China reported 9 new coronavirus cases on the mainland on March 4, compared with 10 cases the day before, the country’s health commission said on Friday.
All of the new infections were imported cases that originated abroad, according to a statement from the National Health Commission.
The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, dropped to 12 from 14 cases the day before.
The total number of confirmed Covid cases in mainland China is now 89,952, while the death toll was unchanged at 4,636.
Survey shows UK parents ‘concern about Covid’s effect on kids’ activity
More than two-thirds of UK parents believe their children have become less active during the pandemic, new research has found, putting more pressure on schools before they reopen next week.
A survey by the leading youth charity Youth Sport Trust found that 78% of parents said their children were getting less than the government-recommended 60 minutes of activity per day, while 11% of parents said their sons were not doing any physical activity. The total that said the amount had decreased in the last year was 68%, while only 15% said it had stayed the same:
Japan to extend Tokyo state of emergency
The Japanese government plans to extend the state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures to fight Covid until March 21, two weeks longer than originally scheduled, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Friday.
Reuters: Nishimura, who is in charge of the government’s response to the coronavirus, made the comment at the beginning of a morning meeting with advisers to seek approval of the measure.
The prefectures of Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama, which account for 30% of the country’s population, requested the extension beyond the originally scheduled end date of March 7, as new cases of coronavirus had not decreased as much. enough to meet the objectives.
Still, the number of new cases is at a fraction of its peak in early January, when the state of emergency went into effect. Tokyo reported 279 cases on Thursday, compared with a record 2,520 on January 7.
Nationwide, Japan has recorded some 433,000 cases and 8,050 deaths from Covid as of Wednesday.
New coronavirus variant under investigation in UK
Scientists have identified 16 cases of a new coronavirus variant in the UK, Public Health England (PHE) announced.
Cases of the variant, named VUI-202102/04, were first identified on February 15 by scanning the genomic horizon. PHE said Thursday that all people who tested positive and their contacts have been traced and advised to isolate themselves. The variant, believed to have originated in the UK, was designated a “variant under investigation” (VUI) on February 24.
Covid-19 variants can be identified as VUI or “variants of concern” (VOC). New variants emerge regularly, and experts do frequent testing to see which ones are of concern and which ones are not.
The latest variant identified, also known as B.1.1.318, contains the E484K mutation, which is found in two other VUIs present in the UK, but does not have the N501Y mutation that is present in all VOCs, PHE said.
The findings mean that there are now four VUIs and four VOCs that are being tracked by scientists in the UK. Other VUIs include one from Brazil, known as P2, which has had 43 probable or confirmed cases identified in the UK, but is not causing scientists much concern. PHE said that, as of Wednesday, a total of 26 cases of P2 had been found in England, where no travel links could be established.
In two other VUIs, named A.23.1 with E484K and B.1.525, 78 and 86 probable or confirmed cases have been detected in the UK, respectively. Both were first detected in the UK in December.
WHO to discard interim report on virus origin: report
the Wall street journal reports that a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of Covid plans to scrap an interim report on its recent mission to China amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington over the investigation and a call from an international group of scientists. for further investigation.
He reports that a group of two dozen scientists have written an open letter calling for a new international investigation, claiming that the WHO team that was in Wuhan last month did not have sufficient access to investigate conceivable sources of the virus, including a possible laboratory leak.
In Geneva, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said by email: “The full report is expected in the next few weeks.”
No further information was immediately available on the reasons for the delay in publishing the findings of the WHO-led mission. China refused to provide raw data on early Covid-19 cases to a WHO-led team investigating the origins of the pandemic, Dominic Dwyer, one of the team’s researchers, said last month, potentially complicating the findings. efforts to understand how the outbreak started.
The WHO team all but dismissed suggestions that the virus may have leaked from a laboratory at a press conference after their mission. But that same week, the director general of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that “all the hypotheses remain open and require more analysis and studies.”
Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen sullivan.
The World Health Organization plans to dismiss an interim report on research into the origins of the virus in Wuhan, China, reports the Wall Street Journal, amid a call from scientists to begin new research. More on this shortly.
Meanwhile, in the UK, scientists have identified 16 cases of a new coronavirus variant, Public Health England (PHE) announced.
The variant, believed to have originated in the UK, was designated a “variant under investigation” (VUI) on February 24.
Here are the other key developments of the last few hours:
- SWeden and Germany expanded their recommendation for the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine to cover people over 65 years of age. After what was said above, they lacked sufficient data, until recent studies.
- Russia expects several EU countries to approve the use of its Sputnik V vaccine this month and Moscow could provide vaccines to 50 million Europeans starting in June if the injection wins EU-wide approval, Russia’s RDIF fund said.
- Italy Stopped Shipment of Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Scheduled for Australia. It came after the EU introduced new rules governing the shipment of vaccines outside the bloc, although this is the first intervention of its kind.
- Cuba has begun late-stage trials of its most advanced Covid-19 experimental vaccine, approaching a possible local vaccination campaign after avoiding foreign blows.
- Brazil’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, will be the last to adopt new Covid restrictions starting tomorrow, including a nightly curfew, in an attempt to stop a second wave of the virus.
- Italy and Germany will administer a single dose of coronavirus vaccine to people who have been infected with the virus up to six months before., in the middle of a fight to save shots.
- More than four in 10 over 80s in England may have met with someone outside their bubble of support within three weeks of receiving the first hit.suggested an official poll.
- France criticized a push by Austria and Denmark to coordinate with Israel the development of new Covid-19 coups, as the EU unit is further worn down by its troublesome vaccine launch.
- San Diego Zoo gave nine orangutans and bonobos an experimental coronavirus vaccine, the first known non-human primates to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in the US.
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