The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 2,112,290 worldwide since the appearance of the very first cases carrying the virus in China in December 2019.
The total number of cases having contracted the virus has reached 98,615,954 people worldwide of which 25,709,225 are considered active cases while 70,794,439 are considered to have recovered from the disease. In addition, a total of 57,287,507 people have already been vaccinated worldwide.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (410,378), followed by Brazil (214,147), India (153,032), Mexico (146,174) and the United Kingdom (95,829).
The British variant of the coronavirus, which happens to be 30 to 70% more contagious, is also said to be more deadly, British head of government Boris Johnson said.
“It also now appears that there is evidence that the new variant, the variant which was first identified in London, and the south-east (of England), may be linked to a higher degree of mortality, ”he said at a press conference in Downing Street on Friday.
Mexico is facing a rave resurgence of the virus, and on Thursday recorded a new record of deaths and contagions, according to health authorities.
The country which is ranked 4th in terms of the number of contaminations in the world has recorded 1,803 new deaths in the last 24 hours or a toll of 146,174 deaths in this country of 128 million inhabitants.
In the United States, US President Joe Biden announced for the first time a range of probable deaths in his country. On Friday, he estimated that number to be over 600,000.
“We are at 400,000 dead, and it should reach much more than 600,000,” said Joe Biden announcing the heaviest toll ever imagined for the country, while announcing new measures to come to the aid of the poorest families.
In Brazil, the State of Sao Paulo announced the closure of bars and restaurants from 8 p.m. on weekdays, and all weekend when the virus kills a person every six minutes, according to the coordinator of the fight against the new coronavirus, Joao Gabbardo.
These measures will enter into force next Monday until February 7 in Paulo and the majority of the municipalities of the richest and most populous state of Brazil declared “in red phase”.
“A second wave of coronavirus is affecting the world and its effects are also being felt in Brazil and in the state of Sao Paulo,” said state governor Joao Doria. “The increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths is of great concern.”
At a press briefing with the WHO, Pfizer boss Albert Bourla announced the agreement to provide 40 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine “at cost” to serve its Covax vaccine distribution mechanism and expected to be delivered during the first quarter of 2021.
WHO has also optioned 100 million doses of the vaccine developed AstraZeneca / Oxford, cheaper and easier to store, manufactured in India by the Serum Institute of India (SII), but this vaccine has still not received the emergency clearance from the World Health Organization.