Coronavirus around the world: UK monitors Delta subvariant, nearly 5 million dead worldwide

over 4.9 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 4,902,638 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP at 10am GMT on Tuesday from official sources.

The United States is the most bereaved country with 727,999 dead, followed by Brazil (603,855), India (452,454), Mexico (284,477) and Russia (225,325).

The WHO estimates that the consequences of the pandemic could be two to three times higher, taking into account the higher mortality rates directly and indirectly associated with Covid-19.


Moscow orders health restrictions

The city of Moscow on Tuesday ordered its first health restrictions since summer, in the face of a new surge in Covid-19 cases, a backdrop of sluggish vaccinations and a pandemic wave that does not seem to be weakening.

Authorities in the Russian capital have ordered compulsory vaccination of 80% of service workers by January 1, 2022, up from 60% currently.

The town hall ordered the imprisonment of all over 60 illiterate and teleworking of “at least 30%” of the company’s personnel from 25 October to 25 February.

Daily record of deaths in Ukraine

Ukraine on Tuesday recorded 538 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, a record hit by a sluggish vaccination in this Eastern European country hit by a wave of a new pandemic.

London monitors the Delta subvariant

The British government, facing a surge in Covid-19 contamination, asked on Tuesday to “monitor very closely” a new subtype spreading in the United Kingdom without establishing it is more contagious.

Bulgaria: Health pass amid rising cases

Bulgaria, the country of immunization within the European Union, announced the establishment of a health pass to counter the sharp increase in the number of cases of Covid-19.

The certificate will be applicable on Thursday in restaurants and hotels as well as cultural venues, sports halls and sporting events.


Canada: Compulsory vaccination for lawmakers

Canada’s lawmakers will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to sit in the House of Commons from the end of November, its Speaker Anthony Rota said Tuesday evening.

Sputnik: Mexico accuses WHO of ‘negligence’

Mexican President Andres Manuel L√≥pez Obrador on Tuesday accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of “recklessness” for refusing to approve the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and a Chinese serum.


Burundi: Slow start of vaccination campaign

A medical source told AFP that only a handful of Burundians have received a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, one of the latest in the world, since the vaccination campaign began this week.

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