Again in Australia, where it is feared that state borders will close again. There has been a massive avalanche Sydney airport, with people looking to leave New south Wales before any blockage. A new group of infections has been identified on Sydney’s North Beaches.
Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Colombia reached their highest level since mid-August on Thursday, when the government warned people against large holiday gatherings.
The Andean country, which has had a total of 1,468,795 confirmed cases and 39,787 deaths, registered 12,196 new cases this Thursday, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The figure was the highest since Aug. 19, when there were 13,055 new cases.
President Iván Duque and health officials have repeatedly warned Colombians not to gather in crowds in commercial areas and urged them to keep family celebrations limited to reduce the spread of the virus.
Duque said Wednesday that the increase in the number of cases could be attributed to celebrations to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, known locally as the Night of the Candles, when families gather to put candles in their windows or outside their homes. .
The daily death toll also passed 200 on Wednesday and Thursday, reaching 204 and 227 respectively. The new deaths recorded daily have not exceeded 200 since September.
Colombia expects to vaccinate some 15 million people against COVID-19 in 2021, including healthcare workers, those over 60 and those with pre-existing conditions.
Intensive care units in Bogotá, the epicenter of the infection, were at 74% capacity on Thursday, according to figures from the local health department.
Brazil and Colombia are reporting the highest number of new cases in South America, the World Health Organization said this week.
Good morning / afternoon / evening (wherever you are), Ben doherty in Sydney, australia with you, leading our continued coverage of the global coronavirus pandemic for the next several hours.
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To start, a quick rundown of the latest coronavirus developments around the world over the past few hours:
- US President-Elect Joe Biden Tested Negative for Covid-19, after an incoming White House adviser, Cedric Richmond, contracted the virus, a Biden spokeswoman said in a statement.Richmond was not in close contact with Biden as defined by the Centers for Disease Control
- Emmanuel Macron ‘most likely’ became infected with Covid-19 during the EU council. The French president tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, prompting a track and trace effort across Europe following numerous meetings between the French leader and EU heads of government in recent days.
- Six week lockdown to start in Northern Ireland from Boxing Day. Northern Ireland is preparing for a blanket lockdown and the deployment of paramedics from the Republic of Ireland in an effort to control Covid-19. Health officials on Thursday proposed a six-week shutdown and approved a plan to beef up the ambulance service with units from across the border.
- Portugal imposes a nightly curfew on New Year’s Eve. A nightly curfew starting at 11 pm will take effect in Portugal on New Year’s Eve, Prime Minister António Costa said, as the country introduces measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus during the generally busy night.
- Sydney, Australia’s largest city, asked to prepare for more Covid-19 cases. Sydney, the largest city in Australia should prepare for more Covid-19 cases, warned New South Wales state premier Gladys Berejiklian, as authorities scrambled to contain a new cluster of viruses in the city’s northern coastal suburbs.
- Daily cases of coronavirus in Colombia reach their highest level since August. Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Colombia reached their highest level since mid-August on Thursday, when the government warned people against large holiday gatherings.
- The king of Sweden criticizes the country’s ‘failed’ response to the coronavirus. Sweden’s king has said that the country has failed in its response to Covid-19, as hospitals in the Stockholm region warned they were struggling to cope with an increase in cases and polls showed public confidence in the authorities had slumped to a new low.
- The United States surpasses 17 million coronavirus cases as vaccines are distributed. The United States surpassed a total of 17 million coronavirus cases on Thursday, with infections rising by more than a million a week during the initial winter surge, while it took the United States three months to accumulate its first million cases earlier this year. cases.
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