The new Coronavirus has killed 1,337,381 people and infected more than 57.5 million in the world since the WHO office in China reported the outbreak of the disease at the end of December, according to a census conducted by Agence France-Presse based on official sources on Saturday at 11:00 am G.
The United States is the most affected country in terms of the number of deaths and injuries, with 254,424 deaths, followed by Brazil, which recorded 168,613 deaths, then India with 132,726 deaths, Mexico with 100,823 deaths, and the United Kingdom with 54,286 deaths.
On Saturday, Russia recorded an unprecedented daily number of (24,822) cases and deaths (476 deaths), two days after it crossed the threshold of two million cases of the emerging coronavirus.
The death toll in Russia is 35,778, but it does not count only those deaths that are found after the autopsy to be the first cause of Covid-19, which reduces the final outcome.
The Russian authorities consider the situation “worrying,” but confirm that it is still under control, ruling out until now the imposition of a general closure in order to avoid stopping the wheel of the economy, which was already undermined by strict isolation in the spring and Western sanctions.
No Christmas travel in Poland
On Saturday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki officially recommended that Poles not travel during the Christmas period, and announced that most of the restrictions imposed to contain the Coronavirus will remain in place at that time.
He announced that theaters, bars, and restaurants will remain closed at least until December 27 and that education will continue from a distance.
However, malls are fully open from 27 November.
The virus hangs over the G20 summit
Saudi Arabia opened a virtual summit of the Group of Twenty on Saturday, amid international calls for funds to support efforts to combat the emerging Coronavirus and its harsh economic repercussions.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged the countries of the group to help fill a gap of 4.5 billion dollars in financing for the World Health Organization, which goes especially to support the distribution of vaccines.
France passes the peak of the second wave
France’s Public Health Authority announced Friday that the country has passed the peak of the second wave of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, but it called for maintaining the “preventive measures” imposed.
Senators took action – 68 deputies in the French Senate demanded in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Jean Castex to resume individual sporting activities in the open air and to abolish the clause limiting exercise within one kilometer of the place of residence.
Council members said, “Taking into consideration the risks associated with physical inactivity has become very important because many of our citizens are currently working from their homes and thus their physical activity has actually decreased de facto,” while doctors have warned of the dangers of inactivity in adolescents and children.
Italian vaccination campaign
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced Saturday that Italy, one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, is planning to launch a massive vaccination campaign in January.
Speranza told a meeting of pharmacists that the vaccination campaign “will start at the end of January when we hope to get the first doses.”
“This campaign will be without precedent … It will require an extraordinary mobilization” of resources, he added.
Italy, like other European countries struggling to deal with the second devastating wave of the epidemic, has recorded about 1.3 million infections and 50 thousand deaths since the outbreak of the new Coronavirus at the beginning of this year.