The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus rose to over 142 million on Tuesday and India remains a hot spot, recording more than 250,000 new infections and more than 1,700 deaths in the past 24 hours alone.
The capital New Delhi began closing again on Monday in an effort to curb the rise in hospital effusion cases, overflow and hypoxia in intensive care units.
India is part of a wave of new cases that is pushing the global numbers higher, even as some countries, including the US, are making good progress in vaccination, overshadowing the level of of the crisis elsewhere, including Brazil and France. This wave is partly due to the new variants being more infectious than the original viruses.
But India’s high infection rate is also due to a number of recent super-contagious events, including a Hindu festival that sees many people gather to bathe the Ganges while not wearing a mask, as well as a number of busy state-level election rallies.
United States Department of State are warning against tourism to India and the UK has added the country to its “red list” of tourism. Hong Kong has banned all flights from India and Singapore added a week to the 14-day quarantine period it has requested for travelers since then, according to the Straits Times.
The Indian case burden is also weighing down its immunization efforts, and that makes sense for the world, as India is the largest producer of vaccines. The country was forced to delay deliveries to other destinations to meet domestic demand. On Monday, the government said it would expand the vaccine program to all adults, but it is not clear how it will meet that supply, according to AP.
The World Health Organization, meanwhile, once again emphasized the issue of vaccine equity on Monday, urging richer countries not to use vaccines and noting that not vaccinating poor countries. More will only allow more variants to emerge and potentially induce a variant that does not respond to the current vaccine.
Environmentalist Greta Thunberg participated in a WHO press conference with the news that she will be donating 100,000 euros ($ 120,000) through her fund. Organization WHO to support it Covax program, to distribute vaccines to those most at-risk in poorer countries around the world.
Sweden’s Thunberg told reporters: “The international community has to do more to tackle the tragedy of vaccines inequality. “We have the means to remedy the great imbalance that exists around the world today in the fight against COVID-19. As with the climate crisis, we must first help the most vulnerable. “
Medium, 1 in 4 people coronavirus vaccinated in high-income countries, compared with just one out of 500 in low-income countries.
In America, tThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine tracker shows that as of 6 a.m. ET Monday, 264.5 million doses had been delivered to the states, 211.6 million doses had been injected, and 132.3 million people had received at least one shot, equaling 39 , 9% of the population.
The fully vaccinated 85.4 million people, 25.7% of the population, meant they had received two two-dose vaccines from Pfizer Inc. develope.
and German partner BioNTech SE
single-shot vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine has not been approved for use in the United States
Among Americans 65 and over, 35.5 million are fully vaccinated, or 64.9% of that group. Nearly 44 million people of that age were subjected to the first impact, accounting for 80.1% of that population.
In other news:
• The US earnings season saw two companies report Tuesday focusing on COVID-19. Johnson & Johnson posted better than expected numbers for the first quarter and said COVID vaccine sales have added $ 100 million in sales. Abbot Labs
meanwhile, said profit more than tripled as it generated $ 1.8 billion out of $ 2.2 billion in revenue from COVID trials.
• The US State Department urges Americans to reconsider any international travel they may have planned and says they will issue a specific warning not to visit about 80% of countries around the world. gender due to risks from the coronavirus pandemic, AP reported. The US has not had a global adviser warning on international travel since August, when the administration previously revoked the guidelines. The advice given by this department is not official worldwide. Instead, the State Department will begin using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards to prepare country-specific health and safety guidelines. Due to those standards, about 80% of the countries would be classified as either “Class 4” or “not traveling”.
• Pandemic coronavirus has been used as a basis to block journalists’ access to news and information sources in the field, reported by Reporters Without Borders. Organization’s World Press Freedom Index 2021 It found that the press, “vaccines against misinformation”, was blocked in more than 130 countries, accounting for 73% of the 180 countries it assesses. “The data shows that journalists are increasingly having difficulty investigating and reporting sensitive stories, especially in Asia, the Middle East and Europe,” the report said. Journalists have been subjected to threats and threats, rigorous media laws and even criminalization of reports that have been viewed as critical of the government’s responses to the crisis, such as a lack of medical supplies or an increasing death fee. That list includes Brazil, Egypt, Iran, and China, the report shows.
Indexing by region:
Source: Reporters without borders
• The European Health Authority said their safety committee concluded that the warning of abnormal blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine, which it says yes The benefits outweigh the “very rare” risk of side effects. All eight cases in the United States, after more than 7 million vaccinations, occurred in people under the age of 60 within three weeks of vaccination, and mainly in women. The cases reviewed are very similar to those occurring with the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.
EMA said. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine rollout in Europe has been halted by the company.
• The European Union will have enough vaccine doses for 70% of adults by mid-July, Guardian reported, quoted internal market commissioner Thierry Breton, who is responsible for vaccines in the commercial bloc. “Fifty-three factories are producing vaccines in the EU. Our continent is currently the largest producer in the world after the United States, ”said internal market commissioner Thierry breton told the French daily Le Figaro in an interview. The 70% threshold is critical because some experts say it is necessary to achieve “herd immunity,” or a time when the virus has too few hosts to multiply.
The global total for coronavirus disease rose above 142 million on Tuesday, Johns Hopkins data shows, when the death toll rose to above 3.03 million, after breaking the 3 million mark on Saturday.
The United States leads the world in terms of morbidity and mortality with a wide margin, with 31.7 million cases accounting for more than 20% of all global deaths, while 567,729 deaths account for about 20% of total deaths. bridge.
Outside the United States, Brazil ranked third in cases behind India with 13.9 million people and second with 374,682 deaths.
Mexico ranked third in the number of deaths with 212,466 people and the 14th highest in the number of cases with 2.3 million people.
The UK has 4.4 million cases and 127,524 deaths, the highest in Europe and the fifth highest in the world.
China, where the virus was first discovered late last year, There have been 102,272 confirmed cases and 4,845 deaths, according to its official numbers.