Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 from around the world overnight - Tuesday, October 12

Here's the latest on the pandemic from around the world overnight.

Asia-Pacific

Singapore

Singapore reported 10 new deaths and 2263 new infections. 

Malaysia

Malaysia will allow international travel from Tuesday after more than 90 percent of adults across the country were fully vaccinated. 

China

China has denied the World Health Organization access to bat caves and wildlife farming areas in a region six hours west of Wuhan, as the hunt for the origins of the virus continues.

Australia

Sydney's cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to begin living with the coronavirus and gradually reopen with high rates of inoculation.

New South Wales on Monday reported 496 new locally acquired cases, well down from their peak last month, while Victoria logged 1612 new infections, the lowest in five days.

Europe

UK

COVID and the flu are co-circulating in the UK  for the first time this year. People who catch both at the same time are "twice as likely to die".

Britain on Monday reported a further 40,224 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

Unvaccinated pregnant women make up one fifth of most critically ill coronavirus patients in England.

Russia

The blueprint for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine stolen by Russia to make its Sputnik jab, according to UK security services.

Russia reported 957 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, close to the all-time high of 968 reported two days earlier.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, seen coughing during a televised government meeting, reassured officials on Monday that he was fine and said he was being tested for COVID-19 virtually every day.

Italy

Italy reported 34 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, up from 27 the previous day, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 1516 from 2278.

France

France reported 30 more deaths.

Middle East and Africa

Egypt

Egypt's public prosecution said on Sunday it had ordered the arrest of three people after thousands of unused COVID-19 vaccines were found dumped along a water channel.

Americas

Brazil

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday he was not allowed to attend a league match between Santos and Gremio because the home club did not allow unvaccinated supporters into their stadium. More than 600,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, up by 182 on Sunday.

Mexico

Mexico's health ministry on Sunday reported 2690 new cases of COVID-19 in the country and 128 more deaths, bringing the overall number of infections since the pandemic began to 3,723,235 and the death toll to 282,086.

Canada

Canada's health and long-term care industries are bracing for staff shortages and layoffs, as deadlines for vaccine mandates loom across the country.

Conservative firebrand and Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen West was receiving care for COVID-19 in a hospital on Sunday, he said on Twitter, noting that his experience with the illness had ironically strengthened his opposition to vaccine mandates.

Vaccines and treatment

Developing nations and the head of the United Nations on Monday demanded a fairer global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and more funding from rich countries to help poorer ones adapt to a hotter world.

An AstraZeneca senior executive said the drugmaker's antibody cocktail would have a "real advantage" in preventing infection with the coronavirus compared with use as a treatment, after trials showed promise in both settings.

The World Health Organization recommended an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised people, citing the risk of breakthrough infections.

Merck said on Monday it has applied for US emergency use authorisation for its drug to treat mild-to-moderate patients of COVID-19, putting it on course to become the first oral antiviral medication for the disease.

Reuters / Newshub.