According to worldometer.info website, in the past 24 hours, the world recorded over 622,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 11,100 deaths. The total number of cases since the beginning of the epidemic has been over 79.6 million, of which over 1.74 million have died.
COVID-19 developments until 6 am on December 25
The three countries with the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours in the world are the US (over 161,000 cases), Brazil (57,268 cases) and the UK (39,036 cases).
The three countries with the highest number of deaths in the past 24 hours in the world are the US (2,407 cases), Mexico (816 cases) and Brazil (718 cases).
People around the world celebrate Christmas while the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging, causing many countries to blockade and impose strict preventive measures.
Americas: US CDC advises people to spend Christmas at home
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged people in this country to limit travel and just enjoy the Christmas holiday at home to limit the spread of COVID-19.
In the latest epidemic prevention guidance, the CDC warns that travel may increase the risk of spreading or contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Therefore, the safest way to enjoy the year-end holiday is to stay at home, join online parties with relatives and friends, give gifts online, decorate your home or make holiday-themed crafts. festival.
Even so, more than 84.5 million Americans have planned to travel during the Christmas season despite the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread across the country.
The CDC’s recommendation comes amid an increasing number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the US. According to the CDC, in the past 7 days, the US recorded more than 1.51 million cases of COVID-19. The average number of new cases per week is currently 216,000, while the number of deaths per week is more than 2,600. There are still 117,777 cases being treated in hospitals, the highest level since the outbreak of the disease.
Faced with this situation, on December 23, the Mayor of New York City announced stricter measures during the holiday. Accordingly, people coming to or returning to New York on this occasion, especially from England, will be required to undergo a two-week quarantine. Those who do not follow the quarantine will face a $1,000 fine. Law enforcement officers will be deployed to monitor regulatory compliance.
The US is launching a campaign to vaccinate against COVID-19 after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved emergency use of two vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s leading expert on infectious diseases, said that if the vaccination campaign goes smoothly, the majority of Americans will be vaccinated and it is likely that the country will achieve herd immunity. next summer.
In an interview with WebMD news site published on December 23, Dr. Fauci expressed his belief that vaccination priorities should be given to priority populations – such as elderly people living in nursing homes, healthcare workers, people with at high risk of contracting COVID-19, will be vaccinated in March or early April 2021. Thus, by mid or late summer next year, if all goes well, the US could have 70-85% of the population vaccinated. He also thinks that Americans can organize events like weddings as early as June or July 2021.
On December 24, Israel announced that it would impose a nationwide blockade order for 2 weeks, starting from December 27. This is the third blockade order in Israel to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, just days after the country started a vaccination program against the disease.
According to an announcement from the Office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a nationwide blockade order will be imposed from 5 pm (local time) on December 27 and last for 2 weeks. Israel may extend this blockade for another 2 weeks if the number of new infections falls below 1,000 cases / day. Accordingly, Israelis will not be allowed to travel more than 1 km from home and businesses will have to close, except for deliveries. Vaccination service providers are subject to an exception and are allowed to travel, and schools will remain partially open for certain age groups of students.
Israel announced the blockade order after the infection rate in the country increased sharply since the second blockade in September, with the infection rate per capita among the highest in the world. Up to now, Israel with 9 million people, has recorded 385,022 cases of COVID-19, including 3,150 deaths.
The Korean government on December 24 announced a ban on all organizing and participating in events to watch the sun set off the old year and welcome the dawn of the New Year at national parks across the country from December 31 to December 31. January 3, 2021.
The above decision was made according to the nationwide Order to tighten epidemic prevention, which took effect from 0:00 on December 24 to January 3, 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during Christmas and the end of the year. and the beginning of the New Year. Previously, on the first day of the New Year, national parks opened early for visitors from 2 am instead of 4 am as usual for visitors to go up the mountain to watch the sunrise.
However, this year, people will not be able to go to the mountain before 7am during this time.
In addition, within 4 days from December 31 to January 3, 2021, all parking lots in the national park will be closed. Scenic walking paths will also be closed from 3pm daily during the above time.
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