Brazil recorded 1,205 deaths on Saturday as it remained, by a distance, the country currently suffering the most deaths from Covid-19.
According to the health ministry, another 48,504 additional cases were recorded, taking the total confirmed cases to 19,069,003 .
The South American country has now registered a total of 532,893 coronavirus deaths. Only the United States has seen more deaths.
Mexico reports 232 new deaths
Mexico recorded 232 more deaths on Saturday, bringing its total to 234,907 since the pandemic began.
The country also registered 9,581 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country but the government it is likely that the real number of cases is significantly higher.
Mexico is now considered to be going through its third wave, with infections rising by almost a third over the past week.
Mexican authorities have said that most cases are among younger, unvaccinated people. Around 39% of adults have received one dose.
England’s public health body has been accused of giving hundreds of thousands of cancer patients “misleading and dangerous” advice over the level of protection they can expect after receiving their Covid vaccine.
There were calls yesterday for Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, to intervene and correct a widely reported statement from Public Health England (PHE) stating that a double vaccination was “highly effective in clinical risk groups”.
In a furious letter, seen by the Observer, Blood Cancer UK’s chief executive Gemma Peters said she was “deeply disturbed” by the press statement, which covered the findings of a recent study into vaccine responses. She said that its “confident, definitive assertions” about the level of protection given to the UK’s 230,000 blood cancer patients could not yet be supported by the “wider body of evidence on vaccine efficacy in the immunocompromised”.
A new poll in Brazil shows that for the first time the majority of Brazilians support removing president Jair Bolsonaro after a corruption probe was opened into the purchase of coronavirus vaccines.
Reuters reported that the Datafolha poll showed 54% support proposed impeachment proceedings.
The supreme court ordered an investigation into Bolsonaro for dereliction of duty over the deal for the Covaxin vaccine from India, suspended because of allegations of corruption.
Bolsonaro’s popularity has also been hit by his handling of the pandemic as a whole, with the country persistently failing to control outbreaks.
Emergency supplies promised to Tunisia as it goes through its worst outbreak of Covid-19 arrived on Saturday.
The Arabic service of Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s official news agency, reported that Tunisia groups abroad had also been fundraising amongst themselves to buy 300 oxygen concentrators to help treat patients.
Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Libya have all promised medical supplies or vaccines.
Tunisian health authorities said they are in a “catastrophic situation” with few beds left in hospitals and a shortage of oxygen.
Tunisia recorded 189 deaths on Friday, the highest daily toll since the pandemic began last year. It reported 8,500 new coronavirus cases.
Some of the guests invited to attend tonight’s Copa America final between Brazil and Argentina have been faking tests to ensure their entry.
“A considerable number of fraudulent PCR tests have been detected both among those accredited for the Argentina section and the Brazil section,” said the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).
Stadiums have been empty throughout the tournament but authorities decided to allow 6,500 invited guests in for the final – around 10% capacity for the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Tickets were not for sale and all attendees have to provide a negative PCR test while strict social distancing will be enforced, including mask-wearing and a ban on food and drink.
CONMEBOl said anyone who has faked the test will not be allowed into the stadium.
Ministers agreed they should avoid reimposing restrictions on movement and normal life, despite recognising the threat of new variants.
They recognised vaccination as a global public good and encouraged more to be done in both the public and private sectors to fill the gaps. However, no extra funding was pledged to support the purchase of extra vaccines for poorer countries.
They will prioritise the delivery of vaccines, treatments and diagnostics to developing countries. They will target responses at combatting the spread of new variants.
The G20 nations said Covid-19 variants could threaten the economic recovery from the pandemic after meeting in Venice on Saturday.
In their final statement, the finance ministers and central bankers who met said they would use all available tools to combat the economic effects of the pandemic.
The Italian finance minister, Daniele Franco, said they agreed on the need to accelerate the delivery of vaccines and treatments to combat the spread of new variants.
Italy reports 12 new deaths
Italy recorded 12 deaths and a slight increase in new cases to 1,400 on Saturday.
Deaths dropped from 25 the day before. The number of patients in intensive care fell from 169 to 161 and other hospitalised patients from 1,167 to 1,147.
UK records 34 deaths and 32,367 new cases
The UK reported 34 deaths and 32,367 new cases on Saturday.
Deaths were up from 29 the day before but the number of new cases fell from 35,707.
Over the past week cases have grown by 30%.
Here’s a summary of today’s developments so far
Bangladesh’s health minister said the country has secured an additional 17.5m vaccine doses, amid record coronavirus deaths and over a million cases. The country, which has a population of 169 million, has been under strict lockdown for two weeks with troops on the streets to stop people going outdoors.
A fifth of staff could be absent from one NHS trust in England within three weeks from now, NHS Providers has warned, due in part to staff having to self-isolate amid rising coronavirus infections.
Scotland has recorded seven new deaths and 2,190 new cases. The latest figures from the Scottish government show the daily test positivity rate is at 9% with 435 people in hospital.
Police have urged England fans without tickets for the Euro 2020 final on Sunday not to travel to London as cases continue to rise in the capital and across the UK. The force also asked football fans not to congregate in large groups amid the spread of the Delta variant.
Thailand has reported a record daily figure of 91 coronavirus deaths and 9,326 new cases. The majority of the deaths were in the capital, which also recorded 3,191 of Saturday’s cases.
The European Union has delivered enough coronavirus vaccines for at least 70% of adults, the European Commission president announced. Ursula von der Leyen said about 500m doses would be distributed across member states by tomorrow.
Russia reported a record 752 coronavirus deaths – the most in a single day since the start of the pandemic – and 25,082 new cases. The new figures bring the country’s overall case total to 5,758,300.
That’s it from me for today, handing over to my colleague Kaamil Ahmed. Thanks for reading.
Moldova is to receive half a million doses of the coronavirus vaccine from the US.
The first 150,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are due to arrive on Monday, US embassy officials in Moldova said.
Moldovan President Maia Sandu said: “Now, we must mobilize ourselves and, in solidarity, get vaccinated”.
The country goes to the polls tomorrow in a snap parliamentary election.
To date, only 305,000 people in Moldova have been fully vaccinated, around 11% of the population.
The Netherlands has reported 10,345 new coronavirus cases – the most in one day since Christmas.
According to the NL Times, the surge has brought the seven day average up by 41% to 4,504 and the daily average is now 7.5 times higher than it was 11 days ago.