Coronavirus Developments From around the World

The United Kingdom, clashes in Dover between agents and truckers

Tension rises in Dover, the English city overlooking the English Channel, where thousands of trucks have piled up in recent days, blocked by the French decision to close the border with Great Britain due to fears over the spread of the variant of the new coronavirus. This morning there were clashes between the transporters and the police. The French government has agreed to suspend the ban on transit but expects the negative test to all those who cross the border, an operation that promises to be impressive and which above all risks slowing down the return to the continent of thousands of road haulers, for whom now there is the danger of spending the Christmas holidays on the Tir.

WHO, English variant seems more contagious in babies

The WHO believes that the English mutation of the new coronavirus may be "more easily transmitted by young people and children" but more studies are "underway": this was revealed by the special envoy of the UN organization for Covid. Now the fear, at least in Great Britain, where the variant has spread very quickly, is that this could compromise the expected reopening of schools after the Christmas holidays. Meanwhile, Professor Mark Harris, a virologist at the University of Leeds, warned that "there are fears that if the virus really replicates and grows better in children, it will have an amplifying effect on the entire UK population."

The US government orders another 100 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech will supply the United States with another 100 million doses of their vaccine against Covid-19, which they estimate to be able to deliver in total by next July 31st. Under this second $ 1.95 billion deal signed with Washington, the Daily Mail reports, the companies will provide at least 70 million additional doses by June 30, and the remaining 30 million doses by July 31. The total US order thus reaches 200 million doses and has the ability to purchase up to 400 million. For the US Secretary for Health Alex Azar, the agreement will give confidence to the citizens of the StatesUnited on the real possibilities of vaccinating "any American who wishes" by next June. Pfizer's vaccine was the first to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration, and the first shipments were made last week. Moderna's vaccine, developed in close collaboration with scientists from the National Institutes of Health, has also been approved. In the past 24 hours, there have been over 201,000 new cases of Covid and over 3,200 deaths. The New York Times reports it. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 18.2 million Americans have been infected, with over 323,000 deaths.

Madrid armored for the holidays

The Community of Madrid will be closed from Wednesday 23 December to 6 January to avoid the spread of the coronavirus during the Christmas holidays, so it will be forbidden to enter or leave the region during this period with some exceptions, such as visiting family members or relatives. The decision to close the perimeter on these dates was adopted by the Inter-territorial Council of the National Health System, with the exception of suitably justified travels which occur for one of the reasons provided for by the alert state decree, as well as visits to the places of habitual residence of the family members or relatives.

Germany, nearly 25,000 new cases and 962 deaths

In Germany, over 24,000 cases of coronavirus and 962 deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours. This was reported by the Robert Koch Institute whose president Lothar Wieler urged the Germans to give up traveling on holidays, to stem the infections.

France, the expert: "The virus is not under control"

The coronavirus pandemic is not under control in France and a new blockade must remain an option, Karine Lacombe , head of the infectious disease unit at Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris, said Wednesday. "On the epidemiological front, the epidemic is not under control at all," Lacombe told BfmFm TV. Medical experts have expressed concern that the holiday season could lead to a resurgence of cases in France and Europe. Data released Tuesday showed that France had reported an additional 802 related deaths in the past 24 hours and another approximately 11,800 confirmed cases.

In the Czech Republic, non-essential shops and services closed since Sunday. Curfew from 9 pm

In the Czech Republic, non-essential shops and services are closing. This was decided today by the government of Prague, according to reports from the CTK news agency. The executive, which met this morning, resolved to activate level five of its epidemiological risk index (Pes) in the country, with a consequent tightening of restrictions. Only the exercises deemed essential may remain open. A curfew is back in effect from 9 pm to 5 am. Also from Sunday 27 December, the ski resorts must close. Sports facilities, museums, and galleries also remain closed. Restaurants will only be able to sell food through distribution counters. Schools will reopen on 4 January for pupils in the first two years of primary school only. The decision comes after the government has obtained the green light from the Chamber of Deputies to extend the state of emergency until January 22. L' For almost a week now, the Pes index has scored over 76 points out of 100, equivalent to the highest level of risk. The measures will remain in effect until January 10, when they will be reviewed by the executive.

Switzerland, vaccination campaign launched

The vaccination campaign against Covid-19 started Wednesday in Switzerland: a woman over 90, in the canton of Lucerne, was the first patient, just four days after the authorization of the product by the authorities. The resident of an elderly medical facility received the vaccine from the German-American Pfizer / BioNTech alliance, cantonal authorities said in a statement. The campaign opens when Switzerland records more than 4,000 new infected and more than 100 deaths a day. In total, the country has recorded more than 415,000 cases and more than 6,300 deaths since the start of the pandemic. This is the first coronavirus vaccination campaign launched on the European continent, with the UK launching its own on December 8, the first in a western country. The country, which counts 8, 6 million inhabitants, has secured access to 15.8 million doses, negotiated with three laboratories: three million with Pfizer-BioNTech, 7.5 million with Moderna, and 5.3 million with AstraZeneca. Vaccination, free and voluntary throughout the country, is expected to last for several months.

Singapore, flights, and transits to and from the United Kingdom blocked

Singapore authorities have blocked the arrivals or transit of passengers from the UK following the discovery of the new 'English' variant of the coronavirus. Singapore's Ministry of Health has specified that passengers who have been in the UK in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter the country until further notice. The decision, highlights the British press, will have consequences especially for people bound for Australia who stopover in Singapore.

Hong Kong, two cases of the 'English variant' of Covid have been registered in Hong Kong

These are two students who have returned from Great Britain, according to reports from the Center for Health Protection. One of the two students recovered and was discharged from the hospital where he was admitted, the second is still hospitalized. The people who had contact with the two boys are in quarantine.

USA, White House Covid expert resigns after crowded Thanksgiving lunch

She stepped down from her post as head of the White House Covid Task Force Deborah Birx following criticism of the crowded Thanksgiving lunch she organized for her family in Delaware. "I was overwhelmed by this experience. It was very difficult for my family," she said. Birx, 64, an AIDS expert, in the White House since the Reagan Administration, hoped to keep the post with Joe Biden as well. In an interview with Newry, he specified that he will help the installation of the new Administration "and then I will leave". Before Thanksgiving, he had asked Americans to limit the celebrations to members of the smallest family unit only. Only to then organize in Delaware, as revealed on Sunday, lunch for three generations of two different families. While in Delaware, in an interview with CBS, he also beat up Americans for "mistakes" made during the holiday, for traveling.

Brazil is close to a thousand deaths a day

There are 936 deaths from Covid-19 recorded in the last 24 hours in Brazil, against 55,799 new infections. The average casualty over the past week is up 21% from two weeks ago. The total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 188,285, while the infections were 7,320,020.

Peru exceeds one million cases

Peru yesterday became the 17th country in the world and the 6th in the Americas to overcome the infectious barrier of Covid-19, with a total of 1,000,153 confirmed cases.