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India records 22,270 new COVID-19 cases, 325 deaths
India’s COVID-19 tally soared to 42,802,505 on Saturday with 22,270 more people testing positive for the viral disease, while the number of active cases fell to 253,739, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.
The death toll reached 5,11,230 with 325 new fatalities, according to data updated as of 8 a.m.
Daily COVID-19 cases in the country have remained below one lakh for 13 consecutive days now.— PTI
Biden to extend US national emergency due to COVID-19 health risk
President Joe Biden said on Friday that the US national emergency declared in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic would be extended beyond March 1 due to the ongoing public health risk posed by the coronavirus.
Biden said the death of more than 900,000 Americans from COVID-19 underscored the need to respond to the pandemic with “the full capacity” of the federal government.
“There remains a need to continue this national emergency,” Biden said in a letter Friday to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Speaker of the Senate.
The letter was released by the White House. — Reuters
Beijing 2022 reports no new COVID cases on February 18
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee said on Saturday that no new cases of COVID-19 had been detected among Games-related personnel on Feb. 18. Reuters
Canadian police arrest protesters and tow platforms in Ottawa
Police began arresting protesters and towing vehicles across Canada’s beleaguered capital on Friday, and a flood of trucks soon began to leave under pressure, raising hopes for authorities to end the three-week protest against the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 in the country.
The crackdown on the so-called Freedom Convoy began in the morning, when hundreds of police, some in riot gear and others carrying automatic weapons, descended on the protest area and began leading the handcuffed protesters as recalcitrant truckers honked their horns in protest. The police broke down the door of at least one motorhome before taking it away.
A steady procession of trucks began leaving Parliament Hill in the afternoon as rows of officers moved through the streets.
Hong Kong postpones elections due to COVID-19 outbreak
Hong Kong will delay the election of its next chief executive due to the current spike in COVID-19 cases that has overwhelmed China’s Special Administrative Region (SAR). Current Chief Executive (EC) Carrie Lam said on Friday that the selection of the next EC would be delayed for six weeks due to the current surge in cases, adding that it would take at least two months to stabilize the current surge and bring it under control. . The SAR continued to report thousands of new cases of the Omicron variant on Friday, reporting 3,629 confirmed cases and more than 7,600 preliminary positives, most of which will also likely be confirmed as positives.
Six African countries to receive mRNA vaccine technology
The first African countries selected to receive the technology needed to produce mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 are Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia, a meeting in summit of the countries of the European Union and the African Union.
The six countries have been chosen to build vaccine production plants as part of a bid the World Health Organization launched last year to replicate what are believed to be the most licensed vaccines effective against COVID-19.
Africa currently produces only 1% of coronavirus vaccines. According to WHO figures, only 11% of the African population is fully immunized, compared to a global average of around 50%.