The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 1,963,557 people worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the onset of the disease in late December 2019, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse, Wednesday 13 January.
More than 91.5 million people have been infected, and the upheaval is intensifying – with lockdowns, curfews and other unpopular restrictions, to stop this resurgence of the pandemic that is currently affecting the entire planet. The United States is the country most affected by both the number of deaths (almost 381,000) and cases (nearly 23 million). With an average of three deaths per minute, the country recorded on Tuesday a new peak of daily deaths (4,470).
In China, first death from Covid-19 in eight months
China recorded the first death from Covid-19 on its territory for eight months, health authorities announced Thursday in a country fighting against the resurgence of the epidemic, which had been largely controlled. The death occurred in Hebei province, the national health commission said. It is in this province that several cities were recently subjected to containment after the appearance of contaminations.
The last official death linked to the pandemic in mainland China was in May 2020. On Thursday, Chinese health authorities also reported 138 new infections. This is the highest daily toll since last March.
In the face of the epidemic, governments around the world are rushing to acquire and deliver vaccines as quickly as possible. In California, one of the main foci of the coronavirus, a “Megacentre” vaccination program opened on Wednesday in a parking lot at the famous Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, which has been closed for ten months by California authorities due to the pandemic. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered to start vaccination against the coronavirus of all categories of the population as early as next week, saying that the vaccine designed by his country was the ” better “.
The United Kingdom intends to put in place ” as soon as possible “ round-the-clock vaccination. The goal is to vaccinate by mid-February the over 70s and caregivers, or about 15 million people, for 2.4 million vaccinated today since December 8.
The African Union (AU) has obtained 270 million vaccines against Covid for the continent, which most countries do not have the means to finance the immunization of their population, South Africa announced Wednesday evening, who holds the rotating presidency of the AU. As for Brazil, he announced on Wednesday that two million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine would be shipped from India by plane so that the vaccination begins by the end of the month.
Restrictions multiply around the world
Still in Asia, the Japan Wednesday extended its state of emergency – already in place in Tokyo and its suburbs – to seven additional departments, including an evening closure of bars and restaurants.
Faced with the largest increase in cases and the worst toll in Europe with nearly 85,000 deaths, the United Kingdom, re-confined due to the spread of a more contagious variant of the virus, Wednesday recorded 1,564 deaths, the worst daily toll since the start of the pandemic.
On the continent, it is the Portugal which resolved to a new general containment from Friday, as the virus spread there at an accelerated rate with more than 10,500 new cases in one day Wednesday among its 10 million inhabitants. In L’Spain neighbor, with nearly 39,000 new cases recorded on Wednesday, it is a “Extreme risk”, in the words of Carolina Darias, Minister of Territorial Policy.
Whereas Italy the government has announced its intention to extend the state of emergency until April 30, France holds its breath: new measures will be unveiled Thursday to cope with the rise in contamination (more than 23,000 recorded on Wednesday) and the spread of the new British variant.
For its part, the Tunisia is reconfigured for four days, from Thursday to Sunday to slow the spread of the Covid-19 which has reached records, resulting in a situation “Very dangerous”, according to health authorities. And in southern Africa, the Mozambique on Wednesday announced a strengthening of health restriction measures due to an increase in the number of contaminations.
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