World News in Brief: January 10

Sunday, 2021-01-10 16:02:33
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A restaurant is closed due to the state of emergency in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 9, 2021. The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 7,109 to reach 281,992 as of Saturday evening, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities. (Photo: Xinhua)
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Indonesia detected on Sunday signals that could come from the flight recorder of a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from the capital Jakarta, Bagus Puruhito, chief of the country's search and rescue agency, said.

* China will continue to suspend flights to and from Britain, the country's airline regulator said on Sunday. The Civil Aviation Administration said in a notice that the new suspension will take effect on Monday.

* Britain is vaccinating 200,00 people a day against COVID-19 and is on course to ramping up immunisations to 2 million a week, the rate needed to cover the most vulnerable by the middle of February, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday.

* Russia on Sunday reported 22,851 new COVID-19 cases including 4,216 in Moscow, pushing the national infection tally to 3,401,954 - the world's fourth highest - since the pandemic began. Authorities also confirmed 456 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the official death toll to 61,837.

* Brazil recorded 62,290 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 1,171 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. Brazil has registered more than 8 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began 10 months ago, while the official death toll has surpassed 200,000, according to ministry data.

* France has imposed a stricter evening curfew in Marseille after authorities said the new variant of the COVID-19 virus initially found in the UK had been discovered in the Mediterranean city.

* The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 16,946 to 1,908,527, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The reported death toll rose by 465 to 40,343, the tally showed.

* Mainland China reported 69 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 9, more than double the 33 reported cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Sunday. The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that 21 of the new cases were imported. Mainland China has now reported an accumulated total of 87,433 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 4,634 deaths.

* Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state recorded three new coronavirus cases on Sunday as a three-week lockdown for about quarter million of people in Sydney's northern beaches suburbs eased.

* Guatemalan and Honduran soldiers will be deployed to prevent new US-bound migrant caravans from advancing, military officials said, amid growing desperation among those seeking to cross and signs that some groups will depart later this month.

* Qatar Airways and Saudi Airlines will resume flights between Doha and Riyadh from Monday in a reopening of airspace as part of a political rapprochement in a three-year-old dispute.

* An earthquake of magnitude 6 struck Salta Province, Argentina, early on Sunday, GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said. The quake was at a depth of 222 km (138 miles), GFZ said.

* Landslides caused by heavy rain in western Indonesia killed 11 and injured 18, the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) said on Sunday.

* Jordan's health minister on Saturday said the country's COVID-19 vaccination programme will start within days.

* Turkey reported 9,537 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Saturday, bringing the country's total number of cases to 2,317,118. It reported 181 fatalities due to COVID-19 over the same period, raising the total death toll to 22,631.