Coronavirus Updates on January 19, 2021

Coronavirus Updates on January 19, 2021

  • Coronavirus US News: Coronavirus California is the first US state to exceed 3 million cases.
  • China constructs a 4,000-seat quarantine center
  • Brazil exceeds 210,000 deaths as the vaccination campaign gins.
  • Japan announces the first cases of the English variant

Coronavirus US News

The United States has exceeded 24 million cases of coronavirus; the number of coronavirus cases stands at almost 400,000. This is what emerges from the data of Johns Hopkins University.

California exceeds 3 million cases: a first in the USA

California has become the first US state to exceed the threshold of three million coronavirus cases: the CNN reports, citing data from Johns Hopkins University. The number of infections in the most populous US state has tripled in just two months and is currently at 3,005,830, including more than 33 thousand deaths.

Hong Kong extends the period of social distancing

Governor Carrie Lam will announce in detail the Covid prevention measures tonight. The deadline was scheduled for next Thursday, but the authorities' anticipations suggest that social distancing rules will be extended given the infections reached over 100 a day.

China, quarantine facility under construction: 4000 places

A facility intended to accommodate patients in quarantine, with a capacity of 4 thousand places, is under construction in Northern China given the movements on the occasion of the Lunar New Year holidays, which celebrates the beginning of the new year according to the Chinese calendar, and in the face of an increase in cases of contagion.

Images of teams at work around Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, where the new cases are concentrated, were broadcast by the country's media and recall what we saw last year when hospitals were hastily built and existing health facilities were transformed into centers to deal with the emergency in Wuhan. The increase in infections in Northern China is recorded as the WHO team tasked with reconstructing the pandemic's origins reached the south of the country.

Japan, first cases of English variant

Meanwhile, Japan records the first untraceable cases of the English coronavirus variant in the country, increasing the potential risk of infections despite the constant state of emergency. This was announced by the Japanese Ministry of Health, explaining that the three cases identified in Shizuoka's prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, concern two women between 20 and 40 years of age and a man of about 60, who have never been to Great Britain. In a press conference, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases director, Takaji Wakita, said that the infection most likely occurred within the community, confirming the high level of transmissibility of the virus and without the possibility of tracing. The latest cases bring the total sum of positivity of the new English variant to 45 in Japan. The Tokyo government has introduced a state of emergency in 11 prefectures of the country, including the capital, in effect for one month until February 7.

Brazil starts vaccinations

Brazil exceeds 210,000 deaths from Covid-19 and 8.5 million infections since the start of the pandemic. There are 460 victims in the last 24 hours, for a total of 210,328. There are 29,133 new infections, which bring the overall budget to 8,512,238. Brazil, the third country in the world by the number of victims after the United States and India, began the vaccination campaign yesterday. The first doses were distributed and inoculated in seven states, including Rio de Janeiro, where vaccinations symbolically began under the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Hill. The vaccine used is CoronaVac, produced by the Chinese Sinovac in collaboration with the Butantan Institute of Sao Paulo.