The Russian and French presidents acknowledged the difficulty of the situation in their countries with the continuing outbreak of the Corona virus, and while the US state of California recorded a record death toll, the new strain of the virus continues to spread around the world, and the former Secretary-General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, also contracted the disease.
In a speech he gave yesterday on the occasion of the new year, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged the brunt of the second wave of the Corona epidemic.
“Unfortunately, we have not completely eradicated the epidemic yet, and the battle continues unabated,” Putin said.
In a toll announced by the health authorities today, Saturday, Russia recorded 447 additional deaths in the last 24 hours, and more than 26,000 new cases of corona, including 5,400 injuries in the capital, Moscow, and the country has been recording for months at this high level.
For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron warned yesterday that the first months of this year will be difficult, and that the impact of the epidemic will continue “until spring at the very least.”
In the face of the accelerating spread of the virus, the French government offered an hour the start of the night curfew, while the government spokesman said that the virus continues to spread in France, but at a varying pace between regions.
In Britain, health workers warned that the situation is heading to be worse during the current month, in light of the spread of the new strain of the virus.
Yesterday, for the fourth day, Britain recorded more than 50 thousand new cases of the virus, and Thursday’s outcome (56 thousand) was the highest ever.
In Europe, too, Germany recorded more than 12,000 new infections in the past 24 hours, including 336 deaths.
The virus continues to spread across Europe at a high rate, despite the launch of widespread vaccination campaigns late last month.
In other regions of the world, the virus continues to spread at a high rate in both Brazil and Mexico, while South Korea has extended restrictions previously imposed for an additional two weeks.
In the United States, which is experiencing a much worse epidemic situation, California in the past 24 hours recorded 585 additional deaths, the highest daily toll ever.
In the same period, the authorities recorded 47,000 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to 2.29 million.
In the past few days, the United States recorded unprecedented numbers of injuries, close to a quarter of a million injuries and 4,000 deaths per day.
Americans ’hopes of quickly ending the epidemic have diminished thanks to the recently approved Pfizer-BioNTech and moderna vaccines, as vaccination campaigns slow due to logistical difficulties and hospitals run out of capacity.
While the US government aims to provide 100 million doses by the first of next March, only 2.8 million Americans have so far received the vaccination, while the authorities were planning to vaccinate 20 million by that date.
US President-elect Joe Biden condemned this delay, expressing his determination to accelerate the pace of vaccination operations when his administration takes office on the 20th of this month.
The new breed
With regard to the new strain of Corona virus, which was recently discovered in Britain; Jordan announced today the registration of 3 new infections with this strain; Which brings the total number of injuries to 5 cases.
In Vietnam, the authorities announced today that they had detected the first infection with the new mutated strain of the Corona virus, which is currently spreading at a rapid rate in Britain.
The first cases of the mutated virus were detected this week in the United States, specifically in the states of Colorado, California and Florida.
In exchange for warnings of the seriousness of the outbreak of this strain, the American infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci played down this matter, saying that it was not a concern.
Turkey announced yesterday that it had detected the mutated virus in 15 people who had recently traveled to the United Kingdom, and Ankara suspended flights from Britain until further notice.
On the other hand, the former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa announced that he had been infected with the Coronavirus.
The Egyptian government newspaper Al-Ahram website quoted Moussa as saying yesterday that he isolated himself at his home after discovering that he was infected with the virus.
Moussa said that his health condition is stable, and he has not been transferred to the hospital, adding that there are a number of doctors who are following his condition, and that he is in constant contact with them and responds to their advice.
Many leaders and officials around the world were injured, among them the leaders of the United States, Brazil, France, Britain and Algeria.