More than 133 million people have tested positive for coronavirus since the first case was reported in 2019. And there have been more than 2.9 million deaths worldwide.
Here’s a quick rundown of the latest coronavirus-related news from around the world, including India struggling with a second wave speeding up, New Zealand pausing travel and the UK looking for. looking for a replacement for AstraZeneca because of its young population.
The Indian report records the daily infections
India has imposed a night curfew in dozens of cities and towns after reporting 126,789 new cases of COVID-19, the number of daily infections is record high the middle of a second wave is accelerated.
The number of deaths increased 685, the highest since November, bringing the number to 166,862, the Health Department data shows that India’s total deaths reached 12.9 million, the third highest globally after the United States and Brazil.
New Zealand prohibits visitors from India from entering
As India struggled to stop the second wave, New Zealand temporarily suspended Entry to all visitors from the South Asian country, including citizens of that country.
This decision comes after New Zealand discovered 23 new cases at its border, of which 17 cases came from India.
The pause, which will last for two weeks, will start from 4pm (04:00 GMT) on April 11 and will be rolled out until April 28.
The AstraZeneca vaccine comes under more pressure
Immunization efforts around the world were dealt a bigger blow after the European Medicines Agency (EMA). found a viable link between the vaccine AstraZeneca and rare cases of blood clotting.
The EMA concluded that abnormal blood clots with low platelets in the blood should be listed as a very rare vaccine side effect, but recommends continued vaccination in adults, reiterating the stance. of the organization that the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risks.
Following the ruling, the UK vowed to offer young people an alternative approach due to such risks.
The United States accounted for more than half of all deaths globally last week
More than 1.3 million new cases were registered in the past week all over AmericaThe director of the Inter-American Health Organization (PAHO) said more than 37,000 people died from the virus.
Last week, the US, Brazil and Argentina were among the 10 countries in the world with the highest number of new infections worldwide, she added.
Bolsonaro refused to lock the phone, again
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reiterated that he was no ordering plan a national shutdown, a day after the country saw the highest number of coronavirus deaths in 24 hours.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health recorded 3,829 deaths, slightly lower than 4,195 from the previous day, a grim national record.
“We won’t accept this politics as being at home and closing everything,” Bolsonaro said.
More than 336,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil and projections suggest that death will continue to rise if nothing is done to stop the spread of the virus.
Qatar imposes new restrictions
Qatar does have published a series of restrictions related to coronavirus in terms of education, leisure and business operations, including closures of cafes and restaurants, as daily infections have been steadily increasing in recent weeks.
With the new measures, which will take effect on Friday, museums, cinemas, libraries and nurseries will be closed.
Public gatherings at parks, beaches and corniche will be prohibited. Social gatherings will not be allowed in homes or other closed spaces. But up to five people will be allowed to meet in an open space.
Turkey’s reports record the daily cases
Turkey has recorded 54,740 new cases of coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed late Wednesday, highest daily case since the beginning of the pandemic.
The latest daily death toll was 276, also the highest since the outbreak, bringing the cumulative total to 32,943.