Coronavirus: Latest Global Developments
Faizan Hashmi 14 days ago Sun 14th February 2021 | 01:30 AM
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2021 ) :Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis: - US voices 'concerns' about WHO findings - The United States has "deep concerns" about the early findings of an expert investigation into the origins of the coronavirus in China and is asking Beijing for more information, national security advisor Jake Sullivan said.
- WHO experts want 'more data' from China - WHO experts told AFP in an interview they had not received access to enough raw data while in China probing the pandemic's origins, saying more was needed to detect possible early Covid cases.
"We want more data. We have asked for more data," said Peter Ben Embarek, who headed WHO's expert mission to Wuhan.
As several nations consider implementing vaccine passports when international travel resumes, the authors of a letter published in the Lancet medical journal said vaccine stockpiling in wealthier countries would only prolong the global health emergency.
In the past 24 hours, 213 new admissions were reported, bringing the total to 14,333. The previous record of 14,181 hospitalisations was reached on August 17.
On Friday, the country's health minister resigned amid claims that former president Martin Vizcarra was inoculated before the vaccine was available to the public.
Iran has lost close to 59,000 lives out of more than 1.5 million cases of Covid infection.
Organisers and protesters voiced anger over official's response to the pandemic, which has battered the Cypriot economy and triggered stringent lockdown restrictions.
- Open crowds banned as Melbourne begins lockdown - Australia's second-largest city of Melbourne went from welcoming thousands of fans for its Grand Slam tennis tournament to deserted city streets overnight, as millions began a five-day coronavirus lockdown.
- Nearly 2.4 million deaths -The virus has caused almost 2.4 million deaths since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Saturday.