Nearly 99 million cases of COVID-19, the more fatal variant

Nearly 99 million cases of COVID-19, the more fatal variant


(News 24h) – Compared to 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.

Pressure on President Joe Biden’s commitment

According to the statistics of worldometers.info, updated to 6 a.m. on January 23 (Vietnam time), the total number of SARS-CoV-2 virus infections causing COVID-19 globally was 98,670,343. of which 2,113,764 people died.

Up to now, epidemic diseases have appeared and spread in 218 countries and territories. Countries also recorded 70,859,589 patients were cured, the number of critical cases is 25,696,990 cases and 111,509 cases are under active treatment.

On January 22, the world had 118 countries and territories recorded new COVID-19 cases; 107 countries / regions suffered from pandemic deaths. Compared to 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.

Epidemic COVID-19 has complicated developments in many countries, such as the US, UK, Spain and Brazil with the number of new cases per day at tens of thousands, and at the same time spreading widely, the total number of cases of cocoa is 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 the COVID-19 epidemic prevention measures.

The United States recorded 3,240 people who did not survive, 158,362 new cases in the past 24 hours and currently the total number of deaths in the country is 423,531 deaths out of a total of 25,355,312 cases. On average, each day the US has about 134,000 new cases and about 3,000 deaths from COVID-19.

One of the most interesting information was reported by Reuters that about 150-200 soldiers of the National Guard assigned to ensure security during Joe Biden’s inauguration were corona-positive.

The news agency, citing an unnamed official, said that corona virus-positive military personnel may still increase, but still a small fraction if based on the more than 25,000 soldiers deployed in the capital. the past days.

In the context of a complicated epidemic, new US President Joe Biden announced a national strategy to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and signed additional executive decrees to prevent the epidemic, in That includes improving the supply chain, ensuring worker safety, promoting safe travel and expanding treatment for COVID-19 patients … According to Mr. Biden, this plan will start with vaccine vaccination epidemic COVID-19.

President Biden’s commitment in the first 100 days of his tenure to inject COVID-19 vaccine to 100 million Americans is under pressure when so far just over 16.5 million doses of vaccine have been injected in the United States.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state had run out of more than 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine supplied in the first distribution lot and is waiting for more batches next week.

The biggest obstacle right now is the limited capacity to produce vaccines, with only two vaccines approved for emergency use in the US, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

With 99 million cases of COVID-19, the mortality is higher
People wear masks to prevent COVID-19 infection in Frankfurt, Germany, on January 20, 2021. Photo: THX

The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 was more fatal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on January 22 that there is evidence that a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus discovered late last year in the country may be associated with a higher mortality rate.

Speaking at the press conference, Prime Minister Johnson stated: “Today we have been told that, in addition to spreading faster, there seems to be some evidence that the new variant – the variant is early discovered. in London and the South East (of England) – may be associated with higher mortality. “

According to the UK leader, all current evidence suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines are still effective against the old variant as well as the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

With regard to the new variant, the number of new cases of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the UK increased in Denmark. Data released by the State Serum Institute of Denmark showed that in the second week of January 2021, 7% of samples tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus were associated with the new variant. This rate increased from 4.1% in the first week of January and 2.4% in the last week of December 2020. Since mid-November 2020 until now, Denmark has detected a total of 464 cases infected with a new variant of SARS-CoV-2.

Meanwhile, Cuban health officials announced on January 22 that a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was detected in South Africa for the first time.

The patient is a male tourist who entered La Habana from South Africa, but showed no symptoms of COVID-19.

The situation is worrying around the world

In China – the first country to record the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the National Health Commission said that in the past 24 hours, mainland China had recorded 103 new cases, of which 94 were infected. community infection.

Worryingly, China has detected an outbreak of COVID-19 at a meat processing plant in Harbin city, northeastern country, with 10 cases. The area has seen an increase in the number of infections in the past weeks and outbreaks have been detected through routine testing. City officials said the test samples taken inside the slaughter area, frozen storage and outside of the product’s packaging were positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

China’s capital Beijing, meanwhile, has kicked off a 48-hour test campaign for 2 million people, as the city is accelerating the containment of new outbreaks believed to be linked. variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. So far, mainland China has a total of 88,804 cases, of which 4,635 died from COVID-19.

Chinese officials are concerned that the epidemic will break out and spread more strongly than the upcoming Lunar New Year, when the country witnesses a huge wave of Spring transport.

Concerned about the epidemic, the Government of Japan has passed two bills outlining penalties for organizations and individuals that fail to comply with epidemic and other infectious disease prevention and control measures. The government also expressed its determination to hold the Tokyo Summer Olympics (Tokyo Olympics) next July.

Accordingly, the governors of the provinces and cities will be allowed to request the business to shorten the operating time and then can order if the request is denied without a good reason. The owner of a business that fails to comply will be fined 300,000 yen (approximately $ 2,900) in the event of an emergency not being declared and up to 500,000 yen when an emergency has been declared.

If business owners do not allow authorities to do field inspections, they can be fined 200,000 yen. COVID-19 patients who refuse hospitalization will be fined up to 1 million yen or imprisoned for up to 1 year.

Many countries in Europe also recorded a complicated disease situation. Spain reported 44,357 additional cases of COVID-19 – the highest daily increase since the pandemic broke out in the country, bringing the total number of cases across the country to 2,456,675 cases.

The average rate of infection in Spain in the past 14 days has increased to 795 cases per 100,000 people, more than 3 times the infection rate (250 cases per 100,000 people) which the Ministry of Health of this country considers “extremely extreme. danger”.

Meanwhile, the number of new infections in the UK also reached 37,892 cases, bringing the total number of cases across the country to more than 3.5 million cases, of which 94,580 deaths. In order to control the epidemic, British Health Minister Priti Patel said it would raise the fine and add fines for violating the blockade order applied to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic.

In France, the number of new infections in the past 24 hours is nearly 23,000. Health Minister Olivier Veran stressed that the government is racing against time to stop the epidemic after the spread of a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus originating in the UK forced many European countries to impose it. blockade order. According to Veran, more stringent restrictions will be enforced if the variant continues to spread.

The number of deaths caused by COVID-19 in Portugal also increased by 234 people. This is the fifth day in a row, the number of deaths in this country is at an unprecedented level. Currently, the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the country is 609,136 and 9,920, respectively.

The complicated epidemic situation made leaders of 27 European Union (EU) countries agree to speed up the vaccination campaign, mutual recognition of test results and consider limiting unnecessary movement through border. Speaking after the summit, President of the European Council (EC) Charles Michel said that the intra-EU border must be opened, freight will be continued, but there is a need to consider limiting movement activities. unnecessary.

Notably, the Dutch National Assembly passed a curfew proposed by Prime Minister Mark Rutte. This is the first time the Netherlands has issued a curfew since World War 2. Accordingly, this measure was implemented from 7pm the night before to 4:30 am the following day, effective from 23/1 for to at least until February 19. Violators will be fined 95 euros (115 USD).

According to the website worldometers.info, as of 23:59 p.m. on January 22, the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) recorded 20,196 more cases of COVID-19 compared to 1 day ago, while the total number of deaths increased to over 41,410 people.

Over the past 24 hours, the ASEAN association had four member countries that recorded COVID-19 deaths: the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia.

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. In the past 24 hours, Indonesia has been the country with the highest number of new cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Asia. Indonesia recorded 13,632 cases of COVID-19 and 250 deaths, bringing the total number of cases and deaths in the country to 965,283 cases and 27,453 cases, respectively.

A year of anti-epidemic Vietnam

January 23 marks the first full year that Vietnam has been fighting against Covid-19, since the first case was recorded on January 23, 2020.

Over 1 year, the COVID-19 epidemic raging around the world has made many countries wobble. In many countries, even the most developed, the health sector seems to be falling.

In such a context, Vietnam is like a bright spot when firmly fighting the pandemic, gradually recovering and developing the economy in a state of “new normal”.

Located adjacent to China, where the first epidemic broke out, up to now, COVID-19 in Vietnam is divided into 2 stages of spread in the community and has to implement social gap in April and July 2020.

The first phase since the discovery of the first case on January 23, 2020. After that were the cases of Vietnamese people returning from Wuhan city (China); people who enter Vietnam and return from epidemic regions or countries.

Phase 2 was recorded from the end of July 2020 up to now with new cases in Da Nang City, Ho Chi Minh City and some provinces and cities.

Since the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in Wuhan (China), Vietnam has made strategic and creative decisions from the central to local levels, with the determination and consensus of all levels of the party committees and Government, ministries, departments, branches and the entire people.

At that time, there were many drastic measures that were first applied in epidemic prevention and control such as: restricting entry, progressing to stop entry for all people from abroad to Vietnam, quarantine All people gather from abroad, trace their contacts on a large scale …

In the reeling caused by COVID-19 to the globe, the year 2020 marked Vietnam’s bright spot on the world map. International media have continuously articles about Vietnam – an anti-epidemic model, lessons learned for many countries.

By the morning of January 23, Vietnam recorded a total of 1,548 cases of COVID-19, of which 693 were domestic infections, with 35 deaths.

Assessing Vietnam’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kidong Park – WHO Representative in Vietnam said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, very few countries in the world can keep a stable life rhythm. as normal as in Vietnam, it is the result of the efforts of the Party and the Government as well as the consensus of the Vietnamese people.

Minh Thai

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