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What we know today, September 23 - virus latest at a glance

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Australia has pledged to send 60 million coronavirus vaccine doses to countries across the Indo-Pacific region by the end of next year. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday announced a commitment for an additional 20 million doses during US President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 summit. Australia will also procure a further 20 million on top of the same amount Morrison promised in June.

The French government is seeking to extend the compulsory use of its coronavirus pass while German authorities plan to halt sick pay for unvaccinated people as Singapore registers its record highest number of daily infections. French officials want to be able to impose use of the health passport after mid-November. In France, it is only possible to visit restaurants and museums or travel by long-distance train if one has a negative coronavirus test, has recovered from COVID-19 or has been vaccinated as documented in the health passport.

The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to fall last week, with 3.6 million new cases reported globally, down from 4 million new infections the previous week, the World Health Organisation says. Last week’s drop marked the first substantial decline for more than two months, with falling COVID-19 cases in every world region.

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