Coronavirus: Latest global developments | ASEAN Post
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
Johnson’s problems worsen
Revelations of boozier lockdown gatherings at Downing Street rock have beleaguered British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, including one just hours before Queen Elizabeth II was due to sit alone in church at her memorial service. late husband, Prince Philip.
Djokovic visa canceled
Australia revoke Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time in yet another bid to deport the unvaccinated Serbian tennis superstar.
Kick for Biden
The Supreme Court of the United States (USA) deals a blow to President Joe Biden, blocking his mandate to vaccinate or test COVID for employees of big companies. But he supports the measure for healthcare workers.
Prohibition of Transiting Passengers in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is banning passengers from more than 150 countries from passing through its airport, in the latest drastic measure to comply with China’s zero-COVID policy.
German economy slows down
Germany’s economy grew only modestly last year, likely contracting in recent months as pandemic and supply chain issues dampened European industrial might, official data showed.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, hit by the virus, has said the pandemic is “on the way out” even as his country faces record infections from the highly contagious strain of Omicron.
No rose, we are the police
An Italian police union opposes officers having to wear pink masks, warning they don’t go with their uniforms and ‘risk damaging the image of the institution’.
Schools in the Philippine capital, Manila, have been ordered to suspend online classes for a week to ease the burden on teachers and families as a record rise in cases hits the city.
WHO supports new treatments
The World Health Organization (WHO) is approving two new treatments for COVID-19, the synthetic antibody therapy Sotrovimab and the arthritis drug baricitinib, used with corticosteroids.
Premier League kick
Burnley’s home game against Leicester City is postponed due to injuries and virus cases in Sean Dyche’s struggling English Premier League side.
More than 5.5 million dead
The coronavirus has killed at least 5,519,380 people since the outbreak first emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Friday.
The United States has recorded the most COVID deaths with 846,488, followed by Brazil with 620,545, India with 485,350 and Russia with 319,911.
Taking into account the excess mortality linked to COVID-19, the WHO estimates that the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.