The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 2,079,648 people 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 97,191,081 people worldwide of which 25,415,032 are considered active cases while 69,696,401 are considered recovered from the disease. In addition, a total of 46,891,014 people have already been vaccinated worldwide.
The United States is the most affected country with at least 401,777 deaths, followed by Brazil (211,491 dead), India (152,718 dead), Mexico (142,832), and the United Kingdom (91,470).
On Wednesday, Canada announced that it would extend the closure of its borders for an additional month until February 21. This measure is imposed on foreigners whose presence is not considered essential by Canadian criteria.
“With some of the toughest travel restrictions in the world, we have taken strong action at our borders to tackle Covid-19,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said on Twitter.
For its part, Cuba, which is developing its anti-coronavirus vaccine, said it wanted to produce 100 million doses of its vaccine against the coronavirus in 2021 and be able to immunize its entire population, announced the director of the Finlay institute.
“We have the capacity to manufacture 100 million doses” of Soberana 2, the most advanced vaccine candidate, said Dr Vicente Vérez at a press conference. The Finlay Institute is working on 4 vaccine projects in clinical trials, one of which has reached phase 3 of the trials and may see the participation of the Paster Institute of Iran.
In Great Britain, deaths linked to the discovery of the new, more contagious variant recorded a new leap. “These figures are appalling,” commented British head of government Boris Johnson after the country recorded 1,820 additional deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.
Boris Johnson also warned the public that these numbers will continue to climb. “I have to warn you that this will continue because what we are seeing is the result of the new variant that emerged shortly before Christmas,” he said.
As the death toll in Britain has risen to a total of 93,290, the number of new infections has fallen. In the last 24 hours, 38,905 cases have been identified for a toll of more than 3.5 million cases for the most affected country on the European continent.
In Algeria, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who returned to Germany after only two weeks in his country, was “successfully” operated on his foot on Wednesday, following complications from his coronavirus infection.
However, the Algerian presidency announced that he would return to the country in the “next days”. Abdelmadjid Tebboune “had surgery on his right foot successfully,” said a statement posted on the presidency’s Facebook account.