Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world

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

– 100 million more workers in poverty –

The 17-month Covid-19 pandemic has pushed more than 100 million additional workers into poverty, the UN said on Wednesday, due to falling working hours and the evaporation of good jobs.

And the crisis is far from over, with employment not expected to return to its pre-pandemic level until 2023, warns the International Labor Organization (ILO) in an annual report.

– EU budgetary rules still suspended in 2022 –

The budgetary discipline rules imposed on EU member states, which have not been applied since March 2020, will remain suspended in 2022 in order to overcome the economic crisis linked to the coronavirus, the European Commission announced on Wednesday.

– The EU opens up to Japanese tourists –

The ambassadors of the Twenty-Seven gave the green light on Wednesday to add Japan to the list of third countries whose travelers, even unvaccinated, can be admitted to the European Union.

Regularly revised, this list will now include eight countries: in addition to Japan, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand already appeared.

– Arrival of international flights authorized in Vietnam –

International flights to Vietnam’s two largest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, will resume, authorities said on Wednesday, lifting a short-term ban imposed following a new wave of coronavirus. Civil aviation did not provide a timetable.

– Prolonged confinement in Melbourne –

The containment of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, will be extended by seven days, authorities said on Wednesday trying to stem the recent emergence of local cases of Covid-19.

The seven days of confinement of the five million inhabitants of Melbourne were to end on the night of Wednesday to Thursday.

– Moderna vaccine: new production line in the Netherlands –

The Swiss group Lonza, which is one of the major suppliers to pharmaceutical companies, will open a new production line in the Netherlands to manufacture the Moderna vaccine. Installed in its factory located in Geleen, in the south of the country, it should enter service at the end of 2021.

It should make it possible to manufacture up to 300 million additional doses per year when it is running at full capacity.

– More than 3.68 million dead –

The pandemic has killed at least more than 3,681,985 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Tuesday in the middle of the day.

After the United States (595,213 deaths), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (465,199), India (335,102), Mexico (227,840) and Peru (184,507).

These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. They exclude the upward revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations.

By taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the real toll is “two to three times higher”.

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