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Hong Kong orders all residents to have mandatory virus testing – latest update

Covid-19 infected more than 426 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.9 million. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says test capabilities will be boosted to more than one million a day. (Reuters)

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Hong Kong orders mandatory Covid-19 test for all residents

Hong Kong plans to test the entire population of Covid-19 in March, city leaders said Tuesday.

Approximately 5,000 new infections have been reported daily in Hong Kong since February 15, which could overwhelm the healthcare system. Since the surge began earlier this year, the city has recorded approximately 54,000 cases and 145 deaths.

Hong Kong reported 6,211 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday and another 9,369 cases that tested positive in the preliminary test.

South Korea says Omicron variants are 75% less likely to kill than Delta

People infected with the Omicron coronavirus variant can develop or die more seriously than those infected with the delta variant, as real-world data released by South Korean health officials show. Sex is nearly 75% lower.

In a survey of about 67,200 infectious diseases confirmed by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) since December, the severity and mortality of Omicron variants were 1.4% and 0.7% for Delta, respectively. The average was 0.38% and 0.18%.

Dubai Airport CEO expects more countries to soon abolish Covid’s travel testing rules

The head of Dubai International Airport, the busiest in the world, said he hopes more countries will soon end the rules for vaccinated passengers tested for Covid-19.

The UK does not require vaccinated passengers to be tested for Covid, but this month Bahrain in the Gulf countries said arriving passengers no longer need to be tested.

“We hope that travel testing will begin to disappear soon around the world,” said CEO Paul Griffiths, hoping that announcements will be made from different locations in the coming weeks. I have. “

India reports 235 deaths daily

The Ministry of Health of India states that daily Covid-19 cases will increase by 13,405.

According to the ministry, the country’s daily deaths have increased by 235, with a total death toll of 512,344.

Ugandans will face a fine, a prison for refusing Covid Jab

Uganda plans to fine those who refuse to vaccinate Covid-19, and those who fail to pay could be sent to prison under the new public health law being scrutinized by legislators. Said Congress.

East African countries began taking Covid-19 jabs almost a year ago, but with a population of 45 million and only about 16 million jabs, authorities are widely reluctant to have low coverage. I blame you.

Iran is manufactured in the United States and will return the donated vaccine

Iran has returned 820,000 coronavirus vaccines donated by Poland because it was manufactured in the United States, state television reported.

Television quoted Mohammad Hashemi, a national health ministry official, saying that Poland had donated about one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the United Kingdom and Sweden to Iran.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Hamenei, has final say on all national issues, denying the possibility of US or British vaccines entering the country in 2020 and saying “ban”. called.

Iran currently only imports Western vaccines that are not produced in the United States or the United Kingdom.

According to official figures, Covid-19 has killed more than 135,000 people in total, and Iran boasts the highest national death toll in the Middle East.

About 90% of the population over the age of 18 received two doses, but only 37% of the group received a third dose.

Mexico reports about 100 Covid deaths

The Mexican Ministry of Health reported 98 deaths from Covid-19 and 4,832 new infections, bringing the total death toll to 315,786 and the number of cases to 5,418,257.

Brazil has recorded more than 300 deaths

In Brazil, 37,339 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours, with 318 deaths from Covid-19, the Ministry of Health said.

According to provincial data, South American countries have currently enrolled 28,245,551 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic, with official deaths increasing to 644,604.

England abolishes compulsory quarantine period for Covid cases

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all pandemic legal restrictions in the UK will end later this week, urging a shift from government intervention to personal responsibility.

However, he faced scientific unrest and political calculation claims, crushing restrictions within his ruling Conservative Party and dissatisfaction with his prime minister.

Caught in a scandal that threatened seize power, Johnson said the legal need for people to quarantine themselves when infected with Covid-19 would cease on Thursday.

Despite the news that Queen Elizabeth II was positive for the first time, Johnson pushed for the change, saying, “It reminds me that the virus hasn’t disappeared.”

UK healthcare professionals warn that new variants may be more resistant to vaccines

Chris Whitti, Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom, warned that there are new variants of Covid-19, some of which may be more resistant to the vaccine.

Previously, the UK has ended all coronavirus restrictions in the UK, including forced self-quarantine and free testing of Covid-19 people, and is skeptical of some scientists and political opponents. I said I would.

“We all expect new varieties, and some of those new varieties will just disappear,” Whitti said at a press conference.

“But some of them will cause serious problems.”

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