Europe, on Monday, crossed one million deaths due to Covid -19. The death toll across all the 52 countries of Europe, as compiled by AFP from official sources, totaled at least 1,000,288.
“We are in a critical point of the pandemic right now,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19 was quoted saying.
“The trajectory of this pandemic is growing… exponentially.
“This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic when we have proven control measures,” she told the reporters.
Globally, 2.9 million people have been killed by the coronavirus and 136 million people have been infected by the virus.
South Africa struggles due to inadequate vaccine supplies
The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, called for indigenous vaccines, as the continent struggles with inadequate vaccine supplies as well as financial and logistical problems.
“Africa needs to harness its own continental capabilities and identify opportunities for collaboration,” the President said.
He suggested that India and Brazil can help in vaccine supply after developing their own generic pharmaceutical industries.
Meanwhile, India and Brazil are the second and third most coronavirus affected countries respectively.
Muslims all over the world gear up for Ramadan
Muslim worshippers all across the globe prepares for their second Covid Ramadan. The holy fasting month will start from Tuesday in many countries.
As compared to last year when mosques where completely shut down, the sanitary measures in Egypt are much more relaxed this time.
Whereas in Saudi Arabia, only the people immunised against Covid-19 will be allowed to perform the Umrah-pilgrimage from the start of Ramadan.
On Monday, pubs and restaurants in Britain were allowed to serve people. This came as a sigh of relief for the hospitality sector.
“It’ll be great to see everybody again and see all the locals,” Louise Porter, landlady of The Crown Inn in Askrigg, northern England, was quoted saying to AFP.
England’s hairdressers, indoor gyms and swimming pools were also shown the green light.
In France, the most infected European country, everybody aged over 55 years is now eligible to get vaccinated.
A major positive news for the people came as the clinical trials of the Regeneron antibody treatment indicated that it not only treated Covid-19 patients but also helped in preventing infections.