Coronavirus Updates on January 21, 2021

Coronavirus Updates on January 21, 2021

  • In Portugal, around 20 percent of all new coronavirus infections can be traced back to the mutation first discovered in Great Britain.
  • In the past seven days, only eight cases have been reported in Australia, most recently none at all.
  • Because of the danger posed by the virus variant from Great Britain, the Dutch government wants to issue a night exit ban.

In Portugal, the more contagious variant of the coronavirus discovered in the UK is spreading rapidly. About 20 percent of all new cases of infection were due to this variant, said Health Minister Marta Temido to the broadcaster RTP. The proportion could rise to 60 percent next week. The national health system is already on the verge of collapse. There is a lack of beds for intensive care and nursing staff to take care of coronavirus patients. "The health system cannot handle this level of infection," said Temido.

On Wednesday, both the new infections reported daily and the number of deaths had peaked. Almost 14,700 cases of infection were reported within 24 hours, an increase of 40 percent compared to the previous day. In addition, 219 other deaths related to the virus were registered, also a high.

In the country with its ten million inhabitants, the government imposed a 15-day lockdown on Friday last week to curb the spread of the virus. All non-essential shops and facilities are closed. People are encouraged to stay at home.

However, contrary to harsh criticism, the government decided to leave the schools open. The government will decide in the course of Thursday whether these should also be closed, said Temido. In Portugal's neighboring country Spain, the number of infections has recently increased significantly.

Coronavirus Us News on January 21, 2021

There are 405,400 deaths from Covid in the United States including military and civilians surpassing the casualties registered in any crises including Second World War (official figure of the Department for veterans). This is what emerges from the Johns Hopkins University tally and is recalled by President Joe Biden during his inaugural address.

Biden: "In order to heal, we have to remember"

On the evening before their swearing-in, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris held a memorial ceremony to remember the hundreds of thousands of coronavirus deaths in the country. "In order to heal, we have to remember," said the future US president on Tuesday evening (local time) at the ceremony in the capital Washington. Future Vice President Harris said that Americans had mourned alone for many months. That evening the nation mourned together. She hopes that the country will emerge from the crisis with the knowledge that it will appreciate the simple moments more and open up to one another.

Biden and Harris are due to be sworn in in Washington on Wednesday afternoon. The reflection pool at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington was illuminated for the ceremony, which the two of them attended with their spouses. There were also light installations on public buildings in other US cities in memory of the victims of the pandemic in the USA.

On Tuesday, the United States passed another gloomy milestone in the corona virus crisis: More than 400,000 people have died there since the beginning of the pandemic after being infected with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen, according to new data from the Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore. In the past few days, more than 3,000 new deaths and more than 200,000 new infections within 24 hours have been recorded. In absolute terms, the United States is the country with the highest number of recorded infections and deaths. Biden has made containing the pandemic one of the top priorities of his future government.

Biden spokeswoman: Entry stop from Europe should not be lifted

The new US President Joe Biden wants to maintain the entry bans for passengers from Europe and thus repeal an order by the outgoing President Donald Trump. Trump had ordered an end to the entry ban for foreigners from large parts of Europe and from Brazil to the USA. The restrictions on travelers from the Schengen area, Great Britain and Ireland as well as Brazil would be lifted on January 26, according to a ruling distributed by the White House on Monday evening (local time). Trump pointed out that from this date on, proof of a negative coronavirus test was required on all international flights to the USA before departure.

On medical advice, the government is not planning to lift the entry bans, a Bidens spokeswoman tweeted on Monday - immediately after Trump announced their cancellation. "With the pandemic worsening and highly contagious varieties spreading around the world, it is not the time to lift restrictions on international travel," the spokeswoman tweeted.

Trump's term of office ends this Wednesday with the swearing-in of his successor Joe Biden. Biden has made fighting the pandemic one of his most important immediate goals. The pandemic is still out of control in the US. Since the first case became known about a year ago, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, more than 24 million coronavirus infections have been detected in the USA. Around 400,000 people were killed.

Trump had imposed the entry ban for foreigners in mid-March 2020 because of the rapid spread of the corona virus in several European countries. Currently, travelers from the Schengen area, Great Britain and Ireland are not allowed to enter the USA with a few exceptions. Trump had also issued strict entry bans for foreigners from China and Iran and recently introduced extensive entry restrictions for people from Brazil. Travel across the US border to the neighboring countries Canada in the north and Mexico in the south are also restricted because of the pandemic.

The US health authority CDC announced last week that a negative coronavirus test for flights to the USA will be mandatory from January 26th. The regulation will apply to all international flights to the USA, regardless of the place of departure and the citizenship or visa of the travelers.

The USA, Biden cancels Trump: "Yes to the climate agreement and WHO." 

Biden penned fifteen executive orders that change or, in some cases, reverse Donald Trump's four years in the White House. Many are the measures signed last night by the new president Joe Biden, including the United States' return to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris Agreement Against Climate Change. "President Biden will act not only to undo the most serious damage inflicted by the Trump administration but also to begin moving the country forward," an official statement read. The most critical decisions on the international level, beyond those on immigration issues or the new obligations of social distancing and the use of anti-coronavirus masks, concern climate and multilateralism also on the health level. 

One of the executive orders blocks the process of American withdrawal from the WHO, initiated by Trump after the start of the pandemic, which has already caused over 400,000 deaths in the United States. The turnaround has already been defined by the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, as "absolutely decisive" for a more coordinated global response. Another of the measures signed yesterday establishes the beginning of the American return to the Paris Agreement, officially abandoned by the United States last year. According to former Secretary of State John Kerry, now Biden's envoy for the climate, the American commitment establishes "a base and not a ceiling." In short, it would be the beginning of new leadership given the Cop26 international conference scheduled in Glasgow in November.

Schwarzenegger gets vaccinated on video and invites: do like me if you want to live!

Today was definitely a good day for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who not only 3 hours ago, as you can see from the Tweet below, expressed his unconditional support for Joe Biden (he, who has always been a Republican), officially from January 20 inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, but a few minutes ago he was vaccinated against covid-19. An event filmed on video that rightly made the actor happy. The vaccination took place in the car (we do the swabs in this way, but in America, they are already over), and Schwarzenegger commented. "Today was a beautiful day. I have never been so happy to be in line. If you are eligible, do like me and book yourself to get the vaccine. Follow my example if you want to live! ".

Coronavirus Australia News on January 21, 2021

Australia has reported no new local infections with the coronavirus for the fourth day in a row. Only eight cases have been reported within the past seven days, according to the Ministry of Health .

The total number of infections is 28,740, 186 patients are currently still ill. The death toll is just over 900. The Johns Hopkins University numbers, however, look a little different. The day before yesterday, nine new infections were counted there.

Australia's strategy is first and foremost to isolate itself from the rest of the world. If possible, non-Australians should not enter the country at all; exceptions are only available for certain groups such as citizens from New Zealand or the crew of airc