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France reports nearly 500,000 new Covid-19 cases – latest update

Covid-19 has infected more than 332 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.5 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

France also reported 288 new deaths and 3,900 in the intensive care unit. (AP)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The French register has recorded daily infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

France has registered 464,769 new infections in the last 24 hours. This is the highest total ever since the start of the pandemic.

The number of people in the intensive care unit decreased slightly over the same period to about 3,900.

The country has also reported 288 deaths from coronavirus in hospitals, for a total of 100,339.

WHO: There is no evidence that healthy children need boosters

According to Soumya Swaminathan, World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist, there is currently no evidence that healthy children and adolescents need a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

At a press conference, she appears to have some decline over time in vaccine immunization against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of coronavirus, but will do further research to see who needs booster immunity. He said it was necessary.

Meanwhile, WHO chief Tedros Adhanomgebreyes told reporters in Geneva that “the pandemic is not over yet.”

Tedros has warned against the mild dismissal of the wildfire-like subspecies Omicron since it was first detected in southern Africa in November.

Italy reports more than 400 deaths

Italy reported 228,179 related cases compared to 83,403 the day before, but the number of deaths increased from 287 to 434.

Italy has recorded 141,825 deaths since its outbreak in February 2020. It is the second highest victim in Europe after the United Kingdom and the ninth highest victim in the world.

The country has reported 9.02 million cases so far.

Russia shortens quarantine to 7 days as incidents surge

Russian authorities have reduced the quarantine period for infected persons from 14 days to 7 days. This is because the country is facing another surge. This time, it is due to a highly contagious variant of Omicron.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Russia has so far recorded 1,682 Omicron variants in 42 regions as authorities prepare for a significant increase in infection.

Merck Offers UNICEF 3M Courses on Covid-19 Pills

Merck & Co Inc and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics have announced that they have signed an agreement with UNICEF to supply up to 3 million courses of antivirals.

With regulatory approval, Merck plans to supply UNICEF with the pill Molnupiravir until early 2022 and distribute it to more than 100 low- and middle-income countries, the two companies said.

The pill was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in December and is also approved in several other countries, including India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Indonesia reports more than 1,300 new cases

Indonesia recorded an additional 1,362 cases, the largest daily increase since October 8, with official data showing a total of 4.27 million cases in Southeast Asian countries.

Japan’s daily virus count is the highest ever

Japan has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases ever due to the flood of Omicron variants into the country.

According to national health officials, Japan today reported more than 26,000 cases of the virus. This is most common throughout the pandemic that began in December 2019.

Earlier, Japan recorded 25,992 Covid-19 cases on August 20, last year, the Tokyo-based Kyodo News reported.

Pakistan sees a 30% surge in mental illness due to Covid-19

According to recent research and health experts, Pakistan has seen a 30 percent surge in mental illness caused by the coronavirus in recent months.

Depression and suicidal ideation are major problems among coronavirus patients and those who have recovered, according to the latest research conducted by the Sindmental Health Authority, a state-owned government agency that provides mental health services in southern Sind. I found out that there is.

Senator Karim Kawaja, who heads the spiritual authority, told Anadolu Agency that about 40 percent of the 1,500 survey respondents reported.

China calls attention to opening foreign mail after the Omicron incident

China with a mask, especially when opening mail from abroad, after authorities suggested that the first case of the Omicron coronavirus virus variant found in Beijing may have arrived in a package from Canada. I urged people to wear gloves.

Authorities have vowed to strengthen the disinfection of foreign mail and claim that the postal workers who handle it are completely vaccinated.

Preventive measures will come within three weeks before the capital opens the Winter Olympics, and as some cities are working to eradicate new outbreaks of coronavirus infection.

Hong Kong weeds out 2,000 hamsters as a Covid positive test

Hong Kong officials said they would kill about 2,000 hamsters after some rodents were tested positive for the virus in a pet shop where infected employees worked.

Authorities also said they would stop selling and importing rodents in the city. This move happened after a pet shop employee tested positive for the delta variant. Some hamsters were also positive for coronavirus.

Authorities admit that there is “no evidence” that pets can infect humans with the coronavirus, but as a precautionary measure, customers who purchased hamsters from affected stores after January.

China has recorded an additional 127 cases of local virus

According to Chinese health officials, China recorded an additional 127 indigenous Covid-19 cases.

In a statement, the National Health Commission said mainland China recorded 127 newly infected Covid-19 cases, primarily in central Henan.

The data showed that 102 virus cases were detected in Henan, 18 were detected in northern Tianjin, and each case was recorded in the capital Beijing and northwestern Shaanxi.

Omicron boosts hospital cases in Australia

Australia suffers from the worst days of the pandemic as the rapidly changing outbreak of Omicron continues to push hospitalization rates to record levels, even though daily infections have been slightly alleviated.

Australia is dealing with the worst outbreaks, fueled by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which puts more people in hospitals and intensive care units than at any time during the pandemic.

By midnight, a total of 74 deaths were recorded between New South Wales and Queensland, Australia’s three most populous states, according to official data.

“Today is a very difficult day for our state,” New South Wales Prime Minister Dominique Perottet said in a media briefing.

Fines unvaccinated elderly from Greece

Unvaccinated people over the age of 60 in Greece will be fined to ease pressure on the country’s health system, local media said.

Fines will be $ 57 in January and $ 114 from February, raising inoculation levels and relieving pressure. Kathimerini report.

Since the fines were announced, 90% of people over the age of 60 have been vaccinated or have booked vaccinations, the report added.

However, an estimated 300,000 people may face penalties.

In the country, medical professionals who have not been attacked by Covid-19 have already been suspended and may be dismissed if they do not comply with vaccination rules.

Hong Kong arrests flight attendants for rule violations

Hong Kong police said they had arrested and charged two former flight attendants on allegations of violating the city’s coronavirus regulations.

A statement released late Monday did not name the airline, but after Cathay Pacific announced in January that it had dismissed two crew members suspected of violating the Covid-19 protocol. It was announced.

According to police, the two returned from the United States to Hong Kong on December 24 and 25 and “performed unnecessary activities” during their quarantine period.

Both of them were later tested positive for the rapidly spreading Omicron strain.

Israeli studies show that the effect of the fourth dose is limited

According to the authors of the Israeli trial, the fourth dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine against Covid-19 has only a “partial” effect on the Omicron variant of the virus.

A team at the Sheva Medical Center near Tel Aviv began testing a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine in December, 154 hospital staff vaccinated with Pfizerjab and 120 other volunteers vaccinated with Moderna. Did.

Brazil is enrolling more Covid cases

In Brazil, 74,134 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, with 121 reported deaths from Covid-19.

According to provincial data, South American countries have currently registered 23,074,791 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic, with an official death toll of 621,166.

Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll is the third deadliest in the world after the United States and Russia, according to Reuters calculations.

An additional 59 people have died in Mexico

Mexico has reported 59 new deaths from Covid-19, the official death toll in the country since the coronavirus pandemic began at 301,469.

Poland’s 5th wave

Poland is on the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the Minister of Health expects to report more than 20,000 peaks on Tuesday and 60,000 peaks in mid-February.

“Tomorrow’s full report of today’s results risks breaking the barriers of 20,000 infections,” Adam Niziersky said in a press conference.

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