Coronavirus: strain “out of control” in England, vaccines would remain effective


UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New reports, new measures and highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

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

  • More than 1.68 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 1,685,785 people around the world, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Sunday, December 20.

The United States remains the most affected country both in terms of the number of deaths (317,597) and of recorded cases (17,820,477), followed by Brazil (186,764 deaths), India (145,477), Mexico (117,876) and Italy (68,447).

  • Variant of the virus “out of control” in England

New strain of coronavirus discovered in UK is “out of control“, Recognized Sunday the British government, justifying a reconfinement of London and part of England just before Christmas.

More than 16 million Londoners and inhabitants of the south-east of England find themselves forced to give up family reunion at Christmas. The new variant of the virus, suspected to be 70% more contagious than the previous one, has been observed in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Denmark.

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  • Flights from UK suspended

While Spain asked Brussels for an answer “coordinateEU, several European countries including Germany, France, Italy and Ireland announced Sunday the suspension of flights from the United Kingdom.

The Netherlands was the first country to suspend passenger flights from British territory until January 1. Belgium followed by suspending flights, as well as trains from Sunday midnight (23h GMT).

Germany’s decision, which currently only concerns flights, must be formalized “in the next few hoursSaid a government source. Austria, Romania and Bulgaria are among the countries that have announced a similar measure.

On the French side, the suspension from Sunday midnight for 48 hours concerns all movements of people, “including related to the transport of goods, by road, air, sea or rail“. However, the EU, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Canada, as well as several South American countries such as Argentina and Chile have announced the suspension of flights from the United Kingdom.

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  • Vaccines effective against the new strain

Experts from the European Union have come to the conclusion that the current vaccines against the coronavirus remain effective against the new variant of Covid-19 spotted in the United Kingdom, the German government announced on Sunday evening.

  • The United States is monitoring the situation “very carefully”

US authorities are monitoring “very carefully“The new variant of the coronavirus but do not yet provide for a travel ban concerning this country and do not know about this strain is already present on American soil.

  • WHO and EU call for strengthening controls

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Disease Agency (ECDC) on Sunday called on their members in Europe to strengthen their controls to combat the spread of the new variant of Covid-19, in particular by improving their capacities to strain detection.

According to the WHO, a handful of cases have already been reported outside British soil: in Denmark (9), as well as a case in the Netherlands and Australia. The new strain includes several mutations and, according to initial assessments, would lead to increased contagiousness. Italy detected a first case on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.

  • Algeria will vaccinate in January

The North African country plans to start its vaccination campaign in January, said Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, hoping that the “adequate vaccine“.

  • New restrictions in Sydney and Kazakhstan

Australia introduced new restrictions in Sydney on Sunday in an attempt to stem the recent emergence of new cases in the country’s largest city. For its part, Kazakhstan has banned mass events, corporate parties and sporting events during the New Year’s holidays to prevent the spread of the virus.

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