World News in Brief: September 12

Sunday, 2021-09-12 16:18:39
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China has administered a total of 2.143 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Sept. 11, data from the National Health Commission showed on Sunday.
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Several communities remain flooded and without power after a strong typhoon battered the Philippines' northernmost islands, the authorities said on Sunday, displacing thousands of people.

* Bulgaria will hold its third parliamentary election this year on Nov. 14, President Rumen Radev said on Saturday, after parliament approved changes to the 2021 state budget. The Balkan country will also hold the first round of the regular presidential election on the same date.

* Tunisia's President Kaid Saied said on Saturday the country's constitution must be changed but within the framework of the existing one, nearly seven weeks after he seized governing powers and suspended parliament.

* India recorded 28,591 new COVID-19 cases and 338 deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday. Infections have risen to 33.23 million and deaths to 4,42,655, it said.

* China reported 46 new COVID-19 cases on the mainland for Sept. 11, up from 25 a day earlier, the national health authority said on Sunday. Mainland China has confirmed 95,199 COVID-19 cases, with the death toll unchanged at 4,636.

* Brazil reported 14,335 new coronavirus cases and 712 additional COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. More than 585,000 people have died from the virus in Brazil, with nearly 21 million cases, the ministry says.

* Mexico recorded 12,511 confirmed coronavirus cases and 675 more fatalities from the virus on Saturday, according to health ministry data, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Latin American nation to 3,506,743 and the overall death toll to 267,524.

* British health minister Sajid Javid said on Sunday he did not expect the country to see any more lockdowns to fight the COVID-19 crisis and ruled out the use of vaccine passports to allow people to attend mass events.

* Italy had 57 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday with 5,193 new infections, the health ministry said, compared with 62 fatalities and 5,621 daily cases and on Friday.

* The United Arab Emirates government will allocate AED24 billion (US$6.53 billion) to create 75,000 private sector jobs for citizens over the next five years, it said on Sunday on Twitter.

* Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to Palestinian rocket fire into its territory, the Israeli military said. Tension between Israel and the Palestinians has risen over the past week, after six Palestinian militants escaped from a maximum security Israeli jail on Monday.

* A drone attack hit near US forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq on Saturday, Iraqi Kurdish security officials said. The internal security service for Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, of which Erbil is the capital, initially said three rockets had hit near the airport.