Coronavirus: Latest Global Developments


Paris: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis: – China locks down city – China places Lanzhou, a northwestern city of four million, under lockdown in a bid to stamp out a domestic coronavirus spike, with residents told not to leave home except in emergencies.

– EU watchdog backs Moderna booster – The EU’s drug watchdog approves booster doses of Moderna’s Covid vaccine for all over-18s, amid concerns that protection levels dip after initial jabs.

– NYC firefighter protest mandate – Vaccine-reluctant New York firefighters take to the streets to demonstrate against the city’s requirement that they get inoculated against Covid-19 or risk losing their jobs.

– Social media time-out for Bolsonaro – Social media take action against a video by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s warning of a supposed link between Covid-19 vaccines and AIDS, with Facebook removing the video and YouTube suspending the far-right leader for one week in addition to blocking the clip.

– Mexican minors get jabs – Mexico begins vaccinations for adolescents with chronic diseases in the capital, the latest step in an immunisation drive in one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic.

– kids exempt from US travel rules – Vaccine requirements taking effect next month for people entering the United States by air will not apply to children, a senior US official says.

– Australian Open confusion – A major warm-up tournament for the Australian Open is cancelled, with organisers blaming uncertainty over the virus rules players will face in Melbourne.

– Chicago Bears coach tests positive – Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy says he has tested positive, putting a question mark against his ability to appear on the sideline for next Sunday’s clash with the San Francisco 49ers.

– Over 4.9 million dead – The coronavirus has killed at least 4,952,390 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday.

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 737,316, followed by Brazil with 605,804, India with 455,068, Mexico with 286,496 and Russia with 232,775.

The countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,371, followed by Russia with 1,106 and Ukraine with 734Taking into account excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.