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What we know today, September 17 - virus latest at a glance


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New Zealand has extended its suspension of quarantine-free travel from Australia, raising doubts on the future of the trans-Tasman bubble. On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson announced New Zealand would next review the trans-Tasman bubble’s viability in mid-November. New Zealand’s latest COVID-19 outbreak has passed 1000 infections with 11 new community cases

The International Monetary Fund and and other multilateral organisations are urging countries with high COVID-19 vaccination rates to boost efforts to send doses to low- and middle-income countries. IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva and the heads of the World Bank Group, World Health Organisation and World Trade Organisation have expressed concern in a joint statement that it will not be possible to vaccinate at least 40 per cent of the population in all countries by the end of 2021 without urgent action.

Italy will be the first country in Europe to impose an obligation on private and public sector employees to show evidence of a coronavirus vaccination or negative test results. Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government on Thursday decided to expand the country’s existing “green pass,” meaning that those who cannot show a certificate – which can also show recovery from COVID-19 in the previous six months – are no longer allowed to go to work in offices, shops or restaurants from October 15.

Facebook has removed a network of accounts linked to an anti-coronavirus restrictions movement in Germany as it announced a new crackdown on coordinated campaigns of real users that it says cause harm on and off its platforms. Facebook has been working for several months to use tactics against “coordinated social harm,” its head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a call with reporters on Thursday.


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