A year of COVID-19: A sobering look at how California, U.S. compare to the rest of the world - Pacifica Tribune

by mercurynews 01/23/2021

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The Belgian Federal Concernment and the Federal Entities of the country have decided to further tighten Coronavirus travel restrictions, in order to prevent another spike up in the number of COVID-19 cases and the spread of new virus strains in the country. “In an attempt to stop the spread of new strains of coronavirus, the […]

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Belgium will receive less than half the number of COVID-19 vaccines it had expected from AstraZeneca in the first quarter, the country's vaccine taskforce said on Saturday. Belgium had been expecting 1.5 million doses of the vaccine, which has still to be approved, by March, but would instead get around 650,000 doses. Reuters reported on Friday that AstraZeneca had informed European Union officials it would cut deliveries of the vaccine by 60% to a total 31 million doses in the first quarter due to production problems.

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The local government in Hong Kong said Saturday that it had locked down one of the territory’s most heavily populated areas to complete mandatory COVID-19 testing of its entire population. Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region government said the lockdown was imposed in parts of the Jordan District to test nearly 10,000 residents within 48 hours, paving the way for residents to go to their jobs on Monday morning. Authorities said 3,000 government workers had been deployed to the district, where officials said 162 cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed in the first 20 days of the new