The pandemic has killed more than 2.12 million people worldwide since the end of December, out of nearly 99 million confirmed contaminations, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Sunday January 24. The United States is the country with the most deaths (417,441), ahead of Brazil (216,445) and India (153,339).
These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on the daily reports of the national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases, in particular concerning Russia.
Mexican President tested positive
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 67, announced on Sunday that he had tested positive for Covid-19, that his symptoms were mild and that he remained optimistic. “I regret to inform you that I have been contaminated with Covid-19. The symptoms are mild but I am already on medical treatment ”, said the Head of State on his official Facebook account.
Mr. Lopez Obrador, who has maintained most of his activities during the pandemic, has appointed Home Secretary Olga Sánchez to replace him at his press conference from Monday to Friday. “I will be attentive to public affairs from the National Palace. For example, tomorrow (Monday, Editor’s note), I will have a telephone interview with President Vladimir Poutine ”, said Mr. Lopez Obrador, referring to his Russian counterpart.
The United States tightens entry conditions on its territory
US President Joe Biden will re-impose a ban on entering the United States on Monday on most non-US citizens who have visited Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, said a responsible for the White House.
Joe Biden will also extend this ban to travelers who have recently traveled to South Africa due to reports that new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus are emerging in the United States, the official added. This decision by the Democratic president is part of the new administration’s plan to fight the Covid-19 epidemic.
Australia approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
The Australian Medicines Regulator (TGA) has approved the use of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, adding that the decision follows formal proceedings.
Speaking to reporters, Scott Morrison said the clearance granted by the TGA was for people aged 16 and over. The Minister of Health, Greg Hunt, told him at a press briefing that the vaccination campaign for people considered priority should begin at the end of February, at the rate of 80,000 doses administered per week.
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