Sumary of Covid news as it happened: case rates rise in 92% of UK’s local areas; Greece introduces fines for issuing fake vaccination certificates:
- The 14 victims of a fire in a Covid-19 field hospital in North Macedonia have been identified as 12 patients and two visiting relatives, authorities said on Friday.
- The public prosecutor’s office said the dead were eight women and six men who ranged in age between 29 and 78. Companies “messing around with costs” of PCR tests for holidaymakers will face fines of up to 10,000, the UK’s health secretary has said following a review by the competition regulator.
- Tourists visiting the five provinces –including Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan – will have to stay within a certain area for seven days after arrival and take Covid tests.
- The country has had more than 20.9 million Covid-19 cases in total and over 585,000 deaths.
- U.S. health officials believe that Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine could be authorised for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of October, two sources told Reuters.
- Nine in ten local areas in the UK have seen a week-on-week rise in Covid-19 case rates.
- BioNTech will request approval to use its Covid-19 vaccine in five- to 11-year-olds within the next few weeks, the firm’s two top executives have said.
- Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 14,233 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 699 deaths.