Germany stated on Sunday it is going to ship medical employees and tools to Portugal, the place house in hospital intensive care items is working out after a surge in coronavirus infections.
Individually, World Well being Group specialists have visited the market in Wuhan, central China, linked to the primary recognized COVID-19 cluster, in search of clues in regards to the starting of the coronavirus outbreak as quite a lot of nations additional tightened restrictions in a bid to gradual the unfold of the pandemic.
France closed its borders to non-European international locations aside from important journey, a day after Germany imposed a ban on most travellers from nations hit by new, extra contagious coronavirus variants.
Globally greater than 2 million folks have died from the virus, with practically 102 million instances recorded and 56 million recoveries.
Beneath are the most recent updates:
Portugal virus surge ‘like a tsunami’
Germany’s defence ministry stated it is going to ship medical help to Portugal, which stated on Saturday that solely seven of 850 ICU beds arrange for COVID-19 instances on its mainland have been vacant.
It got here after the Portuguese authorities had requested Berlin for assist.
“The state of affairs is simply similar to a tsunami within the sense of the variety of infections that we’re seeing on the rise for weeks,” Ricardo Baptista Leite, from the Catholic College of Portugal, instructed Al Jazeera.
“We’ve seen this ongoing now for [three] months, and …. solely final Friday did we begin to see a slowdown within the rise of latest instances … following the closure of faculties and a extra strict lockdown that was imposed two weeks earlier than.”
In complete, Portugal has recorded 711,018 confirmed infections and 12,179 associated deaths.
China sees uptick in instances
China recorded greater than 2,000 new home instances of COVID-19 in January, the best month-to-month complete for the reason that tail finish of the preliminary outbreak in Wuhan in March of final yr.
The Nationwide Well being Fee stated 2,016 instances have been reported in January, a determine that doesn’t embrace one other 435 contaminated individuals who arrived from overseas. Two folks died this month, the primary reported COVID-related deaths in China in a number of months.
Many of the new instances have been in three northern provinces, together with greater than 900 infections in hardest-hit Hebei province. Within the capital, Beijing, 45 instances have been registered this month.
Hundreds flout virus restrictions at Israel funeral
Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews have defied Israel’s coronavirus restrictions to attend a rabbi’s funeral, prompting Defence Minister Benny Gantz to demand an finish to the group’s repeated breaking of lockdown guidelines.
An enormous crowd, many not carrying masks, packed the streets in Jerusalem for the funeral of 99-year-old Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik, head of the influential Brisk yeshiva, or non secular instructional institute.
Egypt ‘receives’ first cargo of AstraZeneca vaccines
Egypt has obtained its first cargo of coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and the College of Oxford, in response to airport officers.
The 50,000-dose cargo arrived at Cairo worldwide airport on a flight from Dubai, stated the officers, who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t authorised to transient the media.
Mohammed Awad Tag el-Din, Egypt’s presidential well being adviser, stated the cargo originated within the firm’s manufacturing unit in India.
Italy to calm down COVID curbs in lots of areas
The Italian authorities has stated it could ease coronavirus restrictions throughout a lot of the nation from Monday, regardless of warnings from well being specialists that the transfer was dangerous given considerations over the unfold of extra contagious variants.
After a assessment of newest COVID-19 information, the well being ministry stated it was shifting 11 areas from orange to so-called yellow zones, giving inhabitants there larger freedom to journey and permitting bars and eating places to reopen through the day.
In all, 16 areas shall be within the lowest-risk yellow zone, and simply 4 areas – Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily and Umbria – within the orange zone, along with the northern Bolzano province. Nowhere in Italy shall be categorized as a crimson zone, which brings with it stringent curbs on journey and enterprise.