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The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 1,435,868 people worldwide since the appearance of the very first carrier cases in China in December 2019.
The total number of cases having contracted the virus has reached 61,226,666 people worldwide, of which 17,466,689 are considered active cases while 42,324,109 are considered to have recovered from the disease.
The United States is the most affected country in terms of the number of deaths and the number of cases recorded, respectively, 262,283 and 12,778,254. Brazil (170,769 dead), India (135,223), Mexico (103,597) and the United Kingdom (56,533) follow.
In 24 hours, South Korea has recorded nearly 600 new cases. this is its largest toll of contaminations since March. These latest figures have alerted authorities to the possibility of a new wave in the country this winter.
Germany is the exception among European heavyweights when the Christmas celebrations arrive. The country will maintain its measures such as closing bars and restaurants and limiting participants’ number to private meetings until early January.
“We still have to make efforts (…) the number of daily infections is still at a much too high level,” Chancellor Merkel said.
Before being overthrown by a military coup led by Omar al-Bechir in 1989, the last democratically elected Sudanese prime minister, Sadek al-Mahdi, died Thursday of Covid-19, his party Umma announced.
“Sadek al-Mahdi, leader of the Umma party, died Thursday,” said a statement from his political party. Affected by the coronavirus and treated in the United Arab Emirates, the politician died at 84, leaving behind a country in mourning for three days.
On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) called on African countries to speed up their capacity to vaccinate their populations against the coronavirus. While the other continents race for vaccination, Africa is lagging and is only 33% ready against the WHO’s 80% targets.
This percentage, assessed based on data provided by 40 countries on the continent on a series of criteria, is, for the moment, significantly lower than the target of 80%, according to the organization.
“Planning and preparation will be critical for this unprecedented task,” WHO Regional Director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said in a virtual press conference, noting that the goal was to vaccinate 3% of Africans in Africa. ‘by March 2021 and 20% by the end of next year.
The vaccine against the coronavirus developed by the British laboratory AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford requires “further study,” said the group’s chief executive on Thursday after criticism of the results announced.
“Now that we have found what appears to be better efficacy, we need to validate it, so we need to do further study,” Pascal Soriot said in an interview with Bloomberg.
The results of this new international study “could be faster” to obtain “because we know that the effectiveness is high, so we need a smaller number of patients,” he said.