WHO team to investigate COVID-19 origin in China; Other latest updates

The US became the latest country to require commuters to submit a negative test. (File)

A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of coronovirus is scheduled to initiate virtual meetings with its Chinese hosts from a hotel in Wuhan city, where the epidemic first occurred.

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  • Hungary’s medical regulators will hope in a few days a “clear answer” as to whether the country can start using the vaccine developed by China for mass vaccination, Prime Minister Viktor Orb├ín told state radio.
  • The Italian government has approved a new stimulus package of 32 billion euros ($ 38.8 billion) to run the battered economy.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel wants “very swift action” to combat the spread of COVID-19 mutations after recording a record number of deaths from Germany’s coronavirus.
  • Russia plans to apply to the European Union for approval of its Sputnik V vaccine next month.
  • France will strengthen border controls and bring forward its nighttime curfew from two hours to 6 pm for at least a fortnight.

Asia Pacific

  • China has recorded the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases in more than 10 months due to the fierce outbreak in the northeast, which has put more than 28 million people under lockdown.
  • Australia is on record to record its second straight day of zero local COVID-19 cases, helped by strict restrictions on public movement and internal borders.
  • Kyodo News said that Japan will suspend the exemption of training foreign athletes in the country before the Summer Olympic Games.
  • The Philippines banned travelers from more than 30 regions and countries where a more transitive COVID-19 variant has been detected for two weeks.

Of America

  • Joe Biden, the US President-elect, outlines his plan to vaccinate ramps against COVID-19 as he prepares to take office amid infection rates.
  • Quebec can keep doses of COVID-19 vaccines in space for 90 days, with high caseloads after recommended 42-day intervals as its hospitals are at risk of drowning.
  • Hospitals in the Brazilian northern state of Amazon were short of oxygen and on Thursday approached the United States for help.
  • Nearly all incoming travelers are required to submit a negative test within 72 hours of departure after the United States becomes the latest country. Caribbean tourism officials are running to increase COVID-19 test capacity.

Middle East and Africa

  • The country’s main mining industry body said that South Africa has delayed the start of its new school year by 15 February to prevent schools becoming transmission centers for COVID-19. Vaccines including providing financial support.
  • The Gambia has recorded its first two cases of a highly contagious coronavirus variant first found in Britain.

Medical development

  • A vaccine developed by China’s National Biotech Group, a synopharm subsidiary, is safe for people between the ages of three and 17, based on clinical data obtained by the company.
  • Britain’s Transport Minister said that scientists think the vaccines will work on a new version of the coronavirus found in Brazil.

Economic impact

  • Asian stocks fell on Friday and oil prices fell, as rising COVID-19 cases in China reinforced investor concerns over the prospects of a global economic recovery.
  • The UK economy shrunk for the first time in November, as last year’s initial COVID-19 lockdown declined due to stringent social-regulations regulations.

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