Here is a summary of the latest health news.
Belgium’s coronavirus deaths are at 20,000, still among the highest per capita in the world
Belgium’s death toll from coronavirus infection, one of the highest per capita in the world, has crossed the 20,000 mark, according to official data published on Sunday. Country, home to headquarters Europeans Union and NATO, have played down comparisons to suggest it is one of the world’s worst due to a pandemic, but virologists point to several missteps and systemic problems. A country divided by language, Belgium giving the region a sizeable autonomy and having nine health ministers.
Italy reported 361 coronavirus deaths as of Sunday, 18,627 new cases
Italy reported 361 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, down from 483 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 18,627 from 19,978. Approximately 139,758 mop tests were carried out on the last day, the ministry said, against 172,119 earlier.
Seven in Marseille tested positive for the new UK COVID-19 variant
Seven people to the south France city Marseille has tested positive for the UK’s new COVID-19 variant, local politician and former mayor Michèle Rubirola said on Sunday. The seven people are part of a group of 23 who were previously reported believed to have made contact with the new British COVID the variant, which has been analyzed has a higher transmission rate.
Has it ended? Israel roll out COVID booster shot
Israel’s coronavirus vaccination campaign, the world’s fastest per capita, turned to a booster shot on Sunday in a bid to protect the most vulnerable next month and ease economic restrictions. Israel Over the age of 60, those with health problems and medical personnel have received the first injection Pfizer Vaccine Inc. since December 19. After three weeks have passed, the vaccine will start for a follow-up, final dose.
The UK recorded 54,940 new COVID-19 cases and 563 deaths as of Sunday
Britain reported 54,940 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, slightly down from the number on Saturday, and 563 new deaths in the 28 days after testing positive, government data shows. Deaths had been above 1,000 for the four consecutive days preceding Sunday, although figures on weekends are often lower due to delays in data collection.
The UK is aiming for its COVID-19 vaccination target when injections reach 200,000 a day: Hancock
Britain is immunizing its most susceptible people to COVID-19 in mid-February and offering injections to every adult in the fall, with about 2 million people having received the first dose, its health secretary said on Sunday. “Over the past week we’ve vaccinated more people than the whole of December, so we’re accelerating the rollout,” Matt Hancock told BBC TV.
Japan discovered a new coronavirus variant in travelers from Brazil
A new coronavirus variant has been detected in four travelers from Brazil Amazon state, Japan Ministry of Health said on Sunday, the virus’s newest mutation was found. A ministry official said research was being carried out to find out the efficacy of the vaccine against the new variant, which is different from the highly contagious variant first discovered in Britain and south Africa which has prompted a spike in cases.
Rare doses and empty vaccination centers: German vaccine launch headaches Proud of their national reputation for efficiency, German increasingly frustrated with the slow roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine aided by its scientists. Scarce vaccine supplies, complicated paperwork, a shortage of health care staff, and an aging, sedentary population are hindering efforts to obtain early doses of the US-based vaccine made by the US. Pfizer and German BioNTech partners into the arms of the people.
The Philippines signed a deal to secure 30 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Covovax: The distributor Philippines The government has signed a deal to secure a supply of 30 million doses of the Covovax COVID-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII), its local partners said on Sunday. The agreement was signed on Saturday by Carlito Galvez, a former military general in charge of the Philippines’ strategy to fight the coronavirus, according to a statement issued by SII’s local partner, Faberco Life Sciences Inc.
Russia reports its first case of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus: RIA Russia has detected the first case of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus found in English, in a Russia who came back from Britain and tested positive late last month, the RIA news agency reported on Sunday, citing the consumer health watchdog. Russia suspended flights to Britain last month to January 13 because a virus variant was detected there. It also introduced a mandatory two-week self-isolation period for people arriving from Britain.
(With input from the agency.)