Germany’s hard lockdown; Deaths in Hungary remain high: virus update

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Germany enters a lockdown hard from Wednesday as Chancellor Angela Merkel said previous measures were insufficient.

The death toll in Hungary remained near an all-time high a month after Prime Minister Viktor Orban imposed travel restrictions. The UK’s National Health Service has warned the government not to relax rules in hard-hit areas during the holiday season.

Bahrain followed the UAE to approve Sinopharm Group Co. Coronavirus Vaccine U.S. Government-approved shots of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE are due to arrive at the first administrative sites on Monday.

Key developments:

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UK government warned at Christmas (6:33 p.m. HK)

The UK government has been warned by leaders of the National Health Service that a plan to ease lockdown restrictions in hard-hit parts of the country during the Christmas holiday period could lead to a third wave of infections, reported the Times of London.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson last month said the government would likely ease the toughest restrictions affecting millions of Britons in time for the holidays with additional measures for the five-day Christmas period.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab told Sky News on Sunday that the government would not cancel the Christmas holidays. “I think people need that five-day Christmas window to spend some time with their loved ones,” Raab said.

Germany to enter hard lockdown (6:08 p.m. HK)

Germany will enter a hard lockdown from Wednesday with non-essential stores closed, employers urged to close workplaces and schoolchildren encouraged to stay at home.

The tighter restrictions – including a ban on gatherings in the New Year – will last until at least January 10, as a softer shutdown has failed to stop an increase in infections and deaths.

Hungary’s death toll remains close to record (6:02 p.m. HK)

Hungary reported 181 deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, with 4,153 additional infections. The death toll remained at unprecedented levels more than a month after the government tightened lockdown restrictions.

Hong Kong Reports Additional Cases (5:55 p.m. HK)

Hong Kong reported 95 new cases of the virus on Sunday, three of which were imported. Of the local infections, 41 are of unknown origin, one of the highest numbers in the city’s latest wave.

Bahrain Endorses Chinese Sinopharm Vaccine (3:50 p.m. HK)

Bahrain approved registration for the Sinopharm Group’s coronavirus vaccine, about a week after it was registered by the United Arab Emirates.

“The results of phase III clinical trials showed an efficacy rate of 86%, a seroconversion rate of 99% of neutralizing antibodies and a 100% efficacy in the prevention of moderate and severe cases of Covid-19” , the National Health Regulatory Authority said in a statement Sunday.

German cases, the dead retreat further highs (3 p.m. HK)

New coronavirus infections and deaths in Germany fell further from Friday’s records, as officials weigh in by imposing a strict lockdown to verify the spread of the disease.

There were 21,792 new cases in the 24 hours through Sunday morning, and the death toll increased by 333, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. On Friday, infections jumped 32,734 and deaths rose to 604, two records.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of Germany’s 16 states are expected to agree on tighter restrictions at a meeting on Sunday, including closing non-essential stores and extending school holidays.

Oil Rises as Big Coronavirus Salvage Trade (1:15 p.m. HK)

Although the crude has not yet returned to normal, positive signals proliferate. In a world where travel is expected to pick up sharply next year, oil has become a booming coronavirus vaccine trade.

Demand in Europe is rebounding as a second wave of lockdowns ease, as Asia continues to attract huge volumes of crude.

Sinopharm unit plans to produce 1 billion doses of vaccine next year: Global Times (12:44 p.m. HK)

Japanese Cabinet Approval Rating Drops to 40% on Virus: Mainichi (12:41 p.m. HK)

Approval Note fell 17 points from the previous survey due to dissatisfaction with how the government handled the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Mainichi Shimbun opinion poll.

China suspends imports of Russian fish products: Global Times (10:45 a.m. HK)

Imports of fish products from Russian manufacturer Vostok-ryba Co. were suspended for a week after the outer packaging of frozen salmon tested positive for coronavirus, the Global Times reported.

Japan May End Travel Subsidy Campaign in More Cities: Reports (10:35 a.m. HK)

Japan could stop the campaign in Tokyo and Nagoya due to the increase in coronavirus cases, local media reported on Sunday.

The government will meet with governors in regions where infections are rising, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told NHK. The program in the two cities could be suspended until December 25, reported the FNN, without specifying where it obtained the information.

Brazil reports 43,900 new cases in past 24 hours (10:30 a.m. HK)

Brazil has a total of 6,880,127 infections, according to data from the Ministry of Health released on Saturday. The death toll increased by 686 in the past 24 hours to reach 181,123.

Earlier, the country’s health ministry presented a national immunization plan to the Supreme Court and the federal prosecutor’s office on Friday, according to a memo posted on the ministry’s website on Saturday.

The plan will be communicated to the Brazilians on Thursday. The country has the third highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.

South Korea Reports Record Cases for Day 2 (9:52 a.m. HK)

South Korea reported 1,030 cases confirmed on Sunday, breaking the record of 950 infections the day before. More than 70% of the 1,002 local infections reported on Sunday were in the greater Seoul area, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

Biden urges Congress to act on relief package (9:37 a.m. HK)

Los Angeles County sees one death every 20 minutes (9:05 a.m. HK)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday released a striking pandemic statistic: “This week, every 20 minutes, someone in LA County dying of Covid-19. ”

The number of cases in Los Angeles County reached 512,872 on Saturday, with a total of 8,269 deaths. Garcetti warned a week ago that deaths could exceed 11,000 by the end of the year.

The county of 10 million people, one of the first in the United States to shut down non-essential businesses in March with other brakes, said law enforcement remained the main obstacle to bringing the law under control. spread.

Peru Suspends Chinese Vaccine Trial After ‘Adverse Event’ (6:38 am HK)

Peru has temporarily suspended testing of the Covid-19 vaccine from Sinopharm Group Ltd. after an unspecified “adverse event” has been reported in a clinical trial.

Phase 3 trials began in September. Peru has recorded more than 980,000 cases and 36,544 deaths from the coronavirus, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

CDC Advisors Support Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine (3:09 p.m. NY)

A panel of advisers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to recommend that people aged 16 and over receive the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, eliminating one of the final hurdles for American vaccinations.

CDC director Robert Redfield is due to give final approval to the committee’s recommendations at a meeting on Saturday.

– With help from Tim Smith, Matthew Burgess, Iain Rogers, Farah Elbahrawy, Stepan Kravchenko, Natalie Lung, Ditas B Lopez, Claudia Maedler, Rafaela Lindeberg, Angelica LaVito, Ezra Fieser, Ayai Tomisawa, Reema Al Othman and Denise Wee

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