World Nears 2MM COVID Deaths As Hospitalizations Start To Slow: Live Updates

World Nears 2MM COVID Deaths As Hospitalizations Start To Slow: Live Updates

The world is about to hit a frightening new COVID-19 benchmark, with 2MM people dead and no end of infections in sight. Though there has been one encouraging sign lately: hospitalizations have been declining.

While deaths remain high, hospitalizations and new cases are finally starting to dip.

In terms of the biggest recent developments, the UK has set up a research consortium to study threats posed by new coronavirus variants, which are emerging more rapidly asCOVID-19 spreads around the world.

Elsewhere in Europe, leaders are also pushing for new restrictions: In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing for more extreme measures as the country reported a record number of daily COVID deaths on Friday. Meanwhile, a senior adviser to Italy’s government said it needs to reimpose strict lockdown measures across the nation to curb a resurgence in the virus.

As we mentioned in this piece from last night, hospitalizations in the US are already starting to see a meaningful drop in cases.

Here’s some more COVID news from overnight:

  • Norway’s health institute says Pfizer plans to temporarily reduce deliveries of its Covid vaccine as of next week due to a production bottleneck. The move affects all of Europe while the Pfizer upgrade, aimed at increasing capacity, is implemented (Source: Bloomberg).
  • The Czech Republic started centralized online registry system for vaccination of people over 80 years old this morning. The website, which collapsed as it was overwhelmed by demand, registered 78,000 people and reached currently full capacity of 3,000 places available for reservation of vaccination within 1.5 hours (Source: Bloomberg).
  • Italy needs to reimpose strict lockdown measures across the country as the current system of on-again/off-again curbs has failed to prevent a coronavirus resurgence, Walter Ricciardi, an adviser to Health Minister Roberto Speranza, said in an interview (Source: Bloomberg).
  • Poland’s number of new cases compares to 9,436 the day before, according to the Polish Health Ministry (Source: Bloomberg)l
  • The two World Health Organization team members denied entry as part of a mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus were British and Sudanese from Qatar, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tells briefing in Beijing on Friday (Source: Bloomberg).
  • The UK has set up a research consortium to study threats posed by new coronavirus variants, which are emerging more rapidly as Covid-19 spreads around the world (Source: FT).
  • European countries are set to receive fewer vaccines than expected from Pfizer starting next week, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Source: FT).
  • Former finance ministers and central bank governors have called on the G20 and the IMF to step up their support for poor countries battling the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic (Source: FT).

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Tyler Durden
Fri, 01/15/2021 – 09:49

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