JOE BIDEN PLEDGED A MAJOR SHIFT IN THE WAY WHITE HOUSE APPROACHES COVID-19
United State president-elect Biden says tackling the coronavirus pandemic his top priority following his win over Donald Trump.
The president-elect is vowing a major shift in the way the White House approaches coronavirus after Trump repeatedly downplayed its gravity and resisted public health measures including wearing masks and social distancing.
The Biden team has said it will ensure all Americans had access to regular and free testing and provide clear, consistent, evidence-based guidance.
Mr Biden also wants rules mandating the wearing of masks across the country, which he says would save thousands of lives. He plans to call on every American to wear a mask when they are around people outside their own household and wants state governors and local authorities to make this obligatory.
The president-elect has regularly appeared in public wearing a mask while Mr Trump has largely avoided doing so.
US cases rose by more than 100,000 on Sunday for the fifth day in a row while more than 237,000 people have died.
Germany followed several European countries by reporting a record number of daily coronavirus cases on Saturday, as a second wave of infections sweeps through the continent as winter approaches.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government flattened the curve this spring and was lauded for its response to Covid-19, which saw the country introduce widespread contact-tracing.
Despite numbers rising, Germany has still been able to take in patients from its neighbors, the Netherlands, and Belgium where hospitals are reaching their limits.
Greece also began a three-week nationwide lockdown on Saturday, its second this year.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he was forced to act after a spike in cases, as he warned that without a lockdown, pressure on the healthcare system would be “unbearable.
Under new restrictions, high schools will shut along with most stores, with the exception of supermarkets and pharmacies. Greeks will also require a permit to venture outdoors at allocated times.
France too hit a record 60,486 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, health ministry data showed.
This brought the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 1.6 million, 100,000 less than Russia, which currently has the world’s fourth highest number after the U.S., India and Brazil.
France also reported 828 new deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with intensive care beds 90 percent full, a week after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown.
An outbreak of a mutated coronavirus strain that spread from mink in Denmark to a handful of people, prompted the United Kingdom to require all travelers arriving from the Nordic country to self-isolate on arrival, the British government said late Friday.
After resisting the prospect of a new national lockdown for most of last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered England back into lockdown on Thursday.
Britain, which has the highest death toll in Europe and has passed the milestone of 1 million cases, is facing a second wave of infections that threaten to overwhelm its national health service.
According to John Hopkins University, total global Coronavirus Cases now stand at 50,786,162 with 1,262,841 Deaths cases and 5,827,907 Recovered cases.