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Coronavirus gallops in Latin America – Outbreaks rise in Portugal and Germany

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Coronavirus gallops in Latin America - Outbreaks rise in Portugal and Germany

The Portuguese Ministry of Health announced yesterday Tuesday that 5,540 cases of SARS-CoV-2 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, with the total number of people infected with the new coronavirus in the country reaching 731,861.

During the same period, another 260 patients with COVID-19 succumbed, with the pandemic toll reaching 13,017 deaths at this stage, according to official figures.

The number of confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Germany has increased by 9,705 in the past 24 hours, reaching 2,237,790, according to data collected by the Robert Koch Institute on Wednesday.

During the same period, another 975 patients with COVID-19 succumbed, bringing the death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic to 58,956 at this stage, according to the same source.

French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that all French citizens wishing to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus would be offered a vaccine by the end of the summer.

In an interview with TF1, Macron said that because the virus is evolving rapidly, pharmaceutical companies must now start preparing for vaccines that will be needed this winter and early next year.

He added that in the coming weeks, from the end of February to the beginning of March, the production of vaccines against Covid-19 in France will begin.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 that have been officially recorded in the Latin American and Caribbean region after the outbreak of the new coronavirus has exceeded the limit of 600,000, according to a count of the French Agency until midnight (Cyprus time).

The count, based on data officially announced by the health authorities, shows that the 34 states in the region have recorded a total of 601,256 deaths (out of a total of 19,057,391 SARS-CoV-2 cases), behind Europe (747,887), but ahead of the US and Canada (464,204) and Asia (241,391).

Brazil and Mexico account for more than half of all pandemic deaths across the region, with the two countries recording 226,309 and 159,100 deaths, respectively.

The Chinese Ministry of Health announced yesterday that it was informed of the detection of 25 confirmed infections by SARS-CoV-2 in mainland China, compared to 30 the previous day.

The development is added to the indications that the wave of infections that was recorded recently calms down in view of the festive period of the lunar new year. The number of cases announced today is the lowest since January 2, when 24 were confirmed.

Local authorities and the government continue to discourage travel in view of the festive season (from the 11th of this year). The number of citizens who will travel to their respective homelands this year is expected to be greatly reduced.

Source: politis.com.cy

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