Published: 2021-11-26 18:31
Last Updated: 2022-01-16 08:04
Here are the latest developments related to the spread of the coronavirus in the world in light of the latest numbers, new measures and facts:
- Several countries ban flights from southern Africa -
Several countries around the world, particularly European countries, announced a ban on flights from countries located in southern Africa, after a new mutant of the coronavirus was detected in South Africa for the first time.
Singapore will implement a similar measure from Sunday.
Japan will tighten entry restrictions with a 10-day quarantine in government-chosen hotels for people coming to this region.
Thursday, scientists in South Africa announced the discovery of a "worrisome new mutant in South Africa," noting that the mutant +B.1.1.529+ shows a very high number of mutations" and is "capable of spreading very quickly."
- Monitoring the infection of the new mutant in the Israeli Occupation-
The Israeli Occupation Ministry of Health announced Friday that it had recorded an infection with the new mutant of Covid-19, which was first detected in South Africa, and which may be more contagious than its predecessors, according to scientists.
The ministry stated, "A case was recorded in a person returning from Malawi," noting that "two other cases were suspected in two people returning from abroad" who were placed in quarantine.
- WHO: A better understanding of the new mutant 'needs several weeks' -
A spokesman for the World Health Organization announced Friday that understanding the level of transmission and severity of the new mutated Corona virus that was detected in South Africa needs “several weeks.”
Christian Lindmeier said during a regular press conference for United Nations agencies that experts from the World Health Organization tasked with monitoring developments in the coronavirus are meeting with that Friday to determine whether the mutant named "B.1.1.529" should be classified as "worrying."
- Hundreds of flights canceled due to COVID-19 infections in Shanghai -
On Friday, China canceled hundreds of flights, closed some schools and suspended tourism activities after discovering cases of the virus in Shanghai, which puts pressure on this host country for the Winter Olympics.
A few months before the start of the Olympics in Beijing on the fourth of February, China wants to reduce at all costs the risks of pollution and adopt a health policy aimed at preventing any infection.
- A third member of the French government tests positive-
After French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Minister of Labor Market Integration Brigitte Klinkert, Minister of State for Rural Affairs Joel Giroud contracted COVID-19. All announced that they suffer from minor symptoms.
The fifth wave of the epidemic in the country led to a rapid increase in the number of infections for several days, reaching 33,464 Thursday, the highest level since the end of April. France announced the strengthening of vaccination and health certification procedures.
- More than 5.18 million deaths -
The coronavirus has caused the death of at least 5,180,276 people in the world since the World Health Organization office in China reported the emergence of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a census conducted by Agence France-Presse based on official sources Friday at 11:00 GMT.
The United States is the most affected country in terms of deaths (775,797), followed by Brazil (613,642), India (467,468), Mexico (293,449) and Russia (270,292).
The numbers are based on daily reports issued by each country's health authorities and exclude subsequent reviews by statistical agencies that indicate much higher death numbers.
The World Health Organization, taking into account the excess mortality rate directly or indirectly related to Covid-19, considers that the outcome of the epidemic may be two or three times greater than the officially announced outcome.