Heavy shadow at the Olympics: Tokyo emergency situation due to coronavirus

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The Japanese government is preparing to declare a state of emergency in the metropolitan area of ​​the capital until August 22 amid a new wave of infections with the new coronavirus, said a competent minister, a development that casts a heavy shadow over the Olympic Games.

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nasimura, who has been tasked with coordinating the government’s response to the pandemic, said the state of emergency would be imposed from July 12th.

The Olympic Games, postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, will be held from July 23rd to August 8th.

Cuba: Record number of cases for the second consecutive day

The Cuban Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that 3,664 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, a new record that surpassed the previous one, while another 18 patients with COVID-19 died.

The death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic in the Caribbean has reached 1,405 deaths out of a total of 214,577 infections.

The chief epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, Francisco Duran, pointed out that 3,622 cases diagnosed were due to transmission to the community.

The western province of Matansa (806 cases in 24 hours) remains the epicenter of the pandemic, with the incidence rate reaching 1,316 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

The government has decided to rush 300 medical staff to Matansa, as well as 200 recent medical students.

Authorities continue to vaccinate the population with the two most advanced vaccines developed domestically, Soberana 2 and Abdala. More than 2.92 million citizens have received a dose. 6.75 million doses have been administered. The aim is to immunize virtually the entire population (11.3 million) during the year.

Thailand: New tragic record of 75 deaths and over 7,000 cases in 24 hours

Thai health authorities announced on Thursday a tragic record of 75 deaths of patients with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, as they become increasingly difficult to control the new wave of the new coronavirus pandemic.

The death toll in the country has reached 2,462 dead so far.

During the same period, 7,058 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed in the kingdom, with the total number of people recorded being infected reaching 308,230.

South Korea: Record 1,275 cases and one death in 24 hours

South Korea recorded the highest number of SARS-CoV-2 cases diagnosed in the past 24 hours since the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Southeast Asia, a total of 1,275, of which 1,227 were due to transmission to the community. the health authorities, as the authorities – hoping to ease the restrictions this month – are now considering tougher measures. The total number of cases reached 164,028.

The death of another COVID-19 patient during the same period increased the pandemic death toll to 2,034 at this stage.

It is the first time the cases have exceeded the level of 1,200 for two consecutive days, something that had not even occurred at the peak of the third wave in December.

The government warned today that it was now considering raising the level of restrictive measures to the highest level. The virus is particularly prevalent in young people between the ages of 20 and 30 who have not been vaccinated, and the delta-infected strain, which is spreading, worries authorities.

Out of a total population of 52 million in South Korea, 15.44 million (over 30.1%) have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, but only 5.49 million (10 , 8%) received the second; most of them are over 60 years old.

Turkey: More than 50,000 dead, close to 5.5 million cases

The tragic milestone of fifty thousand deaths due to the new coronavirus pandemic was surpassed in Turkey on Wednesday.

The Turkish Ministry of Health announced that another 52 patients with COVID-19 had died in the past 24 hours, increasing the death toll to 50,048 at this stage as of March 11, 2020, according to official figures.

At the same time, another 5,160 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were diagnosed out of a total of 225,253 tests, with the number of people infected with the new coronavirus in the country reaching 5,459,923.

Since the launch of the mass immunization campaign on January 14th – the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech is mainly being vaccinated – more than 36.87 million people have received a dose, while more than 16.2 million have received the second. In total, more than 55.34 million doses have been provided by the Turkish health authorities, including third party aid.

Brazil: 1,648 deaths and almost 54,000 cases in the past 24 hours

The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that another 1,648 COVID-19 patients had died in the past 24 hours and another 54,022 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed.

Brazil, the largest country in Latin America with a population of 212 million, counts at this stage 528,540 deaths out of a total of almost 19 million infections, according to official data, which experts say are underestimated.

This is the second heaviest death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic and the third highest number of infections in the world.

Mexico: Another 234 deaths and more than 8,500 cases in 24 hours

The Mexican Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that another 234 patients with COVID-19 had died in the past 24 hours and another 8,507 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed, as the country appeared to be hit by a third wave.

The new increase in infections pushed their number to its highest level since February 24th. It was announced a day after the authorities recorded almost 8,000.

According to official data, the death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic has reached 234,192 dead so far out of a total of 2,558,369 infections.

The situation is complicated by the slower than the government would like the pace of the mass immunization campaign in the country of 126 million inhabitants. To date, about 26% of the population has received a vaccine dose for COVID-19, while around 15.5% have received the second dose, according to data compiled on Our World In Data.

The Mexican government acknowledges that the official record, the 4th heaviest in the world, is undervalued. Excess mortality data released by the Ministry of Health recently showed, for the second time this year, that deaths due to COVID-19 are in fact almost 60% more than confirmed.

Argentina: 457 deaths and almost 19,500 cases in 24 hours

The Argentine Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that in the previous 24 hours another 457 patients with COVID-19 died and 19,423 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed.

The new coronavirus pandemic in the Latin American state has reached 97,439 deaths out of a total of 4,593,763 infections as of this stage since its outbreak in March 2020.

The bed occupancy rate in intensive care units (ICUs) is 64.6% nationwide and 62.1% in the metropolitan area of ​​Buenos Aires, the capital.

To date, more than 23.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered since December, according to official figures.

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