ONLINE: The world continues to struggle with coronavirus, with the last five million infected in eight days

8:25 – In total, the world’s countries register more than 95 million cases of coronavirus infection, according to databases of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and The New York Times (NYT). Deaths associated with covid-19 are reported globally at 2.03 million. The last five million confirmed infections appeared in less than eight days.

8:01 – The last five million infections have increased in eight days, the previous five million in six days and the same number before in eight days. Even in mid-September, the total number of infected people was less than a third – 30 million. The total number of deaths with covid-19 according to JHU exceeded two million.

8:00 – German health authorities today reported 7,141 new cases of coronavirus the previous day. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), this is the lowest value since October 20. In the last 24 hours, 214 people with covid-19 have also died in the country. The institute pointed out that the number of deaths was last so low on 14 December. On Monday, however, the balance is usually better than other days, because there are few tests performed on the weekends, the DPA agency wrote.

7:30 – Measures against coronavirus in the Czech Republic, which follow the index, now correspond to the strictest fifth degree. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Transport Karel Havlíček (for YES) said on Prima television on Sunday that the government will discuss the move to the fourth degree around Wednesday.

7:25 – The reproduction number showing how many people on average infected one positive test increased from 0.68 to 0.71. On the contrary, among the parameters on the basis of which the PES index is calculated, the share of hospitalizations, the average number of infected per 100,000 inhabitants in two weeks and the fortnightly average of diseases among the elderly per 100,000 inhabitants decreased.

7:17 – China announced today that its gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.3 percent last year. Although this is the weakest growth in 44 years due to the covidu-19 pandemic, China is probably the only major economy to show economic growth last year, according to news agencies.

7:16 – Legendary basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar received a coronavirus vaccine and was involved in promoting the vaccination in the United States. The 73-year-old top scorer in NBA history has made a short message that the competition management intends to broadcast during Monday’s televised matches.

7:15 – Today at 09:00, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) is starting to receive applications for the new COVID gastro program of a closed establishment. Entrepreneurs whose sales fell by at least 30 percent year-on-year in the last quarter of last year can apply for support of CZK 400 per employee for each day of closure due to government anti-epidemic measures. They have until March 1 to apply. The government has set aside 2.5 billion crowns for the program.

7:12 – Just minutes after the Brazilian drug control agency Anvisa sanctioned the use of the Chinese and British vaccines, a 54-year-old nurse at a hospital in Sao Paulo was vaccinated with a product from Sinovac in Brazil. This is where Sinovacu was tested. Its effectiveness, according to Brazilian scientists, is 50.4 percent. However, the Brazilian regulator returned the dossier for the registration of Sputnik V, explaining that it did not meet the minimum criteria set. The Russian vaccine, against which many experts have reservations, was approved in Latin America by Bolivia, Argentina and Venezuela, and was also ordered by Mexico.

7:10 – Babiš announced on Sunday that a stationery store, children’s clothing and shoe stores and lingerie stores would open from Tuesday, subject to government approval. The Prime Minister does not anticipate further adjustment of measures against the spread of coronavirus due to the high number of hospitalizations. Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček (for YES) said on Prima television that the government would discuss moving to the fourth stage of the PES, possibly on Wednesday, if the trend of a declining number of infected people is maintained.

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