Brazil recorded 28,388 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 698 deaths, the country’s health ministry said on Saturday. Brazil has registered more than 20 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 574,209 , Reuters reports.
France’s interior ministry said around 175,500 people in total demonstrated on Saturday – down from roughly 215,000 last weekend although numbers could increase as people return from summer holidays. They demonstrated across France for a sixth consecutive weekend on Saturday against a Covid-19 health pass required for daily activities, Reuters reports.
Vietnam reported record infections for the second day running, with 11,321 Covid-19 infections on Saturday, an increase of almost 700. Vietnam has now had 336,700 cases and at least 7,540 deaths.
Residents of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City have been panic buying, emptying shelves of food and supplies after the city’s authorities announced a lockdown from Monday. It has been the epicentre of the surge in cases Vietnam has suffered after having escaped serious outbreaks earlier in the pandemic.
British virologist Dr Chris Smith told BBC Breakfast that the UK government should deploy booster vaccines “strategically”. He said the pandemic needed to be ended all over the world but also the UK could not allow the effectiveness of vaccines to wane.
Russia recorded 797 deaths and 21,000 new cases over the past 24 hours, with Moscow and Saint Petersburg having the most cases.
Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters clashed with riot police in Australia. Police in Melbourne used pepper spray as large crowds surged, while in Sydney they were are able to prevent protesters from forming a mass demonstration.