The pandemic has killed more than 2.1 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse. The United States is by far the country with the most deaths (417,337), followed by Brazil (216,445), India (153,184), Mexico (147,614) and the United Kingdom (95,981 ).
As for vaccination, it is progressing unevenly. At least 61.7 million doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide. If 64 countries or territories have started their vaccination campaign, thirteen of them concentrate more than 90% of the injected doses.
Thousands of protesters against restrictions in Madrid
Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday January 23 in central Madrid against the government’s restrictive measures to contain the epidemic, and denounced the “Deception” of a virus which according to some demonstrators ” does not exist “. To the cries of ” Freedom ! “ and in an atmosphere hostile to the press, thousands of people marched from Atocha station to Plaza Colon.
Many protesters were not wearing masks, despite the legal obligation to wear them at all times on public roads and in the midst of the third wave, which has claimed more than 400 lives a day this week. In an attempt to stem the pandemic, the government has decreed a nighttime curfew and the restriction of mobility between regions. In Madrid, hotels must now close at 9 p.m.
Egypt begins its vaccination campaign
Egypt will begin its vaccination campaign against Sunday with the product of the Chinese pharmaceutical group Sinopharm, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi announced on Saturday. Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world with some 100 million inhabitants, received its first batches of vaccine in December. The Chinese laboratory indicates that its vaccine is 79% effective.
Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed had also indicated in early January that her country would also receive doses of the vaccine from the British manufacturer AstraZeneca. Egypt has recorded more than 160,000 cases of the coronavirus, including 8,850 deaths. However, health officials estimate that due to the low number of tests, the actual number of contamination could be at least ten times higher.
Brazil: Amazonas imposes a seven-day lockdown
The state of Amazonas in Brazil, faced with a new wave of Covid-19, decided on Saturday to impose a lockdown and ban the sale of non-essential goods in an attempt to stem a sharp rise in contaminations and deaths . These new restriction measures, which follow a ten-day nighttime curfew, will be in effect “For seven days from January 25”, said local authorities in a statement.
Only one person per household will be authorized to visit establishments open to the public, and only deliveries of essential products will be authorized. The state of Amazonas, which has 4.2 million inhabitants, suffers from a lack of intensive care units and oxygen.
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