Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– Explosion of cases

The United States recorded nearly 890,000 cases in 24 hours on Tuesday, down slightly from the world record of more than one million daily cases on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

France is at 270,000. And nearly 300,000 new cases should be recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, which would represent a record.

The United Kingdom recorded more than 200,000 additional cases for the first time on Tuesday, while Australia posted a record 50,000 daily cases.

Mexico passed the four million Covid-19 case mark on Tuesday when the country recorded its highest number of new daily infections (over 15,000) since September 8.

Argentina had 81,000 new cases on Tuesday, almost double the previous day.

– Rio: the canceled street carnival

The authorities in Rio de Janeiro decided on Tuesday to suspend the traditional massive street parades of the next carnival, which had drained seven million people during its last edition in 2020, due to the progression of the Omicron variant.

The parade of samba schools in the Sambodrome is for the moment maintained, for the end of February.

– France: Macron decided to “piss off” the unvaccinated

A woman is vaccinated against Covid-19 at a vaccination center in Bogota on January 4, 2021 (AFP – Leonardo MUNOZ)

“The unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And so we will continue to do it, until the end. That’s the strategy,” said French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview broadcast Tuesday evening.

“I am not going to put them in prison, I am not going to forcibly vaccinate them. And so, you have to tell them: from January 15, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant, you will no longer be able to take a cannon, you You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theater, you will no longer be able to go to the movies… “, explains the Head of State, three months before the presidential election.

– Israel: the 4th dose multiplies the antibodies by 5

The administration of a fourth dose of the Pfizer vaccine makes it possible to multiply by five the antibodies one week after the injection and protects against the “serious complications”, indicated Tuesday an Israeli hospital having started one of the first clinical trials on the subject.

– Australian Open: exemption for Djokovic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who has never communicated on his vaccination status, announced on Tuesday that he was leaving for Australia thanks to a “waiver” which will allow him to play the Australian Open (17- January 30).

– Sanitary “bubble” at the Beijing Olympics

A woman undergoes a Covid-19 test in New York on January 4, 2022 (AFP - ANGELA WEISS)
A woman undergoes a Covid-19 test in New York on January 4, 2022 (AFP – ANGELA WEISS)

An anti-Covid health “bubble” was put in place on Tuesday around the sites of the Beijing Winter Olympics, a month before the start of the events.

Very strict health measures, including daily screening tests, will be applied there.

In addition, China has confined more than a million additional inhabitants, in the locality of Yuzhou (center), after the discovery of three asymptomatic cases.

– More than 5.4 million deaths

The pandemic has killed at least 5,448,314 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources, Tuesday at 11:00 GMT.

Global assessment of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as of January 4 at 11:00 GMT (AFP -)
Global assessment of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as of January 4 at 11:00 GMT (AFP -)

In absolute terms, the United States is the most bereaved country with 829,963 dead, followed by Brazil (619,384), India (482,017) and Russia (312,187).

The World Health Organization estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.

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