Germany on Saturday became the sixth European country to pass a dismal 10,000 COVID-19 death toll. The country, which avoided the most severe outbreak of the first wave of the virus earlier this year, also recorded nearly 15,000 new infections.
Head of that World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned of difficult times to come for the countries of the Northern Hemisphere.
“The coming months are going to be very difficult and some countries are on a dangerous path,” the WHO director general said at a news conference on Friday, warning that the Northern Hemisphere was at a “tipping point”.
He called for immediate action, warning of an “exponential increase in cases” in many countries.
Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical chief for the coronavirus, said the WHO recorded around 445,000 new cases in the past 24 hours, nearly half in Europe. He said “ICU capacity will be reached in the coming weeks” in cities across Europe.
Former United States of America Vice President Joe Biden, who is running as a Democratic candidate for the 2020 US Presidential election, said on Friday that if he was elected president he would mandate that the vaccine be free for all Americans.
“Once we have a safe and effective vaccine, it should be free for everyone – whether you are insured or not,” Biden said in his speech, 11 days before election day.
US President Donald Trump also said vaccines should be free for Americans.
AstraZeneca said on Friday that they have continued with it WE experimental COVID-19 vaccine trial. The trial was suspended on 6 September following reports of serious neurological disease in patients during a company trial in England. The drugmaker resumed trials after the US Food and Drug Association (FDA), which monitors vaccine manufacture, said it was safe to do so.
Temporarily stopping drug and vaccine testing is very common, as studies involving thousands of participants suggest some may get sick. The US AstraZeneca study involved 30,000 people with some getting the actual vaccine and others receiving a placebo. Final testing has continued in the UK, Brazil, South Africa and Japan.
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Brazil Anvisa’s regulator allowed the biomedical center to import 6 million doses of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, although President Jair Bolsonaro said the country would not buy China’s vaccine.
The product is currently in phase 3 trials, which were carried out with the help of a local university. It is not yet approved for widespread use in Brazil.
Brazil Pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica said on Friday that it signed an agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine next month.
This is the second agreement to produce a vaccine in Brazil, where four other vaccines have already been tested.
The Brazilian state of Bahia also signed an agreement to conduct phase 3 trials of the Sputnik V vaccine and plans to purchase 50 million doses for the northeastern Brazilian market.
German reached the bleak milestone of 10,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to figures released by the country’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) – the government body responsible for disease control and prevention.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 14,714 to 418,005, the RKI reported. It’s the highest number of new infections every day in the country.
A Netherlands hospitals began sending COVID-19 patients to German to reduce tension in the hospital. Flevoh Hospital in Almere, 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of Amsterdam, is sending patients to Germany by helicopter. This is the first air transport of this type from the Netherlands to Germany since the pandemic began.
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Italy The Campania region said it would impose a lockdown to stem the flow of the coronavirus. Campania has closed most schools and imposed a curfew.
Police used tear gas in Naples to harass hundreds of people who were protesting the urge to take tougher measures. Daily cases in Italy have jumped sevenfold since early October, surging to 19,143 on Friday and raising fears that the pandemic is escalating out of control. Daily deaths also increased throughout the month, totaling 91 on Friday, but far less than the height of the first wave in the spring when the daily peak of deaths hit 900.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he wants to avoid another national lockdown that could hurt a fragile economy, but regional leaders can set their own rules when it comes to lockdowns.
Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and three ministers in his government will remain in isolation after the deputy ministers they contact tested positive for the virus on Friday.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was isolated on Friday after a minister tested positive
“I am awaiting orders from the health authorities and until then I will isolate myself. I last got in touch with him five days ago,” Borissov wrote in a post on his Facebook page.
Borissov said he tested negative from a test he took Friday morning before meeting US Deputy Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Keith Krach.
Cases in Bulgaria have been surging since the start of the month. The country recorded 1,595 new cases as of Friday. Health authorities have banned planned operations in regions where infections exceed 120 per 100,000 people and are demanding that hospitals ensure 10% of their bed capacity is available to COVID-19 patients.
the middle East
Iran national airline IranAir resumed European flights after they were suspended due to the pandemic. A spokesman told state news agency IRNA that scheduled flights to Britain, France, Austria, Germany and Italy would resume.
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