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The global community continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Worldometers website, since the beginning of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the infection has been detected in more than 95 million inhabitants of the planet. Over 2 million people have died as a result of the infection, and more than 68 million patients have recovered. DW is following the events of Monday, January 18 (Moscow time).
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In the UK, 4,062,501 people, or 6 percent of the population, have already been vaccinated against the new infection, according to official figures. The majority (3.52 million) are in England, another 264.9 thousand – in Scotland, 151.7 thousand – in Wales and 125.7 thousand – in Northern Ireland. In addition, 452.3 thousand inhabitants of the kingdom have already received re-vaccinations. In total, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is home to about 66.83 million people.
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The world famous Disneyland amusement park near Paris has announced the postponement of the reopening date. It was originally planned that the park will open on February 13, but this is not possible due to the current situation in Europe, the management said. If circumstances permit, it will be possible to visit Disneyland from April 2, it is indicated below.
Due to the prevailing conditions in Europe, Disneyland Paris will not reopen on the 13th of February as initially planned. If you have a booking with us during the closing period, please check our website for our latest commercial conditions: https://t.co/3c0DbxYPLC pic.twitter.com/yom7cB4it3
– Disneyland Paris EN (@DisneyParis_EN) January 18, 2021
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A number of hospitals in Poland were forced to suspend vaccinations due to a lack of a drug. In particular, this happened in medical facilities in Krakow, Leszno and Plock. The country received only 176,000 doses of BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine on January 18, up from the expected 360,000, a Polish government official said. A few days earlier, Pfizer announced a temporary cut in vaccine supplies to Europe, explaining this by the need to expand production capacity. In Poland, 38 million people, 1,438,914 infections have been confirmed, 33,407 COVID-19 patients have died, 1,187,719 have recovered.
More than 68 million people are planned to be vaccinated in Russia
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Vaccination in Moscow
From January 31, Russians will be able to sign up for vaccination against coronavirus on the website of state services. “A separate specialized form of registration for vaccination will appear on the portal, where any citizen can register. Even if you have never been to the portal, you can easily register via your mobile phone without leaving your home,” said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko . In turn, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said that it is planned to vaccinate more than 68 million Russians. “The required level of vaccination is also determined by scientists: excluding those who have already been ill, as well as children under the age of 18, this is 60% of the population of Russia, or 68.6 million people,” she said.
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According to the World Health Organization , “very soon” the death rate from the effects of coronavirus infection will exceed 100 thousand per week. Last week, it was 93 thousand, recalled WHO expert Mike Ryan. In Europe, the number of deaths from COVID-19 has stabilized at a high level. Moreover, about 47 percent of coronavirus victims currently occur in the countries of the Americas.
Germany can produce up to 750 million FFP2 masks per year
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Germany can produce up to 750 million FFP2 filtering half masks and up to 1.75 billion conventional surgical masks a year, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Economy and Energy said. It is expected that at the meeting of the Chancellor and the heads of the states will discuss, among other things, the wearing of such masks in the entrances of residential buildings.
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The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) has called on federal and state authorities to refrain from completely shutting down public transport as a possible measure to combat the spread of infection. We are talking about a large number of representatives of system-forming professions who do not have the opportunity to work remotely, the association stressed. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Angela Merkel) on January 19 will discuss with the heads of the federal states further actions in the fight against the pandemic.
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Malaysia will allocate an additional 15 billion ringgit (about 3 billion euros) to overcome the economic consequences of the pandemic, said Prime Minister Muhiddin Yassin. In January, the country introduced a second lockdown. In total, 161,740 infections were confirmed in 32-million Malaysia, 605 patients died, 122,344 recovered.
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In China, over the past day, the virus was detected in another 109 people, in 16 cases we are talking about arrivals from abroad, the rest are in the provinces of Hebei, Jilin, Heilongjiang and the capital Beijing, the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China said. According to her, since the beginning of statistics, the causative agent of COVID-19 has been identified in 88 336 people, 4635 patients have died, 82 400 have recovered,
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Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus
Inequality in the supply of coronavirus vaccines to high- and low-income countries is undermining the global community's efforts to combat the pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) CEO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “We now face a real danger that even as vaccines give some hope, they are becoming another stone in the wall of inequality between the haves and have-nots in the world,” the head of WHO said at the opening of the WHO Executive Board.
According to him, it is absolutely correct that all countries intend to vaccinate health workers and the elderly in the first place. But it's wrong that younger, healthier adults in rich countries get the vaccine earlier than doctors and older people in poorer countries, Gebreyesus said.
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British authorities return mandatory quarantine for arrivals to the country. According to the Sky News TV channel, citing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, those arriving in the country from abroad must self-isolate within 10 days, as well as provide a certificate confirming negative coronavirus test results. Nationals of the United Kingdom returning from overseas are also subject to quarantine upon arrival in the country. Spot checks will be carried out in accordance with the new rules.
Ukraine cancels hard lockdown from January 25
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Kiev plans to cancel the hard lockdown from January 25. From this day on, the previously introduced restrictions will be in effect, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal said in an interview with Interfax. “Now we are breaking the chain that formed from the New Year to Christmas. If we had not done this winter vacation, then in February we would have reached critical indicators that did not allow our medical system to cope,” the prime minister said. According to him, the main goal of the lockdown was to limit the mobility of the population, which made it possible not to overload the healthcare system until the coronavirus vaccine was received. Its arrival is expected no later than February. Tough anti-epidemic measures in Ukraine have been in effect since January 8.
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Testing and vaccination center in one of the Domodedovo polyclinics
In Russia, the daily increase in the number of coronavirus infection was 22,857 cases. The number of deaths recorded per day is 471. According to the operational headquarters, 19,847 people are considered recovered. With a growing total, since the beginning of the epidemic, 3,591,066 cases of coronavirus infection have been officially registered in Russia, 66,037 deaths and 2,978,764 recovered.
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In Ukraine, as of Monday morning, 3,034 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded, 67 patients died. As the Minister of Health of the country Maxim Stepanov said on his Facebook page, over the past day, 1304 people were hospitalized, 5236 people recovered. The number of people infected since the beginning of the pandemic is 1,163,716 people, 20,869 people have died from COVID-19, 871,196 people have recovered.
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Australia does not intend to open borders in 2021
Despite the upcoming vaccination campaign in the country, there are no plans to open borders this year, according to Australian government health advisor Brendan Murphy. “Even if most of the population gets the coronavirus vaccine, we don't know how effective vaccination will prevent the spread of infection,” Murphy said.
Australia's borders have been closed since March 2020. At the end of February, the authorities plan to begin mass vaccination of the population with drugs produced by BioNTech / Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Since the beginning of the epidemic, about 29,000 cases of infection have been recorded in the country, more than 900 patients have died, and about 26,000 people have recovered.
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In Germany , according to the Robert Koch Institute, the daily increase in coronavirus infections was 7141 cases. Since the beginning of the epidemic in Germany, 2,040,659 cases of infection have been identified. Over the past 24 hours, 214 people have died, the total number of deaths amounted to 46,633. Recovered, according to Worldometer, about 1.7 million people. Data published on Mondays tend to be lower than actual figures due to weekends.
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Minister of Economy of Germany Peter Altmaier (Peter Altmaier) supports toughening lokdauna in Germany. “What we can afford the least from an economic point of view is the intensification of the pandemic,” he said in an interview with the media group Funke and warned against the spread of coronavirus mutations. The government's meeting with regional authorities scheduled for the end of January on the lockdown was postponed to an earlier date – January 19. Among the measures that will be discussed by the policies – the mandatory introduction of work from home, wearing FFP2-masks in the entrances of residential buildings, limiting contacts and a ban on going out.
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Slovakia will again launch mass testing for coronavirus from January 18, and from January 26 to February 7, it will tighten the ban on leaving home: only those who have a negative coronavirus test will be able to go to work. In October-November 2020, Slovakia managed to test almost all residents of the country over 10 years old, writes dpa. In total, about 5.5 million people live in the country.
Vice-Chancellor of Germany – for tightening the lockdown in Germany
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Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister of Germany Olaf Scholz (Olaf Scholz) advocated the extension and tightening of the lockdown in the country. Further action needs to be taken, he said in Bild's “True Questions” program. He admitted that a ban on leaving the house could be introduced, but said that this was not the first of all necessary measures. Scholz made this statement on the eve of the meeting of the federal government with the regional authorities in Germany. It will take place on January 19, earlier than planned. It is expected that the meeting will discuss new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.
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Brazil allowed the British-Swedish vaccine AstraZeneca and the Chinese CoronaVac to be used in the country. The first in the country to be vaccinated was a nurse from São Paulo. Earlier, the Brazilian National Sanitary Inspection Agency (Anvisa) rejected a request to approve the use of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in emergency cases.
Brazil, after the United States, ranks second in the world in the number of cases of coronavirus and deaths from it. About 210 thousand people have died in the country.
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