DIRECT. Covid-19: nearly 290,000 cases recorded in 24 hours in the United States, a number never reached



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The United States recorded a new record of Covid-19 contamination on Friday, January 8, with nearly 290,000 cases recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, which refer to it. At the same time, the country, faced with an outbreak of the epidemic, has deplored 3,676 deaths from the disease. In total, the United States has recorded 21.8 million cases and more than 368,000 deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

Will the 6pm curfew be extended? By Sunday, decisions must be taken on the possible extension to ten new departments of the curfew from 6 p.m., already in force in fifteen others for a week. The Bas-Rhin prefecture announced on Friday that the department would be concerned from Sunday, but the decision must however still be formally endorsed by the government.

The European vaccine purchasing strategy is continuing. Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Ursula von der Leyen are “determined to continue” the collective strategy for purchasing vaccines by the European Union, the Elysee said on Friday. “This European coordination must cover both vaccine orders and production sites in Europe”, the palace added in a statement. The European Union has reached an agreement to acquire 300 million additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, doubling the quantity ordered.

The circulation of the virus is accelerating. Since Tuesday, the number of positive cases has been around 20,000 per day and the French public health agency has noted a “clear increase in the number of confirmed cases” during the week of December 28 (96,743 cases, + 17%). It is “maybe the beginning of the consequences of the end-of-year gatherings”, explained the officials of the health agency.

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