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Italy reports the highest number of daily infections since the advent of Covid – latest updates

Covid-19 infected more than 278 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.4 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

Italy’s previous daily infection record was 40,902 on 13 November 2020. (Reuters)

Friday, December 24, 2021

Italy reports the best daily Covid cases since the pandemic

Italy reported 44,595 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday. This is the highest number per day since the start of the pandemic.

The Italian news agency ANSA reported that the previous record on November 13, 2020 was 40,902.

According to the Ministry of Health, the latest daily figures show that the country’s overall number of infections exceeds 5.51 million.

In the last 24 hours, 168 people in Italy have died from Covid-19, bringing the national death toll to 136,245.

US sets shorter Covid quarantine rules for healthcare professionals

Concerned that the new Covid-19 wave could overwhelm understaffed U.S. hospitals, federal officials have ruled that healthcare workers should be closed for 10 days if the test is positive. It was relaxed.

These workers can return to work after 7 days if the test is negative and they are asymptomatic. According to the guidance of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, quarantine times can be as short as 5 days or less if there is a serious staff shortage.

When calculating the 10-day quarantine period, CDC officials advise that the first day should be the first full day after the first onset of symptoms or after a positive test.

Australia shortening booster intervals

Australia is working on a record-breaking infection caused by a variant of Omicron, further reducing the waiting time for people to receive Covid-19 booster shots, said Health Minister Greg Hunt.

Booster shots will be offered to everyone over the age of 18 who had a second shot four months ago from January 4th, and the interval will be reduced to three months again by the end of January.

Australia will become one of the most vaccinated countries in the world for Covid-19, expanding booster deployment after more than 90% of people over the age of 16 have been vaccinated twice. I am aiming.

New Year limits the scale of New Year celebrations

Mayor Bill de Blasio significantly limits the number of people New York can enter Times Square for New Year’s Eve celebrations in response to a surge in new coronavirus cases caused by a highly contagious variant of Omicron. Said.

For the second year in a row, the virus that causes Covid-19 has cast a shadow over a crowd-attracting festival at a famous crossroads in Midtown, Manhattan.

After hours of live entertainment, the night drops a giant crystal ball at midnight to mark the beginning of the new year.

Last year, when the Covid-19 vaccine was in its infancy, the celebration was held for a handful of invited guests, including key workers and their families.

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