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AstraZeneca is already working on a new vaccine against the South African variant
February 8, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has already caused more than 106.4 million infections worldwide, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, one of the main monitoring bodies for covid-19. The center also calculates that there are over 78.000.000of recovered people of disease all over the planet.
The United States continues to appear as the country most affected in total figures, with 27.5 million infections and 473,543 dead, followed by India, with 10.8 million and 155,032 deaths; and Brazil, with almost 9.5 million and 231,069 deceased, respectively.
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21:30 – Our live coverage of the national and international updates this Sunday of the covid pandemic has reached this point. Goodnight!
20:20 – Pharmaceutical AstraZeneca has announced that it is already working on a new effective vaccine against the South African variant of the coronavirus after it emerged that the one that is already being distributed throughout the world is less effective against this variant, particularly in cases of mild disease. In this sense, the company has stressed that there is not enough information yet on the response of its vaccine to serious cases of covid-19, hospitalizations and deaths caused by the South African variant.
AstraZeneca's program director for the vaccine developed in collaboration with Oxford University, Sarah Gilbert, has indicated that work is already underway to adapt the vaccine to the South African variant and that it will be available "most likely" in the fall, according to the Bloomberg news agency.
19:40 – FRANCE | The country registered 171 dead by covid in the last 24 hours in hospitals, while 19,715 people tested positive due to the disease, the health authorities indicated this Sunday. With these figures, since the beginning of the pandemic the number of deaths from covid has risen to 78,965, while infections are 3,337,048, added Health.
He added that in the last week, 11,063 people were admitted to hospitals, of which 1,767 did so in intensive care units. In total, 27,694 hospital beds are occupied by covid patients, 325 more than the day before. The positivity rate followed its slight downward trend, to stand at 6.5%.
19:00 – The balance of the weekend is a decrease in infections in Spain, which at the same time advances in immunization with the new AstraZeneca vaccine. New infections and ICU admissions have decreased in a large part of the communities, although hospital pressure remains high this weekend in which Spain has received 196,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will begin to be distributed among the autonomous regions this Monday.
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18:45 – The Federation of Andalusian Organizations for the Elderly (FOAM) has warned this Sunday that the infections continue in these newcomers, despite the beginning of the vaccination process in nursing homes on December 27. It should be remembered that immunity is not achieved until both doses are received.
In a statement, FOAM states that in Andalusia "The alarms also start to go off" in the private residence for the elderly Novo Sancti Petri, in the Cadiz town of Chiclana de la Frontera, as they had time to receive the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19, on January 8, but since then the situation has been "Dantesca" and accumulate about 22 deceased residents, while another 79 elderly and 24 workers have been infected in recent weeks.
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18:35 – ITALY | The health authorities have notified this Sunday 11,641 cases of covid-19 and others 270 dead – by 13,442 and 385 the day before – in the last 24 hours in the transalpine country, where more than 91,000 people have already died from the pandemic. Specifically, the Italian Ministry of Health has 2,636,738 cases of coronavirus registered, of which more than two million already correspond to discharged patients. At least 91,273 patients have lost their lives, while 2,107 patients are in intensive care units.
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17:55 – IRELAND | A massive screening in Irish nursery schools with 407 tests carried out has revealed a positive rate of 12.5%, that is, 51 cases, as reported this Sunday by the Irish Ministry of Health. Of the total cases detected, 69 percent correspond to children, while 31 percent are adults who work in these centers, according to the report, collected by the newspaper 'The Irish Times'.
17:45 – The Government of Aragon has confirmed 312 new infections of covid-19, corresponding to the results of 2,796 known diagnostic tests this Saturday, which have yielded a positivity of 11.16%. According to the definitive data published in the Transparency Portal of the regional Executive, 242 cases correspond to Zaragoza, 46 to Teruel, 22 to Huesca, and in two it has not been possible to identify the province of origin.
17:35 – The UK Health Ministry has notified this Sunday 15,845 new infections of covid-19 Y 373 deceased due to the disease, compared to the 18,262 cases and almost 830 deaths registered during the previous day. In total, the European country has counted, so far, 3,945,680 infected people and 112,465 fatalities due to the disease. On a positive note, the UK authorities have announced that more than 12 million Britons have already received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
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17:15 – The general secretary of CCOO PV, Arturo Leon, will formalize his resignation from the position next Wednesday before the Confederal Council of the union organization after the controversy over having received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19. León considers that the situation generated "affects the image" of the organization he represents. Arturo León will announce his resignation at the Confederal Council, which is scheduled to meet next Wednesday, February 10, the union reported in a statement.
17:05 – The Community of Madrid has notified 1,554 new cases, of which 543 correspond to the last 24 hours, and 49 more deaths in hospitals, according to the report of the epidemiological situation of this Sunday with data at the end of the previous day. However, hospitalized patients have increased, with 3,976 in the ward (142 more) and 715 in the ICU (5 more), while 113 patients have been discharged.
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16:36 – Canarias has registered 189 new cases In the last 24 hours, the total accumulated cases on the islands now rises to 37,024 with 7,345 active, of which 76 are admitted to the ICU and 321 remain hospitalized. Also, in the last hours the death of two people in the Canary Islands has been reported. The total death toll since the pandemic began stands at 543.
16:08 – Portugal have registered a significant decrease in the number of deaths during the last 24 hours, 204 deaths, the lowest since January 3, according to the balance published this Sunday by the General Directorate of Health (DGS). The agency has reported this Sunday of 3,508 new cases, compared to 6,132 on Saturday, in part due to the decrease in tests over the weekend, with which there are already 765,414 positives registered since the start of the pandemic.
15:18 – Austria is ready to produce the Russian and / or Chinese vaccine, as well as any other, as long as they get the green light for use in the European Union, has assured the Federal Chancellor of the Alpine Republic, the conservative Sebastian Kurz. "At the end of the day, it is about getting as soon as possible the largest number of safe vaccines, regardless of who developed them," emphasizes the head of government in an interview published today by the German newspaper "Welt am Sonntag" and reproduced on Kurz's Twitter account.
In meinem Interview mit der Zeitschrift @welt spreche ich über die Coronakrise, die Impfstoffbeschaffung in der EU & über das Projekt „Nord Stream 2": pic.twitter.com/2PDEuY9wSQ
– Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) February 7, 2021
14:50 – National Police officers have raised a total of 86 acts of sanction to 35 people for breaching health regulations by participating in the last hours in two clandestine parties in Valladolid. The first of the events occurred at around 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, when a person reported to CIMACC room 091 that when he returned from work he observed numerous young people accessing a warehouse on Cobalto Street with bags, as if they were to celebrate a party.
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14:48 – The Municipal Police of Madrid has intervened during the weekend in 246 illegal parties held in homes and entertainment venues (80 on Friday night and 166 on Saturday) and has arrested the manager of a bar in Villa de Vallecas for a possible crime against public health and disobedience, municipal sources have informed Europa Press.
14:46 – The second weekend of perimeter closure of cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants in the Valencian Community has left more than 3,300 complaints over the weekend, after its entry into force at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. The Civil Guard has raised 248 sanction proposals since Friday, according to the balance of the Government Delegation in the Valencian Community.
13:58 – Asturias has confirmed 255 new cases detected on Saturday, a day in which four people died, there were 52 admissions to the ward and 9 to the ICU, and 15 discharges were registered. Currently, there are 572 hospitalized patients with confirmed or suspected covid-19 and another 122 people remain in the ICU. At the moment, 55.83% of the 283 beds in critical care units with respirators are occupied: 43.11% by COVID patients and 12.72% by other pathologies.
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13:55 – The Seville Local Police has imposed this weekend 67 complaints for alcohol consumption on public roads, the seal of a hotel establishment of the four inspected (together they have added six complaints) for concentration of people inside it, not complying with the closing time decreed by the Junta de Andalucía and 42 complaints for not using the mask.
13:50 – La Rioja has registered the death of three people. For its part, data from the regional government show a slight rebound in healthcare pressure with two more admissions in the different Riojan centers up to 205 although low ICU with four fewer patients (54 in total). Active cases decrease until 2020 (278 less than yesterday).
13:48 – Castilla y León adds 606 new cases, which places the global figure to date at 202,082, while registering 34 new fatalities (all in hospitals, although five were derived from residential centers), as well as a total of 23,929 medical discharges, of which 75 new, according to the data offered by the Ministry of Health.
13:46 – Extremadura has notified this Sunday 180 positive cases, which represents a new decrease compared to the previous day, in which 194 were counted. Likewise, hospitals treat 20 coronavirus patients less than on Saturday, up to a total of 473, although patients in ICUs remain without variation in 75. In addition, there have been 392 registrations, which is equivalent to an accumulated of 57,802.
13:39 – Balearic Islands have added 136 new positives in the last 24 hours, 45 less than the previous day, after having performed 3,374 diagnostic tests in this period of time. As reported by the Ministry of Health and Consumption this Sunday to the media, due to an incident this day it has not been possible to notify the Ministry of new cases or update the death balance.
13:27 – Andalusia adds 3,685 cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily figure of the week and notably lower than the 7,892 contagions of seven days ago, according to data from the Ministry of Health and Families, which counts 28 deaths from this cause, lower than the 102 deaths of the Eve but higher than 22 last Sunday.
🏥📈 Graph with the evolution of hospital admissions for #coronavirus in # Andalucía. #COVID ー 19 ✅ pic.twitter.com/mr3n7fcIk7
– Junta de Andalucía (@AndaluciaJunta) February 7, 2021
13:19 – The Valencian Community has registered 52 deaths and 2,048 new cases confirmed since the last update, as reported by the Conselleria de Sanidad Universal. The total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is 5,423 people: 646 in the province of Castellón, 1,997 in that of Alicante and 2,780 in that of Valencia.
13:17 – The number of new cases of coronavirus in the Region of Murcia has stood at 284 in the last 24 hours, in a day in which 16 people have died. Thus, the number of deaths registered in the community rises to 1,244 and cases have reached 102,058 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data provided by the Epidemiology Service.
🏥 284 new positives confirmed.
7,981 people affected by #coronavirus in the #Region ofMurcia until 23:59 on Saturday. 102,058 cases since the pandemic began.
⚫️ We are sorry to report 16 deaths. DEP pic.twitter.com/PRwxpvD5OK
– Government of the Region of Murcia (@regiondemurcia) February 7, 2021
13:01 – The Local Police of Avilés has collaborated with the health authorities to locate five people who, after positive PCR, could not be located to be informed of the result of the test and the pertinent measures. Avilés is currently the area most affected by the pandemic in Asturias, this council and its region being the only place in the region where the hotel industry or cultural and leisure activities are completely closed.
12:59 – The 'president' of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, has ruled out making flexible current restrictions in the Community and has stressed that "we are not in a good moment" although we are "better" than before. "I don't see it," he acknowledged. However, he has advocated analyzing "seriously" the situation of the pandemic although he has affirmed that the Community "is not in a position" to relax the restrictions.
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12:57 – Euskadi has communicated 632 new cases, which is 315 less than the previous day, although the rate of positives with respect to the diagnostic tests performed is 6.3%, one tenth more. New hospital admissions have dropped to 57 and 161 patients remain in ICUs. 10,104 PCR tests and antigen tests have been carried out in the Basque Country, more than 5,000 less than on Friday.
12:47 – The Local Police have sealed a bar in the Ronda de Capuchinos that had 32 people inside without preventive measures and that he did not comply with the closing hours. At about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, agents observed vehicles in double file in the vicinity of a bar that was apparently closed, although they could appreciate a lot of noise inside it, as explained in a statement by Emergencias Sevilla.
12:07 – The head of vaccines in the UK, Nadhim Zahawi, has been "confident" that everyone those over 50 of the country will have been vaccinated "by May" and he said that almost a thousand vaccines are being administered per minute. "I am confident that we will meet our goal by mid-February to vaccinate the four most vulnerable groups (…) and we will also meet our goal of (protecting) groups from one to nine by May," he said in an interview. with the BBC.
11:53 – The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of the Junta de Castilla y León, Jesús Julio Carnero, has been transferred to ICU from the Hospital Pío del Río Hortega (HURH) in Valladolid, as the respiratory difficulties suffered by coronavirus worsen. The counselor was transferred to the UCI yesterday at noon and has spent his first night in a stable situation, sources from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock confirmed this Sunday to EFE.
11:42 – The joint device of the Municipal Police of Pamplona and the Foral Police, with the aim of controlling compliance with health regulations and avoiding risk situations for the population, has ended this weekend with the complaint to 108 people for various breaches, six hotel establishments and one person has been arrested accused of an alleged crime of assault on agents.
11:24 – The number of discharges has once again exceeded that of new diagnoses in Galicia, which has allowed active cases to fall for the fifth consecutive day, to 19,966. This means getting off the 20,000 barrier, which was exceeded on January 23 for the first time. Specifically, in the last 24 hours, 833 positives have been detected, which are 86 fewer than those registered the previous day.
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11:18 – Cantabria has registered five dead more with coronavirus, which brings the total death toll in the region to 483 so far in the pandemic. Meanwhile, diagnosed cases continue to fall, to 68 new, which is 19 less than the day before, and although hospitalized patients have increased slightly, to 147 (one more).
11:06 – Aragon has notified 314 new cases and one deceased in the last 24 hours, while 436 people have been recovered. By provinces, in Zaragoza, 243 positives have been reported, the death of the day and 353 people recovered; in Huesca, 23 and 37 recovered; and in Teruel, 46 infections and 84 discharges.
10:33 – Catalonia has registered 521,544 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic until this Sunday, 1,381 more positives that in the count on Saturday, has informed the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat. The total death toll stands at 19,743, 39 more than the previous day. Regarding the patients currently admitted, the figure stands at 2,566, which is 49 more than in the last count.
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10:22 – Navarra has communicated 87 positive cases, which represents a significant decrease compared to the 171 infections detected the previous day. The Autonomous Community did not drop below a hundred daily cases since last January 3, when 88 positives were detected. There has also been a decrease in the positivity rate, which stood at 3.7% yesterday after performing a total of 2,350 tests, between PCR and antigen tests.
10:20 – The vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca offers limited protection against South African variantaccording to the preliminary results of a new study, to be published this Monday. The investigation carried out by experts from the aforementioned British center and the South African University of the Witwatersrand – whose findings were advanced yesterday by the British newspaper Financial Times (FT) – showed that the preparation "significantly" reduces its effectiveness against this mutation.
09:54 – The Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero placeholder image, has pointed out that the "sabotages" and "robberies" in the Isabel Zendal hospital have been committed by "people who had to know the circuit and operation" of the center, some events that he has considered "extremely serious". "The safety of professionals and patients has been endangered in certain situations," Ruiz Escudero pointed out in an interview on Radio Inter.
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09:11 – Germany has communicated 8,616 new infections2,576 less than a week ago when it counted 11,192 infections, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology. In the last 24 hours, 231 deaths have been reported compared to 399 last Sunday. The weekly incidence now stands at 75.6 infections per 100,000 inhabitants and tends to decline in most of the 16 federal states.
09:02 – Cantabria hopes to receive this Sunday 2,380 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with which the immunization process will continue among healthcare professionals. This vaccine will be administered only to people between the ages of 18 and 55, as agreed by the Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities.
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08:32 – Israel has canceled this Sunday movement restrictions of its citizens who as of this morning can move away more than a kilometer from their home and has allowed the reopening of work centers without public and some shops with a single client. The national closure of more than a month, which will be progressive and slow, is beginning to ease and today the Israeli Cabinet will debate the possible reactivation of preschool education.
08:00 – Good morning! The cumulative incidence of coronavirus continues to decline and the vaccination continues to progress steadily, especially after the arrival of the first doses of AstraZeneca, which will begin to be distributed as soon as possible to the autonomous communities. Furthermore, some regions are beginning to see pressure in ICUs decrease.