The number of cases reached 31 million 511 thousand in the USA, 13 million 23 thousand in Brazil, 12 million 799 thousand in India and 4 million 833 thousand in France.
In India, one of the countries most affected by the epidemic, the daily number of cases fell below 100 thousand and 96 thousand 982 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours.
The EU’s vaccine target
The European Union (EU) has approved France to provide 4 billion euros in financing to Air France, the airline company adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The EU aims to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population with COVID-19 vaccines, which are planned to be distributed to member countries by the end of June.
The British travel industry expects the British government to allow international flights as of May 17, with the number of cases and deaths decreasing with large-scale COVID-19 vaccinations.
The first patient admissions doctors working in Madrid, the capital of Spain, once again demonstrated on the grounds that the lack of staff, excessive density due to the epidemic, low salary and the promises made by the autonomous administration were not kept.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also reiterated the government’s promise that the rate of those vaccinated with COVID-19, which currently reaches 6 percent of the country’s population, will be 70 percent by the end of the summer.
Rapid tests in pharmacies in Belgium
Self-testing rapid tests, which can be done by those who suspect that they have contracted COVID-19 in Belgium, are offered for sale in pharmacies.
World Health Organization (WHO) Spokesperson Margaret Harris gave the message that they do not welcome the “vaccine passport” for now due to the uncertainty about whether COVID-19 vaccination prevents the transmission of the virus and the vaccine injustice in the world.
In the Euro Zone, the investor confidence index rose to the highest level of 32 months in the EU with the expectation that vaccination will succeed in the epidemic.
Ukraine has agreed with Pfizer for 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Presidents of Serbia and Kazakhstan get COVID-19 vaccine
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that they are providing several times more COVID-19 vaccine than some countries need, and said that they are deeply concerned about the “unequal and unfair” distribution of vaccines.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had the first dose of “Sinopharm” vaccine developed by China against COVID-19.
In Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the government’s inability to combat the COVID-19 outbreak was also protested.
Kazakhstan President Kasım Cömert Tokayev was also informed that the Sputnik V vaccine developed against COVID-19 was administered.
Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) announced that it suspended transportation with the rest of Iraq as part of COVID-19 measures.
3.4 million vaccine grants from UAE to Ghana
Saudi Arabia announced that only those who were vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 can perform umrah and pray at the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca during Ramadan.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) donated 3.4 million doses of the “Sputnik V” vaccine developed by Russia to Ghana.
North Korea has announced that it will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics in order to protect its athletes from the epidemic.
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoşihide shot a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of next week’s visit to the US.
Georgian Prime Minister Iraqi Garibashvili tested positive for COVID-19.
In the brawl between the police and demonstrators protesting the COVID-19 measures in Bangladesh, 1 person died and 3 people were injured when the police opened fire.
As part of the measures taken against COVID-19, New Zealand officials announced that the suspended travel agreement with Australia will come into effect on April 19.
Real Madrid’s French defender Raphael Varane will not be able to play in the first match of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool this evening, due to the positive COVID-19 test.
“There is a link between AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clotting”
Malaysian Health Minister Ethem Baba announced that Malaysia will continue to use the AstraZeneca vaccine after clinical examinations and evaluations.
European Medicines Agency (EMA) official Marco Cavaleri said that there is a link between the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the cases of blood clotting (thrombosis) that occur after this vaccine.
In Tanzania, the new President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced that he will form a “Committee of Experts” in the fight against COVID-19.
Record loss of life in Brazil
According to the data of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, with the detection of 86 thousand 979 new cases in the last 24 hours, the number of cases increased to 13 million 100 thousand 580 and the number of those who recovered to 11 million 558 thousand 784.
4 thousand 195 people died in the country in the last 24 hours. This figure was recorded as the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in one day in Brazil since the beginning of the epidemic. The number of deaths in the country increased to 336 thousand 947.
Brazil, a South American country with a population of more than 210 million, is the country most affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, after the USA.
46 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours in Tunisia
The Tunisian Ministry of Health announced that 1866 new cases were detected, and the total number of cases increased to 263 thousand 43.
With the death of 46 people in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19, the number of virus-related deaths in the country rose to 9,39, and 220 thousand 645 people recovered.