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French town of Dunkirk may soon see extra coronavirus measures

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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DUNKERQUE, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 18: A medical worker administers a nasal swab to a patient as people, wearing protective face masks, stand in a queue at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing center installed inside the Kursaal hall on February 18, 2021 in Dunkerque, France. For almost a week, Dunkirk has been facing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. The incidence rate reached 658 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The English variant represents nearly 80% of positive cases in and around Dunkirk. Caregivers are worried about submersion in the coming days in establishments in Nord and Pas-de-Calais. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Dunkirk may soon see extra measures implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus and the mayor of the Northern French city has asked for one last chance after a sharp rise in coronavirus incidence rates.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Tuesday that if Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine candidate is granted emergency use authorization the number of doses will likely be relatively few at first, but will ramp up to meet contractual agreements.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) responded to CNN’s exclusive report on how the World Health Organization (WHO) panel will recommend "deeper" study of early Covid-19 clues, saying that Chinese experts conducted "lots of virus tracing work. "

“Chinese experts conducted lots of virus tracing work about the Huanan seafood market,” the MOFA said in a statement sent to CNN.

The World Health Organization's preliminary report into the origins of the novel coronavirus will recommend more extensive contact tracing of the first known patient with Covid-19 in Wuhan, China, as well as the supply chain of nearly a dozen traders in the Huanan seafood market, which is thought to have played a role in the early spread of Covid-19 in late 2019, according to investigators familiar with the draft report.

In response, the MOFA statement added the supply chain was "not only from China, but also from outside China" and that the joint expert group had said, "there is no geographical limit to the next step of the study. " CNN reported on Sunday that the WHO panel will recommend the immediate investigation of the supply chain of the Huanan seafood market.

MOFA also said the WHO panel and Chinese scientists were not conducting an "investigation" but "joint research on tracing the origin of the virus" after CNN asked for comment on further recommendations by those involved in WHO mission to "investigate" the origins.

Mexico, the first country in North America to approve Russia’s coronavirus shot, has received its first batch of the vaccine, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), said Tuesday.

“On February 3, 2021 the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk of Mexico (COFEPRIS) approved Sputnik V under the emergency use authorization procedure without additional clinical trials in the country,” the RDIF said in a statement.

"New variant" cases of Covid-19 are falling across the UK, according to the country’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, who credits extra border measures for the drop.

"So the extra measures we’re taking at the border are working, and also the lower cases rate makes it much less likely that there will be new variants here because new variants tend to rise when you’ve got an area that’s got a very high case rate and the virus is trying to escape from the immunity are getting naturally," he added.

"Continued work" is needed to understand the effectiveness of vaccines against the South African and Brazilian variants, he said, and that will impact a government review into international travel restrictions, announced yesterday.

In his inaugural press conference, Sakamoto said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed him to address national matters "including the issue of the increasing women's suicide rate under the pandemic. "

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