UK reports record 1,564 daily COVID deaths

The United Kingdom reported a daily record of 1,564 coronavirus fatalities on Wednesday, the first time the death toll has passed the 1,500-mark since March last year.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Galicia, La Rioja and Cantabria regions became the latest areas to impose more stringent COVID-19 restrictions amid a rapid increase in infections.Worldwide, more than 91 million coronavirus cases have been reported with more than 1.9 million deaths.

US must vaccinate Mexican migrants workers: FM

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that the US is responsible for vaccinating Mexican migrants working north of the border.

He cited Article 23.8 of an agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada, or the USMCA, that establishes protection for migrant workers in a foreign land and a worker’s health cannot be compromised.

Coronavirus deaths in the US hit another daily high

The daily death toll in the United States hit another one-day high at more than 4,300.

The nation’s overall death toll from coronavirus has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is closing in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, about 407,000.

The US recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday, with Arizona and California among the hardest-hit states.

Coronavirus deaths in the US hit another daily high

The daily death toll in the United States hit another one-day high at more than 4,300.

The nation’s overall death toll from coronavirus has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is closing in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, about 407,000.

The US recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday, with Arizona and California among the hardest-hit states.

‘No limit’ for WHO delegation in month-long Wuhan mission, team member says

A global team of scientists led by the World Health Organisation to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus will spend around a month in the Chinese city of Wuhan, including two weeks in quarantine, a team member said.

Hung Nguyen, a Vietnamese biologist, told Reuters news agency that he did not expect any restrictions to the 10-member team’s work in China as they prepared to fly on Thursday from Singapore to Wuhan, where the first human cases were detected in late 2019.

Turkey approves China-based Sinovac vaccine’s emergency use

Turkish authorities gave the go-ahead for the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd, paving the way for the rollout for Turkey’s vaccination program starting with health care workers and other high-risk groups.

The country’s health minister, Fahrettin Koca, and members of the country’s scientific advisory council received the first shots live on television, soon after the health regulatory authority, the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency, announced it had given the green light for use in the country of 83 million.

Britain targets 24/7 COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The United Kingdom is targeting a 24-hour, 7-day a week COVID-19 vaccination programme as soon as possible, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

German army offers 10,000 soldiers to help virus fight

The defence minister of Germany offered up to 10,000 soldiers to help carry out coronavirus tests in care homes as the country continues to struggle with high infection numbers.

“The Bundeswehr is ready to assist at short notice with up to 10,000 men and women in old people’s homes and nursing homes if we are called upon,” a spokesman for Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told AFP news agency.

The soldiers would be able to receive training from manufacturers in how to carry out rapid tests, easing the pressure on care home staff and helping to protect those deemed most at risk from the virus, the spokesman said.

Spanish regions toughen response; Madrid blames UK strain

The Spanish regions of Galicia, La Rioja and Cantabria became the latest to tighten coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday amid a spiralling national infection rate that government officials have blamed on lax adherence to the rules over Christmas.

Madrid’s health chief Enrique Ruiz Escudero said he suspected the highly contagious variant of the virus first identified in the UK was partly to blame for the surge, accusing the government of “minimising” the issue.

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