Thursday, January 21

The US and Germany exceed their maximum records of deaths from Covid-19


People with masks in the German city of Krefeld.

People with masks in the German city of Krefeld.
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The United States has reached a new record for daily deaths from coronavirus with more than 4,000 in the last 24 hours, According to official sources, while experts from the country warn that the pandemic will worsen in January in the country.

Anthony S. Fauci, America’s Leading Infectious Disease Expert and next adviser to the government of Democrat Joe Biden, pointed out that the daily number of deaths from coronavirus will continue to increase during the coming weeks, and recommended to be patient with the vaccination program that is being prepared throughout the country, local media say.

According to official figures, the total number of deaths from the pandemic in the US now reaches 365,400, which is why the country has become the most affected by the pandemic, with in addition to 21.5 million infected out of the global 88 million worldwide.

In an interview with the US broadcaster NPR, also quoted by The New York Times, Fauci said the high death toll is likely to continue and that it is a reflection of the increase in travel and meetings during the recent vacations.

“We think things will get worse as we enter January.”He indicated and stressed that it was still possible to “mitigate that acceleration” by strictly adhering to public health measures such as social distancing and the use of masks.

According to The New York Times, so far, at least 5.9 million people in the United States have received a dose of one of the two Covid-19 vaccines that have been licensed for use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That figure is well below the goal that federal officials had setas they planned to inoculate at least 20 million people before the end of December.

Record in Germany

For its part, Germany registered in the last 24 hours 1,188 deaths with or from covid, a new maximum, in addition to 31,849 new infections, reported this Friday the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a leading epidemiological center.

The highest death toll to date was announced on December 30, with 1,129 deaths, while the maximum of new daily infections was registered on December 18, with 33,777 cases.

The cumulative incidence in the last seven days in the country as a whole is 136.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, far from the peak of 197.6 cases reached on December 22.

Regional differences in this category are huge, with Saxony (east) in 297.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and Bremen with just 73.5 new infections.

In total, the RKI has counted 1,866,887 people infected by Sars-CoV2, of which 38,795 have died. The number of individuals who have overcome the disease is around 1,494,100.

Restrictions

Germany is unable to stop the spread of the pandemic despite the successive tightening of restrictions, extended this week at least until the end of January.

Leisure, culture, gastronomy and sport They have been closed since November. In mid-December it was also decided to close schools and non-essential shops (and the capacity of the others was limited).

This week the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the heads of the 16 regional executives took a step further. They agreed to reduce private meetings to cohabitants plus one person from outside the home and limit mobility in areas with a cumulative incidence of more than 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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