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.
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.
– Ukraine: arrival of the first vaccines –
After several delays, the Ukrainian government finally received its first vaccines on Tuesday, 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India, marketed under the name Covishield.
The country hopes to be able to launch immunization of priority groups soon.
– Afghanistan: start of vaccination –
Afghanistan launched the first phase of its vaccination campaign on Tuesday, which has so far been extremely limited in a country ravaged by violence on a daily basis.
– North Korea: WFP could suspend aid –
Draconian restrictions imposed by Pyongyang to fight the coronavirus could force the World Food Program (WFP) to suspend its operations in North Korea, where malnutrition is wreaking havoc, the organization said on Tuesday.
– France: towards new local measures –
“Additional measures to slow down” the epidemic will be implemented in the Dunkirk region (northern France), the services of French Prime Minister Jean Castex told AFP on Tuesday.
The epidemic is experiencing a resurgence in certain parts of the country which is leading the State to territorialize its measures. Monday, an unprecedented containment for the next two weekends was ordered on part of the Côte d’Azur (South-East).
– United Kingdom: rising youth unemployment –
The unemployment rate in the United Kingdom rose to 5.1% in the three months ended at the end of December against 5.0% at the end of November because of the virus, according to figures released Tuesday by the National Statistics Office (ONS ).
This is 1.3 percentage points more than a year earlier when the economic impact of the pandemic had yet to be felt.
– British deconfinement boosts airline reservations –
British airline Easyjet announced a 337% surge in bookings from the UK within hours of government announcements about the gradual reopening of the economy thanks to the ebb of the virus.
On the London Stock Exchange, shares in the travel sector were up sharply on Tuesday, the day after the announcements of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who aims to return to near normal for the summer.
– Over 2.47 million dead –
The pandemic has killed more than 2.47 million people worldwide since the end of December, according to an assessment established by AFP on Tuesday at 11:00 GMT.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (500,313), ahead of Brazil (247,143), Mexico (180,536), India (156,463) and the United Kingdom (120,757).
These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.
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