China will indefinitely suspend direct flights to and from the UK due to concerns about a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.
The US recommends celebrating Christmas at home
According to Mr. Uong Van Bin, after careful consideration, China decided to stop flights to and from the UK. However, China will closely monitor relevant developments and flexibly adjust control measures according to the situation.
Figures from aviation data provider VariFlight show that there are now eight flights a week between mainland China and the UK.
On December 23, the tourism agency of Taiwan (China) said it had canceled the annual New Year celebration in the coastal town of Fulong. Every year, Taiwan often holds a sunrise event in Fulong on the first day of the New Year.
However, other New Year’s Eve celebrations on New Year’s Eve such as fireworks in Taipei will still take place as usual, but attendees must wear masks.
Taiwan currently records a total of 777 cases of COVID-19, most of which are imported, of which seven have died. Taiwan recorded its first case of community transmission on April 12.
On December 24, Japan recorded an additional 3,450 cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, a record high for the second consecutive day in the context that the capital Tokyo and some other regions continue to have a high number of cases. record high infections amid growing concern about the risk of the health system being overwhelmed.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 cases in this country has so far reached 211,000, including 3,100 deaths. In the capital Tokyo, 888 new infections were detected in the past 24 hours, surpassing the previous record recorded on December 17 of 821, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in this city to 54,018. Three other prefectures adjacent to Tokyo also recorded a record high number of infections in a day, including Kanagawa with 495 cases, Saitama with 251 cases and Chiba with 234 cases. In addition, Aichi and Kyoto prefectures in central and western Japan, respectively, also recorded a record high number of infections.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Tokyo in December so far has reached 13,000, higher than the 9,850 cases recorded in November.
Since December 17, the Tokyo government has raised the alert level to the highest level 4, due to concerns that the medical system here is overloaded, and requires people to limit non-essential travel. Restaurants, bars and alcohol establishments in Tokyo have been asked to shorten their business hours by closing at 10 p.m. or earlier.
Britain said rail and sea links between the country and France would remain open over Christmas to clear thousands of trucks stuck at the border.
On Twitter, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he and his French counterpart Jean-Baptise Djebbari agreed that the border between the two countries at the English Channel Tunnel and the Dove/Calais Strait would remain open until throughout the Christmas period to help transport vehicles and citizens return home as soon as possible.
Previously, on December 22, Britain and France reached an agreement to allow vehicles to return to the border between the two sides from December 23. The agreement was reached in the context of a travel ban in the past 48 hours to prevent the risk of spreading the COVID-19 epidemic that has seriously threatened supply chains.
On December 23, the National Institute of Health named after Dr Ricardo Jorge (INSA) of Portugal announced that scientists had discovered three new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the second COVID-19 outbreak. two in this country.
“In a study in collaboration with the Gulbenkian Institute of Science (IGC), scientists determined that,” said Joao Paulo Gomes, head of the biodata analysis division of INSA’s Department of Infectious Diseases. found that these new variants contained mutations that were not observed in the first wave”.
Expert Gomes confirmed that three new variants were discovered in all localities of Portugal and are in the “process of adapting to humans”. Most likely, they were the main cause of the second wave.
On December 24, Russia recorded the highest number of new infections and deaths from COVID-19 in a day since the pandemic broke out in the country, with 29,935 cases and 635 cases respectively. Currently, the total number of cases in Russia has increased to 2,963,688 cases and the total number of deaths is 53,096 cases.
In Ukraine , Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country has exceeded 1 million. As of December 24, Ukraine has a total of 1,001,000 infections, of which 17,395 deaths.
Also on December 24, the Czech Ministry of Health said that the country recorded 14,054 new infections in the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase since November 4. The number of new cases per day in the Czech Republic is now approaching the peak of more than 15,000 cases per day as in October-November, and the 7-day incidence rate has increased by nearly 29% this week. Currently, the total number of infections in the Czech Republic has increased to 660,461 cases.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the Czech Republic has also skyrocketed in the second wave of the epidemic, increasing more than 15 times since the beginning of October, to a total of 10,776 deaths.
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