COVID-19: Latest global developmentsSunday, April 18, 2021
PARIS, France (AFP) — Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- Germany mourns its dead -
Germany holds a national memorial service for its nearly 80,000 victims of the coronavirus pandemic, putting aside deep divisions over COVID restrictions to share the pain of grieving families.
- Record daily death toll in Gaza -
The Gaza Strip records its highest-ever daily death toll with 23 coronavirus fatalities, authorities say, bringing the overall total in the Israeli-blockaded territory to 761.
- Israelis go mask-free -
Israelis step into the streets without masks for the first time in a year, a key milestone as the country vaccinates its way out of the coronavirus nightmare.
- France quarantines arrivals -
France will impose a 10-day quarantine on arrivals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and South Africa over concerns about variants of the coronavirus, the prime minister's office says.
- Canada reports new blood clots -
Canadian health authorities say a second case of rare but serious blood clotting linked to AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine has been recorded, but stands by its recommendation to use the shot.
- Pope reappears at Saint Peter's Square -
Pope Francis reappears at a Vatican window overlooking Saint Peter's Square in Rome for his first public weekly prayer since March 14.
- More than three million dead -
The number of people who have died from Covid-19 around the world has passed three million, according to an AFP tally, despite vaccination campaigns.
After a slight lull in March, daily death tolls have increased, with an average of 12,000 deaths a day last week.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 566,904 deaths, followed by Brazil with 371,678 deaths, Mexico with 212,228 deaths, India with 177,150 deaths and Britain with 127,260.
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