US President-Elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, on the eve of his inauguration in Washington, paid tribute to the 400,000 American dead from Kovid-19, a grim horizon for other countries in the world, such as the United Kingdom, which is breaking death records or Germany. , Which extended and tightened its restrictions.
Democrats said on Wednesday that Donald Trump “succeeded” in order to heal, we must remember.
“That’s why we’re here today”, he added in front of 400 lights in a very brief speech, paying tribute to the victims around the large basin of the huge Esplanade of the “National Mall”.
Joe Biden has already announced that he will take a decree on Wednesday, so that it is mandatory to wear masks in premises and places dependent on the federal state, as well as when traveling between states, which outgoing President Donald Trump has always refused.
With the threshold of 400,000 dead crossed on Tuesday, the United States is the absolute most bereaved nation. In mid-December the 300,000 death limit had been crossed only a month earlier. However, some other countries have recorded higher deaths in proportion to their population, such as Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium, or Russia, even if we take into account the additional mortality data revealed at the end of December. Keep it.
In Europe, it is the United Kingdom and Portugal that have reached daily death records since the onset of the epidemic, with 1,610 and 218 deaths respectively since the onset of the epidemic. Portugal (10 million inhabitants) has become the country with the most infected population in the world.
– Strict in Germany
In Germany, where about a thousand deaths from coronaviruses were recorded on Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a tightening of sanctions against Kovid-19, especially with mandatory medical masks in transport and stores, and them on 14 February. To extend to.
The Chancellor announced after nearly eight hours of dialogue with the leaders, “Schools, bars, restaurants and cultural venues, such as will remain closed until February 14, 2021, as if all restrictions are already in force.”
The Chancellor also warned, two days ago, that an EU council dedicated to variants of the virus, that the restoration of control among EU countries was not excluded when the situation deteriorated.
According to a report set up by AFP on Tuesday, at least 2,041,289 people have died worldwide since its presence in China in late December 2019.
Approximately 95.5 million infections have been officially diagnosed and the presence of a new, more infectious form raises the possibility of the worst. According to a count from Johns Hopkins University, the United States is the country with the most cases: more than 24 million.
– Morocco expansion –
To date, according to AFP calculations, at least 60 countries or regions, comprising 61% of the world’s population, have launched their vaccination campaigns. But 11 countries focus on 90% injection doses.
WHO boss Tedros Adnom Ghebius also warned that the world would face a “catastrophic moral failure” if rich countries monopolized vaccines of uprisings from poor countries.
India, Brazil Russia … large-scale campaigns are being carried out or are continuing around the world, with varying fortunes, always huge logistic barriers and mistrust of suspicion, even anti-vaccines.
In Europe, the United Kingdom, according to health officials, is 70% more contagious than a type of virus, opening its campaign to people over the age of 70.
In France, injections are for more than 75s Monday, while they were until then reserved for retirement homes and caregivers.
In Latin America, Argentina, one of the first countries in the world to use the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, announced on Tuesday that it had begun administering the second prescribed dose. The country of 44 million people has recorded more than 45,000 deaths from Kovid-19.
But in the Middle East, where Israel – which has already vaccinated a quarter of its population – has extended its containment measures by the end of January, a country like Lebanon will only begin its first delivery of the US vaccine in mid-February. is waiting. German Pfizer-BioNtech.
Vaccination does not prevent the ban from being maintained. Rwanda’s capital Kigali has been re-limited since Tuesday due to increased infection, and Morocco has extended the month-long curfew by two weeks.
Limited powers of WHO –
According to experts from an independent group formed by the World Health Organization (WHO), it will be “possible to act rapidly based on the first signs” in January 2020.
According to the same expert report, the epidemic exposed WHO weaknesses: an institution with insufficient resources and “limited power” vis-a-vis states.
“Ultimately, the WHO does not have the power to enforce or investigate anything in a country by itself, according to this group.”
Another team of WHO experts is currently in China to try to trace the origin of Kovid-19.
China is, in fact, limited to about three million additional residents in the northeast of the country on Monday, following new cases.
In Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei Province (north), 300 km south of Beijing, hundreds of workers are building a huge quarantine center. Images that recall the construction of a huge hospital in Wuhan in early 2020.
In Australia, two first cases of Kovid-19 were reported between players at the Tennis Open in Melbourne on Tuesday, starting on 8 February, as there is criticism and concern over the holding of the competition.
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