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6:10 am in Germany: nearly 7,700 new infections per day
In Germany, 7,676 new cases of coronavirus were recorded during the past 24 hours. There have been 145 deaths from the virus reported, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German equivalent of RIVM.
The number of infections is lower than it was on Saturday, when it came to 9,164 new infections. On Friday, the number of new infections reached 9,113, compared to 10,207 cases of Corona on Thursday. In total, 2,386,559 injuries were recorded in Germany. The death toll has reached 67,841. Health Minister Jens Spahn recently warned that the most contagious British Corona variant is progressing.
Germany is currently under lockdown to prevent the spread of the lung virus and will continue until at least March 7. The authorities also extended the entry ban this week from countries with many cases of the Coronavirus. These include the United Kingdom and South Africa.
4:00 a.m. Australia begins vaccination
Australia will start vaccinating residents on Sunday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and senior medical officials join a group of residents and nursing home staff receiving their first injections. Health Minister Greg Hunt told Australian channel ABC that the prime minister and chief medical professionals are part of a small group that will receive the vaccine to increase public confidence in the drug’s safety.
The first vaccines arrived in Australia on February 15, when more than 142,000 doses of Pfizer / BioNTech landed at Sydney Airport. About 80,000 doses of the vaccine will be placed in the Australian arm over the next week. The state gives priority to people who work in quarantine complexes, border workers, primary health workers, elderly care residents, and employees.
The island nation has survived the Corona pandemic better than many Western countries. In Australia, home to about 25 million people, nearly 29,000 cases have been recorded and 909 patients have died of corona since the outbreak.
00:25 a.m. The British want everyone hack this summer
Great Britain wants all adults in the country to have an injection against the Coronavirus by the end of July. “We want to introduce a vaccine to all adults in the country by the end of July. This will help us accelerate protection for the most vulnerable and ease restrictions,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement on Saturday. To date, more than 17 million Britons have received the first vaccination, nearly one in three residents over the age of 18.
The UK has fewer delivery problems than European Union countries due to early and large orders for vaccines. In addition, the state wants to overdose the poor countries, but only if the British are vaccinated. The World Trade Organization criticized this, and Britain called for some vaccines now available, as suggested by French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron.
Despite rapid advances in vaccination, exit from lockdown should be done “carefully and in stages,” Johnson said. On Monday, the prime minister wants to announce his plans for a first relaxation, which should include private meetings outside and individual visitors in nursing homes. Reopening schools is also a top priority for his government.
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