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The Covid-19 situation around the world is seeing some nations attempt to return to a new normal as vaccines are rolled out, but some countries, notably India, are seeing the worst of the virus. As India’s death toll reached over 200,000 yesterday, hospitals are running out of oxygen and basic medical equipment. A Covid virus variant has hit the South Asian nation, which appears to be fuelling the recent wave and spreading across more than 12 other countries. India has now reported 18,376,524 infections since the pandemic began.

The World Health Organisation has stopped short of saying the Indian variant is more transmissible, deadly or resistant to current vaccines. And, the co-founder of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin, which teamed with Pfizer to develop a vaccine, says the jab works against the Indian variant.

“We are still testing the Indian variant, but the Indian variant has mutations that we have already tested for and which our vaccine works against, so I am confident.”

But limited supplies has pushed India to the forefront of the Covid fight, with 360,000 new infections reported yesterday, breaking the global record and more than 3,000 deaths.

In contrast the US, which has a total of 32,983,695 infections, and the UK (4,411,797) are slowly loosening up on restrictions with hopes of life getting back to somewhat normal. The Dutch recently celebrated the end of curfews and the reopening of cafe terraces. Italy, Switzerland, and Portugal have also rolled back regulations, despite their governments rushing to roll out much-needed vaccines. France is hoping to follow the recent trends by easing restrictions this month, but it is still battling those who are currently receiving treatment in hospitals. France has reported a total of 5,565,852 infections since the pandemic began.

The Games are scheduled to start on July 23, but organisers say they won’t decide until June, how many spectators, if any at all, would be allowed to attend the Games. The chief recently stated that having venues full of fans, right now, would be very difficult.

The virus has now killed more than 3.1 million people worldwide with Europe being affected the most.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    David

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    million of infected people in world, means ?
    positive pcr/virus -test, but most are not
    sick now, before and later. think about, infection-theory, is not easy to prove.

    most who die, are old and have 1 or more “disease (just comes flying from no-where)”.
    how a doctor can know,
    if this virus, another virus or something else cause something ?
    1000s scientifically medical documents about virus deaths,
    is never enough as proof, if only guesses are written.

    strongly believe in something, is still not knowledge.
    so called “middle age” and the world war 2, reminds on strong beliefs.
    are most people really so minded as they are today ?
    why you go to school for ca. 9 years if believing is good enough for you ?
    please, see through the show. 🙂

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    Frank

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Once the vaccine is available to all adults, there is no reason to keep any restrictions. Covid is probably never going away so aside from vaccinating people, there isn’t anything you can do except live with it. Endless shutdowns won’t help.

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