According to the statistics of worldometers.info, updated to 6am 9/1 (Vietnam time), the total number of SARS-CoV-2 virus infections causing acute respiratory infections (Covid-19) in the whole world. the bridge was 89,233,252 cases, of which 1,919,284 people died.
Up to now, epidemic diseases have appeared and spread in 218 countries and territories. Countries also recorded 63,805,830 cured patients, the number of critical cases is 23,142,766 cases and 108,669 cases are under active treatment.
On January 8, the world had 128 countries and territories recording the new Covid-19; 107 countries / regions suffered from pandemic deaths. Compared with the past days, the number of deaths and new cases in many countries in the world recorded in the past 24 hours increased sharply again.
The Covid-19 epidemic was complicated in many countries, such as the US, India and Brazil, and simultaneously spread widely, with the number of cases of cocoa being infected in many countries, especially in Europe.
Worrying disease developments have reappeared in some parts of the world, after a series of countries faced a new outbreak. A series of European countries had to partially block or tighten measures against the Covid-19 epidemic.
The country most severely affected remains the United States, with 374,988 deaths out of a total of 22,190,492 infections. Notably, in the past 24 hours, the US continued to see the highest number of new infections, deaths and hospitalizations caused by Covid-19 ever.
|Workers assemble the parts of a Covid-19 test kit manufactured by Visby Medical in California, USA. Photo: REUTERS|
The US set a record on January 8 for the number of deaths, the highest ever, with over 4,000 patients who did not survive. This caused the average number of new infections per day within 7 days to also increase to the highest ever with over 229,500 cases / day. Besides, the US also announced the number of people hospitalized in a day at a new high of 133,100 cases.
Meanwhile, the epidemic situation in Brazil – the country with the second highest number of deaths in the world (200,498 deaths among 7,961,673 patients) – has not shown positive signs, as the number of new infections in The country has increased 87,843 cases over the past 24 hours – the highest daily increase since the epidemic broke out here. Meanwhile, the number of deaths also increased by 1,524.
London, UK: 30 people with 1 infected Covid-19
In Europe, the number of new infections and deaths caused by Covid-19 in many countries also skyrocketed, even reaching their highest level within a day.
Germany’s Robert Koch Institute of Epidemiology said the country recorded an additional 1,188 deaths from Covid-19 on January 8 – the highest level since the beginning of the epidemic. Meanwhile, the number of new cases in the country also increased by 31,849 – one of the highest milestones since the outbreak of the epidemic.
Currently Germany is considering expanding the list of countries that it will suspend receiving flights to, including Ireland, due to concerns about the variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
On the same day, the British National Bureau of Statistics (ONS) announced last week that England had more than 1.1 million cases of Covid-19. This means that one in 50 people has the disease, of which the rate is 1/30 in London. Specifically, in the week to January 2, the UK discovered 1,122,000 more cases of Covid-19. ONS said London, the East and South East of England had the highest rate of positive for SARS-CoV-2 in relation to the variant of the virus.
Across the UK, more than 2.89 million Covid-19 cases were reported, of which 78,508 were fatal. In order to control the processing of SARS-CoV-2 spread in England, UK announced a plan to require international visitors to this area to be tested.
Violations of the regulations, including British citizens, will be subject to a fine of 500 pounds (678 USD). The new rules also require all people from countries not on the government restriction list to quarantine themselves for 10 days even if they test negative.
Spain’s Ministry of Health also announced that in the past 48 hours, the country recorded an additional 42,360 cases and 245 deaths, bringing the total number of cases and deaths nationwide to 2,024,904 people and 51,675 respectively. people. The incidence rate per 100,000 people in the country has increased from 296 to 321. A health official said that this could be the third wave of epidemics in Spain.
Facing the above situation, many countries in Europe have tightened the restrictions. On January 8, the Swedish Parliament passed a law giving the government the temporary power to close commercial centers, shut down public transport, and penalize those who did not comply with the gap regulation. society. This measure takes effect from January 10 and lasts until September.
In France, the eastern city of Strasbourg, home to the headquarters of the European Parliament (EP), imposes a curfew from 6pm the night before to 6am the next morning. Thus, the curfew has been extended compared to the 18: 20h time frame applied earlier this month in 15 provinces in the Northeast and Southeast of France.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has begun to apply a new blockade under which schools, restaurants and sports and entertainment centers will be closed until January 24.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban also announced that the restrictions will be extended until February 1, including the nighttime curfew to control the Covid-19 epidemic. Elementary schools opened this week, he said, while high school students will continue studying online.
Indonesia: ASEAN’s most serious outbreak
The epidemic situation is also happening very complicatedly in Asia, especially in some countries which are considered the “epidemic heart” of the region.
China National Health Committee (NHC) said that in the past 24 hours, mainland China recorded an additional 53 new cases of Covid-19 disease, of which 37 cases infected the community and there were no deaths.
To date, mainland China has a total of 87,331 cases, of which 4,634 deaths caused by Covid-19. Because just in the past week, Hebei province (Hebei), a locality just 300 km from the capital Beijing, has recorded 127 new cases of Covid-19 and 183 cases without symptoms, Chinese authorities have appealed radiating two cities in this province, suspending all traffic routes and banning millions of people from leaving the area.
In order to promptly control the epidemic, Hebei province declared immediately entering a “wartime state”, activated an emergency response mechanism and conducted mass testing in the case detection areas.
In Japan, the authorities of Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto are considering the possibility of petitioning the government to expand the scope of emergency application to these three provinces in the context of the complicated Covid-19 epidemic here. In the past 24 hours, the number of new infections in all three provinces above has been at an unprecedented level, with Osaka 607 cases, Hyogo 284 cases and Kyoto 143 cases.
Due to the continuous increase in the number of people infected, the Japanese Government has decided to delay the resumption of the domestic tourism stimulus program “Go To Travel” until after February 7.
Indonesia continues to be the most serious outbreak of Covid-19 among ASEAN countries, with the highest number of cases and deaths in the region. Within 1 day, the number of new cases and deaths of Indonesia is many times higher than other countries in the region.
The epidemic situation in the “country of thousands of islands” continues to be serious after several months of outbreaks here and there is no sign of cooling down. Over the past 24 hours, Indonesia has been the country with the highest number of Covid-19 new cases and deaths in Asia. Indonesia recorded up to 10,617 Covid-19 cases and 233 deaths, bringing the total number of cases and deaths in the country to 808,340 and 23,753 cases, respectively.
The Philippines, despite the epidemic, is still going badly with the 3rd highest number of new cases per day among Southeast Asian countries and the 3rd highest number of deaths in the region with 8 deaths. In general, after the peak of the epidemic, the Covid-19 situation in the Philippines is cooling down.
In contrast, Malaysia’s situation is also more and more worrying, a new wave of epidemics is coming back to attack Malaysia when it recorded 2,643 new cases, 16 deaths from Covid-19 in the past day. Malaysia is the country with the second highest number of cases of Covid-19 in Southeast Asia within 24 hours.
Some kits do not detect variant SARS-CoV-2
While the Covid-19 epidemic is complicated, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that some molecular testing methods can give false negative results for new corona variants. .
Accordingly, the FDA found that the TaqPath Covid-19 test kits by Thermo Fisher and Linea Covid-19 of Applied DNA Sciences have significantly reduced sensitivity to certain corona variants, including variant B117. called the new UK variant.
Mesa Biotech’s Accula kit could also be affected by these mutations, according to Reuters news agency.
However, the FDA believes that these test kits may still help in the early detection of new Covid-19 infections.
In a move on the same day, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged rich countries to stop implementing bilateral agreements with vaccine manufacturers Covid-19.
“The rich countries have many vaccines while some others still do not have vaccines” – Mr. Tedros said, but did not mention any specific rich countries.
The WHO Director-General urged countries that have placed orders in excess of the necessary quantity and should immediately hand over the excess vaccine doses to the global COVAX vaccine initiative.
The European Union (EU) on January 8 also asked members not to ‘buy separately’ Covid-19 vaccine, and announced that they had just reached an agreement to buy 300 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine with Pfizer. / BioNTech – a move that will give the EU nearly half of the total Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine dose to the world by 2021.
In China, on January 9, National Health Commission official Zheng Zhongwei said that although the production and shipping of vaccines is costly, the government can provide vaccines to everyone free of charge.
On the same day, China confirmed that the preparations for the WHO expert delegation to come to Wuhan in order to study the origin of the new strain corona virus were under preparation. Previously, WHO had spoken out against Beijing delaying the long-planned trip.
“The specific time has been determined. As long as the experts complete the procedure and determine the schedule, we will go to Wuhan together,” said Mr. Zeng.
Mr. Zeng expressed his hope that the WHO investigation can help to understand more about the origin of the new strain corona virus.
Vietnam has not changed its anti-epidemic tactics
According to the National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19, as of 18:00 on January 8, Vietnam had a total of 1,512 cases of Covid-19, of which 693 were caused by domestic infection, the number of new cases. from July 25 to now, it is 553 cases. The number of cured cases is 1,357; the number of deaths was 35 cases.
The Standing Committee of the National Steering Committee for Disease Control Covid-19 met and agreed that although scientists are continuing to monitor and study a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we are Not changing the anti-epidemic strategy is to keep the inside tightly, to prevent the epidemic from being translated.
At the meeting on January 7, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Head of the Steering Committee emphasized: All regulations on epidemic prevention are in place, but sometimes, some places have not been strictly implemented. Therefore, the Ministry of Health needs to continue reviewing all processes, guiding admission of immigrants, concentrated isolation, handing over people completing centralized isolation on home medical monitoring and supervision. … Where the implementation is not correct or incomplete, the Ministry of Health officially has a written petition for handling. It is not possible because of the laxity of some parts of the anti-epidemic force, the comfort, inadequate awareness of some individuals that endanger the community.