The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has killed at least 1.88 million people worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the onset of the disease in late of December 2019, according to a report established Thursday by Agence France-Presse (AFP) from official sources.
More than 15,700 deaths have been recorded worldwide in twenty-four hours, a figure at the highest level, according to a count made by Agence France-Presse (AFP), from reports communicated by the health authorities. The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with more than 361,000 deaths. Next come Brazil with more than 199,000 dead, India (150,000), Mexico (130,000 dead), and the United Kingdom (77,000 dead).
Health authorities around the world are taking restrictive measures to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Europe must “do more” in the face of “an alarming situation”
Europe must ” Do more “ in front of “An alarming situation”, due to the circulation in the region of a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus, first unsealed in the United Kingdom, the regional management of the World Health Organization (WHO) called on Thursday.
“These are the basic measures, which we all know, that must be stepped up to lower transmission, relieve our Covid-19 services and save lives”, commented WHO’s European director, Hans Kluge, during an online press briefing.
It is important to generalize the wearing of masks, limit the number of social gatherings, respect physical distance and hand washing, and combine these measures with adequate screening and tracing systems and the isolation of patients, a- he detailed.
According to the organization’s estimates, the new strain “Could gradually replace the others in circulation across the region, as observed in the UK and increasingly in Denmark”. Twenty-two countries in the Europe zone, which includes 53 including Russia, have now recorded cases linked to this new strain, says the WHO.
Alliance between Bayer and CureVac to develop a vaccine
The chemistry-pharmacy giant Bayer announced Thursday a partnership with the German pharmaceutical company Curevac to support it in the development of its vaccine against Covid-19, currently in the last phase of clinical trial.
The two companies have concluded “A collaboration and services agreement (…) to support Curevac in many areas ” including the production and marketing of a messenger RNA vaccine “To facilitate the supply of several hundred million doses”, reports Bayer in a press release without mentioning a quantified financial commitment.
New state of emergency in Tokyo and its suburbs
The Japanese prime minister on Thursday declared a new state of emergency in Tokyo and its outer suburbs in the face of the pandemic. But this limited device, despite the contamination records recorded in the country, raises concerns about limited results.
The state of emergency initially concerns the capital and three adjacent regions, from Friday and for a period of one month. Greater Tokyo, where nearly 37 million inhabitants live, or 30% of the Japanese population, concentrates the majority of new daily cases currently recorded at the national level.
In China, new cases of Covid-19 at their highest for six months
China on Thursday reported 63 new Covid-19 contaminations in the past twenty-four hours, as authorities strove to contain an outbreak of coronavirus that appeared in the Beijing region. A figure at the highest since July.
The country, where the new coronavirus first emerged a year ago, has largely eradicated the epidemic since the spring thanks to strict movement controls, widespread mask wear, containment measures and tracing applications for cellphone.
But China has recorded rising balance sheets in recent days, even if they remain very far from the statements announced abroad. The majority of the new cases reported Thursday were in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing. All schools have been closed in the town, whose vast territory has 11 million inhabitants. To prevent the virus from spreading outside the city, roads and train stations are closed.
Quebec announces a nighttime curfew
The Premier of Quebec, François Legault, announced on Wednesday the imposition of a night curfew in this province, in order to stop the second wave of coronavirus, a measure unprecedented in Canada.
This curfew, which lasts for four weeks until February 8, will apply from Saturday and will be in effect between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., he told a conference. Press. “We ask the police to enforce the instructions”, said Mr. Legault, specifying that offenders would be liable to fines ranging from 1,000 to 6,000 Canadian dollars, or 640 to 3,838 euros.
New sectors of economic activity will be reconfigured, he also announced. “We are in a race against time. At the moment, the virus is going faster than us, and to slow it down, we need a shock treatment “, had tweeted the Quebec premier just before his press conference.
“Sprint” and confinement in England
The United Kingdom is engaged in a “Sprint” for “Vaccinate vulnerable people faster than the virus can reach them”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.
More than 1.3 million vulnerable people and caregivers have already been vaccinated in the UK, and the ambitious goal is to immunize all over 70s and caregivers – nearly 14 million people – by in mid-February. It is a question of massively vaccinating in order to then be able to gradually deconfin England, which returned Wednesday to a long and hard third confinement.
Its 56 million inhabitants can no longer leave their homes for essential reasons. Schools have closed and Prime Minister Boris Johnson could not guarantee on Wednesday that they would reopen after the February recess.
The United Kingdom recorded, Wednesday, 1,041 additional deaths, the daily toll exceeding one thousand deaths for the first time since April. The country has one of the heaviest tolls in Europe, with now more than 77,000 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
Ireland, faced with a “Tsunami” contamination with the new coronavirus, also decided on Wednesday to close its schools at least until the end of the month, thus further tightening the confinement reinstated after Christmas.
Spain tightens the screw, but excludes total containment
The coming weeks are announced “Complicated”, but Spain, whose regions are locally tightening health measures, has once again ruled out generalized confinement; a strategy that contrasts with that of other European countries.
The country is facing, as elsewhere, an upsurge in infections after the end of the year holidays and is preparing for a toll of more than two million confirmed cases. It has recorded more than 51,000 deaths. The health situation arouses “A very big concern”Health Minister Salvador Illa told a press conference on Thursday.
Lebanon is sealed off until the end of January, after having identified 4,166 new Covid-19 contaminations on Wednesday, an unprecedented level.
Several lockdowns have been declared in the country since the appearance of the virus, the last in November. But restrictions were largely relaxed in December, with the reopening of bars and nightclubs, leading to a significant rise in infections during the holiday season.
Restrictions in South America
The Peru has extended the suspension of flights from Europe until January 21 in order to avoid the entry of passengers who may be infected with the new strain of coronavirus discovered in the United Kingdom, the government reported on Wednesday.
TheUruguay extends the ban on entry into the country until January 30; a measure aimed at containing the increase in Covid-19 cases.
The Mexico, fourth most bereaved country by the Covid-19 pandemic, recorded Wednesday a daily death level at the highest with 1,165 dead, according to official data. Nearly 130,000 people have died from Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic in the country, the health ministry said in a daily report.
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