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Coronavirus: update on the pandemic

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– India: “heartbreaking” situation –

Epicenter of the pandemic for several days, India on Monday recorded a world record of 352,991 contaminations and a national record of 2,812 deaths. With more than 192,000 dead, it is the fourth most bereaved country in the world. The crematoriums have been operating at full capacity in recent days.

The situation in the country is more than “heartbreaking”, lamented the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), which sent more than 2,600 personnel as reinforcements.

– India: arrival of international aid –

The first shipment of British medical aid – 100 ventilators and 96 oxygen concentrators – reached Delhi, the Indian capital, on Tuesday morning. Nine British air containers loaded with medical supplies will be dispatched this week.

Arrival of a first shipment of British medical aid, April 27, 2021 at New Delhi airport, India (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office / AFP – -)

Paris will also send eight oxygen production units, oxygen containers and respirators during the week.

Washington will send components for the production of vaccines, protective equipment, rapid diagnostic tests, or even respirators.

– Brazil refuses Russian vaccine –

The health regulatory agency of Brazil, the second most bereaved country in the world with nearly 400,000 deaths, on Monday evening opposed the request of several states in the country to import Sputnik V.

Covid-19: active cases in India (AFP - Kenan AUGEARD)

Covid-19: active cases in India (AFP – Kenan AUGEARD)

Experts have argued “uncertainties” over the Russian vaccine which has yet to be approved by European and American health agencies.

Russia denounces a “political” refusal of Brazil against its vaccine, which has been authorized by more than 60 countries, according to the Gamaleïa institute which created it.

– Turkey: national containment –

Turkey is confined Thursday evening until May 17, ordered President Erdogan. The country recorded more than 37,000 new cases of Covid-19 and 353 deaths on Monday after reaching peaks of more than 60,000 contaminations per day since the beginning of April.

Patients with Covid-19 in an intensive care unit at Ankara hospital, April 27, 2021 in Turkey (AFP - Adem ALTAN)

Patients with Covid-19 in an intensive care unit at Ankara hospital, April 27, 2021 in Turkey (AFP – Adem ALTAN)

All non-essential shops and businesses will be closed during this lockdown which covers the three-day Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

– The Scots return to the pub –

On Monday, the Scots were able to enjoy their first pint of beer at the pub of the year: establishments had been closed since December 26.

If Scots must consume alcohol outside, they are allowed to have a meal inside cafes and restaurants.

– Nouméa reduces the quarantine of the vaccinated –

New Caledonia, free from Covid-19, will reduce the mandatory quarantine from 14 to 7 days for vaccinated travelers.

A waitress brings drinks to customers on the terrace of a Glasgow pub on April 26, 2021 in Scotland (AFP - ANDY BUCHANAN)

A waitress brings drinks to customers on the terrace of a Glasgow pub on April 26, 2021 in Scotland (AFP – ANDY BUCHANAN)

This protocol concerns passengers who have received the two doses of vaccine “at least 14 days” before setting foot on the Caillou. A blood sample will be taken.

– More than 3.1 million dead –

The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 3,122,150 people worldwide since December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources, Tuesday at 10:00 GMT.

The world facing the coronavirus (AFP - Simon MALFATTO)

The world facing the coronavirus (AFP – Simon MALFATTO)

The United States is the country with the highest death toll (572,674) followed by Brazil (391,936), Mexico (215,113 dead), India (197,894 dead) and the United Kingdom (127,434 dead).

These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.

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