Merck & Co has said that its experimental Covid pill reduced hospitalisations and deaths by half in people

infected. The multinational pharmaceutical company said it would soon ask health officials in the US and around the world to authorise its use.
The UK recorded a further 127 Covid deaths and 35,577 new cases on Friday. By comparison, Thursday’s data reported 137 deaths and 36,480 cases.
Morocco will soon start giving a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the country’s health ministry said.
Nigeria has secured approval for $400 million in World Bank financing to procure and deploy Covid-19 vaccinations, the bank said in a statement.
The European Union drug regulator said today that there is a possible link between rare cases of bloods clots in deep veins with Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine.
It has been estimated that one in 20 young people at secondary school in England are estimated to have had coronavirus last week.
Booster jabs have been given to more than 860,000 people in England, according to the NHS.
A publicly owned oxygen plant has opened in Somalia, where shortages of oxygen had, as in many developing countries, hampered treatment of coronavirus patients.
Nine people were killed when a fire broke out in an intensive care unit at a Romanian hospital treating Covid patients, Reuters reports.
India has announced that Britons will have to take Covid tests and undertake a 10-day mandatory quarantine when arriving in the country.
The US supreme court has announced Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for Covid.
In the US, California has announced the nation’s first coronavirus vaccination mandate for schoolchildren. The plan, announced by Governor Gavin Newsom, will see all elementary and high school students receive jabs once the vaccine gains final approval from the US government for different age groups.
Italy reported 52 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday – up one from the 51 registered the day before, the health ministry said. It comes as the daily tally of new infections fell to 3,405 from 3,804.
In Australia, Victoria state has included professional athletes in a vaccination mandate that will require about 1.25 million “authorised workers” to have two Covid shots by the end of November.
Russia has recorded its highest coronavirus death toll for a fourth day running, the Moscow Times reports.
Sri Lanka has lifted a near six-week lockdown but maintained a night curfew and a ban on public gatherings and parties, AFP reports.

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