While the Covid-19 wave has died down in Indian cities, there are now fears of an explosion in the countryside, where people flee in front of those responsible for their vaccinations. In Argentina, 80,000 deaths have been passed.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of at least 3,714,923 people worldwide since its inception in late December 2019, according to a report released by AFP at noon on Saturday. More than 172,499,930 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed.
The countries that recorded the most new deaths in their most recent reports are India (3,380 new deaths), Brazil (1,454) and the United States (605).
The United States is the hardest hit country with 597,001 deaths, ahead of Brazil with 470,842 deaths, India with 344,082 deaths, Mexico with 228,568 deaths, and Peru with 185,813 deaths.
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Among the worst affected countries, Peru is the country with the highest number of deaths relative to its population, with 564 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary (309), Bosnia (286), the Czech Republic (282) and North Macedonia (261).
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INDIA – Vaccine Fear in Rural Areas
In India, as the recent spate of urban killings dies down, an epidemic is wreaking havoc in a rural area plagued by poverty and dominated by ignorance and fear. Health workers are finding that residents often flee from behind their homes when they knock on their homes to get them vaccinated. Some were even attacked.
“Many people in my village refuse the vaccine. They think they will die if we make them, ”says one of the specialists working in the state of Haryana. “People do not come for testing, convinced that the government will declare them infected with Covid, even if they are not,” adds a doctor from Uttar Pradesh.
According to an analysis of the daily newspaper The Hindu, only 15% of rural residents received at least one injection versus 30% in the city, and two-thirds of these cases occur in rural areas.
Rumors are rife on the Internet and on messengers like WhatsApp. Fear that 5G could spread Covid-19 has led to an attack on a mobile tower in Haryana state.
This fear dominates despite the sight of bodies thrown into waterways and hundreds of shallow graves that show the coronavirus is wreaking havoc in rural India, home to 70% of its 1.3 billion population. The coronavirus epidemic has claimed the lives of over 340,000 people in India.
ARGENTINA – 80,000 deaths passed.
Argentina surpassed the 80,000 coronavirus deaths threshold on Friday, according to health authorities, for a total of about 4 million infections. Over the past 24 hours, there have been 30,950 new cases of Covid-19 and 539 deaths.
The average number of new daily cases last week was over 500. As of the end of 2020, around 43,000 people have died in Argentina. This number has almost doubled since early 2021. A total of 7668 people are hospitalized in intensive care units, which is equivalent to a occupancy rate of 78.2%.
The epicenter of the infection remains the capital Buenos Aires and its periphery, home to 15 million inhabitants in a country of 45 million.
Argentina wants to give new impetus to its vaccination campaign from next week when it starts production of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Russian Gamaleya laboratory on its territory.
BRAZIL – imports of Sputnik V and Covaxin are allowed on the terms
Brazilian regulator Anvisa granted exclusive permission on Friday to import doses of Russian vaccines against Covid Sputnik V and Indian Covaxin, limiting their use.
The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) initially objected to their approval, believing that there was no data to guarantee their safety and effectiveness.
Several states in northeastern Brazil have requested the import of 30 million doses of the Russian vaccine, and the Ministry of Health, for its part, has requested the import of 20 million doses of the Indian vaccine.
Annvisa finally authorized the import and use of 4 million doses of covaxin on Friday, the equivalent of 1% of the population in the six states that requested the import of Sputnik V.
ITALY – A record 600,000 doses were administered in one day.
“Friday saw a record number of injections in 24 hours, reaching 600,000, while the number of injected doses now exceeds 37 million,” the government agency in charge of the vaccination campaign greeted.
“Italy also has the absolute second largest fully vaccinated population in Europe, just behind Germany and ahead of France and Spain,” he added, partly attributing this success to the increase in the number of vaccination centers that are open today. 2666 versus 1500 at the beginning of March
A total of 800 new centers will gradually open in the coming weeks.
Since the start of the vaccination campaign, 37.06 million doses of the vaccine have been administered and 12.7 million people have been vaccinated, or 23.48% of the population over the age of 12, according to figures published on the Italian government website.
The pandemic has claimed the lives of 126,415 people in Italy, where the number of new cases and deaths has been steadily declining in recent weeks, with 2,557 new cases and 73 deaths reported on Friday.
BELGIUM – Vaccinations opening soon for children aged 16-17
Belgium will open up vaccinations to young people aged 16-17 from July, politicians announced at the end of an interagency conference. “The vaccination of this age group will follow the vaccination of 18-year-olds. From July they will start receiving invitations for the first dose, ”they added.
These injections will be made with the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine, which has received European Medicines Agency approval for this age group, they said.
On Friday, the prime minister announced that cafes and restaurants will be able to serve their customers indoors from Wednesday thanks to progress in the fight against the pandemic.
The opening, which is part of a plan to gradually lift restrictions in the country, was announced on May 11. However, it remained aloof from the evolutionary circulation of the coronavirus responsible for Covis-19.
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