January 15th Comprehensive report, according to the real-time statistics of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of 7:21 Beijing time on January 15, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide has exceeded 92.99 million, and the number of deaths has exceeded 1.99 million.
At present, the pandemic situation in the United States is still worsening. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 90,000 people will die of the novel coronavirus in the United States in the next three weeks.
In addition, the pandemic in Europe is not optimistic. Many countries have strengthened pandemic prevention measures, and France will impose curfews throughout the country.
Vaccine distribution in Africa is steadily advancing, and the African Union said that it has obtained 270 million doses of vaccine. .
The United States expects 92,000 people to die from the coronavirus in the next three weeks.
The cumulative number of confirmed cases in the United States has exceeded 23.27 million, and the number of deaths has exceeded 388,000. The “out-of-control” development of the pandemic has led to heavy pressure on the medical systems in many places.
At present, more than 130,000 COVID-19 patients in the United States are hospitalized for treatment.
In Pennsylvania, hospitalizations were almost twice as high as it was at the peak of the spring 2020 pandemic; in Arizona, hospitalizations reached a new high on January 12.
Also, according to the latest estimates, as many as one-third of residents of Los Angeles County, California, have been infected with the novel coronavirus since the beginning of the novel coronavirus, indicating alarming signs of rapid spread of the virus in the region.
A third variant virus or originated in the United States has been found.
In view of the current pandemic situation, on January 14th local time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a pessimistic prediction: 92,000 people will die from COVID-19 in the United States in the next three weeks, and the cumulative number of deaths in the United States will soar to 476,000.
On the other hand, in order to control the pandemic, researchers in the United States are actively carrying out virus traceability and have recently discovered a third variant of the novel coronavirus originating in the United States.
A team at the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale traced the new variant called 20C-US, which first appeared in Texas in May 2020 and said it may be the most easily spread novel coronavirus to date.
The researchers said that this variety spread widely in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, but not outside the border.
France will impose a national curfew
On January 14th local time, French Prime Minister Castel held a press conference with five government ministers, including the Minister of Health, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Economy, announcing that a curfew will be imposed throughout France from 18:00 to 6 a.m.
the next day from January 16, which will last for at least 15 days.
In addition, Castella announced that from January 18, all citizens from outside the EU entering France will need to have a negative COVID-19 test certificate at the time of entry and self-isolate for seven days after entry, followed by a second test.
Italy extends state of emergency
In neighboring Italy, the Ministry of Health issued an announcement on January 14 local time, saying that the country’s Council of Ministers has adopted a new pandemic prevention decree extending the state of emergency until April 30, 2021 and continuing to take a series of pandemic restrictions.
On the same day, British Transport Secretary Shapps said that due to the recent discovery of a new variant novel coronavirus in Brazil, the United Kingdom decided to impose a travel ban on Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and other South American countries from 4 a.m. local time on January 15.
Except for the United States, the pandemic situation in Europe is still grim.
On January 14th, local time, 1,244 new deaths occurred in Germany, the highest number since the outbreak of the pandemic.
At present, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany has exceeded 2 million.
The head of the disease control agency called on employers to let employees work from home as much as possible, and reminded that consideration should be given to further tightening the current “lockdown” measures.
WHO calls on countries to help Africa
At present, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa has exceeded 3.14 million, and more than 75,000 deaths have occurred.
For many African countries with relatively weak sanitation, the importance of the coronavirus vaccine is self-evident.
On January 13th local time, the AU Chairman-in-Office and South African President Ramaphosa announced that the AU has obtained 270 million vaccines, and the first 50 million vaccines will arrive in Africa between April and June 2021.
Ramaphosa said the COVID-19 vaccine implementation program (COVAX) with the help of the World Health Organization and the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) has played a vital role in helping low- and middle-income countries obtain vaccines on a fair and just basis.
At least 60% of the African population is vaccinated to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19, says CDC scientists say.
The African Union received the first coronavirus vaccine.
However, Africa has a population of 1.5 billion, and the difficulty of vaccine distribution and universal access can be imagined.
In response to this situation, the WHO said on January 14 local time that the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in Africa “has always been unfair”, but at the same time said, “this is a huge cause and it will take time.”
On January 13th local time, Michael Ryan, head of the WHO Health Emergency Project, called on rich countries to actively help to bridge the global vaccine inequality gap.