s going on around the world, shall we?

The Philippines has detected its first case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The UK and South African variants have already been detected in the country.

The Philippines, which has the second-highest COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, is battling a renewed surge as it ramps up a vaccination drive that started on March 1.

In Germany, case numbers increased by 12,674 to 2,558,455, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed.

The reported death toll rose by 239 to 73,301, the tally showed.

Mainland China reported seven new COVID-19 cases on March 12, down from nine cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Saturday.

All of the new cases were imported infections, the National Health Commission said in a statement. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 17 from 10 cases a day earlier.

France’s public health watchdog is recommending the coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson to be injected into all people over 18, including the elderly.

In guidance issued Friday, France’s High Authority for Health said the one-dose shot should be preferentially administrated in areas where the virus is spreading fast.

The vaccine, which has been approved Thursday by the European Medicines Agency, is not expected to be delivered in the country before mid-April.

France is already using vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. The country has injected at least one shot to 9.2 per cent of its population over 18.

Reporting by AP/Reuters

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