Which countries has the new variant of covid – Europe – International

The coronavirus mutation identified in the United Kingdom is present in 50 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and the variant located in South Africa was detected in another 20 territories.

In America, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and the United States reported the variant from the United Kingdom, while Brazil and Canada found the variant from South Africa in their laboratory samples, according to Sylvain Aldighieri, incident manager for covid-19 at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

WHO also warned that a third “worrying variant” found in Japan may have an impact in the immune response and needs to be further investigated.

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“The more the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads, the more chances it has to change. If there are high levels of transmission, we have to think that more variants will emerge, ”said the WHO.

Since it was communicated to WHO on December 14, the British variant VOC 202012/01 has been detected in 50 countries, territories and areas, it said.

The analysis of the results show that the age and sex of the infected people are similar to the other variants. The contact tracing data also reveals “higher transmissibility (secondary attack rate) when the index case has the variant strain.”

This new variant does not seem to cause more severe diseases, the rapid increase in the number of cases has put the health system under pressure

The mutation detected in South Africa, called 501Y.V2, reported on December 18, is now found in 20 countries, territories and areas, the agency added.

“Based on preliminary and ongoing investigations in South Africa, it is possible that the 501Y.V2 variant is more transmissible than previously circulating variants in South Africa”, Specified the weekly WHO report.

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“Although this new variant does not appear to cause more severe disease, the rapid increase in the number of cases has put the health system under pressure ”.

The spread of both variants is underestimated, the WHO warned, due to data distortion caused by countries with the ability to analyze virus sequencing.


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Final Result – Arsenal 1 Hurricane 0 – Diego Maradona Cup 2021 Zone A Champion Phase

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Sunday, January 10, 2021. Arsenal, under the command of Sergio Rondina will be measured with Hurricane captained by Israel Damonte for the champion phase of the Diego Maradona Cup. The match will take place at the stadium Julio Humberto Grondona of the city of Sarandí from 19:20 and will have the arbitration of Nazareno Arasa. “Those of the Viaduct” arrive at this last date after beating Independiente 4 to 3. While the «Globo» of Parque Patricios lost 1-0 to Argentinos Juniors.

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Heads of European countries reject violent demonstrations in the US Capitol | International

Because of the conflict generated in the United States during the day this Wednesday, due to the demonstrations in the Capitol at the hands of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, various nations have expressed their opinion about what happened.

From the UK, your prime minister Boris Johnson, described the acts of violence as “shameful scenes.”

“The United States symbolizes democracy throughout the world and now it is vital that there is a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” he added in a comment released via Twitter.

In parallel, from France they classified the attack on the US Capitol as a “serious attack on democracy.” These words came from the Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“The will and vote of the American people must be respected,” the French politician commented on Twitter.

For its part, from the Government of Spain, your presiente Pedro Sanchez showed his concern at the assault on the political establishment of the United States.

“I follow with concern the news that comes from the Capitol in Washington. I am confident in the strength of US democracy, ”Sánchez said via Twitter.

After hearing the news during the day this Wednesday, the Spanish president commented that “the new presidency of Joe Biden will overcome the stage of tension by uniting the American people.”


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Sunday, January 3, 2021. Independent technically directed by Lucas Pusineri will be measured against Arsenal commanded by Sergio Rondina for the champion phase of the Diego Maradona Cup. The match will take place at the stadium Liberators of America of the city of Avellaneda starting at 17:10 and will have the arbitration of Nestor Pitana. Independent comes from defeating comfortably by 2 to 0 to Argentinos Juniors while Arsenal comes to this match after losing 2 to 1 against River Plate.

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New strain of covid: the countries that already have it – More Regions – International

The first case of the new strain of covid-19 that emerged in the United Kingdom was detected this weekend in France and Spain, broadening the list of countries that already have this most contagious mutation of the coronavirus in their territories.

The finding of the new strain was confirmed by the British government about a week ago and the pandemic has already worsened in the UK, along with spreading outbreaks across several countries.

Then, the British Covid committee itself assured that the strain was found in other countries such as Australia and Denmark, later the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed cases also in the Netherlands and Iceland.

The new variant has even reached Asia. Yesterday the Ministry of Health of Japan confirmed five cases among a group of passengers coming from a flight from Great Britain.

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There are four men and one woman, all under the age of 70, who are currently in isolation.

In turn, last Wednesday the health authorities of Singapore confirmed the first case in its territory of this covid-19 mutation. The patient is a 17-year-old girl who entered the country from the United Kingdom.

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Similarly, two cases of the new variant of the coronavirus were discovered in Canada in the province of Ontario, the most populous in Canada and the second most affected in the country by the pandemic.

The variant-infected partner “has no known history of travel, exposure, or high-risk contacts.” The two individuals are in self-isolation following the regulations of the Canadian health authorities.

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Early studies have shown that there is no evidence that this variant causes more severe symptoms, increase the lethality of the disease or reduce the antibody response nor the efficacy of vaccines. It has contributed to increasing the burden on hospitals, at least in the UK.

In parallel, another new strain of coronavirus was found in South Africa, whose Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said in a statement today that there was “no evidence” that it was “more contagious than the UK variant”.



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Boris Johnson holds emergency meeting due to closure – Noticieros Televisa

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, celebrate this Monday a emergency meetinga after France closed its ports to the transport of the UK and other countries canceled flights for fear of the new strain of coronavirus.

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Johnson will preside over a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, in which the main ministers will participate, given the “significant alteration” of the transport, especially in the port of Dover, in the south-east of England, through which hundreds of trucks with cargo from and to France.

Numerous countries, including France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland or the Netherlands, decided suspend flights after the British Government tightened restrictions on the movement of the population in London and the south-east of England due to the alarming increase in cases of the COVID-19, which experts link to a new highly contagious variant of the coronavirus.


Faced with the foreseeable chaos in Kent County, where Dover is, the british authorities They have asked truckers carrying cargo not to go to that area due to possible congestion.

With the suspension by France of the traffic with the UK, the British authorities fear an impact on the flow of goods, especially food, from the European Union (EU) a few days before the Christmas holidays.

The British Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps, has asked people, including truckers, to avoid going to the ports of the English Channel since “we expect a significant alteration in the area” and added that his department works with the local authorities in Kent to apply contingency measures in order to “minimize disturbance to traffic in the area.”


The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned that the closure to traffic by France may create “difficulties” for the import and export of the UK “In a busy period for Christmas.”

Andrew Opie, director of the BRC in the food area, indicated this Monday that a “prolonged” alteration may also create difficulties facing the end of the transition period with the European bloc on December 31st.

“While goods can enter from France, few transport companies are going to want to send trucks and drivers to the UK without the guarantee that they can get back to the EU on time (before the transition period is over),” he added.

“This is a key fresh produce supply route at this time of year,” Opie said.

Given this situation, the Chief Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said that it is “imperative” that the British Government request an extension of the transition period with the EU.

British Health Minister Matt Hancock admitted in statements to the media that the new variant of the coronavirus It is “out of control” and did not rule out that the new movement restrictions will have to be maintained for several months.

The Dover Ferry Terminal in Southeastern England, announced last night its closure to traffic due to restrictions imposed in France.

Like Dover, the Eurotunnel, which links the United Kingdom and France through the tunnel under the English Channel, indicated last night that it has suspended access to its terminal in Folkestone, in the southeast of England, for traffic to the port French for Calais.

The medical adviser of Health in England, Yvonne Doyle, described last night as a “serious concern” the rise in infections of the COVID-19 at UK, which reached 35,928 this Sunday, almost double the number recorded a week ago.

According to British scientists, new strain accelerates up to 70% more virus transmission and seems responsible for the disturbing increase in infections in London and several counties in the south-east and east of England.

Johnson decided on Saturday to place London and the southeast of England at risk level 4 -severe-, with the closure of stores that sell non-essential items, gyms or cinemas.

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Spain and France agree to ask for more European solidarity and cooperation with third countries for migration

They defend the European fund against Poland and Hungary but disagree on Turkey and do not advance proposals for the EU-Mercosur agreement


The Secretary of State for the EU, Juan González-Barba, and his French counterpart, Clément Beaune, agreed this Monday on the need for greater European solidarity to manage migration and curb illegal migration, as well as the need to work and involve more the countries of origin and transit.

They have stated this at a press conference after meeting in Madrid in which, however, they have not gone down to the details. Beaune has not elaborated his proposal that he has mentioned in interviews about the possibility of restricting visas to personalities from countries that do not accept the repatriation of illegal immigrants.

Thus, he has limited himself to saying that a discussion and an approach is necessary between the European partners on the “levers” and “incentives” that European countries can develop towards the countries that are the origin and transit of migrants and also have their own challenges. “We want to cooperate so that there is European support for these countries but that there is also a commitment on their part to help us,” he said.

The two have agreed on the need to reinforce the external dimension of the migratory pact. According to González-Barba, “the Spanish experience shows that cooperation with countries of origin and transit, operational cooperation and the opening of legal channels are the main instruments to control irregular immigration.”

Beaune, for his part, also pointed out that France has shown solidarity with its European partners every time it has been necessary to welcome immigrants, but that a permanent mechanism is “indispensable”. However, it has not commented on the working document that Spain handed over to the EU last week with other partners from the south of the EU, all of them first-entry countries (Italy, Malta and Greece).


The two officials have also closed ranks regarding the European post-Covid recovery fund and its conditionality to respect the rule of law despite the blockade maintained by Poland and Hungary. Beaune has been convinced that it will be possible to find solutions in a few weeks, but “if the blockade persists, other options can be considered.”

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González-Barba, who will travel to Poland this Tuesday, insisted that, for Spain, the text negotiated by the German presidency of the EU and the European Parliament “is the only one that can generate the necessary consensus.” Spain, he said, does not conceive that on January 1 the recovery fund may not be in force.


At the bilateral level, Beaune has ensured that there are no misgivings between Spain and France regarding the different entry control measures in the framework of the pandemic. Spain requires negative PCR for travelers entering by boat or plane, but France does not.

González-Barba has pointed out that it is a demand of the autonomous governments – “co-governance in the Spanish case, as you well know, is more complicated, he said – and has influenced that, in any case, it is about minimizing the effects on mobility.

From the outset, he pointed out that the French PCR certificates are being accepted, making a “flexible interpretation so as not to create more difficulties.” He also recalled that those who enter by land are not required, so that the inhabitants of cross-border areas are exempt.

In any case, they have agreed to stay in contact to see if improvements in the sensitivity of the cheaper and less laborious antigen tests are announced in the coming weeks, and they can start using them.

The two European officials have highlighted the close cooperation of both countries against terrorism and have jointly committed to strengthening European instruments. At the bilateral level, they are working to hold a Summit of the two governments in the first months of 2021 in France – the last one was held in Malaga in 2017.

However, Madrid and Paris continue to have different positions on how to deal with the tensions between Greece and Cyprus with Turkey. González-Barba has reiterated his solidarity with the European partners and has insisted on asking for a “negotiated solution between the parties avoiding incidents” that could prevent it. Beaune, however, has insisted on making “decisions that translate into collective firmness.”

Another matter of discrepancies is the EU-Mercosur agreement, discussed at the meeting but only to make an “assessment of the status of ratification” of the agreement. González-Barba has insisted on defending that it would be beneficial not only for Spain but also for the EU and to strengthen the European presence on the continent.

France is one of the countries that insist on demanding environmental guarantees from Ibero-American countries, while Spain recently signed a letter together with the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Portugal and Sweden to ask the European Commissioner for Trade , Valdis Dombrovskis, the signing and ratification of the Agreement.


Christmas Eve without a curfew in France and dinners for 10 people in Germany: Europe’s restrictions at Christmas

  • UK proposes bubble groups of up to three different households

  • “We must learn from the summer and not repeat the same mistakes,” warned the president of the European Commission so that countries do not relax restrictions too much

Spain is on the way to becoming one of the European countries with more severe restrictions during Christmas. The Government of Pedro Sánchez proposes that the curfew on 24 and 31 be extended until 1 in the morning, while France has eliminated that restriction on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The Government also suggests that family reunions be reduced to six people during the holidays in our country, although each autonomous community will decide its own limitations. However, in Germany, Christmas dinners and lunches can bring together 10 people, those under 14 do not enter this calculation.

“We must learn from the summer and not repeat the same mistakes”, Ursula von der Leyen has warned this Wednesday. The president of the European Commission warns of a new wave if measures are relaxed “too quickly” and fears a “third wave” after Christmas. A warning just when most governments are finalizing their own plans for those dates.

France: no curfew on December 24 and 31

France plans to lift home confinement as of next December 15, after a month and a half if the “health objectives” of keeping the daily cases registered in the country below 5,000 are achieved.

  • As of December 15, the French will be able to move freely between regions to spend Christmas with the family.
  • There will be a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Except on December 24 and 31, there will be no restrictions.
  • Lunches or dinners cannot be held in bars or restaurants because they will be closed until next January 2.
    The Government urges citizens to maintain social distance in meetings and to avoid encounters with many people.
  • Just before Christmas, cinemas, theaters and museums can reopen.

UK: bubble groups of up to three different households

“Christmas can’t be normal”, Boris Johnson has warned. The prime minister has just announced the end of the confinement as of next December 2 after almost a month. From that day on, the British will continue with important restrictive measures.

  • Between December 23 and 27, citizens will be free to meet with other people.
  • Johnson has proposed bubble groups from up to three different households to get together during Christmas. Also outdoors or in places of worship.
  • People over 65 years of age will not be able to leave the residences to meet with family members.
  • The Government recommends reducing voluntary quarantine before and after Christmas to avoid the risk of infection.

Germany: meetings of up to 10 people

German Chancellor Angela Merkel could announce in the next few hours more measures to contain the second wave because the current ones have not been able to contain contagions. In any case, it is planned relax restrictions between December 23 and January 1.

  • Will be allowed meetings of up to 10 people. Children under 14 years of age are excluded from this calculation.
  • The authorities recommend keeping a voluntary quarantine for several days before Christmas.
  • Companies are asked to close between December 21 and January 3, either by giving workers vacations or by promoting teleworking.

Italy: coordinating ski resorts

Italy is still working on the “appropriate” measures which will be implemented for Christmas, as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte assured this Wednesday.
In any case, the Minister of Health recalled this Monday that travel through the country will only be allowed when the incidence drops significantly in all regions, something that does not happen currently.

Until next December 4, in Italy there is a curfew from 10 pm and bars and restaurants close at 6 pm.

  • The Italian Government has set its sights on ski resorts, so important in that country.
    “We can not think about living vacations normally in ski resorts”, Conte has assured that he seeks a coordinated response from Europe to avoid major movements of people in an “uncoordinated way”.

Belgium: bubble groups

“I love Christmas too and I wish I could be with more people. But for my part, I’ll do it with the people who live under our roof: my wife and my two children. It is not necessary to be a virologist to know that this is probably the way to do it, “said Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo. With those words Croo has given clues as to where the restrictions will go in the country and seems to be inclined to create” bubble groups “for the holidays.

About a month after the closure of non-essential shops or the curfew in Belgium came into force, the government has made it clear that the restrictions will continue at Christmas. “The police will enforce the measures”, has assured the Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden.


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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Monday that the announcement that Pfizer’s vaccine against covid is 90% effective suggests that “an obstacle has been overcome” in the fight against coronavirus, but it is not the Definitive “solution” to the pandemic.

“In no way can we trust this news as a solution” to the health crisis, the head of government said at a press conference, warning that we are still at “a very early stage” in the development of effective vaccines against the coronavirus.

“The biggest mistake we could make now would be to relax our resolve,” said Johnson, who plans to maintain population confinement measures in England at least until 2 December to try to stop the spread of the virus.



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“Household confinement will probably not become necessary.” These were the words of Fernando Simon last Thursday at the now usual press conference after the publication of the coronavirus data. The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, or the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, have already spoken along the same lines. Nevertheless infections, admissions and ICUs – that continue to set record numbers – they have fanned the ghosts of what happened in March, and therefore, of a new home confinement. So much so that some regional executives, such as Asturias, have already requested that mobility restriction.

To arrive (once again) at home confinement, Spain would be in the same line as its European neighbors who have already resorted to this measure to slow down the curve.


Last week, the French Government decreed a new state of health emergency. Unlike Spain, in the neighboring country non-essential shops have been closed since last Friday, and also bars and restaurants. In addition, they have a curfew, which prevents exit from the 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in the morning.

The measure will last, at least, until the next December 1st and during its application the French will not be able to leave their home only to go to work, to a medical visit, to help a dependent relative, to do essential shopping or to go out briefly for air, to a maximum of one kilometer from home.


Last Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the national confinement for England of one month duration, from next Thursday until December 2. The measure involves the forced closure of the non-essential shops and businesses, as well as all the hospitality industry, although schools and universities will remain open.

It is not a confinement as restrictive as that of last spring, but it will imply that citizens are not allowed to leave their homes except for education, work, or shopping reasons of first necesity.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, at a press conference.


A few days ago, the Portuguese government announced the confinement of municipalities with high risk of contagion of coronavirus. This measure reaches 70% of the population and establishes that one should only leave home to essential activities like working, going to school or shopping. In these places, stores must close at the latest at 10.00 p.m. and companies must set different time bandss for your workers.

The pandemic is spreading across Europe.  In the photograph, Portugal.


The Greek Government announced this Monday the confinement of the peripheral units (regions) of Thessaloniki and Serres, in the north of the country, for two weeks to try reverse the steady increase in cases of coronavirus. In addition, the curfew is advanced at nine at night, and from that time until five in the morning only travel for health or work reasons is allowed.

Other countries like Belgium or Germany with high numbers of infections they have also taken measures. The Germanic country announced drastic measures such as the total closure of bars and restaurants. The number of customers in the shops is also limited and overnight stays in hotels are prohibited.