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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – Aug. 21, 2021

Daily briefing on novel coronavirus pandemic worldwide, Turkey, other developments

Beyza Binnur Dönmez   | 21.08.2021
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – Aug. 21, 2021

ANKARA

Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments in Turkey, around the world and the coronavirus pandemic.

Developments in Turkey, coronavirus pandemic and other news

The death toll from floods in Turkey's Black Sea region rose to 79, according to authorities.

Turkey is ready to hold talks with the Taliban, if necessary, said the nation’s president.

The delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for more than 90% of cases in Turkey, said its health minister.

Turkey has administered more than 88 million coronavirus vaccine doses since launching a mass immunization campaign in January, according to official figures.

More than 100 additional Turkish nationals were flown from Afghanistan's capital in a transport aircraft of the Turkish Air Force.

Turkey's Interior Ministry issued a circular announcing that those who are not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR test early next month to participate in certain public activities. 

Worldwide developments related to COVID-19

To help Bangladesh’s educational institutions gradually reopen, the country is allowing students aged 18 and older to use the government’s COVID-19 app to schedule vaccinations.

Israeli authorities approved giving third doses of a vaccine to those 40 and older as well as teachers.

Germany entered a fourth wave of the pandemic, the country’s disease control agency confirmed in its weekly report.

Malaysia and the Philippines reported a record number of daily cases as a deadly wave of the highly contagious delta variant storms through southeast Asia.

More than 4.88 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data, a tracking website affiliated with Oxford University.

Sri Lanka will enter a nationwide lockdown to stem an ongoing surge in infections.

The US extended land border restrictions with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel, including tourism, for at least another month amid the spread of the virus and its delta variant.

New Zealand extended a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown for the next four days after the country reported 11 new infections, according to state-run media.  

Developments across world

Around 100 Australian citizens and Afghan visa holders who were evacuated from Kabul, landed in Perth, Australia.

New Zealand announced that it is providing $3 million in humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan to support crisis-affected communities in the country.

Four Syrian children were killed and two civilians injured in shelling by the Assad regime and Iranian-affiliated terror groups, in breach of a truce, according to Syria Civil Defense.

Malaysia’s king named Ismail Sabri Yakoob the nation’s new prime minister.

Eight rebels and one soldier were killed in fighting between government forces and Uganda’s rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri province, the military confirmed.

Lebanon lodged an official complaint with the UN Security Council regarding Israeli aggression, according to a government statement.

A Spanish airbase near Madrid will act as the “logistics hub” for Afghan citizens brought in by European authorities, according to Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares.

Wildfires continue raging in eastern Russia with 128 blazes in 20 regions of particular concern, said the country's Federal Agency for Forestry.

The German Embassy in Afghanistan was closed as thousands of panicked Afghans scrambled to flee the war-ravaged country.

NATO allies are ready to host Afghans in their countries either “temporarily or as a permanent resettlement,” according to the head of the alliance.

The US sanctioned Russian operatives and entities linked to the poisoning of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny.

US President Joe Biden said he is considering authorizing rescue operations beyond Kabul's international airport for Americans and Afghans who aided the US.

The US is using its huge military base in the southwestern German town of Ramstein as a logistic hub for the evacuation of thousands of people from Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced.

The Daesh terror group, also known as ISIS, attacked the pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi militia in Iraq, according to local media.

Colombia said it would temporarily host Afghan migrants making their way to the US.

At least 14 Palestinians protesting illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank were injured by gunfire from Israeli soldiers, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

The Somali national army said troops killed 60 al-Shabaab terrorists, including two senior commanders, in an operation in the southwestern province of lower Shabelle.

Security forces released approximately 600 Muslims who were arrested at a mosque in Moscow late Friday.


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