The United States recorded the worst day of the epidemic, with three Americans dying every minute, while China took decisive steps on Wednesday to stop a slight spread of the new Corona virus.
Official data showed that the United States, the country most affected by the epidemic in the world, recorded a record number of 4470 deaths in 24 hours Tuesday, and the death toll on Tuesday in the United States approached the total outcome of the epidemic in China, where the new Corona virus appeared for the first time in late 2019. .
And the authorities announced Tuesday that, as of January 26, all expatriates entering the United States by air must have a negative test for COVID-19 before boarding the plane.
While the number of infections in the world rose to more than 91 million, the rapid spread of the epidemic forced governments around the world to re-impose restrictions such as closures despite their economic repercussions, including Europe, which is fighting a second wave of the epidemic.
Canada has ordered residents of Ontario, the country's economic engine and the most populous one, to stay home.
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Faure warned that the health system was "on the verge of collapse".
New lockdown in China
The few injuries that China recorded in recent weeks have prompted the authorities to impose local quarantine measures, immediate restrictions on movement, and a massive testing campaign that included tens of millions of people to detect injuries.
More than 200 million people are currently subject to some kind of lockdown measures in the northern regions.
And on Wednesday, the government of Heilongjiang (Northeast), with a population of 37.5 million, declared a "state of emergency" and asked citizens not to leave the region unless absolutely necessary, and to cancel conferences and gatherings.
The measures came after 28 cases of Covid-19 were detected on Wednesday, including 12 asymptomatic cases. Three injuries were recorded in Harbin, the provincial capital, which is hosting a famous snow sculpture festival that attracts large numbers of tourists.
While the numbers are still low compared to many other countries, China is seeking to prevent new infections before the Lunar New Year celebrations next month, during which millions of people are expected to move around the country.
For its part, Japan intends to expand the health emergency imposed in Tokyo and its suburbs on Wednesday to include seven regions in order to stop the spread of injuries.
While the toll in Japan remains relatively low, with about 4,100 deaths since the start of the epidemic, doctors say that hospitals are under great pressure due to the high number of injuries in the most affected areas.
Indonesia begins vaccination campaign
Governments around the world are racing against time to buy and receive vaccines in order to stop the crisis of the spread of the emerging corona virus, although the World Health Organization has warned that vaccines will not be sufficient to secure group immunity this year.
On Wednesday, Jordan began a vaccination campaign against the emerging corona virus, targeting health workers, those suffering from chronic diseases, and those over the age of 60, in its first phase.
On Wednesday morning, vaccination operations began in a number of hospitals and health centers, after the arrival of the first quantities of the Sinopharma vaccine (the Chinese Emirati) and the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine ”to Jordan earlier this week.
While criticism is mounting over the slow pace of vaccinations in North America and Europe, the news was positive on Tuesday as the European Union began the process of approving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
But the Ukrainian government has been under pressure for failing to secure vaccines made in the West, as Kiev health sector officials have so far refused the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday called on the European Union to provide assistance, saying it was "very important to get vaccinations."