Continued Coronavirus Updates on January 8, 2021

The number of global coronavirus cases has now passed the 88 million mark, with an increase of three million infections in just four days: this is what emerges from Johns Hopkins University's counts. According to the American university, the infections are currently over 88 million, with almost 1.9 million deaths, compared to 85 million and 1.8 deaths on January 4. Almost 1,200 victims yesterday in Germany. Over 88 million infections, one million and 900 thousand victims. Behind the front of Sweden: new rules for dealing with infections. The UK authorizes Moderna's vaccine.

 

The European Commission 300+100 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

EU orders another 300 million doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine as highlighted in another Corona Brief report. This was stated by the EU Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, at the press conference before adding that "a vaccination strategy means that priorities must be set and, as indicated by the World Health Organization, we recommended vaccinating people over the age of 65 first". Von der Leyen also specified that "no state can negotiate in parallel" concerning the Commission's agreement with the manufacturers of vaccines on behalf of the 27 European governments. President von der Leyen said she was delighted that all member states are doing their utmost to move forward with their vaccination plans, but "we need to increase quickly."

 

Moderna vaccine approved by the UK

The United Kingdom has authorized the public administration of the third anti-Covid vaccine, the one made by the American Moderna laboratories. This was decided by the regulatory and control authority on the efficacy of drugs, according to what was communicated by the Ministry of Health. The green light comes a few days after that of the EU, while London was the first to give the go-ahead to the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine at the beginning of December and to the AstraZeneca / Oxford one at the end of the month. In total, the government of Boris Johnson has already secured 17 million Moderna doses out of a total of 360 million vaccines booked in recent months. "We - underlined the Minister of Health Matt Hancock - have already vaccinated about 1.5 million people and the arrival of the Moderna vaccine will allow us to accelerate the country's immunization program. However, I recommend that everyone continue to follow the rules to reduce infections and protect our loved ones, ", he concluded.

 

The United Kingdom conducts mandatory checks for those arriving

The UK introduces tests required on Covid for all international arrivals in an attempt to curb the spread of new virus variants. Next week all travelers from abroad will be required to submit a negative test up to 72 hours before their departure. Passengers who fail to comply will have to pay a fine of £ 500. "With the development of new strains of the virus internationally, we need to take additional precautions," said Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps. "Along with the current mandatory self-isolation period for returning passengers from high-risk countries," he added. - iPre-departure tests will provide an additional line of defense. "The announcement follows the recent decision to suspend travel to and from South Africa temporarily. Faced with a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, spurred by the new strain, Britain entered a stiff lockdown with non-essential schools and shops closed for at least six weeks after previous measures failed to stop the steep rise in cases. Yesterday, the UK recorded more than 1,100 deaths, the second-highest toll. All passengers arriving from countries not included in the government's list of travel corridors will have to self-isolate for ten days, regardless of the Covid test result under the new rule.

 

EMA, careful evaluation of the side effects for each vaccine

Sabine Straus, the chairperson of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) safety committee, explained how they would monitor the new vaccines' safety at a public conference. Straus also reported that "if the analysis concludes that a vaccine causes a new side effect, it will be included in the package leaflet." Addressing citizens, the official recalled that "anyone can report a suspected side effect of vaccines against Covid-19 to the national authority, the health worker and the vaccine manufacturer". The reports are then sent to EudraVigilance, the EU database of suspected side effects.

 

Germany registers a new record with 1,188 deaths in 24 hours.

The Robert Koch Institut has recorded a new death record in Germany: in the last 24 hours, according to the daily Covid bulletin, 1,188 deaths have been reported (so far the maximum number had been reached on December 30, with 1,129 deaths). There are 31,849 new infections. Experts reiterate that the data could also be explained by a delay in reporting due to the holidays. On January 5, it was decided to extend the lockdown in the Federal Republic. An anti-Covid vaccination center in Rostock, in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. According to investigators, the attack took place shortly after midnight.

 

Sweden, behind the front. New rules are underway to curb infections.

Today, the Stockholm parliament approved a law that gives the government new powers to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country. The new law, which goes into effect Sunday, will allow the government to close shops, malls, or public transport. The government will also be able to impose limits on the number of people admitted to certain specific public places and restrictions on public gatherings. In most cases, violations of the new restrictions will lead to a monetary fine, previously impossible. Until now, Sweden had never imposed a lockdown, unlike European countries. A few weeks ago, he had begun to strengthen measures in the face of a second wave stronger than expected. When asked why this law was presented only ten months later, Lena Hallengren told broadcaster SVT that "we didn't need it in the spring."

 

Brazil exceeds the threshold of 200,000 deaths

Brazil exceeds the threshold of 200 thousand deaths from the coronavirus. It is the second heaviest death toll after the United States. This figure makes Brazil "the international pariah of public health," headlines the Brazilian newspaper O Globo. Specialists expect the worst at the beginning of the year: the latest official bulletin of the Ministry of Health reports a record of new infections (almost 88 thousand) and no less than 1,500 new deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, the second-highest figure since the beginning of the pandemic. The situation will not improve anytime soon as the vaccination campaign has yet to start in the face of many countries that have already started immunizing their populations, including neighboring Argentina.

 

Count of Los Angeles, one death from Covid-19 every 8 seconds

In Los Angeles, the number of those who die in one day due to Covid-19 is now equivalent to that of the murders recorded in the city in a year, said the mayor Eric Garcetti during a press conference. "Yesterday, we had 259 deaths from Covid. In 2019, the murders in our city were 258, which is one less", he specified. In the American city that has about 4 million inhabitants, and about 10 million in its county, there have been a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations for some weeks with the consequent increase in deaths. In the United States, California is the "epicenter" state of the epidemic (over 1,000 people died in two days), and Los Angeles County is the most affected area with a Covid death every eight minutes. The US posted a new 24-hour death toll on Thursday, almost reaching the limit of 4,000 daily deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data referring. At the same time, the country has registered more than 265,000 new infections, according to a statement released by Afp.