Top 10 news: New Covid variant names, Trump's plans for 2024 elections & more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Aug 08, 2021, 08:46 PM IST

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According to World Health Organization (WHO) expert Maria Van Kerkhove, the organisation is in the process of exploring new names for coronavirus variants. Currently, the WHO is using the Greek alphabet, of the 24 letters it offers, 11 have already been taken up. Expressing concern, she said that new variants of Covid may appear which might be able to avoid the existing vaccines. Reportedly, WHO is considering naming future variants after constellations.

In other news, according to former US President Donald Trump's onetime press secretary Sean Spicer, in spite of losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, Donald Trump will run for the US 2024 Election. He says that even though he was earlier not certain that Trump will run again, convincing him not to run for the post of President would be almost impossible.

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An expert at the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that new variants of Coronavirus might emerge, which could cause the vaccines to no longer work.

Even though he lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, Donald Trump will run for the US elections in 2024.

The US recorded 100,000 new Coronavirus cases each day for the past 7 days with Florida reporting 20,000 cases of Delta variant during this period as hospitalizations of minors increased substantially. 

Since Saudi Arabia announced last year that each family would receive $133,000 after a health worker died of the Coronavirus, it has now begun compensating their families. 

In France, protesters took to the streets in response to President Macron's idea of a vaccination passport. Despite this, Macron has his sights set on vaccine passports and has appealed to citizens to band together to protect themselves and each other.

Cambodia has begun offering a third dose of COVID-19 booster shots on Sunday, switching between the AstraZeneca and Chinese versions of the vaccine. 

Beginning August 9, Saudi Arabia will take on vaccinated Umrah pilgrimage requests from abroad following a year and a half of not receiving them due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Alok Sharma, COP26 president from the United Kingdom, described a forthcoming UN report on climate change as offering the international community its strongest warning about accelerating climate change.

The Victorian government has decided to provide the AstraZeneca vaccine to under-40s at its state-run vaccine clinics.

Child marriage in Zimbabwe has been condemned by the UN after 14-year-old girl died after giving birth in a church shrine. The death of the girl has caused outrage among citizens and human rights activists alike.