The coronavirus pandemic has made at least 2,062,602 dead worldwide since the appearance of the very first carrier cases in China in December 2019.
The total number of cases having contracted the virus has reached 96,522,287 people worldwide of which 25,306,950 are considered active cases while 69,152,735 are considered recovered from the disease. In addition, a total of 41,792,710 people have already been vaccinated worldwide.
The United States is the most affected country with more than 399,000 deaths, followed by Brazil (210,299 deaths), India (152,556 deaths), Mexico (141,248), and the United Kingdom (91,470).
Germany could henceforth require controls at its borders even with certain member countries of the European Union. This, because of the presence of the new variant of covid-19, which is much more contagious.
“If countries were to take completely different paths, which I don’t see at the moment but which can also be the case, then we have to be prepared to the extreme and say then that we must also reintroduce border controls” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference.
On the eve of the departure of US President Donald Trump and the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the two presidents held divergent speeches regarding the reopening of the country’s borders.
Thus, the outgoing Republican president announced the imminent reopening of American borders to European nationals of the Schengen area, to the British, Irish and Brazilians from January 26, while the spokesperson for the elected democratic president Joe Biden , assured that this was not going to be applied.
On Tuesday, Brussels announced that it wanted to extend the easing of state aid until the end of this year and further increase certain loan and subsidy ceilings for companies victims of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
For its part, the United Kingdom recorded 1,610 additional deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday within 28 days of a positive test. This figure represents the highest number of deaths since the start of the epidemic in the country.
According to Public Health England, the number of cases recorded in the past 24 hours has reached 33,355, a total of more than 3.4 million cases carrying the virus. The country has counted more than 91,000 people who have died from the coronavirus, British health authorities announced on Twitter.
The number of cases in 24 hours rose to 33,355, Public Health England said on Twitter, bringing the total of people who tested positive in the country to more than 3.4 million.
In addition, Denmark has announced that the homeless will now be classified as a priority in access to the vaccine against the coronavirus. This decision was taken after calls to this effect from associations and elected officials because of the particular risk for this fragile population.