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In Dublin, protesters against Irish measures for Corona clashed with police on Saturday. Hundreds of people participated in the protest. According to public broadcaster RTE, 23 people were arrested and a police officer was injured.
Riots broke out as protesters were heading to a park in central Dublin, according to the RTE. A video clip circulating on social media shows that one of the demonstrators fired a torch at the police.
Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar strongly condemned the violence. He wrote on Twitter, “There are no excuses for violence against Gardi (Irish police) or anyone else.” “This behavior by a small number of selfish people undermines the sacrifices that millions of people have made in the past twelve months,” Varadkar said.
The Irish government recently announced that the strict lockdown in force in the country will be extended until April 5. However, schools may reopen gradually from Monday.
00.22 pm USA allows the use of the Janssen vaccine
The US Medicines Regulatory Authority (FDA) recommends that Leiden drug company Janssen’s coronavirus vaccine be allowed on the US market. The agent can now be quickly used to vaccinate people.
The Food and Drug Administration previously described the drug as 72 percent safe and effective. Therefore, there is no longer any objection to the emergency approval. Janssen could deliver 4 million doses directly to the US and millions more soon. Janssen vaccine can be stored at refrigerator temperature. Also, unlike previously approved vaccines, only one injection should be taken with Leiden.
The vaccine is also expected to be used quickly in the European Union. The European regulator EMA wants to approve it on March 11th, and it has been heard in the European Union.
9:45 p.m. dead and seriously injured in a fire in the Ukrainian Corona wing
One person died and another was seriously injured in a hospital in southwestern Ukraine when a fire broke out in the Corona ward. This is the second time in a month that a patient infected with the Coronavirus in the country has died in a hospital fire.
According to the emergency services, the fire in Chernivtsi was caused by an explosion in an oxygen line. Shortly before the fire broke out, twenty people could still be evacuated from the ward.
Early this month, a doctor and three patients died in Corona when a fire broke out in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Zaporizhia, also in southwestern Ukraine. In Kharkov, in the east, 16 people were killed in a fire in a care center in January.
6:45 pm Biden calls on the US Senate to quickly approve the Corona support package
US President Joe Biden called on the Senate to quickly approve the $ 1900 billion rescue package as additional emergency aid to confront Corona. The House of Representatives, where Democrats have a slim majority, voted in favor of the package on Saturday.
“We don’t have time to waste,” Biden said in a short speech at the White House. People in this country have suffered a lot for a very long time. If we act decisively, quickly and bravely now, we can finally defeat this virus and finally get our economy back on track. “
Biden and the Democrats are trying to get emergency aid through Congress without help from Republicans. With the US bailout, the costs of vaccines and medical supplies will have to be paid. The money is also being used for a new round of emergency financial aid for families, small businesses, and national and local governments.
Republicans, who have broadly supported past coronavirus support measures, feel that much of the current package is unnecessary. They say only 9 percent of the latest aid package will be used directly to fight the virus.
12.43 pm in New Zealand Auckland city is closed again
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is under lockdown again. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern decided to do so on Saturday due to the continued addition of new domestic coronavirus infections. The new restrictions last for at least seven days and come less than two weeks after the city closed for three days.
Ardern said a new infection was confirmed on Saturday, unrelated to other positive cases in the past two weeks. Although it looks like they all go back to a school in the south of town. As of Sunday morning, the city’s 1.7 million residents will have to stay home and only be allowed out for shopping or essential work.
Schools and non-essential stores should close, and access to and from Auckland is restricted. The restrictions also apply to the rest of the country, but are less comprehensive. For example, there are limits to the number of people who may be present at a public gathering.
Ardern said there was “cause for concern” because the last case found involved a person who had been contagious for a week but had not been placed in quarantine. He visited a doctor on Friday and then went to the gym.
Until recent infections, New Zealand had not had any local virus cases in months and was seen as one of the countries that managed to combat the lung virus with great success with very strict measures. By closing its international borders early, the island nation effectively wiped out the virus early in the pandemic.
In the country, a total of 1,200 people have contracted the Coronavirus and 26 have died from Covid-19.
5:07 a.m. – Nearly 10,000 more new infections have been reported in Germany
In Germany, 9,762 new cases of corona were diagnosed during the past 24 hours, according to reports by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German counterpart of the German Coronavirus Institute. The newly reported number is slightly lower than the day before, when RKI reported 9,997 infections.
The total number of infections in Germany now stands at 2,434,446. RKI also reported that 369 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 69,888. This increase is slightly lower than on Friday, when the total number of deaths due to the Corona virus rose by 394.
4:26 a.m. – Hundreds of Belgians take part in a Chinese Corona vaccine test
Between 300 and 400 Belgians will soon participate in a trial and be vaccinated with a Chinese vaccine. This is the first time that tests have been conducted in Belgium with a vaccine from a Chinese company. Various Belgian media wrote this on Saturday.
The Federal Medicines Agency (FAMHP) confirms that the China Biopharmaceutical Alfalfa Corporation was the first and only company at present to submit an application for vaccine testing. The Chinese company is still awaiting positive advice from the Ethics Committee and final approval from FAMHP, but is aiming itself for the second half of March to start its clinical trial.
One of the centers that will test the Chinese alfalfa vaccine is the Anima Research Center in Alken. “We plan to start vaccinating 300-400 people who have been tested with the Chinese vaccine in April,” lead researcher Eric Pontenx said.
Vaccinating the general population in Belgium with a Chinese vaccine is not yet an option as Europe does not grant permission to do so.
3:30 am – Farewell to British “Captain Tom” Corona
The funeral of British Corona hero Tom Moore will be held in a special session on Saturday. The ancient warrior gained ground hero status through his campaign on foot to raise money for British healthcare. He died earlier this month after contracting the Corona virus himself.
Captain Tom had set a goal in the year before his death to lift 1,000 pounds by cruising his backyard. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that this measure ultimately brought in 33 million pounds (38 million euros). Moore would later record success by singing the song You Never Walk Alone and was knighted by the Queen.
After Moore’s death, a record of condolences was opened online. There people responded en masse to his death. Sympathetic relatives called for healthcare support by not attending the funeral in Bedfordshire.
Moore actually spoke about his funeral, according to his family. He wondered out loud if his new status as a British celebrity might mean “we have to stock up on more Victoria Sponge cakes for extra guests,” but due to the measures against the coronavirus, it was ultimately decided to keep a farewell on a small scale.
The farewell party is expected to be attended by eight family members. These are the daughters of veterans, their in-laws, and their great-grandchildren. Moore wanted the service to end with Frank Sinatra’s song My Way. He wanted to cremate his body and then bury his ashes in a family cemetery in Yorkshire.
Moore indicated that he would also like a small white gravestone. He also thought about cameos. This should include the intended phrase jokingly, “I told you that I am old.”
1:53 am – ‘The US is ahead of the puncture schedule’
US President Joe Biden said his administration’s vaccination campaign is running smoothly. “We are weeks ahead of the deadline,” he said on a visit to Texas. Biden promised 100 million injections against the Corona virus in the first 100 days of his presidency. More than 50 million vaccines were given in the past five weeks.
The president and his wife, Jill, visited an vaccination center and food bank in the hard-hit state. Biden also held a meeting with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who was criticized when the network was disrupted due to the weather, with power cuts across the state. Across Texas, more than 4.4 million households were without electricity and some also without water.
Biden, the Democrat, called again for unity in the divided country. He did it in a country with a Republican majority vote. We are not here as Democrats or Republicans. “We are here today as Americans,” he told the volunteers at the vaccination station.
Biden said: “In the past five weeks, the United States administered the largest number of vaccines of any other country.” The United States has the highest death toll in the world with more than 500,000 deaths and it still records the most injuries and deaths daily.
Biden also issued a warning: “Infection and hospitalization can increase again as new variables emerge, so it is not time to sit back and relax.”
Read our live blog for Friday February 26 here.