UK wave of Covid-19 infections continues to slowly deteriorate, government scientists said. The UK-wide figure is between 0.7 and 1.1 – a wider range than the 0.8 to 1.0 range a week ago. “The number of new infections is virtually flat or shrinking by as much as 5 percent every day,” their statement said.
Canada has announced all that arriving passengers will have to pass a Covid-19 test at their own expense and be quarantined in a hotel for three days. International flights can only land in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. Ottawa has also canceled all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until the end of April.
France has tightened its coronavirus restrictions, closing its borders for arrivals from outside the EU from Sunday and the closing of shopping centers from the same day without imposing a completely new lockdown. “Any entry into France or departure from or to a country outside the EU will be banned,” said Jean Castex, prime minister.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended a statement a ban on eviction of tenants that could be detrimental to public health measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 to March 31. It was supposed to end on Sunday, but Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, signed the extension on Friday.
Passengers disembark from a British Airways plane at Heathrow
British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic will remain lucrative take-off and landing slots without having to use them after the UK extends exemptions from the airport rules. Carriers parked their fleets during the pandemic, suspending the rules and forcing airlines to use or lose their slots 80 percent of the time.
Covid-19 vaccine maker Moderna has told Italy and France it will deliver fewer doses than expected in February. Domenico Arcuri, the Italian special commissioner responsible for the response to a pandemic in Italy, said Moderna had told Rome delivery volumes would be 20 percent less than planned from early February.
Getir, a Turkish start-up backed by venture capitalist Michael Moritz and estimated at around $ 850 million, has a fast delivery service for groceries and items on the corner in London. Venture capitalists and public investors have pumped money into delivery companies, which boomed during the pandemic.
AstraZeneca has obtained EU regulatory approval for its coronavirus vaccine, even as French President Emmanuel Macron expressed doubts about the vaccine’s effectiveness for the elderly. The European Medicines Agency said Friday that it supports the Oxford / AstraZeneca shot for all persons 18 and older.