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Breaking News new strain covid 19 no jabs for the poor  updates | Breaking News

New Strain COVID-19 No Jabs For The Poor: Updates

by: HvdB
new strain covid 19 no jabs for the poor  updates | Breaking News

Coronavirus, COVID-19: flu and vaccine shame. Nine out of 10 people in 70 low-income countries are unlikely to be vaccinated against Covid-19 next year because the west has bought up the majority of the most promising vaccines coming on-stream. Vaccination shame: no jabs for the poor. Updates tell the story! Only uneven dates are published.

The Coronavirus Worldwide News Updates 27-01-2021

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New Strain Of COVID-19, 70% More Transmissible

Already 4000 variants have been observed since the outbreak in 2019. A few have been significant, but now a new variant has been discovered, which is more than 70% more transmissible. The most important invariants are new developments in the spikes protein.

Graph-showing-the-impact-of-the-new-COVOD-19-virus
The red-colored lines show the impact of the new COVID-19 variant.

This is the part that allows the virus to infiltrate cells in the lungs, nose, and throat. It interacts with the ACE-2 receptor. The mutation on the spike protein makes it easier to interact with ACE-2.
In the UK, The Netherlands, Denmark, and Australia emerged the new strain.

Vaccination Shame: No Jabs For The Poor

This article is originally from The Guardian. By Sarah Boseley Health editor. Wed 9 Dec 2020 05.00 GMTLast modified on Wed 9 Dec 2020 05.54 GMT

Nine out of 10 in developing nations miss out on inoculation as the west buys up Covid vaccines. Billions unlikely to get jabs as rich countries secure 53% of the most promising vaccines

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The center instructed municipal corporations of ten cities-Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Indore, Patna, Lucknow, and Nagpur-to implement a comprehensive scheme to provide free meals to the needy.

Nine out of 10 people in 70 low-income countries are unlikely to be vaccinated against Covid-19 next year because the west has bought up most of the most promising vaccines coming on-stream, campaigners have said.

As the first people get vaccinated in the UK, the People’s Vaccine Alliance is warning that the deals done by rich countries’ governments will leave the poor at the mercy of the rampaging virus. Rich countries with 14% of the world’s population have secured 53% of the most promising vaccines.

Canada has bought more doses per head of population than any other – enough to vaccinate each Canadian five times, said the alliance, including Amnesty International, Frontline AIDS, Global Justice Now, and Oxfam.

Vaccination Shame: No One Should Be Blocked

“No one should be blocked from getting a life-saving vaccine because of the country they live in or the amount of money in their pocket,” said Anna Marriott, Oxfam’s health policy manager. “But unless something changes dramatically, billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 for years to come.”

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Supplies of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, approved in the UK last week, will almost all go to rich countries – 96% of doses have been bought by the west. The Moderna vaccine uses similar technology, claimed to have 95% efficacy, and is going exclusively to rich countries. Both vaccines' prices are high, and access for low-income countries will be complicated by the ultra-low temperatures at which they need to be stored.

By contrast, the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine, which has 70% efficacy, is stable at normal fridge temperatures, and the price has been set deliberately low for global access. The manufacturers have said 64% of doses will go to people in the developing world. The campaigners applaud this commitment but said one company alone could not supply the whole world. At most, Oxford/AstraZeneca can reach 18% of the world’s population next year.

The alliance has used data from science information and analytics company Airfinity to analyze the global deals with the eight leading vaccine candidates. They found that 67 low and lower-middle-income countries risk being left behind as rich countries move towards their escape route from the pandemic. Five of the 67 – Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Ukraine – have reported nearly 1.5 million cases between them.

The Guardian. By Sarah Boseley Health editor. Wed 9 Dec 2020 05.00 GMTLast modified on Wed 9 Dec 2020 05.54 GMT

Coronavirus, COVID-19, the Flu

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a monumental imbalance to our accepted way of life, removed the illusion of host dominance, and thrown a glaring spotlight on some of the tiniest members of society —viruses. As time dutifully marches on, many are all-too-cognizant of the risks associated with a circulating, pandemic respiratory virus, for which there currently remains no adequate treatment or cure, clashing with a flu season that is imminent and unavoidable. To predict how these 2 heavy-hitting viruses might interact with one another, let’s take a look at what we know about each virus and the diseases they inflict.

Virology: Comparison Of Influenza Virus And SARS-CoV-2 Virus Properties.

SARS-CoV-2 is the official name for COVID-19.

Source: American Society for Microbiology

We know that coinfection with multiple respiratory viruses is possible. More specifically, coinfection has been reported for COVID-19and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus, other Coronaviridae, and the flu. A recent study in the Journal of Medical Virology showed that coinfection of COVID-19 and influenza virus was common during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China. Patients who experienced coinfection had a higher risk of poor health outcomes.

     
                                                      Is the new Covid vaccine our way back to normality?

          
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Best Updates On The Coronavirus

News Updates 27-01-2021
Headlines
06:26 am

  • Two more cases of South African Covid variant in New Zealand
  • Peru orders total lockdown across 10 states as second wave bites
  • Australia records 10th day of no local cases
  • New Zealand hopes for Covid all-clear after no new cases reported
  • Biden vows to vaccinate 300m people in the US by the end of summer or early fall
  • Germany considering stopping most flights to the country
  • Cuba's coronavirus cases, death toll surge

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/27/coronavirus-live-news-uk-to-quarantine-arrivals-from-high-risk-countries-as-global-covid-cases-pass-100m

 

News Updates 25-01-2021
Headlines
06:23 am

  • Netherlands anti-curfew protests spark clashes with police, looting
  • Travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand suspended for 72 hours
  • Turkey receives 6.5m additional doses of Sinovac vaccine
  • The US to escalate tracking of Covid variants
  • China reports higher daily cases
  • Residents in locked down Tonghua, China, complain of food and medicine shortages
  • Hong Kong lifts lockdown in Kowloon

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/25/coronavirus-live-news-biden-to-reinstate-covid-travel-ban-as-world-nears-100m-cases

 

News Updates 23-01-2021
Headlines
08:02 am

  • British Medical Association wants gap between vaccine jabs shortened
  • China reports 107 new cases as it marks the anniversary of the first lockdown
  • Hong Kong locks down part of Kowloon district
  • Belgium bans travel in and out of the country
  • Pfizer to provide 40m vaccine shots to poorer countries
  • Virus fragments detected in Sydney sewage
  • New South Wales records no new cases

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/23/coronavirus-live-news-uk-variant-fears-while-western-australia-to-relax-border-rules

 

News Updates 21-01-2021
Headlines
08:29 am

  • US President Joe Biden has signed a letter retracting Donald Trump’s decision to leave the World Health Organization, which would have been effective in July this year. On 6 July 2020, Trump formally notified the WHO of the country’s withdrawal, despite widespread criticism and an almost complete lack of international support for the move in the midst of a pandemic.
  • Don’t panic; you’ll get the vaccine, says WHO. The WHO’s assistant director-general Mariangela Simao said the UN health agency was working towards ensuring access to coronavirus jabs all around the world.“No one needs to panic, because you’re going to get a vaccine,” said Simao, the assistant DG for access to medicines, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals.
  • A new US CDC chief was sworn in. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, 51, an infectious-diseases specialist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, was sworn in Wednesday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new head. She takes the helm at a time when the country’s death toll has eclipsed 400,000 and continues to accelerate.
  • London buses are being turned into ambulances to ease Covid strain. NHS staff are preparing to transport patients using two London buses that have been converted into makeshift ambulances. Another sign of the strain Covid is putting on the capital’s health services.
  • Covid cases may have stopped falling, a major English survey shows. Cases of coronavirus may no longer be falling across England, according to a major survey that raises concerns over whether lockdown measures can contain the new variant, as the UK reported a record daily number of deaths. Boris Johnson described the 1,820 deaths reported on Wednesday as “appalling,” as he warned: “There will be more to come.”
  • Joe Biden signed executive orders on the pandemic. Biden moved quickly to address Covid-19, signing orders to mandate mask-wearing and social distancing in federal buildings and lands and creating a Covid-19 response coordinator position.
  • Australia recorded the fourth day of zero coronavirus cases on Thursday, prompting the chief of the country’s most populous state to call for a special travel “bubble” with Pacific island nations.
  • Coronavirus vaccines may need to be redesigned this year to boost protection against a new variant that emerged rapidly in South Africa, research suggests, while past Covid sufferers may not be protected against reinfection.
  • Indonesia plans to start giving the general public Covid-19 vaccinations sometime between late April to May, health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Thursday.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/21/coronavirus-live-news-who-says-dont-panic-all-will-get-covid-vaccine-new-us-cdc-director-sworn-in?page=with:block-60091e1e8f0816a8da7c30fb#block-60091e1e8f0816a8da7c30fb

 

News Updates 19-01-2021
Headlines
06:23 am

  • California is the first US state to pass 3m Covid cases
  • Germany mulls tighter shutdown as virus variants fuel fears
  • Kazakhstan to vaccinate 6 million people this year
  • China marks the seventh day with over 100 daily cases
  • Colombia's capital Bogota extends nightly curfew to curb coronavirus
  • Hong Kong chief executive signals the extension of social distancing measures
  • Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/19/coronavirus-live-news-independent-pandemic-panel-critical-of-china-and-who-california-urges-pause-to-moderna-vaccine

 

News Updates 17-01-2021
Headlines
07:23 am

  • Tokyo reports 1,592 new Covid cases
  • Cyprus cats out in the cold during a pandemic
  • Tennis stars face tough South Australia coronavirus rules
  • Extra charter flights to Australia additional to cap, acting foreign affairs minister says
  • Correction: Australian Open players not fined – yet
  • Fourth Covid diagnosis among Australian Open arrivals
  • NSW premier pressures Daniel Andrews to reopen Victoria border

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/17/coronavirus-live-news-brazil-fifth-day-with-over-1000-deaths-vaccine

 

News Updates 15-01-2021
Headlines
06:16 am

  • US officials warn ‘full resurgence’ of Covid in major population centers. As coronavirus continues to tear across the US without any sign of slowing down, officials have warned there is a “full resurgence” in most major population centers – and that the country could see an additional 92,000 deaths in less than a month.
  • Israel reaches the two million vaccinated milestones. The number of people who have received a Covid-19 vaccine in Israel has passed the two million thresholds, with the prime minister saying there was “light at the end of the tunnel.”
  • The UK records 1,248 new Covid-19 deaths, down from the record level. Britain reported 1,248 new deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test on Thursday, down from a record high of more than 1,500 the previous day.
  • Brazil’s largest state declares immediate curfew. The governor of Brazil’s largest state, Amazonas, has declared an immediate curfew amid reports of an explosion in coronavirus-related deaths and claims an entire hospital wing of patients had died after its oxygen supply ran out.
  • UK bans travel from Brazil and other South American countries. The UK has taken the “urgent decision” to ban arrivals into the country from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Incoming flights from these countries will stop tomorrow.
  • Sweden reports a record number of daily coronavirus deaths. Sweden, whose unorthodox pandemic strategy placed it in the global spotlight, reported a record number of Covid-19 deaths for a single day on Thursday, taking the total toll above 10,000. However, new infections appear to be easing.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/15/coronavirus-live-news-hospitals-in-brazilian-state-at-breaking-point-amid-oxygen-shortage-global-deaths-near-2m

 

News Updates 13-01-2021
Headlines
09:13 am

  • The African Union has secured close to 300 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in the largest such agreement yet for Africa, an official said on Tuesday. The 300m doses are being secured independently of the global Covax effort to distribute Covid-19 vaccines to lower-income countries, the official said.
  • New data shows 50.4% efficacy for China’s CoronaVac vaccine in Brazil. A coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech was just 50.4% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in a Brazilian trial. Researchers said on Tuesday, barely enough for regulatory approval and well below the rate announced last week.
  • US CDC expands pre-flight Covid testing. Anyone flying to the US will soon need to show proof of a negative test for Covid-19, health officials announced on Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirement expands on a similar one announced late last month for passengers from the UK. The order takes effect in two weeks.
  • English Covid rules have changed 64 times since March, says barrister. Lockdown rules in England have been changed at least 64 times by the government since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. A human rights barrister has calculated amid growing calls for clearer guidance for the public.
  • US Operation Warp Speed chief resigns. Operation Warp Speed Chief Adviser Dr. Moncef Slaoui has resigned at the incoming Biden team's request in a plan that would see him stay in the role for a month to help with the transition.
  • WHO mission will fly directly to Wuhan. The World Health Organization’s investigative mission will fly directly to Wuhan, China’s foreign ministry has confirmed. In a regular press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, spokesman for China’s ministry, Zhao Lijian, said the team would fly directly from Singapore into Wuhan. Zhao didn’t answer questions about whether the team would quarantine and gave no further details.
  • China sees the highest daily case rise in five months. China has recorded the biggest daily jump in Covid cases in more than five months, despite three cities in lockdown, increased testing, and other measures aimed at preventing another wave of infections in the world’s second-biggest economy.
  • Indonesia’s president receives the vaccine. Indonesian President Joko Widodo became the first person in the country to receive a shot of a Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday morning, as health officials began an immunization campaign in one of the world’s most populous countries.
  • Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has tested positive for coronavirus and is getting treatment to combat symptoms, according to a statement issued by his office late on Tuesday.
  • Micronesia president said the first Covid case not a threat to the country. The Federated States of Micronesia president has said the country’s first case of Covid-19 – detected in a sailor onboard a ship held in an island lagoon – does not pose a threat to the wider community.
  • California lifts stay-home order for the Sacramento region. California lifted a stay-at-home order in the 13-county Sacramento region on Tuesday as hospital conditions improved, a rare turn of good news as the state pushes through what Governor Gavin Newsom called “its most intense surge” of the coronavirus.
  • Tokyo 2020 head says ‘impossible’ to delay Olympics as public opposition grows. The president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, has said preparations for the summer Olympics will continue, despite growing doubts that the Games can be held while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/13/coronavirus-live-news-chinese-vaccine-50-effective-in-brazil-us-cdc-expands-pre-flight-covid-testing

 

News Updates 11-01-2021
Headlines
06:27 am

  • Unclear whether WHO Covid investigators will travel to Wuhan
  • India prepares for mass coronavirus vaccine rollout
  • China says WHO Covid-19 origins probe team to arrive 14 January
  • Seven mass vaccination sites to open Monday in England
  • One year has passed since the first coronavirus death announced in Wuhan
  • China sees the biggest daily Covid-19 case rise in over 5 months
  • Opposition to Tokyo Olympics grows

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/11/coronavirus-live-news-new-york-opens-mass-vaccination-sites-as-global-cases-pass-90m

News Updates 09-01-2021

Headlines
08:27 am

  • Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Japan are among those that won’t start vaccinating for months, in part to see how other populations react to the jab
  • Shijiazhuang, Hebei’s capital, on alert
  • The US reports 290,000 cases and 3,676 deaths in 24 hours as Australia changes rules for hotel quarantine
  • Pfizer vaccine protects against new Covid variants, study suggests
  • Iran bans importation of UK and US vaccines
  • Arizona becomes Covid hotspot of the world
  • There are calls to expand the state of emergency in Japan to contain a fresh Covid-19 outbreak.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/08/why-the-delay-the-nations-waiting-to-see-how-covid-vaccinations-unfold

 

News Updates 07-01-2021
Headlines
06:30 am

  • London hospitals could soon be overwhelmed by Covid
  • Japan to declare a state of emergency for greater Tokyo
  • The US reports record one-day death toll
  • China reports highest local cases since July as travel to Hebei province blocked
  • Mexico reports record one-day case rise
  • Hair loss surges in NYC minority communities during a pandemic
  • WHO warns of ‘hard road ahead’ to beat pandemic

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/07/coronavirus-live-news-england-sees-record-hospitalisations-arizona-is-covid-hot-spot-of-the-world

 

News Updates 05-01-2021
Headlines
06:57 am

  • England enters the third lockdown as New York detects the first case of new UK strain
  • Mexico approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use; Los Angeles EMS tells ambulances to stop transporting patients with little chance of survival
  • New York confirms state’s first case of more contagious Covid strain
  • England to enter the toughest Covid lockdown since March
  • Outcry after Canadian politicians ignore holiday travel advice
  • Germany and Denmark consider delaying the second Covid vaccine dose

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/05/coronavirus-live-news-england-to-enter-third-lockdown-as-new-york-detects-first-case-of-new-uk-strain

 

News Updates 03-01-2021
Headlines
06:41 am

Pending

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

 

News Updates 01-01-2021
Headlines
09:34 am

  • On Friday, Russia reported 27,039 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, including 5,907 in Moscow, pushing the national tally to 3,186,336.
  • A coronavirus variant carrying some of the same mutations as the highly contagious British variant may have been in the US since October and already be widespread, a re-analysis of more than 2m tests suggests.
  • Bangkok's Thai capital will close all schools for two weeks after the New Year holiday as it tightens measures to control a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the city said on Friday.
  • South Korea reported 1,029 new coronavirus cases on Friday amid subdued New Year’s celebrations.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 22,924 to 1,742,661, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday.
  • New Year’s Eve was “quite quiet” in London, UK, where Tier 4 restrictions meant that most places are closed, Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, has said.
  • Tokyo confirmed 783 new coronavirus cases on Friday, according to national broadcaster NHK.
  • According to the health ministry's official count, Mexico registered 12,159 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 910 additional fatalities on Thursday, bringing its total to 1,426,094 infections and 125,807 deaths.
  • Chad has locked down its capital N’djamena for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak and has declared a dusk to dawn curfew due to a rise in infections, a decree signed by President Idriss Deby showed on Friday.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/01/coronavirus-live-news-new-covid-variant-b117-in-united-states-since-october

News Updates 31-12-2020
Headlines
08:50 am

  • France will not fail in its Covid-19 vaccination campaign; it's European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said on Thursday, after coming under fire for its slow roll-out compared with its European neighbors.
  • British Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has told BBC Breakfast he was confident schools in England would be ready to test pupils returning to the classrooms from January 11.
  • Japan considering declaring a state of emergency as Covid-19 cases surge
  • The Czech Republic reports 16,939 Covid-19 cases, the highest number to date

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/dec/31/coronavirus-covid-live-news-updates-vaccine-lockdown

 

News Updates 29-12-2020
Headlines
06:25 am

  • South Africa’s seven-day rolling average of confirmed daily cases has risen over the past two weeks from 11.18 new cases per 100,000 people on Dec. 13 to 19.87 new cases per 100,000 people on 27 December.
  • As European Union countries began rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which was approved by the bloc’s regulators last week, Spain said it was setting up a registry of people who refused to be vaccinated share it with other member countries.
  • The vaccine will not be mandatory in Spain, but Salvador Illa, Spain’s health minister, told Spanish TV the best way to defeat the virus was “to vaccinate all of us - the more, the better.”
  • Eight care home workers in Germany were accidentally injected with five doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, local authorities said on Monday - but are suffering no serious ill effects so far.
  • The seven women and one man, aged between 38 and 54, are employees of a retirement home in the town of Stralsund in north-eastern Germany.
  • South Korea said on Tuesday it would sign a deal with Moderna to offer Covid-19 vaccines for 20 million people, Yonhap news agency reported citing the presidential office. The nation reported 40 deaths on Tuesday, a daily record.
  • This comes a day after officials vowed to speed up efforts to launch a public coronavirus vaccination program. The country detected its first cases of the virus variant linked to the rapid rise in infections in Britain.
  • Other developments include:
  • Thailand confirmed 155 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, most of which were locally transmitted infections, the public health ministry said.
  • Indian health authorities said they had found six people who had returned from Britain in recent weeks positive for the new, more infectious coronavirus strain. All six patients have been kept in isolation.
  • The United States military has begun to vaccinate personnel in Japan and South Korea.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/29/global-report-covid-south-africa-bans-alcohol-sales-spain-to-keep-vaccine-register

 

News Updates 27-12-2020
Headlines
06:55 am

  • Cases of the new variant Covid-19 virus were confirmed in several European countries on Saturday, including Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. All were linked to people who had arrived from the UK.
  • Meanwhile, Japan has announced banning all new foreign nationals from Monday following the variant's discovery in travelers from the UK.
  • France announced this weekend that it had discovered its first case of the new variant – a French citizen who arrived in Tours after traveling from London a week ago, according to health officials.
  • In Madrid, Spanish officials said three cases of the new variant recently discovered in the country involved relatives of a man who had arrived from the UK on Christmas Eve. At the same time, the fourth case also involved a traveler from the UK. None of the patients was reported to be seriously ill.
  • In the UK, the NHS on Saturday revealed that a further 161 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died. The patients were aged between 44 and 100 years old, and all except eight had known underlying health conditions. The figure brings the total number of confirmed reported Covid deaths in hospitals in England to 48,311.
  • The pressure is mounting for the medical authorities to announce their approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. The UK has agreed to buy 100 million doses, and last week Prof Sir John Ball of Oxford University, a member of the government’s official Sage group of advisers, said he expected the country’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to approve “just after Christmas.”

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

 

News Updates 25-12-2020
Headlines
06:49 am

  • Pope addresses fewer than 200 people in St Peter’s; China and US take action against the UK amid concerns about new variant; South Korea reports daily case record
  • Staff at UK coronavirus testing lab hit by the outbreak
  • Johnson refuses to rule out national lockdown as UK death toll rises by 574
  • Trump claims to be ‘working tirelessly’ but leaves Covid relief in disarray
  • China said it would halt UK flight arrivals indefinitely, deciding to follow the example of dozens of countries that introduced bans this week following the emergence of a new mutation in the virus.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday night issued a directive for arrivals from the UK to get a Covid test before they fly and provide airlines with written evidence of the results. The order will be effective on Monday.
  • Late on Thursday, Hong Kong announced it had extended mandatory hotel quarantine from 14 to 21 days for all overseas arrivals after announcing it for UK arrivals earlier this week. Some UK travelers discovered the new measures only upon their arrival, reported RTHK.
  • In South Korea on Friday, the prime minister, Chung Sye-Kyun, said a record 1,241 new coronavirus cases were reported on Thursday. 
  • Germany was forced to cancel its famous Christmas markets, while in Kuwait, churches serving its large Christian community were closed until 10 January.
  • In the Catholic-majority Philippines, some choose to spend the holidays alone because of the risk of catching the virus on public transport and quarantine rules, making traveling time-consuming and expensive.
  • For now, Sydney in Australia still plans to ring in 2021 with its famous Harbour Bridge fireworks display, with New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian pledging the seven-minute spectacle will go ahead “no matter what

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

 

News Updates 23-12-2020
Headlines
06:49 am

  • Singapore bans entry from the UK, including transit
  • South Korea reports second-highest daily toll
  • Philippines to suspend flights to the UK
  • Dr. Deborah Birx to retire
  • France reopens border to the UK, with restrictions
  • China reports 15 new cases
  • Passengers from the UK disembarked from ferries in Calais' port early on Wednesday after Britain and France agreed to ease a travel ban on discovering a new coronavirus variant.
  • The Cotes des Flandres ferry – the first ship to leave Dover after the restrictions were lifted – arrived at about 3.30 am local time, followed shortly afterward by P&O’s Spirit of France.
  • A handful of passenger vehicles disembarked, but port management told AFP traffic was not expected to pick up until late Wednesday morning. Eurotunnel said freight services between the UK and France would resume at 7 am UK time.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

 

News Updates 21-12-2020
Headlines
06:43 am

  • Boris Johnson to hold crisis meeting
  • Seoul to ban gatherings of five people or more
  • Thailand confirms 382 new cases
  • EU awaits watchdog’s coronavirus vaccine decision on Monday
  • Canada bans flights from Britain for 72 hours
  • South Korea reports record deaths
  • South Korea reports 926 cases, down from the previous day's record

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

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06:59 am

  • Most Australian states and territories announced new quarantine measures or entry bans for anyone seeking to travel from Greater Sydney. The outbreak centered in the region’s northern beaches continued to grow, and the NSW government introduced new restrictions.
  • Thailand plans to test 10,000 people after recording a record high number of 548 daily cases on Saturday, mostly among the migrant worker population.
  • South Korea also recorded its highest ever daily tally, with 1,097 diagnoses, including 185 from an outbreak in a Seoul prison.
  • On Sunday, the Dutch government banned all passenger flights from Britain after finding the first case of a new, more infectious coronavirus strain circulating in the UK.
  • A hospital fire has killed 10 people being treated for Covid in a Turkish hospital.
  • The US Congress is closer to voting on a $900bn virus relief package for Americans after senators agreed in a late Saturday session.
  • Germany confirmed 22,771 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday with a further 409 deaths.
  • Switzerland approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Saturday, and immunization is set to start just after Christmas.
  • Israel began its coronavirus inoculation drive on Sunday, aiming to vaccinate some 60,000 people a day.
  • UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, introduced strict tier 4 lockdown conditions in London, south-east and eastern England, forcing a third of England’s population to cancel their Christmas plans and stay at home.
  • Scotland announced a strict travel ban with the rest of the UK, and level 4 restrictions from Boxing Day and Wales would be placed under lockdown from midnight tonight. Both places will allow some relaxed festivities on Christmas Day.
  • Distribution of the Moderna vaccine will begin to more than 3,800 sites across the US this weekend.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

News Updates 19-12-2020
Headlines
06:59 am

  • China to widen vaccination program in Sichuan next year
  • Africa confronts the second wave of Covid-19
  • Babies born to women with Covid-19 have antibodies against the virus: Singapore study
  • British GPs allowed using Pfizer's sixth dose 'at their discretion.'
  • Coronavirus nearly three times more deadly than flu: study

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

 

News Updates 17-12-2020
Headlines
07:51 am

  • On Wednesday, London moved into the highest coronavirus restrictions to control rising infection rates, dealing another blow to hospitality venues before Christmas. The British capital’s move into “tier 3” means theatres, pubs, restaurants will have to close, although takeaway food outlets can still operate.
  • Donald Trump will ‘absolutely’ encourage Americans to take vaccines, says press secretary. The US president will “absolutely” encourage Americans to take Covid-19 vaccines and will receive a vaccine himself as soon as his medical team determines its best, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has said.
  • Nearly one in four people may not get Covid-19 vaccines until at least 2022 because rich countries with less than 15% of the global population have reserved 51% of the most promising vaccines' doses, researchers said. Low- and middle-income countries – home to more than 85% of the world’s population – would have to share the remainder, said researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US.
  • A World Health Organization research mission to China is expected to arrive in Wuhan next month to investigate how the novel coronavirus jumped from animals to humans and whether it emerged earlier or in a different place than originally thought.
  • India recorded 26,355 new coronavirus cases, data from the health ministry showed on Wednesday, making it the third straight day that daily infections in the country have stayed below 30,000. India has recorded 9.93m infections so far, the second-highest in the world after the United States, but daily numbers have dipped steadily since hitting a peak of about 97,000 in mid-September.
  • A rapid, over-the-counter Covid-19 test developed by Australian firm Ellume has been given emergency approval in the US. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Brisbane-based company’s 20-minute Covid-19 Home Test on Tuesday as the US battles the virus that has infected 16.5 million people and killed more than 300,000 people in the country.
  • South Korea reports a record of 1,078 new cases. South Korea has reported 1,078 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 45,442. The death toll has risen by 12, bringing the total to 612. The new case total is the highest since the start of the pandemic. Only three critical care beds were left in the greater Seoul area with a nearly 26 million population, officials said.
  • Swedish PM says officials misjudged the power of Covid resurgence. Health officials in Sweden, who opted not to respond to the first wave of Covid-19 with a national lockdown, misjudged the power of the virus’s resurgence, the country’s prime minister has said, as an independent commission criticized the country’s strategy.
  • New Zealand’s economy shows a faster recovery than expected. The country is expected to bounce back sooner from the impact of Covid-19 than previously thought. Still, large deficits and rising debt levels will have a lasting effect on the economy, the government said on Wednesday. The country’s treasury department predicted the 2020/21 fiscal year's budget deficit to be NZ$21.58bn, NZ$10.1bn smaller than forecasts made in September.
  • New community case confirmed in Sydney, Australia. A new case of community transmission has been confirmed in Sydney, Australia, breaking a 12-day streak of no community cases. A case is a 45-year-old man who fell ill on Saturday and was tested yesterday. The man drives a van that carries international aircrews.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian 

4 Online Tools Provide Up-to-Date Tracking of The New Coronavirus Spread

WHO and Centres for Disease Control data to track outbreaks and recoveries, while others are aimed only at a Chinese audience and focused on controlling the infection by helping people track who they might have contacted.

Using these tools, along with preventative measures like handwashing and avoiding contact with sick people, could slow the coronavirus spread. The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and is now in at least 26 countries. Experts are now calling it a 'mild pandemic' and theorizing that it could become a permanent virus that humans face, akin to the seasonal flu.

Here are five tools to follow the coronavirus:

  1. Johns Hopkins CSSE map

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This online dashboard from Johns Hopkins uses CDC and WHO data to track the outbreak in real-time. Click here for Johns Hopkins CSSE map.

  1. Health Map

This map also tracks outbreaks of the virus, but it uses AI to scrape posts on news sites and social media to create a heat map of the virus, which can be useful to health officials.

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Click here for the Health Map, which tracks outbreaks of the coronavirus worldwide.

  1. Coronavirus app

This app from two French ex-pats in Taiwan has a useful breakdown of infections, deaths, and region recoveries.

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Click here for the Coronavirus Map.

4. Chinese flight and train checker

A Chinese cybersecurity firm created a tool available in China that lets people input flight or train numbers to see if they have traveled with anyone infected with the coronavirus.

Click here for the Chinese flight and train tracker.

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A coronavirus variant carrying some of the same mutations as the highly contagious British variant may have been in the US since October and already be widespread, a re-analysis of more than 2m tests suggests. Bangkok's Thai capital will close all schools for two weeks after the New Year holiday as it tightens measures to control a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the city said on Friday. South Korea reported 1,029 new coronavirus cases on Friday amid subdued New Year’s celebrations. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 22,924 to 1,742,661, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday. New Year’s Eve was “quite quiet” in London, UK, where Tier 4 restrictions meant that most places are closed, Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, has said. Tokyo confirmed 783 new coronavirus cases on Friday, according to national broadcaster NHK. According to the health ministry's official count, Mexico registered 12,159 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 910 additional fatalities on Thursday, bringing its total to 1,426,094 infections and 125,807 deaths. Chad has locked down its capital N’djamena for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak and has declared a dusk to dawn curfew due to a rise in infections, a decree signed by President Idriss Deby showed on Friday. S ource Worldometers, The Guardian  https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/01/coronavirus-live-news-new-covid-variant-b117-in-united-states-since-october News Updates 31-12-2020 Headlines 08:50 am France will not fail in its Covid-19 vaccination campaign; it's European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said on Thursday, after coming under fire for its slow roll-out compared with its European neighbors. British Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has told BBC Breakfast he was confident schools in England would be ready to test pupils returning to the classrooms from January 11. Japan considering declaring a state of emergency as Covid-19 cases surge The Czech Republic reports 16,939 Covid-19 cases, the highest number to date S ource Worldometers, The Guardian  https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/dec/31/coronavirus-covid-live-news-updates-vaccine-lockdown   News Updates 29-12-2020 Headlines 06:25 am South Africa’s seven-day rolling average of confirmed daily cases has risen over the past two weeks from 11.18 new cases per 100,000 people on Dec. 13 to 19.87 new cases per 100,000 people on 27 December. As European Union countries began rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which was approved by the bloc’s regulators last week, Spain said it was setting up a registry of people who refused to be vaccinated share it with other member countries. The vaccine will not be mandatory in Spain, but Salvador Illa, Spain’s health minister, told Spanish TV the best way to defeat the virus was “to vaccinate all of us - the more, the better.” Eight care home workers in Germany were accidentally injected with five doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, local authorities said on Monday - but are suffering no serious ill effects so far. The seven women and one man, aged between 38 and 54, are employees of a retirement home in the town of Stralsund in north-eastern Germany. South Korea said on Tuesday it would sign a deal with Moderna to offer Covid-19 vaccines for 20 million people, Yonhap news agency reported citing the presidential office. The nation reported 40 deaths on Tuesday, a daily record. This comes a day after officials vowed to speed up efforts to launch a public coronavirus vaccination program. The country detected its first cases of the virus variant linked to the rapid rise in infections in Britain. Other developments include: Thailand confirmed 155 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, most of which were locally transmitted infections, the public health ministry said. Indian health authorities said they had found six people who had returned from Britain in recent weeks positive for the new, more infectious coronavirus strain. All six patients have been kept in isolation. The United States military has begun to vaccinate personnel in Japan and South Korea. S ource Worldometers, The Guardian  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/29/global-report-covid-south-africa-bans-alcohol-sales-spain-to-keep-vaccine-register   News Updates 27-12-2020 Headlines 06:55 am Cases of the new variant Covid-19 virus were confirmed in several European countries on Saturday, including Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. All were linked to people who had arrived from the UK. Meanwhile, Japan has announced banning all new foreign nationals from Monday following the variant's discovery in travelers from the UK. France announced this weekend that it had discovered its first case of the new variant – a French citizen who arrived in Tours after traveling from London a week ago, according to health officials. In Madrid, Spanish officials said three cases of the new variant recently discovered in the country involved relatives of a man who had arrived from the UK on Christmas Eve. At the same time, the fourth case also involved a traveler from the UK. None of the patients was reported to be seriously ill. In the UK, the NHS on Saturday revealed that a further 161 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died. The patients were aged between 44 and 100 years old, and all except eight had known underlying health conditions. The figure brings the total number of confirmed reported Covid deaths in hospitals in England to 48,311. The pressure is mounting for the medical authorities to announce their approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. The UK has agreed to buy 100 million doses, and last week Prof Sir John Ball of Oxford University, a member of the government’s official Sage group of advisers, said he expected the country’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to approve “just after Christmas.” S ource Worldometers, The Guardian    News Updates 25-12-2020 Headlines 06:49 am Pope addresses fewer than 200 people in St Peter’s; China and US take action against the UK amid concerns about new variant; South Korea reports daily case record Staff at UK coronavirus testing lab hit by the outbreak Johnson refuses to rule out national lockdown as UK death toll rises by 574 Trump claims to be ‘working tirelessly’ but leaves Covid relief in disarray China said it would halt UK flight arrivals indefinitely, deciding to follow the example of dozens of countries that introduced bans this week following the emergence of a new mutation in the virus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday night issued a directive for arrivals from the UK to get a Covid test before they fly and provide airlines with written evidence of the results. The order will be effective on Monday. Late on Thursday, Hong Kong announced it had extended mandatory hotel quarantine from 14 to 21 days for all overseas arrivals after announcing it for UK arrivals earlier this week. Some UK travelers discovered the new measures only upon their arrival, reported RTHK. In South Korea on Friday, the prime minister, Chung Sye-Kyun, said a record 1,241 new coronavirus cases were reported on Thursday.  Germany was forced to cancel its famous Christmas markets, while in Kuwait, churches serving its large Christian community were closed until 10 January. In the Catholic-majority Philippines, some choose to spend the holidays alone because of the risk of catching the virus on public transport and quarantine rules, making traveling time-consuming and expensive. For now, Sydney in Australia still plans to ring in 2021 with its famous Harbour Bridge fireworks display, with New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian pledging the seven-minute spectacle will go ahead “no matter what S ource Worldometers, The Guardian    News Updates 23-12-2020 Headlines 06:49 am Singapore bans entry from the UK, including transit South Korea reports second-highest daily toll Philippines to suspend flights to the UK Dr. Deborah Birx to retire France reopens border to the UK, with restrictions China reports 15 new cases Passengers from the UK disembarked from ferries in Calais' port early on Wednesday after Britain and France agreed to ease a travel ban on discovering a new coronavirus variant. The Cotes des Flandres ferry – the first ship to leave Dover after the restrictions were lifted – arrived at about 3.30 am local time, followed shortly afterward by P&O’s Spirit of France. A handful of passenger vehicles disembarked, but port management told AFP traffic was not expected to pick up until late Wednesday morning. Eurotunnel said freight services between the UK and France would resume at 7 am UK time. S ource Worldometers, The Guardian    News Updates 21-12-2020 Headlines 06:43 am Boris Johnson to hold crisis meeting Seoul to ban gatherings of five people or more Thailand confirms 382 new cases EU awaits watchdog’s coronavirus vaccine decision on Monday Canada bans flights from Britain for 72 hours South Korea reports record deaths South Korea reports 926 cases, down from the previous day's record S ource Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 20-12-2020 Headlines 06:59 am Most Australian states and territories announced new quarantine measures or entry bans for anyone seeking to travel from Greater Sydney. The outbreak centered in the region’s northern beaches continued to grow, and the NSW government introduced new restrictions. Thailand plans to test 10,000 people after recording a record high number of 548 daily cases on Saturday, mostly among the migrant worker population. South Korea also recorded its highest ever daily tally, with 1,097 diagnoses, including 185 from an outbreak in a Seoul prison. On Sunday, the Dutch government banned all passenger flights from Britain after finding the first case of a new, more infectious coronavirus strain circulating in the UK. A hospital fire has killed 10 people being treated for Covid in a Turkish hospital. The US Congress is closer to voting on a $900bn virus relief package for Americans after senators agreed in a late Saturday session. Germany confirmed 22,771 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday with a further 409 deaths. Switzerland approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Saturday, and immunization is set to start just after Christmas. Israel began its coronavirus inoculation drive on Sunday, aiming to vaccinate some 60,000 people a day. UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, introduced strict tier 4 lockdown conditions in London, south-east and eastern England, forcing a third of England’s population to cancel their Christmas plans and stay at home. Scotland announced a strict travel ban with the rest of the UK, and level 4 restrictions from Boxing Day and Wales would be placed under lockdown from midnight tonight. Both places will allow some relaxed festivities on Christmas Day. Distribution of the Moderna vaccine will begin to more than 3,800 sites across the US this weekend. S ource Worldometers, The Guardian  News Updates 19-12-2020 Headlines 06:59 am China to widen vaccination program in Sichuan next year Africa confronts the second wave of Covid-19 Babies born to women with Covid-19 have antibodies against the virus: Singapore study British GPs allowed using Pfizer's sixth dose 'at their discretion.' Coronavirus nearly three times more deadly than flu: study S ource Worldometers, The Guardian    News Updates 17-12-2020 Headlines 07:51 am On Wednesday, London moved into the highest coronavirus restrictions to control rising infection rates, dealing another blow to hospitality venues before Christmas. The British capital’s move into “tier 3” means theatres, pubs, restaurants will have to close, although takeaway food outlets can still operate. Donald Trump will ‘absolutely’ encourage Americans to take vaccines, says press secretary. The US president will “absolutely” encourage Americans to take Covid-19 vaccines and will receive a vaccine himself as soon as his medical team determines its best, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has said. Nearly one in four people may not get Covid-19 vaccines until at least 2022 because rich countries with less than 15% of the global population have reserved 51% of the most promising vaccines' doses, researchers said. Low- and middle-income countries – home to more than 85% of the world’s population – would have to share the remainder, said researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US. A World Health Organization research mission to China is expected to arrive in Wuhan next month to investigate how the novel coronavirus jumped from animals to humans and whether it emerged earlier or in a different place than originally thought. India recorded 26,355 new coronavirus cases, data from the health ministry showed on Wednesday, making it the third straight day that daily infections in the country have stayed below 30,000. India has recorded 9.93m infections so far, the second-highest in the world after the United States, but daily numbers have dipped steadily since hitting a peak of about 97,000 in mid-September. A rapid, over-the-counter Covid-19 test developed by Australian firm Ellume has been given emergency approval in the US. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Brisbane-based company’s 20-minute Covid-19 Home Test on Tuesday as the US battles the virus that has infected 16.5 million people and killed more than 300,000 people in the country. South Korea reports a record of 1,078 new cases. South Korea has reported 1,078 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 45,442. The death toll has risen by 12, bringing the total to 612. The new case total is the highest since the start of the pandemic. Only three critical care beds were left in the greater Seoul area with a nearly 26 million population, officials said. Swedish PM says officials misjudged the power of Covid resurgence. Health officials in Sweden, who opted not to respond to the first wave of Covid-19 with a national lockdown, misjudged the power of the virus’s resurgence, the country’s prime minister has said, as an independent commission criticized the country’s strategy. New Zealand’s economy shows a faster recovery than expected. The country is expected to bounce back sooner from the impact of Covid-19 than previously thought. Still, large deficits and rising debt levels will have a lasting effect on the economy, the government said on Wednesday. The country’s treasury department predicted the 2020/21 fiscal year's budget deficit to be NZ$21.58bn, NZ$10.1bn smaller than forecasts made in September. New community case confirmed in Sydney, Australia. A new case of community transmission has been confirmed in Sydney, Australia, breaking a 12-day streak of no community cases. A case is a 45-year-old man who fell ill on Saturday and was tested yesterday. The man drives a van that carries international aircrews. Source Worldometers, The Guardian .    4 Online Tools Provide Up-to-Date Tracking of The New Coronavirus Spread WHO and Centres for Disease Control data to track outbreaks and recoveries, while others are aimed only at a Chinese audience and focused on controlling the infection by helping people track who they might have contacted. Using these tools, along with preventative measures like handwashing and avoiding contact with sick people, could slow the coronavirus spread. The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and is now in at least 26 countries. Experts are now calling it a 'mild pandemic' and theorizing that it could become a permanent virus that humans face, akin to the seasonal flu. Here are five tools to follow the coronavirus: Johns Hopkins CSSE map This online dashboard from Johns Hopkins uses CDC and WHO data to track the outbreak in real-time. Click here for Johns Hopkins CSSE map . Health Map This map also tracks outbreaks of the virus, but it uses AI to scrape posts on news sites and social media to create a heat map of the virus, which can be useful to health officials. Click here for the Health Map, which tracks outbreaks of the coronavirus worldwide . Coronavirus app This app from two French ex-pats in Taiwan has a useful breakdown of infections, deaths, and region recoveries. Click here for the Coronavirus Map . 4. Chinese flight and train checker A Chinese cybersecurity firm created a tool available in China that lets people input flight or train numbers to see if they have traveled with anyone infected with the coronavirus. Click here for the Chinese flight and train tracker . 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