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Pharmacies and dental clinics in Madrid begin today to perform antigen tests


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The third wave of the coronavirus in Spain seems, at last, to confirm its decline. After a month of historical figures, February has started with fewer infections and with the accumulated incidence subsiding. Yesterday, the Ministry of Health added to its statistics 31,596 new infections, a figure slightly higher than that of Tuesday (29,064) but far from those maximums that were around forty thousand daily infections in the middle of last month.

More worrying is the number of daily deaths, which yesterday marked the second worst figure recorded in just 24 hours: 565 people died from Covid-19 in a day.

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08.18

Brazil relaxes the requirements to request the emergency use of coronavirus vaccines

Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has relaxed the requirements for submitting applications, as well as for subsequent approval, of the emergency use of coronavirus vaccines.These measures that will relax the process include eliminating the obligation that only vaccines with Phase 3 tests that are being carried out in Brazil can be endorsed by the agency, according to Jornal do Brasil.

08.00

Argentina will receive more than 2.2 million vaccines against Covid-19 through the COVAX mechanism

Argentina has added another 9,196 new cases of coronavirus this Wednesday, in addition to 113 deaths from the disease, while it has been known that the COVAX mechanism will deliver more than 2.2 million vaccines to the Latin American country, which will begin to arrive from Since the global pandemic broke out last year, 1,952,744 Argentines have been infected with the coronavirus, a disease that has so far registered 48,539 fatalities in the country.The Argentine Ministry of Health has confirmed this Wednesday that, to date, 158,997 are confirmed active cases, while 1,745,208 patients have already recovered.In addition, the authorities have indicated that there are 3,571 patients admitted to intensive care units due to the virus, which means an occupation of 54.8 percent of this type of units, a figure that climbs to 61.4 percent in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Buenos Aires.

07.41

Almost half of Portuguese doctors are infected with coronavirus

“The pandemic is becoming more serious due to political (in) decisions and it cannot be forgotten that, when we managed to start responding to patients, we were already immersed in catastrophic medicine.” The words of the president of the College of Physicians of Portugal, José Miguel Guimaraes, resonate like verbal daggers in the headquarters of the Ministry of Health, as criticized as the Spanish (or more) when it comes to citizens assessing their management of the crisis. And he addresses all Portuguese visibly concerned from television because the group he represents is experiencing a real drama: they have been infected with the coronavirus 23,000 of the 50,000 existing doctors throughout the neighboring country, which implies a dangerous approach to the 50% rate. Nieves Mira reports.

07.35

Peru adds 5,625 cases and regrets 184 deaths from Covid-19

The Ministry of Health of Peru has reported 5,625 new cases of coronavirus and has regretted 184 more deaths from it in the last 24 hours, when it has also registered 269 hospital discharges. Since the pandemic broke out, Peru has confirmed 1,158,337 positives, of which 1,069,129 have recovered. Likewise, the country has already accumulated 41,538 fatalities from Covid-19.On the other hand, the country has 13,194 hospitalized Covid-19 patients, among whom many require oxygen to cope with respiratory failure, so the consumption of this gas has increased by 200 percent.The Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzeti, has identified oxygen consumption as the “most important problem” in the country in the second wave of the pandemic, in which the evolution of the virus “is very fast” and is filling the care units intensive, reports ‘La República’.

07.18

China detects 42 new cases of Covid-19, of which 30 have symptoms

China’s health authorities have confirmed this Thursday 42 new cases of coronavirus registered in the last 24 hours, of which 30 have symptoms, being 17 of these from local transmission and 13 from abroad. The remaining 12 cases have not presented symptoms, while six asymptomatic patients have been reclassified as confirmed cases. Of the total asymptomatic, eleven were imported.Of the new local infections, eight have been detected in Jilin province, four in Heilongjiang province, three in Shanghai, and two in Hebei province, according to the Chinese authorities, while of the imported ones, five have been registered in Beijing , two in Shanghai, and Fujian and Guangdong have added three, respectively.The Ministry of Health adds another day without accounting for any deaths from the coronavirus, so the number of fatalities remains stable at 4,636.

07.00

The Community of Madrid begins today to perform antigen tests in pharmacies and dental clinics

The Community of Madrid begins today, Thursday, to perform antigen tests in pharmacies and dental clinics in areas with a high incidence of the coronavirus. Yesterday they began to send text messages to citizens to do this type of test. Citizens who receive the Public Health SMS will be able to request an appointment starting this Thursday to go to any of the pharmacies or dental clinics participating in the program. In the same SMS a link will be provided where you can consult, by postal codes, the pharmacies or dental clinics that are best for the citizen to take the test. Those summoned may voluntarily choose between the antigen test devices that the Ministry of Health has or go to the pharmacies or dental clinics distributed throughout the region.

06.50

Biden Declares Disaster for U.S. Navajo Nation Over Coronavirus

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has approved the declaration of disaster for the Navajo Nation of the country because of the pandemic, which means an increase in federal aid in the affected areas. “Federal funds are available to the Navajo Nation and private non-profit organizations for emergency protection measures, including direct federal assistance, for the entire tribe affected by Covid-19,” the White House said in a statement. Thus, after recognizing the disaster situation for this population, the Biden Administration promotes assistance to complement the efforts of the tribe, a task that will be managed by Tammy Littrell, from the Federal Agency for Emergency Management (FEMA, for its acronym in English). ).

06.45

Venezuela adds 563 new cases of Covid-19

The Venezuelan authorities registered 563 new infections of the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with which there are already 128,315 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, the Minister of Communication, Freddy Ñáñez, reported yesterday. Caracas was, for the second day in a row, the region with the most new cases (133), ahead of the Andean state of Mérida, where the authorities registered 99 infections. Of the 128,315 confirmed cases, 120,204 patients have already recovered, representing 94% of the total. Currently, there are 6,902 active cases, of which 6,747 are being treated in the public health system and 155 in private clinics.

06.40

Mexico reports 1,707 new deaths from Covid-19 and exceeds 161,000

Mexico registered 1,707 new deaths and 12,153 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, for a total of 161,240 deaths and 1,886,245 confirmed infections, the Ministry of Health indicated yesterday. With these figures, Mexico ranks thirteenth in the world in the number of infections and third with the most deaths from the pandemic, behind the United States and Brazil, according to the US Johns Hopkins University. Since the beginning of the pandemic in Mexico, 4.76 million patients have been studied, said the director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía, at a press conference. In addition, he assured that there are 1,450,237 people who are considered recovered.

06.30

The cancellation of KLM flights to China puts the arrival of vaccines to Peru on hold

The cancellation of the flights of the Dutch airline KLM to China has put on hold the date of arrival in Peru for the first million doses of the vaccine from the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm, originally scheduled for February 9. “We have received the news that KLM has suspended its flights to China from 8 (February), the date on which we planned to ship the vaccine units that we have acquired from Sinopharm,” the first reported yesterday at a press conference. Peruvian Minister, Violeta Bermúdez. Given the versions that the transport, which was agreed to be done through the DHL company, will now be entrusted to the Air France company, Bermúdez remarked that he still cannot confirm this information because they have not received an official communication.

06.20

Colombia adds another 11,025 new cases while waiting for the arrival of vaccines

The Colombian health authorities reported yesterday 11,025 new cases of Covid-19 and 301 deaths, with which the country accumulates 2,125,622 infections and 54,877 deaths. In Colombia there are still 75,772 active cases, corresponding to 3.56%, while 1,988,958 patients appear as recovered, that is, 93.5% of the people who have contracted the disease. On the other hand, the Ministry of Health said that of the 301 deaths reported this Wednesday, 261 correspond to previous days.

06.15

Czech Republic exceeds 1 million coronavirus cases

The Czech Republic exceeded one million cases of coronavirus yesterday, after adding 9,057 positives in the last 24 hours, which means that one in ten residents of the country has contracted the disease. The health authorities confirmed 1,003,657 accumulated cases, of which 16,683 correspond to deceased persons, 893,931 are medical discharges and 5,811 active cases. The number of hospitalizations has risen to 93,043. The situation is particularly difficult in the western city of Karlovy Vary, where intensive care wards are operating at full capacity.

06.10

Brazil exceeds 9.3 million cases of Covid after adding 56,000 in 24 hours

Brazil, one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, yesterday exceeded 9.3 million cases of Covid-19 after adding 56,002 new infections in the last 24 hours, the Government reported. According to the latest balance of the Ministry of Health, the country yesterday registered more than 1,200 deaths for the second consecutive day (1,210 on Tuesday and 1,254 this Wednesday) and the total number of deaths amounted to 227,563. The figures ratify Brazil as the main epicenter of the pandemic in Latin America and maintain it as the second country in the world with the highest number of deaths, after the United States, and the third with the most infections, behind the North American country and India. The Government also confirmed that 8.23 ​​million people have already recovered from the disease, while 874,993 remain under medical observation.

06.00

Nicaragua negotiates with Russia its acquisition of the Sputnik V vaccine

The Nicaraguan government reported yesterday that it is already negotiating with Russia the acquisition of the Sputnik V vaccine, which prevents Covid-19, after Moscow announced that it had been approved for emergency use in the Central American country. Last December, the Nicaraguan Executive announced that it had 107 million dollars to buy the vaccine against the coronavirus, and that it was only waiting to negotiate with suppliers. In mid-January, Murillo, wife of President Daniel Ortega, announced that her purchase options revolved around Sputnik V; Oxford AstraZeneca, UK; Moderna, from the United States; and Covaxina, from India.

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