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Coronavirus shock and awe in Brazil: 2,286 dead in 24 hours

Brazil today recorded for the first time since the start of the new coronavirus pandemic more than 2,000 deaths due to Covid-19 within 24 hours.

The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced that in the past 24 hours, 2,286 patients succumbed to the disease, with the death toll from the pandemic reaching 270,656 dead at this stage.

During the same period, 79,876 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed, bringing the total to 11.2 million.

In absolute terms, the largest country in Latin America records the second heaviest pandemic death toll and the third highest number of infections in the world.

Lebanon: 46 deaths and over 3,500 cases in 24 hours

The Lebanese Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that 3,581 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of people infected with the new coronavirus in the country to 405,391.

At the same time, the deaths of 46 other COVID-19 patients have raised the death toll from the pandemic to 5,180 so far.

The head of the Lebanese parliament’s health committee, Asem Araji, said yesterday that the Arab country would receive about 2.8 million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for the new coronavirus by the end of the year, but that the Arab state needed at least 10 million doses of vaccine to achieve the selected collective immunity.

Argentina: Nearly 7,700 cases and 107 deaths in 24 hours

The Argentine Ministry of Health announced yesterday Wednesday that 7,693 cases of SARS-CoV-2 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, with the number of people infected with the new coronavirus in the Latin American country reaching 2,169,694.

During the same period, another 107 patients with COVID-19 succumbed, with the pandemic tally reaching 53,359 deaths.

The province of Buenos Aires (906,362 infections) remains at the heart of the pandemic.

Since the start of the immunization campaign in Argentina, 1,864,536 vaccines have been given for the new coronavirus, with 352,869 people having received both doses, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.

Ecuador: Over 1,700 cases and 33 deaths in 24 hours

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Health announced yesterday Wednesday that 1,727 cases of SARS-CoV-2 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, with the total number of registered infections from the new coronavirus reaching 296,841 in the Andean state.

During the same period, another 33 COVID-19 patients died, with the pandemic in the Latin American country officially reaching 11,318 dead so far. According to authorities, another 4,787 deaths are thought to be “probably” due to the pandemic, but this has not been verified by forensic pathologists.

The province of Pitsinza continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic (9 deaths and 510 cases in 24 hours, 2,362 and 103,105 in total) with the highest concentration of infections in the capital Quito.

As of yesterday, Tuesday, according to official data, 69,030 people in Ecuador had received the first dose of the new coronavirus vaccine, as part of the selected “zero dose” of the immunization campaign, which concerns the medical and nursing staff and the guests in nursing homes.

Cuba: Almost 800 cases and 5 deaths in 24 hours

The Cuban Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that 772 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, while another 5 patients with COVID-19 had died.

The new coronavirus pandemic on the Caribbean island has so far reached 357 deaths out of a total of 58,379 cases since March 2020.

Although “there has been a 269 decrease in cases from the previous year”, the numbers recorded “remain high” and the spread of the virus – confirmed infections “across the country” – worries the authorities, said Francisco Duran, chief epidemiologist at the ministry. of Cuba.

764 of the new infections were due to transmission to the community, with most being recorded in Havana (370).

Since January, Cuba has struggled to cope with the third wave of the pandemic, although authorities have re-imposed measures such as disrupting physical education classes, closing hotels, rooms, bars and restaurants, and reducing of passenger flights from certain countries. The situation in the country, however, bears no comparison with that in other countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region, where the situation is out of control.

Israel: Over 3,300 cases and 17 deaths in 24 hours

The Israeli Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that 3,353 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people infected with the new coronavirus to 811,108.

Another 17 deaths from COVID-19 patients have raised the pandemic to 5,943 deaths so far.

The number of critically ill patients decreased to 642 (-18 from the previous one) out of a total of 1,046 people hospitalized. The number of selected active cases decreased to 36,820.

The virus replication index (R0) decreased to 0.9 from 0.95. It surpassed 1 last week, for the first time since January.

The percentage of the Israeli population that has received at least the first dose of the new coronavirus vaccine has reached 54.3% – the 5.05 million citizens – as of December 20th.

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