LIVE American corona expert: ‘Pandemic may be over in April’

Even now we vaccinate and possibly take the one-millionth shot this weekend, the coronavirus still causes dislocation worldwide. The mutants are worried. The British variant is advanging and also the Brazilian and South African variants are approaching. At the same time, economy and society are sighing under suffocating measures, such as curfew.

Follow the latest coronan news in this live blog.

19.00 – Americans could “resume their normal lives” in April

“The coronavirus could have “largely disappeared” in April.” So says Professor and Surgeon Marty Makary who is affiliated with American Johns Hopkins University, reports the New York Post.

Makary, who teaches at the School of Medicine and the Universitys Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote on Friday in an opinion paper in the Wall Street Journal that the daily number of infections in America has decreased by 77 percent since January.

“ There is reason to believe that the country is heading towards an extremely low level of infection,” says Makary. “As there are more and more infected with only mild or no symptoms, fewer Americans can get infected. If this trend continues, I expect Covid-19 to be largely gone by April, allowing Americans to resume their normal lives.”

“ Vaccinations and the large number of people who have already been infected in the United States – over 28 million – could contribute to group immunity next spring,” says Makary.

According to Makary, this occurs when enough people become immune to a virus, ending its spread. Makary also said that it would protect against the spread of new strains of the coronavirus. “If the chain of virus transmission is broken in multiple places, the virus can be more difficult to spread.” According to Makary, this also applies to new variants.

9:41 a.m. Russia approves third coronavaccin

Russia has approved a third vaccine against the COViVac branded coronavirus for domestic use on Saturday, although extensive testing has yet to take place. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishuestin announced the third vaccine – after Sputnik V and the EpivAccorona presented last month – on national television. “Today, Russia is the only country that already has three vaccines against Covid-19,” said the Prime Minister.

The vaccine was approved, like the previous one, before a comprehensive test phase was completed. This led to distrust among Western scientists, but the first two vaccines proved successful despite the lack of a third extensive testing and control phase.

Russia announced on Saturday 12,953 new infections in the last 24 hours. In addition, 480 people succumbed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 82,876. 4.1 million coronavirus infections have so far been detected in Russia.

Over 9000 infections in Germany 9164

new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Germany in the last 24 hours. There have been 490 deaths due to the virus, reports the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German equivalent of the RIVM.

The number of infections is slightly higher than on Friday, when it was 9113 new infections. On Thursday, the number of new infections was 10,207, compared with 7556 coronas on Wednesday. In total, 2,378,883 infections have been registered in Germany. The death toll is at 67,696. Minister Jens Spahn of Health recently warned that the British corona variant considered more contagious is on the rise.

Germany is currently in a lockdown to prevent the spread of the lung virus and will certainly last until 7 March. This week, the authorities also extended the entry ban from countries where there are many coronavirus amutations. These include the United Kingdom and South Africa.

3:48 hours Bonaire extends corona measures by two weeks

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The government on Bonaire announced on Friday that the current corona measures will be extended by two weeks. During the corona measures, private meetings with more than 10 people are not allowed, work at home as far as possible and people with a contact profession are obliged to wear a mouthcap. Eighteen coronavirus infections have been registered on the island, of which no infected person is in hospital.

Chief Edison Rijna emphasises that the number of infections has increased this week and that the island must therefore be cautious and cannot take risks. Last week, seven infections were registered, eight weeks before.

Last Tuesday, the first coronavaccines arrived at Bonaire. The vaccination is started on Monday. First of all, the people over 60 and people who areworking in the healthcare sector. More than 20,000 people live on Bonaire.

01:52 a.m. Argentine minister resigns after vaccination. The Argentine

Minister of Health resigned Friday (local time) after it appeared that some of his friends have been vaccinated with priority. President Alberto Fernández would have requested his resignation. So far, only health professionals have been vaccinated in Argentina and vaccinations for over 70 people have only begun on Wednesday in the province of Buenos Aires.

The scandal broke out after the 71-year-old journalist Horacio Verbitsky announced on the radio that, thanks to his long-standing friendship with Minister of Health Ginés González García, he could have been vaccinated in the ministers office. Local media reported that other people with connections in the government were also vaccinated at the Ministry of Health.

Fernández ordered his Chief of Staff to ask the Ministers resignation, said officials. Later, the minister himself announced his resignation.

Argentina, with 44 million inhabitants, has registered about two million cases of Covid-19 and suffered more than 50,000 deaths.

00:57 Vaccine arrived on all Caribbean islands

Coronavaccins sent from the Netherlands are Friday afternoon (local time) also at St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba delivered. Earlier this week, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao already received the first loads. In Aruba, vaccination has started immediately. Bonaire and Sint Maarten start Monday, on Curaçao the program will start Wednesday.

In Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire and Sint Maarten, people working in healthcare and over 60 are first vaccinated. Pfizer vaccines have been delivered to those islands. Saba and St. Eustatius received a total of 3100 Moderna vaccines. On Saba a a helicopter came to the island from Sint Maarten, on Sint Eustatius a small plane landed with the vaccines. Both islands want to provide all adults with a shot in a short time from Monday.

A large part of the population on Saba has already registered for this, over 1200 adults out of a population of about 2000 people. At Sint Eustatius there are many people who are waiting to see. On a population of more than 3000 inhabitants, only a little over 400 people have reported. The government hopes that more people will apply before vaccination actually starts.

On both islands it is emphasized that it is very important that many people get vaccinated because they do not have the medical facilities in case of an outbreak. As soon as a large part of the population has been vaccinated, tourism can also get started again. Saba and St. Eustatius have had very few infections since last March. However, for both islands there have been very strict rules for visitors from outside for a long time.

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