Millions of individuals around the globe ready on Saturday to spend one other Easter weekend below restrictions due to Covid-19 surges, however there was excellent news from the hard-hit United States, which crossed the milestone of 100 million coronavirus vaccinations.

There have been worrying spikes in infections in lots of elements of the world, at the same time as vaccine roll-outs collect tempo, forcing the reimposition of deeply unpopular restrictions together with in European nations.

Italy started a strict Easter lockdown on Saturday, with your entire nation thought-about a high-risk coronavirus “red zone” throughout a time when households normally maintain reunions.

At the Vatican on Good Friday, a handful of onlookers caught a glimpse of Pope Francis presiding over the “Way of the Cross” ceremony in an empty St Peter’s Square, with Covid-19 restrictions stopping giant gatherings there for a second 12 months in a row.

New restrictions additionally got here into drive on Saturday in France, the place authorities are scrambling to take care of a dramatic rise in instances which have overwhelmed hospitals within the capital Paris.

Curbs had been intensified in different European nations resembling Belgium, and Germany – the place the federal government scrapped plans for a strict Easter lockdown – noticed Chancellor Angela Merkel urge folks to restrict their social contacts forward of the break.

Cases in Latin America cross 25 million mark

Latin America and the Caribbean handed the 25 million mark on Friday for recorded coronavirus instances as a surge in infections noticed nations place restrictions on journey and motion whereas vaccine campaigns catch up.

An AFP tally confirmed the area reaching the grim milestone of 25,001,533 infections, placing it in third place after Europe with 44.2 million instances and the US and Canada with over 31.5 million.

The dying toll for Latin America and the Caribbean exceeded 788,000, in response to AFP’s depend, second solely to Europe which has misplaced some 936,000 folks within the pandemic.

Infection charges in South America have soared in latest months, fuelled by a extra contagious variant, dubbed P1, first detected within the continent’s largest nation, Brazil, and since present in a number of different nations.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has examined constructive for the coronavirus, the first-term Peronist chief tweeted.

Canada, in the meantime, has prohibited the usage of face masks containing graphene as a result of the potential of dangers from inhalation of particles, well being officers have introduced.

With inputs from Anirudh Bhattacharyya in Toronto

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