Covid-19 around world: state of emergency considered in Tokyo, limited gatherings in South Korea

Southeast Asia is in the throes of a resurgence of the epidemic. Japan has crossed for the first time in recent days the barrier of 4,000 contaminations in 24 hours.

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The countryside vaccination programs continue to be deployed – often slowly – around the world. But the vast majority of the planet is still facing a wave of the spread of the coronavirus that is difficult to contain, and containment measures are being taken in many countries.

The pandemic has killed at least 1,835,824 in the world for more than 84.5 million people infected, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Sunday according to official figures. The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 351,452 deaths for more than 20.6 million cases. Brazil (196,018 dead) and India (149,435 dead) follow.

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  • New state of emergency considered in Tokyo

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday announced that his government “is considering” a new state of emergency in the greater Tokyo region facing the resurgence of coronavirus contaminations, deeming the country’s health situation “very severe.” The Japanese leader also said he hoped that the vaccination campaign could begin at the end of February, specifying at a conference news that he would be among the first to receive the injection.

Japan – relatively spared from the pandemic compared to beau coup other countries with some 240,000 infections and less than 3,600 deaths – since November has suffered a sharp increase in contamination, exceeding for the first time Thursday the mark of 4,000 new cases in 24 hours.

The Prime Minister, however, reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics, postponed for a year to summer 2021 because of the pandemic, repeating that their outfit would be “proof that humanity has defeated the virus”.

  • South Korea restricts gatherings across the country h2>

The restriction on private gatherings in effect in Seoul to fight the coronavirus epidemic has been extended in the capital and extended to all of South Korea, the government announced on Monday, as a rise in new daily infections was seen.

Gatherings of more than four people are banned in Seoul and its suburbs Erie since December 23. This measure was initially due to end on January 3 but was extended, as were strict social distancing rules aimed in particular at restaurants, churches and ski resorts. A nationwide vaccination campaign is expected to start in February.

  • UK starts administering AstraZeneca vaccine

The United Kingdom becomes the first country on Monday to administer the vaccine from the British laboratory AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford against Covid-19 to its population, while considering a new severe turn of the screw to curb the worsening of the pandemic.

AstraZeneca-Oxford’s vaccine is less expensive, easier to store and therefore more suitable for a large-scale immunization campaign than those of its competitors Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, already approved and distributed in several countries, especially in the United States.

The British authorities have ordered 100 million doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, 520,000 of which are ready on Monday, according to the Department of Health. In England, hundreds of new vaccination centers are due to open this week, in addition to the 730 already in place.

/Le Monde Report. View in full here.