"COVID-19 Lockdown Exit Analysis" 27th Oct 2020
China tests entire city as Covid-19 cases resurface
An outbreak of 138 asymptomatic cases in Xinjiang province has prompted Chinese authorities to test the 4.7 million people in the city of Kashgar for the coronavirus. The new cases, linked to workers in a garment factory , marked China's first local infections since the discovery of a cluster of cases in Urumqi in August, which had led to a 'wartime state' of lockdown in the region.
Melbourne finally exits from 112-day coronavirus lockdown
With no new daily Covid-19 cases reported for the first time since June, Melbourne will finally end lockdown restrictions imposed 112 days ago amd the city's five million residents will be allowed to visit restaurants, beauty salons and retail stories once again. Cases had surged to 700 per day at the peak of the second wave beginning in July, but stringent stay-at-home rules and a curfew helped bring the numbers down steadily.
U.S. cancels plans to offer early coronavirus vaccine to Santa Claus performers
U.S. health authorities have cancelled plans to offer early access to a coronavirus vaccine to Santa Claus performers in advance of the festive season. The $250 million government advertising campaign was designed to gather celebrity endorsements of vaccinations once approved and the vaccine was to be offered to performers playing Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and elves.
Covid-19 vaccine human trials to begin soon in Israel
After receiving regulatory approval from the Health Ministry, Israel is set to commence human trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by the Israeli Institute for Biological Research (IIBR). IIBR commenced animal trials for its 'BriLife' vaccine in March and now will move on to human trials, where eighty volunteers aged between 18 and 55 will be monitored for three weeks to see if virus antibodies develop.