Corona virus has caused the death of one million and 468 thousand and 873 people in the world, since the WHO office in China was informed of the emergence of the disease, at the end of December, according to a census conducted by Agence France-Presse, according to official sources until 11:00 GMT, Today.
More than 63 million 227 thousand and 470 people in the world have contracted the virus.
The United States is the country with the largest number of deaths (268,103), followed by Brazil (173,120), India (137,621), Mexico (105,940) and Britain (58,448).
Standard humanitarian needs
The number of people who will need humanitarian aid in the world will reach 235 million, a record increase of 40 percent, within a year, “exclusively due to Covid-19”, according to the United Nations.
The United Nations launched a record humanitarian appeal to raise $ 35 billion (€ 29 billion) for the year 2021 to help 160 million people in 56 countries (out of the 235 million concerned) among the most vulnerable, facing famine, conflict and the consequences of climate fluctuations and the outbreak of the epidemic.
Pfizer and Biontec are requesting a license to market their vaccine in the European Union
In a statement, “Pfizer / Biontech” said that they applied, on Monday, from the European Medicines Agency to “obtain a conditional license to market” their vaccine, after tests showed that it is 95 percent effective against Covid-19, with the hope of distributing it by the end of the month.
OECD talks about ‘unclear’ prospects
Prospects are improving thanks to the vaccine, but they remain “unclear” in the short term, after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, today, lowered its forecast for global economic growth in 2021, which will increase by 4.2 percent, compared to 5 percent that was anticipated before the isolation measures imposed in the fall. .
The organization also corrected and raised its estimates for 2020, so that global GDP shrank by 4.2 percent, compared to 4.5 percent in its previous forecast in September.
Ireland lifts isolation measures
Ireland lifted its second lockdown measures today, with unnecessary stores, hair salons and gyms reopening after strict six-week restrictions.
On October 22, it was the first European country to impose a second isolation, and it closed unnecessary shops and prohibited meeting people from different families, but it kept schools open.
Warning from Panama
Panama’s President Lorentino Cortizo has warned of an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, at a time when the country called on the population to gradually resume economic activity after asking people to return to work.
Panama is the country most affected by Covid-19 in Central America, with more than 165,000 injuries and 3,079 deaths, for about four million people.
Lewis Hamilton has COVID-19
British Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton has been infected with the Corona virus, and will miss the Sakhir Grand Prize, the sixteenth penultimate stage scheduled for next Sunday in Bahrain, according to what the FIA and its Mercedes team announced today.
“FIA, Formula One and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 can confirm today that during the compulsory PCR tests before the Sakhir Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton tested positive for the Covid-19 virus,” the FIFA said in a statement.
In turn, Mercedes announced that “Lewis has isolated himself. He is in good health except for some minor symptoms.”
Sri Lanka pardons prisoners
Hundreds of prisoners were pardoned in Sri Lanka, with more to be released after a revolt that left nine people dead and 113 injured in one of the overcrowded detention centers where Covid-19 is spreading.