New reports, new measures and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Germany: more than a million cases –
Germany, long considered one of the good European students in the management of the pandemic, crossed the threshold of one million people tested positive on Friday, according to the Robert Koch health watch institute.
The country will finally go into debt to the tune of 180 billion euros in 2021, due to the second wave, which pushed it to extend its restrictions until January, according to the annual budget approved by the Bundestag Finance Committee Friday.
– India will produce part of the Russian vaccine –
The Russian Sovereign Fund (RDIF) announced on Friday that it had reached an agreement with the Indian pharmaceutical group Hetero for the production of more than 100 million annual doses of the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus, Sputnik V.
– Brazil: Bolsonaro will not be vaccinated –
Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has indicated that he will not be vaccinated against the coronavirus but that the government will “immediately” organize the distribution of a vaccine approved by regulators.
The president of the second country most bereaved by Covid-19, who himself contracted the disease, has been criticized for his management of the epidemic, downplaying its severity and opposing the restriction of economic activities.
– 60.9 million cases, 1.43 million deaths –
The pandemic caused by the new coronavirus has killed at least 1,433,378 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December, according to a report established by AFP in from official sources Friday at 11:00 GMT.
More than 60,970,250 cases of contamination have been officially diagnosed since the start of the epidemic.
The United States is the most affected country in terms of both the number of deaths and the number of cases recorded, respectively 263,462 and 12,885,299. Brazil (171,460 dead), India (135,715), Mexico (104,242) and the United Kingdom (57,031) follow.
– Record savings in France –
The French saved an additional 90 billion euros over the first nine months of the year, due to the health and economic crisis, according to the Banque de France, “never seen before”.
This “explosion” of savings is due “essentially to the difficulty simply to spend”, especially during the first confinement, according to economist Valérie Plagnol, president of the Savings Circle, but also to a “real concern about unemployment” .
– Tokyo Olympics: resumption of test events –
Olympic testing will resume in March, Tokyo-2020 organizers said on Friday, who are continuing their plans to host the Games this summer despite rising infections around the world.
The majority of the tests have already taken place before the historic decision was made in March to postpone the Olympics by one year, when the pandemic was spreading on the planet.
– A biathlon in the shadow of the Covid –
At 24 hours before the opening of the Biathlon World Cup in Kontiolahti (Finland), members of the Russian, Romanian, Moldovan, Italian and Polish teams were placed in isolation after having tested positive, the International Federation announced on Friday. (IBU).
LNT with AFP