Germany expands lockdown; Zimbabwe records record cases, fatalities; cancelled GCSE and A-level tests in England
China has delayed the entry of a World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the source of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that even though several members of the community were already on their way, their visas had not yet been accepted.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, expressed consternation and said he had asked China to allow the team to enter the country. I am very disappointed with the news, given that two members have already begun their journey and that others have not been able to arrive at the last minute,”I am very disappointed with this news, considering that two members have already started their journey and others were unable to arrive at the last minute,”
But I was in touch with senior officials from China.
And I have once again made it clear that the task is a priority for both the WHO and the international team.
For several months, the WHO has been trying to send a global team of experts from a variety of countries.
Since July, it has been in talks with Chinese officials.
For a long time, scientists have said it is important to find out how the virus jumped to humans from one species:
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The entry of a World Health Organization team investigating the source of the coronavirus pandemic has been blocked by China, arguing that their visas have not yet been accepted, although some of the group’s members were on the way. I am very disappointed with this news, as two representatives had already begun their trip and others were unable to fly at the last minute,’ Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, told reporters in Geneva, in a rare U.N. agency rebuke of Beijing.
The Chinese authorities declined earlier this week to confirm the exact dates and specifics of the visit, a sign of the continued sensitivity of the mission.
Meanwhile, it is estimated that in the week ending Jan. 2, one in 50 individuals in private households in England – more than 1.1 million – had coronavirus.
In the last few hours, here are the other big developments:
This summer, the Department for Education announced that students in England would not have to take GCSE and A-level exams.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany is extending its national lockdown until the end of the month and implementing new, tighter restrictions to combat increasing coronavirus infections.
On Tuesday, 1,365 cases of coronavirus and 34 deaths were registered in Zimbabwe – the highest single-day rise in the country’s history, beginning a month-long lockdown to curb the increase in infections.
The Executive has agreed that students in Northern Ireland will study remotely before the half-term break, but it remains uncertain whether there will be A-level and GCSE exams this summer.
As the center-right government of the country is pushing to get much of the population vaccinated by mid-year, Chilean lawmakers are debating making coronavirus vaccination mandatory.
According to local media, the Israeli cabinet has decided to impose a “full lockdown,” raising existing constraints on closing nearly the entire educational system, including kindergartens, and banning non-essential foreign travel.
People from any country travelling to Ireland must show a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours, reports the Irish Times.
An additional 60,916 laboratory-confirmed cases were registered in the UK – the highest reported daily number to date, taking the total number of cases to 2,774,479 in the UK.
There is no indication that the coronavirus strain found in South Africa is more transmissible than the one that is circulating rapidly in the UK, Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead of the World Health Organization for Covid-19, said.