LIVE: Former CDC Head Discusses 1 Million Covid-19 Deaths Worldwide
Senator Rick Scott accuses China of sabotaging US vaccine efforts
Restrictive measures imposed by governments around the world have helped prevent millions of deaths from the new coronavirus, new study from Imperial College London shows.
According to experts, thanks to the measures taken, including the closure of businesses and schools, it was possible to prevent about 3 million deaths in 11 countries: Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland..
Another study from the United States and also published on Monday showed that around 530 cases of COVID-19 infection were averted thanks to measures taken in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France and the United States..
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of deaths from the new coronavirus in the world is approaching 403,000, and the number of confirmed cases of infection has exceeded 7 million..
The United States continues to rank first in terms of the number of deaths. They are followed by the United Kingdom, Brazil and Italy..
Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden on Monday announced that the country has completely stopped transmission of the new coronavirus. New Zealand authorities decided to lift the remaining restrictions, but keep the borders closed.
In the United States, authorities are calling on protesters to be tested for coronavirus. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urges citizens not to take risks and take a test, recalling that 15 new testing points have opened in the state.
Leaders in Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle made similar calls.
The country’s largest city, New York, kicks off a new phase of lifting restrictions on Monday, with around 400,000 people expected to return to work, including in the construction sector, factories, warehouses and some retail chains. For the first time in three months, many residents will use the metro. At the same time, restaurants in the city will remain closed at least until the end of the month..
Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health on Sunday recorded 1,800 new cases. The number of new cases exceeds 1000 for the fifth day in a row.
Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott accused China on Sunday of trying to sabotage U.S. vaccine development efforts.
“This became known to our intelligence community. As a member of the Committee on the Armed Forces, I receive some information that I cannot discuss publicly. But there is evidence that they are trying to sabotage or slow down our efforts, ”Scott told the BBC.
The Chinese authorities have not yet commented on Scott’s statement.
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