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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Oct. 21, 2021

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

Seda Sevencan   | 21.10.2021
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Oct. 21, 2021


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

Developments in Turkey, coronavirus pandemic and other news

Turkey administered over 114.63 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive this January, according to official figures released Wednesday.

The ministry also recorded 29,760 new cases, 214 fatalities and 28,803 recoveries over the past 24 hours.

Turkey and Nigeria signed seven agreements Wednesday, including in the energy and defense fields.

After one-on-one talks and delegation meetings, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari held a joint news conference in the capital Abuja.

Speaking at a joint press conference, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "We are strengthening our cooperation in military defense and security issues with Nigeria, which is fighting terrorist organizations, armed gangs and piracy."

Later, Erdogan returned home late Wednesday from a four-day tour of three African countries including Angola, Togo and Nigeria.

Coronavirus pandemic, other developments across the world

Senegal recorded zero new coronavirus infections Wednesday for the first time since the start of the pandemic and about three months after the rate of new cases hovered at record highs.

Germany on Wednesday reported more than 17,000 coronavirus cases for the first time since May, raising concerns about a winter surge in infections.

Australia on Wednesday hit its target of full COVID-19 vaccination for 70% of its population 16 and older, a milestone set by the government for its plan to reopen the country.

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said at a press briefing Wednesday that the “pandemic is not over” and that COVID-19 cases could hit 100,000 per day by winter.

Romania is experiencing a significant spike in coronavirus cases, fatalities and hospitalizations, according to media reports.

A total of 18,863 new cases and 574 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours, said Romanian news outlet DIGI24. It noted that 1,805 patients were hospitalized and in serious condition.

A gunman pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing 17 students and faculty members inside a high school in the US state of Florida in 2018 and 17 additional counts of attempted murder.

At least 10 civilians were killed and another 35 wounded Wednesday by an Assad regime attack in Idlib, northwestern Syria, according to medical sources.

At least 10 people were killed in a train accident in southeastern Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, media reports said Wednesday.

Nine civilians were seriously wounded when Ethiopian jets launched air strikes against Tigray rebels in the country’s north Wednesday for a second time this week, according to health workers.

Germany is expecting a fresh wave of Afghan refugees amid the worsening economic situation in the war-ravaged country, the nation's interior minister said Wednesday.

The participants of the Moscow format meeting on Afghanistan called on the UN to organize an international donor conference for the war-torn country, a senior Russian official said Wednesday.

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