Hello, Matilda Boseley here to take you through all the news about coronavirus for today.
Here’s what’s happening around the world to help you:
- WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus he called the decline in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide encouraging, but warned against easing the constraints that allowed us to reach this point.
- France reported 20,701 new confirmed cases on Friday. That’s less with 21,063 on Thursday and 22,139 last Friday.
- Serbia has been approved for the production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, Serbian Innovation Minister Nenad Popovic said on Friday.
- Mexico City The level of Covid-19 threat was officially lowered after two months of strict locking measures.
- Like Czech Republic continues to deal with a new, highly contagious variant of the coronavirus, the lower house of the Czech parliament has refused to extend the state of emergency.
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that schools can restart school learning without the need for all teachers to receive the vaccine.
The biggest news coming out Australia today, of course, the state of Victoria is in a five-day quick lock, while health authorities are struggling to stop a small infection caused by the “hyper-infectious” British variant of Covid-19.
From midnight local time, Victorians can leave their homes for only four reasons – buying the most necessary things, exercising within 5 km of the house, for a maximum of two hours daily, access to health care and care or work if you cannot do so from home.
Schools and universities are closed, and all catering companies can only provide opportunities to take away and deliver.
This comes after a small cluster of British variants, originating from hotel quarantine, broke into the wider community. They exist now 13 people associated with the outbreak, including close contact with a quarantined hotel worker who worked an eight-hour shift in the popular Melbourne Airport cafe while unknowingly contagious.
Australians are preparing for more cases today, including concerns that there could be infections across the country given the large number of planes in close contact that boarded after interacting with an infected cafe worker.
Victorian Premiere, Daniel Andrews, said that the British variant of the disease is spreading “a a speed not seen anywhere in our country”, And current contact tracking is not equipped to deal with the new version of the virus.
The quick lock is designed for the customer to keep track of contacts and ensures that all close contacts of cafe workers can be isolated and tested.