World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed concern as the global infection rate continues to rise sharply and approach its highest level since the outbreak.
The United States continues to be the worst affected country by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 32,228,968 cases and 579,039 deaths. Worryingly, about 1% of the 77 million people who have been vaccinated in the US – more than 5,800 people, still test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. According to the US Agency for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this condition may be due to the fact that the body of the injected person has not yet produced a strong immune response. Of those people mentioned above, 74 people have died, some have serious illness changes while 396 people have been hospitalized for treatment. The US CDC recommends that people who have received the full dose of vaccine need to monitor the body condition, continue to implement preventive measures such as wearing a mask and ensuring social isolation to avoid infection.
After America is India with 14,382,582 cases and 174,699 deaths. Data from the Indian Ministry of Health released on April 16 showed that, in the past 24 hours, the country recorded an additional 217,353 cases of COVID-19, the eighth record increase in the past 9 days. In this context, the daily rate of COVID-19 vaccination in India is slowing down due to the limited supply of vaccines and the ban on the export of US raw materials. Currently, the country has only about 30 million doses of vaccine, enough for 10 days.
Ranked No. 3 in the number of COVID-19 cases in the world is Brazil with 13,758,093 cases, of which 365,954 deaths. Currently, public hospitals in the state of Sao Paulo – one of the most severely affected localities, are short of medicine and medical supplies for the procedure of intubation in the treatment of patients with COVID-19. .
In Southeast Asia, the epidemic has not shown signs of easing in hotspot countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. Over the past 24 hours, Thailand recorded an additional 1,582 cases of COVID-19, a record high for the third consecutive day, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 39,038. Up to now, the epidemic has spread to all 77 provinces of Thailand. Faced with this situation, the Thai government decided to tighten the prevention restrictions for 14 days, from April 18, at the same time set up thousands of field hospitals and called on hotels to provide extra beds. patient has no symptoms.
In Cambodia, in a special message released on the evening of April 16, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen ordered the authorities to take the most stringent measures to ensure people in the capital Phnom Penh and the city. Ta Khmao (Kandal province) had to stay indoors for 14 days, from 0:00 on April 15 to April 28. Preah Sihanouk province also has just issued an order to close the largest market Phsar Leu in the southwestern coastal province of the country.
In the Philippines, an additional 10,726 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 914,971 cases, of which 15,738 deaths. Philippine Health Minister Maria Rosario Vergeire said the disease situation in the country is still “critical” although the country has re-imposed tight blockade measures to limit travel activities.
In Europe, Germany is struggling to cope with the third wave of infections. On April 16, Prime Minister Angela Merkel warned that the disease situation in the country is “very serious” when the number of patients requiring intensive care has increased sharply at the highest level since January 22. She urged the German National Assembly to ratify the bill to amend the Law on Prevention and Control of infections so that it can consistently tighten epidemic prevention measures across the country.
Meanwhile, a number of other countries in Europe are easing restrictions after the disease situation improves. Specifically, Portugal plans to resume flights to the UK and Brazil during phase 3 of the easing of restrictions, from April 19. And Finland The announcement will allow all restaurants to reopen next week.
In Monaco, from April 19, the curfew will be shortened by 1 hour, starting from 9pm the night before to 6am the next morning. Restaurants that have been open for lunch, will now serve dinner until 9:30, but are not allowed to play music and customers have to leave the restaurant at 10pm to go home with a certificate issued by the restaurant owner. level.
Sweden will also ease restrictions on seniors and citizens who have received at least 1 shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, Denmark is pushing for plans to reopen. From April 21, restaurants and bars are allowed to serve customers to eat and drink inside, football fans can come to the cheerleading stadium, the number of people joining gatherings is crowded. outdoors will also be increased by 50 people compared to 10 previously.