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Germany is preparing entry bans for travelers from the UK, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa to limit the spread of the variants.

  • Germany is preparing entry bans for travelers from the UK, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa to limit the spread of the most contagious variants of the coronavirus.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that a third of the African continent will be vaccinated by the end of 2021.
  • The US economy shrank 3.5% last year, the biggest drop since 1946, according to official data.
  • Almost 101 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and more than 2.17 million have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 55.7 million patients have recovered.

This is Usaid Siddiqui in Toronto. Here are the latest updates for Thursday, January 28:


Germany to ban some travelers amid fears of virus variants

Germany is preparing entry bans for travelers from the UK, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa to limit the spread of the most contagious variants of the coronavirus that is rampant in those countries, said Thursday. Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer.

“To protect our population, there should be no entry from regions where these variants of the virus are endemic,” he said on the sidelines of a virtual meeting with his European counterparts.

A third of Africa will be vaccinated this year: WHO

Africa can expect to see at least 30% of its population vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of 2021, the WHO said on Thursday, as vaccines begin to enter the continent.

It is estimated that Africa will need 1.5 billion doses of the vaccine to immunize 60% of its 1.3 billion people, the threshold for collective immunity against COVID-19.

Funeral wearing personal protective equipment carry a casket during the funeral of a COVID-19 victim, amid a nationwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, at Olifantsvlei cemetery, in southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa [File: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

The U.S. economy in 2020 has the worst year since 1946

The U.S. economy shrank 3.5% as the COVID-19 pandemic ended large sectors of business and daily life, according to released government data.

It was the biggest contraction of the world’s largest economy since 1946, the Commerce Department said.



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