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Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers have returned to major cities after the government said export factories could reopen despite the deadly coronavirus wave.
The factories had been closed by the government’;s two-week lockdown. But that ends on Thursday, sparking a rush back to work for people who provide clothes for some of the major brands in western fashion.
There was a typical scene at the Shimulia ferry station, 45 miles south of Dhaka, as tens of thousands of workers waited hours for boats to take them to the capital.
Third highest daily cases in NSW
The outbreak in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, has seen the third highest number of daily cases so far. There were 233 new cases announced on Wednesday, 47 of whom were 47 were infectious in the community, 21 were in isolation for part of their infectious period, and 73 cases were under investigation.
Concern about the spread heightened after a man in his 20s died of the disease at his home in south-west Sydney.
For a full roundup here’s a report from our reporter Anne Davies in Sydney:
Staying with the UK, the government has been criticised for failing to meet a promise to recognise the status of people who have been double-vaccinated overseas but who are returnign to the UK.
Despite a pledge by vaccine minsiter Nadhim Zahawi last month, a health department spokesperson told the Guardian: “Only Covid-19 vaccines administered in England and Wales can currently be shown through the NHS Covid pass.
Here’s the full story:
Jab ‘for more UK teenagers’
UK minsiters are set to give their approval for the coronavirus vaccination programme to be rolled out to more than a million more teenagers aged 16 to 17.
It is expected that ministers will on Wednesday approve advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) which recommends healthy teenagers aged over 16, who have not yet been able to get their vaccine, be offered the chance to be immunised.
Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, had hinted on Tuesday that a decision was imminent.
Chinese outbreak grows
China has reported its highest daily number of local coronavirus cases in months.
Authorities reported 71 domestic cases on Wednesday, the highest since January, as China battles its largest outbreak in months by testing entire cities and locking down millions.
The official results of those tests have revealed a low caseload despite the outbreak of the Delta variant spreading to dozens of major cities.
Beijing had previously boasted of its success in crushing Covid-19. But the latest outbreak is threatening that record with nearly 500 domestic cases reported since mid-July, when a cluster among airport cleaners in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, was found.
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