FACTBOX-Latest on worldwide spread of coronavirus

An official at the European Union’s drugs regulator said the COVID-19 pandemic was not over, contradicting U.S. President Joe Biden, and that a planned vaccination campaign in the region during the cold season was key to fighting it.

 

ASIA-PACIFIC

 

* Japan’s government is considering allowing hotels to refuse entry to guests who do not wear masks and follow other measures to control infection during an outbreak, Fuji News Network said.

 

* China reported 747 new COVID-19 infections on Sept. 20, compared with 789 new cases a day earlier, the National Health Commission said.

 

AMERICAS

 

* Canada’s federal government will likely drop its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for people entering the country at the end of the month, a government source said.

 

* U.S. federal prosecutors unveiled criminal charges against 47 people they accuse of stealing about $250 million from a federal aid program meant to help feed children during the pandemic.

 

* The pandemic remains a global emergency but the end could be in sight if countries use the tools at their disposal, a spokesperson for the World Health Organisation said.

 

EUROPE

 

* France’s HAS health authority followed the European Union’s drug regulator and cleared two separate COVID-19 vaccine boosters updated to target the Omicron variant.

 

Source: Tap News Agency