Boris Johnson refused to go to Prince Philip’s funeral

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to go to the funeral of Prince Philip. This is reported by the Sky News channel, citing a statement from a Downing Street representative.

Due to restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus, only 30 people can attend the funeral. Johnson, in turn, wants to act entirely in accordance with what is best for the royal family. “Therefore, he will not attend the funeral on Saturday, so that as many family members as possible can do so,” the statement said.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral of the husband of the British Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, can be held without mass events. It was noted that the funeral will not be able to attend all members of the royal family. In addition, due to coronavirus restrictions, the funeral is unlikely to be attended by royals from other countries and the heads of the Commonwealth of Nations (states that were formerly part of the British Empire).

Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99, two months short of his centenary.

In France, the number of coronavirus infections has exceeded five million

In France, 43 thousand people were infected with the coronavirus during the day, the total number of cases exceeded five million. This is reported by the Ministry of Health of the country.

“A total of 5,023,785 people have been infected with the coronavirus in France since March last year,” the report said.

It is noted that on Thursday, April 8, 85 thousand cases were detected in the country, which was a record for six months. Experts stressed that the number of patients in hospitals is growing — 30 thousand. Currently, there are 5,8 thousand people in intensive care units.

Over the past day, 207 Frenchmen also died, since the beginning of the pandemic — 98 thousand people. To date, 10.5 million people have been vaccinated in the country, 3.6 million of them have already received a second dose.

In the world, the coronavirus was confirmed in 747 thousand people in a day. The number of deaths also increased by 13.5 thousand. Thus, since the beginning of the pandemic, 134.3 million people have been infected and 2.9 million patients have died.

The Austrian Chancellor announced the completion of negotiations on the purchase of Sputnik V

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the completion of negotiations with Russia on the purchase of the vaccine from COVID-19 “Sputnik V”.

“Purchasing for us in Austria is possible,” Kurz said.

Kurz noted that the purchase of a million doses of Sputnik V would speed up vaccination in Austria.

Earlier it was reported that Austria expects to get a quick admission of the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus “Sputnik V” from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The country does not exclude that it will register the drug itself.

On March 4, the European Medicines Agency announced the start of the procedure for the sequential examination of the Sputnik V vaccine.

Britain ruled out Elizabeth II’s abdication after Prince Philip’s death

British Queen Elizabeth II will not abdicate after the death of her husband Prince Philip, according to British experts interviewed by Reuters.

“I can assure you that the queen will not abdicate. There are all signs that the queen is in very good health, and with any luck, she will remain our queen as long as possible,” royal historian Hugo Vickers said.

That said, experts have conceded that Elizabeth II will hand over even more responsibilities to her 72-year-old son Prince Charles and other members of the royal family.

“Although the queen may step back a bit and we will see Princes Charles and William more often for doing representative work<…> the queen will remain queen,” assured Robert Lacy, another royal historian.

On April 9 it became known that the husband of British Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip died at the age of 99.

On February 16, the husband of the British queen was hospitalized. A month later, he left Edward VII Hospital after a successful heart operation.

At the time, a source from the royal entourage reported that it was not the coronavirus that caused the hospitalization. Philip and Elizabeth were among the first in Britain to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Duke of Edinburgh has been hospitalized several times recently since 2017 because of heart problems.

In the world, a record increase in coronavirus since January

Over the past 24 hours, 718,659 people have been confirmed infected, and 12,639 people have died.

Over the past day, more than 718 thousand cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the world, which is a record figure since January 10. Such data was published by the World Health Organization.

As of the evening of Friday, April 9, in the last 24 hours, 718,659 inhabitants of the planet have been confirmed infected, 12,639 people have died. The total number of cases of the infection since the beginning of the pandemic is 132,730,691.

It is reported that more than 35% of the cases of infection reported to WHO over the past day are in Europe — 257,789. In second place in the region of North and South America — 247,444, in third-Southeast Asia (145,724).

The United States remains the leader in morbidity — 30.6 million cases. This is followed by Brazil with 13.2 million cases and India with 13.1 million. The top five are rounded out by France — 4.9 million cases and Russia — 4.6 million.

As reported, the US authorities have fully vaccinated a fifth of the population against the coronavirus, that is, about 66 million people. At the same time, the first dose of COVID-vaccines was received by 112 million residents of the country.