The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 2,095,766 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 97,945,765 people worldwide of which 25,532,141 are considered active cases while 70,317,858 are considered recovered from the disease. In addition, a total of 54,356,831 people have already been vaccinated worldwide.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (406,162), followed by Brazil (212,831), India (152,869), Mexico (144,371) and the United Kingdom (93,290).
New US President Joe Biden must devote his first day of his mandate to the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. They are expected to sign ten decrees in order to streamline the vaccination campaign as well as the tests.
The Democrat, who has made the fight against the coronavirus one of the foundations of his election campaign, has already signed a decree to make it compulsory to wear a mask in federal buildings.
In Portugal, as the country struggles to fight the pandemic with the threat of new variants, the head of government has taken action to try to protect the population. Thus, the country will close its nurseries, schools and universities for 15 days, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced Thursday.
In Kenya, the first two cases carrying the South African variant of the coronavirus have been identified according to the country’s health authorities.
In France, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran did not rule out a new confinement of the population in the event that the circulation of the new British variant was increasingly important.
“If the share of (this) variant were to increase significantly and we were to follow an English trajectory, containment would probably become an absolute necessity,” he said.
“The spread of the variant of English origin on French territory can be a determining element in the strategies to fight against the epidemic that we could deploy in the coming days and weeks”, added the Minister.
In Russia, the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, has announced that the capital will lower the threshold for restrictions thanks to the success of the vaccination campaign.
“The situation regarding the spread of the infection inspires cautious optimism,” he wrote on his website, noting that the number of new cases daily – 2,000 to 4,000 a day last week – was “significantly lower. until the end of December ”.
“The vaccination rate has increased dramatically. More than 220,000 Muscovites have already received reliable protection against the virus, ”he added.
China has faced in recent weeks a limited epidemic resurgence, especially in Beijing. She announced Thursday the suspension for two weeks of Air France flights between Paris and Tianjin, near the Chinese capital, following the discovery of five cases of Covid-19 on the arrival of a plane.