The coronavirus pandemic now exceeds 56 million cases worldwide, including approximately 1,350,000 deaths. After the United States, which has 252,419 dead, the countries most affected are Brazil (168,061), India (132,162), Mexico (100,104), and the United Kingdom (53,274). Russia has counted more than two million cases and recorded 34,850 deaths, with two new records of infections and daily deaths.
City of Toronto in lockdown starting Monday
Canada’s largest city and much of its suburbs will be placed in lockdown from Monday due to the worsening Covid-19 epidemic, the premier of Ontario announced on Friday.
“As of Monday, November 23 at 12:01 am, Toronto and Peel will be placed in confinement”, Doug Ford announced at a press conference. “The situation is extremely serious, and other actions are necessary”, he justified.
Over 200,000 new cases in twenty-four hours in the United States
In the United States, the epidemic is in phase “Exponential”, according to health authorities. More than 200,000 new cases in twenty-four hours were recorded Thursday, as well as more than 2,000 deaths, a number that had not been reached for months. Americans have been urged not to travel on Thanksgiving, November 26, the largest family holiday in the United States, when attendance records are traditionally broken at airports and on the roads.
And across the country, local officials have had to resolve to impose new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. In California, approximately 94% of the population will be placed under curfew as of Saturday, for a period of one month. The measure prohibits all travel “Non-essential” between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in the counties most affected by the epidemic due to the coronavirus. “The virus is spreading at a speed never seen since the start of this pandemic and the days and weeks to come will be critical to stop this rise. We are sounding the alarm “Governor Gavin Newsom warned.
On the other hand, the elected president, Joe Biden, has once again ruled out the hypothesis of national containment.
Vaccines developed in record time are safe for Dr Fauci
Immunologist Anthony Fauci, a highly respected scientific figure in the United States, assured Thursday that the vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna against Covid-19, although developed in record time, were nonetheless safe. “The speed of the process did not compromise safety in any way, nor scientific integrity”, he said at a press conference with the White House Crisis Staff. “This is a reflection of the extraordinary scientific advances for this type of vaccine, which have enabled us to do in the space of a few months what previously took years”, he developed.
Doctor Fauci also wanted to reassure on the independence of the vaccine development and certification process, which President Donald Trump has regularly promised during the campaign to arrive before the presidential election on November 3.
Two Chinese vaccines already inoculated to a million people
Almost a million people have already benefited from inoculations “Emergency” of two experimental anti-Covid vaccines from the Chinese firm Sinopharm, announced the pharmaceutical company, without however providing clinical data showing their effectiveness. Since this summer, China has authorized inoculations of vaccines not yet approved, for needs deemed urgent – such as employees and students going abroad, or even particularly exposed workers, such as caregivers.
As patients are very few in the Asian country, where Covid-19 has been largely contained since the spring, these tests are being carried out abroad. Sinopharm’s phase 3 clinical trials, which includes two vaccines that have reached this stage, are thus taking place in around ten countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Peru, Egypt and Jordan.
Mexico deplores more than 100,000 dead
At least 100,000 people have succumbed to Covid-19 in Mexico, where cases of contamination have exceeded one million, the country’s authorities announced Thursday. “Today in Mexico, 100,000 people have lost their lives due to Covid-19”, said Hugo Lopez-Gatell, responsible in the government for the strategy to fight the epidemic.
The country of 129 million people now has more than 100,000 deaths for more than a million confirmed cases since the pandemic hit Mexico at the end of February, said José Luis Alomia, director general of epidemiology of the Ministry of Health.
Over 9 million cases in India
The number of coronavirus cases in India is now over nine million, the second highest national total in the world after that of the United States, Indian health authorities announced on Friday. The Covid-19 has killed more than 132,000 people there, according to official Indian figures. However, many experts believe that the actual number of deaths is much higher, due to a relatively low number of tests.
Brexit negotiations suspended
Post-Brexit talks have been suspended between European Union negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Frost due to a case of Covid-19 in the European team, the Frenchman announced on Twitter on Thursday. Only meetings that can be held by videoconference continue.
This suspension risks slowing down a little more discussions which have already fallen far behind the initial ambitions. There are less than fifty days until December 31, when the post-Brexit transition period will end during which the United Kingdom – which officially left the EU on January 31 – will stop applying European standards. .
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