New Measures, New Reports, and Highlights – An update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– No deaths in 24 hours in Paraguay, a first –
For the first time since March 2020, Paraguay did not register deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday, Health Minister Julio Borda announced on Sunday.
Since the start of the epidemic, 16,188 people have died from coronavirus contamination in Paraguay. A peak in the number of deaths was reached between March and July 2021 in this country of seven million people.
– Outbreak of cases in Syria –
A patient with Covid-19 in a hospital in Idlib in Syria on September 13, 2021 (AFP – OMAR HAJ KADOUR)
The Syrian Ministry of Health has begun the transfer of Covid-19 patients in Damascus and Latakia to other provinces, in a context of saturation of hospitals and record rates of contamination, according to an official.
Syria has identified 32,580 cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 2,198 have been fatal, but, since mid-August, this country at war has experienced an exponential increase in the number of contaminations, having jumped less from 50 to more than 300 cases a day, according to official figures.
– Bolsonaro tested negative –
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested negative for Covid-19 on Sunday, after three cases were recorded in his delegation upon returning from the UN General Assembly in New York, the government announced.
It did not specify whether the head of state, placed in solitary confinement upon his return from New York on Wednesday, will resume his activities on Monday or will be examined a second time before. Without being vaccinated against Covid-19, Jair Bolsonaro has been seen several times without a mask during his stay in New York.
– Nicaragua and Bolivia receive vaccines through Covax –
Spain delivered nearly half a million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nicaragua through the Covax mechanism on Sunday to help it cope with a new wave of contamination. “With these 499,200 doses, the total given by Spain reaches 1,130,020 doses,” the embassy of the European country told reporters.
A teenager receives her first dose of Pfizer on September 25, 2021 in Tegucigalpa, capital of Nicaragua (AFP – ORLANDO SIERRA)
Bolivia, for its part, received 188,370 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the United States this Sunday, also through Covax, the Bolivian Ministry of Health announced on Twitter. The international Covax mechanism is supposed to allow 92 disadvantaged states and territories to receive vaccines funded by more affluent nations for free.
– France doubles the number of doses administered to poor countries –
France will give poor countries 120 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, double what it had previously planned, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Saturday.
“The injustice is that in other continents, obviously, vaccination is very late. For us, collectively. In Africa, only 3% of the population is vaccinated, we have to go faster, stronger,” launched the head of state French in a video sequence broadcast during the Global Citizen charity concert in Paris.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently criticized developed countries for now offering a third dose of vaccine to part of their population when many poor nations still do not have broad access to the first.
– More than 4.7 million deaths –
The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 4,740,525 worldwide since late December 2019, according to a report by AFP from official sources on Sunday at 10am GMT.
The United States is the most affected country both in number of cases and deaths (687,751 deaths).
The other countries that are most mourning are Brazil (594,200 dead), India (446,918), Mexico (275,303) and Russia (203,900).
The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly related to Covid-19, that the results of the pandemic could be two or three times higher.
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