Sumary of Coronavirus live: more athletes in Tokyo test positive; EU under pressure over low excess vaccine donations:
- Peruvian police have dismantled an alleged criminal ring that had charged as much $21,000 per bed for seriously ill Covid-19 patients in a state-run hospital, aggravating care in a country hit by one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks of the virus.
- Authorities arrested nine people in an early morning raid on Wednesday, including the administrators of Lima’s Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen public hospital, according to prosecutor Reynaldo Abia, Reuters reports.
- The scam was uncovered after police received a complaint from the brother of a man suffering from Covid-19 who had been asked for 82,000 soles ($20,783) to obtain an intensive care (ICU) bed and treatment at the hospital, said Abia.
- Peru police break up alleged scam charging huge sums for Covid ICU beds National Geographic reports that scientists are investigating whether novel ways of injecting vaccine shots could bring more robust immunity – including delivering it up the nose.
- Several promising studies have suggested intranasal vaccines are effective in mice, ferrets, hamsters and non-human primates, while six candidate Covid jabs administered as nasal sprays are undergoing phase 1 clinical trials.
- Only vaccinated people will be able to attend weddings and visit sports venues, Reuters reports.
- Azerbaijan’s coronavirus task force also said that public transport would not operate in the capital, Baku, on weekends and public holidays.
- But some of the talks include officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who are separately examining whether to update their masking guidance, according to a Biden administration aide and a federal health official.