Plan To Reduce 99% Of Covid Deaths By The Spring
Fabenmedia Nigeria reports that the Police to issue fines for rule breaches, Germany extends lockdown.
Here are today’s latest figures and headlines, curated by upday.
Daily deaths: 1,041
Total deaths: 77,346
Daily cases: 62,322
Total cases: 2,836,801
Figures provided by Public Health England after they are released at around 4pm GMT.
Total deaths: 1,872,129
Total recovered: 48,591,194
Total cases: 86,601,539
Figures provided by Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.
Updates from the UK
This online medium reports that the United kingdom’s vaccines minister says 99% of Covid deaths could be reduced by the spring. Nadhim Zahawi, minister for vaccine deployment, told talkRadio it will require inoculating people in the top nine vulnerable groups. That includes those aged over 50, people in at-risk groups, and care home residents and staff. Meanwhile, speaking to Sky News, Zawahi said targeting all those in the top four groups by mid-February will require two million vaccines doses per week.
Fabenmedia Nigeria reports that the police in England have pledged to stop people and issue fines for lockdown breaches. Fines of £200 can be issued for first offences, including failing to wear a mask where required and attending large illegal gatherings.
Northern Ireland has followed England in announcing school exams are to be cancelled. All GCSE, AS and A-level will not go ahead this year, with alternative arrangements for grades yet to be announced.
Updates from around the world
Moderna’s vaccine has been given the European Medicines Agency’s recommendation. If signed off by the European Commission, it will be authorised for widespread use across the EU.
Germany has extended its lockdown by three weeks with more stringent rules. Among the new restrictions announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, people will not be allowed to travel more than 15km (9.3 miles) without a valid reason if they’re in a hotspot area. This is on top of existing rules, which include schools largely staying closed. A further 1,019 deaths were announced on Wednesday — the second-highest daily increase — raising the total to 36,537.
Australia has called on China to allow access to World Health Organization (WHO) investigators “without delay”. The WHO says its officials are being impeded in their inquiry into the pandemic’s origins. Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne released a statement amid pressure within the country to probe China.