London – Thousands of people aged 80 and over have begun receiving invitations for a coronavirus vaccine in England, officials said on Sunday as Britain stepped up its national vaccination program in an effort to meet its goal of inoculating some 15 million people by mid-February. .
More than 600,000 invitations are due to arrive across England this week, asking older people to sign up for samples at new mass vaccination centers near them.
To date, the government has given the first dose of the vaccine to more than 1
The seven new large-scale vaccination centers are joining about 1,000 other sites in the country, including hospitals, general practitioners’ clinics and some pharmacies.
Officials hope the rapid spread of mass vaccinations will help Britain break out of the third national blockade, which was ordered this month to curb the alarming influx of infections and deaths from COVID-19. Britain has seen 81,000 deaths in the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
– California reports report a total of 695 coronavirus deaths
– British Prime Minister Boris Johnson comes under fire as Britain faces COVID-19 attack again
– Congested hospitals in Ukraine see the effects of widespread New Year’s celebrations
– The Israelis are protesting against Netanyahu against the background of the blocking of a third virus
“A pandemic night shift takes effect in Quebec.”
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BERLIN – More than 40,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Germany.
The sad record of 40,343 deaths was reached on Sunday, when the country’s Centers for Disease Control reported 465 new deaths.
Initially, Germany managed to maintain low mortality rates compared to its European neighbors, but since October, both new infections and deaths have been steadily rising. On Sunday, Germany registered 16,946 new infections.
The country entered a second hard lock last month, which was recently extended until the end of January. Schools and most shops are closed, hospitals in the country are on the brink, and some morgues do not have enough space to cool the relentless flow of incoming bodies.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the coming weeks will be the most difficult in a pandemic. However, the chancellor also said that the mass vaccinations, which began in late December, will eventually bring relief.
“Several hundred thousand have been vaccinated and it will become more and more every day. The speed will increase, “Merkel said in her weekly podcast.
So far, Germany and the European Union have approved vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. By Saturday, more than 530,000 people had been vaccinated, mostly elderly people and medical staff.
LVIV, Ukraine – The Medical College of Western Ukraine has been transformed into a temporary hospital as the coronavirus floods an Eastern European country.
The lobby of the college in the city of Lviv has 50 beds for patients with COVID-19, and another 300 are placed in lecture halls and auditoriums to accommodate overcrowded people seeking help in a crowded emergency hospital nearby.
The head of the hospital’s therapeutic department, Marta Saiko, said the college’s space had doubled its treatment capacity. She hopes the broad lock ordered on Friday will reduce the burden on Ukraine’s healthcare system.
Many health workers have criticized the government for ordering the lock only after the Christmas and New Year holidays, instead of risking anger at the public.
“We have seen large-scale New Year’s celebrations in almost every city,” said Boris Ribun, head of the regional pathology bureau in Lviv. “I think there will be consequences. We’ll see them in a week or two. “
BEIJING – More than 360 people have tested positive for a growing coronavirus outbreak south of Beijing in neighboring Hebei Province.
China’s National Health Commission said Sunday that 69 new cases have been confirmed, including 46 in Hebei.
The outbreak was of particular concern due to Hebei’s proximity to the country’s capital. Travel between the two is restricted, and Hebei workers must show proof of employment in Beijing to enter.
In the last eight days, Hebei has registered 183 confirmed cases and an additional 181 asymptomatic cases. China does not include those who are positive but do not show symptoms in their official number of cases.
Almost all cases are in Shijuazhuang, the provincial capital, which is 260 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of Beijing. A handful have also been found in Xingtai. Both cities conducted mass tests on millions of residents, cut off public transportation and limited residents to their communities or villages for a week.
MEXICO CITY – Mexico posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported on Saturday and almost a record 1,135 COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours.
The country currently has more than 1.5 million infections and more than 133,000 deaths in the pandemic so far. Given the extremely low level of testing in Mexico, official estimates show that the actual number of victims is over 180,000.
Health officials said 6,722 coronavirus shots were fired on Friday, totaling about 75,000 so far. In Mexico City, the current center of the pandemic in Mexico, 90% of hospital beds are full.
MONTREAL – A curfew designed to curb the growing influx of COVID-19 cases took effect in Quebec on Saturday night.
Prime Minister Francois Lego said the measure was needed to prevent events that had fueled the spread of the virus. The French-speaking Canadian province has a population of over 8.4 million
The rules will see that most residents will face police questions or fines of up to C $ 6,000 ($ 4,728) if they go out between 8pm and 5am in the next four weeks. There are exceptions for key workers, people who walk dogs, and those who have medical reasons to be outside, such as a doctor’s appointment.
TOKYO – Japanese opposition lawmakers are expressing dissatisfaction with the government’s emergency declaration in too little time to stop the growing case of coronavirus.
They also insisted on more tests, which lagged behind in Japan because they were expensive and difficult to obtain unless they were seriously ill.
“It is extremely important to take into account the worst-case scenario, but the answer is always based on an overly optimistic perspective,” said Yukio Edano, former economy minister, on NHK TV.
Opposition lawmakers Toranosuke Katayama and Kazuo Shii also criticized the state of emergency as too limited in scope, area and duration. The declaration, which began on Friday, called for the restaurants to close at 8 p.m., lasted a month and focused on the Tokyo area.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga defended the focus of the declaration and said that the curve of the spread of the infection would level off in a month.
So far, COVID-19-related deaths have been around 4,000 nationwide. Concerns are growing that hospitals are stretching. Cases in Tokyo have risen recently to more than 2,000 a day.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Lieutenant Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee is under quarantine at home after coming into close contact with someone who was later positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday.
The lieutenant-governor learned of the close contact on Saturday morning, and has since had a negative result and shows no symptoms, officials said. He will continue to be tested and will remain in quarantine until midnight on January 12, officials said.
McKee is ready to serve for the remaining two years of Gov. Raimondo’s term as Raimondo was elected Democrat Joe Biden as Biden’s trade secretary.
LAS VEGAS – Nevada reports one of the highest daily increases in coronavirus mortality since the beginning of the pandemic and its worst week to date.
On Saturday, the state reported 2,648 additional known cases of COVID-19 and 56 additional deaths. That’s close to the record for 60 deaths reported on Wednesday alone. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the total weekly 299 deaths from COVID-19 in the state are the worst so far.
There are currently 246,309 known cases of COVID-19 and 3,450 deaths in Nevada since the beginning of the pandemic.
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Nevada rose from 2,115.3 on Dec. 25 to 2,373.6 on Friday, while the moving average daily mortality rose from 33.6 to 35.4, according to Johns Hopkins University and The COVID Tracking Project.
LOS ANGELES – Health officials in California have reported a record high of 695 coronavirus deaths, as many hospitals are strained in an unprecedented number of cases.
The State Department of Public Health said the death toll had risen to 29,233 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The increase in cases after Halloween and Thanksgiving has led to record hospitalizations in California, and now the most seriously ill of these patients are dying in unprecedented numbers.
Many hospitals in Los Angeles and other affected areas are already struggling to cope and warn that care may be needed as intensive care beds shrink.
City of Oklahoma – A judge in Oklahoma has extended the temporary remand order, allowing bars and restaurants in Oklahoma to remain open after 11 pm issued by Governor Kevin Shield in November in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
District Judge Susan Stollings heard arguments in the case on Friday and extended the order from Dec. 29, while he believes the case is being ruled by bar owners who say the governor has no legal authority to impose evening hours, according to court records.
The governor’s lawyers say state law gives the Shield “broad and flexible power needed” to fight the spread of the virus.
On Saturday, Oklahoma has the sixth most recent cases per capita in the country with 1,218.16 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The State Department of Health has reported 2,738 deaths since the pandemic began.
JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday after becoming the first Israeli to be inoculated last month.
Israel is in the midst of a third national blockade after seeing a jump in cases, despite unleashing one of the world’s fastest vaccination campaigns. The country has given the first of two doses of vaccines to nearly 20% of its population. Netanyahu said on Saturday that he had provided enough vaccines to inoculate the entire adult population by the end of March.
Netanyahu put the vaccination initiative at the center of his re-election campaign in March, when Israel will hold its fourth national vote in less than two years. He, meanwhile, called on the Israelis to make a “last major effort” to stop the broadcast, adhering to tight restrictions.
Most schools and businesses were closed from Friday, with people having to stay within 1,000 meters (yards) of their homes, except for basic necessities. Public gatherings are severely limited and public transport is limited. Restrictions must last for at least two weeks.