Wednesday, February 24, 2021

pandemic update


New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– 500,000 dead in the United States –

More than half a million people have died from Covid-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, which is the benchmark.

In detail, at least 500,201 people have succumbed to the virus in the country – the most affected country in the world in absolute value – which also lists more than 28 million cases of contamination, according to the institution.

This record is “heartbreaking,” US President Joe Biden said in a moving speech from the White House. He also ordered on Monday the half-masting of the flags on all federal buildings.

– England: deconfinement plan –

The British government has announced that it aims to reopen non-essential shops, outdoor pubs and restaurants and museums from April 12 in England.

The deconfinement plan presented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson provides for four main stages, starting with the reopening of schools on March 8, with the aim of lifting the last restrictions at the end of June.

Boris Johnson has announced that the government is targeting a return of supporters to stadiums in England from May 17 if the health situation permits, with a capacity limited to 10,000 people maximum.

– Reopening of cinemas in New York –

Theaters will be able to reopen in New York on March 5, almost a year to the day after their administrative closure due to a pandemic, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.

The reopening will be done with a maximum gauge of 25% of the usual capacity and a limit of 50 spectators per room.

– Côte d’Azur: confinement on weekends –

The authorities have announced a territorialized confinement measure, a first since the start of the health crisis in metropolitan France, which will concern, for the next two weekends, the municipalities on the coast of part of the Côte d’Azur (south-east ).

Controls at the Italian border will be stepped up, such as controls at airports.

– Guterres denounces a “vaccine nationalism” –

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres denounced “vaccine nationalism”: “ten countries alone have shared more than three quarters of the doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered to date”.

The boss of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for his part accused certain rich countries of “undermining” the device for the distribution of anti-Covid vaccines, Covax, intended in particular for underprivileged countries, by persisting in approaching directly the manufacturers to have access to more doses.

– Portugal: 70% of the population should be vaccinated in the summer –

Portugal, which has experienced a marked deceleration in new cases of Covid-19 in recent weeks, plans to have vaccinated 70% of its population in the summer, Health Minister Marta Temido said on Monday.

– Argentina: list of “VIP” unduly vaccinated –

Argentina’s health ministry on Monday published a list of 70 people who had improperly received the Covid-19 vaccine, the revelation of which sparked the “VIP vaccines” scandal. It includes President Alberto Fernandez and members of his cabinet, as well as the Minister of the Economy, Martin Guzman, the Argentine Ambassador to Brazil or even former President Eduardo Duhalde, his wife and their children.

– More than 2.46 million dead –

The pandemic has killed more than 2.46 million people around the world since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP midday Monday. The United States is the country with the most deaths (500,201), ahead of Brazil (247,143), Mexico (180,107), India (156,385) and the United Kingdom (120,580).

These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.

burs-jba-acm / am / ybl



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