A government committee concerned with the outbreak of the Corona virus in India has predicted that the virus will affect at least half of the country’s population by next February. For its part, the Tunisian government has authorized the states to impose a curfew to combat the virus, while UNICEF seeks to obtain one billion shots of vaccines in the future.
In India, Manendra Agrawal, a professor at Kanpur Institute of Technology and a member of the federal government’s committee, told Reuters: “Our calculation model estimates that about 30% of the population is currently infected, and the proportion could increase to 50% by February.”
The committee’s estimate of the spread of the virus is now much greater than the results of tests conducted by the federal government, which show that only about 14% of the population were infected with the virus until last September.
India – which has a population of 1.3 billion people – has now recorded 7.55 million cases of Coronavirus, making it second behind the United States in terms of the number of infections.
The new Corona virus has caused the death of more than 1.1 million people at least in the world since the WHO office in China reported the emergence of the disease in late December, according to a statistic of the French Press Agency on Monday based on official sources, and more than 40 million infections were recorded. Proven from the start of the disease.
The United States is the most affected country, as it recorded 219,676 deaths, followed by Brazil with 153,905 deaths, then India, which recorded 114,610 deaths, and Mexico, which announced 86,176 deaths, followed by the United Kingdom with 43,646 deaths.
Close in Wales
On Monday, Wales announced the imposition of a two-week lockdown, starting from Friday, in an attempt to stop the second wave of the spread of the new Corona virus, to adopt the tighter restrictions in Britain.
Mark Drikford, Prime Minister of Wales – during a press conference – said that from 6 pm on Friday (17:00 GMT), the 3 million inhabitants of this British region will be asked to “stay in their homes” for two weeks. The duration of this procedure was the shortest that could be adopted to be effective.
Non-essential stores will have to close their doors, which will lead to a situation similar to what prevailed in Britain when the decision to close on March 23 with the spread of the first wave of the virus, which gradually increased before summer.
Tunisian Prime Minister Hicham El Mechichi authorized all governors (conservatives) to declare a curfew in their regions, starting from Tuesday, due to the spread of the Corona virus.
And 6 states have been under a night curfew for about two weeks to limit the spread of the Corona virus, which are Tunis, Manouba, Ben Arous and Ariana (in the north) and the states of Sousse and Monastir (in the east).
The Ministry of Health said that it had recorded 114 deaths in Corona, and 5 thousand and 752 injuries between 13 and 16 October.
In Palestine, the health of the Secretary of the “Liberation Organization” Saeb Erekat, 65, who was recently infected with the new Corona virus, has deteriorated, especially since he recently underwent a lung transplant that affects the immune system, and the Israeli “Hadassah Ein Karem” hospital, to which he was transferred for treatment, described his condition as ” Critical “.
In Iran, 337 people have died due to the new Corona virus in the past 24 hours, according to what the Ministry of Health announced Monday, in a new record toll in the country that has witnessed an increase in “Covid-19” cases recently.
With this toll, the deaths rose to 30,712 since the outbreak of the epidemic in this republic last February.
The local authorities issued a decision to close a large part of the capital’s public places. At a time when this measure was scheduled for a week from October 3, it was extended more than once, and is still in effect until next Friday at least.
In Belgium, all cafes and restaurants will have to be closed as of today for at least a month, and the professionals considered this matter “catastrophic”, while the authorities attributed it to the significant increase in the number of injuries.
In addition to this closure, a curfew between midnight and five in the morning, starting from Monday evening, in this country most affected by the epidemic among European countries in terms of population.
In Switzerland, gatherings of more than 15 people will be banned in public places from today, and the wearing of masks will be mandatory in closed places that the public can enter, and this applies to train stations, airports and buses.
The continent of Europe is facing a big surge in the number of infections and deaths from the Coronavirus, as winter approaches.
The World Health Organization said that “the situation in Europe causes great concern.”
This came on the heels of a week that witnessed a surge in infections on this continent by 44% compared to last week, at a time when infection rates decreased in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
UNICEF has one billion injections
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) wants to store one billion syringes in advance by the end of 2021, to be able to quickly launch massive vaccination campaigns once certified vaccines against “Covid-19” are available.
“The vaccination of the world against Covid-19 will soon be one of the greatest tasks in human history, and we must move forward as quickly as possible in the production of vaccines,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
“In order to be able to move quickly at a later time, we must go quickly now, and by the end of the year we will already have more than half a billion injections ready in advance, which can be deployed quickly and at the best cost,” she added in a press release.
Fore also said that the 520 million syringes that the organization wants to store by the end of 2020 “is enough to go around the world one and a half times”, indicating the scale of the mission.
There is currently no available vaccine against “Covid-19”, and there are about 200 experimental vaccines in various stages of development and testing, and about 10 are in the last stage of this process before evaluation and possible licensing by the health authorities, according to figures issued by the Health Organization.