The country reported more newly confirmed cases Tuesday—most of them in Jilin province, Hebei province just outside Beijing, and Heilongjiang province bordering Russia. A fourth northern province, Liaoning, has also imposed quarantines and travel restrictions.
Travelers to New Zealand Must Show Negative TestsTravelers to New Zealand from most other nations will need to show negative coronavirus test results before boarding as of next Monday.
Death Toll Rising in 30 US StatesThe death toll from the CCP virus is rising in nearly two-thirds of U.S. states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings of a new, highly contagious variant.
The new variant seen in Britain is already spreading in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection has warned that it will probably become the main source of infections in the country by March.
Trump Lifts Travel Ban for UK, BrazilPresident Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Jan. 18 lifting the CCP virus travel ban for most of Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil. The proclamation makes clear that travel restrictions will remain in place for China and Iran.
Outbreak Spreads to More Regions in ChinaChinese authorities locked down more cities on Jan. 18 in an effort to curb the spread of the CCP virus. Several others were upgraded from medium- to high-risk for virus spread—meaning residents were required to take nucleic acid tests.
UK Has Vaccinated 4 Million PeopleOver four million people in the UK have received their first dose of the CCP virus vaccine, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday.
Beijing Must Allow Full, Transparent InvestigationRep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is calling on Beijing to be transparent with a team of investigators from the World Health Organization (WHO) who are currently in China to study the origin of the CCP virus.
Swiss Quarantine 2 Hotels Over New VariantSwiss authorities say they have placed two hotels under quarantine and ordered all guests and employees to be tested after a new variant of the CCP virus was detected among them in the upscale skiing resort of St. Moritz.
Slovakia to Test Nearly All Citizens in 9 DaysSlovakia is launching a project to test almost all citizens for the CCP virus in nine days as the government hopes the nationwide testing will speed up a recovery from the latest wave of the infections, make it possible for students to return to school in February, help the health system, and ease restrictions that harm the economy.
'Not Right' to Vaccinate Young Before Old: WHOThe head of the World Health Organization says it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in rich countries get vaccinated before older people in poorer countries.
UK Variant Gains Foothold in BelgiumThe new variant of COVID-19 first detected in the UK is now starting to gain a foothold in Belgium, officials say, with cases reported in several northern schools on top of an outbreak in a nursing home.
UK Travel Corridors ClosedThe UK has closed all its travel corridors with other countries in an attempt to stem the spread of new CCP virus variants into the country. The measure, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday, came into force at 4 a.m. on Monday.
‘Sudden Collapses’ in ChinaAs the Chinese New Year approaches, the CCP virus pandemic has fortified its momentum with a second wave of outbreaks in a number of Chinese provinces.
Instances of people suffering a “sudden collapse” have resurfaced on the streets, resembling the cases seen in Wuhan and other areas during China’s first wave of the virus around the Lunar New Year in 2020. A Jan. 11 video uploaded on Chinese social media shows a person lying on the ground motionless, close to a local COVID-19 testing site where many residents were waiting in line.
California Calls for Pause in Batch of Moderna VaccinesCalifornia officials late Sunday directed COVID-19 vaccine providers to not administer any doses from a batch of over 330,000 vaccines that was circulated across the state.
The reason was a “higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions,” California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said in a statement. The doses were produced by Moderna.