Update on the coronavirus pandemic around the world

THROUGH AFP

Updated on 06/01/2021 at 06:19

Published on 6/1/2021 6:19 AM

Updated on 06/01/2021 at 06:19

Published on 6/1/2021 6:19 AM

Relatives carry the coffin of a person who died of Covid-19 in Huanuco, 370 kilometers northeast of Lima, on January 26, 2021
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Update on the coronavirus pandemic around the world


Through AFP

06/01 at 6:19 am

Update 06/01 at 6:19 am

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

Peru has the world’s highest death rate after reassessment

Peru, which reassessed on Monday on the recommendations of experts the number of people who died from Covid, from 69,000 to 180,000, is now the country in the world with the highest number of deaths per million inhabitants, according to the classification established by AFP on the basis of official figures.

In the midst of a health disaster, Brazil recovers the Copa América

Against all expectations, the organization of the Copa America, which begins in 14 days, was attributed to Brazil after the withdrawals of the Argentine and Colombian co-organizers for health reasons.

“Death Championship” with the mascot “Covidinho”: criticism quickly flew in Brazil where the Covid-19 has killed more than 460,000. The Brazilian government announced Monday evening that nothing was final yet.

EU and London still skeptical about the lifting of patents on anti-Covid vaccines

The European Union, Great Britain and Japan have maintained their reservation on a possible lifting of patents on anti-Covid vaccines before the WTO, a representative of this trade organization said on Monday.

Restaurants and cafes in Turkey allowed to accommodate customers

Nurse gives a woman a vaccine against Covid-19 at Donostia Arena, San Sebastian, May 31, 2021 AFP / ANDER GILLENEA

Restaurants and cafes in Turkey, which had been restricted to take-out since mid-April under pandemic restrictions, will be allowed to receive customers from Tuesday, the Turkish president said on Monday.

WHO will use Greek letters to name variants

B.1.617, B.1.1.7, B.1.351 … Retaining the scientific names of the Covid-19 variants is proving to be a real headache. But the WHO will simplify things by also giving them names of Greek letters.

France: vaccination for all adults

No more age or state of health criteria: the entire adult population of France has been eligible for vaccination since Monday, “key step” to avoid a rebound in the epidemic as restrictions are gradually easing in this country.

Latvia: the public finally authorized for the Ice Hockey World Championship

Against all odds, spectators will be able to attend, in limited numbers, the Ice Hockey World Championship, which begins on Tuesday, the Latvian parliament said, provided they can prove that they have been fully vaccinated or that they have already been vaccinated. had the Covid-19.

WHO will strengthen

Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a resolution on strengthening the organization, after a week of debate.

Pope Francis prays for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Vatican gardens on May 31, 2021
Pope Francis prays for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Vatican gardens on May 31, 2021 AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE

Main issue of the meeting, the reform of the agency and its ability to coordinate the response to global health crises and prevent future epidemics dominated the debates, while the WHO and the international community were unable to prevent the pandemic of Covid-19.

More than 3.54 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 3,543,125 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Monday at 10:00 a.m. GMT.

After the United States (594,565 deaths), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (462,791), India (329,100), Mexico (223,507) and the United Kingdom (127,781).

These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. They exclude the upward revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations.

By taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the real toll is “two to three times higher”.

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