News avalanche

After a period of moderate news items, there is a sudden upsurge of COVID-related news items, coinciding with a clear uptick in cases worldwide as the northern hemisphere faces cooling weather. Below is just a sampling of today’s news items.

  • UK: intensive care units are filling up at an extraordinary rate
  • South Korea: has ordered a nationwide mask mandate
  • Johnson & Johnson: A late-stage study COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot
  • Russia: has reported its highest daily coronavirus fatalities since the start of the pandemic, with 244 deaths in the past 24 hours, but said it had no plans to reintroduce a lockdown