Two weeks in advance, the emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting this Thursday to discuss in particular the variants of the coronavirus. Much more contagious, these strains are worrying authorities around the world.
The number of countries and territories where the variant initially identified in the United Kingdom is now found is fifty and it is twenty for the variant identified in South Africa, according to the WHO. A third mutation, which Japan has announced the discovery, could impact the immune response and requires further study, according to the organization, which mentions “a disturbing variant”.
The news of the day around the Covid-19 is also marked by the sad records linked to the pandemic in the United Kingdom as well as in Spain. At the same time, Pope Francis was vaccinated in the Vatican.
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- Record balance sheets in the UK and Spain
The United Kingdom recorded 1,564 additional deaths from Covid-19 on Wednesday, a record since the start of the pandemic which brings the total death toll to 84,767 deaths, the highest in Europe.
In Spain, 38,869 confirmed cases – and 195 deaths – have been recorded, which is also a record since the start of the health crisis, for a total of 2.176 million cases and 52,878 deaths.
- 10 million people vaccinated in the United States
Some 10 million people have received a first injection of one of two Covid-19 vaccines authorized in the United States, US health officials have reported. This represents about 3% of the American population.
According to the WHO, in 36 days, some 28 million doses of vaccine were injected in about 46 countries around the world.
- 270 million vaccines for Africa
The African Union has obtained 270 million anti-Covid vaccines for the continent, which most countries cannot afford to finance the immunization of their population, South Africa, which holds the presidency, announced on Wednesday. rotating AU. Agreements to help African countries finance the purchase of these vaccines have been signed with the pan-African Afreximbank (Africa Export-Import Bank) and the World Bank.
Africa records just over 3 million cases and more than 74,000 deaths, according to official data, but several countries are facing a virulent second wave, such as South Africa, the most affected country with more than 1.2 million cases and 35,000 deaths
- First death in China in 8 months
The pandemic spares no one. Not even China, which – officially – recorded the first death from Covid-19 on its territory for eight months, health authorities announced Thursday.
The death occurred in Hebei province, where several cities were recently placed under lockdown.
- Reconfinement in Portugal and Tunisia
Portugal will be subject from Friday to a second “generalized” confinement to curb the epidemic, which has reached new records in the country.
In Tunisia, general confinement is to come into force this Thursday for a period of four days.
- Cuba: curfew and school closures in Havana
A 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew goes into effect this Thursday in Havana, where schools will be closed, as well as bars and restaurants, due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases.
- In Russia, Putin orders mass vaccination
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the vaccination of all categories of the population to begin next week, claiming that the vaccine designed by his country was “the best”.
- Pope Francis vaccinated
Pope Francis, 84, was vaccinated on Wednesday on the first day of the vaccination campaign organized by the Vatican microstate.
- Nearly two million dead in the world
The pandemic has killed at least 1.96 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Wednesday. More than 91.5 million cases have been officially diagnosed.
The United States is the most affected country with 384,277 deaths. Brazil follows with 205,964 deaths, India (151,569) and Mexico (135,682). But the number of victims globally is globally underestimated. It is based on the daily reports from the national health authorities.
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