The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide approaches the milestone of 240 million cases

According to the statistics site worldometers.info, as of nearly 10pm on October 13 (Vietnam time), the world recorded 239,638,294 cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, of which 4,884,905 death case. The number of recovered patients has now reached 216,967,655 people and 80,818 people are still in active treatment.

Israeli medical staff transport COVID-19 patients to a hospital in Jerusalem. Photo: AFP
Israeli medical staff transport COVID-19 patients to a hospital in Jerusalem. Photo: AFP

With the rate of vaccination against COVID-19 continuing to increase, many countries around the world are in turn adjusting their epidemic prevention strategies, moving from "zero COVID-19" to "living with COVID-19", in which one Some countries are expected to clear customs from November.

In the Asia region, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that from November 1, the country will be fully open to visitors who have fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by air from 10 countries. countries are considered to be at low risk of disease outbreaks. On this list are the UK, US, China, Germany and Singapore. Prime Minister Chan-ocha emphasized that when entering Thailand, visitors from the above countries will have to present a negative test certificate and undergo testing at the destination one more time. After that, that foreign tourist can move freely like a domestic citizen.

Medical staff take samples to test for COVID-19 for people in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: THX
Medical staff take samples to test for COVID-19 for people in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: THX

Similarly, Singapore has announced it will expand its Travel Corridor Program to fully vaccinated visitors (VTL), opening its borders and not requiring quarantine for fully vaccinated people from nine European countries. and North America including the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain from October 19 to here. In addition, Singapore will reduce PCR testing requirements for entry.

Meanwhile, the disease is still spreading in Laos. The Lao Ministry of Health said that the country recorded 566 new cases and 2 deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 29,964 cases, including 35 deaths. According to the Lao Ministry of Health, among the new cases, there are 557 community cases, the rest are imported cases and are immediately isolated. Vientiane capital continues to lead the country in the number of community cases when recording 246 cases. Notably, Luang Parbang province had a sudden increase in the number of community cases with 186 cases. The Lao Ministry of Health said that 85% of cases and deaths from COVID-19 in this country are unvaccinated; Therefore, continue to urge people in the high-risk group to urgently get vaccinated at health facilities to protect themselves and their families.

In Cambodia, the Mayor of Phnom Penh Khuong Sreng has issued a directive to tighten regulations on COVID-19 prevention, according to which sick people, people who are exempt from vaccination against COVID-19 and people who do not have a certificate of vaccination. (also known as vaccine cards) are prohibited from going to public places such as schools, markets and businesses in 14 districts of this city. Earlier, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen announced the possibility of reopening the economy in all fields if the epidemic situation stabilizes for at least 10 consecutive days after the Pchum Ben ceremony. Currently, Cambodia has recorded a total of 115,607 cases, of which 109,296 people have recovered and 2,559 deaths.

A vaccination site against COVID-19 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo: THX
A vaccination site against COVID-19 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo: THX

South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said the country is also carefully considering its plan to enter a new normal amid higher vaccination rates. A government-civilian committee, made up of civilian experts and government officials, has been set up to come up with a plan to "live with COVID-19". Prime Minister Kim said the government will prepare to treat COVID-19 as a controllable infectious disease, thereby restoring normal life for people. He also affirmed that it is not possible to immediately give up masks and the government is still open to prepare for a worse epidemic situation, as well as consider measures to use vaccine cards to allow people to access more public places.

The Australian government said the state of New South Wales (NSW) may further relax restrictions in the city of Sydney a week earlier than planned on October 18, as the country's most populous state is stepping up. The progress of vaccination against COVID-19 is aimed at 80% of the population receiving 2 doses. NSW aims to have 80 per cent vaccination coverage by the end of October, with many restrictions being eased. However, the 80% mark is said to be achievable by the end of this week, earlier than expected. State authorities previously pledged to further relax restrictions on people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on the first Monday after the milestone is reached. Currently, the state government will not allow people who have not been vaccinated to leave their homes until December 1, 2021. Australia is said to have maintained a fairly low number of COVID-19 cases, with a total of 133,400 cases recorded so far, including 1,478 deaths.

In Europe, Deputy Mayor of Moscow (Russia), Anastasia Rakova, said that the city will deploy a project to test COVID-19 rapid test for high school and kindergarten students. Accordingly, students in grades 1 to 11, as well as kindergarten students at 10 schools, will be tested every 2 weeks. High school students and older may conduct self-testing under teacher supervision, while parents may self-test their child at school in the presence of school personnel. Previously, Moscow had opened 20 free rapid testing points for the capital's residents at one-stop administrative centers, public places and shopping centers.

Health workers vaccinate the elderly at a nursing home in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: AFP
Health workers vaccinate the elderly at a nursing home in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: AFP

In Africa, Algeria has decided to reopen sea passenger routes to France and Spain after halting last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Algerian Ministry of Transport said that the shipping company ENTMV Algerie Ferries will resume passenger ships to Alicante (Spain), from October 21, and to Marseille (France), from November 1. . The scheduling of other routes will be considered by the Algerian authorities depending on the development of the country's epidemic situation. The number of new cases in this country of nearly 44 million people has plummeted in recent weeks, creating favorable conditions for the government to gradually lift restrictions. To date, Algeria has recorded a total of more than 215,000 cases of COVID-19, including 5,855 deaths.

In the Middle East region, Israel's Ministry of Health said the number of severe COVID-19 cases in the country has decreased by about 60% in the past three weeks. However, it is worth noting that the majority of deaths are people who have not been vaccinated against the disease. The statistics of the ministry show that in the past, every day in this country, about 100 patients with severe COVID-19 had to undergo intensive treatment, now this number has decreased to 32 patients. The infection coefficient R in the past month has been continuously below 1, showing the tendency of the epidemic to be more and more under control. In the past week, in Israel recorded 92 deaths from COVID-19, of which 70% were people who had not been vaccinated.

In the Americas, the US announced that from November it will lift air travel restrictions to 33 countries, applied to people who have been fully vaccinated. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), international travelers need a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by US regulatory agencies or the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO) license.

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