1.Malaysia has declared a coronavirus emergency that will suspend
Parliament at least until August and halt any bids to seek a general election, but critics charged it was a political move by embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to stay in power.
The palace said in a statement Tuesday that King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah consented Monday to Muhyiddin’s proposal for an emergency until 1 August to curb the virus spread, which has reached a critical level.
In a televised speech, Muhyiddin assured citizens that the emergency was “not a military coup and a curfew
will not be enforced.” He said his civilian government will remain in charge and that Malaysia is still “open for business.”
The emergency declaration came just a day before millions of people in Malaysia’s biggest city, Kuala Lumpur, the administrative capital, Putrajaya, and five high-risk states return to a near-lockdown for two weeks.
2.Greenhouse emissions in US witness largest dip since World War II
Greenhouse emissions in the United States fell by over 10.3 per cent in 2020, marking the largest drop drop after World War II.
A report released by the Rhodium Group on Tuesday shed light on how coronavirus impacted the US economy. The US remains the hardest-hit by COVID-19, with big sectors like transportation, power, industry the worst affected. The drop in emissions was much larger than what was seen during the 2009 recession, when emissions lid by 6.3 per cent.
3.Two doses of vaccine will be needed 28 days apart: Govt
There will be a gap of 28 days between two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and its effectiveness will begin 14 days after the second dose, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said vaccine effectiveness will be seen only after 14 days.
“So we urge people to keep following COVID appropriate behaviour,” he said.
Bhushan said there will be a gap of 28 days between two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 with priority to be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.
4.Delhi’s Sardar Patel COVID centre starts admitting foreigners, people coming from abroad
Sardar Patel COVID centre, the World’s largest COVID-19 care facility run by the ITBP here in Chhatarpur, has started treating foreigners and people coming from abroad.
The decision has been taken as the centre is witnessing very low turnout of COVID-19 patients. Around 60 patients were admitted here with a staff of almost 600 including paramedics.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) which runs this centre may soon also reduce the number of staff as various Paramilitary forces had sent staff to handle the COVID-19 situation in Delhi.