PARIS (AFP)-Southeast Asian countries reported a record increase in new coronavirus cases on Saturday as the WHO warned that the effects of the epidemic will continue for decades and competition for vaccines will also heat up .
According to Agence France-Presse, six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the new coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million.
As countries in Western Europe announced new lockdown measures and reported historic economic recessions, the World Health Organization stated that the epidemic is a “health crisis once in a century, and its impact will be felt in the next few decades.”
The outlook for Asia is not optimistic either.
India and the Philippines report that despite strict restrictions, the number of new infections per day has increased to 57,000 and 5,000.
An open letter signed by 80 Philippine Medical Associations said: “We are fighting COVID-19 in a failed fight and we need to develop a unified final action plan.”
Japan’s Okinawa Island declared a state of emergency after a record escalation in the island’s cases-many related to the American troops stationed here.
After the number of cases rose to a new high, Hong Kong also opened a new temporary hospital to accommodate COVID-19 patients.
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The pandemic has spurred a vaccine battle with several Chinese companies, and Russia has set a target date in September to launch its own drugs.
However, American infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said that the United States is unlikely to use any vaccines developed in these two countries because the regulatory systems in these two countries are more opaque than Western countries.
He said: “I hope that the Chinese and Russians will actually test the vaccine before using it on anyone.”
The two companies said that as part of their “speed of operational distortion,” the U.S. government will pay up to $2.1 billion to pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all experienced substantial economic contractions in the April to June quarter, while the GDP of Europe as a whole fell by 12.1%.
As a sign of forced trade-offs by European governments, the UK imposed new restrictions on millions of households in northern England on Friday.
The number of infections in Norway has been rising in recent days, recording the first virus death in two weeks.
Hurtigruten said on Saturday that at least 33 crew members confined to Norwegian cruise ships have tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Despite the resurrection of the case, there are still protests against the roadside in Europe. Thousands of protesters protested in Berlin on Saturday, urging “Freedom Day” to get rid of restrictions.
When the marchers went to the Brandenburg Gate, some shouted: “We are the second wave.” Others called the epidemic “the biggest conspiracy theory.”
An Agence France-Presse reporter reported that protesters rarely wear masks or comply with the 1.5-meter (five-foot) social distancing requirement, even though the police call them through loudspeakers.
In terms of sports, the Madrid local government suggested that the Madrid Open, which was rescheduled from May to September, be cancelled due to the new outbreak.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (Jair Bolsonaro) said after a COVID-19 match just broke out that almost everyone could eventually be infected with the new coronavirus.
He made the above comments when the death toll in Brazil was approaching 100,000.
In South Korea, an older leader of a secret sect at the center of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the government’s efforts to contain the epidemic.
People connected to Li Manxi’s Church of Jesus Xintiandi accounted for more than half of the coronavirus cases in the south in February and March, when the country was experiencing one of the worst early outbreaks in the world.
Since then, the South has basically returned to normal, and the epidemic has been brought under control through an extensive “tracking, testing, and treatment” program.
The pandemic continues to cause chaos in the tourism industry, and more airlines announce massive layoffs.
The Brazilian-Chile group LATAM, the largest airline in Latin America, said it would lay off at least 2,700 employees.
Tanzania has banned Kenya’s national airline from entering Kenya from Saturday as part of a deepening dispute over Tanzania’s controversial handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
At the same time, British Airways pilots voted overwhelmingly to pass an agreement to cut wages by 20% and lose 270 jobs.
In the hope that more tourists will return, Greece has reopened cruise ships in six major ports for the first time during the peak tourist season with reduced coronavirus.
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