Saturday, 17 April 2021

Mexico suffering world’s highest Covid death rate as cases surge

BBC News shows that Mexico is currently suffering the world’s highest death rate from coronavirus, with hospitals at breaking point. 

More than 320,000 people are thought to have died in Mexico with coronavirus. The authorities have updated their figures which are some 60 per cent higher than they had previously stated. 

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Will Grant in Mexico City.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was confirmed to have reached Mexico in February 2020. However, the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) reported two cases of COVID-19 in mid-January 2020 in the states of Nayarit and Tabasco, one case per state. The Secretariat of Health, though the "Programa Centinela" (Spanish for "Sentinel Program"), estimated in mid-July 2020 that there were more than 2,875,734 cases in Mexico because they were considering the total number of cases confirmed as just a statistical sample.

Coronavirus pandemic: France crosses 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

Al Jazeera English shows that more than 100,000 people have died so far of COVID-19 in France.

For some of the millions who were infected but recovered, the battle against the virus was hard and at times traumatic.

Al Jazeera's Natacha Butler spoke to some people in Paris who accused the government of not doing enough to stop the outbreak from getting worse.

The COVID-19 pandemic in France is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was confirmed to have reached France on 24 January 2020, when the first COVID-19 case in both Europe and France was identified in Bordeaux. The first five confirmed cases were all individuals who had recently arrived from China.

On 31 March 2021, Macron announced a third national lockdown to commence on 3 April 2021, which mandated for all of April 2021; the closure of non-essential shops, the suspension of school attendance, a ban on all domestic travel and a nationwide curfew from 7pm-6am.

Brazil's Covid-19 catastrophe may threaten world as new variant spreads

Channel 4 News shows that the President of Brazil played down the threat of Covid 19, and refused to be strict about preventing its spread.

Now Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is being blamed for his country's deadliest episode of the pandemic yet - with a highly transmissible variant, and warnings from doctors reporting more young people being admitted to hospitals with the virus than ever before. 

Deaths from Covid have soared in Brazil. Daily deaths hit a new peak in the last few days.

New coronavirus wave hits most of USA

DW News shows that the United States of America has had the most confirmed virus cases and deaths in the world. No other country in the world has been hit harder by the coronavirus. Despite its unprecedented vaccination program, infection numbers are still rising. Many people are tired of the lockdowns. With warming weather, many states have lifted restrictions. Facing the threat of a 4th wave - President Joe Biden's administration is doubling down on vaccination, as the key to ending the pandemic. However, local outbreaks threaten to undo the important strategy.

Covid spreading faster in India than anywhere else

BBC News shows that India reported a record daily increase of over 150,000 coronavirus cases - and more than 800 new deaths - on Sunday. This video is from Apr 11, 2021.

Since the pandemic began, India has confirmed more than 12 million cases and over 167,000 deaths.

It has the third-highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world after the United States and Brazil.

(Updated) April 17, 2021 - India reported a record daily increase of 234,692 COVID-19 infections over the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Saturday.

It was the eighth record daily increase in the last nine days.

Total cases reached nearly 14.5 million, second only to the United States which has reported more than 32 million infections.

16 April 2021 - Strong earthquake strikes China city

On Friday 16 April 2021, the China Earthquake Networks Center reported that a strong magnitude earthquake occurred near Luanzhou City, Tangshan City, Hebei Province at 4:06 pm local time with a focal depth of 9 km.

Strong tremors were felt at the epicenter of the quake and were also felt as far away as Tianjin and Beijing, according to the official Weibo account of the China Earthquake Networks Center. Weak shaking might have been felt in Linxi located 23 km from the epicenter, Guye 23 km away, Zhaogezhuang 26 km away, Changli and Tangshan.

The strong shaking tremor was recorded in the afternoon on Friday 16 April 2021 at 4:06 pm local time, at a very shallow depth of 9 km below the surface.

The event was filed by the China Earthquake Networks Center (CEIC), the first seismological agency to report it.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.

Additional significant news about the earthquake may become available later in the future.

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Hits Croatia December 29, 2020 Compilation

A powerful earthquake. See the compilation of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake with a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) hit the Sisak-Moslavina County, Petrinja, Croatia  at 12:20 p.m. local time (6:20 a.m. ET) on December 29, 2020. The maximum felt intensity was estimated at VIII (Heavily damaging) to IX (Destructive) on the European macroseismic scale. Before this event, there were three foreshocks, the strongest of which with a magnitude of Mw5.2 on the day before. The earthquake was followed by numerous aftershocks, the strongest of which with a magnitude of 4.8.

Seven people were confirmed dead, and at least 26 others were injured, with six having serious injuries. Initial reports show many buildings destroyed in Petrinja. The mayor of Petrinja Darinko Dumbović said that half of the town has been destroyed.

Petrinja is a town in central Croatia near Sisak in the historic region of Banovina. It is administratively located in Sisak-Moslavina County.

On December 29, 2020, the town was certainly hit by a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 Mw, causing significant damage to the town.