As rescuers are racing against the clock to find survivors in collapsed buildings following a six point six magnitude earthquake that rattled Turkey’s western province of Izmir on Friday, a three-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building 91 hours after a powerful earthquake hit the country.
On Tuesday, the local mayor said the death toll rose to 100 with more than sixteen hundred others injured in the temblor.
Reacting to the rescue of the three-year-old, Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer tweeted “We have witnessed a miracle in the 91st hour,” “… Along with the great pain we have experienced, we have this joy as well.”
Also, Health Media Fahrettin Koca identified her as Ayda Gezgin on Twitter and shared a video of her inside the ambulance amid the sounds of applause and chants of “God is great!” from rescue workers and onlookers.
In the worst-hit bayrakli district and its surrounding area, the powerful earthquake has caused severe damage to 17 buildings, including eight that have completely collapsed. Local fire department says more than seventy persons are trapped there.
Large-scale cranes, forty meters high, are being used to remove huge cement blocks while large groups of rescuers are busy searching for survivors trapped in the rubble. Fire engines are also standing by to clear the smoke and dust stirred up by the rescue work.
Many volunteers, some from other cities, have also joined the rescue effort.
UK Approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID Vaccine For Rollout Next Week
The United Kingdom has on Wednesday approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine opening the way for mass immunization which will begin next week for those most at risk across the UK.
Before decisions by the US and Europe, the British government has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid after it was authorized for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)
The MHRA was given power to approve the vaccine by the government under special regulations before 1 January, when it will become fully responsible for medicines authorization in the UK after Brexit.
Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine which the UK has bought 40m doses has shown to be 95% effective in its final trials with no serious side effects against a virus that’s killed nearly 1.5 million persons globally.
According to a Department of Health and Social Care spokesman “the government has today accepted the recommendation from the MHRA to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.
It added in the statement that “this follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness
Canada: COVID-19 Death Toll Exceeds 12000
Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have passed another grim milestone of 12, 000 fatalities.
The country also recorded fifty-four hundred sixty-eight new cases of coronavirus infections which pushed the total number of confirmed cases to 370,014. More than 290,000 persons have recovered from the virus.
A new report from an epidemiological analysis showed about 90 per cent of those who died were seniors, from 70 years and older.
The data also shows a significant increase in patients hospitalized from the virus.
New York City Will Reopen Elementary Schools And Reduce Hybrid Learning
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has confirmed public elementary schools will begin reopening next Monday.
The largest public school system in the country closed in November when the city reached a seven-day covid-19 testing positivity average of 3%.
Meanwhile, middle and high schools will remain closed. There are more than one million students in New York City’s public school system, and around 330,000 students could be eligible to return to school under this plan.